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  1. There is an  adjustment screw on the steering box to help tighten or loosen the steering.  One shop adjusted mine.  A year or two later, the car seemed to wander in the lane while driving.  I had it checked out and the bolts mounting the steering box to the frame had loosened, once tightened up, it handled just fine.

  2. On 12/21/2021 at 3:48 PM, mfg said:

    No, it wasn't three:(....However you were correct in including Chicago & LA....New York wasn't on list!

    Any other thoughts here?:huh:

    New York wasn't on the list?  My '89 was built for the '89 New York Auto Show. It's be surprising as NY is considered one of THE shows.

  3. Renualt.  I had an '89 convertible and the left/driver's side latch would always loosen up gradually from traveling down the road.  I got into the habit of pushing the latch forward every few miles when driving distances.  I tried tightening the screw holding the latch to no avail.  The latch, even though it tightly secured the top, would work itself loose over time/distance.

  4. My '76 has the same color interior.  Gladstone acorn full vinyl seats, Gladstone Acorn vinyl paint on dash, sun visors, roll bar and headboard, with the simulated walnut wood trim around gauges and console. Carpeting was Adventure Walnut shag, but was long gone before I got the car in 2011.  My car has the headrests incorporated into the seat backs and I also went with the brown Studebaker mats. Sorry, I couldn't  find a more recent picture of interior, car is still in storage sleeping through the IL winter.  This was taken when the car was repainted in 2015 and the A pillar rust was discovered when taking the windshield out for repaint.

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  5. tanda62,

    Three years ago I had an MSD system put on my '76 with a 400 SBC.  I have an MSD distributor and spark box as well.  Other than the inline electric fuel pump crapping out in under a year, the system's been trouble free.  

  6. For some reason, I got a hitch and put it on the '64 Avanti back in '66-'69.  I installed it myself.  As I remember, it had a couple of U bolts that attached to the rear frame crossmember and two flat stock pieces the veed from the hitch bar up to the rear bumper vertical supports for attachment.  Why I bought it, I have no idea.  I most likely only used it a few times, and sorry, no pictures.

  7. I've seen a lot more orange superchargers on Avantis than black ones.  I also have no idea whether they were rebuilt or not.  Back in the day, around 1964 or '65, an Avanti drove through my little town and it sure sounded like it needed a supercharger rebuild.  It was growling and winding, sounding like a half broken siren, raising and lowering as the engine revved up or down.

  8. Brad had it right that the birdhouse holes are for critter access.  One expensive winter I had stored my '76 and '89 convertible in my son in law's garage/machine shed on the farm.  For some reason, the mice preferred to inhabit the convertible, chewing wiring and carpeting in it to the tune of around $1500 to repair.  Trunk carpeting, door panel carpeting and electrical window wiring all had to be replaced.  The '76 had tracks and crap under the hood, but no damage.  They must have found the '89 tastier than the '76.  I learned my lesson about free storage and have been taking the vehicles to a facility that keeps the rodents under control since then.

  9. I don't know if there is a good way to spot a rusty pillar without taking the stainless piece off.  I seriously doubt any seller is going to allow parts to be taken off to check.  Maybe some body experts out there have an answer, but I don't.  With the pillars always being covered like they are, I suspect garage kept Avantis as well as ones stored outside may all be vulnerable to the rust as moisture is going to stay under the stainless.  My '76 has been garaged its entire life and still had some rust on the pillar.

  10. Wm Daly, glad you got it properly fixed. Unfortunately, that's an area of concern that's not readily apparent, needing to take off the stainless in order to see the pillar.  I met you in Milwaukee some years ago while my daughter was attending MSOE.  Hope you and your car are doing fine.  I sold my '89 convertible July '21 and am back to just having my '76 to enjoy.

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  11. I went through Studebaker International some years back to get the chrome outer rings, plexiglass covers and gaskets for my '76.  Dave Kenny's company (Endurance Products, I think is the name) does make the glass round and square lenses. The plexi lenses have held up really well, not showing any scratches at all, but if I replace them, I think I'll go with the glass lenses.

  12. Gentlemen, These beautiful cars are meant to be out on the road!  Avantis will always draw looks and admirers at any stop you make on the road.  I got my '76 in January '11 and have driven it more than 53,000 miles, all around the Midwest, East coast three times, out to Colorado and also to the West Coast.  I'm anxiously awaiting Spring to get it out of storage to continue the adventure, 2022 edition.

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  13. The trans shop said the lock up could be done by setting the trans to lock up by speed/rpms or a separate switch. I opted to have the trans do the lock up.  If I'm going through town at 45 or lower, I usually put the trans in 3, which makes the trans act like a turbo 400 in drive and it won't lug down at lower speeds.

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