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Avanti #1001 Rescue Project. Needs some Help

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    Just got this e-mail and I thought I would pass it on

    LeMay-America's (Tacoma, WA)
    Car Museum continues to make progress on the Avanti #1001 Rescue Project. The
    car, donated to the museum in 2001 sporting a psychedelic
    green-sparkle color, was confirmed by Avanti Corporation as #1001 - the first
    Avanti ever sold.

    The museum launched the Avanti Rescue Project in 2011 and recruited help from
    members of the Studebaker Drivers Club and Avanti Owners Association
    International to begin the massive restoration process.

    "This car used to turn heads back in the '60's and deserves to be restored to its
    original showroom condition," said Renee Crist, ACM Collections Manager.

    Studebaker expert James Bell and an all-volunteer rescue team joined with ACM to take on
    the #1001 Rescue Project, which is moving forward due to generous financial
    support from the ACM board of directors, the public and donated parts and
    service from Avanti enthusiasts.

    Hundreds of volunteer hours have already been poured into restoring the #1001. After the team carefully dismantled the car and stripped away the green-sparkle paint, the
    Avanti traveled to Sunnyside, Washington, where Ron and DeAnne Hochhalter,
    lifetime Studebaker Drivers Club members, painted the car "Avanti White," - its
    original color.

    "The car's significance in American automotive design, innovation, and manufacturing
    reinforces ACM's story of America's Love Affair with the Automobile." said

    The Avanti #1001 Rescue Project continues, but it won't be long before visitors can
    see this stunning, modern masterpiece of 1960's American automotive culture.

    The 1963 Studebaker Avanti #1001 was donated by Lakewood, Washington resident Dr.
    Daniel Cook.

    Project NEEDS as of 03/01/2013

    Interior NEEDED:
    Carpeting (Tuxedo Orange/black)
    Roll Bar Cover (NOS, or Repro)
    Gauges Restored (Estimated cost $900), or NOS
    Wheels & Tires:
    Avanti Wheels
    Set of Tires -5 (new)
    Shifter Bushings & Bezel
    Clutch and Throw Out Bearing
    Misc Exterior
    Pair of Headlight Lenses (GLASS NOS, or new repro)
    New Antenna-Part AC_3330 from Studebaker International $139.95
    Electrical System:
    Alternator & Voltage Regulator (NOS, or Rebuilt)
    Dual Point Distributor

    DO YOU HAVE A PART FOR THIS CAR OR SERVICE TO DONATE? PLEASE CONTACT the Collection Manager, or 253-779-8490
    ATTN: AVANTI 1001
    2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421