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Yes .. The gearing on the Powershift (1st gear of 2.40 and 2nd of 1.47) is "high" in comparison to the
700r4 (1st gear of 3.06 and 2nd of 1.63). I used a 3:31 TT in my Hawk with a 700R4 and it was quite
a nice combo. In my wifes 1978 Camaro we are running 3.42 gears which feels pretty low. The 3.31 I
used in the Hawk was swapped into the Avanti which now has a TKO 5 speed rather than the original
T-86 3 speed I hated. Install here :
I used 1997 Camaro convertible seats....
Install info here ... also how I fixed my broken mounts...
I updated the links to the original photos....
Nice to see this forum is active again. I have been busy building a resto-mod
1978 Camaro for my wife.
Here is an extra shot left over from the Cover photos I took before the final was
picked. You can see the 13" rotor and 2 piston PBR caliper nicely in this shot.
I am running 17 x 8 "Cobra" knockoffs. These are wheels based on the 2003 Mustang Cobra which is a 9 inch wide wheel, they take an inch off the back spacing. With my brake setup it creates a 1/4 inch "spacer" with the rotor and gets you QUITE close to clearing. Just a hair of contact with the upper front zerk fitting on the inside edge of the wheel at FULL lock on one side. This is the contact spot .. Studebakers do not have good steering stop control. I would recommend going 18 if you want to run 8 inch wide wheels. You can run 17 x 7 without too much difficulty, with the correct offset.
You could also get the wheels that I used and have a wheel shop narrow them to 7. They fit the rear just fine as 8 inch wide. You would only have to narrow two for the front. Downside is with such large wheels the little 11 inch rotors look really small. Here is my Avanti with the 13 inch rotor 2 piston caliper setup I sell brackets for....
Yes, bolt on spacers work rather well. I used them to mount 2002 Camaro SS wheels on a 1978 Camaro.
I have one set of 6061-T6 Aluminum Cobra front brackets left. Just FYI.
I am also working on a GENII design, which will be steel. The plan is to incorporate all three caliper fitments into just one part so that the buyer can decide later on what direction to go, therefore upgrading/downgrading is a breeze. I will also finally be offering a rear bracket, in both Cobra and GT designs.
If you are interested, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a GENII update list for when they are available or to pre-order which will help me with manufacturing costs.
Two sets left.
Need to contact him rather than USPS mail ....
Here are some pictures of the new run, they are matte finish, and not shiny like the first batch.
2 Piston GT (fits 15 inch wheel)
Single Piston GT (fits 15 inch wheel)
2 Piston Cobra (requires 17 inch wheel or larger)
A rejected set from the first batch along side of a new run.
Thanks Jack. You are probably right, but at the time I posted this I just wanted to get it out there.
I will add to it this week.
Just an FYI. I have available sets of Cobra brackets and also 2 piston GT brackets.
I can have some Cobras made into single GTs if there is a request.
PM me with questions.
If you dont want to modify anything, then you are stuck with the Gabriels.
If you want Bilsteins, you CAN use 1970-81 Camaro front and rear shocks, it
just requires larger washers in the front a-arm mount, and replacing the
"I" bar upper mount with the sleeve from your old shocks. Though bear in
mind that you will void the Bilstein lifetime warranty by doing so. What I
plan to do is mod the shock brace with a GM style receptacle mount so that
I can run the shock unmodified. I am also going to use 1994-96 Impala SS
shocks (front is the same part number) in the rear so that I can use the
lower shock mount I used from my Hawk (eye bolt style). The Impala SS has
a stud at the bottom to mount horizontal, rather than a vertical shaft as
the stock Avanti has. The Impala upper mount is the same "T" bar style as
the 2nd Gen Camaro, that I will use unmodified. This will give me ultimate
shocks for my Avanti, because anyone that has run Bilstein knows that there
are NONE better.
