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  1. 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.

  2. 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.  

  3. 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.  

  4. 8 hours ago, studegary said:

    I just looked in John Hull's book and, like me, he considers it to be a 1965.  Of course, built in late 1965, some consider it to be a 1966 and it may not have been titled until 1967.

    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.  

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. It's been a long time since I looked under the hood of an Avanti (sold all mine a couple of years ago)...but I would look and see if the reservoir sits in a saddle or bracket.  If it doesn't, then I would use a flashlight and look up under the dash and see if there's a nylon bolt sticking through and held down with a nylon nut or something similar.  There could be a nylon stud molded into the reservoir.

    The best advice I can give is to call Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors and ask him...he would know for sure and likely have a replacement.

  8. As far as I know the differences are for the cow catcher openings which started around 1972-'73.  Your '69 should use the same stone guard as the '64 and later Avantis.  Be careful as there are lesser quality reproductions out there.  If I remember correctly, original stone guards are round wire bar and the reproductions are flat on the inside...maybe I have that backwards but there are differences.

    If you want correct and maybe even NOS...check with Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors or Jon Myer of Myer's Studebaker.  I would hope they would have originals more than Studebaker International.  

  9. This is the book written by Bob Morrison of Molded Fiberglass which made the Avanti bodies for Studebaker and later Avanti Motor Corporation.  It goes through his own history and philosophy and his association with Studebaker and the setup and production of Avanti bodies.  It has a lot of interesting stuff regarding the association and process.  $35 + $8.40 shipping.


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