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  • Engine: What are the differences between R1 and R2 Avanti harmonic balancers?

    I probably knew this at one time, but having two R2s in for rebuild, I notice their harmonic balancers are stamped "SC" on the inside face. Being they're from R2s, one could posit this refers to "Supercharged." However, I don't have an R1 on the shelf at present, so can't compare. Differences between R1 and R2s, anyone?

    I notice SI only lists one part number, 1554247, for all Avanti Jet Thrust engines, but they're out of stock.

    FWIW, it currently costs the same dollars to have a balancer rebuilt by Damper Doctor as to buy a new one from SI. However, a prediction is if/when SI gets new stock, their price will most likely go up.

    jack vines
    PackardV8

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    The Avanti parts catalog lists only one part number, 1554247 for "all." I may have an NOS one, if I can find it.
    --Dwight

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dwight FitzSimons View Post
      The Avanti parts catalog lists only one part number, 1554247 for "all." I may have an NOS one, if I can find it.
      --Dwight
      Thanks, Dwight. Sometimes logic is just a guess. "SC" could as easily be Studebaker Corporation.

      jack vines

      PackardV8

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      • #4
        The only difference that I am aware of is the damper for a JT Hawk or Lark is different than one for an Avanti.
        Eric DeRosa


        \'63 R2 Lark
        \'60 Lark Convertible

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 2R2 View Post
          The only difference that I am aware of is the damper for a JT Hawk or Lark is different than one for an Avanti.
          AFAIK, the only difference between the damper for an R1/R2-powered Lark or Hawk (JT engine) and an Avanti (R engine) is a fan belt groove cut into the damper. I have a couple of those engines (in cars).
          --Dwight

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          • #6
            Per the engineering drawings, the only difference between the JT/JTS and R/RS dampers is the belt drive groove. SC is the maker's mark for Schwitzer Cummins.
            R2Andrea

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            • #7
              Interesting discussion.
              The pictures below show a 1558279 dampener for a JT or JTS. The hub in the center has 1554247 cast into it, the same part # for the R1,R2 dampener. It also has SC cast into it and the outer ring has SC stamped into it. The outer ring has 127193 stamped in to it. I think that is the ring #. Most likely different on the R1,R2 dampener.
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              Studebaker driver since 1971
              59 Lark
              59 4X4
              62 E45
              64 E15
              64 E35

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