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  • Studebaker Avanti Grill Question

    The grill in my Avanti and a spare grill I have, both have black vertical bars between the horizontal ones. Is the normal? Thanks...Mike

    Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
    Fort Worth, TX


    1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

  • #2
    Mike, the originals I have seen have the black paint.

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    • #3
      Thank you Jeff.
      Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
      Fort Worth, TX


      1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

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      • #4
        It is not too surprising to me looking at those, that they were made by a Bar-B-Q Grill Co.
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
          It is not too surprising to me looking at those, that they were made by a Bar-B-Q Grill Co.
          Thats very cool Rich. Maybe be a good use for the one I don't use, a genuine Avanti Grill.
          Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
          Fort Worth, TX


          1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

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          • #6
            You know, the old Land Rover owners use their Grille as a grill when camping? Perhaps this one might hold up to that too? However, anything Avanti is so very expensive and hard to find, I think I'd look around for an old Rover grille instead.
            Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
            Ron Smith
            Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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            • #7
              Mike, the grill was a running change ordered by Mr. Egbert. Both of my cars have that exact grill.
              sigpicSee you in the future as I write about our past

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              • #8
                Mine have all been just like that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
                  It is not too surprising to me looking at those, that they were made by a Bar-B-Q Grill Co.
                  Do you have some specific evidence of that? If not, they may have been made by a wire products company. Wire Products companies specialize in wire straightening, wire bending, cutting to length, spot welding, and lattice welding. It is a unique industry with different skills.
                  sigpic 1963 Studebaker Avanti: LS1 motor and T-56 transmission have been moved rearward, set up as a two seat coupe with independent rear suspension. Complex solutions for nonexistant problems.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Avantidon View Post
                    Mike, the grill was a running change ordered by Mr. Egbert. Both of my cars have that exact grill.
                    The air intake grille was in Service Letter No. 166, 7/24/63. 1963 model Avantis were pretty much all assembled by then. The Service Letter makes the kit available for installation on earlier Avantis at an uninstalled list price of $34.
                    Gary L.
                    Wappinger, NY

                    SDC member since 1968
                    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                    • #11
                      It is not too surprising to me looking at those, that they were made by a Bar-B-Q Grill Co.
                      Originally posted by grobb284 View Post
                      Do you have some specific evidence of that? If not, they may have been made by a wire products company.
                      IIRC, the urban legend was the grilles were made by a refrigerator manufacturer, possibly the Whirlpool plant in Evansville, IN.

                      jack vines
                      PackardV8

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