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1963 Studebaker Avanti, all fiberglass body. Engine starts and runs. All parts there to finish the body, a second body (Avanti II) is available. PM me on this forum if interested. Probably the most unique Avanti available.

Price negotiable with content, $25,000 as is.

Loss of storage forces sale.

Fabricated stainless steel frame with large X-member for rigidity.

Chassis is setup as Front Mid-engine, Rear Wheel Drive.

Goals of better weight distribution, power application, and braking.
Long term project.

Engine/Drivetrain Modifications:
Viper Dana HD differential, changed from 3.07 gears to 3.54 ratio, set up by Intrax

Installed LS1 motor with T-56 Tremec transmission. Motor assembly set back approximately 10 inches.

Mounted modified Mustang shifter arm backwards, to move shifter 3 inches forward and towards the driver.

Utilizing a Walbro GSL392 inline pump with a Corvette FPR.

Aluminum radiator with a GM electric fan and shroud, assembly laid back 25 degrees. Installed WS6 power steering cooler in upper cooling hose.

LS7 air intake filter assembly has been adapted to the LS1, and installed in a cold air box.

Installed stainless LS7 exhaust headers with fabricated tapered collectors and 2 1/2" dia. x 8" long stainless flex couplings to flow to hidden side pipes.

Installed smaller pulley on power steering pump, and relocated it for frame clearance.

Fabricated new brackets to place CS130 alternator very low on passenger side of engine. Running on 4V serpentine belt, formerly for AC pump.

GTO fuel rail covers modified to accept Studebaker Script.

Suspension Modifications:
Front Suspension: Fabricated stainless front cradle, Corvette C4 front suspension narrowed 3 inches, coil over shocks.

Power Steering: ZF rack and pinion (rolled back 40 degrees) with Delphi Type II pump. Disassembled pump to drill and tap inlet for 1/2 npt thread. Added a remote power steering reservoir on inner fender with cooler underneath oil pan.

Rear Suspension: Corvette C4 rear suspension narrowed 4 inches and adapted to Viper differential, stainless camber bars with heims, tie rods with heims, coil over shocks.

Brakes: Corvette C5 dual piston calipers with 13 inch rotors, both front and rear. Vacuum booster removed, hydroboost installed.

Wheels/Tires Modifications:
Changed from 205/75/15 bias ply on 15 x 5 1/2 steel wheels to:

Front: 235/50/17 Kumho ASX on 17 x 8 1/2 Magnesium wheels

Rear: 255/45/18 Kumho ASX on 18 x 9 1/2 Magnesium wheels

Interior/Exterior Modifications:
Went from a four seater to a two seater vehicle.

Eliminated floor console

Dash has been moved rearward 5 inches

Made new dash panel overlay, eliminated key switch from dash.

Installed tilt steering column, with Nardi steering wheel.

Installed Corvette C5 swing pedal assembly for brake and clutch pedals.

Eliminated hog troughs with new body mounts, fabricated stainless chambered side pipes under rocker panels. These chambered side pipes are similar as to what Studebaker was thinking for some of their exhaust systems (as shown in Popular Mechanics)

Eliminated fiberglass shackle boxes, spare tire well.

Moved the battery to under the car, where the rear seat was. Monted flush to the bottom of frame.

Fabricated a fused electrical distribution panel where rear seat was, with a powered battery disconnect.

Installed Bussmann fuse panels in the sides of the dash. Dash is removable.

2 3/4 inch chambered stainless side pipes hidden under rocker panel with turn out in front of rear wheel.

Here is a link to pictures of it under construction, note there are two pages. http://ls1tech.com/g/album/1783192

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Please call Bill Gregg, Melrose, Fl...We have spoken befor about your project ....please call me ....352-475-3190 land line.....or ...386-466-6434 cell...thanks BILL

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