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jstrba
05-23-2008, 05:36 PM
Hi, I'm new here. I bought a '89 Avanti II about a month ago. It's absolutely beautiful! They'll be pictures to follow. I just want to know about other owners of this year. I fell in love with this car the moment I saw it almost thirty years ago...now I own one!! I would really like to talk about this stunning car. I look forward to your responses. Thanks alot!

Jeff

JBOYLE
05-23-2008, 06:20 PM
Congratulations on your purchase.
You'll get lots of friendly help and advice here.

I recommend joining this club, if for no other reason than the excellent color monthy magazine Turning Wheels. If you join a local chapter of the club, you'll get some idea of any local repair specialists for the car.

For specialized information on the Avanti, I'd [u]strongly</u> recommend joing the Avanti Owners Association International. Again, they have an internet forum similar to this and a great color quarterly magazine named Avanti (pretty clever, huh?).

Both magazines, and a couple of good websites, will fill you in on the history of the car and parts suppliers.

Again, welcome.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

jstrba
05-23-2008, 06:39 PM
Both pieces of advice sound great. I would like to join this club, but I don't know how. Please advise me as how to do this. Also, I think I joined the AOAI, but I haven't sent in any form, or paid any dues. Again, any advice would be appreciated. I don't know if this information is pertinent or not, but there's going to be an auto show near where I live on June 1. I intend to show my "baby" then. Sort of a coming out party! Thank you very much for your response, I hope to hear from you soon.

Jeff

Dick Steinkamp
05-23-2008, 07:02 PM
Welcome!

Here you go....

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7882

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JBOYLE
05-23-2008, 11:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by jstrba
I think I joined the AOAI, but I haven't sent in any form, or paid any dues. Again, any advice would be appreciated. Jeff


Here's a link to the AOAI site. Club membership is actually administered by the same folks that do the same functions for the SDC...so one phone call will take care of both [u]BUT</u> they are two seperate clubs...and two sets of dues.
It's well worth the money to join both.


http://www.aoai.org/about.htm

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

studegary
05-26-2008, 09:28 PM
Among the Avantis that I have owned was a 1987 that I purchased new. 1987-1988-1989 are quite similar cars. I believe that there were only 158 Avantis (coupes and convertibles) made for the 1989 model year, so you are not likely to run across many cars like yours. Also, be advised that 1987-1991 Avantis are Avantis and were not any longer Avanti IIs. The II was dropped by that time.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

jstrba
05-27-2008, 05:34 AM
Thanks alot for the information. I just started reading "Avanti-The Complete Story". Looking at the back of the book, it has the production numbers for each year. For 1989 it indeed has the number 158. My friend, who owns a 1950 Studebaker, says that the 1989 model year was made in 1988, so I should use that number (180) as my reference point. I don't know if I agree with that...what do you think? Again, thanks for the info!

Jeff

Avantidon
05-27-2008, 08:05 AM
Jeff, welcome to the forum and I urge you to join the AOAI and you can do so thru the weblink that was provided above by John Boyle. Also if you want to establish the actual build date of your car, order a BUILD SHEET, from Nostelgic Motors at 1-800-AVANTI-X or 1-800-AVANTI-1. They have all of the Build Sheets for the 2nd Generation Avantis.

Also the AOAI is a great organization with over 2,000 members who are willing to assist you in anyway they can as are all SDC members which is another group you should join. AOAI first year dues are just $19.95 and $25.00 there after, Also a Life Membership is just $500.00 if you are interested. For the dues yiu will receive the Award Winning Avanti Magazine published quarterly. The most recent issue, which as a new member you will receive, is over 100 pages. At the same time consider joining the AOAI and the SDC at their combined International Meet in Lancaster, PA during the week of September 14-20, 2008. Meet registration can be found at [u]www.sdcmeet.com</u> or by contacting me or any other Meet Committee Member.


See you in the future as I write about our past

studegary
05-27-2008, 02:04 PM
quote:Originally posted by jstrba

Thanks alot for the information. I just started reading "Avanti-The Complete Story". Looking at the back of the book, it has the production numbers for each year. For 1989 it indeed has the number 158. My friend, who owns a 1950 Studebaker, says that the 1989 model year was made in 1988, so I should use that number (180) as my reference point. I don't know if I agree with that...what do you think? Again, thanks for the info!

Jeff


Post-Studebaker Avanti model dating was different from normal automotive production model year dating.
I do not have the book that you refer to. The 158 number that I provided is for the 1989 model year (like yours).
Please give us the serial number/VIN of your car to verify the model year. Some cars were given a year by when they were first sold or some other erroneous factor.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
05-27-2008, 02:07 PM
quote:Originally posted by Avantidon

Jeff, welcome to the forum and I urge you to join the AOAI and you can do so thru the weblink that was provided above by John Boyle. Also if you want to establish the actual build date of your car, order a BUILD SHEET, from Nostelgic Motors at 1-800-AVANTI-X or 1-800-AVANTI-1. They have all of the Build Sheets for the 2nd Generation Avantis.



You do not have to order a build sheet to find out when your Avanti was manufactured.
By the time that your Avanti was built, the month and year of actual manufacture was on the serial number/VIN sticker/plate on the driver's door jamb.

Also, I do not believe that a 1989 Avanti can be considered a "2nd generation" Avanti.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Avantidon
05-27-2008, 02:17 PM
Gary, depends on who you qant to talk too. If you look at company ownership you are looking at the 4th owner (Carafaro). If you look at AACA guidelines for the new SGCV class, in 6 years it will be considered a SGCV vehicle until then it is just a flat out great Classic Vehicle.

See you in the future as I write about our past

jstrba
05-27-2008, 06:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary


quote:Originally posted by jstrba

Thanks alot for the information. I just started reading "Avanti-The Complete Story". Looking at the back of the book, it has the production numbers for each year. For 1989 it indeed has the number 158. My friend, who owns a 1950 Studebaker, says that the 1989 model year was made in 1988, so I should use that number (180) as my reference point. I don't know if I agree with that...what do you think? Again, thanks for the info!

Jeff

Here's the vin # 12AAV1221K1000428, Thank you.

Jeff
Post-Studebaker Avanti model dating was different from normal automotive production model year dating.
I do not have the book that you refer to. The 158 number that I provided is for the 1989 model year (like yours).
Please give us the serial number/VIN of your car to verify the model year. Some cars were given a year by when they were first sold or some other erroneous factor.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
05-28-2008, 02:35 PM
Jeff - It appears that you have the 29th Avanti made for the 1989 model year.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

jstrba
05-28-2008, 04:33 PM
Wow! Thank you for this information...how did you get it? I would like to explore this model year more. Can you tell me how to do it? Anything you can tell me would be appreciated. Thank you.

Jeff

jstrba
05-30-2008, 05:02 AM
quote:Originally posted by studegary


quote:Originally posted by jstrba

Thanks alot for the information. I just started reading "Avanti-The Complete Story". Looking at the back of the book, it has the production numbers for each year. For 1989 it indeed has the number 158. My friend, who owns a 1950 Studebaker, says that the 1989 model year was made in 1988, so I should use that number (180) as my reference point. I don't know if I agree with that...what do you think? Again, thanks for the info!

Jeff

The vin is-12AAV1221K1000428
Post-Studebaker Avanti model dating was different from normal automotive production model year dating.
I do not have the book that you refer to. The 158 number that I provided is for the 1989 model year (like yours).
Please give us the serial number/VIN of your car to verify the model year. Some cars were given a year by when they were first sold or some other erroneous factor.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer