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bige
11-07-2009, 10:46 PM
Yeah I know, "nothing's more expensive...." However, a west coast, 1988 with what's claimed to be an original 29,000 miles with dull paint and a couple of interior issues for $5,000 may be the exception to the rule.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/4247h2c_20.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/53616bd_20.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/84839nd_20.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/22994dk_20.jpg

Now I have to decide if the ZZ4 SBC Crate engine that I've had in the garage for 2 years slated for my El Camino should end up in the Avanti instead.

ErnieR

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

sals54
11-07-2009, 10:57 PM
Go with the ZZ4. Wow, that would be a fun car to drive. Slam it, and open the front wheelwells like the 63s. What a cool ride that would make. Quiet pipes and a lot of GOOOOOO POWER.

sals54
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/NewSignature.jpg

dean pearson
11-08-2009, 12:54 AM
Nice car Dude, You scored!
What motor is in it?

Dean.

bige
11-08-2009, 01:12 AM
They were built on either Monte Carlo or El Camino Chassis. It should be a 180 HP 305 with a 200 4R o/d and a very tall gear in the rear. Just a cruiser from the factory.

More than likely I'll put the ZZ4 in the El Camino as planned and take the 250 HP Jasper 350 that's in there now and throw some bolt on pieces at it and save that for the Avanti when the urge strikes me to yank the 305. The ZZ4 needs special exhaust manifolds and runs best with a high rise manifold that's probably a little tall for the Avanti.

Had some really bad news in the immediate family and this deal has gotten me out of my funk. Funny how things happen.

ErnieR

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

jallen
11-08-2009, 04:08 AM
Ernie, Best wishes to you and your family. Looks like you might end
up with beauty (64) and the beast (88). Good luck with the new
project.

bams50
11-08-2009, 07:40 AM
[:0] Ernie!! Does this mean you've fallen out of love with the Meteor?? Say it ain't so!;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA

sweetolbob
11-08-2009, 09:31 AM
Ernie

Any car that looks as good as an Avanti (well maybe the newer style bumpers excepted) deserves to have the go power of a stout V8.

Give it a chance to perform as well as it looks. ;)

Bob

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/P1000416.jpg?t=1227109182, http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/031-1.jpg?t=1254424814

Pat Dilling
11-08-2009, 10:27 AM
Ernie,

Nice looking car! When you are considering power plants, think about a late model fuel injected motor such as the LS1, LS2 or LS6. A lot of people have swapped them into the Monte Carlo and El Caminos so the path has been cut. If you want a good place to research go to http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/conversions-hybrids-28/ . With one of those motors you get lots of power and drivability, plus high 20s MPG. I love the one I have in my '53. The motors with trans are becoming very available as pull out packages from wrecking yards. Wouldn't an all aluminum, fuel injected V-8 be a great compliment to this great car?

Pat

Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n194/stucool53/StuCoolsmallerSigpic.jpg
LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/journal.php?action=view&journalid=33611

bige
11-08-2009, 10:28 AM
Thank You!:)


quote:Originally posted by jallen

Ernie, Best wishes to you and your family. Looks like you might end
up with beauty (64) and the beast (88). Good luck with the new
project.


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

showbizkid
11-08-2009, 10:32 AM
Nice score, E. Those Camaro wheels actually look pretty good with that body, don't they?


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

bige
11-08-2009, 10:34 AM
Let's say the Meteor and I are good friends. I helped her through some of the problems she encountered in the first relationship and now she goes through life steady and reliable. But she understands that I have a hard time with one car relationships and I can stray very easily. So, we both agreed if she also felt the need to move on it would be with my blessing. I can tell her you had a crush on her at one time I know she's able to make the trip upstate now. She still gets a lot of admiring looks, you know. Never had any plastic surgery and nothings sagging yet. :D

ErnieR




quote:Originally posted by bams50

[:0] Ernie!! Does this mean you've fallen out of love with the Meteor?? Say it ain't so!;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA








http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

bige
11-08-2009, 10:40 AM
I like them too. Some of these later Avantis are running wheels with too much offset and they look like the body doesn't belong on the chassis IMHO.

ErnieR



quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

Nice score, E. Those Camaro wheels actually look pretty good with that body, don't they?


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

bige
11-08-2009, 10:54 AM
The LS series engines are definitely state of the art now but my skills aren't. If I can't play with a carb I'm just not happy besides I already have more std. 350 SBC's than I have cars, transmissions too so I will take the easy road, when the time comes.

