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Desert Driver

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  1. My venting hoses were toast as well. Having given a lot of thought to cooling down the transmission shifter, I came to the conclusion it just wasn't worth the time or money to replace them. So I plugged the upper holes and moved on. The 700r replacement for the Borg Warner transmission improved things somewhat as engine rpms have dropped considerably. Now please don't get me started on engine compartment ventilation 🤬
  2. In the Avanti Pub portion of this forum, I've posted some incredible YouTube restoration videos on a '63 R2. Here's the link:
  3. In the Avanti Pub portion of this forum, I've posted some incredible YouTube restoration videos on a '63 R2. Here's the link:
  4. I stumbled across incredible YouTube videos posted by Neil Loughlin showcasing restoration work he's performed on a friend's '63 R2. Some of this stuff is covered in shop manuals and printed articles, but seeing it done with your own eyes makes it a lot easier to comprehend. There are 25 videos of the R2 Neil posted. I've attached links for #1 and #25...the "before" and "after" videos. Check out the other 23 videos. fyi - his YT channel for more tasty stuff - including a 1957 Golden Hawk.
  5. Depends (and the brand name is Depend) are made by Kimberly Clark, which also makes Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies and many brands of T.P. Not sure what any of this has to do with Avantis, but Kimberly Clark started what became Midwest Express Airlines which had a commuter partner that served South Bend. Truly TMI 🤪
  6. My '71 has a vertical rocker switch on the dash panel (low and high wiper speed). In the center of the switch is a button that activates the windshield washer. I have an inline pump and a FoMoCo reservoir bag (gotta get a Stude bag). As far as the blades go, I replaced the bayonets with the correct silver ones). Easy find at NAPA. If this helps, I can post some pix for ya.
  7. I'll just take a wild guess...the third floor. Fewer pigeons than the fourth!
  8. Wow...this one went the distance. Depends for all!
  9. Ground floor would probably be too dirty and dusty. Upper floors would dictate more TLC when moving bodies downstairs. So my guess is the 2nd floor. Unfortunately not enough cars were assembled to meet dealer demand regardless of where they were built.
  10. Love to hear the story on this one! Interior looks brand new and the top appears to be in good working condition. Check out the link and the excellent documentation in the photo session. Tom Kellog signed this car in several areas. Brand new $50k.
  11. A great present for your 71st Birthday is a '71 Avanti! I'm partial to that year (my college graduation and I have a '71 as well). Please post some photos of your new baby for us fellow Avantians!
  12. All of that is correct. Took out my Borg Warner automatic boat anchor and went with a 700R. At 70mph I'm doing about 2100 RPM..a lot more civilized!
  13. Don't recommend pulling the dash...that's a BIG project. I've had luck by removing the driver's seat and laying on my back (with plenty of foam rubber support) to access the gauges. You can also pull the radio speaker and get some of them. Nothing about this job is easy as the instrument panel was assembled on a bench, then installed in the car. Being a contortionist is also helpful!
  14. As my son would say, pretty sick! If you need anyone to test drive it, I'm available. 👍👍
  15. Whoa...that is something else!! Aint your grandfather's Lark frame doing the heavy lifting. Suspension looks really good, and the modern steering will allow you to power through all the turns at optimal speed. Are those new hog troughs I see? More photos, please....lovin' the stance you've given it!
  16. That is one nasty rheostat on my '71. Let that sucker cool down after you shut it off to remove it. That thing will burn your fingers. Ask the man who owns one!
  17. Agree wholeheartedly with Gunslinger, your library should include multiple books by multiple authors regarding Avanti. One of my favorites is by Studebaker archivist Andy Beckman, "Studebaker's Last Dance: the Avanti". The photographs and inside information are incredible due to Beckman's access to Studebaker documents and photos. Especially noteworthy is Chapter 6: Paradise Lost, which details reasons why Studebaker shuttered South Bend, thus ending Avanti production. A freebie that makes for interesting reading is The Lamberti Papers - notes taken by Dr N.A. Lamberti, VP of Operations: https://studebaker-info.org/Lamberti/lambertipagesintro.html This voluminous document (depressing at times) is one of many tasty treats on Bob Johnstone's excellent web page: https://studebaker-info.org. Happy viewing!
  18. Looks to be spring loaded and perhaps part of what kicks the lighter out when the element gets hot. The diameter of my original socket was too big for devices that plug in for juice (battery charger, air pump, etc) and wouldn't make a consistent electrical connection. Replaced the whole thing with a new socket and lighter from Amazon - did the trick.
  19. And another piece of the puzzle falls into place! Thanks so much for posting this...I'll print and insert in my shop manual.
  20. I suspect these things were put in with LocTite or a similar product. I was able to get mine out with massive quantities of PB Blaster and a beater bar - don't attempt it with a socket wrench. If you can get it to move a 1/16 of an inch either way, keep at it. That slight movement will allow the penetrating oil to seep down the threads. Do NOT use a blow torch to heat the bolt head - fiberglass and open flames are a deadly combination. Persistence and patience will do the trick!
  21. I applied HushMat as well as carpet pad to minimize noise and vibration from the rear bench seat springs. HushMat sticks to any clean surface, and the padding is held in place with Scotch Super 77 adhesive. Padding is on the fiberglass cover over the fuel tank, and on top of the driveshaft tunnel.
  22. Hopefully that filter is catching all the rusticles from the old sender! It's a lot easier to work on the fuel tank by removing the rear bench seat. Another issue I had was the misalignment between the filler tube and the tank itself. A rubber hose is used between the two, and if it's not perfectly aligned, gasoline pumped into the tank will backflow and shoot out over your car. I was able to loosen the clamps on mine and rotate the hose, but sometimes it's a real booger to rotate. Keep up the good work!
  23. The replacement sender should work just fine. Before installing it, test it using a multimeter. When the float is all the way up, there should be enough current to make the gauge read "Full". The sender aint high tech, and there are plenty of "how to" videos on YouTube.
  24. Having gone through my power windows, I strongly suggest you purchase a new spring. There's a better than 50/50 chance of burning out the motor if you don't have the spring doing the heavy lifting. Its sole purpose is to assist the motor when you raise the window. The glass is heavier than you may think. When you lower the window, gravity helps to wind the spring. Removing a window is a real pain...but you'll find it a lot easier to repair the lifting mechanism with it out of the way.
  25. If you can get past the constant mispronunciation of Studebaker, this one is pretty good! The Loewy quote about going from zero to zero in 12 months is one I hadn't heard. And Egbert's mandate to VP Engineer Hardig is comical. Wish this guy would do a new voice over to correct his mistake (I'll let the Brigette Bardot faux paus slide).
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