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    Avanti body plate

    Is the body number plate on the Avanti in the same location as it is on a Lark?
    Is the serial number plate on the top of the passenger side frame rail close to the firewall?
    Anyone have a photo of either? Thanks.
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    To: M15 Trucker,-----You've got the serial number plate location right. The body number plate, located on the passenger side upper cowl area on a Lark, would be located on top of the right fender apron,
    in the engine compartment just forward of the heater motor, on an Avanti.

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    A man with a 64 Avanti for sale said the only tag he saw showed the number RO3827. Most likely that's the body tag and the correct number should be RQ3827. IIRC for a '64 the serial numbers would be R4800 to R5000's.

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    To: M15 Trucker,-----That's right....RQ3827 would be a 1964 Studebaker Avanti body plate designation. P.S....Is this a car You may buy?...64's are always interesting to hear about.

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    To: SN-60,---I don't know right yet if I want to buy it. It's in Montana, the seller wants $2500.00, on Craigslist, a bit hammered with a none working, disassembled, looks like SBC engine. Here are some photos of it:

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    And here's two more photos:

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    Don't get me wrong, I love Avantis but it's gonna take a lot of eye bleach to get those images out of my mind!
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    Do you plan anything other than using this Avanti for parts?

    EDIT: The C/L Avanti that I recently posted, that had an asking price of $1800, looked like a new car compared to this one.
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    THere is a LOT of work needed on that baby. I sure hope you can get the price down & get it back on the road. That doesn't look like a Studebaker engine in it, does it? The mice apparently had one heck of a party in there!

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    What ever barn it was in, the guy must of had a couple of bats of pink insulation laying around it or on it.

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    The insulation should help with the heat that pours in from the engine compartment (when it is running) ...Bob

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    It apparently WAS a R2 4 Speed. But, that is going to be a mighty EXPENSIVE restoration, all that Glass and Interior, will be hard to find as well.
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    Anybody notice the 8000 rpm tach? That's worth some change.

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    Quite a mixture of parts...R2 fender tags, yet it looks like it had factory air. As studefan pointed out, it also looks like it has a R3 tach.
    I thought my Lark was a project, but wow, that is way beyond my abilities...or wallet!
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    It also appears to have the heat sink for a transistorized ignition...aftermarket, Studebaker/Prestolite or GM?
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    The Prestolite Trans-Ignitor was an option, but not seldom seen. In fact, (on an Avanti), it would not be seen. Stock location for it was in front of the radiator! Parts Car?????heck,! that will buff out!
    BTW....I have a rear glass available for it. Are those Mustang seats? They look like a good replacement as far as style and fit are concerned.
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    To: M15 Trucker,-------There are certain items on this '64 Avanti that would make this car to be something out of the ordinary if they were installed at the factory (That's what I mean about '64 Studebaker
    Avantis,...You never know what You'll find. Any chance of posting the car's serial number?

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    Come on it's not that bad...just clean it and show it...after all, it's all original...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SN-60 View Post
    To: M15 Trucker,-------There are certain items on this '64 Avanti that would make this car to be something out of the ordinary if they were installed at the factory (That's what I mean about '64 Studebaker
    Avantis,...You never know what You'll find. Any chance of posting the car's serial number?
    I just received, this afternoon, a reply to the last e-mail I sent the owner about the serial number. He says it's R5006. Does anyone have any history on this car? I looked on Bob Johnstone's site but it was not listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M15 Trucker View Post
    I just received, this afternoon, a reply to the last e-mail I sent the owner about the serial number. He says it's R5006. Does anyone have any history on this car? I looked on Bob Johnstone's site but it was not listed.
    Not in the 2011 AOAI Roster.
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    The Tach is afermarket so that would not be a Plus. And the A/C plus Supercharged is an interesting issue also.

    I noted that the Body (except front headlight panel) is 1963, which happened on some transition Cars, I still think it was because of the "put aside" early MFG Co. scewups that were later fixed and given 1964 Serial Numbers.
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    The first "square headlight" Avanti that was initially sold new to the public, and wasn't an auto show car, was 5004.
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    StudeRich, how can you tell that that is not an original 8,000 rpm tach? (not the standard 6K tach) The picture is pretty grainy but it looks like it from here.

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    I'd like to see a better photo of that tachometer Myself. It May be aftermarket, but on the other hand.............................?

