Posts posted by GaryBe
7 hours ago, brad said:
Now that I see it, it looks exactly like a power DOOR actuator adapted to work the trunk. Anyways, it is a GM actuator. Look for DOOR actuators.
Thank you Brad. I called Myers yesterday evening and was told it's an "actuator" and to try cleaning the contacts. Was told it either works or it doesn't. They have them in stock. I'm gonna try cleaning and see if it works any better, if not, new part time.
Thanks John. I'll look into that.
"I have a set of Delrin bushings in my 83, Hard to tell how much they help with the new Moog springs, KGB shocks and Polyurethane sway bay bushings but it the best handling and riding 80 model years I'v driven in a long time."
Could you please provide the part numbers for the Moog Springs & KGB shocks? I sure would appreciate it.
On 1/8/2023 at 11:03 AM, mfg said:
No, Dave and his wife Janet run "Studebaker Parts and Services"... very dependable supplier...Best to phone........978-897-3158
Gentlemen, I called and spoke to Dave about him, possibly, having Polyurethane control arm bushings and he does not have them, nor does he carry them.
I have my 83 that needs a total front suspension rebuild, so I'll be utilizing his inventory asap.
Good day. I'm wanting to get information on making my steering tighter on my 83. I've been driving it for a couple of weeks now and it just seems to be "loose".
It steers kinda "Floaty" for lack of a better term. I like more of a solid drive feel. Also seems to have a bit of play in the steering also. I know I can tighten or loosen my steering in my 68 C10 cause it's an aftermarket steering box, but is there an adjustment for the ones were using? And which steering box is an 83 using? And, is there an after market box that anyone can recommend?
Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.
On 10/21/2022 at 6:36 PM, regnalbob said:
The 289 production number is not the total for 1983 Avantis.
It is the total production number for 1983 & 1984 Avantis built in calendar year 1983.
Thanks again for breaking it down Bob.
So, with what you stated, should I or Can I go with the production of the 1983's as 187 or 212?
I don't mean to nit-pik, but was just wanting to get as accurate as possible.
Good day folks. As promised, I would post pics of the manuals and all related that came with my 83 I just bought. I'm not exactly sure if these are highly desirable items or if they're some what normal. Please comment on what you think and if it's "rare" or not. Just for review, I'll leave a pic of RQB-3691. The brown leather pouch is in "like new" condition, but you can barely make out, in the close up, that it came with the "Avanti" logo.
19 hours ago, regnalbob said:
That number is 1983 calendar year production, not 1983 model year production.
Thanks for your input Bob. Could you please explain further?
3 hours ago, A83 said:
On the AOAI site at Avanti.com they have bar charts showing all the years with the production numbers and list 289 for 1983.
Good luck with your car.
Thanks for the info A83.
Good day everyone. I just received my 83 this morning and I couldn't be more ecstatic!!
I've been waiting a LONG time for this and I finally own one. I know, I know, I can hear everyone now "Careful what you wish for! (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)" But that's okay, I'm good with it. It's not perfect, but the Frame, Hog throughs and all underneath is solid as a rock and clean. The Body will need attention, but it's never been wrecked or any body type of damage. It will absolutely need a paint job and it will need little things to get it back.
It runs fine and I'll have all the fluids changed and do the normal checking of cylinder pressure, plugs and tune up.
The interior is in decent shape for a, soon to be, 40 year old car. it will need some TLC as well, but overall I think I bought well. I'm going to post another thread with all the Books and owners manuals and other Original paper work I got with the car too.
On 10/12/2022 at 4:16 PM, Bill Hanlon said:
When you finish your show board please share for us less creative types.
12 hours ago, mfg said:
I don't know the exact number..however I'd like to welcome you to the '83 Avanti club...I've been driving mine, RQB 3655, for twenty eight years now!....ENJOY!!
Thanks for the welcome Ed. I appreciate it. Got a pic or 2 of your 83?
On 5/7/2022 at 9:20 PM, pantera928 said:
Clean and then paint everything you can see with
por-15 or KBS
It's been my experience that "por-15" isn't really that good of a product. I've read and seen too many complaints about it peeling off and/or not adhering to the metal. The BEST product on the market right now, and one I have had very successful experience with, is RUSTBULLET. This stuff make por-15 look like a porous band-aid. It will adhere to the metal and will not flake off or peel. You can brush it on or spray it on and you can also sand it down. Check it out: https://www.rustbullet.com/On 5/7/2022 at 9:20 PM, pantera928 said:
Good day Folks. I'll be taking delivery of my new (to me) 1983 Avanti on Friday. I'm very excited, to say the least.
