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Bamajak
05-23-2015, 07:50 PM
I purchased a 85 Avanti with good mechanics but poor paint and interior.
This is my interpretation of a Rat Rod.............
I will let you know how it goes............
Jack

Guido
05-23-2015, 08:15 PM
Is this the one from Cincy?

Bamajak
05-23-2015, 08:19 PM
Is this the one from Cincy?

Yep...........

Bamajak
05-24-2015, 10:13 AM
Fun to drive.......but who thought 2.87 is a good gear ratio???????????

TWChamp
05-24-2015, 12:46 PM
Fun to drive.......but who thought 2.87 is a good gear ratio???????????

Is that what is in your Avanti?

It should be OK with the right tranny, engine, and tire size.

r1lark
05-24-2015, 12:49 PM
Pictures???????????????????????? :confused:

TWChamp
05-24-2015, 01:13 PM
I purchased a 85 Avanti with good mechanics but poor paint and interior.
This is my interpretation of a Rat Rod.............
I will let you know how it goes............
Jack

Does this mean you now consider it a rat rod, or are you going to do something to turn it into a rat rod?

Poor paint and upholstery cab be fixed...........it just takes money.

Yes, pictures would be nice.

gordr
05-24-2015, 02:14 PM
2.87 might be OK with a 700R4 transmission, since it has a lower first gear.

Bamajak
05-24-2015, 03:09 PM
Here ya go Paul.........

https://picasaweb.google.com/106954469996381855434/1985Avanti?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPHIrMbOlKykTw&feat=directlink

Bamajak
05-24-2015, 03:14 PM
Does this mean you now consider it a rat rod, or are you going to do something to turn it into a rat rod?

Poor paint and upholstery cab be fixed...........it just takes money.

Yes, pictures would be nice.

Price List
As Is $4,000
Fix Interior and low cost repaint $8,000
Full restoration $14,000
Sell as Rat Rod $16,000
Install dust and sell as barn find $22,000
Sell as original survivor $26,000

Bamajak
05-24-2015, 03:17 PM
2.87 might be OK with a 700R4 transmission, since it has a lower first gear.

OK on hwy...........but start up a hill at 25 mph. 1000 RPM

aarrggh
05-24-2015, 03:21 PM
yeah , make a rat rod . theres enough of them factory looking ones around ,,,,,,

52-fan
05-24-2015, 03:23 PM
An Avanti will never be a real rat rod. No rust holes all over. ;)

Bamajak
05-24-2015, 04:06 PM
An Avanti will never be a real rat rod. No rust holes all over. ;)

I think I will wrap the cars like they do race cars............
Use racing stickers to cover the car..............

sweetolbob
05-24-2015, 04:42 PM
I remember you asking about it. Duct tape comes in a lot of colors so that solves the interior issue. A decent rear end ratio is not expensive and if it's a TBI you can get a chip burned for cheap, then drive the wheels off of it. If it's still the goofy carb, get a decent one out of your garage add a VooDoo cam and forge ahead fearlessly. Might want to check the license on the young lady afore she hits the highway, though.:!:

Enjoy, Bob

Bamajak
05-24-2015, 05:02 PM
I remember you asking about it. Duct tape comes in a lot of colors so that solves the interior issue. A decent rear end ratio is not expensive and if it's a TBI you can get a chip burned for cheap, then drive the wheels off of it. If it's still the goofy carb, get a decent one out of your garage add a VooDoo cam and forge ahead fearlessly. Might want to check the license on the young lady afore she hits the highway, though.:!:

Enjoy, Bob

3.54 .....Holly carb .....alum intake.....HEI.........& duct tape

r1lark
05-24-2015, 05:17 PM
3.54 .....Holly carb .....alum intake.....HEI.........& duct tape

Why didn't you just take it straight over to David Hauser's? ;)

TWChamp
05-24-2015, 06:00 PM
That Avanti looks much better than I was expecting to see. I thought the upholstery was going to be in shreads. I'd buff the paint and clean the upholstery and drive it as a survivor.

Bamajak
05-24-2015, 06:18 PM
I purchased a Ducati 900 Monster today..............
If you want to know how I get help from my 34 year old son email me............@buyamotorcycleforyourson.com

https://picasaweb.google.com/106954469996381855434/Ducati03?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIKRn6ex_M72hQE&feat=directlink

Corvanti
05-24-2015, 06:28 PM
it's not that bad, Jack. the interior is much nicer than when i bought my '63!:)

plwindish
05-25-2015, 09:24 PM
That Avanti looks in pretty good shape to go Rat Rod with it.

Andy R.
05-25-2015, 11:17 PM
As is, it still looks better than any other car produced in 1985.

Milaca
05-25-2015, 11:49 PM
Being that you are considering it as rat rod material...I wonder how it would look with the front and rear bumpers removed?

TWChamp
05-27-2015, 10:01 AM
For sure that Avanti is no rat rod. Now, if you want a ready made Studebaker rat rod, here is one to buy for only $350.


http://masoncity.craigslist.org/pts/4990741345.html

Bamajak
05-27-2015, 10:25 AM
For sure that Avanti is no rat rod. Now, if you want a ready made Studebaker rat rod, here is one to buy for only $350.


http://masoncity.craigslist.org/pts/4990741345.html

I have one Bulletnose truck...........

Bamajak
05-29-2015, 04:53 PM
Thanks for all the advice.............
Now wife said Paint, fix interior, 350,3.56 and drive...........
Who what do you think I will do?
Jack

sweetolbob
05-29-2015, 06:03 PM
Thanks for all the advice.............
Now wife said Paint, fix interior, 350,3.56 and drive...........
Who what do you think I will do?
Jack

3.54 .....Holly carb .....alum intake.....HEI.........& duct tape You're not askeered, you're a man aren't you. ;) If my wife said that I know it would be - Paint, fix interior, 350,3.56 and drive........... but I'm gutless. :eek: Bob

r1lark
05-30-2015, 07:22 AM
3.54 .....Holly carb .....alum intake.....HEI.........& duct tape You're not askeered, you're a man aren't you. ;) If my wife said that I know it would be - Paint, fix interior, 350,3.56 and drive........... but I'm gutless. :eek: Bob

Believe me, Jack will do exactly what Linda wants him to do :)

Pat Dilling
05-30-2015, 10:22 AM
2.87 behind a 700R4 would end up with a 2.00 final drive. Would not be able to use 4th gear except going down hill. :-)

Sounds like She Who Must Be Obeyed has spoken. Have fun with it.

plwindish
05-30-2015, 01:54 PM
Follow your wife's advice. Once in a great while they will surprise you with their wisdom. LOL! Its an 85 so it would have an AOD trans. A 350 crate motor would be a nice upgrade, but for me the priority would be paint, interior, then motor upgrade with a 3:31 rear gear swap. I have a 76 with the maroon and dark tan interior. I think the combination paint and interior yours has is one of the prettiest combos for Avantis. I never was a fan of the contrasting welting around the seats though, I much prefer a single color for the seats. Get that baby prettied up!