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Ron Dame

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  1. I'm getting exhaust in the cabin, so lets start with the basics. This is Thea, a 1980 Avanti II. It has a nearly new stainless steel exhaust installed by Jon Myer before I bought the car from him. I can't hear any leaks, but my ears suck. The trunk seal looks OK, not pristine, but not badly cracked and no serious cracks or lost chunks. It seems to close correctly and fully. The exhaust tips extend past the lower valence as they should. If the windows are all closed and the vents open, no problem. I'm not sure about if the vents are closed. Windows down, all is OK, but some smell enters the cabin with either with any of the other glasses open or shut. If the windows are up and either the vent wings or rear vents glasses are open, I get exhaust inside. Where do I start looking for this?
  2. OK, thanks, I'll need to change the bulb then
  3. I thought that was the high beam indicator. I don't have a working one, and assumed I need to get in there and change the bulb, so I will be interested in finding out what it really is.
  4. The Blaupunkt that is in there has noisy volume and balance controls and I wanted bluetooth, so like Pantera, I bought a Retrosound unit. In the middle of the night, it occurred to me that removing the top speaker grille might work. I don't think there is actually a speaker there since I have 2 in the kick panels and 2 on the rear shelf. Thanks for the confirmation Bez!
  5. My first Studebaker was a '62 GT Hawk. I stopped for gas and the old greasy guy came out of the garage bay and asked " Iz that one of them Valvos?" Oh lort.....
  6. What I thought would be a simple radio change tossed me a curve. The panel below the radio that extends from the steering column to the right door panel is riveted in. Before I drill out a bunch of rivets, is there an easier way to gain access for the swap?
  7. Thanks everyone. I'm used to Studebaker engines, but in close to 50 years of cars, this is honestly the first Chevy engine I've every had, except for a Stovebolt 6 in a truck. I know lots love the SBC, but it doesn't seem to be the best designed engine as far as maintenance goes. At least not in an Avanti II. I just re-read this... 50 years of cars. Damn I feel old.
  8. How the heck do you change spark plugs on a 350? From underneath? And how do you find which spark lead is #1 for timing?
  9. These ujoint, while they don't feel sloppy, don't have a grease fitting and look dry and crusty. I have a pair coming my way, and we'll see if that fixes it. Thanks!
  10. On my '80, I found one hose of a molded two-hose connector to the purge valve rotted. I cut the rotted hose off, took a 3/4" long section of brake line, pushed into the connector fitting, and re[placed the line. A dad of liquid tape to assure a seal, and it's invisible unless you look close.
  11. OK, so as far as tune, I apparently am OK, so I won't look for problems. As I'd like an LSD, I might swap to a lower numerical ratio at the same time as I'm not a speed freak, but I'm not a granny either.
  12. Thanks, but that only works for each email. It doesn't prevent it from happening on the next notification.
  13. I'm using gmail, and all replies to my AOAI posts go straight to spam. I can't find a way on gmail to not filter these, so I am wondering if others have this issue and can help me? Thanks!
  14. I bought my '80 (350/TH400) not expecting it to be an economy car, but even after a full tune and a carb kit, I'm getting only 14 MPG mixed driving, though largely highway miles. I was hoping more around 18 in mixed, so I am wondering is it typical, or do I need to some more sleuthing? Thanks!
  15. OK thanks. I had not considered U joints or bearings, honestly I am thinking more a larger panel that was resonating. So I will chack all of this out and get back with everyone. Thanks!
  16. No ideas? It doesn't matter what gear I am in or not in, it seems to be a low resonance drumming or drone like a panel vinbrating if that helps.
  17. I had searched for cut springs, cutting springs, lowering, and a few other combos and did not find what I was looking for. What terms did you use in your search? Thanks!
  18. I'd like to get some of the original rake back. Sure the "best" way is to remove body shims and even open up the wheel wells. But if I cut a coil off of the springs, how much would it drop it, and would I end up with new issues with clearance and caster?
  19. My newly purchased 1980 has a drumming sound between 30 and 35 MPH. If anyone else had and fixed this, where did you put the sound deadening?
  20. I drilled 1/2" holes in my hog troughs, flushed them out as best as I could, let them dry for a few weeks, and used Eastwood Internal Frame Coating on them. It has a long, flexible wand with a 360 degree spray pattern, to get top, bottom, and sides. I did this too on the frame at the front spring mount and the rear cross member. Then I plugged the holes with plastic plugs.
  21. By chance, do the diameter and spline counts of match a GM shaft? I'd love to put an original wheel on my 1980
  22. Good idea, though since I bought it from him, I think he might have mentioned he had one!
  23. I just bought RQB 3127 and the sun roof glass is cracked. I'm not going to paint the car, otherwise I'd delete it. Anyone have one lying around?
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