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  1. Also check the windshield frame and a pillars, especially under the windshield reveal molding on the sides of the windshield. Quite often these items are completely rusted away. They can be replaced, but at a substantial cost.
  2. I am not convinced using the larger 2 1/4" caliper has any benefit. After all, the brake pads are not changing from the stock size of the 2 1/8". It seems to me that a larger caliper would require more pedal pressure as well.
  3. Sumis are a direct replacement. May be the only ones you can buy new. Of course, the originals were labeled Bendix. I have a few of those. Dunlop were an early replacement, not sure if any Studes came from the factory with dunlop. The sumis, used by some Datsun (Nissan) cars seem to work just as well as any of the others.
  4. Not sure about 81 Avantis, but for most cars, the door and ignition keys are the same.
  5. I could be wrong, but I believe it should be 700r4.
  6. IMHO, it is easily worth twice the offer. After all, just a new set of pistons and rings cost more than that.
  7. Studebaker International is showing them for $299.95. Confusing is that the sale ended 4/27.
  8. I believe we are discussing 2 different things. A tapered axle has a separate hub that is affixed to the axle via a key and nut. For flanged axles, the hub is part of the axle. It seems like you are talking about a tapered seal?
  9. Are you sure about the tapered axles? I believe all Avanti IIs and later used flanged axles.
  10. Sometimes dieseling can be caused by the throttle plates not closing all the way. Could be cause of hard starting as well.
  11. There is also some anti rattle goop.
  12. You could probably have the slots cut. I assume that Studebaker did that. I don't know why the difference, I assume the engineers knew what they were doing. As far as aluminum, If you can find one, Lionel Stone cast one. Sometimes there were machining problems and they needed welding and remachining. If you go onto the SDC website, Jeff Rice, who goes by DeepNHock, makes adapters to use other manifolds.
  13. The intake casting number of 15557144 does not necessarily indicate the correct intake manifold. R1 intakes have the same casting number. The difference is the R1 does not have the transfer slots. The first picture is R1 manifold. R2 and other Studes have slots similar to the ones in picture 2 of an older WCFB manifold.
  14. Here are some pictures of Avanti water manifold. Casting number is 1555738.
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