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jnfweber
02-06-2014, 03:52 PM
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Today was a record breaking low for February 6 at -34 F, another sunny day in Montana, where the record low for contiguous 48 states is held, and was the day I brought my 1964 Avanti R1, R 5213 home with its fresh paint job. It has been in the shop since last July and Ken Cook in Anaconda did everything including removing emblems, polishing chrome, and a very classy paint job in Avanti Red including engine compartment and all exposed paint for $4,500. Urethane enamel base coat plus clear coat plus buffing plus waxing, and ready for the snow-packed roads and -20 F temperature at 10 am.

Almost without incident.... Since this is a front-heavy, rear-wheel-drive car, and there is a slight incline up to my garage where I keep my other collectibles, I decided to approach the garage going slightly downhill, and took the above photo....before running out of gas. Not much of a problem for us, who are used to the low temps, so I got my 5 gallon gas can, filled it, emptied it into the Avanti gas tank, saving a bit to prime the AFB, tried to get the car up the incline into the garage. No success, but no problem. The Avanti went into the two-stall garage at my home, and after a bit of car switching, the Cadillac joined the other collectibles until things thaw a bit. Thumbnails tell the rest of the story.

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doug
02-06-2014, 04:08 PM
Looks very good Jack. Awesome.


Doug, still in L.A.

BShaw
02-06-2014, 04:46 PM
A hot lookin' Avanti on a cold Big Sky day! Gotta love it! Glad you made it back to Montana. I left in 1962 and still miss it greatly (Havre High alumni but lived all over the state growing up). I remember a 50 below night up in Opheim!

StudeRich
02-06-2014, 04:53 PM
Looks Great Jack, I wonder if the Avanti would have BACKED up that slope? Maybe you need a couple hundred pounds in the trunk. :ohmy:

SN-60
02-06-2014, 05:35 PM
Fantastic looking paint work...'Avanti Red' is My favorite color on the '64 'square light' Avantis!:!!:

63t-cab
02-06-2014, 05:42 PM
Yes indeed it's beautiful,those wheels make it look "GO GETTEM" :!: do You have any pics of a direct side shot You could post ?

SN-60
02-06-2014, 05:47 PM
Yes, It looks like Sherwood Egbert should be stepping into it!

plwindish
02-06-2014, 09:33 PM
Beautiful Paint Jack! -34???? and I thought its been cold in Illinois, but nothing like that. I've got a 25 yr old Avanti Red paint job on my 76 that could stand a re-do, too bad your shop is so far away.

jnfweber
02-07-2014, 12:43 AM
Yes indeed it's beautiful,those wheels make it look "GO GETTEM" :!: do You have any pics of a direct side shot You could post ?

Not yet, at least with new paint. Ken tells me wheels can be made too look like new with 00000 steel wool, no scratching. Will try to get a side photo tomorrow, should be good contrast with blue skies and white snow. Thanks!

Warren Webb
02-07-2014, 01:26 AM
Ken is right about using that steel wool on the wheels. I use it with WD-40. Cleans them up & looking really good!

EssexExport
02-07-2014, 07:10 AM
Wow, can't even come close to those temperatures. 7 was about the lowest here. Real nice work on your Avanti.

BobPalma
02-07-2014, 07:36 AM
Lookin' good, Jack; what a day to be outdoors; sheesh! (I hope you put a couple bottles of HEET gas line anti-freeze in it and then ran it some more...what with running out of gas at temperatures so low, there's all kinds of mischief a little water in the trace remainder of the tank could initiate!) :eek: BP

DEEPNHOCK
02-07-2014, 08:08 AM
I've heard of oven baked paint....
Now I guess I've seen freeze dried paint....

Sweet machine.

jnfweber
02-12-2014, 07:04 PM
..................... Since this is a front-heavy, rear-wheel-drive car, and there is a slight incline up to my garage where I keep my other collectibles, I decided to approach the garage going slightly downhill and ran out of gas. Not much of a problem for us, who are used to the low temps, so I got my 5 gallon gas can, filled it, emptied it into the Avanti gas tank, saving a bit to prime the AFB, tried to get the car up the incline into the garage. No success, but no problem. The Avanti went into the two-stall garage at my home, and after a bit of car switching, the Cadillac joined the other collectibles until things thaw a bit,.....


Follow up to my previous post: After storing the newly-painted Avanti in my "regular" home garage for 2 days, and worried about opening a door into the new paint job from my other car in the garage, I figured out how to get the Avanti up the incline into my "collectibles" garage. I found a 4 by 8 foot piece of external sheeting leaning on the garage opposite mine, left over from construction last summer. I shoveled down the snow in front of the garage a little bit, laid the plywood sheet out so the rear wheels would contact it at the steepest part of the incline, and then drove the Avanti into its regular place back in the garage, safe from harm.

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Silverplate
02-12-2014, 11:22 PM
Totally awesome! Mike