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Jolly-John

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  1. Well, that didn't take long. I have just been informed that this '64 Avanti R2 HAS DEFINITELY BEEN SOLD....and FOR MORE THAN THE $8,500 PRICE the estate was asking. The family had engaged an appraiser to set values on a number of collector cars in the estate. These were the prices stated in the AACA website ads for the various cars. To me, some of those prices seemed high, or in the case of this '64 R2 with four-speed, low.

    This is really a good outcome. Now, this special (combination of color, engine, and transmission) Avanti will eventually be back on the road, and enjoyed by new owners and other people for many years to come. John

  2. This is NOT my car, and I am NOT the guy helping the family sell this 1964 AVANTI, with four speed. I simply saw this ad and photos on the AACA forum, and thought it would be helpful to share it here. This is the link to that posting:

    http://forums.aaca.org/topic/305739-...i-r2-for-sale/

    NOTE: Unless you join the AACA forum, there's no way to contact the person who posted the ad for the family of the deceased owner. However, I've asked him to give me his email address. If you look at the ad on the AACA forum and want to get in touch with this person helping the family with the Avanti sale, PM me here. I'll give you his email address. As you can hopefully understand, I don't feel it's appropriate for me to openly post that email address in this public forum. Good luck to anyone interested. John

  3. Hi, John. If you decide to stay with the stock front disc brakes, don't be put off by the shimming process covered in the shop manual. It really isn't as daunting as the manual makes it seem. Once you've got your hands in there,  I believe you'll find it is quite simple and reasonably quick to perform. That's my opinion, based on a reasonable amount of personal experience with the stock pad change.

    Like the other guys, I feel the Turner conversion is a good upgrade. But, I don't consider it an "automatic" for someone contemplating brake rebuilding work on their Avanti. Again, just my opinion. John

  4. Thanks for the reminder, Lew. I have used that method once in the past. Cosmetically, I felt the end result looked good. But, I was always afraid to touch the visors, once I mounted them back in the car. They seemed fragile. However, with as useless (my opinion) as the Avanti sunvisors are for their stated purpose, a person doesn't really have to move them anyway! John

  5. John, my thought would be to first refill the brake system fluid, bleed everything, and then evaluate the situation. Perhaps you only have one component that failed, causing the fluid leak. Three or four years isn't an overly long time for the car to have been sitting. And, who knows what the previous owner may have already replaced in the past.

    A couple of other thoughts: For overall safety reasons, this would be a good time to consider converting to a dual-chamber master cylinder (one section for the front brakes and one for the rears). Some guys don't approve of doing this, since it isn't stock. But, it certainly is a great safety addition to the car. There's plenty of information on the forum or online about parts needed and how to do this on a Avanti.

    Also, don't assume the brake booster is bad, if you do decide to simply rebuild everything. That's a big cost item, and the booster typically doesn't suffer from sitting awhile. However, do inspect and test the vacuum check valve on the engine vac. hose that  leads into the brake booster. If stuck partially open, it can cause brake fluid to be sucked into the engine intake.  John

  6. Some of the guys have purchased a number of earlier issues of the AOAI club magazine I have for sale.

    Here's an updated listing of the issues of "The Avanti Magazine" I have left:

    #30 through #37

    #102 through #109 (no #103)

    #128 through #162 (no #133, no #134, no #149, no # 157, no #158, no #161)

    #168, #170, #171, #173, and #175

    The price is $4.00 per issue, plus the actual cost of shipping. 

    Thanks for looking. John

  7. Some of the guys have purchased a number of earlier issues of the AOAI club magazine I have for sale.

    Here's an updated listing of the issues of "The Avanti Magazine" I have left:

    #30 through #37

    #102 through #109 (no #103)

    #128 through #162 (no #133, no #134, no #149, no # 157, no #158, no #161)

    #168, #170, #171, #173, and #175

    The price is $4.00 per issue, plus the actual cost of shipping. 

