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Desert Driver

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  1. Aside from aesthetics, it's gotta help the engine run cooler. I'd be interested in purchasing one when details are worked out.
  2. I put one on my '71. N/A would build your Avanti II with just about anything your heart (and wallet) desired.
  3. The YouTube video is a must see. In reality, it's more like a blog or podcast...but worth every 44 minutes to hear Geoff talk about the rebirth of Avanti after Studebaker stopped production. Without the foresight (and sheer determination) of Newman & Altman, our beloved automobiles would only be from production years '63 & '64. Avanti lived for an incredible four decades more! Back in the days of Kodachrome, we hoped the memories would last before the colors faded. But in today's digital world, the memories and colorful history are here for today and future generations. Thanks, Geoff...you left us one of the greatest stories in automotive history!
  4. Cram the exhaust hose of a shop vac into the cabin vents and follow the air flow. There's got to be an obstruction somewhere between point A and point B./
  5. Sounds like it. There are two rollers on the top of the regulator that ride in the track attached to the bottom of the window. If one comes out of the track, your window will most likely jam. If they both come out, then the window will drop rapidly into the inside of the door. Once you get the door panel off, you (or your mechanic) can look top down into the two sides of the door, or through the bottom access opening of the door and figure it out. I've had issues with both front windows due primarily to parts wearing out from age.
  6. I got mine out thru the dash speaker grille. Not too difficult, you just have to remove all the knobs, washers, and nuts on the front of the radio. I would strongly suggest you kill the battery to avoid getting shocked by a hot wire.
  7. Two great lookers! The Magnum 500s and raised letter tires really pop on the lead car.
  8. "Keep the faith"....great advice from Jim Bunting to loyal Avanti owners worldwide. It was great to hear the many stories from the man who produced AVX 1-3, and was the inspiration for 2001-2007 Avantis. Every single Avanti from 1963 on was so eye catching, that many groceries were dropped by those who saw one drive by. Congratulations, Mr Bunting. Mission accomplished!
  9. 17 inch Magnum 500s. They really give the car a more muscular look, and the tires I purchased provide solid road handling.
  10. Glad to see someone so devoted to keeping our cars on the road. A year is well worth the wait. 👍
  11. Excellent stuff to use if everything is out of the vehicle. Looks like your car is a good candidate. Just be sure to do all inside body repairs prior to using it.
  12. On my '71, the VIN can be found on the front side of the driver's door frame, as well as in a small cut out area of the dash (driver side, next to the windshield). The VIN is only seven digits on my car.
  13. Most of the time the sending unit is the culprit (the float goes bad). If your Avanti gas tank is like mine (1971), the sending unit can easily be removed when you take out the upright portion of the rear seat.
  14. Dale Sexton has been an outstanding caretaker of AVX 1. A real class act, and a true friend!
  15. What holds the clips on the roll bar cover are metal spanners glued to the cover's back. My cover was drooping on one side, so I pulled the whole thing off. The adhesive for several spanners was vaporized, others were very loose. Plus the vinyl material on the cover was coming off. Using silicone adhesive and Gorilla tape, I reglued everything and it went back into place perfectly. (the clips were soaked in PB Blaster over night, and straightened with needle nose pliers before being reattached)
  16. EPAS is slick and will give you power steering like a contemporary car...but cha-ching $$. I had my steering system gone through and replaced a lot of worn out, or incorrect parts. It aint real power steering...just boost from the hydraulic ram. If you pull it out and go with manual steering, be prepared for a real good muscle workout. But you'll look really buff at the gym!
  17. Your English is perfect...the job is a real PITA! Sounds like you're replacing the vent window gasket. I used the shortest knife handle rivets Ace Hardware sold with pretty good luck. They're two part and you have to compress them together to work. Drilling out the original rivets was also a challenge. You have a lot more room to work if you remove the ventilator. Now if you're replacing the whiskers in the channel that holds the main window, that's another horror story. Send a PM with your contact info and I'll be happy to help out.
  18. Yup...did both earlier this year. Not my favorite job, but it can be a DIY.
  19. I wanted a passenger side mirror that looked exactly like the AMC sourced diver side mirror for my '71 Avanti. These folks have them, but they don't offer convex glass and are pricey. If you want originality, these are your ticket: Driver side. https://pgclassic.com/products/amc-234lhcr?variant=39533547159721 Passenger side. https://pgclassic.com/collections/amc/products/amc-234rhc AMC didn't make a passenger side mirror with the cable remote....that's what I wanted, too 😖
  20. Now that's a project! Keep the photos and commentary coming. And by all means, do not tell the CEO you've put a 460hp engine in that car.
  21. 4) 1389 * * my sources claim 1390, but I really want to win the prize and enjoy a glass of Tang like the astronauts do!
  22. Here in Phoenix, the UV rays add to the misery of our summer heat. Thanks to a recommendation from AOAI legend Dale Sexton, I found a shop that specializes in minimizing UV penetration. Not a single problem with doing the back window, plus I had them do the windshield as that small band of tint at the top doesn't do much. Removing your headliner and installing some insulation to the underside of the roof will help lower heat transfer. Also plug penetrations between the engine compartment and the cabin to minimize engine heat transfer. All these things have helped my ride, in spite of a rather weak AC system designed decades ago.
  23. Looks like Red Green worked on that shade by all the duct tape!
  24. Good point! Now if we can get others to say Avan-tee instead of Avanti-tay. 🤔
  25. True....a drop of balloons at the end of each presentation. Good thing this was Avanti instead of WKRP...turkeys might have been dropped. 😵
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