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    Quote Originally Posted by sailingadventure View Post
    The car is titled as a `64 but has round headlights. The Serial # is R4399, an R2 4speed. I have completely rebuilt or replaced every part on the car as well as adding A/C and real knock off wheels. Here are a couple of pictures of the car.

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    Sailingadventure,
    that 1964 R2 4spd Avanti is absolutely gorgeous !!! Under the hood looks just as good as the rest of the car. You could eat off of the engine ! I to also like the knock off wheels. It looks like a brand new car that rolled off the assembly line in 1963-64 only better because all the engineering shortcomings have been corrected. By the way I have looked at your video clip several times and each time I feel the fever getting higher, lol. Thanks for sharing those pics. A car like that in that condition would be "Mucho Dinero" $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ "She's A Dandy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbstude View Post
    I've always felt that Avantis are best viewed from the front seats. Here's a couple of '63's I've spent some time with.




    mbstude,
    you and sailingadventure must be the 2 luckiest guys around to have and to hold those pretty Avanti's. That's a Kodak moment for sure looking out over the steering wheel and gauges as you travel down the road. That cockpit shot is awesome ! Those 1963 Avanti's really do take some nice pics, very photogenic Thanks for sharing those > It just tends to make the rest of us envious

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailingadventure View Post
    The car is titled as a `64 but has round headlights. The Serial # is R4399, an R2 4speed. I have completely rebuilt or replaced every part on the car as well as adding A/C and real knock off wheels. Here are a couple of pictures of the car.

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    Your nice Avanti would now be considered a 1963 model. It was probably sold new after the introduction of 1964 models in which case Studebaker stated that they were to be titled as 1964 models (Service Letter G-1964-3). Your Avanti was built in May of 1963, well within the 1963 model year.
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    Stuhawk,
    Don't be jaded by one person's (64V19816) opinion of a rather unique automobile. Two years ago we jumped into our 1983 Avanti (it had been sitting for a year so just an oil change and cursory checkover prior to departure) in British Columbia and drove mostly on back roads to the Studebaker meet in Kelso Washington. Afterwards we toured most of Oregon visiting friends and answering questions when stopped for fuel or what have you. It was a delightful trip full of great memories. The only issue(if you call it that) was a blown fuse on the cigarette lighter socket which was powering our Sirius Satellite stereo and also Valentine One radar detector. Not bad for a 35 year old car covering 2000 miles. As for his (assuming it's a he) comments regarding seating and smells. Spend 12 hours in Recaro seats and try to find anything wrong as they are truly superb. As for the smell, what is not to like about rich burgundy leather? Just my take but I feel some slack must be given for any older car trying to compete with Lexuses and the like.
    Good luck in your search. In my opinion, you won't be sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard View Post
    Stuhawk,
    Don't be jaded by one person's (64V19816) opinion of a rather unique automobile. Two years ago we jumped into our 1983 Avanti (it had been sitting for a year so just an oil change and cursory checkover prior to departure) in British Columbia and drove mostly on back roads to the Studebaker meet in Kelso Washington. Afterwards we toured most of Oregon visiting friends and answering questions when stopped for fuel or what have you. It was a delightful trip full of great memories. The only issue(if you call it that) was a blown fuse on the cigarette lighter socket which was powering our Sirius Satellite stereo and also Valentine One radar detector. Not bad for a 35 year old car covering 2000 miles. As for his (assuming it's a he) comments regarding seating and smells. Spend 12 hours in Recaro seats and try to find anything wrong as they are truly superb. As for the smell, what is not to like about rich burgundy leather? Just my take but I feel some slack must be given for any older car trying to compete with Lexuses and the like.
    Good luck in your search. In my opinion, you won't be sorry.
    Bill

    Bill,
    I'm not for sure but it seems all things being equal that the 80s models in factory dress might be more reliable than the originals as produced by the factory. Atleast that's what i'm gathering from reading all the posts. For every horror story you read there is a success story to rebut it. I applaud your trust in the 1983 Avanti and the adventurer you must be. To take a road trip like that in a Timeless Classic like the Avanti must have been exhilarating to say the least !! I hope you took lots of pics from inside and outside the car . To quote Ol Gus from Lonesome Dove "There's Nothing Like Riding A Fine Horse Through NEW Country". That must have been how you felt !! Kudos

