Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Swiss 1963 Avanti Progress

Final prime and block on hood and doors.

Body in primer and guide coat.

1963 Avanti Seat and Panel Upholstery

Elk solid with perforated inset. 

Finding well made, high quality upholstery is a holy grail search.  To date, I haven't been impressed with the light weight vinyl and poorly fitting seat covers available from some of the Stude vendors.  Having car parts made and pattern work done overseas is not always a good idea. 

I found a local guy to do the upholstery sewing for this Swiss Avanti.  He's been in the business for over 30 years and knows how to do it right.  He's accurate, quick and knows how to place the padding and sew the seat gussets.  It's been a real pleasure to work with him.  I appreciate his professional business ethic and his "great" customer service.  I'll employee him again for future projects.

 Fawn and elk door panel with black carpet lower kick panel.


Hot off the presses - freshly molded rubber floor mats and floor sill edges!

Swiss Avanti Mechanicals Progress

Refurbed, painted blower.

Refurbished with factory correct paint and surface finishes. 

This Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

photo credit - GBZ

Two NEW front vent wing rubber gaskets with excess rubber trimmings.

The untrimmed gasket to the right is what arrives in the mail from SI (Studebaker International).  The gasket in the center is the trimmed version.  Everything to the left is the rubber that has been removed.  

There's no way you can successfully stuff these gaskets into the stainless steel window trim moldings unless you take the time to trim.  As with too many parts suppliers these days, they can't keep the cost to buyers down and make a good profit if they have to pay extra for hand finishing work, such as this type of trimming.  

So-o-o-o, I bite the $$$ bullet and do the trim work myself.  Easy enough to perform - just takes some sit down time, a pair of sharp scissors and a good eye to see where to cut.