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  1. Some interesting comments from an interview Dennis LeRoy had with Dick Passwater in 1998 about the #5 Bonneville Hawk.

     The #4 and #5 Hawks were painted Avanti Maroon with painted white sport tops. Dick purchased the car to race in the USAC season.  Dick contacted Studebaker that he had the car still painted with the Bonneville logos, except for having to change the number, and asked for some sponsorship. Being a native Hoosier, they could not turn him down. Studebaker sent him some cash and also some adapters for a dual caliper setup for the disc brakes. The car had an R2 in it when purchased and Dick’s shop made other race preparations to the car for the season. 

    The rest of the ’64 season he raced the car on other NASCAR and dirt tracks. The ’65 season saw the R2, which was a little tired now, replaced by a Pontiac engine. He said,” we painted the Pontiac engine black and put the Stude valve covers over the Pontiac valve covers and the opposition never knew the difference. We cheated back then and sometimes we got caught, but most of the time we didn’t.

    At the end of the ’65 season, Dick sold the car to a racer in Texas and he heard that the man was killed in the car.

  2. On 8/23/2021 at 9:22 AM, BillyBob said:

    The wire on my '63 R1 alternator condenser came loose - what is a replacement, please?

    That is a radio noise suppression capacitor.

    Studebaker # 1540354

    Delco #  1963559 (obsolete) converts to Standard Motor Products RC1. Available from Rock Auto and other retailers.


  3. 1 hour ago, MCAVANTI said:

    Just received the latest email issue of AVANTI MAGAZINE (issue 193)...I notice that when I tried to look at the digital version it only let me see the first 4 pages. If I wanted to see the full version I had to pay $30.99. The email said the digital form was free. (The Avanti Owners Association International made our quarterly magazine available in digital form to all current members at NO ADDITIONAL COST.) Is this an error or something new?

    You need to have a Joomag account.

    Due to increased security online, you will need to log onto your free Joomag account after accessing new issue. If you do not have a Joomag account, simply click the "Full Version" link on the cover, then click the "Sign Up" link at the top of the pop up window to create a new "Newsstand" account to give you FREE access to the new issue.

  4. On 1/18/2021 at 2:14 PM, Billy Shears said:


    Is there another source of headlight rings, to find ones that fit better?                

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  5. You could try an adhesive mount stud on your tank.

    They are available form McMaster-Carr.

    316 stainless steel studs have excellent resistance to chemicals and salt water and may be mildly magnetic. Large holes allow adhesive to flow through the base for a secure hold.


    If you are not concerned about authenticity you could replace your tank with a surge tank elimination kit available from Studebaker vendors.


  6. 15 hours ago, r1lark said:

    I have run out of ideas. Looked in service letters, parts manual, and shop manual but have found nothing. 🤣 And now this stupid emoji appeared and I can't get rid of it. 


    15 hours ago, regnalbob said:

    Parts Catalog, page 141.


    14 hours ago, mfg said:

    Parts Catalog, page 141.   ??????????

    So, are we ready to say UNCLE to this trivia question?:huh:

    The answer was not intended to answer the trivia question.

    It was for Paul who said he could not find the answer in the parts catalog.


  7. 6 minutes ago, r1lark said:

    I have run out of ideas. Looked in service letters, parts manual, and shop manual but have found nothing. 🤣 And now this stupid emoji appeared and I can't get rid of it. 

    Parts Catalog, page 141.


  8. On 12/24/2020 at 10:40 PM, brad said:

    I hope this helps.



    1 hour ago, BillyBob said:

    regnalbob, illustration 2101-168 is p/n 526600X9. Illustration 2101-76, according to the Parts Catalog is p/n 526600X1. In my Parts Catalog, dated July 1963, these are detailed on pages 152 (2101-76) and 153 (2101-168). Question: do either of your Avantis have a/c and is clip (illustration 2101-76, p/n 195407) used on the heater hoses at the front of the right-hand rocker cover?

    If your car does not have AC just go by the photo that Brad posted showing the 195407 clip.


