Refurbishing Avanti Dash Gauges

Avanti gauges – in beginning stage of refurbishment. I removed these gauges from the dash of a 1963 Avanti. Repairs consisted of removing and polishing bezels. Bead blasted and repainted the light diffuser rings. Cleaned gauge faces and repainted the needles, […]

R4 Avanti Tribute in First Prime

Blocking and sanding this week – getting ready for the final prime.  This is the repaired fiberglass front end. This is where I started on this restoration.

2013 Orphan Car Show

We attended a recent Orphan Car Show held at Forest Park History Museum. Above is one of the old city trolleys on display at the museum. There were some real beauties in this show – lots of solid steel and […]

Studebaker Eye Candy at 2013 St Louis Zone Meet

Great turnout – close to 70 Studebakers, including a couple of Packards.  

R4 Avanti Tribute Progress

Polished Halibrand Mags – actual magnesium wheels. Before and After. Soda blast followed by bead blast, then polished. Can you guess how many hours of work are in this refurb? Magnesium friendly seal coat to follow. Paxton Novi blower!! Stand Back […]

2013 Upper Mississippi Valley SDC Zone Meet

We helped out with the St Louis Stude Zone Meet. We had over 60 cars registered with more than half of them entered for judging.I helped with the judging – above is one of the judges’ meetings throughout the day. […]

In This Case – The Wicked Did Get Rest….sort of!

Yes!! Insert arm pump here….we finally did get some down time. Our first real vacation in four years. Headed up to the north country to spend time with dah fam for much needed catching up.  Oh boy did we enjoy […]

On The Fly Avanti Repairs

This ’67 Avanti II owned by Peter Crisitello made a pit stop at our shop today on the way home from the Colorado SDI Meet. The brake booster had stopped working with braking power greatly diminished.  I replaced the defunct […]

1962 GT Hawk In the Shop

We brought another car into the shop this week, a GT Hawk (arrived with an extra Hawk parts car).   Photo Credits – GBZ I’ve already upgraded the front end steering. Now removing all SS trim pieces, grills and bumpers […]

Avanti R4 Engine Installed In The Frame

Big Engine!Dropped the 304.5 and the tranny into the Avanti Frame this week.How do you like this red engine?  This is the original color for the R4 engine. Photo Credits – GBZ  When I checked the bell housing alignment, it […]

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