    Thanks for looking. John

  8. Hi, Brad. That's good news about SI offering them shortly. I mean this respectfully, but do you have this on good authority? Having been an Avanti owner for 40+ years, something in the back of my mind says that SI has been planning to offer these visors for quite some time. Or, that the words "Coming Soon" were used in the SI promotional material. That said, it would certainly be great, if reproducing the Avanti visors has made it to the top of the SI list. Thanks. John

  9. I have a number of earlier issues of the AOAI club magazine for sale. I'm showing these issues of "The Avanti Magazine" by number grouping. However, they are being sold individually. So, you'll only need to purchase the specific issue(s) you're interested in.

    The price is $4.00 per issue, plus the actual cost of shipping.  Here's what I have available:

    --#29 through #37

    --#102 through #109 (no #103)

    --#125 through #171 (no #157 or #158)

    --#173  and #175

    Thanks for looking. John

  10. I have a number of earlier issues of the AOAI club magazine for sale. I'm showing these issues of "The Avanti Magazine" by number grouping. However, they are being sold individually. So, you'll only need to purchase the specific issue(s) you're interested in.

    The price is $4.00 per issue, plus the actual cost of shipping.  Here's what I have available:

    --#29 through #37

    --#102 through #109 (no #103)

    --#125 through #171 (no #157 or #158)

    --#173  and #175

    Thanks for looking. John

  11. I have a number of earlier issues of the AOAI club magazine for sale. I'm showing these issues of "The Avanti Magazine" by number grouping. However, they are being sold individually. So, you'll only need to purchase the specific issue(s) you're interested in.

    The price is $4.00 per issue, plus the actual cost of shipping.  Here's what I have available:

    --#29 through #37

    --#102 through #109 (no #103)

    --#125 through #171 (no #157 or #158)

    --#173  and #175

    Thanks for looking. John

  12. Every Pertronix module I have used has eventually failed. Of course, this almost always happens when you're tooling down the road....a distance from home. The last one failed for me in a 1950 Buick, driving down the interstate highway around Boston, MA. I was about 1,300 miles from home, having driven that distance to attend a Buick Club of America national meet in the Boston area. Traffic is whizzing by, and I've got the hood up, installing the old points and condenser that, OF COURSE, I'd learned to keep in the glove box. The car ran great all the way back home (as they are able to, even using those terrible, obsolete things called "points"). After this last failure episode, I've said, "the heck with Pertronix".

    I agree with Warren's comments about the quality of most new ignition points available today. However, I've found the ones from NAPA to be generally good. Plus, I do watch for good spares at old car swap meets, where new-old-stock, made in U.S.A. points still turn up.  It's more "work" than ordering something online, but you'll probably enjoy the day at the swap meet, and be able to see exactly what you're buying. Just my experience and opinion, of course. John

  13. On ‎11‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 4:56 PM, mfg said:

    Wouldn't the solid bolt create a noticeable vibration inside your Avanti at times?

    I understand the logic of what you're suggesting. But, I can tell you that using this thru-bolt motor mount on the driver's side has created ABSOLUTELY NO FEELING of engine vibration inside my Avanti. I'm pretty sensitive to this kind of thing, and would not have kept this motor mount installed, if it had produced such a result. Also, it's hard to imagine John Myer marketing (for many years) a modified motor mount like this, if it transmitted engine vibration to the interior. 

     I can only add that I've had this thru-bolt, left motor mount on my Avanti for over 15 years with no issues of any kind that I can discern.  I'm not here to convince anybody of anything....just passing along my first-hand experience. Obviously, each guy will do what he feels is best. John 

  14. To clarify my earlier posting: The driver's side motor mount (with the thru-bolt) I'm using was purchased from Jon Meyer. At the time, I had the understanding  he modified and drilled the stock (no thru-bolt) #60 motor mount to accommodate the use of the bolt. It really is a good idea, that addresses the stock mount separation issue quite well. John

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