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1988 Avanti Convertible

Broken driver's side rear window--glass completely gone, still have metal rail, need glass.

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Hi I have an 1988 Avanti convert. was just wondering do you need any other parts

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

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    hope your metal rail with the rubber piece is in good shape, this piece itself is a very hard to find item. The last one I saw went for 350.00 with no glass. If it is not I might know a guy who might still have one. Did you try getting the glass number from the passenger side and calling around PPG glass dealers or do a google search for PPG glass


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I am looking for front end body nparts for an 89 Avanti convertible
need header panel, left front fender head light buckets etc.from a bsd crash
any sugesstions would be helpful

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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I would say your best bet is through the Owners Club.

I found the following Avanti web site that has an owners forum where you could try asking if they know where to get supplies,

Also you could try some of the dealers on this site

Also I don't know if any other Stedebaker glass would fit an Avanti but here is a web site for Studebaker glass.

I checked e-Bay as I am sure you did and there is nothing there.
Hope something comes up - good luck

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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You may have already found this site:

But if not, it seems a good place to start.

I empathize with your plight; I have a Bertone '87 X1/9, my favorite car of all time but have been fortunate in finding a low-mileage parts car in case I need any.
I grew up in original Avanti-land; South Bend, IN.

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