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    1988 Coupe (bought New) given to charity 11/17.and I was notified was purchased.

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  1. Years ago I purchased an 'imitation' Recaro seat for the driver side ('88). As I recall I also needed to buy (from the seat manufacturer) a seat floor mount that was for the GM platform. This was necessary for the New seat to be able to 'match' the floor studs/bolts. So, yes GM.
  2. wdaly

    Opinion (×2)

    Why not try both? www.fivestarbodies.com has 'lifelike' decal graphics of large round and square headlights! Look under "graphics". 😜 Type 'graphics' in Search bar and go to page 4 - Universal Headlights Graphics.
  3. There is no such thing. Try and find the GM Chevy Monte Carlo Manual preferably with 2 smaller manuals (one electric) for 1987. Haynes is better than nothing. Also, buy the shop and parts manuals for Studebaker Avanti from one of our excellent vendors. The car is GM. The body is Avanti. Back in the day I was lucky enough to find information specific to the '88 regarding how to remove the dashboard which is different from original Avantis (reach the heater core). This information was included in my sale of the car so I don't have it now - but someone might (It was typed and not published).
  4. Could you be more specific? Does the Fan switch work? What year car?
  5. I always thought they were from the donor car.
  6. Have you tried an Exorcist?😐
  7. If the driver side is not up at all try pounding on the corner of the hood by the driver side with a closed fist going down - it may pop open.
  8. I have my evaporator core out for repair and your photos of the HVAC box are a BIG help thank you.  One question pertaining to the blend door to the left of the evaporator core.  My actuator was missing and I found a replacement. When vacuum is applied and the actuator pulls, which position should the blend door be in? Should it close the top opening above the heator core, or close the opening when air flows under the heater core.  I not sure which way to mount the acutator as the old one has been long gone.  Thanks!

    1. wdaly


      Boy - let me rack my brain on this (I don't have the car anymore).  Firstly, the blend door actuator is actually controlled manually (as I recall) from the position of the lever that slides from cool to hot on the HVAC control panel.  You should be able to figure out which way is which - for instance when moving the lever towards cool check to see which way the end of the control cable (that attaches to the actuator) moves.

      I hope I understood the problem.

    2. wdaly


      You know I recall that the heater control cable was also attached to the back of the HVAC control to manually move when the temp lever was moved from hot to cold and this also had the blend door cable attached so they moved together.  I forgot about that since long ago I had removed the original heater control broken cable totally and installed a separate control for that using a simple choke-type cable.

    3. Jim S

      Jim S

      That makes sense.  But I wonder how they attached two cables to that control panel?  I like the choke cable idea if I can find a way to mount it so it looks decent.  Thanks for you help! This car has been a all out nightmare to deal with.

  9. I always thought it would be cool if an Avanti trailer was made available (rear part of car made into a small trailer). What gave me this thought was many years ago seeing a Plymouth Prowler(?) passing me on the freeway when all of a sudden another Prowler was right on his tail!😵 A Prowler trailer.
  10. Don't think this has any connection with Chrysler. I got a new heater core for my '88 from one of our great suppliers years ago - he bought all the factory excess from Youngstown. Can't recall his name but he was from Wixom, MI. He just might have the evap for you!
  11. wdaly

    Door locked

    I've been trying to remember - I think my door wouldn't open from the inside so 'playing' with the latch mechanism (lifting with flat head screwdriver) while pulling on interior door handle and pushing out lightly. In the end I guess a small spring on the latch mechanism was worn out.
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