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Skip Lackie

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    1974 RQB-2127

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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 &
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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    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.
  9. Back in the day, tires came in two forms: white walls on one side and black walls on both sides. White wall tires cost more, so if you ordered white walls, you displayed them. It would not occur to anyone to mount tires with the white wall side hidden. Nowadays, some size tires come only in a white wall -- they're cheaper to produce and inventory than two different types. So now one gets to decide how to mount them, rather than which type to order. Whether to expose the white wall side is a matter of personal choice. Some like them (I do), as long as they are more or less authentic to th
  10. Under firewall: 7.25". At front of rear spring perch: 6.75". (No visible rake!)
  11. Bob's 74 has been modified. My 74 is pretty much stock with somewhat tired front springs and 215-75x15 tires. I get 15.5" from the ground to the frame next to the radiator. I think we sometimes need to temper our expectations from this forum. I belong to a number of other forums (Camaro, Chev/GMC trucks) where I am 3 or 4 times as old as most other members. Many questions get answered in minutes. Others go unanswered forever, despite hundreds of views. One never knows. In my case, I didn't read the OP's question until a couple of minutes ago, and went out to make a measurement right
  12. For the record: http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/V8EngineID.asp
  13. What Avanti83 said. Things that won't turn on or won't turn off are almost always due to bad grounds. The electrons are always trying to find a way to get back home to ground, and if their path is blocked, they will seek other paths, including gong backwards through other circuits. Add some grounds like Bob said, and/or add some temporary ones with alligator clips on test wires.
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