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  • #31
    I like the "Deluxe" interior trim a lot. I hope you keep it that way - its not often seen and good looking. In some ways I think the Deluxe style is more complimentary to the Avanti style.

    If the whole engine is painted red, then it has been out of the car at least once since the factory R2 engines were painted black. Even though the previous 37 year family ownership of the car maybe didn't drive it much before mothballing it, I'll bet the previous owners drove it enough to need an engine overhaul. Its always iffy how many times a five digit odometer has turned over.

    Along with the carb and supercharger you may want to have your distributor gone through - they are known for excesive wear on the advance weights that makes performance suffer. You should also check your crankshaft damper; the rubber between the outer ring and the hub can rot and allow the outer ring to slip - which can screw up your ignition advance setting.

    Thomas

    Thomas

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    • #32
      Hello John nice car,welcome to the forum.I have a 63 Avanti R2 also.I have replaced many parts in
      the 5 years that i own her.Let me know if i can help with anything

      Lenny
      Atlanta Ga.

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      • #33
        Saw you were looking for a radio shop, also saw that the clock isn't working. Here's a place I plan to use:
        http://www.dandmrestoration.com/
        They do radios, clocks, gauges and small motors.
        Hope this helps!

        A. Charles Eck, Jr.
        Essex, MD

        Studebakers were made to drive! (Besides, they don't get lost as easy in the Wal-Mart parking lot!)

        '64 Cruiser 'Louise'
        '57 Commander 4 door sedan 'Bluebird'
        '66 Ford F-250
        '53 John Deere 50
        '41 John Deere H All-Fuel
        '41 John Deere B All-Fuel

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        • #34
          I have continued to work on the Avanti every day, cleaning, replacing parts, changing belts, fluids, etc. I have lots of parts coming this way. You can follow along at the AACA restoration site listed on the first post.

          David does have the carb and Jon has the supercharger so in probably two weeks or so I may be able to attempt to start it.

          With the new battery I was able to test out the electrics, really the only big issues are the radio, brake light, turn signals (horn works put comes on when left turn signal is pushed). Not too bad, but they cut the wiring to go around the turn signal issue. Now no turn signals in the front.

          Thanks everyone for the help. I will keep posting on the AACA site. I will update this list in a couple of weeks when I have made some real progress, like the engine running and the car off the trailer.

          1963 Avanti R2
          John
          1963 Avanti R2
          Marshall, VA

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          • #35
            John, great to see your log for the car. Please consider AOAI for membership. It is a great place to learn more about your car. Also first year membership is just $19.95. Also AACA Library and Research Center has a complete set of Avanti Magazines from Vol 1 to the latest edition. Lots of tech stuff in them. Also there are a lot of people here who are willing and able to assist you with problems as you move forward. As for a repaint, IMHO paint the car the original color Avanti Red and intall a proper interior. Again I can give you the codes and the interior options if you want them.

            See you in the future as I write about our past
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            • #36
              Just wanted to update this topic. I am still working on the Avanti, replacing parts, old rubber, cleaning, etc. Waiting for the carb, supercharger, and spark plugs to be able to start the engine.

              Cleaned out the master brake cylinder and put in new fluid. Will do a bleeding of all the brakes in a few days.

              We have spent considerable time on cleaning the interior, and she is starting to look really good. You could not believe the amount of grime and dirt that came off.

              I am still updating the AACA restoration site with pics at
              http://forums.aaca.org/f190/avanti-r...-269244-3.html

              1963 Avanti R2
              John
              1963 Avanti R2
              Marshall, VA

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              • #37
                Thursday, Oct 29th. Today was a big day, after about three weeks of working every day, we got the Avanti running. Her first start in about 15 years. Thanks to Dave T. for the great restoration of the R2 carb. We still have brake issue, but are slowing closing in on the problem. I am still posting at the AACA restoration site.

                http://forums.aaca.org/f190/avanti-r...-269244-6.html

                Just got new rubber brake hoses, SS exhaust pipes from the mufflers back, and more rubber parts on the way. Now that she can move, but not stop, under her own power, we can take her off the trailer to mount new tires and work on the brakes with the car up on jack stands.

                Having a great time. We also did a couple of videos on YouTube (search johnfeser) of the start-up and engine running today.

                I want to thank everyone for their help and assistance.



                1963 Avanti R2
                John
                1963 Avanti R2
                Marshall, VA

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                • #38
                  John

                  Keep the updates coming. I enjoy reading them as I continue to progress on my 83 Avanti.

                  Just wish I had the discipline you have to document the progress on a site. I do However, have a ton of pictures.

                  Thanks again

                  Bob

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