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  • My Avanti
    1963 R4370
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Needed KONI Shock part number for '63 Avanti

    The Koni specifically for Avanti have long been NLA. Reportedly, there are second-generation Camaro shocks which can easily be modified to fit. Also being discussed http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?100445-Needed-KONI-Shock-part-number-for-63-Avanti over on the SDC site. jack vines
  12. Rally point at SB

    I'll be arriving at Saint Mary's late Monday night, unfortunately without my Avanti, Looking forward to seeing you all there. I do have tickets for the Avanti events. Also, need tickets for the SDC events at the Building 84 tour and the Proving Ground tour. Those were sold out by the time I registered. If anyone hears of anyone not being able to make it, grab the tickets for me; thanks in advance. jack vines
  13. Busy Weekend!

    Congrats on keeping up with the little stuff. That makes for a much more pleasant ride and a better sell when that time comes. FWIW, I'm always put off when a seller excuses a myriad of problems with "Easy fixes" or "Easy restoration" If it's so easy, WTF didn't he do it? Answer: It's not easy. It's time-consuming if the the owner does the fixing and very expensive if a shop does the fixing. jack vines
  14. Distributor

    FWIW, Prestolite distributors, single or dual point, wear the advance weight bushings. There are repair kits available, as millions of Mopars used the same basic distributor. Another FWIW, I've rebuilt and converted several to Pertronix and even better, the Mopar solid state trigger. If you ever decide to go there, I've got them on the shelf for $300. jack vines
  15. Supercharger for 63 R2

    Yes. PackardV8@comcast.net