Friday, April 29, 2011

Dialing In The R3 Interior

I was zooming along on the interior...until today!
Laid out all the carpet pieces  - guess what?
I discovered six pieces of the carpet
ordered from a Studebaker parts vendor
were cut incorrectly, on the reverse side of the carpet.
Whatya' think - can I make it fit?
Back to square one and not happy about it!

Look What Came To Visit Us Today

1989 Avanti
in sweet blue

This car is in immaculate condition.

Owned by two generations of the same family....
recently became the son's new ride.

Excellent to see a family take this type of 
quality care of an Avanti.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Historic Car in Historic Garden District

Beautiful Sunday morning - perfect weather and not much traffic.  Great for fulfilling David's request (Raymond Loewy's son-in-law) of taking the Loewy Avanti out for a spin to check the car's road worthiness.  The mechanical repair work checked out fine.  Good thing we did get this classic out on the road, because......
Those signature yellow headlights!

Big Bad Brad Hanging with the '76
Photo Credits - GBZ 

As we toured through the tree shaded old home district, slowly cruising along the bricked streets, Brad hears a low rumble that shouldn't be a part of the normal car noise and we feel a mild vibration coming from under the car.

Back to the shop we go, the Avanti is up in the air on the hoist and within 5 minutes Brad has nailed down the noise/vibration cause.  It is a worn slip yoke bushing on tail shaft on the Turbo 400 transmission.  Within a half hour, he has the drive shaft and the extension housing of the tranny out of the car and cleaned.  Just waiting on the new bushing and seal, which will be available and installed Monday morning.  Then this car is good to go! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Avanti Dreaming

1976 Loewy Avanti Engine Video

Raymond Loewy's personal 1976 Avanti.  After storage and sitting on display (not running) for approximately 8 years, this historic Avanti is running again and almost road worthy. 

New parts on the suspension and brakes, rebuilt carburator, boiled out - repaired radiator, inspected gas tank and filter, replaced hoses, checked for engine seize - turning first by hand, then gas primed carb and cranked it over.  The engine ran rough for about the first 30 seconds due to the gas load-up in carb - then smoothed out.  This is the Chevy engine that was put in later model Avantis - ready to rock and roll!

This car in the care of the Loewy family.


Loewy Update

Suspension and Brake Repairs
on 1976 Raymond Loewy Avanti