The R4 is in the finishing stages of fine tuning and perfecting all the last, small details. It’s been a labor of love process. Time intensive…..anything worth doing takes time, expertise and attention.
When a restorer works on a car like this, taking it from a front end hit with significant damage (including bent frame) to a full body and interior restoration with additional resto-mod work, systems upgrades, parts engineering and machining, it will be a lengthy process.
At Bez Auto Alchemy, you know you’re getting the “real deal” from a knowledgeable repair and restoration expert. This hands on process however, does take time. There is very little work that is jobbed out by Auto Alchemy – seat upholstery, original to the car radio repair, engine machining being the exceptions. Everything else is done by Brad, in-house, which keeps the quality control intact.
The original conversion of the 289 engine to R4 was done a number of years ago. Brad reworked elements of the conversion, rebuilt the dual carbs, added AC with custom bracket, installed a Novi blower to breath needed additional life into the engine. He upgraded the brakes with a modern Wilwood system to tame the power of the beast.
The Avanti R4 clone will be debuted Nov. 19 and 20 in Chi-Town at the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show.
Think: Stude muscle car with fun resto-mod work and a hardy, supercharged Studebaker engine. Granatelli Bros engineered, built and ran the first Avanti R4s at the Salt Flats – way back in the day.
Oh yes….this car sounds HEALTHY and looks sexy!
Photo Credits: Lew Schucart
Brad has the necessary knowledge to do every part of a frame-off restoration. He is meticulous! He was easy to work with through the process of restoring my R1 Avanti (rebuilt out to a supercharged R2) and my R3. He also did a great job of freshening up my R2 Avanti.