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  1. Got the info/question from article by current owner of this convertible.....(possible misprint on year?)
  2. In 1963, Studebaker's vice president of marketing was .....?..... 1) Roy B. Bender.....2) L.E. Minkel.....3) D.F. Detzler....or....4) Alfred E. Newman
  3. Sorry, 59 is not correct! (How's it going Gary?)
  4. The last Avanti built in South Bend, a red 1988 convertible, was special ordered by movie and/or television personality.....?..... 1) Christopher Reeves.....2) James Cann.....3) Michael Landon....or.....4) Jerry Seinfeld
  5. In June of 1963, Studebaker shipped ....?..... Avantis to Las Vegas, Nevada for a "Dealer Driveaway" to western region Studebaker dealers. 1) 44......2) 59.....3) 78....or....4) 100
  6. Yes, the fact that many of the parts, (at least mechanical parts), found on post Studebaker Avantis are common to other vehicles of the same era make it a whole lot easier to own & drive one of these babies!
  7. The 1984 Avanti Touring Coupe I mentioned in this thread late last year is currently,(9/2/21), listed for sale on e-bay.....Car is rougher than it looked in the first few photos I saw...Current bid is $1740. Rare Avanti, however quite a bit of $$$$ will no doubt be required to restore it! PS.....it's listed on e-bay as a 1980 model.
  8. I like this method as described by Stacey!....Unless the tank metal is so thin that a rework isn't feasible, cutting the tank in half for an inside & out cleaning should work nicely....Only thing I would do different is I'd probably braze the two halves back together!
  9. I would try to weld it....I'd remove the minimum amount of plastic on rim using saw or whizzer tool to access the area to be welded....After welding, I'd bevel the sides of the cut plastic, then make a mold around welded area and pour in either fiberglass resin, or a good two part epoxy...when dry, break mold and sand down, smoothing out using body filler until you're satisfied with repair, then refinish entire steering wheel.
  10. Dear fellow Avanti owner............On this Memorial Day, and every day, I sincerely thank you for your service to our country.
  11. If you don't have that tool, you can remove the wiper arm by pulling it towards you as you lift (using a flat screw driver) on the opposite end of the arm (on the far side of the wiper pivot).....Pulling the arm towards yourself will defeat the built in 'bind' in the arm, and it should slide up and off the pivot......Use a bit of 'never seize' on installation.
  12. Looks like there's enough of a 'nub' there to slide the trac bar with new bushing on, then find a retaining washer (of the proper size to fit over 'nub')....... mig weld that washer to the 'nub' by welding through center hole of washer. If you should want to remove trac rod in future, just grind weld off.
  13. Yep, that's a 'goodie' all right!....If you get no takers for that NOS block with fitted pistons, why not give Dave Thibeault a call?.....I don't think Dave frequents this forum very often so he probably wont see this....however, he's one of the larger Avanti parts vendors, and would no doubt be interested! Tel# 978-897-3158 PS.....I'd guess it's a 259CI.
  14. That's a sweet looking Avanti ll!
  15. On the rear of my '85, the composite bumper fits up to the existing bodywork....unlike at the front where the factory, (as IndyJimW says), cut the lower fenders.
  16. Hi Geoff, how have you been?.....How's 63R 1025 coming along? (awesome Avanti!!).....I don't know of any Avanti's (as you describe) for sale right now....You might want to give Dave Thibeault a call....He may know of something in this area.
  17. Gary makes a valid point......The additional interior noise generated by headers can also get somewhat tiresome on a longer drive.
  18. mfg

    Avanti NOS!

    Had a car buddy, who owned a '63 Avanti years ago, call Thursday.......He's moving & clearing things out.....Called me because he found a NOS left side glass headlamp cover and outer ring for the '63 Avanti, both still in the Studebaker packaging.........I purchased them for $50......Such a deal!!
  19. Just reading that the 1956 Studebaker GH engine had a cylinder bore spacing of 5"....... apparently huge by (then) industry standards.....Room for a possible 500 CI with additional stroking.......Imagine If, at the time, S-P had the resources to keep that engine in production & develop it.........What unreal speed records an engine like that would have set under the hood of a Studebaker Avanti!!! ..... (no blower needed!)
  20. The '87 Avanti is no doubt different, but on the Stude dashboard Avantis through 1985, it's not uncommon to cut a hole in glove box 'roof' to gain access to passenger side pivot.......In reality though, you may have to pull dashboard forward.....OUCH!!
  21. Kind of interesting....Frank Ambrogio sent me a copy of this Hawk's Studebaker production order.....Now, when I owned this car years ago, I lived in Roslindale, Mass.........Production order states this car was originally delivered new to a Studebaker dealer in Roslindale , Mass!.......I didn't have a clue about that!
  22. I've had trouble posting pics on this forum before, but I'll give it another shot ASAP!
  23. Not unusual for Avantis on drivers side wiper.....you really have to check out where the play is from inside the car while a helper moves the arm.....I would imagine the wiper linkage is the same on an '87 as a '63, although the wiper motor itself is different......Good luck!.....Ed
  24. Good move!, and the brakes do not need to be bled if you carefully unscrew the old switch and immediately install the new one.....Good luck!.....Ed
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