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Skip Lackie

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  1. Thanks for the correction, Bob. I looked in vain for 3MT and fixated on the MT only. Chevy parts books used to include a complete listing of those engine codes, but seem to have stopped around 1981. The Camaro Z-28 site does a good job, but it warns that it is not complete.
  2. Idler pulley? Maybe we have a semantics problem and/or I'm not keeping up with developments, but I associate idler pulleys with serpentine belts, not V belts. My 74 with original engine is arranged this way: Crank pulley has three grooves; Front one for water pump/fan and alternator, middle one for power steering, and rear one for air conditioning. No idler pulley or tensioner.
  3. If I am reading your post correctly, it sounds like you made out. The MT prefix indicates a 1967, 295-hp, 350. Unless you're concerned about originality, I'd call that a win. Not to hijack your thread, but I find it interesting that most (all?) Avantis I have seen with Chevy engines seem to have engine numbers that indicate that they were intended to installed in a Chevy, as opposed to sale to an outside company. My 1974 has a Chevy 400 that has a CSX suffix, which indicates it was supposed to be installed in a Malibu with automatic (my Avanti has standard shift). By contrast, the 283 V8s used by Studebaker in 1965-66 had engine numbers that clearly indicated that they were intended for outside sale.
  4. Could not see the ad (dead link) for the 81 shop manual that you posted. But the one you want is almost certainly called "1981 Passenger Car Service Manual". The one that won't do you any good will be called Fisher body service manual. I have a 1980 Chevy manual you can have for $20 plus postage. It's even possible that your engine is really a 1980 model. You can ID your Chevy small block engine here: https://nastyz28.com/sbchevy/sblock.html
  5. Studebaker engine sale, from the estate of the late Daniel Webber. Bare blocks. No apparent ridges on the cylinders. These were all saved by Studebaker dealers as good blocks from wrecks or warranty work, and saved by Dan for ~50 years. Located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about 20 miles north of DC. $50 apiece for the engines, $25 apiece for the transmissions. Intakes and drive shafts are free. Loading assistance from two old guys is available. Inspection possible with prior arrangement. No walk-ins. 1. Two Avanti 289 blocks, R1324 and RJ304 2. Two Flightomatics 3. Bell housings, 6-cylinder intakes, clutch plates, drive shafts Drop me a PM and I’ll provide POC phone numbers.
  6. Studebaker cars for sale, from the estate of the late Daniel Webber. All with clear titles. Located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about 20 miles north of DC. Loading assistance from two old guys is available. Inspection possible with prior arrangement. No walk-ins. 1. 1964 Avanti #R5009, automatic, square headlights, 77K. Complete, but rusty frame. $1900 2. 1963 Avanti #63R1975, no engine or trans (had standard). Jammed in barn with dirt floor, not easily accessible, condition of undercarriage unknown. $1000. 3. 1964 GT Hawk, not JT, auto, complete, in same barn. $1000 4. 1964 Daytona convertible, 259, auto, complete, in same barn. $3500. Drop me a PM and I’ll provide POC phone numbers.
  7. My memories of serving on the SDC board are mostly pleasant ones, mostly because of being allowed to work with people like George Krem and Stu Chapman. But it did cost me a fair amount (there was no compensation) to fly to board meetings at intl meets that I would not have otherwise attended. And I was too damn lazy to request reimbursement for things like phone calls and postage. I have no feeling for what duties might be listed in the SDC forum administrator's position description, but they couldn't pay me enough if I had to read every posting every day. The thought of spending that much time in front of a computer makes my stomach hurt.
  8. At first reading, I also was disappointed in SDC's decision regarding a closed event. However, absent a discussion with Denny or any SDC Board member about the reasoning behind the decision, I am reluctant to go high-order over the matter. I served on the SDC Board and as SDC VP for a number of years in the 80s and 00s, and remember that there were often complicating factors that made decisions difficult and initially unpopular. In that pre-Internet age, I spent many, many hours on the phone (and even writing letters) explaining board decisions to unhappy members. On the one hand, I have always appreciated the fact that the three clubs honored each other's members by allowing them free access to joint meet events. On the other hand, I am aware that big intl meets, while almost mandatory for a car club, have become a major financial drain on SDC, as local chapter members age and decline to take on the chore of doing most of the work. Venues capable of handling such meets have become more difficult to find and much more expensive. Given these circumstances, it seems unlikely that we will ever return SDC "to what it once was". One way we can alleviate this problem is to register for both SDC and AOAI meets. And for the life of me, I can't figure out who "the powers that be" might be. SDC, like many such organizations, has a lot of trouble finding ANYONE to run for elected office (or even vote). During my last election for the board, I ran unopposed. Two years earlier, I won by 13 votes to 11 votes -- in a zone with about 1000 members. Since I declined to run again, the club has had trouble finding ANY candidates for the position. So I will withhold any opinions regarding the closed meets until I get more data.
  9. I don't think there are any records of cars ordered but not built. I spent some time in South Bend in the 70s and 80s, and there were file cabinets full of production orders stored in the stairwell at Avanti Parts Corp. They included only POs from vehicles that were completed. As I recall (would be glad to be corrected), Studebaker refused to accept any new orders for Avantis or trucks after they had announced the closure of the SB plant. They built all vehicles for which they had orders, and then closed the plant. Not saying that maybe an order from a special customer might not have been honored, but I don't think that there were any ordered, but un-built, vehicles in the queue.
  10. I think the problem is semantics -- it's not really siphoning out. What is happening is that the acetone is evaporating inside the bottle, and the excess pressure created thereby is forcing the acetone/ATF mixture out of the nozzle. Most of us have experienced the same physical process after parking a Studebaker with a full gas tank in the sun on a summer day.
  11. A very minor nitpick to the above reference to the cloverleaf symbol. The cloverleaf symbol (with or without an accompanying serial number) indicated a HD engine, intended for use in trucks, police cars, etc. As noted in the truck parts books, the cloverleaf 289s had HD main and rod bearings, chrome top rings, and an aluminum timing gear. Some or all of these parts were also used in other engines. Cloverleaf-marked engines came as standard equipment in the two-ton model E40 trucks and were optional in other models. The cloverleaf association with replacement engines came when Newman & Altman ran out of non-cloverleaf replacement 289s around 1980, and then started substituting their remaining supply of cloverleaf 289s. Those receiving them concluded that the cloverleaf symbol meant replacement engine, which it did not.
  12. My 74 (bought used) is a sort-of gold/bronze color (a Chrysler color) with a saddle interior. Fortunately, no button-tuft velour. I like the color combo, but my wife comments on the dated shag carpet every time she sees it. I've left it in there (even though I have replacement carpet still in the box) because it's in almost-perfect condition. Geoff Newman gave a couple of us a tour of the Avanti factory in about 1977, and noted that they would provide any interior that the customer wanted, including from grandma's dining roof drapes.
  13. A very well-known Stude & Avanti expert named John Poulos (now pretty much out of the hobby) once wrote: "There is nothing more expensive than a cheap Avanti". It has become a watchword in the hobby.
  14. Skip Lackie


    I think the original post (dated Oct 20) has been in the Twilight Zone somewhere, as it was not visible last weekend. Anyway, if the original poster is still around, follow Gary's advice. Take a poss on this one unless you want to go into the used Avanti parts business.
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