I may leave it alone for awhile, because...

Here's the rationale for this purchase and any of you feel free to use it if you need to...the later model Avanti is a little more comfortable, A/C etc. than my 64 R2, and safer, shoulder belts, collapsible steering column etc., so MY WIFE and I can take in some of the Stude gatherings that are a little further away. This way WE get to spend MORE TIME TOGETHER. And since it's an easier car to drive than the 64 SHE will be able to drive this car WHENEVER SHE WANTS. It's all about the relationship!




quote:Originally posted by Pat Dilling

Ernie,

Nice looking car! When you are considering power plants, think about a late model fuel injected motor such as the LS1, LS2 or LS6. A lot of people have swapped them into the Monte Carlo and El Caminos so the path has been cut. If you want a good place to research go to http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/conversions-hybrids-28/ . With one of those motors you get lots of power and drivability, plus high 20s MPG. I love the one I have in my '53. The motors with trans are becoming very available as pull out packages from wrecking yards. Wouldn't an all aluminum, fuel injected V-8 be a great compliment to this great car?

Pat

Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n194/stucool53/StuCoolsmallerSigpic.jpg
LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/journal.php?action=view&journalid=33611


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

studegary
11-08-2009, 11:53 AM
Good luck with it. It looks a lot like my 1987. I guess that it was 1989, not 1988, when they went to the "ground effects" panels. What is the serial number (last three digits)?

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

bige
11-08-2009, 11:58 AM
I don't have paperwork yet. Made the deal on the phone Saturday night. I made an offer on the car a couple of weeks ago and left my number but at the time the seller was not flexible on the price. He called me back last night and told me the car was mine for my price, PayPal'd a deposit and here we are.

I know the Chevy mechanicals like the back of my hand anything weird that pops up on the Avanti side of the car?

ErnieR




quote:Originally posted by studegary

Good luck with it. It looks a lot like my 1987. I guess that it was 1989, not 1988, when they went to the "ground effects" panels. What is the serial number (last three digits)?

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
11-08-2009, 12:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by bige

I don't have paperwork yet. Made the deal on the phone Saturday night. I made an offer on the car a couple of weeks ago and left my number but at the time the seller was not flexible on the price. He called me back last night and told me the car was mine for my price, PayPal'd a deposit and here we are.

I know the Chevy mechanicals like the back of my hand anything weird that pops up on the Avanti side of the car?

ErnieR




quote:Originally posted by studegary

Good luck with it. It looks a lot like my 1987. I guess that it was 1989, not 1988, when they went to the "ground effects" panels. What is the serial number (last three digits)?

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer



The biggest things that I ran into were numerous build problems, like water leaks and multiple electrical & wiring problems.

It is not like driving a Studebaker, it is like driving a 1987/1988 Monte Carlo.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

bige
11-08-2009, 12:44 PM
I always liked driving G Body GM cars. Still have an 84 El Camino and have had numerous others. I know the Avanti is a mish-mosh of different manufacturers switches and other hardware. I'm pretty good with electrical problems and if I can stay reasonably dry driving in the rain all will be good.

Might be calling on your experience from time to time though.

ErnieR

Thomas63R2
11-08-2009, 01:22 PM
Your new Avanti should be able to deliver on all counts: great long distance highway cruiser, gets you and your wife into Studebaker events - sweet!

As I'm looking at it and thinking about what can be done with GM "G" body cars, gas mileage be darned - I think I would drop a hot big block in there.

Thomas

sweetolbob
11-08-2009, 01:43 PM
Ernie

If this is a TBI engine, you are in the time frame that GM was starting to get it right with computer controlled injected engines.

If it is TBI, I'd check the engine condition and bring it back to health with a tune up etc. Then check to be sure what is has for valve size et.al.

The computers of that era had a removeable chip that can be flashed at less than $100 to give better curve and driveability as well as allow for a rear end gearing change. This would give you a very driveable and comfortable vehicle.

You may also find that a lot of the instruments and other controles are from the computer and changing to a carb could be very difficult.

Heck, The engine in 54K is a roller cammed 1990 SBC with a chipped burned to give an agressive curve and the EGR etc eliminated.

Don't sell the 305 short if you want a daily driver.

Now if you were starting with an 83, I say ash-can the motor and put in something worth the time. GM wasn't getting it right then. [:o)]

Bob

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Swifster
11-08-2009, 01:53 PM
The caution on using an LSx engine is frame clearance on the right side. There are ways to cure this but none of them are easy.

