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  1. My dream car when I was a kid. Dad was a Mopar guy and I was until I drove a friends 69 Grand Prix. A month later my 65 Belvedere convertible was sold and I had the first of a few Grand Prix's. I have a neighbor that has a heavily hot rodded 64 Sport Fury. Rattles the windows when he takes it out.
  2. Definitely not a HEMI. That cross ram manifold is just as rare though. The HEMI wasn't available on the option sheet to the general public until 1966.
  3. You are correct about being concerned over the rim width. I had radials with the original rims and then with 6" Ford rims. The tires on the original rims were visibly pinched and the contact patch was not as wide as it should be. I had a constant issue with hubcaps moving and had to run only 22 lbs of pressure in the rear tires to alleviate a very noticeable twitchiness in the rear. Mind you my car had an entirely refurbished rear suspension, leaf springs, bushings, and quality shocks. Once I went the wider rim the hubcaps stayed in place, less strain on the rim so less flexing, and I coul
  4. I was enamored with the Avanti and started a refurbishing that took years. Aside from paint, chrome and actually stitching the interior I did everything myself and spent thousands that I didn't get back when I sold it. If everything is there and I mean everything you will still spend 5 figures for paint and having a new interior installed. And I mean installed, if you have to purchase a new interior kit add another $3-4,000. From the pictures I see your friend embarked on a restoration that is above factory standards and doing the rest of the car to those standards will be very expensive.
  5. I re-covered my front seats myself. Foam was terrible but I used it. I purchased a few different rolls of foam from a trim supplier and filled in where the original was damaged. The interior was a nightmare mainly because of the supplier I purchased the kit from. My car was a late production "thick seat" car. The thickness was a bit of an optical illusion as the seat shell was the same but there was extra padding behind the backrest to give the look of thickness. There are differences in the front, however, but my supplier obviously didn't know that. The earlier seat does not pull in a
  6. Are the studs still attached to the bottom of the grille? If so, don't worry about putting nuts on it as it won't go anywhere. Ran mine like that for years and 10,000 miles at least. I didn't want to drill holes as I had seen on some cars so I left it "for another day". As far as I know the new owner, who uses the car almost daily, hasn't bothered either.
  7. We are probably talking about the same thing. When I would use a battery and starter tester it would measure an amperage draw that was probably due to high resistance somewhere in the system. If you say the cable is new then more than likely in the starter or as you suggested a weak battery. Next time you're by an Autozone or an Advance ask them to test the battery. The machine tests the battery's amperage under load and the subsequent voltage drop. Might save you the expense of a 3E battery. You can watch the voltage drop with your voltmeter but it doesn't isolate the battery from the s
  8. have you gone through the starter. when I first got my Avanti it would struggle starting turning over very slowly. I took the starter apart and found lots of oil, grime, sticking brushes etc. Cleaned it up and it worked fine for years. The Avanti starter is also a higher torque spec than other Studes but I forget how to tell the difference. The boys on the SDC forum would know and you may find you have a replacement that is not up to the task. The smoking cable is an indication of a heavy amp draw which could also come from the starter.
  9. John described the clips I was talking about better than I did. Tough removal after the emblem is installed. I have some if you're brave. I bought my my hood emblem before I had a computer a picture before a purchase would keep you from being disappointed.
  10. Not a repro but a refurb of what must have been a poor original. Grind marks showing after the re-chrome. If I had realized it wasn't a new repro I would have had mine redone instead.
  11. The nuts you have must be too big. The pin on the emblem is tapered and the nuts cut their own thread as you tighten them and they will thread only onto the tip by hand. They only require a little effort with a socket and tighten in a couple of turns. The rubber has nothing to do with their holding ability it just acts as a gasket so water won't get into the trunk. I put my trunk emblem on with PAL nuts but when I took it off it I think it was held on with inserts that fit into the holes in the trunk. The emblem gets pushed into the clips. Once locked in there removing the emblem isn't ea
  12. A little black RTV gasket maker will replace the rubber sealer on the PAL nuts. It's there to keep water out and the RTV will do that but will still allow the nuts to spin off easily if necessary. I got my antenna at a local parts store. Mine was a locking style that could push down flush with the mount and you had a little flat key to grab it an pull it out. It was very unobtrusive. I listened to satellite radio so I rarely had it up. Don't forget you need to ground the antenna. Clamping a wire to the tube the shaft collapses into should work.
