!963 Studebaker Cruiser-R-1 High performance Avanti engine Only 109 made

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:premium gas
Color:Rose Mist
Interior Color:Rose Mist
Engine:R-1 289
Number of Cylinders:8
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This is one of 109 1963 Studebaker Cruisers with the R-1 Avanti engine, numbers match. Car originally from Texas/Oklahoma and has spent some time in Michigan but was garaged. Last 4 years the car has been indoors in the South. Body is mostly rust free and there is no rust in the frame or subframes. Paint is probably 40 years old but it is all the same color. It appears to have been hit in the rear at the time of repaint with replacement of the far portion of the inner fenders and trunk pan. I never liked fooling with the rear distributor so it was replaced with a Mallory unit from Dave Thibeault. Starts instantly every time. Engines runs well with Edelbrock 4-barrel with auto choke. No smoke or odd noises. HD automatic has leaks and could use a reseal but engages firmly. Car has orin final wheels and possibly original tires. Tires are bias ply and not safe for the road. They do hold air for a few months before getting low. This car has new suspension with all new parts that wear. Tie rods, kingpins, control arm bushings, springs and shocks are all new except the kingpins which are rebuilt. All brake parts that come in contact with fluid are new except the front calipers that were rebuilt. Everything in the power steering is new. The control valve has been factory rebuilt and the pump is brand new, all new hoses also. Rubber hoses, steel lines and pads and rear shoes are new. Rear springs and frame bushings are new. Exhaust was custom made for previous owner and end at the rear axle. Needs tailpipes to be complete.
Interior has good seats and dash is original with a few cracks but is better than most. The carpet was taken out years ago and needs a new headliner. Door panels are useable as is.
All new rubber for windows, doors, trunk are in a box. There are new window channels and cat whiskers.
I have a rear bumper that is in excellent condition, replacement stainless trim for the rear window that I was going to replace with the new window rubber. There are also some NOS bumper guards. There is probably $4,000 in new parts installed and waiting to be installed.
I started this project 4 years ago and have not had time since a deployment 3 years ago to finish. I will try to get a complete list of all the new parts together before the end of the auction.
True milage is unknown.

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