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  • My Avanti
    1963 R4370
  1. Rear end gear ratio

    Then you weren't asking in the most obvious places. The Dana 44 is the most common axle design ever. It was used by millions of Ford, Mopar, GM, Studebaker, Jaguar, Rootes, Nissan, Jeep, IH, Packard and a dozen others. Literally every aftermarket gear manufacturer and every 4WD shop will have the gears, bearings and seals available. There were two carriers, one for ratios from 2.56 - 3.73 and the other for ratios from 3.90 to 6.33. You'll most likely be using the first and choosing from 2.56, 2.88, 3.07, 3.31, 3.54 or 3.73. Also, the Dana 44 is still thick on the ground in the Studebaker community. Put out a WTB over on SDC, listing the desired ratio, with TwinTraction, and you'll most likely get several offers to sell you a complete axle for a reasonable price. You'll most likely have to change the brakes to Avanti and weld on traction bar brackets, but that's easily done. You might get really lucky and find an Avanti axle with the ratios you want. They're out there; just ask around. jack vines
  2. 1970 Avanti II / Hope you've seen this one

    Definitely seems like a deal. Wish he'd given more detail as to the engine/transmission. jack vins
  3. X2 on this. If it were mine and all I wanted was protection, I'd just low-pressure wash to remove any remaining residue, let dry, fog the crevices with WD40 and wipe large surface areas with an oily rag; repeat once a year. jack vines
  4. Real HP for an R2?

    Wish that Stude horsepower numbers were greater than published, however, based upon the 1/4-mile MPH speeds from contemporary magazine road tests, the R2 289 hp rating was pretty accurate. Ted Harbit's R2 in the Stewed Tomato benefits from his more than fifty years of building racing Studebakers. Bottom line - it's possible to build a blueprinted Stude R2 V8 which will qualify for Factory Stock racing and which exceeds the factory rating, albiet at considerable expense. FWIW, the R3 engine specifications called for the heads to be hand ported. Several here can confirm most R3 heads were not ported to match the prints. So yes, Paxton Products may have custom built a very few 400hp R3s, but most wouldn't top 335hp. Another FWIW, the Paxton racing supercharger had no warranty. It produced more boost but had too much spring pressure to survive street use. The racing lifespan was measured in hours. jack vines
  5. 1964 or 1966 Avanti -which to buy???

    Do you like the original recipe raked stance or do you want the better performance and ease of maintenance of the SBC? JMHO, but an Avanti is all about style. None of them really perform or handle measured by present day standards. If I wanted an SBC, I'd put one in a '63. Round headlights and the rake make it unique. As to value, none of the garden variety R1s or Avanti II will be worth the big bucks, so there's really not much investment appreciation. Go with what you like and what makes you happy when you look at it. jack vines
  6. Bring a trailer

    BAT's been with us for several years now. That Avanti, being an R2/4-speed is one of the more desirable, but anyone considering restoration would be money ahead to buy a good one. Those $100,000 auction figures don't reflect the real world R2 prices, but that's probably what pulled this one out of the weeds and into the weblight. jack vines
  7. avanti R1 general information

    https://studebakermuseum.org/ For the '63-64 cars, the Studebaker National Museum can furnish a copy of the production order. jack vines
  8. 1963 Avanti Partial Engine - SORRY IT's GONE

    Makes one wonder why it didn't occur to the owner just to turn it upside down. That would have done much to save the core. With the top open, the crankcase could be full of water, ruining everything. jack vines
  9. Mecum Montery Avantis

    WOW! Those should be new records for R2 cars. It is to be hoped a rising auction price lifts all Avanti. jack vines
  10. Ignition Sheild

    And mostly for the AM radio reception. Important in '63, but not so much today. FWIW, the interference would also make noise on the radio of the car next to an Avanti, occasionally causing their smiles to become frowns. jack vines
  11. New to the Forum

    Welcome to the Avanti forum. There is no absolute answer to your question. If you have a good relationship with a body shop and can get a better than retail price, maybe. Usually, the entire car can benefit from paint, the buyer may choose another color than refrigerator white, he may have the skills to do it himself or a body shop owes him a favor or he may be clueless as today's real world costs of paint and body work. One option is to rattle can spray paint the affected area so the contrast isn't so stark, then the photos on eBay will suggest an easy fix. Set your minimum reserve and hope for the best. jack vines
  12. Suspension Feel

    Interestingly, I just drove a new near-$100,000 BMW and found it to ride significantly stiffer and have much less wheel travel than the Avanti. Also interesting, as most of my Studebaker suspension efforts over the past 50+ years have been toward improving handling; however, it wouldn't be that difficult to go softer. Using 6-cyl front springs, fiberglass rear springs, gas shocks, forged 16" or 17" wheels, tall profile tires, seats from one's favorite luxury car and all new front suspension wear parts. But still, adding the parts cost, labor to have it all done, would be substantial. Then the results are entirely subjective. What would be wallowingly soft to one might be still too firm to our OP. jack vines
  13. r-2 with air

    At the IM, there were a couple of R2/AC installs where the alternator was driven by a short belt run off the second groove of the AC pulley. Anyone here tried that and is it an alternative to what you discussed above? jack vines
  14. Suspension Feel

    Since I often switch from a solid axle C-cab pickup to the Avanti, it seems to ride fine to me. FWIW, tires, wheels and seats affect perceived ride quality equally as much as springs and shocks. If one is not concerned with originality, switching to six-way adjustable power seats from a luxury car made a huge improvement in subjective ride comfort. They were much softer, more supportive and allowed to get support under the thighs which long-legged drivers sometimes find lacking in the Stude OEM seats. (Since there are so many different later Avanti II seats, I haven't sampled them all.) Lighter weight forged aluminum wheels noticeably reduce unsprung weight and improve the ride comfort. A friend who's a bit of a CASO cheaped out when he saw the cost of forged wheels and bought a set of cast wheels which were actually heavier than the OEM steel wheels. The extra weight plus the additional width noticeably increased the unsprung weight and worsened the ride. jack vines
  15. Needed KONI Shock part number for '63 Avanti

    As with everything Avanti, what was original depends upon the year, the buyer's wishes, what was on the shelf, available, or on the option list at the time. jack vines
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