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  1. ODMA Fall Tour

    The Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA) held their 1st annual fall tour on Saturday November 11th. There were approximately 64 people who participated in the driving tour Saturday. The host hotel was the Country Inn and Suites in Ashland, VA. We all enjoyed a nice pizza social Friday night in the hotel. Saturday's tour started at 8AM as we departed the host hotel for a leisurely drive across the back roads of Hanover County, New Kent County, Charles City County, and Prince George County. We crossed the James River via the Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge and drove into City Point, Hopewell for our first stop and tour of the Eppes family 18th century plantation which served as General Grant's headquarters during the Civil War. City Point was an important and strategical location during the Civil War as it was at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers and already had an established railroad. Then we made our way to Weston Plantation also built in the 18th century where we received a formal tour of the 2 story home and enjoyed a nice lunch in the basement. There's a story with this home in that a civil war era cannon ball was fired into the home and remained there for over 100 years until the 1970's when it fell through the ceiling! Luckily no one was injured. The bomb was removed from the home and detonated at FT. Lee! Imagine a live round in your home for over 100 years! After our tour here some folks departed for home while others enjoyed more socializing at the host hotel prior to our 5PM dinner at the Richmond Car Museum. Many thanks to the Richmond Region for hosting this years tour. We hope this becomes an annual activity for ODMA.
  2. That's a nice color combo, white w/ red interior. Even nicer that you purchased from the original owner, original paint and have the window sticker! Sounds like a good HPOF candidate to me! Matt
  3. Hello Mike. What do you mean by registration regarding the 4F07C VIN? The piece of paper registration card? You want to go by what ever VIN is stamped on the inner fender driver side. If you remove the pass. side fender you will also find a VIN stamping there. What does the data plate say on the drivers door? Does the VIN on the door data plate match the VIN on the inner fender? It is common to find VIN mis-stamps on these cars. The 9 25 D3 would decode as: September 25th Dearborn 3rd shift. The 4J17W would decode as: 1964 October 17th specific work shift. I have a '65 Mustang coupe w/ VIN 5F07C395128, so our 2 cars are only 90,039 units apart! When I bought mine it did not have the right door data plate as the drivers door had been replaced at some point before I bought it but based on my VIN I am able to approximate the build date of mine to be around January 15th, 1965. What does your door data plate say? Like I said earlier if the VIN on that plate matches the VIN on the inner fender then your golden. Let us know what you find! Matt
  4. TRAACA Forty Fourth Annual Meet

    Had a great meet yesterday! Here is a link to our website to enjoy the pics courtesy of Bob Stein. We also had a nice video made courtesy of Michael Blankenship of 757 By Air
  5. TRAACA Forty Fourth Annual Meet

    The Tidewater Region (TRAACA) is holding it's 44th annual meet on Saturday September 23rd at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA. Our meet runs from 8 AM to 3 PM and features a Preserving the Past show field for all 1992 and older vehicles - AACA style judging. We also have a Mods and Rods show field for all 1992 and older vehicles that have been modified and customized - participant judging. The Military Aviation Museum was the site of our 2015 National Meet that we hosted. Please take a look at our flyer and we hope to see you in September! thanks, Matt 2017_Wings and Wheels_Flyer.pdf
  6. 1977 Mercury Marquis Colony Park

    I would check the gear teeth on the motor and window mechanism to ensure the teeth are not stripped. Door window motor mechanisms suffer the same problem, over time those gear teeth just get stripped and worn out or broken causing the window to have problems going up. Matt
  7. 1987 Motorcraft Wire and Cable Catalog

    ok thanks Harold. No just was curious if you had '91 or newer. I have a '91 Grand Marquis and I've never seen these particular catalogs before. thanks, Matt
  8. 1987 Motorcraft Wire and Cable Catalog

    Hello Harold. Do you have any of these catalogs 1991 or newer? thanks, Matt
  9. AACA / CCCA Central Spring Meet 2017 Questions

    I like the pop up Vanagon! Nice! Matt
  10. TRAACA Square Car Tour

    It's a tour where the older square shaped automobiles lead the way followed by progressively newer year automobiles. In this case a 1914 Model T led the tour followed by a 1929 Model A and 1929 Buick, and progressively getting newer with a 1990 Ford Ranger at the very end.
  11. TRAACA Square Car Tour

    The Tidewater Region held its 15th annual Square Car Tour this past Saturday. Following Friday’s deluge of rain and severe weather the skies broke allowing for nice driving conditions. Twenty four vehicles participated and we began the day by meeting at a club members home in for coffee, donuts and socializing. After a brief driver’s meeting by Terry Bond we departed and were on our way. Richard and Sandy Hall served as road scouts driving several car lengths ahead of the group ensuring safe road conditions. The tour was officially led by Terry Bond in his 1914 Model T Ford. Our route consisted of country backroads through southern Chesapeake and Virginia Beach and northern Currituck County in North Carolina. We had a scheduled pit stop at the Northwest River Park to allow for folks to stretch their legs and enjoy the scenery. We had to dodge a few low lying spots in the roads along our route containing standing water but we all made it through. We had a second pit stop scheduled for Munden Point Park in Virginia Beach but to get there we had to cross the Intracoastal Waterway (North Landing River) via Pungo Ferry Rd but there was a low spot on Pungo Ferry holding too much water for safe passage so each car made a u-turn and we circled back to Blackwater Trading Post for an impromptu rest stop. Following our rest stop we continued on making our way to Angie’s Restaurant for our scheduled 2PM lunch. Everyone arrived safely and without incident and enjoyed a hearty lunch. Thankfully the weather held out allowing for us to get our Tour in because as most folks were leaving Angie’s the rain began to fall once again.
  12. To properly convert from a straight 6 to a V8 you need to swap out the 6cyl suspension w/ the more beefy V8 stuff which includes swapping to 5 lug wheels. All the front suspension should have been swapped over to V8 stuff to support the heavier V8 engine. Sounds like the axles were done to which was the right way to do it. Small 6cyl axles and rear ends are not designed for V8 engines. Sounds like the previous owner who did the conversion knew what needed to be done and did it the right way. Matt
  13. Help me identify this part

    Ford Falcon. It's a universal side view mirror. Matt
  14. Jim, It's always intriguing to hear about those garage/barn finds that are still out there and it's hard to imagine how someone can just sit on a car like that and doing nothing with it for such a long time. If this Mustang was originally a 6cyl from the factory there will be a T in the 5th digit of the VIN. All 6cyl '66's had 4 lug wheels and all V8's had 5 lug wheels. The top motor and hydraulic lines are behind the rear seat back. You can remove the back seat and then remove the seat back retaining bolts to gain access to the top motor and lines. The lifting rams would be behind the rear seat quarter trim. There should be a up/down switch mounted to the dash to the left of the steering column if it is a power top. Engine numbers are in the same location for 289/302 (behind the starter) and I believe a 289 would have a thinner harmonic damper compared to a 302. You could also pop off the valve covers and the heads would have either 289 or 302 cast into them. Ideally the VIN stamping on the drivers fender will match the data plate on the drivers door. There is also another VIN stamping underneath the passenger fender. Matt
  15. HPOF Question

    Nice Chevy wagon John! You can always participate in DPC and still get a grille badge if HPOF doesn't pan out. Matt