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  1. Update to the Avanti Night at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern this Wednesday in South Bend.

    The Avanti Special with be 2 Avanti Burger for $30.00 and will include fries.

    The Loewy Cocktail is $8.00 and is based on an old French cocktail called the Corpse Reviver

    If beer is more your style the will have the Avanti Amber Ail from Studebaker Brewing for $4.00

    I am still working through city red tape to get the reserved parking in front of the restaurant.

    This special will run all evening but I plan on being at the restaurant between 5 - 8 to see all the cool Avanti's


  2. Avanti Night at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

    Wednesday May 4th will be Avanti night at the LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern in Downtown South Bend.

    There will be a special Avanti themed burger along with a Raymond Loewy themed cocktail.

    There will even be special parking for all Avanti’s and who know we may even have a little Avanti trivia thrown in for fun.

    Plan on having dinner with your Avanti friends on Wednesday May 4 during the SDC International Meet.

    We will have more details in the coming weeks.

    Please let me know if you are interested in attending.

    See you all on the 4th.


  3. From a forum post on 12/13/14 (ASR Sunroof repairs/parts)

    Sky-top roofs were originally manufactured in St. Louis, Mo. They provided a lot of the sunroofs directly to Avanti. My 84 had a Sky-top roof, I am not sure when they discontinued using these in Avantis. Ernie retired and sold the business to Midwest Metal Fabrication of New Haven, Missouri in late 1991. They are somehow associated with Wenning Enterprises which has a website. They are located at 201 E Industrial Dr New Haven, MO , 63068


    I talked to them earlier this year and they indicated they still make and supply parts for the roofs but no longer repair them.

    They indicated that the son of the former skytops parts supplier also located in St. louis, Auto Air Company now has a repair shop in Union Missouri and will repair these. I have misplaced his name and number but calling Midwest should provide that information.

    I also know that Dan Booth has parts for Sky-tops.

    I know this is old so I am not sure if it is still accurate.


  4. This is the molding off the 84 GT.  Currently under going a frame off restoration.  Used a lot of nonstandard parts.

    Just found a 1984 305 HO engine to replace the 1990 350 that was in the car.  We are bringing it back to how it was at Mid-Ohio in 1984.



  5. Can somebody please post a photo of an 84-85 manual pedal configuration?  Do they drop from the top or up from the bottom?  Somebody cut the gas pedal by 2/3's and are using an automatic break pedal on a manual car so when you try to hit the gas or clutch you always hit the break.  

    A photo of an existing car would help plus who would have a replacement for this year?  Photo's of both the petals and brackets would give me some guidance. Trying to put everything back to factory.

    Thank You


  6. 383 Stroker Engine.  Was going to use in my 84 renovation but have gone in a different direction.  $4,500

    1.  383.ci. Engine (1987 SBC block w/one-piece rear seal)

    2.  .030” overbore, boiled-out, new freeze plugs & cam bearings

    3.  New rotating assy, cast crankshaft, std grind, HD rods

    4.  Flat top hypereutectic pistons, moly rings

    5.  New oil pan

    6.  New oil pump, pick-up, shaft

    7.  New performance roller cam and OEM lifters

    8.  New dampener

    9.  New roller timing set and cover

    10.  New roller tip rocker arms & allen nuts

    11.   New gear reduction starter

    12.  Long leg aluminum high volume water pump

    13.  Reconditioned Edelbrock performer aluminum intake manifold

    14.  New chrome moly push rods

    15.  Reconditioned Mickey Thompson vintage valve covers     

    16.  New SFI flex plate

    17.  Chrome breathers and thermostat housing

    18.  World Products iron heads w/2.08-1.6 valves, 64 cc, heavy duty springs and retainers, angle plugs

    19.  10.5:1 compression ratio

    20.  Fully balanced, align-honed

    21.   Pump Premium fuel, approx. 400 HP/400 LB torque

    22.   Engine fired & run-in 20 minutes, lifters adjusted 

    Located in South Bend, Indiana 

    Contact Bill at 574-532-6927                                                 










  7. Herb Adams.  I own the Mid-Ohio GT and we are in the middle of a total restoration bring the car back to it's configuration when it raced.  Herb has been a wealth of information and inspiration on our restoration project.  If I am not mistaken Dan Booth own's the Daytona GT.

  8. Herb Adams did the chassis for the #28 Mid-Ohio Avanti GT and its body was a 1977 donor done at the Avanti factory.  Both the Mid-Ohio car and the Daytona car are referred to as GT's but the Mid-Ohio car is the only one of the 2 with a true Avanti body, interior and engine.  If fact the Mid-Ohio car was never intended to race, it was a prototype for the GT Blake wanted to build.  The idea to race in the Showroom Stock race at Mid-Ohio was made after the car was built and Herb had only 30 days to put together a team and make sure everything was ready to race.  No race engine, no fuel cell, no larger breaks, no racing seat.  The only thing they did was fabricate a bold in roll bar.

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