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  1. It's an unfortunate issue, but I can no longer keep my 83, RQB-3691. Mechanically she's solid, drivable and gets up and goes!

    I decided to post it here and on the "for sale" forum to let you, the regulars, know it's availability.  


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  2. Good day all. I can no longer keep my 83 and have to sell it. 

    I'm the 3rd owner and I will give all the info I can and Plenty of pics. I have the "Born Sheet" from Dan Booth. 

    First, all the good stuff; 305 runs Great, Oil Changed when I got it and valve train checked, Anything that needed attention was done. 700R4, shifts great, Tranny Fluid flushed and checked for metal, None to be found. Rear has been check, Grease in good condition and no leaks. 

    The Interior is in Fantastic shape, Only the Drivers seat has visible wear on the side, everything else is unblemished. The roof slide/moon roof slide has the fabric coming off. Gauges work, gas gauge has a mind of it's own.

    New Tires, New Shocks, Front end suspension rebuilt, greased and tightened up. Hog Throughs and Frame in fantastic shape. One reason I bought the car was that it had solid frame, Hogs and suspension.

    Not so good stuff; The Body and paint are really the only issue with this car. It really needs paint. No dents or damage from any wrecks. Glass is flawless. I just drove it today and it gets up and drives nice. 

    I'm starting at $15k, but will entertain reasonable offers.  Please use the following to contact me: gbinge68@gmail.com

    Thank you




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  3. 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. 

  4. "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.

  5. 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.  

  6. 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. 

    Thank you

  7. 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.

    Thank you.


  8. 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.



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  9. 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.


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  10. 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?

  11. 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/

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  12. 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.




  13. 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. 


  14. 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. 

  15. Good day everyone. Newbee question: Does anyone have any info on the Recaro seats used in our cars? Style number or part number or any type of identifier? Also, the seats were made in "Eagle Ottawa #7307 Tan Leather" as is the entire interior.


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