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R3 Forward

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  1. Did you ever find a rear end. I have two of them, still bolted to the frames with break drums attached.
  2. How did you remove the old lights to replace them. I have looked at mine to replace with LED as you have but cannot figure out how to access them to pull the old ones out. Thanks,
  3. I took the top side of the air box to a machinist and he used a milling machine to shave a 1/4 inch off of the sealing surface. Don't remember what it cost but worked out well. See Photo
  4. I solved this clearance problem by lowering the engine a bit, smaller engine mount. But also shaved 1/4 inch off of the sealing edge of the air box.
  5. Howard, try calling Fat Man, they are very knowledgeable, helpful and easy to work with. They may have some ideas to do what you want. Jim
  6. I purchased a Mustang II front suspension stub from Fat Man (https://www.fatmanfab.com/mustang-ii-mii-stub-suspensions). They have them built specifically to fit the Lark/Avanti frame. Others make similar but not sure if they are specific for Lark/Avanti. Also, not sure you can do this with the body on the frame as a lot of cutting and welding is required. See Photos, wish I could make them smaller but not s I built a jig to ensure alignment and placement of the engine mounts before any cutting. After the new stub was welded in place, had the whole frame powder coated and then installed the suspension and steering rack. I also had to use new connectors on the steering column as old ones did not align with the new steering box. You can get parts for this from Flaming River (https://www.flamingriver.com) Also important to note that this change will significantly lower the front end of the car, providing a significant rake. If you don't like that you might ask Fat Man how to prevent. The custom cowl induction hood did provide adiitonal and necessary clearance for the R3 airbox and hopefully will provide for more air flow through the engine bay.
  7. Color is the original Studebaker maroon used on the 64s with a bit of gold pearl to give it some depth.
  8. Almost done with my 63 R3 RestoMod project so I decided to share a few photos. This car may not be appreciated by the authenticity minded but it is my vision of an Avanti HotRod. I started with a 63 R2 with a four speed and made numerous upgrades and alterations. Below is a short list of some of the major changes. Mustang II front suspension with tubular control arms, coilovers and power rack and pinion GM Disk brakes on all four wheels with dual master cylinder Studebaker R3 engine built to spec, dino- 400hp Tremec TKX 5-speed transmission Complete leather interior, emulating original design Speed Hut digital gauges simulating original analog gauges
  9. I have one that I can sell you. I would need to dig it out from storage to take a few pictures if you're interested. I am in Arizona, so not sure what the shipping and handling would be but if you used freight it might be manageable. Contact me a r3forward@gmail.com Jim
  10. FYI, I built my own. Was not too difficult, just took a lot of time.
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