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Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2125.60)

1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

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edpjr
11-08-2009, 02:48 PM
I sure like it. Looks like a steal...


quote:Originally posted by bige

Yeah I know, "nothing's more expensive...." However, a west coast, 1988 with what's claimed to be an original 29,000 miles with dull paint and a couple of interior issues for $5,000 may be the exception to the rule.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/4247h2c_20.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/53616bd_20.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/84839nd_20.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/22994dk_20.jpg

Now I have to decide if the ZZ4 SBC Crate engine that I've had in the garage for 2 years slated for my El Camino should end up in the Avanti instead.

ErnieR

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.


edp/NC
'63 Avanti
'66 Commander

Lenny R2
11-08-2009, 02:59 PM
Nice car Ernie,you got a greatbuy good luck with it.

Lenny
Atlanta Ga.

bams50
11-08-2009, 04:16 PM
quote:Originally posted by bige

Let's say the Meteor and I are good friends. I helped her through some of the problems she encountered in the first relationship and now she goes through life steady and reliable. But she understands that I have a hard time with one car relationships and I can stray very easily. So, we both agreed if she also felt the need to move on it would be with my blessing. I can tell her you had a crush on her at one time I know she's able to make the trip upstate now. She still gets a lot of admiring looks, you know. Never had any plastic surgery and nothings sagging yet. :D


That's OK, as long as she's cool with it. I too believe in multiples, and I'd love to add her to my harem. But like women, you gots to be able to afford 'em, and I can't right now; wouldn't be fair to lead her on like that;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA

JBOYLE
11-08-2009, 09:54 PM
Well done, looks like a good deal.
And since it's not a 63-64...modify the living daylights out of it and have fun.:D

Before I bought my 63, the only other Avanti I had ever driven was a 87. It seemed a bit too modern and "numb".
When I learned it was on a Chevy chassis, all became clear.
Since I bought my car from an SDC member long distance and didn't drive it, I was very peleased with the feel of it, it seemed more correct for that vintage than the later car.

Question for later Avanti experts:
When did the dash change?
From what I can see in an Avanti book, 83s had the original style, this 88 has the later.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

gordr
11-08-2009, 10:04 PM
Yeah, that dash is strictly from hunger, if you ask me. It has this huge "kit car" vibe to it.

But I think you got the car at the right price, and with a few modifications, it could be a real sweetheart.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

bige
11-08-2009, 10:11 PM
1987 had the newer style dash.

I've driven so many G Body GM cars over the years they are like old friends. I don't know if Avantis were F41 spec suspensions but handling perks up nicely with the fat sway bars and fast ratio steering box.

Just as an aside...being in the car business for 30+ years people would always ask me what the best car is. I would tell them 1978-1988 GM G Body cars i.e. Monte Carlos, Malibus, Regals, Cutlasses and Grand Prixs. Why you ask? Watch any episode of COPS and see what they are chasing at 75 mph with blown out tires and sparks flying from underneath but it takes a tractor trailer hit before they can stop it and 9 times out of 10 it's a G Body something:D

ErnieR




quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

Well done, looks like a good deal.
And since it's not a 63-64...modify the living daylights out of it and have fun.:D

Before I bought my 63, the only other Avanti I had ever driven was a 87. It seemed a bit too modern and "numb".
When I learned it was on a Chevy chassis, all became clear.
Since I bought my car from an SDC member long distance and didn't drive it, I was very peleased with the feel of it, it seemed more correct for that vintage than the later car.

Question for later Avanti experts:
When did the dash change?
From what I can see in an Avanti book, 83s had the original style, this 88 has the later.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

bige
11-08-2009, 10:28 PM
I agree the dash needs some detailing. Some kind of trim around the openings and perimeter would make it look more finished.

The general layout, placement of the headlight switch, and A/C vents looks like Grand Prix behind the plywood.

ErnieR



quote:Originally posted by gordr

Yeah, that dash is strictly from hunger, if you ask me. It has this huge "kit car" vibe to it.

But I think you got the car at the right price, and with a few modifications, it could be a real sweetheart.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

JBOYLE
11-08-2009, 11:49 PM
Bige, thanks for answering my question...
I agree with GordR..I'm not a fan of that dash a bit too kit car-ish for me.

BTW: I'm no GM expert but those look like 80s Camaro wheels.

