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  1. According to the book Standard Catalog of Ford 1903-1998 2nd edition by Kowalke, pg 268, both the Montclair and Park Lane series both had the 430 as standard equipment and optional on the Monterey and Commuter series.  The 430 for 1960 was equipped with a 2 barrel Carter carburetor, 10:1 compression and a horsepower rating of 310 at 4100rpm.  Air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes were just some of the convenience options.



  2. Referencing the Standard Catalog of Ford 1903-1998, 2nd edition, Kowalke, pg 131.


    "Popular Galaxie 500 and Galaxie 500XL options included the:

    390 V8 ($246)

    Cruise-O-Matic auto transmission ($212)

    Four speed manual transmission ($188)

    Power steering ($81)

    Power brakes ($43)

    Two-tone paint ($22)

    White sidewall tires ($33)

    Windshield washers ($20)

    Backup lights ($10)

    Electric clock ($14)

    Radio ($58)

    AM/FM radio ($129)



  3. I don't have any experience w/ the 2L Escort.  Just thinking out loud here to maybe point you in the right direction.


    What kind of spark plugs are in it now?  If they are not the factory ones I would reinstall factory spark plugs.

    Does the engine have the coil on plug design?  If so, I would replace all of the coil packs w/ factory ones.  If not I would replace the distributor cap/rotor/wires w/ factory ones.

    You could also try replacing the fuel injectors w/ OE ones.



  4. Is the Scout currently running good with this carb?  You have a 2V version (2Bbl).  Are there any stampings/markings on the base of it where it bolts to the intake?


    The fitting in Pic 3 (screwdriver pointing to) is your threaded choke tube connection for the tube coming off of the exhaust manifold.  That tube connected into the top of the exhaust manifold and had a brass female fitting that screwed into this port which fed hot air into the automatic choke housing which contains a wound spring that expands and compresses.  You don't necessarily need this hooked up for it to run.  The automatic choke assembly had a second tube that connected to the bottom of the exhaust manifold and ran parallel to the first tube and connected to the port that points down on the airhorn via a small vacuum hose.  The port is pictured in pic 2 and 3.  I'm not sure what the port next to the Motorcraft stamping is for.  The zinc colored port to the left of your screwdriver is probably the anti-stall dashpot.  Not sure where that would have gotten its vacuum from either.  Being that its not a Ford engine you could probably fabricate some choke tubes to work or you could install an electric choke on it.


    Good luck and let us know how it goes.




  5. Congratulations on your purchase!  The '59 Ford's and Mercury's are very nice cars!  A 3 speed manual transmission was standard on the Monterey with the Merc-O-Matic automatic being a $173.00 option.  I believe the Merc-O-Matic is a 2 speed transmission using type F fluid, Dexron is for newer transmissions.  I'm not sure of the refill capacity.  The filter should be removeable to either clean or replace.  I would recommend getting a '59 Shop Manual.



  6. The Tidewater Region held its 17th annual Square Car Tour yesterday.  Nineteen antique vehicles participated, seven of which were pre-war including a 1914 Model T Ford Touring, a 1929 Buick Master, a 1929 Model A Ford, a 1931 Chevrolet Sport Coupe, a 1937 Pontiac Deluxe 6, a 1940 Oldsmobile Series 90, and a 1941 Packard Deluxe 110.  We began the day by meeting at a club members home for coffee, donuts and socializing and after a brief driver’s meeting by Matt Doscher we departed and were on our way.  Matt and Vickie Doscher served as road scouts in Vickie's '65 Mercury Comet 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 Touring.  Our route consisted of rural backroads through southern Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.  We had a scheduled pit stop at Munden Point Park to allow for folks to stretch their legs and enjoy the scenery.  Following our pit stop we motored in a northerly direction, dodging a few low lying spots in the road along our route containing standing water from nuisance tidal flooding from the Back Bay, and had to detour from the planned route due to a flooded out road.  We all made it to Blue Pete's Restaurant in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach for our lunch stop.  Everyone arrived safely and without incident and enjoyed a hearty lunch.  Thankfully the weather held out allowing for a picture perfect day!