Here is my dad driving the Avanti, he had not driven a car with a manual
trans since his '62 Lark hardtop 4 speed in the early 60s :
Here is Dad again, getting better with the gears.
My turn ... Dad wasnt ready
Here is the wheel hop from INSIDE the car - ouch!
Dad filmed me drive by at the speed limit
And then just cruise by
As I say on the Youtube page, sorry for the shaking, my wife was having a
hard time holding the camera still for some reason. We will work on that
before the next video is taken. I would like to do it soon.
Oh ... I forgot to Add, I won the Studebaker division, not a huge win,
only 4 cars including mine turned out, and one was rusted out, and the
other had won two years ago. I did win though, and got to shake hands
with Erik, and got my picture taken with him and the two Lompoc queens.
Eric Estrada (Ponch) is the special guest, that is worth going all by
itself! I plan on having the Avanti there, and hopefully participating
in the cruise night Friday from 5 til 7 pm.
Lompoc Police Department Car Show for Special Olympics
09/05/2009 - 09/05/2009
Open Show in Ryon Park, live band, auction, huge raffle, games, poker run, BBQ, t-shirts, meet our guest, Erik Estrada. $30 Entry fee. All proceeds to Special Olympics
Contact: Harry Heidt
Phone: 805 875-8108
John, its Camaro .. with two a's.
If you are a member of AOAI, you may have seen my articles, they are also
on here if you do a search, and also on the SDC forum. I have installed '03
Cobra 13" brakes on my Avanti, along with 17 inch wheels and a 5 speed TKO
Tremec TR-3550. The Tremec install is in the next issue of Avanti Magazine.
Here are a few links to check out :
NEW SDC thread location GT install :
Results from GT brake testing
NEW install process GT to Cobra brakes
Cobra brake breakin pictures
First Article set from CNC
First production set with engraving
Camaro Seat install
That should get you started.
Looking at whats left of the Chicken Hawk, he got very lucky.
I picked these up last week, took a couple quick shots tonight. These
are two Cobra sets, and one Mustang GT set. The GT set seems to get
forgotten, but they would allow the use of 15 inch wheels. Like with
Turners setup, the factory Stude 15 inch wont clear. The GT set has
the large half moon radius removed between the caliper mounting holes
to clear the large single piston caliper - on the right.
They do good work, I had them do my front and back bumpers, quick turn around also.
I wrote these for the SDC site, they might be helpful - Tom
Avanti power steering system rebuild Q & A
Studebaker Power Steering Pump Rebuild - how to
Studebaker Power Steering Ram Rebuild - how to
Studebaker Power Steering Control Valve - how to
Studebaker Power Steering Hoses Replace - how to
To you too Karl, lets hope both our Avantis see the road in 2009 for more
then just moving to and from storage.
This is from the Studebaker Drivers Club forum.
Boy that looks familar. I was supposed to do an article for Avanti magazine shortly
after doing that swap, but my wife was sick then we were forced into the center
divider by an SUV and totalled her "baby", a mint 95 Camaro. I have spent about
the whole last half of 2008 building her another car using most of that car. I have
not got back to the Avanti .. only driving it twice in 2008 (once to storage and back
home again). You might also do a search for my 2003 Cobra brakes.
If you find a thread of mine with dead pictures let me know so I can edit it with the
new picture location.
R3 Aluminum Repo Exhaust Header
in 1963-64 Avanti
If I might chime in here with something to ponder .... there are quite a number of Alum aftermarket
heads seeing use everyday, not too mention in the OEM market. GM used aluminum heads on
the LT1 dating back to 1992. My 1993 Camaro Z28 is still running with 270k on the clock and the
heads have never been off. I would have to assume that even with water cooling the temperatures
in the combustion chambers would cause issues if there was a problem. Also, the ports leading
out of the heads dont see much cooling, how do they keep from melting?
I agree I went through the same "wait a minute" thought process when I heard of these .... iron is
still the OEM choice for exhaust manifolds, my bigger concern was the heat they would give off...