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  • 53k
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    It might also be good to mention here that besides R engines having the chrome parts, Studebaker also sold a chrome engine dress up package to put on any V8. This means that a car may (correctly) have the chrome parts but not be an R engine.
    They were on sale at Standard Surplus in the late '60s/early '70s for $9.95 a set including two valve covers, two chrome breather caps and a chrome oil dipstick. I bought one set at Visnick's (Studebaker dealer) in the Boston area for the same price in '71. Hindsight being what it is...

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  • Mike
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    "JT" valve covers have a loop welded to them, for the front two spark plug cables. Since Avanti's have looms and shielding, they don't have the loop.
    Mike M.

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  • studegary
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    It might also be good to mention here that besides R engines having the chrome parts, Studebaker also sold a chrome engine dress up package to put on any V8. This means that a car may (correctly) have the chrome parts but not be an R engine.

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  • Warren Webb
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    Look at the engine number stamped on the drivers side in front of the valley cover. If it starts with a V or P its not an Avanti engine. If it is JT or JTS its from a Lark or Hawk (JT for Jet Thrust). If it starts R or RS its from an Avanti.

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  • JoeHall
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    Thanks folks. I knew I could depend on the collective wisdom of the NG. Plus I did a search in the archives and did some reading. I'm looking at a car the owner says has an "Avanti engine", but it has yellow valve covers and a breather on the four barrel carb that does not appear to have any extra hoses plumbed into it. So, from what I now understand, it is highly unlikely to be an R engine, which is fine with me. I prefer the personality and reliability of the regular Stude V8s. Not to mention cheaper gas and better MPG.
    Thanks Again,
    Joe

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  • StudeRich
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    Yes all Production Avanti and JT Engines did have the chromed covers.

    The story I heard is that the 2 demo prototype Avantis an R1 Automatic and a R2 4 Speed that were driven out of the Flying Boxcar Aircraft at various parts of the country Airports to preview the new Avanti to the Dealers, Salesmen and very few invited guests, had the dress up Chrome for display only, but everyone liked it so much it was decided to include them on the Production cars.

    I was at the Burbank, CA Airport Show so I can at least verify that the Prototypes did have it.

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  • Gunslinger
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    Some early photos of prototype Avanti's showed painted valve covers and some other non-standard details, but I would think when they were ultimately released for sale they were brought up to standard specs with chrome, etc.

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  • mbstude
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    All R engines had chrome covers when they left the factory, Joe.

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  • JoeHall
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    Chrome Valve Covers On R Engines

    Did all R engines have chrome valve covers? Or did some, especially ones on Hawks, Larks, station wagons, etc. have yellow covers?

    Thanks,
    Joe
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