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  1. I couldnt find a clear answer searching the interwebs. The shop I'm having press the bearings on ordered me some. They are tapered. The tapered end expands to make the seal so theres no pounding the seals in. When I pick them up I'll post them up for archival purposes and keep the thread updated with how they hold up.
  2. Learning that half the voyage of owning an Avanti is finding the right parts. Im looking for the right axle seal for my 1970 Avanti II. I was going to have my local shop purchase and press on the wheel bearings and seals but they are having a hard time sourcing the seals. Anyone have a parts number or experience they can share. I put a call into Myer's Studebaker, they said they will look in their inventory to see what they have.
  3. @Gunslinger thanks for that. I’ll put a call into Myers today.
  4. Im baselining the rear end of the 1970 Avanti I have. I pulled the axles off and having my local shop press in the seals and bearings. I'd like to refresh the brakes while im there. Im looking at the Wagner Brakes PAB53 shoes and would like to replace the wheel cylinders at the same time. What over the counter or online wheel cylinders will work? Thanks in advance. Or is there an entire brake drum assembly replacement that will work?
  5. I think I found part of the reason the Avanti has a mean sway on freeway bumps, haha.
  6. Thanks @Jim78. The site wasnt loading on phone, thought maybe it was dead. Clear as day on the computer.
  7. Will do. Still would be great to know for future references.
  8. Looking to see if I can find a clear answer from people experienced with the Turner brake conversion. My brakes are quite squeaky and I would like to start by replacing the pads. I saw that some stated early model S10 truck pads work and others mentioned pads from 70’s el Camino’s will work.
  9. Found this shop and made a visit. The owners Avanti has unmodified suspension and it was night and day compared to mine. Much more stiffer with out the bounce.
  10. Looking for an AC bracket for a 1970 Avanti II, 350 v8 motor. Car was originally equipped with AC but was taken out at some point. Would be nice to find a used one to keep labor hours down.
  11. Also there’s a starter solenoid replacement unit which is interesting because the starter is starting to only spin with out engaging, 2 out of three times. Although this solenoid doesn’t look exactly what’s on the current starter. I’ll get into it this week. mom guessing because the solenoid is addressed to the first owner, the original starter was simply replaced by the second owner. Cool to have none the less.
  12. Took pictures of some of the extras that came with the car. The am/fm radio w/ cassette is cool but I’m keeping the og radio and going to see if I can modernize its internals. I may use the speaker replacements. Still working out what direction I’m going with the sound.
  13. Thanks @Gunslinger and @Avanti83 for those tips and info. Both front and back do rock when pushing down on the fenders. Totally understand that this is old tech. Im kind of comparing the suspension fatigue to my experience with an old Landcruiser I got back on the road a few years ago. I know its apples to oranges but after upgrading the shocks to new "foam cell" shocks and some fresh leaf springs the truck rode amazing compared to the stock leafs and shocks. I actually just got back from the Nursery with 4 1'cubic bags of cactus soil in the trunk and there was an improvement in ride, HA.
  14. @Avanti83 Thanks. Most the bushings besides the those on the shocks look acceptable from what I could see. I'll have to get it up in the air to really see. The overspray on the leaf springs is a tell that they are original to the car. They look very flat and Im wondering what kind of arch they should have? On Avantiparts I'm seeing replacements for every corner. Curious if anyone has used these items and what their impression was. Im sure itll ride much nicer with fresh components.
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