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avantiman
02-11-2007, 10:52 PM
Hello All, I am new to all of this so forgive me if this is a basic question. I would like to put a electronic ignition in my 63 Avanti 289 R2 supercharger. I have been told Mallory is a good place to start. The car sat 15 years in the California sun undriven. I have brought the engine back and look to change only ignition from the original set up. also, is there any good websites to find parts and anything else I need for this rare studebaker.

thanks,

studebaker-R2-4-me
02-11-2007, 11:02 PM
Here is the best place to start.

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/links.asp

Look over all the vendors. Fairborn Studebaker is a good place to start for a pentronix ignition system. This link will keep you busy for hours.

1964 GT Hawk soon to be R2 Clone

JDP
02-11-2007, 11:07 PM
Studebaker parts from Dave T-bow

http://www.stude.com/Tbow/

He'll sell you a new MOPAR unit that he's modified to fit or a new billet aluminum unit.

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
62 GT Hawk 4 speed
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

PackardV8
02-12-2007, 07:48 PM
Greetings,avantiman,

Some good advice here. However, I cannot in good conscience recommend spending the money to put a Pertronix or a Mopar module in a stock Prestolite distributor. They are pretty much junk and polishing junk is a fruitless exercise.

There exists a plentiful supply of Delco distributors from earlier Studebaker V8s. Have someone who knows how clean, rebush,add a Pertronix module and a performance advance curve. It will be the best investment you can make in an Avanti R2.

thnx, jv.

PackardV8

JDP
02-12-2007, 09:09 PM
While I've had trouble with the Pertronic's unit, the Chyrsler unit is bullet proof and T-bow uses bronze bushings on the advance weights, instant starts, better performance all around.

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
62 GT Hawk 4 speed
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

PackardV8
02-13-2007, 08:57 PM
Hi, JDP,

You and I agree on most everything but this. Yes, the last few years of Mopar electronics are better, but over the years, enough users have reported failures, even to carrying a spare module in the glove box, that I cannot agree the Mopar is "bulletproof."

Also, it costs a lot more to make a Prestolite into a good distributor than it does a Delco. Dave Thibault is the only source we know for the good Prestolite. He is a good guy and gives good value for the money. However, Delco distributors are everywhere and inexpensive. Anyone can make one of them into an electronic unit for $70 plus a couple of dollars for bushings if a rebuild is in order.

thnx, jv.

PackardV8