Wednesday, October 20, 2010

R3 Avanti Engine and Blower - Work Progress Pictures

Nimesh Solanki in Duluth GA is rebuilding the R3 engine.  He specializes in building high performance engines.

Before with Machined Crank

New Studs

Cleaned, Honed, Painted

Machined Out Blower Cover on Left

Top Curve Over Fins on aftermarket impeller

Coated Skirt Forged Pistons

High Deck Height to Reduce Detonation

Windage Tray

Sunday, October 10, 2010

SDC - 42nd SouthEast Zone Meet - Highlights

Sunshine day in Georgia - perfect for a car show. 
Thanks to the North Georgia Chapter of the SDC
for doing such an excellent job of organizing
the Stude show and zone meet. 
35 Land Cruiser - Best of Class
(Rare- not many produced)
63 Bez Avanti

Good turn-out of Avantis
63 Avanti - Best of Class
Best of Show - 64 GT Hawk
People's Choice - 51 Champion Business Coupe
62 GT Hawk - Best of Class
62 GT Engine
55 Speedster - Best of Class

61 Hawk - Stunning Flamingo Pink
Pea Green Lark
Custom 50 Champ
Blue 54 Coupe
58 Packard Wagon
(Rare car - only 159 produced)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Avanti R3 Restoration - Update

New wheel bearings
(repainted white/green original factory markings on spring).

New Rear Brakes

Rebuilt power steering - center privot needle bearing
with rebuilt/resealed power cylinder.

In-line gas tank drain as per original factory spec's.
Note: new stainless line clamps


Replaced rusty rivets into hog troughs.

Underside ready for heat barrier.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Avanti R3 Restoration - Making Progress

Rebuilt R3 Trans

R3 Blower disassembled, cleaned, primed - waiting on parts.

Frame back from the powder coater. 

Putting it back together. 

R3 Transmission rebuilt and reassembled.

The original aqua body color.

Just a few areas left to be stripped, then fiberglass repair.