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  1. On 3/16/2024 at 11:41 PM, 1963r2 said:

    From the ones I’ve seen they pry off.

    Thanks for the tip!  I'm going to add three words to the tip...."with great difficulty".  I used two small screwdrivers, one very small and usually used for working on electronics, to pry.

    An interesting discovery was that my Avanti's factory Line Number was written in marker on the underside of the fiberglass seat bottom which is broken and will be replaced.

  2. 3 hours ago, RoyG said:

    Dan Booth at Nostalgic sells rebuild kits for these seats... and they aren't expensive.

    Thanks!  Any suggestion on removing the original pivot pins from the seats?  Do the cap ends pry off or screw off?

  3. After owning my Avanti for almost 50 years, it's time for new upholstery and I have a couple questions.

    I've removed the old upholstery and padding from the front seats.  

    How do I remove the pivot bolt that that holds the seat back to the seat bottom?  Is it threaded or press on?

    Is there a replacement bushing for the pivot bolt or an aftermarket solution that would work to take the wiggle out of the pivot?



  4. 9 hours ago, TerryR2 said:

    Avanti Grey makes me melt. Great picture Dwight. Where do I find that exact match? How about interiors? mine came with Fawn/Elk but thinking Orange...Haven't seen it in person..is it too much? Does it take away or add to the class the Avanti exudes.

    As others have said, your car, your choice.  My R2 was originally white with orange interior.  When I bought it in 1975, it was 12 years old and the paint had already been changed from white to red and then to yellow, and finally to green.  The interior was also green.  All of those colors had made the previous owners briefly happy.

    I stripped the car of four layers of paint to bare fiberglass and had it painted white.  I've had orange upholstery and appropriately colored salt & pepper style carpet in storage for years and 2024 may be the year it gets installed and the Avanti gets a new coat of white paint.

    Orange upholstery is visually striking and might go well with a grey exterior.  I think I'd drape the seats with large orange towels to check out how it looks with grey before having it reupholstered, however.

    Enjoy your Avanti!


  5. 2 hours ago, hotwirez said:

    Hey, thanks. And you're right - there will always be something for sale.

    I was able to find 2296's restoration page on the wayback machine.

    1963 Avanti (archive.org)

    Makes you wonder what happened between Nov 2002 and the ebay sale in 2006.


    Sixty year old cars have a lot of stories to tell....or hide.  Have fun with the search.  I'm sure you'll find the Avanti that's just right for you.


  6. I think I'd keep looking.  Yes, it's an Avanti and that's what you want.  But, it's been significantly modified with color changes inside and out.  Maybe that's OK, or maybe it's lipstick on a pig.  If you decide to go with this one have it checked out mechanically and structurally (frame, hog troughs, signs of crash damage).  

    There are always Avantis for sale, so I'd keep looking for one that hadn't been so cosmetically modified.

  7. Rewelding the spokes to the metal rim core requires a significant removal of the steering wheel plastic.  Rebuilding/restoring and color matching the "wood grained" plastic is more difficult on the later style wheel than rebuilding the rim on an earlier Avanti.  Good luck!

  8. Although the Avanti rear glass was known to blow out, Studebaker revised the trim securing the rear window and all was good.  I remember seeing those stickers at checkout counters in auto parts stores.  They could be added to any car, even those incapable of getting close to 120 MPH.

  9. Seeing that STU-V catalog brings back some memories.  Back in the 1970s, I bought a pair of stock steel wheels from STU-V to replace the mags that came on the front of my Avanti when I bought it.  

    The Studebaker wheels came with tires mounted and a condition of the sale was I had to give the tires back after I had my new tires mounted.  That was because the wheels and tires had come from an Avanti that the Granatellis had run on the salt flats.

  10. 1 hour ago, 1inxs said:

    Yes,They took the shielding of to work on the engine and put it in a box in the front seat. Good information on the filler cap. Crap, I looked at 1960 a Studebaker 289 and it could be a match! That would possibly explain the black fan blades instead of the orange Avanti. OK, now if it’s an engine from another Studebaker, I would be more likely to pass on it.

    I really appreciate all of you guys comments and insight!

    While it's quite possible the fan blades were repainted black sometime in the last 60 years, for original engine verification go with a check of the block and head numbers....they don't change.

  11. 23 minutes ago, regnalbob said:

    Yes, I do know the history for the first 24 months and the supercharger was not rebuilt.

    Yes, my Brother's Avanti did have an orange supercharger from the factory.

    Yes, not all superchargers were black from the factory.

    Nicely stated.

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