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grobb284
05-14-2006, 08:10 AM
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Working on constructing a new Avanti chassis in stainless steel. It has an independent rear suspension utilizing a Dana 44. 13 inch dual piston caliper front brakes. Forged aluminum front independent suspension. Coil over shocks at all four corners.

X-member is as strong as the Studebaker, but should be lighter.

All the body mount points are the same, thus far, as the Studebaker chassis.

Looking for an Avanti body to complete this project.

DEEPNHOCK
05-14-2006, 08:57 AM
Awesome work!
Jeff[8D]




quote:Originally posted by grobb284

Working on constructing a new Avanti chassis in stainless steel. It has an independent rear suspension utilizing a Dana 44. 13 inch dual piston caliper front brakes. Forged aluminum front independent suspension. Coil over shocks at all four corners.
X-member is as strong as the Studebaker, but should be lighter.
All the body mount points are the same, thus far, as the Studebaker chassis.
Looking for an Avanti body to complete this project.

Kdancy
05-14-2006, 09:30 AM
What guage stainless was used ? Forged front end --
Very nice !!

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Dick Steinkamp
05-14-2006, 09:45 AM
quote:Originally posted by grobb284



Working on constructing a new Avanti chassis in stainless steel. It has an independent rear suspension utilizing a Dana 44. 13 inch dual piston caliper front brakes. Forged aluminum front independent suspension. Coil over shocks at all four corners.



Very nice! [:p] Is the independent Dana 44 from a Corvette, or is it custom? What engine and trans will you be using? Where are you located...I may have a line on a body.



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stude freak
05-14-2006, 11:48 AM
Great workmanship. Thats really nice.

grobb284
05-14-2006, 02:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp


Very nice! [:p] Is the independent Dana 44 from a Corvette, or is it custom? What engine and trans will you be using? Where are you located...I may have a line on a body.



The limited slip differential is from a Viper, however the suspension we are using with it is similar to a Corvette. Would like to find a NOS Studebaker Twin Traction emblem for it.

The engine is still up in the air. Have parts for a 350/700R4 drive train. Some friends are pushing hard for a Studebaker 289.

By the way, for the inquiry about chassis wall thickness, it is 11 gauge.

Located near Dayton/Springfield, Ohio.

Thank you for the kind compliments.

JDP
05-14-2006, 03:49 PM
I have a whole Aavnti that I'm about 4K in with a bunch of labor. It runs and moves and I'd sell it for 5K without doing anything else. (63/R1/AT/PS. I'd hate to sell just the body though.

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jimmijim8
05-14-2006, 06:50 PM
That is an awesome looking frame. jimmijim

rockne10
05-14-2006, 07:25 PM
Twin Traction emblems can still be found at swap meets. Studebaker International has them for $22, part number 1326147 but I don't know if they are NOS or repops.

That is impressive work. Would it fit under the Lark convertible?

N8N
05-14-2006, 07:55 PM
see, JP, I am NOT the nuttiest guy there is about stainless.

nice work! would love to see it done.

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grobb284
05-15-2006, 07:39 AM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

Would it fit under the Lark convertible?


It should. We are making modifications to the Avanti floor pan in only two areas, the same place that Studebaker did, but more inboard.

Thanks again for the favorable comments.

By the way, the Avanti body that we are seeking does [u]not</u> need to have good hog troughs. We are considering a change there in the sheet metal to pass through the exhaust.

JDP
05-15-2006, 11:00 AM
The car I have has decent troughs. E-mail if you just want a body shell, I might be able to find one.

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sbca96
05-16-2006, 04:35 AM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

The car I have has decent troughs. E-mail if you just want a body shell, I might be able to find one.

grobb284,

Thats the guy I told you to contact in your posts on the Avanti Forum.
Glad you finally found him. He parts out Avantis all the time, so I
am sure he can find you one. Nice work on the Chassis.