I'm going to have a "Show board" made and was wondering if anyone knew the exact number of 1983's produced?
John Hull's book has it as 212 (187 + 25 = 212) and GEOFFC312 on another post on this forum said from his "Source" Avantisource.com, which is no longer a viable website, I believe, has it at 289.
So, who's correct and why the discrepancy?
Also, since John's book breaks it down even further stating; 1983 = 187 (RQB-3590 thru RQB-3776) and 1983 = 25 (RQB-3801 thru RQB-3825) and my VIN is RQB-3691, can I safely say that it's 1 of 187 produced or use the "total produced" number, which ever that is?
Thanks for your help.
2 minutes ago, WayneC said:
Here's a website that advertises Recaro replacement leather covers: https://www.lseat.com/categories/genuine-leather/recaro.html
Thanks Wayne. As I stated, I don't need nor want them re-done.
My main purpose for this thread is/was to find info about Recaro seats used in our cars and to see if their was any Part# or style# or any identifier for these seats. Also, as stated, I have the source for the leather for this particular style, but I am looking for a "cover" for these to try to save these seats from future wear and tear.
46 minutes ago, Gunslinger said:
I believe it was an Avanti exclusive seat for Avanti Motors...at least that's what they told me when I purchased a used set of Recaros from a later Avanti I installed in the '70 I owned. Some parts may be more or less universal for Recaro seats but that's about it...and they were about the most comfortable and supportive auto seats I've ever sat in.
Recaro does not have sliders or bases anymore. The sliders are more or less universal and go with Avanti-specific bases. If sliders and bases are what you want information on...contact Wedge Engineering. They have sliders and the Avanti-specific base design and can whip up bases in short order.
Thanks Gunslinger. These seats are in fantastic shape and I was just wanting info on them so I can get a proper fitting cover for them and maybe some extra Leather for any future re-do (if need be). I did find out that the company who makes this particular Leather is still in business, so that's a huge plus.
18 minutes ago, pantera928 said:
Have you removed one and looked at the bottom for a tag?
No. That will be a last resort.
1 hour ago, pantera928 said:
From 1982 through 1985, all should have AOD transmissions. After 1985, I don't know much about them.
Does the shifter show 1, 2, 3 and D on it?
Yes. it does show 1,2,3,D.
Good day everyone. I'd like get a verification, if possible. I'm looking at a 83 and was wondering if it came with a Overdrive transmission? Whether a 700R4 or the 200-4R? It doesn't say on the build sheet, but was wondering, without looking at the actual car, is there a way to know? Is it my understanding that all Avantis came with the Overdrive trans for this run?
NEVER, EVER cut your springs, NEVER!! Do a search on this topic in the search field and read all you can.
There will be other knowledgeable folks that'll chime in soon to advise.
One thing I've always wondered is, has anyone every "Air Bagged" an Avanti?
Hi everyone. Well, I was "supposed" to buy this car, then I saw it up close and personal. It was a "money-pit". First, the entire car was not as advertised and what I was told was Horse-hockey. I'll go over some of the "low-lights".
It was clear it spent sometime outside, un-sheltered. Almost all chrome was pitted or starting to pit. Even the inside Ashtrays were rusty. The rear glass gasket and Chrome surround were toast. Has a Gash in the rear flank. Mirrors, Windshield chrome surround, turn signal chrome, Vent window trim and Bumper were pitted. He said It was repainted in 2016. I asked what the paint code was and he couldn't even provide that. The paint was peeling around the head lights. Looked like a "Maaco" job. All Orange-peel. The Moonroof was sealed shut using Silicone and one side of the Moonroof was collapsed. He tried to tell me that the "Cow-catcher" bumper was a "rare" option.....I laughed and then told him about all the research and self-education I've done, then pulled out the build sheet that Dan sent me. I could see the look of "Oh S**t" come over his face.
The entire interior needed to be replaced, i.e. EVERYTHING! You could smell the moisture. He tried to tell me "well, it is a 41 year old car". I came back "Yeah well, I own a 1968 Pickup that I bought in 2003 and it was 35 years old then and it was in 10-times better shape than this".
It was a complete mess. I'm not looking to get into a complete resto. Sad too, looked great in the photos.
Oh well, the hunt continues.
Just stunning!! File under: Shoulda built it
in Avanti Pub