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sbca96
07-15-2007, 10:03 PM
UPDATE : July 17th - It moves, see todays post below.

I feel like Dr Frankenstein. It fired up, ran, nothing leaks (so far)
and it sounded good. Turned the wheels back & forth according to the
shop manual. Fluid went down, added more (only takes a quart??). So
far so good. I want to take it for a drive!!!!

Tom

'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

mbstude
07-15-2007, 10:06 PM
Cool deal Tom! I hope that all that effort and aggravation pays off. [^][8D]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA

Cruising the Proving Ground Test Track
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/provingground2.jpg

mapman
07-15-2007, 11:03 PM
Congratulations. I have been following your posts on the power steering as I need to do mine too. It is great to know there is an end to it!
Rob

jlmccuan
07-15-2007, 11:16 PM
Good to see you're back in the saddle

Jim
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/Avanti/AvantiSignature.jpg
1966 Avanti II RQA 0088

MikeWay
07-15-2007, 11:35 PM
Congrats, little drive up the coast would be neat

Mike

Anticipating picking up the '59 Lark

sbca96
07-15-2007, 11:49 PM
It got too late to take it out of the garage tonight, getting things
ready for the parents visit during my wifes surgery on Tuesday.

I hope to drive it to In N Out on friday in Santa Barbara.

Tom

Karl
07-16-2007, 12:01 AM
Congrats,:DIf it dont leak, it must be ok.;)

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

theGman
07-16-2007, 01:10 AM
That's what my girl said!

avantilover
07-16-2007, 05:46 AM
About you or your car (smile)???

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

ROADRACELARK
07-16-2007, 11:25 AM
Way to go Tom!!!:D You gotta' remember the key word here is PERSISTENCE,,,,PERSISTENCE,,,,PERSISTENCE!!! You persevered and overcame.;) Now, what's next???:)

Dan Miller
Atlanta, GA

[img=left]http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
Road Racers turn left AND right.

sbca96
07-16-2007, 09:18 PM
Hummm. Drive it and wait for the next think to break?;)

Tom


quote:Originally posted by ROADRACELARK
Now, what's next???:)

curt
07-16-2007, 10:49 PM
What a great situation!:)

Karl
07-16-2007, 11:48 PM
Its and Avanti. His wait wont be long...[}:)]lol

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

sbca96
07-18-2007, 12:50 AM
For your listening pleasure :

http://www.vtc.net/webusers/klassact/public_html/assets/mp3/Frank%20as%20Willie%20-%20On%20The%20Road%20Again.mp3

You will never guess the first stop for the Avanti, ok, maybe its a
no-brainer .. Gas Station!! MMMM yummy 91 octane at a bargin $3.40!:(

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_001a.jpg

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_002a.jpg

Here's the oil pressure it runs at 50 mph (speedo/tach/fuel are wrong):

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_003a.jpg

Here is the temp it runs ... 145 degrees?

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_004a.jpg

Decided to stop at the flower field just outside of town for a few
pictures. Beautiful day .. a little breezy though.

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_005a.jpg

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_007a.jpg

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_008a.jpg

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/OnTheRoadAgain_July_07/OnTheRoadAgain_011a.jpg

Tom

MikeWay
07-18-2007, 10:39 AM
Thanks for sharing Tom. SB is a beautiful area. Hope you made to the IN N Out.

Mike

got my '59 Lark

sbca96
07-18-2007, 12:07 PM
Hopefully that will be THIS Friday night. I have a few questions that
I will add to my power steering questions thread. Overall its good.

Tom


quote:Originally posted by MikeWay
Hope you made to the IN N Out. Mike

starlightchamp
07-18-2007, 04:11 PM
Congrats , Tom, on getting the Avanti back on the road. Hope you will enter it in
some car shows. Wheels & Windmills, Solvang, 25 August, Classic Car show, SBCC ,6 October.
Goleta Fall Classic, Girsh Park, 21 October. I have the Hawk and Starlight entered in the
Elks Club show,on 11 August.
....Dick

sbca96
07-18-2007, 05:19 PM
Baby steps, Dick .. baby steps;). Lets see if it makes it to In N Out
on Friday and go from there. I'm still not convinced its "ready", and
the PS doesnt seem to work as well as I had hoped[V].

Tom


quote:Originally posted by starlightchamp

Congrats , Tom, on getting the Avanti back on the road. Hope you will enter it in some car shows ........ Dick

mbstude
07-18-2007, 05:45 PM
Good job, Tom. I'm sure you're feeling good about it. :)
Let's just hope that nothing else breaks anytime soon! [xx(]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA

Cruising the Proving Ground Test Track
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/provingground2.jpg