View Full Version : My '63 Avanti on the cover of Avanti Magazine

04-04-2007, 02:11 AM
UPDATED for picture location change - 8/7/09

Yup, that's right, I am quite honored to have this privilege on an award
winning quarterly publication like this. I got permission to host and post
the image of the cover on the car forums to help get AOAI more exposure.
It is also being featured in the magazine for the 3rd part of my Mustang
disc brake conversion. Issue 137 covers the upgrade to the 13" Mustang
Cobra front brakes and upgrade on the rear disc. Issue 133 covered the
front GT Mustang install while issue 134 covered the GT Mustang rear

Here is a link to where you can purchase a copy of each of the above if
you are interested.




'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

04-04-2007, 07:25 AM
Congrats Tom! Gotta be a pretty cool feeling [8D]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

04-04-2007, 09:04 AM
Hey, Tom

You must be very proud to own such a "Special" cover star Avanti. And recognition through a published article of all the hard work and engineering you did to adapt excellent brakes to your Avanti has to be gratifying as well.


[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

04-04-2007, 10:44 AM
Thanks for doing the series Tom. It has been well presented. For those interested in automobile history it is a very informative and entertaining magazine. Well done with great photos and great related stories.

04-04-2007, 04:27 PM
Congrats on the cover. Car looks REALLY GREAT!!. Now--how about bringing it to the
Wheels and Waves show, April 22nd. No excuses about the power steering accepted-finish the repair!!
...Dick Curtis

1950 Champion Starlight
1963 Hawk GT
Santa Barbara

04-04-2007, 05:56 PM
Congrats on the cover shoot.:D Now get some head light rings.Paint them black.;)

63 Twin Supercharged Avanti
64 Avanti R3w/NOS
88LSC Avanti 350 Supercharged w/NOS

04-04-2007, 06:04 PM
Got the magazine a couple days ago. Took one look at the cover and said "hey that black car with the oversize discs looks awefully familiar"! The article on the brakes inside looked even more familiar! :)
Congrats on the cover and nice work on car and brakes though! :)

1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged

04-04-2007, 06:17 PM
Now, get the darned thing fixed and on the road...
(or we'll tease you about it being a magazine queen that never gets driven;))

04-04-2007, 07:32 PM
Thanks guys, yah its been sitting way too long now. It DOES move, so
its not a "queen", but the old girl feels like she put on some weight.

Headlight rings are on the list, you guys know that list right? Mine
were broken when I got the car, but I was told by Lew he did magic on
the picture to remove cracks in the rubber on the final draft. That's
the "rough" shot that is posted. I have been toying with the idea of
having some CNCed headlight rings made with 4 extra allen head screws.
Then have them black anodized or polished clear. Then there is the
mis-matched from turn signals ..... poor girl's had 'plastic surgery'.

She photographs well.;)

Yah its a cool feeling, and to think I almost sold the car a few times
over the years, losing interest, felt bad for it sitting - the usual.


04-05-2007, 02:55 PM
Congrats! Oh - and it has info on our autoshow, nice! Gotta pick me up an issue =)

~ FireHawk

- 56 PowerHawk
- 01 Firebird TransAm WS6 Convertible

- Ontario Canada!


04-05-2007, 04:21 PM
Yes it does Firehawk! As a matter of fact, you guys almost bumped me
off the cover! It came down to the wire, I had it, I lost it, I got
it back. Luckily for me, none of the pictures for the Canadian show
fit well on the cover, and unfortunately for you, I got "the shot". It
really captures all that is : Avanti. I took quite a few pictures on
that day, its not easy to get a good shot of a car in "profile", the
best way is in "landscape" format. I think thats why the SDC magazine
is "rotated" 90 degrees. I brought a ladder with me to the location
I chose for the shoot, and luckily it was partly cloudy. I waited for
the sun to get behind a cloud and took as many pictures as I could.
Here are some in "landscape" :





04-05-2007, 09:56 PM
That is one beautiful Avanti. Congratulations on the cover! If you get tired of driving her I'll take that chore off your hands for awhile. :D



08-08-2009, 08:11 AM
Congrats on the cover shot Tom. You (and the car) deserve it. You've put a lot of hard work in your brake and tranny up-grade projects, and I know this helps make it all worthwile.:D

Dan Miller
Atlanta, GA

Road Racers turn left AND right.