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  1. At 6’ 5” I sit tall in most cars unless I can power the seat to a low position. For me, most rear view mirrors obscure my view of the road. The mirror in the low position only blocks out my view of the hood, not the road. Not sure what the original intent of the low mounted mirror was, but it did work for some of us!  Mike

  2. Dan Booth’s background as an Avanti dealer and a factory authorized warranty provider make him one of most knowledgeable sources of information in the Avanti world.  That plus his acquisition of the factory part inventory make him a go to guy.  

    Dan’s relationships with former factory owners and employees are the basis of behind the scene stories that would make a great book.  As a one man show selling parts and writing how-to articles in Avanti Magazine it doesn’t seem likely we will ever see a book.  Too bad, but as enthusiasts we should be thankful we have Dan and all the other knowledgeable vendors and repair folks out there   Mike




  3. Dunkin

    The AOAI magazine has advertising from several parts vendors, has cars for sale, and has many articles on repairs and car shows. It also lists various Avanti Clubs around the country. You should do a little research before you dive into the car hobby, and definitely Avanti!  Good luck, Mike

  4. I had a sales brochure from the 70’s that touted the custom interior combinations. A really neat selling point if you wanted to have your car built to your taste, but it’s hard to imagine spending that much money for a car and then doing that to it! If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we must have had different eyesight back then.  Mike

  5. John

    Not sure about the wheelchair but here is a walker I used a couple years ago after I had my knee replaced. I’m 6’4”, it’s extended, and it fits easy in my 83. Dwight has a good point, take your wife and see how she does getting in and out. Mike


  6. Goodin

    My car originally had a moonroof and a previous owner removed it.  Turned out very nice  

    Dan Booth of Nostalgic Motors has NOS roof skins advertised in the latest Avanti magazine. He also has a wealth of information. Good luck. Mike

  7. I guess a question I would have is at what point does the “make it special” factor get outweighed by the cost factor?  My 305 certainly is no hot rod, but I wonder if the cost of an LS vs a crate 350, say 330 hp or so would make it that much more fun. Kind of limited by tires, suspension, and brakes at some point,  but a LS would look good at show. I realize there is probably no right answer for this,  but  how about some of you with high hp conversions weighing in if you feel like you got a good bang for your buck. Thanks, Mike

  8. I went to the local Pull and Save and bought a quadrajet and Intake manifold off a 1976 Chev 4x4. $20. A local retired Napa guy rebuilt the carb for $100.  The electric thing on my 83 hasn’t given me much trouble other than it seems to run rich.  We’ll see how it turns out. Mike

  9. Welcome Glennon

    In Washington State one can license their older vehicle as a “collector’s vehicle” and only a rear plate is required, while the average vehicle must display front and rear. The collector vehicle classification does limit the use of the car-it can’t be used as a daily driver. Check your state regulations for how you intend to use your car  

    Also, check this recent link.   Mike


  10. In Washington State I have a collector vehicle plate, a one time purchase that goes on the back only. There are restrictions so it won’t work for a daily driver. Looks like Maryland has an “historic vehicle” category but your car has to be fifty years old. The Chevy dealership I worked at in college used dealer plates with springs and clips the hooked on the rear bumper, never tried it on the front but it could probably be done to withstand the wind.

    I agree the Avanti looks better without the front plate.   Mike

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