Historic Car in Historic Garden District

Raymond Loewy’s personal 1976 Avanti.  After storage and placed on display (not running) for approximately 8 years, this historic Avanti is running again and almost road worthy. 

New parts on the suspension and brakes, rebuilt carburator, boiled out repaired radiator, inspected gas tank and filter, replaced hoses, checked for engine seize. Turning first by hand, then gas primed the carb and cranked it over. The engine ran rough for about the first 30 seconds due to the gas load-up in carb – then smoothed out. This is the Chevy engine that was put in later model Avantis.

On a beautiful Sunday morning – perfect weather and not much traffic, we took the Loewy Avanti out for a spin. Fulfilling David’s request (Raymond Loewy’s son-in-law) of checking the car’s road worthiness, the mechanical repair work checked out fine. However, good that we did get this classic out on the road, because……

As we toured through the tree shaded old home district, slowly cruising along the bricked streets, Brad heard a low rumble that shouldn’t be a part of the normal car noise and we could feel a mild vibration coming from under the car.

Back to the shop we went, the Avanti is up in the air on the hoist and within 5 minutes Brad has nailed down the noise/vibration cause. It was a worn slip yoke bushing on the tail shaft of the Turbo 400 transmission. Within a half hour, he has the drive shaft and the extension housing of the tranny out of the car and cleaned. He installed a new bushing and seal and the car was ready for David to drive to his home.


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