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  1. Depending on the year...sometime in the early to mid-70s Avanti Motors dropped the glass lenses due to federal regulations.
  2. Find some matching upholstery and a block of foam that will fit in snugly and have an upholsterer cut and fit it.
  3. That's the starter solenoid. It's an easily found part...many Fords used it during that time. You can get one at NAPA, Pep Boys and most local places.
  4. Antennas work better with a ground plane...with a metal body the antenna is self-grounding and the body acts to broaden the area of reception...especially with FM radio.
  5. You can use pretty much any universal antenna that appeals to you...but you have to run a ground wire to the chassis somewhere...one of the bolts under the trunk carpeting will work. On the '70 I owned I added some sheet metal under the antenna to act as a ground plane for better reception. I used an antenna that retracted all the way into the body nearly flush with the mount. A power antenna can install the same way...other than the power lead and make sure you run a ground wire.
  6. What to buy depends on the sound you want. Muffler technology has improved immeasurably since the Avanti was designed. You can get the sound you want without shattering windows when going down the street. For performance mufflers consider either Magnaflow or Flowmasters. Flowmasters have a loud, raspy sound that wakes up any neighborhood. Magnaflows have a deeper rumble that opens up with rpm's and speed.
  7. Avanti Motors played some games when titling cars. Some were titled to whatever year they were sold until the feds came out with rules against such things. I don't know whether Avanti Motors followed model years like the big automakers did...September to September or by calendar year...maybe it was whichever was most convenient to make the sale. Even automakers today have pretty fluid model year designations.
  8. Studebaker International has reproduction manufacturers stickers for '87-'90 Avantis. Part #801118.
  9. The bolt circle is 4.5"...the same as Chrysler, AMC and most Ford products.
  10. When the Avanti Motor Corporation introduced the Avanti II in 1965 the cars were "loaded"...came with a/c and most accessories as standard which was the opposite of most car makers. The MSRP reflected that. Within a year or so that policy was changed to base level plus options which was more in line with industry standards and more importantly...what potential buyers were accustomed to. That lowered the MSRP so it didn't scare off buyers. It's quite likely your Avanti came standard with a/c. It's a good system...for the 1960s. If in fine order it will freeze you out of the car. If it requires repair there are better options today.
  11. Looks custom fabricated to me. It also looks ineffective. It doesn't look able to either direct air up into the radiator opening or to redirect air from the underbody.
  12. After over twenty years since the "gadget car" DB-5 was stolen from a supposedly secure location in Florida, it looks like the Goldfinger car has been found. Goldfinger DB-5 I saw the at the Washington, DC Auto Show in the early '90s where I took these photos. The car sits high as the engine had been removed.
  13. There's no direct replacement other than an Avanti rear seat base. I'm thinking rebuilding them would be tedious and expensive...I could be wrong as maybe cleaning the rust off and giving them a coat of a rust resistant finish could suffice. You can contact Jon Myer of Myer's Studebaker or Dan Booth at Nostalgic and see what they each might have. When I was at Myer's Studebaker some time ago he had a number of Avanti parts cars. Otherwise you need to keep an eye on Studebaker swap meets (few as they are) and maybe source seats. That's how I found a complete set of Avanti seats for the '70 I used to own. If you can locate a rear seat from an Avanti II from after the '71-'72 era they were made with "pneumocel" (sp?) which doesn't use springs but looks like spaghetti noodles formed to make the seat support. Avanti Motors switched to that when they started installing sun roofs and needed a lower seat due to the loss of some headroom due to the sun roof installation. Standard coil spring seats would bottom out when the seats were made lower...the pneumocel seats didn't allow for much compression. They did make for a superior seat.
  14. It's probably wired into the horns. Check the wiring and see whether there's extra wires in the horn circuit. You said there's a fuse for the alarm...follow its wiring.
  15. While I don't know for sure, Corvettes of the same vintage had alarms set by locking the door with a key.
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