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    Buzzard and Stuhawk,
    I'm starting planning for a road trip from Tinley Park IL(Chicago SW 'burbs) to Tacoma WA for the SDC & Avanti IM in our 76 Avanti. My 76 had a recent 400 motor rebuild and EFI added, hoping to have all "bugs" sorted out this Spring well before the trip. We have driven Rte 66 to Santa Monica in 2015 along with three different trips to the East Coast, Gettysburg, Dover and Warwick to the SDC and Avanti meets. The Upper Mississippi Valley Zone Meet is in Iowa City IA (Aug 10-12, I think) so we'll be able to hit that meet as well driving out. You're right about driving an Avanti on road trips, nothing else like it on the roads and it creates many conversations along the way. Have relatives in Portland OR we'll drop down to see after Tacoma, so we're looking forward to a great trip.

    My 76 doesn't have Recaro's, just the regular high back buckets, only issue with them is that the seat backs don't adjust. Some travel issues have been mechanical, ac going out in AZ, blowing the same accessory fuse for the power plug that also controls the trunk release, 400 SBC altitude sickness in CO, 4th gear in the 200R4 AOD also disappearing in AZ and vapor lock in AZ. The trans issue was very minor and with converting to EFI, hopefully altitude and vapor lock issues will be eliminated. I'll have a good supply of extra fuses to bring along as well!
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    plwindish,
    It seems to me that you have covered all your bases and what ifs and given this much thought. That would indeed be an adventure of a lifetime and a big check mark on "Your Bucket List" !!! Good luck on your trip and take some video out the windshield to document your travels. May all your roads be smooth and the 76 Avanti......"Purrs Like a Kitten".

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    Quote Originally Posted by plwindish View Post
    Buzzard and Stuhawk,
    I'm starting planning for a road trip from Tinley Park IL(Chicago SW 'burbs) to Tacoma WA for the SDC & Avanti IM in our 76 Avanti. My 76 had a recent 400 motor rebuild and EFI added, hoping to have all "bugs" sorted out this Spring well before the trip. We have driven Rte 66 to Santa Monica in 2015 along with three different trips to the East Coast, Gettysburg, Dover and Warwick to the SDC and Avanti meets. The Upper Mississippi Valley Zone Meet is in Iowa City IA (Aug 10-12, I think) so we'll be able to hit that meet as well driving out. You're right about driving an Avanti on road trips, nothing else like it on the roads and it creates many conversations along the way. Have relatives in Portland OR we'll drop down to see after Tacoma, so we're looking forward to a great trip.

    My 76 doesn't have Recaro's, just the regular high back buckets, only issue with them is that the seat backs don't adjust. Some travel issues have been mechanical, ac going out in AZ, blowing the same accessory fuse for the power plug that also controls the trunk release, 400 SBC altitude sickness in CO, 4th gear in the 200R4 AOD also disappearing in AZ and vapor lock in AZ. The trans issue was very minor and with converting to EFI, hopefully altitude and vapor lock issues will be eliminated. I'll have a good supply of extra fuses to bring along as well!
    Best of luck on your trip. For me, a rolled up towel for the lower back area makes those seats much better for distances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Dame View Post
    I understand why a complex dash pad for a low demand item would be that expensive, and is the best fix. But I am disappointed there isn't a plastic cap available for a short term improvement
    I remember seeing repro dashes for sale for around $600 not too long ago. I think it was Studebaker International that had them.

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    Like virtually all Studebakers, at least post-war, they are desirable to a select group and will never be so to the general public who are essentially "me too" beings.

    ...and, here is an Avanti dash "in the wild" that will never be seen as such again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xcalibur View Post
    Like virtually all Studebakers, at least post-war, they are desirable to a select group and will never be so to the general public who are essentially "me too" beings.

    ...and, here is an Avanti dash "in the wild" that will never be seen as such again.
    Xcalibur,

    WOW, Is that the Bonneville Salt Flats in the background ? looks like you would need a Jet Pilots license to "Fly That Thing". The view from the drivers seat looks very intimidating. Thanks for sharing that pic.

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    Now that's the kind of "radio delete plate" I can live with!
    Great pic, thanks for the post.
    Bill

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