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  1. No hurry, they are setting in a storage shed where they have been for a few years. The shed needs to come down sometime but I'll let you know if it becomes an issue.
  2. I have 4, they are cheap if you want them, like free. Getting them to you is the question as the tires are still on them.
  3. Ed's correct but I'll add a couple of things I do. First, pull the striker - then close the door and loosen the hinges. Now align and gap the door. The best way to get the door straight in the opening is to cut a couple strips of wood longer than the door opening and tape them to the door and body near the top and bottom so the door is in-line with the body. When the gaps are correct, swing the hinges back in-line with the door mounting points. When you see the hinges are parallel with the door mounts, measure that gap and make steel shims to that measurement. When you tighten everything the door should be aligned. Because of the length the door may drop slightly on the latch end but it's now easy to loosen the appropriate hinge screws and move the back up keeping the rest of the alignment intact.
  4. This wheel represents what they look like. Measurements are 3 3/4" back space while the width seems to be 6 1/2". It's hard to get good measurements as the tires are still on them. But I get 3 3/4 BS plus about 2 5/8" from front side. I'm measuring from the flat part of the wheel rim not the raised flange portion.
  5. Personally, if I were installing a first class sound system in an Avanti and I have. I'd run new wires to the speakers both front and rear and enjoy the sound you paid for. The wiring to the rear runs down the drivers side, along the rockers or center console and into the trunk behind the rear seat on the same side. You'll find there are a couple of clips holding the OEM wires so I'd just drill a new access hole for the new wires. Also run a good power wire and ground to the radio for good known sources. The rear seat is pretty easy to get out as well as the rear fire wall as are the trim pieces along the door sill to run the new wires under the carpet. Just re-caulk the firewall and listen to tunes with the new system. The age of these cars make them a mess wiring wise so I generally just remove what I can and run new wires in neat harnesses.
  6. I have the ones off my 74. Rough and not sure about 6 or 7 inch. I'll check if you're interested.
  7. Here's a list of vendors. Pay particular attention to Nostalgic, Myers and Studebaker international. https://www.studebakervendors.com/ Nostalgic Motors is owned by Dan Booth, who has worked on Avanti's for years and has most of the OEM parts available. Call him if you need help beyond what you can get here.
  8. If you have the engine out and you want to gain decent HP, talk to a major cam supplier, like comp cams, about your needs and they'll suggest a cam that will work well in your application. If you are going to go to unleaded gas and you should, get a decent set of aluminum heads that will give you hardened valve seats, good valve size and increased compression before you modify your old heads. Add a decent, inexpensive dual plane manifold and carb and enjoy an SBC that runs the way it should. Or just buy a decent crate engine and drop it in.
  9. Yup! Used them in my 74. Highly recommend them. Here's my writeup. https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/forum/your-studebaker-forum/tech-talk/108773-avanti-nu-relics-power-window-installation
  10. Nope, no nerve, Just didn't recall that info in spite of the fact I probably have that issue. CRS is my excuse.
  11. Well now that that turd has hit the punchbowl again, What's the documentation for a four-speed in 2175. Not arguing just asking.
  12. Dash is out of a late 80's Avanti, modified to eliminate the center console portion and adding digital gauges, etc. Local upholster covered it in grained vinyl. He did an excellent job.
  13. Yup, it 95% complete. It now has a T56 6-speed and a fair bit different than when I bought it. Picture is the finished car which I've posted a number of times. The URL is a youtube video of the engine and passenger compartment.
  14. I'm also curious as to why he used the Stude box when any number of Saginaw Steering boxes from that era came with splined shafts OEM.
  15. According to some knowledgeable folks my 74 RQB-2123 was the second to last one and Skip Lackie (forum member) has the last Altman one produced.
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