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  1. front grill and front license plate device

    Years ago someone was selling a front bracket kit for a license plate that mounted under the hold down bolt for the center rubber and used a piano hinge that held the tag. When stopped the tag would hang down and at speed the tag would hinge back parallel to the ground and offered no obstruction to air flow. It was a simple design and worked extremely well on the '63 I owned at the time. With my '70 I tried to replicate it but I discovered the design won't work if your car has the stone guard grill...the tag bangs against it. So I didn't install the tag on the front...just leave it in the trunk under the spare tire cover.
  2. '64 R-2

    The Paxtons were designed to use ATF but the ATF of choice when made was Type "A" which is no longer available. There are multi-compatible fluids available now but I'm not sure they're the best choice. I would look for fluids made specifically for superchargers but not one that is synthetic. Synthetic fluids are too slick as the planetary balls require at least some friction to make sure all spin and roll equally. When a too slick fluid like a synthetic is used the planetary balls don't roll but kind of skid and can lead to failure. But to answer your question Type "F" should do ok.
  3. Voltage Regulator question

    It would have been a Delco to match the Delcotron alternator...but it's also possible that Avanti Motors purchased a voltage regulator that had the correct specs for the Delcotron. I don't know whether crate engines Avanti Motors purchased came with alternators and regulators or simply the basic engine and peripherals were sourced separately. I would expect them to come equipped for a Corvette of that year ready to drop in. On my '70 I replaced the engine and installed a one-wire alternator and eliminated the original regulator...I can't even remember if it had a Delco regulator or a replacement. After so many years there's really no way of knowing whether such parts are original or aftermarket replacements. I do remember a '64 Pontiac I once owned a regulator with Delco-Remy stamped into the cover...not a sticker. My best guess is your regulator is an aftermarket replacement that was installed sometime over the years.
  4. Carb info

    Quadrajets have been used on many sized engines...from the Pontiac OHC Sprint inline 6-cylinder to 455 ci engines. Its spread-bore design with small primaries and large secondaries lends it to many applications. Do a web search on it and you can find the applications that go with those numbers.
  5. 1969 wireing print

    Check with Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors or Jon Myer at Myer's Studebaker. I would think one of them can help you out or at least point you in the right direction.
  6. Changing out instrument gage panel ikn 1963 Avanti

    The gauge inlay itself has one or two threaded rods attached which are held on by nuts behind the dash. What you do to make things a bit easier is remove the drivers seat, drop the steering column and follow the manual but rather than completely removing the dash, lift it up and out only as far as necessary to reach behind it and replace the gauges. You won't need to disconnect all the wiring...just what you need to. And before doing any of this...disconnect the battery. And while you're back there and have room...make sure the attaching nuts for the wiper motor are tight just for general principles.
  7. Changing out instrument gage panel ikn 1963 Avanti

    You can do it without removing the dash...if you have small hands and rubber arms. The shop manual tells you how to remove the gauges without removing the dash, but practically removing the dash is better and maybe even faster.
  8. Glasspacked Avanti!

    Less back pressure certainly...longer life? Considering the mild steel used in exhaust systems back then I doubt if they lasted any longer. If true it sounds like advertising hyperbole.
  9. Stainless Avanti!

    I don't know if the RFI shields were or weren't installed but if the Corvette crate engines came equipped from GM with them I would think they would have been left on when installed in an Avanti. I'm guessing GM didn't supply crate engines with them as there was no way of knowing what kind of car the engine would end up in. The RFI shielding would certainly have been available through GM parts.
  10. Avanti fluids

    The best thing you can do is get copies (original or reprint...doesn't matter) of the owner's manual, parts and shop manuals. I don't have any close by but can tell you the gas tank specs say 21 gallons and it takes 6 quarts of motor oil...with a filter. The owner's manual only says 5 quarts but doesn't say add a quart with a filter.
  11. 1964 Studebaker Avanti Front Rake

    Maybe some cars have had the spacers replaced over the years and some haven't...and their spacers have compressed. New springs can give the same visual impression...Avanti coil springs are noted for compressing with age.
  12. Caster and camber confusion

    No argument there!
  13. Avanti Discs!

    The Avanti was the first US car to use modern caliper disc brakes. The Crosley was the first to use disc brakes but they were referred to as "spot" discs. I don't know what that means but they apparently didn't utilize calipers. I also have read that Chrysler had some kind of disc brakes in the 1950s but they weren't used for long for whatever reasons. But...as the question is written...I agree that Studebaker wasn't the first.
  14. Seaton's Connection?

    John Seaton was an affiliated sales rep and ordered something between fifty to seventy-five or so Avantis for resale. The production sheet for my '70 shows it was for John Seaton. Whether it was for his personal use or for resale I've no idea. At least I can say my car was once owned by a later CEO of Avanti Motors...that and a dollar might get you a cup of coffee.
  15. Gilded Avanti!

    Pretty much the same that the Mustang was essentially a dressed up Falcon...though the press was pretty much universally positive about the Mustang without mentioning its origins and some reviewers were not so with the Avanti. A bit of anti-Studebaker bias but Studebaker wasn't a big advertiser in car mags at the time...if they advertised in car mags at all.