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    was at a cruise last week and one of the guys there insisted that a handfull of the first off '65 avanti ll's were built with 289 stude engines. i have never heard of this in my 35 plus years of avanti addiction. i'm thinking stude gary could answer this one.
    gfperry

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    To: arkusvt,------As You would know after those 35 years, If You come across a '65 Avanti II, (or any other year Avanti II) with a Studebaker engine under the hood, that engine was put in after the car left
    the factory. PS......A Studebaker engine option would have been neat though!

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    • #3
      I've never heard of Avanti II's of any vintage being factory equipped with Stude engines...actually I've never heard of any post-Studebaker Avanti having a Stude engine...lots of other retro-fitted engines...Cadillac, Mopar, Ford, big-block Chevy, LS-series Chevy, Buick V6...but never heard of one with a Stude engine.

      It's well established that the first few prototype II's had small block Chevy engines...the first being a Corvette 327 from a wrecked car.
      Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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      • #4
        It would make no sense to put in Stude engines, since the foundry had closed at the start of the '65 model year. They wouldn't have wanted to supply blocks for a third-party endeavor since they were keeping service stock for their dealer network, and knew that there would be no more new castings coming down the pike.

        Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          Maybe the gentleman was thinking Excalibur?
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Leave the Studebaker engine in the Studebaker Avanti. To install one in a Avanti II is 'questionable'....on many levels!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by arkusvt View Post
              was at a cruise last week and one of the guys there insisted that a handfull of the first off '65 avanti ll's were built with 289 stude engines. i have never heard of this in my 35 plus years of avanti addiction. i'm thinking stude gary could answer this one.
              You have been answered, but since you mention me, I will also chime in. All 1965 Avanti IIs were built with 327 cid Chevrolet V8s.
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                How many were built in 65? I was thinking only about 5...
                Neil Thornton

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                • #9
                  According to John Hull's book, there were 56 Avanti II's for 1965.
                  Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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                  • #10
                    thanks for all the answers ! i am now assured that the last 35 years of my addiction were not wasted.
                    gfperry

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
                      Maybe the gentleman was thinking Excalibur?
                      Only the very first Excalibur, the prototype originally built for Studebaker, had a Studebaker engine. This wouldn't meet the "handfull" criterion either.
                      Last edited by studegary; 08-19-2012, 07:46 PM. Reason: missing ly
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                      • #12
                        At the IM in Estes Park 1987 a fellow from Colorado had a Studebaker engine in an Avanti II

                        Denny L
                        Last edited by Green53; 08-19-2012, 07:45 PM. Reason: Missed letter

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Green53 View Post
                          At the IM in Estes Park 1987 a fellow from Colorado had a Studebaker engine in an Avanti II

                          Denny L
                          I see that you added the other I before "someone" could comment on it <G>.
                          Wayne F. and I stayed up nearly all night (until five AM) at Estes Park straightening out the Avanti judging situation. I don't remember that car. It doesn't seem like only a quarter of a Century ago <G>.
                          Gary L.
                          Wappinger, NY

                          SDC member since 1968
                          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                          • #14
                            Come to Colorado Springs next year Gary and we can stay up all nght again straightening out the Avanti judging. Just kidding as i do not think it is going to be a problem at all out there as both the SDC and AOAI organizations are in lock step on producing a great event. Just hope all come out to see what Colorado Springs is all about. I know I have been there several times and each time all I can think of is when will I be back.
                            sigpicSee you in the future as I write about our past

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