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  1. Yes, that knob is identical to the one on my '78. There is a mate to it that is marked "AIR" that controls the fan speed.
  2. The metal line often has bends that are too tight to be done properly by a hand bender. Since this is basically a Chevy crate motor, these lines are readily available from many vendors. I have bought a number of engine parts like this from Corvette America.
  3. There is some information about its history on Bob Johnstone's site. https://www.studebaker-info.org/avantiRQBx2.html
  4. They aren't decals. They are plastic buttons about 3/32" thick, with an adhesive tape backing. I installed mine with silicone adhesive about 10 years ago, and they've held up really well. I do have a couple of spares, JIC. I recall getting them from Studebaker International at the York Swap meet many years ago. They had both "silver on black" and "black on silver" types. Personally, I prefer these.
  5. The logo buttons were also available with a silver background, which I prefer on my Magnum 500s. They fit perfectly in the recess of the center cone or spinner.
  6. I have what appears to be the original jack. But, the handle is missing. Since an Avanti needs to be jacked under the lower control arm or the axle, the screw of the jack is parallel to the car, rather than the typical "modern" jacks which are used at body jack points with the screw perpendicular to the vehicle. The newer jacks and replacement handles are short since the jack is out where it is accessible when in use. These short handles would require literally crawling under the Avanti during the jacking process. The jack that I used with my '63 Avanti was a Sears two-speed scissor that had an extendible handle that was short enough to stow properly, but extended long enough to reach the jack points without getting under the car. Best bet at this point looks to be to get out the torches and some steel rod and fabricate an extendable handle. My jack and spare have never been used in 44 years, but it would be my luck to get a flat now that I know that I don't have a jack handle. 😆
  7. Another spot to check is where the windshield wiper transmission goes through the cowl. A bad seal there will cause problems. Also, check for a crack in the fiberglass there, as that has been known to happen.
  8. I have looked at that route, and found the same issue of short handles, as "modern" scissor jacks are intended to go under the body jack points, with the screw perpendicular to the vehicle. Obviously, that doesn't work on an Avanti. It looks like my best bet may be to buy a length of 3/8 steel rod and bend my own handle.
  9. I recently discovered that the handle for the scissor jack in my '78 is missing. All of the replacement handles that I find on line are very short and would be pretty useless for jacking an Avanti. Is anyone aware of a source for a longer handle?
  10. This is about as good as it gets. https://studebaker-info.org/Tech/Diagrams/AEC/aec.html If you have specific issues, you might find some first-hand info here on the forum. Try the search function. The Studebaker 63-64vdiagram is sometimes helpful, but a number of changes were made by '74
  11. If I'm not mistaken, your '80 would already have the "quick steering" arms. As noted above, they were implemented to compensate for the forklift steering box. I don't know when that change was made, but my '78 has the forklift box. I think that the "quick steering" term came when owners of older Avantis with the original steering box realized how these arms would affect the steering response.
  12. A picture would be worth a thousand words.
  13. It sounds like you are not absolutely positive at this point that it is an Avanti II. If the car is in reality happens to be a Studebaker Avanti, the serial number would be found on a plate attached to the top of the right side frame rail, just in front of the firewall, below the heater blower motor.
  14. On my '78, the hose is connected to the fitting on the center of the top of the charcoal canister.
  15. You might find the tint shops less afraid of the rear window if you were to remove the rear shelf (not a big deal). The additional access through the trunk would make the installation a lot easier.
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