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  1. Yes, #1 and 2 are both R3 car. Those two I own. There was also a R4 convertible. Serial number 1 convertible was a build mule for the 64 convertible and was actually built on a frame with no X member. I don’t think this car was ever intended to leave Studebaker and sold to the general public. However, in the total confusion at the end, Paxton ended up with the car and sold it. Paxton took advantage of no X member as the car was a little lighter than the sister car. It was equipped with a 3.31 gear as opposed to a 3.07 and was used for the standing start runs. The other car, #2, was used for long range runs and had the 3.07.

  2. Typically the wet front carpet on the Stude Avantis isn’t weatherstrip but rather from clogged or non functioning cowl drains. The water coming in through the cowl vent behind the hood drains down into the side of the cowl in front of the doors. It overflows out the lower hinge pocket down onto the threshold rubber and into the car. You can access this area for cleaning through the vents in the footwell. Try putting a hose through the cowl grill and see if the water runs out the bottom of the fender.or ends up running into the car. These drains were very often bondoed over when new.

  3. On 1/26/2023 at 9:14 AM, Nelson said:

    I have seen one factory photo of an R4 engine compartment but don’t know where I saw it….probably the museum archives. Anyway, I was talking with George Krem about that photo and he had also seen it and in fact may have a copy. He is looking for it and will send a copy to me when and if he finds it. I’ll publish it here if it arrives.

    Are you certain it was one of the EX cars that got the R4 treatment? I speculated that it may have been 1016 since it had a R4 with the R3 setup when purchased from Paxton. Though it would make sense it was a South Bend engineering car.

    George Krem sent this picture of an R4 in an Avanti that he found possibly in the archives. I mentioned I saw one years ago but this is not that one. This one is a photo of a photo so isn’t what I’d hoped for but still it shows one existed. If you look hard you can see the Avanti surge tank in the photo.


  4. Are any of the 63, 64 and a few years later Avanti weatherstrips available by the foot rather than by the single application length. I would think the door surround rubber, trunk and hood rubber and upper door skin to window wiper rubber would be simple extrusions and possibly be available on the after market. I doubt if Avanti was the sole user of these extrusions.

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