    A brief synopsis on what exactly a Square Car Tour is: 


    Years ago, we began to notice that older cars were not touring like they once did, so we decided that Tidewater Region would create a special activity to help encourage use of the earlier vehicles.  Thus the "Square Car" tour was born.  The Tour is intended for good old fashioned "square" shaped vehicles, like the Model T's, A's, and cars that are generally more boxy and square shaped.  Of course we do allow those with modern cars to participate, but our only rule is that they need to bring up the rear, and try to keep up if they can.  (Terry Bond didn't have any problem keeping pace at almost 40MPH again this year)!  It's a simple tour, laid out on beautiful farm country back roads with very little traffic, no traffic lights, and as few stop signs as possible.  This corner of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach still have a lot of wide-open space and lots of scenic winding roads to choose from.  We usually start at the home of a club member who has room to gather for coffee and donuts before we start.  For those who wish to trailer in a vehicle we always ensure there is some room to park the rig.  We've had a lot of fun doing this - it's as casual as can be, with a lunch stop at a local family restaurant for a good meal and more fellowship.  We managed to get the weather arranged about right again this year, but except for some flooded roads that necessitated a slight detour, we did just fine.  Some of these roads we've covered previously, but we discovered that if you just drive on them from the other direction, it's a different road with different things to see!  It's great to slow down, enjoy the smell of the country (except where they were fertilizing a field), and enjoy the fellowship of our Tidewater Region members.  


    Photo's courtesy of Matt Doscher and Bob Stein














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  7. 3 hours ago, Durant Mike said:

    Got back last night from the event. First time I attended and was very very disappointed. Not at the AACA part, but the rest of the event.  Like Matt said the car corral was a joke for the most part with modern cars for sale, including something like a 2016 Dodge Ram, newer cars you'd see on a corner used car lot. Yes there were some really nice cars, but the should limit the cars to older collector cars and I guess hot rods and modified if they have to.  You had the big vendors there, Coker, National Parts Depot and others, but for the most part very very little pre world war II stuff and for that matter even 50's stuff unless it was aftermarket eldebrock manifolds etc.  They even had some drifting club running their cars through a course all day and everyday if you like that sort of thing. The AACA event was handled very well, judges school and breakfast was very good and even though the rain was a problem on Saturday there were some very nice cars on the field to judge. There were a lot of empty spaces though, as I'm sure many owners did not want to bring out their cars in the rain.  I primarily went to see what it was like and to do my part to judge on Saturday, but not sure I'd recommend it to anyone in the future. 


    The corral was like this last year too.  New vehicles mixed in with old.  The corral should be limited to AACA eligible vehicles only.  There is a distinct line between Hershey and Charlotte, with Hershey catering more to the antique and brass folks while Charlotte caters more to the newer stuff.  Both of these annual meets are well run and well attended, it's all a matter of what you're looking for and what you're expecting out of it.



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  8. Twenty TRAACA members took advantage of the seasonably warm weather this past Sunday and organized a lunch fun run to exercise our antique cars, and enjoy a nice lunch together.  We met at a familiar meeting location, and after a brief drivers meeting, hit the country backroads of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, passing through the small communities of Creeds and Pungo.  We all enjoyed a relaxed, scenic, leisurely, 30 mile drive through the countryside, enjoying the blue skies and warm weather.  We had eleven vehicles that participated, including: a '41 Packard, '47 Packard, '50 Chevy, '55 Buick Century, '65 Mercury Comet, '68 Ford LTD, '73 MGB GT, '74 MGB, '78 MGB GT, '84 Buick Riviera, and '85 Ford Crown Victoria.

















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  9. 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.































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  10. 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!



  11. 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!




    2017_Wings and Wheels_Flyer.pdf

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