Still it's a good buy.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

Avantidon
11-09-2009, 09:44 AM
Ernie, nice purchase. This of course is a Kelly car built on a Monte Carlo chasis. Many of the parts in the car related to the drive train are GM parts. However there is much of the car that is not GM related and if you need certain things like a blower motor for the heating and AC you are going to have to hunt for it. Moonroof is probably an ASC or its successor and if it leaks I know where the parts are. Car is equipped with a 4-speed overdive GM tranny and either a 302 or 350 GM V-8. of course as with all Kelly cars there is no parts manual or shop manual you are on your own from that aspect but should not be a big deal for you. need help let me know.

bige
11-09-2009, 11:31 AM
I have the shop manual for my 84 El Camino so I should be good on the underhood and drivetrain.

With your help and the other experienced members here I'm not worried about any mechanical issues. And I spent a few years a long time ago managing a real auto parts store so I can prod even the most inexperienced counterman to find the right stuff, often getting behind the counter and finding it for them:)

I should have the car in a week or two and I am really looking forward to driving it.



quote:Originally posted by Avantidon

Ernie, nice purchase. This of course is a Kelly car built on a Monte Carlo chasis. Many of the parts in the car related to the drive train are GM parts. However there is much of the car that is not GM related and if you need certain things like a blower motor for the heating and AC you are going to have to hunt for it. Moonroof is probably an ASC or its successor and if it leaks I know where the parts are. Car is equipped with a 4-speed overdive GM tranny and either a 302 or 350 GM V-8. of course as with all Kelly cars there is no parts manual or shop manual you are on your own from that aspect but should not be a big deal for you. need help let me know.

Milaca
11-09-2009, 12:06 PM
I think the dash would look better if the wood was painted flat black. This would match the gauges and radio and such and make them look like they belong. Gosh, now I want to buy an Avanti like that just so I can customize it! [8D] Just a random thought here...I wonder how an Avanti front clip would look on my 1982 El Camino Conquista? Hmmmm....

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

bige
11-09-2009, 12:54 PM
It probably wouldn't be too difficult to fab a replacement dash fascia but I have a feeling that like most things the look will grow on me and I'll leave it pretty much alone.

I have a custom nose on my El Camino and I wish it were stock with a rolled pan. The profile suffers from the same long overhang look that the rubber bumper Avantis have.

I wonder how many other forum memebers have El Caminos? Seems like there are quite a few. Might make an interesting post in Stove Huggers".

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/Picture017-1.jpg


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/P1010032.jpg

quote:Originally posted by Milaca

I think the dash would look better if the wood was painted flat black. This would match the gauges and radio and such and make them look like they belong. Gosh, now I want to buy an Avanti like that just so I can customize it! [8D] Just a random thought here...I wonder how an Avanti front clip would look on my 1982 El Camino Conquista? Hmmmm....

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

Milaca
11-09-2009, 01:40 PM
I like that custom nose on the Camino! I've considered putting a Monte Carlo SS nose on (like the later El Camino SS offered) and I've considered a regular Monte nose, and an Olds Cutlass, and a Buick Regal nose (I don't like the Pontiac Grand Prix nose). I think the original front is rather boring on my El Camino and would like to class it up a bit, or make it look more sporty. However the front is in really good shape and I may just leave it. I bought a used 350 for it this summer and need to install it yet as the H.O. 305 is tired (180,000 miles). Too many projects! [8D] Maybe I should sell it and stick to orphan machines? ;)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

bige
11-09-2009, 01:47 PM
Every time I sell an El Camino I wan't another one, this is my 3rd in 10 years. Look into the rolled front pans from Honest Charley. Cleans up the front bumper and saves some weight without going into a crazy nose change.

I've been meaning to swap motors in this one for almost 3 years now so I know what you mean.

The way things have been going in Detroit our El Caminos will be orphans someday.

ErnieR

studegary
11-09-2009, 02:12 PM
Your Avanti still looks like a 1987 to me. When you can check the VIN and door jamb label we will know the true story. Maybe it is a 1987 that wasn't titled until 1988. Early 1987 models were built in South Bend and later ones were built in Youngstown.

I do not believe that those wheels came on the car. They do not look correct or appropriate to me.

I also like that series of ElCamino. Walt B. of NJ has one that he refers to as his modified Avanti.

