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  1. Can I add work truck to this topic? I’m a carpenter by trade and do historic restorations in the Pasadena area. 67 GMC 3/4 ton truck I’ve owned for 18 years. Drive it daily. Had a 351 V6 then I swapped in a SBC. Then an LS motor to keep the gas mileage down and relatively low maintenance. It has PS AC leather buddy seats. Fuel tank out back. Disc brakes up front. Modified to keep it reliable, dependable and fun to drive. I absolutely love this truck. It even appeared in a McDonalds commercial years ago!
  2. Do a search on auction prices. This may give you a more realistic gauge of value. For your sake, I hope it does increase in value. There are folks out there who want to show up to the car show with something nobody else has. I would think your car would qualify in that category. Enjoy your studies and good luck.
  3. My name is Frank. I’m a carpenter nd I work with. Lot of Latinos. I speak Spanish so all the guys call me Pancho which is slang for Francisco.
  4. I’ve been a carpenter for 35 years. I find this car oddly endearing. But as Jim43 points out, it probably has a lot of stories that go along with it.
  5. Nothing like a fuse going out just before the bang.
  6. ive used these folks to restore my Studebaker gauges.
  7. I could use those rims for my pickup.
  8. Funny to know folks wanted to “dress” up their cars even back then. Was there a Manny Moe and Jack or equivalent back then?
  9. As @Frank DuVal mentioned, the hog troughs are the main spot they rust. These structural elements are under the door and serve as the rocker panels would do on a steel car. Classic enterprises sells the troughs and many other parts for the Avanti I and II. The frame is the obvious area to look for rust. Also, the A pillar is another place to look. This is the hardest part to spot because it’s covered with vinyl. But if you run your hand down the inside of the pillar and find it to be unusally bumpy underneath it might be a bad sign. Keep in mind that steel will expand as it rusts so it will show itself even if hidden by the vinyl. Look around the windshield to see if there is lifting or cracking. If you’re looking at an R2 Avanti (supercharged) make sure it’s an original. Run the numbers through the forum. They’ll tell you right away if it was born with the R2 specs. As Frank said, the 63-64 are the most desirable years. 63 has the one year only round headlights. Subsequent years had a square bucket with the round light within it. They were built on the Lark chassis so suspension parts are easy to find. Avantis are getting some attention lately. I don’t know what your budget allows for but I would buy a car from someone within the club. A driven vehicle is preferable to one that has been languishing in a backyard or garage.
  10. @MurkyBeef no particular year or model stands out as being problematic apart from age. Obviously the older the car the harder it is to find parts. You’ve picked a good brand to buy. The broader car community has never really embraced cars outside of the big 3 so Studes can be bought for much less. The R series trucks are really great looking trucks. Little hard to find but with any buy, be patient. My personal favorites are the 53-54 C or K models. C models are coupes with a B pillar. K models are hardtop without the pillar at the door. They also built supercharged Hawks and Avantis. If you get a chance to sit in an Avanti it will make you feel like your in a cockpit. They’re quite spectacular. Have a few options and buy the best complete vehicle you can find. The Studebaker community is a tight community. Put the word on the forum and you’ll get an honest opinion about the vehicle. Try to familiarize yourself with the different models so you can narrow your choices down. If you get on the forum my name is Pancho. I can help you there too. Happy to have you on board with an old vehicle. You’ll find yourself cursing while having a smile on your face.
  11. I understand your fascination with Studebaker. I bought a 49 Commander 25 years ago. I’ve since sold it and bought a 53 hardtop 6 years ago. It’s being painted right now and will be back on the road soon. I will echo @SC38DLS suggestions about joining the Studebaker Drivers Club. The forum is free to join. You may want to to narrow your search by finding a specific model you lean towards. Studebaker had a wide range of styling through the years. The parts and knowledge are well supported thanks to the many enthusiasts. Good luck and keep us posted if you make a purchase.