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  1. 1 hour ago, Dwight FitzSimons said:

    That frame would not be considered repairable by any sane person.  My '64 had a frame that looked much better, with rust all over, but no holes.  My restoration shop (WCD Garage) pulled the body off the frame then showed me how one could twist the frame (The metal was so thin due to corrosion).  My car got a new frame (and hog troughs).

    RQA-0043 is listed on Bob Johnstone's website as a 1966 model.  There is a local Avanti II that is titled as a "1967 Studebaker Avanti".  By serial number it is the first 1968 Avanti II built, and has the side marker lights ('68 was first year for them).  I would guess that it was titled in the Fall of 1967.  These things happen.


    I just looked in John Hull's book and, like me, he considers it to be a 1965.  Of course, built in late 1965, some consider it to be a 1966 and it may not have been titled until 1967.

  2. 6 hours ago, pantera928 said:


    The car has sat in a garage for 4 years since the owner passed suddenly and unexpectedly.

    His wife is now trying to sell this and several other older cars(no Stude/Avants).

    It was painted many years before he passed and he drove it regularly to shows.

    IMO, that is a 1965 model Avanti II.

  3. 13 minutes ago, pantera928 said:

    Thanks Dwight.

    Just curious as to why you parted out two of them. Was it due to rust? Still trying to learn more about what to look for regarding rust. Not sure what a hog trough is actually.


    A "hog trough" is a term commonly used for the sheet metal torque boxes that run down each side of the car, next to the frame, to add rigidity.  They often rust out, especially in the rust belt part of the country.  It costs several thousand dollars to have them properly replaced. If there is severe rust in the torque boxes, there is often rust in other places, like the a-pillars.

  4. On 9/6/2021 at 12:01 PM, mfg said:

    Sorry, #3 is not correct, nor is $1188.:(

    My $1188 is from 1963 pricing, so assuming the price went up for 1964, I will now say; 4) $1402.70.  Remember that for a Hawk, the bump for an R3 has to be added to the bump for an R1.   

  5. 1 hour ago, mfg said:

    The factory radio in 1963 Studebaker Avantis displays two "Conelrad"triangles on the dial....What is "Conelrad" an abbreviation for?

    Control of Electromatic Radiation. 

    They were on car radios in the early 1950s.

  6. 4 hours ago, mfg said:

    Some 1964 Studebaker passenger cars, including Avantis, had their factory production order left inside the car....these P.O.'s can sometimes be found......?......

    1 )Under springs of back seat cushion.....2) Under spare tire......3) Under passenger bucket seat....or....4) On top of glove box

    Depends on the year and model of car.  For Avantis, I believe that it was 4) On top of glove box.

  7. 4 hours ago, r1lark said:

    Logical Gary, but I think had hoped it was because Andy liked the look!  ☺️ At least, I would like to think that was how some things got decided in the old days, before there were committees for everything.

    Not just logical.  I vaguely remembered reading this sometime in the dim dark past.

  8. 19 hours ago, mfg said:

    The Avanti powered GT Hawks which Studebaker brought to Bonneville in 1963 had the forward section of their roofs painted white  because......?.....

    1) Pre - production paint scheme......2) Identification at speed......3) Reflect heat......or....4) Andy liked the look

    I think that it was to help to keep the cabin cooler, so I will say, 3) reflect heat.

  9. 2 hours ago, Leo Belik said:


    Hmmm... 🤔

    I dont find VS-57 from SDC Forum. I put VS-57 to "Search"


    I referred to it that way, but it is probably just listed as a supercharger or Golden Hawk or Packard Hawk supercharger.  I just wanted to let you know that it is the earlier style.  IIRC, there were two for sale there currently/recently.  They may only be in the discussion section and not the for sale section.  I really did not pay much attention because I am not interested in one.  

  10. 4 hours ago, mfg said:

    The difference between the factory delivered price of a basic model 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk, and an Avanti R3 engine equipped model was ......?.....

    !) $690.04.....2) $880.66.....3) $1147.00....or.....4) $1402.70

    I will say; 3) $1147, but I believe it to be $1188 (157 + 1031).

  11. 1 hour ago, mfg said:

    In 1963, Studebaker Corp. delivered a new 1963 Avanti (63R-4803) to a Mrs. Ferrucci of Herkimer, New York for a cost of NOTHING (Gratis)....Why did Studebaker do this?


    Because she won it.

  12. 5 hours ago, mfg said:

    Got the info/question from article by current owner of this convertible.....(possible misprint on year?)

    What is the Avanti's Serial Number?  That will clear it up.  The Avanti that was nearly complete in South Bend and then shipped to Youngstown for the opening there was a 1987 red convertible.   

  13. 21 minutes ago, mfg said:

    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

    Are you sure about your question?  ISTR that Avanti production moved from South Bend to Youngstown during the 1987 model year.  

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