Tom

JDP
05-16-2006, 09:38 AM
The problem I'm having is finding him a "cheap Avanti" just missing the engine and drive line. Once you start to part out a Avanti, all the expensive bits are the little odds and ends he'll need to go with the body. i.e., I once parted out a Avanti with a rotted frame for over 8K, if he just found a body, he'd be 3-4K in just to trim it out.
The have been several Avanti's on ebay recently for 4K or so, and that about as cheap as they usually go for. BTW, I'm now commited to keeping mine for a bit, I ordered new door panel vinyl yesterday. :)

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Dick Steinkamp
05-16-2006, 10:19 AM
I've got a line on a '63 R1 Auto Avanti. California car all its life. Good hog troughs and other metal. Runs, drives, stops. All there, but tattered and needs everything. $5k.



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sbca96
05-16-2006, 12:14 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

I've got a line on a '63 R1 Auto Avanti. California car all its life. Good hog troughs and other metal. Runs, drives, stops. All there, but tattered and needs everything. $5k.


Wow! Where is that? I have a friend that might be interested, here
in Cali. Would be a shame to de-frame a good framed Avanti. Sounds
like MY Avanti would be a better candidate for his project. It is
from back east, and has the usual rotted rear section. The bottom of
the "top hat" is separating from rust build up. The 'hogs' seem OK to
me .. but I really dont know what to look for.

Tom

Dick Steinkamp
05-16-2006, 01:24 PM
quote:Originally posted by sbca96



Wow! Where is that? I have a friend that might be interested, here
in Cali.

It's in the SF Bay Area. Have your buddy drop me an email...

ddstnkmp@yahoo.com



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JDP
05-16-2006, 02:40 PM
The bottom frame plate is not much of a issue. You can peel it off with a air chisel and weld in precut new ones for around $80.00. It's really just not much more then sheet metal and not much of a part of the structure.

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wcarroll@outrageous.net
05-16-2006, 03:46 PM
Hey sbca96 -you mentioned you have mix matched front turn lamps on your Avanti. I picked up a pair but they turned out to be the larger later versions. What condition is your early style smaller one in?

sbca96
05-17-2006, 12:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp
It's in the SF Bay Area. Have your buddy drop me an email...

Cool, I will pass on the info to him (he is the guy who I got the 98
GT Mustang disc brakes from which resulted in my brackets. He got the
Avanti bug from the exposure - funny how that happens.;)


quote:Originally posted by JDP

The bottom frame plate is not much of a issue. You can peel it off with a air chisel and weld in precut new ones for around $80.00. It's really just not much more then sheet metal and not much of a part of the structure.

Thanks for the heads up! I kinda thought they might be available, but
doesnt the bottom piece help to stiffen the frame by not allowing the
"hats" side to spread apart and sagg? Thats what I guessed its for.


quote:Originally posted by wcarroll@outrageous.net

Hey sbca96 -you mentioned you have mix matched front turn lamps on your Avanti. I picked up a pair but they turned out to be the larger later versions. What condition is your early style smaller one in?

I can take some digital pictures of it to send to you. It has become
kinda annoying, now that my friend pointed it out to me. I never had
really LOOKED that closely (or thought there could be a difference!).

Shoot me an Email at SBCA96@aol.com

Tom

N8N
05-17-2006, 01:43 PM
I suspect you guessed right, the real strength is in the "hat" and the bottom plate is probably loaded primarily in tension. Sheet steel is pretty strong in tension as opposed to shear or bending, so it doesn't *have* to be that thick. If you have a spot welding attachment there's no reason you couldn't do a factory-appearing repair job and be fairly confident that you'd done a proper repair.

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sbca96
05-18-2006, 12:16 PM
quote:Originally posted by N8N
If you have a spot welding attachment there's no reason you couldn't do a factory-appearing repair job and be fairly confident that you'd done a proper repair.

I wonder if I can rent a spot welder? I know Harbor Frieght sells one.

Anyway ... nice work on the frame, though a kit to install an IRS on
an existing Avanti frame might have more market. Maybe.[:I]

Tom

N8N
05-18-2006, 12:57 PM
you could probably drill it and plug weld it and then grind down the welds, it wouldn't look 100% correct but it would be strong enough

nate

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