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    I own the car since feb 9 2013.. traded some old Honda's I had for it....the engine was a date correct (64-67) sbc 327....actually the car is not that bad..the interior once cleaned up is sweet...not show worthy but definitely good for a driver, I got an original side window for $60 a rear window for $175 and a front clip for $500 (Colorado springs meet)(the rest of the body that it came off of is on bob johnstones website for sale for $350)...so I need to bond on the front clip, paint and put in an engine.. probably put on turner brakes...... have a receipt showing rear axles, brakes just done in 1989, been in that barn since 1990....my goal is painted and roadworthy for under $6000....I am putting a sbc 400 I already had in it...I have $2500 in it all total at this very minute...all used parts except clutch, pressure plate and throwout bearing so far...so it won't have a stude engine and I suppose I will probably do some other things to it that the purists might think sacraledge.....but i'm not going for a show winner...i'm going for a good time...I do have a copy of the original invoice......R2,4spd,manual steering (quick ratio), heavy duty springs, 3.31 read axle,electic windows,tinted glass,red...no mention of a/c....but it has the correct parts under the dash and all the plumbing under the hood....hope to make it work....somebody loved that car back in the day.....will eventually post some pics as I can.....would like continuing feedback even if negative (I like the negative it motivates me to show you just what can be done) cheers...Tracy racy_t@yahoo.com

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    Lots of work, lots of $$, and LOTS of rare parts missing!


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    I own the car since feb 9 2013.. traded some old Honda's I had for it....the engine was a date correct (64-67) sbc 327....actually the car is not that bad..the interior once cleaned up is sweet...not show worthy but definitely good for a driver, I got an original side window for $60 a rear window for $175 and a front clip for $500 (Colorado springs meet)(the rest of the body that it came off of is on bob johnstones website for sale for $350)...so I need to bond on the front clip, paint and put in an engine.. probably put on turner brakes...... have a receipt showing rear axles, brakes just done in 1989, been in that barn since 1990....my goal is painted and roadworthy for under $6000....I am putting a sbc 400 I already had in it...I have $2500 in it all total at this very minute...all used parts except clutch, pressure plate and throwout bearing so far...so it won't have a stude engine and I suppose I will probably do some other things to it that the purists might think sacraledge.....but i'm not going for a show winner...i'm going for a good time...I do have a copy of the original invoice......R2,4spd,manual steering (quick ratio), heavy duty springs, 3.31 read axle,electic windows,tinted glass,red...no mention of a/c....but it has the correct parts under the dash and all the plumbing under the hood....hope to make it work....somebody loved that car back in the day.....will eventually post some pics as I can.....would like continuing feedback even if negative (I like the negative it motivates me to show you just what can be done) cheers...Tracy racy_t@yahoo.com

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    It looks like you are having fun......and that's what it's all about. Good for you.
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    racy_t, you certainly got it cheap enough. Best of luck getting it back on the street for under 6K. When you start cleaning it out you're going to displace quite a few rats & mice. What size of SBC is in it now? A 400 with a little work will put some spunk into it.
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    Racy_T, I hope you can post some photos when you get it running. You'll have a fun car to drive! subscribe to Avanti Magazine (aoai.org) and send me progress photos when you get it running... (before and after pixs)!! It'll be fun to see how it turns out.
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    Lew Schucart e mail me @ racy_t@yahoo.com and i'll send ya pics so far and more info...my pics seem to be to highr es to upload here you to bezhawk

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    Quote Originally Posted by racy_t View Post
    ..I do have a copy of the original invoice......R2,4spd,manual steering (quick ratio), heavy duty springs, 3.31 read axle,electic windows,tinted glass,red...no mention of a/c....but it has the correct parts under the dash and all the plumbing under the hood....hope to make it work....somebody loved that car back in the day.....will eventually post some pics as I can.....would like continuing feedback even if negative (I like the negative it motivates me to show you just what can be done) cheers...Tracy racy_t@yahoo.com
    It couldn't be an R2 and have A/C from the factory. This sounds like an Avanti that I knew years ago that went from CT to NY to Tenn. and then I don't know. The early owner used to switch the car back and forth between an R2 and an R1 with A/C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plwindish View Post
    racy_t, you certainly got it cheap enough. Best of luck getting it back on the street for under 6K. When you start cleaning it out you're going to displace quite a few rats & mice. What size of SBC is in it now? A 400 with a little work will put some spunk into it.
    Post #25 states that it is a 327.
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