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  • Skip Lackie
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    Professional Engineer; ie, one that is licensed by the state.

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  • Hawklover
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    Yes that is correct, sorry for the confusion:-(
    Originally posted by Peddler View Post
    I believe he is referring to his profession PE= Professional Engineer"

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  • Peddler
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    I believe he is referring to his profession PE= Professional Engineer"

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  • StudeRich
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    Mr. Ah... no name, you say the Lange's were PE's, could you please share what that uncommon code is?

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  • Hawklover
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    The history of this car is interesting. The original owner after a number of years of "frustration" getting the car to run, and finding a competent, mechanic, sold the car to Carl Lange a PE by trade, but involved with Studebakers for many years with his brother John. After the tragic accident (coupe express he was restoring, fell on him) that took Carl's life, the car passed to his son Jeff Lange, also a PE on Long Island. Jeff mentioned many times of his desire to restore the car, but business and family seemed to continually get in the way.
    Originally posted by Endl98 View Post
    Just a few pics[ATTACH=CONFIG]64725[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64726[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64727[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64728[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64729[/ATTACH]

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  • rcrall
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    Originally posted by rgallatin View Post
    The original R3s are a rare treasure, but I would also welcome any R3 clone to the registry because I consider those cars a tribute to the others and to Studebaker. I already have four R3s registered on the 63 Studebaker Registry (and even one R4 registered on the 64 registry). All were registered some years ago, but since the R3-R4 Registry is new I leave re-registering up to the current owners. Below are the currently registered R3-R4 cars. None of them are the numbers of the original nine, but I will register them if the owners submit them. Register any R3 here: http://www.theavanti.net/registryr3.html

    R1025 registered by Ronald Crall in 2003
    R1089 registered by Gary Miller in 2001
    R1683 registered by Douglas Crall in 2001
    R2383 registered by Alain Bauwens in 2004
    R5088 registered by Gregory S. Dotson in 2006 (R4)
    Doug's Avanti was purchased firewall back and a frame/R2 engine/T10 trans/front end fiberglass installed. The R3 is a complete and accurate "B" engine that replaced the R2.

    My Avanti was originally a factory owned car used by Paxton for development of the R3's. It was the Hot Rod Magazine R3 road test car and given to other Magazines for their R3 road tests and reviews. Andy Granatelli told me it was his "driver". It was an unregistered car with California MFG license plates. When sold to Paxton for $500 by Studebaker many months after South Bend ceased production it was registered to Vince Granatelli, resold to Bill Alderman, then by me in 1969. Other than a color change it remains in very much the same condition as when I purchased it. It has always been garaged and never seen salt. Chassis and Hog Troughs are in excellent condition.

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  • SN-60
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    Originally posted by Endl98 View Post
    Just a few pics[ATTACH=CONFIG]64725[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64726[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64727[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64728[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]64729[/ATTACH]
    There may possibly be some 'mild' interest if this particular Avanti indeed does come up for sale.

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  • studefan
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    Endl98, I sent you a PM.

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  • Endl98
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    Pictures

    Just a few picsClick image for larger version

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  • Endl98
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    I got to see 5532 tonight. It's a bit rough. Been off the road since 77. The owner has just started to get the car back running. I may be giving the owner a hand at that. He then would like to.possibly sell it

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  • R3 challenger
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    Anyone who wants to see information about the nine production R3 Avantis can check out my article in the April 1978 issue of Turning Wheels. I listed all serial numbers, engine numbers, final assembly dates, options (including axle ratios), and colors for the nine cars.

    The car on the cover of that issue is one of the nine--R-5546, a gold 4-speed R3 Avanti. It was the only one of the nine that was gold, just like the record-setting #9 Bonneville Avanti. When that photo was taken, I had just purchased the car (actually in 1977) and was trailering it home to Illinois from California. I just had to photograph it at Bonneville as we passed by. Later, I also found and bought R-5642, a factory R3 and the next-to-last Avanti Studebaker made.

    Brad is correct: The R3 intake hose was attached to a larger-than-usual rubberized elbow on the back of the supercharger. Both the hose and the elbow were 3 1/2" in diameter. We have found at the Pure Stock Drags that the stock R2 Lark/Hawk 3" elbow is not large enough to allow maximum power--too restrictive. So the factory knew what they were doing when they equipped R3 Avantis with 3 1/2" diameter intake hoses and elbows. A 4" diameter is even better, but that's another story.

    George

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  • bezhawk
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    Here is the one in Georgia I didClick image for larger version

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  • Endl98
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    I believe that (5532) should be a turquoise four speed car.
    Yes its tourqouise

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by Endl98 View Post
    I'm reviving a old thread. Talked to a man today at the local stude show, he has #4 5532 I'm going to hopefully see it this week, his dad owned it, so it's still not he same family.
    i want t compare my R3 clone to see who well mine looks to a real one.
    I believe that (5532) should be a turquoise four speed car.

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  • Endl98
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    I'm reviving a old thread. Talked to a man today at the local stude show, he has #4 5532 I'm going to hopefully see it this week, his dad owned it, so it's still in the same family.
    i want to compare my R3 clone to see how well mine looks to a real one.
    Last edited by Endl98; 05-22-2017, 01:56 PM.

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