  13. Looks good from here in NC. Can't imagine how much better the $10,000 job could have been. Kudos to the MAACO staff.
  14. John...I had mixed feelings about the grille until I lost an expensive 3 core radiator to road debris.
  15. Dave T did sleeved cylinders for me a few years ago.
  16. You have an R2 4 speed. Except for R3's and Very late production R2 four speeds you model is the most sought after and most valuable. If that car was anything other than an R 2 4 speed you definitely bought the right one.
  17. Looking better already! You will have some clean up to do but the good news is paint doesn't stick well to stainless and chrome so overspray comes off with a little rubbing. When I stripped mine it was also like looking at a tree's age by the paint layers. I think it was every Avanti color but white and gray at one time. Glad it's coming together for you ow just try not to kill yourself at work. ErnieR
  18. First of All...Happy Birthday! I wouldn't worry too much about them suggesting pulling the front and rear glass, they don't want the liability and they can mask around it. The headlight buckets are easy and they can be a source of trapped dirt and a pain to mask off. As far as spending $700 more for stripping it I think it's worth it and this way the entire prep is in their hands. As such there's no way someone can come back to you and say you did something in the process of stripping the paint that ruined the final job. I spent 25+ years as a sales manager for new car dealers. I had tons o
  19. I have a suggestion. The quarter windows come out easily and the rubber is readily available ( at least it was 15 year ago... might want to check first ) and an easy replacement so think about slicing the existing rubber as close to the glass as possible so they can get some paint in there. I think there's only 6 Philips head screws holding the whole assembly in if you are feeling up to it. How about the "A" Pillar stainless and the drip rails? The drip pails and weathersrip come off easily also and the screws go into fiberglass so no rust and everytime you get into the car your eyes will
  20. Very good choice. The slight bronze cast will go nicely with the beige in the dash and upper interior panels. There aren't many silver 63's and I'm sure there aren't any with your choice of silver. Can't wait to see the car with color on it.
  21. As long as the nuts aren't rusted too badly you can access all of them except for the one's on the side right at the bracket ends at the bumper. Even if something breaks the bolts are standard bumper bolts i.e. round head with a square underneath to fit in the square hole in the bumper. I would mask the brackets just in case. You could also remove the bumper brackets and all actually pretty simple and will allow you to clean and paint them while the rest of the car is being finished. I think you will end up very happy with your paint. Silver/gray is a forgiving color and will not magnify t
  22. I just had a little laugh to myself. Most of the world wouldn't know whether the car should have bumpers or not. In NJ a front plate is required but as long as I drove it up there no one ever bothered me. It seems that most cops know that mature gentlemen driving cars that they obviously have a lot invested in are not people to waste their time on trivial pull overs.
  23. I drove my car for a couple of months without bumpers. The only thing you need to leave on are the stop lights. Put the front plate in the window and run some cord through the holes where the license plate bracket was. Regarding doing the right thing. You will love driving the car with some color on it. Let the manager of the maaco know of any concerns I'm sure you're not his first. Tell him if the job comes out real nice that you will do some p r work for him at car shows and ask for flyers or cards. You are going to be glad you made the move
  24. Does it crank any slower? Mine did that when I first got it and I tore into the starter and found one brush stuck and barely touching the armature and oil had gummed things up. I will say that even my El Camino wouldn't always start right up when it was hot. Sometimes no pedal worked other times pedal to the floor. And this is with HEI ignition and high torque starter. Might have something to do with the ethanol. The world isn't paying attention to carbureted vehicle anymore.
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