Avanti Replacement Fender

(Photo Credits – GBZ) New re-pop fiberglass fender fitted and glued into place on ’74 Avanti II. Sanding down and re-contouring passenger side door to correct body alignment parameters.   It took some finessing and extra time, but I was able to […]

New Resto Job In Shop

On Paul Regna’s 1974 Avanti II, I’m replacing bowed out, cracked and full of bondo passenger side front fender. Will also repair the not-working mechanism of moonroof slide and will rebond fiberglass surrounding moonroof. Water leaked into the seam, rusting the […]

Avanti Fiberglass Door Repair

Avanti doors are notorious for cracking and outright breaks in the fiberglass. Almost every car I’ve worked on has needed extra reinforcing and fiberglass work on the doors.  In my opinion, Studebaker did not adequately engineer the doors for the torque of the […]

It’s All Good – R4 Avanti Progress

 Photo Credits – GBZ Freshly painted black frame with parts install underway.  Above is factory correct paint color steering box that I refurbished – also added the original factory inspection markings: OK and a mark-off on pitman to show it has been […]

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 […]

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