1963 Studebaker Avanti

Well, it's hard for me to believe that I've owned my 1963 Avanti for over seven years, but I have. Since the day I brought her home in 1997, she has been though a lot. A complete fiberglass rebuild of the body (Avantis are all fiberglass), rebuild of the three speed transmission, complete interior tear-down and redo and every little thing in between. If you have ever owned a classic car, you know it's never done. This winter it's time for a little work.

First is to replace the custom power steering lines with the original style. I have to fit these:

avanti hoses in here. avanti engine

Also, have to try to stop this: oil leak
from happening. That?s from an ill-fitting oil pan gasket.

There?s nothing more rewarding that working on a classic car and then drive it around, especially one as unique as the Avanti. In the next weeks I will chronicle the history of the Avanti for those who are unfamiliar with the car, the work that was performed to bring mine back from the land of the lost and the work to be done this winter. I find the Avanti to have an extremely interesting past, present and future. That?s why Avanti means ?forward?.

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