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Looking to buy an Avanti that I can drive and keep repaired fairly easily.  Is having the GM frame a good thing in comparison to the Lark frame?  I like the chrome bumpers better than the painted ones, can chrome bumpers be put on the GM frame cars?  That is really my issue, it seems the GM frame is only with painted bumpers.  What else should I be considering?  Thanks.

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For a complete GM frame/chassis, you are limited to 1987-1991 and 2001-2004.

You can NOT realistically put chrome bumpers on these cars.

Edited by studegary

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With the GM chassis you will get better handling and ride, 1950's technology compared to 1980's technology. Most mechanics can work on the GM chassis, not always the case on the Lark chassis. Parts for the GM chassis are still common as are performance parts.

 

Not sure on all late model Avantis but my body is cut away below the bumper, making installation of chrome bumpers an expensive modification.

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Good luck,

Jim Wood

 

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Is there a big difference in stopping power between the Studebaker front discs and the GM? 

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The brakes on my 1987 Avanti are the same as the 1987 Monte Carlo. I installed aftermarket SBC dual piston calipers, pads and Raybestos slotted rotors. That combo took off another 20 feet at 40 mph.  A rear disc kit is available for the '87 also.

 

Jim Wood

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