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  1. mfg

    Avanti Heat!

    WOW!...I think that change in water pump pulley diameter is a very interesting thought!......However, that isn't the answer to this! Any other thoughts on this one?.....HINT...Internal engine!!
  2. mfg

    Avanti Heat!

    No, it isn't anything that's inside the thermostat housing.
  3. Nice try, but NOPE! ...Correct answer #4...S4!
  4. mfg

    Avanti Heat!

    Hmmm!...I don't think pinching a hose would be a good idea, however, you are on the right track thinking 'restriction' somewhere!!
  5. No, not 'TS' either!
  6. Yes, they were definitely meant to be DRIVEN!!
  7. This car is my idea of a perfect looking Avanti ll......BRAVO!!!
  8. mfg

    Avanti Heat!

    Yes, that old trick can work well!...however, it's not the answer to this trivia question!
  9. Industry torque converter rebuilders refer to Studebaker V8 converters (whether 'R' series or from a 259) as ....?.... converters. 1) RH.......2) 8V.....3) TS.....or.....4) S4
  10. mfg

    Avanti Heat!

    So what was Studebaker's 'secret' way of increasing engine temperature in Avantis operated exclusively in cold weather conditions ? (Not a higher temp thermostat!)
  11. That Avanti short block definitely has value....Besides being a full-flow, it would have the special flat top Avanti pistons, 'Avanti Grind' camshaft, Aluminum timing gear, and the special fully baffled oil pan....If the Avanti vibration damper is still with it, that's an additional plus. I don't really need it, but if the geography between us was better I'd probably purchase it... 'just because'!....Good luck!.......Ed
  12. I may as well mention the second compromise I had in mind concerning the nine production line R3 Studebaker Avantis....Nothing to do with the 'make up' of the cars themselves, but something that a (then) perspective purchaser might have seen as a compromise when buying one..... That compromise is the fact that Studebaker offered no warranty whatsoever on its R3 engine....Which had to be kind of a hard pill to swallow when buying a new car.....Especially considering the R3 option came at a stiff price compared to an R1 or an R2 Avanti...with either of those coming with a 12,000 mile engine & body warranty. Even Chrysler gave a (rather silly but better than nothing) 90 day warranty on the mighty '426 Street Hemi', an engine they knew would be beat on from day one!
  13. mfg

    Engine?

    Wow...very interesting!....Both ends of the spectrum!!
  14. Jred...Nice looking work so far....please post pics when you're finished!
  15. I don't feel those R3 Avantis are in any way mechanically inferior to their lesser brethren.... (Just the opposite!) ..... I feel the compromise is how shimming up the body takes away from the classic 'look' of those nine cars. (the nose down 'rake' of the original Studebaker Avanti simply isn't there!)....To me, the large gap between the bottom of the front fender arch and the top of the front tire is, frankly, a bit ugly!.... (my opinion) I'd guess Nate Altman felt the same about that gap when he added the front fender filler to his Avanti ll's.....Ed
  16. mfg

    Avanti Date!

    Yes, you gents are right on the money!
  17. mfg

    Avanti Date!

    Why is 8/6/65 an important day in the history of the Avanti automobile?
  18. Yep, that's definitely one! Any more thoughts on this?
  19. The nine 'production' R3 powered Studebaker Avantis are outstanding, quite valuable automobiles that any of us would love to own....However, Studebaker ended up making two major compromises (negatives) on those nine cars, (and possibly there are more), that in my humble opinion 'lessens' those Avantis when compared to all other Studebaker built Avantis. Can anyone think of two compromises?
  20. It hit 60' in the Boston area today, and it was a real pleasure going out to the shop and firing up good old 63R1379!....There's nothing quite like the sound of a healthy R2 Avanti engine reverberating off the garage walls, Paxton whistling away! If the ground outside wasn't still so snowy & soggy I would have loved to take her for a blast down the road....Oh well, spring isn't too far away!!
  21. I purchased one of those Harbor Freight manual tire changers about five years ago...It was on sale at the time, and I think I paid around $39 for it....I figured at that price why not give it a try? My verdict....I was very impressed!...I bolted it down to my garage floor, as you did, (removable) and over the years I've mounted at least two dozen tires with it. It has saved me quite a bit of $$$$, and if someone has a little mechanical aptitude, it actually kind of fun to use! One modification I made to it was welding 1/2" angle iron to the two vertical bead breaker legs...I felt they needed a little 'beefing up'.....Ed
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