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  • Avanti fact

    Interesting thing about fiberglass bodied cars do to electrolytic effect all the rust takes place in what ever metal is there.
    Examples:

    Went to wash the 10 years of dirt off the cheap Avanti and tried to roll up the passenger window. Turns out, the frame piece that hold the glass at the bottom was swollen with rust and binding up the works. The P.O. must have tried too because he busted the regulator, and cracked the fiberglass on the inside of the door. I grabbed a good used window and regulator, repaired the fiberglass and put everything back together. Now after four hours of labor, I still need to wash the car.

    OK moving on, time to bolt a new starter switch on the inner fender. Again, rust in action. I had to drill out the broken screws and retap.

    Next, install parking light sockets, surprise the bulbs are frozen in the sockets. Got them out with some pliers, cleaned out the sockets with a battery brush and then had to drill out the mounting screws. The good news is I now have parking lights and turn signals. Next, I'll install the headlight buckets, no telling what will happen there.

    Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
    64 R2 4 speed Challenger
    63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
    63 Avanti
    54 3R Pickup


  • #2
    This is on the "cheap" Avanti? Does it run?

    Tom

    1963 Studebaker Avanti, 102,000, custom made brake brackets to mount 1998 Mustang GT 4 wheel disc brakes (soon to get 13" Cobra front brakes, 2003 Mustang Cobra 17" wheels, GM altenator, will be getting : 97 Camaro Z28 tan leather seats, 97 Camaro Z28 T-56 6-speed trans, Ported 'R3' style Avanti heads with stainless full flow valves, 'R3' 276 duration cam w/chrysler solid lifters, shortened push rods, aluminum cam gear, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires, waiting in the garage.
    '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
    Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
    I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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    • #3
      Not running yet. The engine is out of the car, spins over fine, good oil pressure, 170 pounds of compression.

      Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
      64 R2 4 speed Challenger
      63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
      63 Avanti
      54 3R Pickup

      JDP Maryland

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      • #4
        John/JDP - Keep in mind what part of the country that you got this car from. The rust doesn't surprise me at all. I remember one 1963 Avanti that was on its third frame by the '70s.

        Gary L.
        1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
        1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          The car was only in NY for a few years. The hog troughs are perfect. I think the rust is from sitting and staying damp.

          Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
          64 R2 4 speed Challenger
          63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
          63 Avanti
          54 3R Pickup

          JDP Maryland

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by JDP

            Not running yet. The engine is out of the car, spins over fine, good oil pressure, 170 pounds of compression.
            Dang! You STOLE that car! BTW .. whats "good" oil pressure on an R1
            anyway? My oil pressure is what I consider "good" when its cold, but
            at idle when its warm it drops pretty low. It jumps back up when you
            give it gas though. I am used to the LT1 readings now, I forgot what
            the oil pressure was in a Stude.[:I]

            Tom
            '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
            Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
            http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...bracket-update
            I have also written many TECH how to articles, do a search for my Forum name to find them

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            • #7
              This one has only been checked cranking since the engine is not in the car yet. (30 PSI)

              Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
              64 R2 4 speed Challenger
              63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
              63 Avanti
              54 3R Pickup

              JDP Maryland

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              • #8
                I know of a pretty decent (even drove it) 38 Commander 4 door that lives in FL, but originally lived in NY. This car has never been redone, only the fenders have been repainted, many years ago. The owner reaplace all the glass rubber, and found NO rust!!! The car's never been wrecked and has never has any body work. And solid as a rock too. There are still some out there...


                Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
                South Georgia Chapter
                63 Daytona HT (project)
                51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
                52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

                MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
                http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
                And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo

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                • #9
                  We've all heard the many slogans Studebaker used over the years. "The Thrifty One for 51," or "Different...By Design, and "First by Far With a Postwar Car." Add another one by many of us who know:

                  "Studebaker....Rust Never Sleeps!"

                  Studedude1961
                  --1963 Cruiser

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Studedude1961

                    We've all heard the many slogans Studebaker used over the years. "The Thrifty One for 51," or "Different...By Design, and "First by Far With a Postwar Car." Add another one by many of us who know:

                    "Studebaker....Rust Never Sleeps!"

                    Studedude1961
                    --1963 Cruiser
                    Many years ago, I had a chance meeting with the guy that came up with the "First by far with a postwar car" slogan. Cathy and I were travelling from NY to IN for an SDC International Convention in a '53 Commander Starliner. We were having breakfast in western PA and parked out in the back corner of the lot. When we came out, there was a group by our car (one extended family). The grandfather stated that he worked for the advertising company for Studebaker. When I mentioned the First by far slogan, he nearly fainted. He couldn't believe that anyone would remember any of his work after all these years. I exchanged information with him. A couple of months later, he sent me his copy of the Studebaker postwar production line article from Life magazine. Fred K. Fox tried to contact him for an article. The man had died in the meantime.

                    Gary L.
                    1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
                    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
                    Gary L.
                    Wappinger, NY

                    SDC member since 1968
                    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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