I've had this car for almost two years now, 63,000 actual miles, the white paint is original; blue on the roof is close to the original color, but I got tired of looking at mostly surface rust on the roof, so had that part painted some months ago. Yesterday, I got tired of looking at the rusty moulding clips and missing sweepspear moulding in front of the left rear wheel, so I installed replacements. Took me @#$*&#@ near all day to do it, given all the interruptions/phone calls/e-mails I get in connection with the Bugle (NOT complaining, just telling why it took all day!). Of course, you have to take out the back seat completely, then the window garnish moulding has to come out, then the armrest and the interior quarter panel, then the metal access panel, then the four moulding nuts are just barely reachable, and of course most of them break and spin in place. When you get it all apart and the new moulding and clips installed, then you have to put it all back. I started around 9 a.m. and finshed the job by 5 p.m.--sheesh!!!! Sure looks nicer now, though, with the complete sweep spear in place for the first time in many years.
I also found original upholstery material this year and got the front seat reupholstered. The car is a handfull to drive, what with no power steering, no power brakes, and rather rare 3-speed standard shift, but it is surprisingly quick and powerful with its small 264 cu. in. V-8. The car originally came from NW New Mexico, so the body is quite good. I patched the rust in the driver's floorpan this past summer, and was amazed to find an N.O.R.S. textured black rubber floormat on Ebay for $40--an absolutely perfect replacement for the original black rubber floormat.
This is the car I had intended to drive to the national meet in Charlotte, N.C. in June, but the seat wasn't ready in time. Drove it to Dallas and back last month for a Chapter meeting (120-mile round trip), and it did fine. Hooray for the 48-D! That was probably the longest trip it has made under its own power in many, many years.
Pete Phillips, BCA #7338