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About plwindish

  • Birthday 11/17/1948

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    Tinley Park, IL
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    Education, cooking, camping, bicycling, cruising, Door County WI, Avantis

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    Formerly owned 1964 R1 '66-'69, '89 convertible '13-'21

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  1. Your seats look nice! I had the carpet and entire interior along with seatbelts redone in my '76 over last Fall and Winter in a vinyl very similar to what was in the car but was getting very tired.
  2. Call Dan Booth at Nostalgic. He has said in the past, send in the old seals and he will match them sending you back the new ones. Call to see if that's still his policy.
  3. The '89 Convertibles used the Caprice tank and would hold 25 gallons, that tank was under the trunk and had the fill door on left rear side fender just rear of the tire.
  4. I just replaced the temp switch, fan speed switch and vents on my '76 (RQB 2392) yesterday. They all were very easy to replace. The variable speed rheostat type switch according to Dan Booth is no longer available, the 3 speed switch is its replacement. All wires clipped onto the switches and the new vents hold the position they are set at whereas my old vents were too worn to hold position. My rheostat switch was wrapped with electrical tape and the tape was pretty brittle indicating it had gotten pretty warm operating the AC. The temp adjusting switch was still working, but I figured do them both and be done with it. I got them the next day after ordering them.
  5. Just got back to the Forum and saw your question. I used the retractable as that's what my '76 had originally.
  6. A few thoughts about the above topic: 1. Rear Disc brakes - I'd love them for my '76, but rebuilt the drums after the Turner rear kit did not fit (in 2011). The Turner's upfront are fine. 2. 200R4 trans was installed in my '76 after the 400 SBC was overhauled and updated in '11. I've been very happy with it and put over 50,000 miles on it since installed, rebuilt last year. 3. Even after overhaul, headwork, 400 still would overheat if in hot weather and stuck in traffic. Went to switch to EFI in '17 and found a cracked head with some cylinder damage necessitating another rebuild, this time with aluminum heads and re-cored radiator seems to have eliminated the problem. Car runs great now. 20-20 hindsight in effect, I might have gone with a 383 crate motor or LS when I got the car in '11 instead of 2 motor rebuilds. The 400 now is no slouch on the road, plenty of HP and Torque, getting around 22 on the road at 70. 4. I had a ''89 convertible for 7 years the same time I had the '76, buying the '89 already resto-modded with a crate 383 SBC, 4L60E AOD trans, Ford 9" rear end, air shocks, 18" and 20" torque thrust wheels. 305 owners, I think the 383 crate is a great drop in answer to upgrade the power in your Avanti. It would go in with little or no modification that an LS likely would need. I do understand a desire to keep the original power plant in the car, a problem I wrestled with in my '76. We also need to consider the originality tag doesn't mean much on any Avanti after Studebaker stopped production.
  7. Other than appearance, what function would they serve on an Avanti? During the Spring of 1970, I was driving my '67 Chevelle SS396 to my student teaching assignment and had the front opening hood pop up on me and completely obscure the windshield, luckily I wasn't going fast enough to seriously damage the hood or windshield. Something like that would never happen on a rear opening hood.
  8. Dan, I just had the interior redone on my '76 and decided to also redo the belts as well. I went to seatbeltsplus.com in California. They have a nice selection of belts. My belts were the 3 point in front and two point lap belts in the rear. If the belt is attached on the upper part of the roll bar where the 3 point belts are attached, I'm betting you'll be able to easily adapt them.
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