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  1. Can you post a picture showing the "Casting Number."  Those heads have to be modified R2s.  The intake manifold clearly doesn't have R3 size ports.  We never had any finished R3 heads.  When we purchased the parts from Paxton the heads were long gone.

  2. Without going into much of this discussion I would make a couple of comments.  First I have driven an R3 powered Avanti with an automatic transmission and the 276 cam and it was no problem on the street.  Second, you can overcome head restriction with more pressure from a blower but there are two downsides.  The increased pressure results in higher air temperature which is not good for power.  The second is that the higher pressure results in more power required to drive the supercharger.

    The best route even with a supercharged engine is to reduce the restriction in the intake path.  In other words, larger valves, porting and a less restrictive manifold.

    None of this is a mater of opinion, just simple physics.

  3. The suspension configuration makes it difficult to install R&P steering in a Studebaker.   There are no racks that are short enough to provide proper geometry.   The only real option is to use a rack that attaches the tie rods in the middle instead of at the ends.  Racks of this type were used on some GM front wheel cars in the 80's or 90's.  There may be others but I don't know for sure.  You can do some searching on the Studebaker drivers forum and Racing Studebaker forum and find discussions of this.

    I have seen a number of cars done the wrong way and that will result in excessive bump steer.

  4. My 64 Avanti that I race at Bonneville is Avanti Grey.  You can see some pictures at www.avanti4davidjr.com.  I have in the past ordered some paint from one of the suppliers that will mix paint.  I will need to look up the info on that.  Indeed there is quite a bit of blue in the color.


  5. I was about 12 years old either late 1962 or early 1963.  I got my great uncle to take me to the Studebaker dealer in National City (in the San Diego area).  I was trying to convince him to buy one.  It was white with orange interior.  My uncle was a GM guy having owned Oldsmobiles, Chevy's and a Buick.  I was not able to convince him to buy a Studebaker!

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