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  1. Seems to me that you should get your steering checked by a professional alignment shop to see if there are any issues beyond the normal, caused by wear or improper settings; even if all is in proper condition/adjustment, your car won't handle like a car with modern rack & pinion steering, so you can't expect that. You may have to search for an old-time mechanic that understands the suspensions on old cars.

    This is from a post I copied years ago:

                                    Front Wheel Toe-In                 1/8"


                                   Caster Angle (at Curb Load)    +3/4° to -3/4°  (0° is preferred)


                                   Front Wheel Camber Angle       0° to +1° (1/2° Greater Favored on Drivers Side)


                                   Make adjustments under zerk fitting located on upper outer pin, which goes through control arm and king pin. 

                                           Adjustments are made using a  1/4" allen wrench.

    One common 'loose steering' issue is wear in the bellcrank pin and its bushings (part 1209-10 in the parts book).

  2. There was a post about upholstery for Avanti Recaro seats about 5 to 7 years ago on this site, but I was not able to find it (I think older posts have been dropped from this website ...kinda sad since lots of good info was lost with those deletions).

    In short, an Avanti owner contracted with a Texas shop for new seat covers for his 1980 Avanti. The covers were in turn farmed-out to a company in China. The Avanti owner supplied his old covers as patterns (front Recaros and the rear seat). The process took 3 or 4 months, I believe, but he was happy with the results. The middleman was leatherseats.com

  3. Also be aware that the front face of modern car radios are uniform in size, in so-called "DIN" modular size (1 Din or 2 Din height), all are same width & DIN heights, and all are too large for an Avanti dashboard. What does fit nicely is a Blaupunkt radio as used in many "sporty" cars of the 1970's, particularly Porsche, but if you can find a good one (with a tuner for American AM/FM bandwidths), they are pricey.

  4. Randy, I found the kit you referenced here: https://musclecarresearch.com/valve-kit-wagner-amc-dist-switch

    But, I don't think my distribution block has such parts as they show. The block does not come apart (cannot be disassembled)

    I did find a distribution block at Jegs that looks very much like the original in my car, for '67-'69 Camaro/Firebird/TransAM/Chevy II. I did order one some years back and found several of the threaded holes for brake line fittings were larger than for the Avanti. The GM block may be usable with thread adapter fittings.

    Regrettably i am getting too old and feeble to do much with my cars anymore, so my '71 may continue to sit.

    shown below is the old block compared to the (new) GM block.  


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  5. Also, I do not believe my valve is a proportioning valve, but rather it is a distribution block with a switch to light a dashboard warning light if either the front or rear brakes lose pressure. The valve has separate inlet and outlet ports and chambers for front and rear brake circuits, respectively, and a pressure switch between them that senses when pressure is lost in either circuit, illuminating a red warning light on the dashboard.

    If anyone knows where I can find a direct replacement for my switch, please let me know.

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  6. They all came with glass covers, but there was a time when you couldn't find those glass covers; today's replacement covers are aftermarket. So if yours doesn't have them, my guess is that the trim "rings" are the same ones used for glass covers, therefore you should only need the glass and the gaskets (unless the owner who made the change substituted shorter screws).

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