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  1. The drivers door on my 1987 Avanti stuck out just like that, paint was stripped off of the door by the wind. After years of fighting the adjustment I replaced the upper hinge, shuts great now. Door is signed and dated on the inside by one of the factory workers, so I know the door is original. On the 1987 they used an aluminum hinge that is twice as thick as the Studebaker steel hinge. I used the Studebaker steel hinge with my mounting bracket because the Studebaker bracket was bent at a different angle at the door post. The picture is my original hinge and Studebaker bracket, parts I didn't u
  2. The shop manual is good for the body. Send me your info and I’ll send you the door info. Good luck, Jim Wood
  3. Not easy to clean because you will need to get all of the liner out or it will continue to peel off. You may check in your area for someone that repairs gas tanks, some old radiator shops will, but their hard to find. Good luck, Jim Wood
  4. Looks like the liner coating is coming apart, Ford had a similar problem. We would remove the tanks and clean or replace them. Does the convertible use the Avanti tank or the original Chevrolet tank? If its the Chevrolet tank you can get a new one for $150 from O'Reilly or Auto Zone. Good luck, Jim Wood
  5. The door is adjustable as is the vent frame. I would recommend you get a shop manual from Studebaker International, it will explain the procedure. My 87 Avanti drivers door was out about half an inch at the top. Tried for years to adjust it, if the door was flush you couldn't open it. Turned out the upper hinge was bent wrong from the factory. Replaced the hinge and no more problems. Good luck, Jim Wood
  6. I may have one at the shop from my 87, I'll look monday. You can also get an universal cable at Auto Zone, etc. and cut it to length. Good luck, Jim Wood
  7. It’s a 200R4. Good luck, Jim Wood
  8. On the front of my 1987 they cut the fenders off below the belt line. Good luck, JimWood
  9. If it uses the GM column you can disconnect the cable midway down the column. But the problem is more likely in the ignition switch. The switch is flat and at the base of the column. There is a rod that goes into the switch from the lock cylinder, if the switch is sticking it will not allow the lock cylinder to rotate fully. Good luck, Jim Wood
  10. Are you having a problem getting the key out of the ignition or having a problem with the lock assembly going into position to let you remove the key? The Neutral Safety should not stop the lock from releasing the key. I would loosen the ignition switch at the base of the column and see if the ignition lock will go freely into position. Good luck, Jim Wood
  11. I would unplug the distributor connector and remove the wiring from the harness back about two feet, the OEM connector should be there. Or cut the tan wire a couple inches from the distributor, set the timing and reconnect the wire. From what I have been told you can also hook up a scanner and with the engine running it will make the ECM go into base mode. I have never done this and don't know if it works. Good luck, Jim Wood
  12. Set the timing. Is the carburetor a Quadrajet E4M or an aftermarket. There should be a solenoid that controls plate closing during shutdown. This helps prevent dieseling. Dieseling and knock can also be caused in the Chevy small block by heated deposits. Go to a GM dealers part counter and get a bottle of ACDelco 10-3015 Top Engine Cleaner and follow the directions. You SLOWLY pour it into the carburetor with the engine running, before this came out we would use water at the dealers I worked. Good luck, Jim Wood
  13. May be located under the passenger dash near the ECM. Not sure where Avanti hid it, but its there. Should be 1 of the wires coming off of the distributor, follow the tan wire. Good luck, Jim Wood
  14. This is a single wire NEAR the distributor, should be tan on one side of the connector and tan\black on other side. You can also go to www.montecarloSS.com and search their site for info. Their site is full of good info for your Avanti. Good luck, Jim Wood
  15. Yes. The ECM will not hold base time unless you disconnect the distributor to ECM wire. I'll check tomorrow on the wire colors, but it will be a single wire with a connector. Good luck, Jim Wood
  16. Get engine to operating temperature. Disconnect single wire connector in engine harness between distributor and ECM. Setting should be on Emission sticker, or set to 6*. Reconnect wire connector. Good luck, Jim Wood
  17. Here in the shop we have received many warnings and a Federal RECALL of cheap China made fuses. In the last 10 years I have seen a hand full of glass fuses that are defective. The center element of the fuse is not blown but the end caps are not fully attached to the element. These will ohm OK (0 ohms) and test OK for voltage (12.6 volts), but will not carry amps. The only way you can find them is to Load test the system with a LoadPro or use a small headlight with alligator clips. Imagine a 12 gauge wire that is cut except for 1 stain of wire. It will pass a ohm and v
  18. Pull the plug on the switch and use a jumper wire to complete the circuit. If it works the switch is bad, if not it could be in the turn signal switch. Good luck, Jim Wood
  19. I’d replace the fuse again. Just because it’s new and looks ok doesn’t mean it’s working. I’ve wasted many an hour over a fuse that looked good. Good luck, Jim Wood
  20. Newer cars use stepper motors to operate the gauges. I've replaced a lot of them. This should be a Steward Warner gauges with Avanti face plates. If memory serves me no motors, just field windings to operate the gauge. Pretty bullet proof, usually sender or wiring. Good luck, Jim Wood
  21. Is the play in the linkage or where the arm mounts? The socket of the arm mounts on a grooved pivot. Sometimes the arm socket wears out and you have to replace the arm. Good luck, Jim Wood
  22. I posted wiring diagrams for the 1987 Avanti, page 32 is for gauges. There is an oil pressure sender and an oil pressure sensor. The sender is for the gauge. The sensor is used to by the ECM to tell if the engine is running, 90 Ohms full, 0 Ohms empty. Unplugged will peg the needle full, grounding the wire will peg the needle empty. Don't apply voltage. If no movement problem could be in wiring or gauge. Check for voltage at the sending unit. Good luck, Jim Wood
  23. They use to have vendors that would go to new car dealers and install aftermarket decals, trim, etc. on new cars. This type of trim was poplar in the 1980's and was usually installed by these vendors. You may try calling new car dealers and see who they use. They may be able to match and install it for you. Good luck, Jim Wood
  24. Replacing it would probably cause more problems then it would cure. I would make sure the gas filler cap is vented if you keep it disabled. Good luck, Jim Wood
  25. Normal running temperature is going to be 200* to 205*. Good luck, Jim Wood
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