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  • #16
    I see that now. Is there any chance that this was a late build 63 wagon that could have had a 64 Avanti motor from the factory? I'm guessing not since it appears to be an Oct. 64 motor.

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    • #17
      So heres the next thought. It seams like we have determined that this is a 64 Avanti motor which means some poor sole is missing theirs. As I am a big fan of originality, maybe it should be pulled and offered to a 64 Avanti owner. I have to replace my block anyway so original is no longer an option for me.

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      • #18
        There are a few "service engines" around yet but are getting pricey. Those are bare blocks with fitted pistons & have no engine numbers stamped on them. If you go that route I would get the production order from the museum & see what the car was made with originally. It gives engine number, key codes & all equipment installed at the factory.

        https://studebakermuseum.org/store/p...60-1966_00029/
        59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
        60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
        61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
        62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
        62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
        62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
        63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
        63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
        64 Zip Van
        66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
        66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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        • #19
          Originally posted by 1stuhess View Post
          I see that now. Is there any chance that this was a late build 63 wagon that could have had a 64 Avanti motor from the factory? I'm guessing not since it appears to be an Oct. 64 motor.
          No. It is a number for an Avanti, not a "Lark type" and the numbers go by model year.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #20
            Good find,nice cars all of them.I also have an Avanti engine in my 56 Transtar,engine # RK317 is also a R-1 motor with high (10:+ -1) compression, so its not a candidate for a super-charger.If it were me I would strip the engine from the Avanti & rebuild the heads & super-charger & use the engine from the 62 Hawk or get a rebuilt 259/289 full flow block with dished pistons so you have lower compression (9:00-1) & it will be super-charger freindly.Plus you can drive the Wagonaire now & know you have a very desirable engine under the hood....& it goes like yee-haw.I also have a rebuilt 289 full flow engine with dished pistons,balanced,bored 040 over with a R-2 cam & no heads sitting in my garage...I'm up in B.C. just out of Vancouver so how bout selling me the Avanti?Just kidding.....cheers

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            • #21
              You should be able to find one locally, but if you can't, we are in WA and can build an Avanti engine to your specs. I have one full-flow block left, so decide what you want and we can arrange to ship us your core and ship the built engine to you.

              jack vines
              PackardV8

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              • #22
                Thanks guys for all your help. It looks like I have a lot to think about.

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