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    I might be coming in possession of 63' Avanti. The car has been sitting in a barn for over 20 years. This is what I know needs repair

    1. Rear Glass $1000 or Less
    2. Needs Brake Calipers all around, what would be the replacement part for the calipers.
    3. This deals with the engine, the engine was replaced with a small block Chevy 350, minus gaskets, belts, hoses, change all the fluids, anything specific I would need to do to get the Engine operational.
    4. Anything I'm missing?

    Thank you now for all your help.

    Eric Strauss
    Hopefully a new Studebaker owner soon.

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    The brakes only have calipers on the front. Replacements are available, but the whole set up is expensive. There are also aftermarket conversions.
    The main thing that you are missing mention of is underbody rust issues, particularly the torque boxes (hog troughs. If you have them replaced correctly, you are talking in the thousands of dollars.
    I hope that you are getting a very good price. It is more expensive to bring an Avanti back than it is to buy a decnt car to begin with. In your case, you will still end up with a modified car. This is okay if that is what you want and you plan on keeping the car.
    Begin by joining the Studebaker Drivers Club, from this site, for $19.95 for the first year and 12 publications.

    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      the car belongs to a family friend who had the car stored in a barn, under a car cover, when he didn't want to purchase brake calipers about 25 years ago. So my father looked at it and it still looked OK, at first glance. I just have to wait for this friend to pay the $5000, and he was going to give me the car. That is the story so far.

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      • #4
        Here is the rest of the story. This Avanti I'm getting is the first car I ever drove, I was 3 and sitting behind the wheel on our friend's lap driving the car, the things people got away with almost 30 years ago. The friend is the original owner of the car, and put the Chevy crate motor in when he was working for GM back in mid to late 70's. Next to that he replaced the front seats, with a set of buckets from a Toyota, I have the original seats at my parents house in perfect condition. On the car being modified, that is the way our friend wanted it, I myself are a purest when it comes to automobiles, the more factory the better. It's a start in to classic automobiles, eventually I'll have the money to get the car back to factory specs, along with the time and patience needed for that. To own a unique piece of automobile history, and to take car of a automobile that is 12 years my senior and my first drive is priceless.

        I hope this somes it up for everyone.

        Eric Strauss

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        • #5
          Eric,

          you didn't happen to go to CMU did you?

          nate

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          • #6
            Eric, that's a great story. I hope everything goes like you want it to with this car!

            BTW, SASCO has NOS Avanti backglass available.


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            • #7
              Thank you for all of the information. I just have to wait for the storage fee to be paid and get the title, from our friend, who currently lives in Alabama. Then like most everyone else it's the money issue to being the resto, with a wife and 3 young childern it will take a while to get the car going again. I do have some luck, my father-in-law likes working on cars, I have seen him and his friends completely overhaul the brakes, suspention, drivetrain of his 73' vette in the course of a couple of Saturdays.

              Also, when I get the car I'll join SDC, and the local Potomac Chapter. Then I will still have to see about joining AOAI, that may have to come later, I think the wife would kill me if I joined all three at once.

              Back in my late teen earlier twenties, I had a 79' Pontiac Grand Prix, and I made it an issue to join the Pontiac Oakland Club International and the local chapter, since it would be easier to find help with the minor resto on my Pontiac, but I met many great people at the chapter meets and car shows, especially the older generation, with there great stories about their automobiles.

              Showbiz - Thanks for the info on the rear glass, I'll look it up.

              N8N - Sorry no I didn't goto CMU.

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              • #8
                No big deal, just so happens that one of my friends' roomates was named Eric Strauss and your age sounds about right that you might have been the same person. But you say Potomac Chapter - you might not be that far from me, I'm in Falls Church. Unfortunately I'm not going to be a good source of info. about Avantis other than the mechanical bits that are shared with other Studes.

                I can tell you that the calipers are a bit spendy and are shared with a Jag E-type; your best bet may be either taking your existing ones and having them sleeved (White Post, Goldline Brakes, etc.) or else upgrading to a more modern setup like Turner. Trying to find new calipers at your FLAPS will likely be an exercise in frustration I do know that SASCO still has the back glass, although crating and shipping might be interesting, in an expensive kind of way. Not sure if they have original Avanti rear glass but I know I've seen a couple Avanti II rear glasses with the defogger grid upstairs.

                If the car has been parked for 20 years, plan on replacing EVERY hose (fuel, brake, coolant, etc.) while you're resurrecting it. Nothing sucks worse than losing your brakes on your first real drive - esp. so since you probably still have the stock single master cylinder.

                nate

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                • #9
                  Thanks again.

                  N8N - I live in Pasadena, MD right south of Baltmore. I have been to Falls Church many of times, I used to work in Annandale inside of the beltway, and have done work at many police departments, in the area. Glad to meet you.

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                  • #10
                    you ought to get to know JDP, he's right close to you, and knows a heck of a lot more about Avantis than many. If you ever end up at his place, I'm over there whenever I have a free weekend trying to finish up my '55 (not this weekend tho, things got all messed up at work at about 4:45 today)

                    nate

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                    • #11
                      Heck maybe I can meet up with you all one weekend.

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                      • #12
                        Dad was able to buy an Avanti rear window at a local auto glass company in NC about 15 years ago.He was suprised but they got it for him in 2 days for about the same price as the vendors wanted and he didnt have to pay shipping.I would call A couple larger Auto Glass installers in your area before I shipped one.And check those hog troughs!If they are good clean them well and protect them.Steve
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