Avanti R4 – This Week at the Shop

Photo Credits – GBZ Next step completed in the frame work. Factory black paint color sprayed over top of zinc chromate galvanizing.  It’s now ready to build out.  Rear axle parts – all deep cleaned and ready for re-install, including new […]

Rochester Carburetor Rebuild

Photo Credit – GBZ Just finished rebuilding a Rochester for a client. This is an electronic carb for later model Avantis. Incorrect bowl cover gasket. The shape prevented primary metering rod movement. I completely disassembled all jets, check balls and cleaned […]

…and Now For Something Different!

  Photo Credits – J. McCuan  Just finished installing the blower on this small block Chev engine. Hot red fiberglass ’34 Ford roadster.Engineered and made several of the mounting brackets for the set-up.  Zoom-Zoom!   Installed the blue lights a […]

R4 Avanti Frame Off Work

The frame was sandblast stripped and then sprayed with zinc chromate. Spraying the frame with a galvanizing sealerhelps prevent rust.  Kids, don’t try this at home!!   This is the real deal, military spec chromate.  Not the new version with the good protective […]

Progress on the 63 Avanti R4

Photo Credits – GBZ Broken front fiberglass pared away to factory seams. Body paint stripped with plastic media. Door jambs and all outer surfaces stripped, including doors, trunk lid and hood. Dismantled leaf springs in process of bead blast clean up. […]

Whazzup In the Shop This Week

Photo Credit – Lew Shucart  Brad checking fit of new fiberglass nose piece for front wrecked R4. Photo Credit – GBZ Further work on Thom Gipe’s Avanti.  Fixing heater leak by  repairing and reinstalling heater core. Yuck!!  Leaky core.  If […]

83 Avanti GM Small Block Engine

Photo Credit – GBZ Shiny brand new GM small block crate engine – 290hp – 350ci installed in Thom Gipe’s ’83 Avanti.  Will add the new chrome air cleaner and it’s ready to hit the road!! The present resto job […]

Rare 1963 Avanti R4

Photo Credit – GBZ Fetched my next resto job from PA over the past weekend.  Lew Shucart and I trailered this car back to the shop. It was an enjoyable trip with the Fall trees in full, flaming color!! This […]

Avanti Engine – Out With The Old – In With the New

Photo Credit – Thom Gipe Thom Gipe’s ’83 is in the shop – we’re installing a new engine.  Thom and Carole cleaning the engine compartment after the old engine is out. This hard working engine is now retired! Brad prepping […]

Avanti Arrival

Michael takes possession of his new ’63 Avanti on ship off-loading dock.Car arrived safe and sound after two week trans-Atlantic journey.

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