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Ron Dame
11-05-2017, 07:22 AM
After a few false starts, the Avanti is running after a 17 year sleep! Not too smokey, I think it will clear up, if not valve seals are in order. Today, I'll reconnect the supercharger and run it again.
I'm still waiting on the brake booster to come back, and finish the Turner disc install before I can drive it, but I am please how strong this engine sounds.

sweetolbob
11-05-2017, 07:40 AM
Now the fun and money starts!!! Well done.

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Bob

Ron Dame
11-05-2017, 09:43 AM
No kidding! Solid frame and hog troughs, mechanically seems sound so far, but guessing $2000 paint (by me, otherwise $5000) 4000 chrome, 4000 interior, and I've got 8 in the car and work so far. I may just sort it out, clean it, and drive it ugly.

sweetolbob
11-05-2017, 11:06 AM
No kidding! Solid frame and hog troughs, mechanically seems sound so far, but guessing $2000 paint (by me, otherwise $5000) 4000 chrome, 4000 interior, and I've got 8 in the car and work so far. I may just sort it out, clean it, and drive it ugly.

Nothing wrong with driving ugly but here's a couple of money savers if you want to progress. Doing it yourself if you have the time won't cost $2K. Find TCPGlobal for paint. I used their acrylic enamel at under $100/gal. Eastwood and others have sales on high build from time to time if TCP is not as cheap as I remember. Sand paper and a lot more came from local swap meets. Chrome will get you if you want to go all in but over on the AOAI site there's a fellow parting out a few in the parts area that seem to have pretty good chrome on them. Remember you can also paint the chrome body or a contrasting color.

Interior if the front seats are shot find a pair at a local wrecking yard ($250 for leather front seats) that will fit and upgrade. Carpet is under $250 on Ebay. I recovered a lot of the interior in the 74 with Marine grade stretchable vinyl from Sailrite and the remaining pieces with SEM vinyl paint but you know that.

My guess is for $2-3K you can drive one that will catch a lot of attention on the street and at shows.

Avanti, Bob

tim333
11-05-2017, 12:33 PM
Paint the chrome? Yikes!

Ron Dame
11-05-2017, 06:31 PM
I'm debating what to do, since nothing makes new paint look bad than old chrome. Then once those are done, that interior that cleaned up OK, looks like crap.

Maybe I'll do a Rustoleum paint job and get a few cans of SEM for the interior. but yeah, I can't paint the chrome.

But first, I need to get it drivable. Then I can think about looks

showbizkid
11-05-2017, 08:43 PM
Cool! Good to get another back on the road!

sailingadventure
11-06-2017, 03:52 AM
Send your chrome to Jerry Forrester. Great work, fast turn around time, great price, and a great person to work with!

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