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    Help, I'm new to the studebaker game w/ a 63 Avanti. I now have the body off the frame and will be doing a total restoration. My questions are about the automatic tranny etc.

    1. Why take off in 2nd gear?
    2. How slow/fast?
    3. Take off in first and shift to drive?
    4. I want this car to be a great driver!
    5. I keep hearing about a GM 700R4 conversion?
    6. I put a 2004R in a 40 ford/w a 350 eng. great driver!
    7. This car was bought at the Charlotte spring Swap meet and was not driveable. It was bought as a project/hobby!
    Please all help ideas etc., is greatly appreciated. I meet a great guy named Steve yesterday on the phone when calling to ask a question on what W.G. Div. on the tranny meant. " Warner Gearing Div.". The information everyone has is so vast and I'm just learning. Thanks for the help. roger

  • #2
    Start by joining the Studebaker Drivers Club (this site) for vendors, ads, technical information, historical information, etc. You might also want to join the Avanti Owners Assoc. Intl. Get a build sheet for your car from the Studebaker National Museum.
    You mention "a total restoration." I don't see how modification questions would apply.
    WG is for Warner Gear, not "Warner Gearing."
    There were a lot of running changes in Avantis, especially considering the small number built, so you need to have your serial number (on a tag on the frame - not the body number) available.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer


    • #3
      The true value in 'restoring' a car is in it's originality. A 289/automatic Avanti will be a nice cruiser. Changing the trans won't make it any more drivable or valuable. In fact, it may decrease it's value.

      As mentioned, join SDC, get a copy of your build sheet (if you didn't already find a copy in your car), and a good set of manuals. Good luck and happy motoring .

      Tom - Sterling Heights, MI

      Ancient Chinese Proverb: "Injection is nice, but I'd rather be blown!"

      1964 Studebaker Daytona - Laguna Blue, Original 4-Spd. Car, Power Steering, Disc Brakes, Bucket Seats, Tinted Glass, Climatizer Ventilation System, AM Radio (136,989 Miles)
      Tom - Bradenton, FL

      1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
      1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD