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  1. You're lucky that both sides didn't break loose.  When I bought my Avanti, the steering wheel round rim was in the trunk and I drove it with just the two spokes for a while until I found a new steering wheel.  I haven't found anyone local willing to weld the rim back onto the spokes, so I'll be interested in responses to your question.

  2. This was years ago but someone made and sold front license brackets that were very useful for an Avanti without the stone guard mounted in the air scoop. I don't remember if it was through the AOAI or SDC it was sold but that's really immaterial. One can make it himself.

    Basically, it's two metal straps with the appropriate bends that attached between the center bumper cushion and the bumper then wraps along the bottom of the bumper itself, then has attached a piano hinge with two tabs for the license plate to bolt to. When your driving the plate hinges back with the airstream so there's no restriction to the radiator. When you stop the license plate swings down and hangs vertically.

    If you get stopped for having no front plate, it's hanging right there once the officer goes and looks at it.

    I had one of these on the '63 I owned many years ago and it worked great. It won't work with a car with the stone guard as I said as the plate hits the stone guard when hinged back.

    I produced those back in the late '70s and early '80s and offered them through AOAI. Sold many internationally. I think I still have a few on a shelf in the garage. The plate holder fit inside the front bumper cavity and attached to the center pad mounting studs. Glad it worked well for you. Always good to get feedback...even 35 years after the sale.


  3. Sounds to me like a couple "drama queens" vying for the most attention.


    You're half right. Eddie likes to feel in charge and challenges anyone who questions him. I have no need for his drama and come here only to post trivia questions and learn from others.


  4. The 'Silent Majority' Dennis!,........... Now, are you going to try to answer the 'WASN'T AVAILABLE' question which I politely asked in post # 8 ?

    I was wondering how long you could "play nice" and it appears a couple weeks is your limit. You speak only for yourself. Sorry if you're having a bad day. See post #12 above.


  5. ....Dennis....please don't revert to your former 'Avanti Forum' self,....We like the 'new' Dennis much better!

    All I'm doing is asking you to clarify a statement you made about the R3 option. I'm eager to learn what you meant. There's no need to get snarky. BTW, when you write, "We like the 'new' Dennis much better!" for whom do you speak when you say "We"?

  6. Wouldn't an even MORE interesting question be.....'What WASN'T available on a Studebaker Avanti if the R3 engine option was ordered'???????? (Think about it!!)

    No, I"ll stick with my original request that you quantify your earlier remark by listing the "more" you referred to in your vague remark. Waiting.....

  7. That's a pricey "crate" engine.

    That's a pricey "crate" engine.

    But, of course, there was more to the R3 option than just the R3 engine itself!

    Since you bring it up, Eddie, feel free to list those things that were in addition to the engine itself. That's what this trivia forum is all about....sharing factual knowledge about the Avanti.


  8. While there's a span of years between the two, it sounds like you're speaking of the Ford Pinto.

    It was the Ford Pinto. Lawyers used the Avanti tank placement as an example to show that a safer tank location was already "state of the art" by the time the Pinto was designed.

    I remember seeing a political cartoon of a B-52 dropping Pintos, instead of bombs, on North Viet Nam at the time of the law suits.

  9. How about Milt Autonick?.....And the floating horn bar was somewhat unique?

    Except for misspelling the designers name, (Milt Antonick), perfect answer. Most cars of the era had either a center horn pad or a horn ring on the steering wheel. Mr. Antonick incorporated the horn bars into the steering wheel spokes.

    Anyone know what other classic car designs Milt Antonick did?

  10. The prices I quoted are factory installed.

    The prices you quote are dealer suggested uninstalled list price.

    I have no idea of what UAW workers were getting for an hour's work in South Bend in '63, but I imagine a radio & antenna could be installed in an hour, or so. Minimum wage at the time was $1.25 an hour. Five bucks would have covered it.


  11. Two observations......first, most of the Avanti Trivia questions seem to be answered by the same three or four forum members. Second, very little "conversation" is generated by the questions. For the most part, it's Question, Correct Answer, Move On.

    Those of you who do answer the questions obviously have a great deal of Avanti knowledge, or information resources. Perhaps some of you would like to toss out a few Avanti Trivia questions of your own to add a little variety to this topic.

    As for this topic not generating much conversation, my guess is that quite a few readers have personal Avanti experiences relating to many of the questions. Everyone should feel free to jump in and add their 2¢ to the discussion. Let's see if we can make the topic a little more interactive and interesting.

    And that brings us to the next Trivia question.

    What was the cost of the underhood light option on the 1964 Avanti?

    Anyone got one of these on their Avanti?

    Anyone ever seen one?
    Anyone ever needed one?
  12. Studebaker Sales Letter, Prices and Charges - Avanti. Number 190, dated October 28, 1963.

    Item #.

    66A Radio - Push Button with Rear Manual Antenna $85.00

    67A Radio - AM/FM with Rear Manual Antenna $154.50

    Difference in price ( or upgrade ) $69.50

    On the dealer price list dated 9/1/63, the AM/FM with rear fender antenna (AC-3503) was only $149.50 . The AM radio with antenna (AC-3507) was listed at $80.40. That's a bit of a jump in two months.

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