In the 1970s-early 1980s, my sister drove those Cutlasses. She would get a new one every two years after about 110K-115K miles. They looked like a 15K mile car then. One that she had (1980 IIRC) was the small V8 (260?). That was a good driveable and economical car.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

bige
11-09-2009, 02:28 PM
Gary...I know what you mean on the 87 vs 88. I wouldn't care one way or the other and I'm glad it doesn't have the ground effects.

VIN shows it is an '88 12AAV1232J1000266 10TH DIGIT J for model year 1988

The wheels are IROC Camaro wheels. I'm not adverse to them.

ErnieR

studegary
11-09-2009, 02:56 PM
quote:Originally posted by bige

Gary...I know what you mean on the 87 vs 88. I wouldn't care one way or the other and I'm glad it doesn't have the ground effects.

VIN shows it is an '88 12AAV1232J1000266 10TH DIGIT J for model year 1988

The wheels are IROC Camaro wheels. I'm not adverse to them.

ErnieR


I like them better without the lower skirts.

The VIN is fairly early in the 1988 model year. 67th of 180.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

bige
11-09-2009, 03:29 PM
How can you tell the sequence. I would have thought it would be 266

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

tutone63
11-09-2009, 03:35 PM
All this Camino talk is making me sick!! back in 2002 My dad and I dropped a 350 into an 84 Elky, I drove that thing around for years!! Factory bucket seats and floor shift...seriously. I have never seen another like it. Dual exhaust...(I have tears welling up now) I shoulda kept that goofy thing!!! I want another one almost worse than i want another Stude!! I never should have sold it! Great driving car/truck/thing. fast too. I was just reminiscing to the wife about it yesterday...sigh...:(

And the worst part is, even if I do find another 84 with a 350, (If not I will drop my own in) I will probably never find one with the factory buckets and a floor shift...and putting one of those in yourself is more of a project than I can handle.[V]

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1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction. Driven often, always noticed!

studegary
11-09-2009, 04:27 PM
quote:Originally posted by bige

How can you tell the sequence. I would have thought it would be 266



1988 model year started with 0200. (They didn't even build 266 for 1988.)

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

bige
11-09-2009, 04:46 PM
AHHHH! So the 380 number you mentioned before means that there were 180 1988's?

Thanks, Gary



quote:Originally posted by studegary


quote:Originally posted by bige

How can you tell the sequence. I would have thought it would be 266



1988 model year started with 0200. (They didn't even build 266 for 1988.)

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

JBOYLE
11-09-2009, 05:41 PM
Here's a link to a page of production numbers from our friends at The Avanti website...http://www.theavanti.com/production.htm

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

bams50
11-09-2009, 07:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by bige

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/22994dk_20.jpg



Just for comparison, here's the dash from an 87 on eBay:

http://i.ebayimg.com/22/!BeqeYFgCGk~$(KGrHqMOKi8ErzCnIedIBK-JfqDO+!~~_3.JPG

From this car:

http://tinyurl.com/ydygsg9


Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA

bige
11-09-2009, 08:31 PM
Looks like a 3 piece fascia rather than the one piece on the 1988. I think some simple trim around the edges to fill the gaps that make it look ill fitting would be a big improvement.

ErnieR

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/AvantiR2/track.jpg
Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.

Milaca
11-09-2009, 11:17 PM
Ernie, I broke into your Avanti and painted some of your dash panel. [:0] http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2572/4091942952_2463b36d72.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

bige
11-09-2009, 11:38 PM
Doesn't look bad...

You could have at least cleaned up the broken glass and thrown away the beer cans you threw in the back seat:)

Actually carbon fiber would probably look real nice also.

ErnieR



quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Ernie, I broke into your Avanti and painted some of your dash panel. [:0] http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2572/4091942952_2463b36d72.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

studegary
11-11-2009, 02:37 PM
quote:Originally posted by bige

AHHHH! So the 380 number you mentioned before means that there were 180 1988's?

Thanks, Gary



quote:Originally posted by studegary


quote:Originally posted by bige

How can you tell the sequence. I would have thought it would be 266



1988 model year started with 0200. (They didn't even build 266 for 1988.)

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer



There were 180 1988 Avantis (S/N 0200-0379).

I don't know if this agrees with the link posted (I didn't check.).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
11-11-2009, 02:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

Here's a link to a page of production numbers from our friends at The Avanti website...http://www.theavanti.com/production.htm



I just took a quick look and DO NOT agree with their numbers. This is based on numbers that I have had for a long time and personal experience. I purchased 1987 Avanti ---006 brand new. According to that site, the car did not exist.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer