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    1957 Packard Clipper
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    1963 Daytona Convertible
    1963 R2 Daytona
    1963 R2 GT Hawk
    1963 R1 Wagonaire
    1963 R4 Avanti
    1964 Champ
    1966 Cruiser

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    Very nice with the factory accessory Halibrand wheels! Is it me or is the front end higher than usual from regular R-1 & R-2 Avanti's?? What is that white knob next to the hood release for? Was it an power shift or 4 speed? Inquiring minds want to know!!

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    If it looks like the front is higher, odds are it probably is. That R3 box is much larger than the R2 bonnet, which could present a problem with hood clearance and whatever pad was underneath. Just ask about our Avanti II pad which is slightly thicker than the 1/4 incher or so what was put on there stock. It will rub the snot out of the expansion tank, chrome bonnet, and anything else that sticks up high in the engine compartment. Anyway, there was a quick and dirty solution to this problem, and I've seen this done on a couple other cars that used the box with too low a hood. They would stack extra shims under that one piece front clip, thereby raising the front clip, so the hood won't contact the box. It also required supplying bracketry to extend the bumper out and up to realign everything back into stock position, or else the grille underneath would be obscured with this bumper running in front of it[)].

    The other pictures also show it to be a Powershift, and I would also would love to know about that knob(and that intake duct on the passenger side footwell).

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    thank you for the great pictures stude michael. cheers. the car looks great from every angle .

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    The duct by the foot well was hand made for this car as it was a prototype. I am not sure what the white button did.

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    1963 Daytona Convertible
    1963 R2 Daytona
    1963 R2 GT Hawk
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    1963 R4 Avanti
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    Beautiful photos of a beautiful car. Don't know what that white button is for.
    Rog

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    quote:Originally posted by raprice

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful car. Don't know what that white button is for.
    Rog

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    By bet is a electric fuel pump switch.

    JDP/Maryland

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    My '66 has a white knob there for 4 way flashers.

    Jim

    _________1966 Avanti II RQA 0088______________________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152_______________Rabid Snail Racing

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    Man, that Avanti is absolutely delicious! (somehow, 'stunning' doesn't seem like a strong enough word!)

    Bill Pressler
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    Although it is somewhat "dirty" as you suggested, raising the body with shims is definitely not the quick way. The body needs to be disconnected, lifted and supported while new shims are put in, then the bumper brackets need to be welded to special extensions that you would have to fabricate as no one makes them to my knowledge. Every aftermarket R3 installation I have seen uses the quick fix mini motor mounts that are about an inch shorter. These are one of the "urban legends" surrounding factory R3 cars and are often referred to as "R3 motor mounts" when in fact, the factory R3 Avantis used the more complicated shim set up....which by the way, sacrifices a good part of the Avantis aggressive rake but also looks more like a drag car launching off the line. I have both and see each one for its advantages in the styling department.

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    Where were the SE emblems located? I don't see them one rear quarter panel or hood. Are they on the interior?

    Richard

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    When the car was brought back it's correct color, they were not put back on the car. They were in a display frame with the registration etc.

    1957 Packard Clipper
    1957 President Broadmoor
    1963 Daytona Convertible
    1963 R2 Daytona
    1963 R2 GT Hawk
    1963 R1 Wagonaire
    1963 R4 Avanti
    1964 Champ
    1966 Cruiser

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    From the ol' stories and the style of the emblem, I presume they go on the sail panel where the other stock emblem normally resides.

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    So what is the story on this R3? It is not one of the original nine R3 Avantis is it? Produced in South Bend alongside the other R3s but not titled till much later? I have questions!

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    The car was built in April of 1963 from a regular production car pulled from the line. Egbert took the car with him when he left South Bend. When built it was fitted with an R3 that Granatelli built for the car. Here is some info from the auction that the seller wrote about it:

    http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_de...9&entryRow=497



    1957 Packard Clipper
    1957 President Broadmoor
    1963 Daytona Convertible
    1963 R2 Daytona
    1963 R2 GT Hawk
    1963 R1 Wagonaire
    1963 R4 Avanti
    1964 Champ
    1966 Cruiser

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