  9. 36 minutes ago, BillyBob said:

    Thank you, regnalbob.  My reference is to 2101-76, not 2101-168, in the Plate you attached. Thank you for your interest.  I believe the "lacer" (spacer? - apparent typo) is a flat washer.

    I know your reference is to 2101-76 which is the 195407 clamp.

    You asked what the 526600X1 clip,lacer looked like and it is shown in the plate under 2101-168.

    It is not used with the 195407 clamp.

    There is no apparent typo as you believe and it is not a flat washer.


  10. 3 hours ago, Alan Blalock said:

    Good morning. I am trying to determine what part#801929 fits on my 1964 Avanti. It is a feltlike material that came along with additional spare parts when I purchased the vehicle.I have Googled it to no avail. Any ideas how I may search this out?  Thank you in advance. Alan Blalock

    It is the liner for the glove box and console.

  11. 3 hours ago, mfg said:

    The tag fastened to the distributor base should read #1557347, which is the Stude part number for an R2 distributor.......The difference between an Avanti  R1 and  R2 distributor lies in their respective advance curves.

    There is no Studebaker part number on the tag, only the Prestolite model number.

    IBS-4012A     R2

    IBS-4012        R1

  12. 7 hours ago, ntenna said:

    Is there any decode page available for sorting out the codes? Most of mine are easy, but line two "14 763   ELV" remains a mystery. Interior code, perhaps?


    Thanks for any info, 


    John H.

    14 is the item number.

    763   Deluxe Trim, ( plain doors and perforated seat inserts).

    ELV  Elk vinyl.

  13. On 7/9/2020 at 6:22 PM, mfg said:

    As of September 27, 1963 , the list price suggested by Studebaker for their new 1964 Avanti (with standard equipment) was........?.......

    1) $ 4,090...........2) $ 4,285..........3) $ 4,445.....or.....4) $ 4,575

    List price                             $ 4090.00

    E.O.H.                                   $  325.00     Federal excise tax, factory overhead and handling.

    Retail Prep Charge             $    30.00

    Total Advertised

    Delivered Price                   $ 4445.00


  14. 7 hours ago, mfg said:

    What Studebaker's original intended use of Rags63 R3 engine was has to one of the most interesting Stude/Avanti related questions to come along in a long time!:o

    The Studebaker factory serial number, R3SM305, stamped on the block must indicate, in my humble opinion, that Studebaker had planned to build a car around this engine.....

    But what was that car to be??....A TENTH 'production' R3 Avanti?.....A SECOND 'production' R3 powered 'Lark type'?....Or maybe it would have been a 'production line' R3 powered Gran Turismo Hawk? (What a car THAT would have been!!)

    Yes, the question of the original intended use of this rare R3 engine I find to be VERY INTERESTING!.....Ed:)

    That engine would have been used in an Avanti.

    An R3 used in a Lark or Hawk would have a JTR3S prefix.


    6 hours ago, mfg said:

    Hmmm....my opinion on your thoughts (for what it's worth) is this.......I doubt there would be a factory serial number on this R3 block if were built as a warranty engine.....We know that Studebaker V8 replacement engines either had a 'cloverleaf' on the serial pad, or nothing there at all.

    I also do not believe there would be a factory serial number stamped on it if it originally was , as you say, an "over the counter" engine....There would however be the Paxton stamped "B" number.

    I'm quite sure that's the case ("B" number only) with George Krem's R3 engine, which he purchased from Studebaker for his 'Plain Brown Wrapper' years ago.:)


    George Krem's R3 has a Studebaker factory engine number, R3SK312.

    Paxton engine number, B-44.

  15. On 6/28/2020 at 10:19 PM, studegary said:

    No, I am saying that this design was meant to be a new line of Studebaker passenger cars, not part of an Avanti line.


    On 6/26/2020 at 4:21 PM, mfg said:

    No Gary, your assertion concerning the prototype Studebaker Avanti four door is incorrect:(....That prototype, (the one with the quad headlamps), was, (if placed in production) destined to be an 'AVANTI'!:)

    The following is from an interview John Hora had with Tom Kellogg and published in the Avanti Newsletter in 1969.







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