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  • My Avanti
    1983 RQB-3651
  1. I'll say false as the only change to the Hurst unit would be the shifter mod IIRC.
  2. I Think Dan has the production order but not sure about the window sticker. If you can get the production but not the window sticker you might be able to make one. This is the one off my 83. I could send you a copy if it will help. Bob
  3. I'll guess true as it was an option on earlier models. 50/50 shot.
  4. Not sure what normal means. If listed in the brochure means normal which it isn't in my brochure, I'd say true. If it means would they install one I'd say false because my 74 came with a hitch stamped Avanti from the factory so my guess is if there was one available they'd install it if requested.
  5. I'm close to the same issue on my 74. What I plan to do is hold the engagement lever back so it won't engage then loosen the bolts holding the mechanism so they only hold lightly. I'll lower the hood until the pins center in the mechanism, raise the hood and tighten the bolts. I'll then lower the hood again to be sure the pins are still correctly set and then release the engagement lever. I'll probably coat the pin head with chalk to be sure it looks about right. I'll also have a couple padded blocks on the firewall to be sure the hood will only lower enough to let the pins enter the lower mechanism. Raising/lowering the bolts will set the hood depth. Will it work, Don't know but it's a variation of a procedure I've used for years on things like this. Just a minor point, I know the wire goes through the mounting hole but it won't when I install it. Bob
  6. I would think any body shop could do it. It's just bent sheet metal. Personally, IIWM I'd take an icepick and wander around poking at them. Have them pay particular attention to the rear areas if you are uncomfortable under there. Also have them look at the frame rails particularly over the rear wheels and the rear cross member. Good luck
  7. The process is usually known as EDM, electron discharge machining IIRC. Not sure if it works in a plastic matrix, however. We used them in the 80's for die insert work but most of that has been replaced by wire travel EDM. IAC an interesting and quite precise technology generally found in toll and die shops.
  8. Brad Bez, forum member does award winning work. http://bezautoalchemy.com/ Also a good thought on Corvette shops but the Avanti based folks will understand better the in's and out's of the car.
  9. Here's a start http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?87316-63-Avanti-Radiator-Replacement Just Google Avanti Aluminum Radiator or go to Bob Johnstone's site for more info. Pretty straight forward as they take a common size. Just be aware that there may be an outlet size difference. Pretty easy to use a radiator hose bushing if necessary. Bob
  10. Your best bet would be Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors in Wixom Michigan. You'll need to call him, but he'll know availability of the parts. My guess is it's not going to be cheap if you need to find all the associated parts. Dan can also talk to you about the fabrication aspects. Depending on your budget, it might be easier to find a parts car. Lastly, ask the same question on the SDC forum, I know a couple have been parted out recently over there.
  11. computer command control
  12. If you are talking about referencing the casting marks on a 66 head, here is a guide to casting marks vs part numbers. You can look up the numbers on Google and see what he was referring to in application, quality, performance and uniqueness.
  13. It was probably the 300 hp 350 with 10.25 compression. It was the second lowest HP 350 available and was probably available in about any body style that Chevrolet built in that year. There were at least 2 higher HP iterations of the 350 and the selection of availability in some body styles probably was reduced with these, but recall, They would put most anything you wanted in about anything you wanted at this time if it was on the order sheet. Same should apply if it was a 327.
  14. As said above about engine size. There was never an issue with selling Chevrolet V-8's to Studebaker and then Avanti. The 65-66 Canadian built Studebaker's were powered by Chevy engines from the Canadian Chevrolet Plant and then so was Avanti in the non-Stude years with U.S. assembled engines. My guess is they weren't considering those vehicles as significant enough competition to be concerned. Chevrolet engines were into any number of cars back then including Checker at some point. It's also my understanding that other than the very early years there was little to differentiate a Chevrolet V-8 from a Corvette V-8 other than the visible goodies like valve covers, air cleaners and published data. So if the valve covers didn't say Corvette, no issue.
  15. Had my 83 upgraded a few years back, which should be the same as your 44. I used an Auburn posi setup. You should also replace the bearings when you do this. I believe I used the bearing repair kit from a 72 Scout II with Dana 44. Cost without new gears would have been about $550 for the posi and bearing kit. Installation would have been another $150 and I'll bet those numbers are on the low side now. In my 74, I found a cheap used OEM Dana posi unit on Ebay, rebuilt the thing and installed it with a new bearing kit myself. Did it for the learning experience. If/When you decide to got the posi route, be sure you specify the gear ratio you will be using as the carrier changes about 3:90 to 1. Probably under $225 this way without new gears. Bob