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  1. Nelson

    R4 Twin!

    the museum car had a bench split seat. The R4 had buckets. However, pretty close.
  2. Did you ever look at the wrist pin in a Stude? It is very strong but heavy. The ID gets smaller toward the mid section. Very strong but again a lot of reciprocating weight. I would think they could have saved several 1960 dollars per car if they would have taken a hard look at the rods and pistons.
  3. I think he did/does run those pins. I never understood why you wouldn’t run full floating pins. I’m sure there is a reason. That bolt and nut and additional machining to the rods done by Studebaker had to be expensive. I wonder what they were thinking?
  4. Well good, we all learn on this site! To clarify the rods on the R3/4 engines: only the first 50 or so engines had the special rods with pressed pins in the rod. After that the standard Stude rod was used.
  5. Pins are not full floating in either one. They’re locked in place with a nut and bolt on the R1 and pressed in the rod on the R3/4. just nitpicking, sorry.
  6. Let’s see: contacts on the switches burn and lose their contacts, the breaker under the hood goes bad, the fiberglass cracks around the regulator and water gets into the motor causing it to freeze up. Also the stops for the window travel get lose and allow over travel, wires on the earlier or rather everything but the late models have wiring that can break or short as it’s not in a controlled run at the hinge post as in the late 64’s. Etc. etc.
  7. Nelson

    Avanti Color!

    Could well be. I don’t think the combustion chambers were tampered with. I can’t remember what the tops of the pistons looked like ie. Flat or dished.it had R3 rods so I saved those and gave the crank and pistons to a fellow Stude nut who was going to try and do something with them. that never did happen.
  8. Nelson

    R4 Issues!

    It burned lots of oil on its trip to California.
  9. Well the next guess will be three. It’s been years ago but I had all of them collected and probably still do. My memory is foggy but there were at least three different ones. You would never notice at first glance but the difference are significant and mostly in the wording. I wonder if the three (or more) are listed separately in the parts manual? I’m not home to check.
  10. Nelson

    Avanti Color!

    I really don’t know.
  11. How many different horn buttons were used on Avantis 1963 thru 1964
  12. pointed toward the engine.
  13. Nelson

    Avanti Color!

    It detonated so bad I was afraid to drive it. Had the car for years and I doubt if I put 100 miles on it.
  14. Nelson

    Avanti Color!

    A machine shop in Michigan did that work not Paxton. The block was furnished by Paxton and I think they offered stroker kits maybe out to a 1/4 inch but I don’t think anyone had tried a 5/8 stroker before and I think it’s obvious why now that I’ve torn one down.
  15. Nelson

    Avanti Color!

    I think about 350 cubic inch. Miles told me it was a 360 plus motor but I think he thought it started out a 304. I never believed the 5/8 stroker story until I dismantled it. It was so much stroke that the rod caps would have hit the cam-lobes so the cam was remade with a reduced base circle. I don’t know how they expected it to survive? I seem to remember the wrist pin peeking out the bottom of the cylinder when turning over the engine with the pan off. The engine was built totally on the edge.
  16. I am shooting from the hip as I’m on the road with no reference shop manual but…when you put the ram back on did you put the hoses back on the ram in the correct location not reversed? Also, I seem to remember a deflector in the reservoir that keeps the return fluid under control and not blowing against the lid. Maybe I’m just dreaming that? Also, could you have a cracked fitting or lose fitting hose to pump?
  17. Not sure how to help but does it leak with the engine NOT RUNNING? from your description it sounds like someone else has been working on it and they probably didn’t know what they were doing..torn seals, not worn seals
  18. Peter. Thanks but not what I’m trying to find. I saw the photo possibly forty years ago and may have been at the Studebaker archives well before any museum. It was a glossy, 5x7 (?) black and white. Definitely a factory photo as it was taken in a building or studio with no discreet background. Those photos are generally detailed enough that you can examine small detain or body tag under the hood.
  19. Nelson

    Avanti Color!

    Yes, the car I’m referring to is the HRM R3 Daytona. It ran a 304 cubic inch R3. The original engine is back in the car. Miles built several stroker motors for the car and the latest one was a 299 with a 5/8 stroker.
  20. Many years ago I ran across a factory photo of an R4 engine installation in an Avanti. It was an over engine bay shot either with the hood off or possibly the support removed and hood at a vertical position. I’ve asked Richard Quinn and Andy Beckman if either remember seeing the photo but neither one can remember seeing it. Has anybody seen this photo or have access to it?
  21. Nelson

    Avanti Color!

    With that comment I imagine you must have read the poster boards? It really is a self inflicted dilemma I’m faced with. I am tip toeing through the restoration. I decided to go ahead with the seat reupholstering and will try to maintain the original early style uncomfortable front seat back cushion. I just delivered those seats to a shop recommended by Brad Bez and Lew Schucart. Lew and I explained to the upholsterer in detail just how the seats need to be done. I agree on getting an engine back to spec. I am fortunate to have many odd ball R3/4 items. I actually have a choice on using a 299 or 304 block. The 299 block was in the Myles Walker car with a 5/8 stroker that Miles had built. The block came from Paxton but was a early engine with the 060 overbore. It has the chamfered cylinders and the small water holes between the cylinders so it’s the real thing.. I will replace the dash pad, headliner and many upholstery pieces as I think needed. The exreior paint is still a question. Certainly nothing under the hood will be repainted and nothing in the lower air scoop under the front bumper. Will do plenty of soul searching bringing this car back. Sure would be nice to find a set of NOS turquoise seat upholstery before I have to settle for something close.
  22. Are you two brothers?🤔
  23. Without looking I’m going to say four. I’ll change that to six if you exclude Avanti on the other side of Paula Murphy on the calendar.
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