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  1. Been searching for any threads with info on weatherstrip replacements, haven’t come across any. Has anyone had experience with installing new weather strips on the doors? The car is kept in the garage but it would be nice to have the rattles and wind noise minimized.
  2. Getting closer to updating my suspension. Koni 8040-1018 shocks for the rear to along with some new leaf springs that are being made. Koni 8040-1017 shocks will go up front with some NOS Moog CC655's I found on ebay. A-arm bushings look a lil worn so I need to take a closer look at those. Rear sway bar frame mount came undone so Im going to take the car to fabricator to replate that section. Also removing the quadrajet to get rebuilt locally and might even put on a Edelbrock Performer intake manifold. The gaskets on the valve covers and intake manifold are leaking a noticeable amount.
  3. @Desert Driver Nice info and picts. Im about to take on this task myself. My Avanti II came with the fiberglass replacement pieces uninstalled. Was even thinking about putting in the sticky sound deadener. I may try covering the fiberglass in some fabric first. Thought i mention, for anyone interested, that this company will reproduce leather almost exactly if some one was to send a sample to match for color and texture. https://relicate.com/
  4. Like I mentioned in our past communication, I have not used a check book in almost 8 years. Im more looking for an online vendor or some one able to take payment via the interweb. Thanks for taking the time to let me know that you will pass.
  5. Anyone know where I can source some fresh firewall plugs?
  6. Wow this has been a process... I finally called Myers Studebaker and described what I needed in detail and they are sending out the proper seal... hopefully.
  7. Still waiting on inner axle seals, the final pieces, before reinstalling the rebuilt axles. Finding the right bearings and seals has been a PIA.
  8. Just keeping this thread up to date. I noticed a wheel bearing making a failing noise so I got into the rear end. That was a can of worms. The traction bar bushings needed replacing but I snapped a bolt off when I was trying to remove them. Ground off the original mount, drilled & tapped, added threads to a fresh grade 8 bolt and now waiting on a friend to come by to weld things in place. Also sanded and painted the traction bars. Fresh bushings from Avantiparts.biz
  9. Here you go @adamderosa
  10. Tryin to do what I can. Really wish i had welding under my belt.
  11. Thanks @mfg. I ended up cutting the entire stud off. I was hoping the head could be punched out but its partially welded in. I found some grade 8 hardware to match at the hardware store, lobbed off the head and threaded the unthreaded side. Then I drilled and tapped the bracket to match. I'll need to take the car to a shop to weld things in place but it should hold up nice.
  12. Went to replace the bushings on the traction bars, while I had the axle apart. Passenger side came out fine, driver side, not so much. Anyone encounter this? Any suggestions? im thinking I may have to grind the rest off at the bracket surface and have someone tig weld a replacement. IMG_0945.MOV
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. @Gunslinger thanks for that. I’ll put a call into Myers today.
  16. 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?
  17. I think I found part of the reason the Avanti has a mean sway on freeway bumps, haha.
  18. Thanks @Jim78. The site wasnt loading on phone, thought maybe it was dead. Clear as day on the computer.
  19. Will do. Still would be great to know for future references.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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. I'll assess the kingpins and go from there. Thinking I'll order some coils and leafsprings from Avantiparts and talk to a few shops here locally about shocks.
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