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  • My Avanti
    1963 R4370
  1. FWIW, the Studebaker V8 is in external dimension a big block. Unfortunately, in internal displacement, it's a very small block. Since it's so huge and heavy, literally any post-WWII OHV8 can and has been swapped into the Avanti engine compartment. I've seen BBCs, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, BBM, hemi Mopar in there. Just be aware, installing anything more than the SBC is a total waste. The Avanti is inherently traction-limited and without major rear suspension work, big block torque just produces tire smoke. jack vines
  2. Road Noise

    Does your exhaust have a crossover H-pipe between the two sides? This often quiets the drone. OK, what isn't moving with the clutch depressed/trans in neutral that was moving in gear? Clutch disc, pressure plate and transmission input shaft. Those are unlikely sound sources. Engine speed is more likely. Driving above where the slapping appears, note RPM, go to neutral, maintain same engine RPM. Does the sound continue? If so, let the engine speed drop to idle. Does the sound go away? If so, look at belts, fan clutch (if so equipped) water pump bearing, power steering pump; everything which rotates at engine speed. jack vines
  3. Tom McCahill Quote regarding Studebaker Avanti Steering

    In the context of other late-'50s-early'60s cars Uncle Tom had driven recently, the Avanti probably felt quick. For example, the '59 Pontiac was chosen by Motor Trend as their Car of the Year. That was a grotesquely-styled POS and handled abysmally. They didn't publish this photo where they rolled a tire off the rim in a hard corner. jack vines
  4. Big Block Install Possible in Avanti II?

    Unfortunately, the Studebaker V8 has big block external dimensions and very small block dimensions inside. That's fortunate for engine swappers, since the engine compartment was sized for the Studebaker V8, literally anything will and has been swapped in there. Naturally, there will be differences of exhaust and oil pan, but the void is there. And yes, anyone swapping for anything other than a built 400" SBC is wasting money just to be different, but his car, his money, his decision. jack vines
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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