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devildog
05-05-2015, 10:53 AM
My old 75 Avanti was selected by the committee for the Keels & Wheels Concourse :ohmy:. Our Third Coast Avanti chapter had a very nice frame off restored 63 R-1 and another nice Avanti II in the show (committee wanted an Avanti package). My 75 was submitted only because short notice and logistic were a problems for some of our nicer R-2s and R-1s.

So, when mine won :rolleyes: I thought my buddies were teasing me. Even more amazing my 75 won the American Muscle Car (not Stude or Avanti) award against some nice Shelby, GTO, 442, Chevy muscle entrants worth 10X my driver Avanti. The judges were pros which were brought in from around the country. I guess the take away is not be shy, our Avanti are viewed right up there with the best of the 1960s icons.

Joe

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Buzzard
05-05-2015, 12:19 PM
Congrats!!

studegary
05-05-2015, 01:59 PM
My question: Your post mentions your 75 Avanti several times. Your signature line states a 74 Avanti, along with a trio of Corvettes. Do you have both 74 and 75 Avantis or is one of your "statements" incorrect?

Jessie J.
05-05-2015, 02:16 PM
Congratulations on your wins. And I love Avanti's

But really, a '75 Avanti with 180 horsepower and 16+ second quarter mile times is a 'Muscle Car'?
But I can't help but imagining how a ZZ502 crate motor would take care of that niggling detail. ;)

devildog
05-05-2015, 06:15 PM
Congratulations on your wins. And I love Avanti's

But really, a '75 Avanti with 180 horsepower and 16+ second quarter mile times is a 'Muscle Car'?
But I can't help but imagining how a ZZ502 crate motor would take care of that niggling detail. ;)

That was the surprise, I did not enter it in any class, I was just surprised we got into The Concours d'Elegance at all. They only accept 200 cars total with most being Stutz, RR, old Packards, etc., most invited. I did not mark a class or asked to be judged; the judges (I guess) just thought my Avanti with big tires and mag wheels looked Muscle.

I pulled all the 70's pollution stuff off the 400 SBC, set the timing advance at 36 (not factory 25) and mounted an EFI throttle body. Differential was bad so I put in 3:70 gear set (should have used 3:55) and with the 700R4 it is pretty quick for a low compression engine. I have taken it to the nostalgia drags and run in low 14 sec, but no traction. We went on a 700 mile weekend trip with my Corvette group earlier in month, I can run easily with the C-6 and C-7 at 85 mph.

As much as I like the power in the Chevy crate engines, THE crate engine is just use a modern new LS-3 crate from GM at $7400 with harness, computer and digital gas pedal.

Joe

Corvanti
05-05-2015, 07:01 PM
cool!!! :!::!!::cool:

studegary
05-06-2015, 12:52 PM
My question: Your post mentions your 75 Avanti several times. Your signature line states a 74 Avanti, along with a trio of Corvettes. Do you have both 74 and 75 Avantis or is one of your "statements" incorrect?

My question no longer makes sense now that you have changed your signature line to read: "75 Avanti".