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  1. I have a 1971 with a Chevy 350. The car has had an off-frame restoration including rebuilding the engine and transmission.

    The car will start fine when cold and after driving a short distance (less than an hour). However, after driving long distances on freeway driving (more than 1 hour), the starter will now work at all. I have checked the battery wires and connections; it is all tight and secure. My attention is turning to the starter and the proximity to the exhaust header. The single pipe header is approximately 3 inches away from the starter solenoid. It is possible that the solenoid is getting very hot from the header.

    Have any of you experienced this type of problem? Have you considered different starters or a heat shield that can be wrapped around the starter? I am thinking of getting one to try it before into getting another starter.

    Experiences, thoughts, advice?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Greetings:

    I am inquiring on the status of a specific Avanti. It is a 1964 Studebaker. It was a dark red exterior and black interior. R-1. Its serial number was likely in the mid R5100's. I have reason to believe it was one of the 10 Allstate cars that the insurance company used in an essay contest.

    This specific car was owned by my relatives in the early 1970's. It was unfortunately vandalized at that time (it was attacked with hammers and a gun). I think that most of the damage was cosmetic.

    It is likely that the car is no longer with us. It may have been scrapped or parted out. However, there is a slight chance that it may still be among us. Hence my post and inquiry.

    If you know of anyone who knew about or acquired a '64 Avanti in the early to mid-1970's that had considerable cosmetic damage to it, please let me know. At the very least, I would likely to know more about this car. I may even want to acquire it.

    Please feel free in replying to this post or emailing me directly. Thank you in advance!

    Ted Andrews

    Indiana Chapter President - AOAI

  3. In 1963-64 Studebaker Avanti's and the most Avanti II's there is a rubber plug in the front wheel wells. It is under the hood hatch mechanisms and provides access to the mechanism should the cable fail.

    I am trying to find the part number for this rubber plug. I looked in the parts manual and I cannot find it. Do any of you know what it is? I am missing one on my 1963 Avanti R-1 and would like to get a replacement.

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Good Morning listers:

    Question for the day. How do you open the hood of an Avanti when the hood cable is broken or inoperable? It has not happened to me, fortunately. I was looking at my '63 R-1 last night and wondered about that problem should it ever arise.

    Thanks in advance!

  5. Greetings:

    If any of you bought some GT Hawk and Avanti parts on Craigslist (Indianapolis) this past week or so, please contact me. You may have purchased some parts belonging to my Avanti. (Note: These are NOT stolen parts. The Avanti I bought was in parts and some parts like the heater core, blower housing, distributor cap/spark plugs/wire leads may have accidentally been separated from the rest of the car.)

    Please contact me off-list. Thanks!


  6. On my way home from an AOAI Chapter event, I suddenly noticed my brake pedal with more "play" than usual. A short while later, the play increased and it took about 3 times longer to stop. A quick inspection revealed the front brake reservoir was empty. I must have been rapid and recent because the sides and bottom of the reservoir were still very wet. I still had the rears so I limped home.

    It appears that the source of the leak is at the junction box for the electric switch. The 1971 Avanti had completely rebuilt brake network with stainless steel lines about 1-1/2 years ago. Silcone brake fluid was used. Have any of you had this problem before with recently rebuilt brake systems and silicone fluid?

    Thanks in advance!

    Have any

  7. Thanks for everyone in posting. To make a long story short, I have a 1971 Avanti II. But the model number on the Quadrajet indicates that it is from a 1978 Chevy with a manual transmission. I think what could have happened is the when my Dad had work done on the car in the mid-80's, he had the carb replaced. I bet the mechanic told him that he had a rebuilt one on the shelf and could just drop it in (as opposed to rebuilding Dad's original carb). I am guessing that the carb came off of a 1978 Chevy pick-up since most manual trannys were on trucks as opposed to Corvettes and Camaros. This could be a source of the problem. The good news is that I bought on Ebay an old Quadrajet carb from a 1971 Camaro with automatic trans. The model number checks out.......it probably is very close to what was originally on Dad's car. Plus, I got it for only $30. It needs to be cleaned and rebuilt. I am looking forward in dropping it in the Avanti and testing it. It may clear up some things.

    I will keep you posted.

  8. Guys:

    Each digit within the serial number on the Quadrajet carbs contained information on the carb and what it was used for. The last digit was used to differentiate manual or automatic transmissions. Physically, what was different on the carb? If one placed a QJ carb for manual use on a car with an automatic tranny (or vice versa), would there be any adverse effects? If so, what would those be?

    Thanks in advance!


  9. Thanks Wayne. The carburetor in my Avanti is 17048228 which I think it from 1978. This was my Dad's car. I do not recall him ever replacing the carburetor but it apparently was done. What would be the differences between a Quadrajet from 1970-1 and one from 1978? Would the latter have improved gas mileage potential? That may have been the reason why Dad made a switch to a newer carb.

  10. I have a 1971 Avanti II and realized that it did not have the orginal carburetor installed on it. Apparently, it has a 1978 Quadrajet on it now. I would like to replace it with the original model but which one? If any of you have a 1970-72 Avanti II and believe it has the orginal carburetor on it, please reply. It is likely a quadrajet and the model number will be on the drivers side on the outside of the secondary chamber. It should start with the number 7.

    Thanks in advance!


  11. Some of the early (pre-1970) Avanti II's still had body number plates in the usual location as Studebaker's (passenger side, next to the engine hood pin assembly). Of course, this is not the same as the serial number. I recall on those cars the serial plate number was on the driver side door jam on the A pillar.

  12. I have two front seats from a 1973 Avanti II but not the adjustable seat tracks that fasten them to car interior. I am looking for two pairs of these seat tracks. I will be contacting Ed Reynolds, Dan Booth and John Myer next week but wanted to ask if anyone one here has a set or two in their own collection.

    Thanks in advance!

  13. Yesterday, I drove my '71 Avanti II with the parking lights on and everything was routine. Today, I did the same but noticed my left turn indicator light (on the dash) was on solid. Attempts to flip the indicator lever did not change the indication. The left turn light was solid "on" and the right was solid "off". When I got home, I checked the outside indications. When parking lights were on, all exteriors were on except the left front. When I flipped the left turn lever, the left front was still off and the left rear was still on parking lights but not flashing. The right hand side performed routinely.

    So is this just a burned out LF parking light bulb or is there something else like a relay or fuse that has given up the ghost? Have any of you run into this situation before?

    Thanks in advance for any information and guidance you can gift me.

    Ted Andrews

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