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Tom Covington's Avanti Project

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  • Tom Covington's Avanti Project

    Take a basically stock 289, stock rods, stock dished pistons, stock crank, Stude flat tapped cam.
    Add some R3 ported heads, and an LS aluminum intake on it.
    Put it in front of an old Chevy Powerglide 2 speed trans.
    Add a single turbocharger, and use it all to twist a Dana 60 diff.
    Top it off with a 4bbl carb, and run it all on E-85 gas.

    Now, it was an off night. The track was slick.
    The burnout too short. The car drifted a bit to the right off the line.
    But that tire squeal you hear at launch was real. Real Studebaker torque, and that squeal lasted at least 600' and well into 2nd gear.

    Then... It started to rain (the beginning of the tropical system from the hurricane)...
    So, Only one pass and we loaded up and Tom went home.
    But what a cool pass!
    Way to go Tom!
    (apologies for the video quality...It was from my I-phone)

    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

  • #2
    That's fast.


    • #3
      Cool video! Tom sure has that Avanti pulling hard.

      Gordon S


      • #4
        WOW! Looking good. Thanks for posting the video.
        Joe Roberts
        '61 R1 Champ
        '65 Cruiser
        Eastern North Carolina Chapter


        • #5
          Over the top awesome!!!!!
          Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
          Fort Worth, TX


          • #6
            Thats my Man!!!!!.....Way to go Tom!!.... I hope things are well with you and your family.....Tom rebuilt my 57 GH motor and is one of the nicest people I have ever met....sorry for not staying in touch!!


            • #7
              Holy chitt
              sigpicAnything worth doing deserves your best shot. Do it right the first time. When you're done you will know it. { I'm just the guy who thinks he knows everything, my buddy is the guy who knows everything.} cheers jimmijim*****SDC***** member


              • #8
                Wow! One run. Just think what he can do with it really dialed in.
                "In the heart of Arkansas."
                Searcy, Arkansas
                1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                1952 2R pickup


                • #9
                  I'm impressed and in awe. Keep us posted on the progress!!
                  Jamie McLeod
                  Hope Mills, NC

                  1963 Lark "Ugly Betty"
                  1958 Commander "Christine"
                  1964 Wagonaire "Louise"
                  1955 Commander Sedan
                  1964 Champ
                  1960 Lark