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  1. Here's the antenna I ended up getting. It's for an "exact fit" application so it's a bit more money, and includes the cable and base. Haven't hooked it up yet, so I can't say how well it works. They may have just the mast, too. https://www.autokrafters.com/p-8807-antenna-1961-64-ford-galaxie-wagons-63-64-fairlane-62-62-monterey-61-66-f-100-f-250-f-350-pickup-more-c3az-18813c.aspx I bought a mast for my T-Bird from Mac's and it was apparently an exact fit for that application, but only cost $24. Shouldn't be much different price for a '61 Mercury. As far as that Mustang noise filter goes, I believe that's the one I saw that was similar to my original, so it sounds like that won't work. Dang! 😟 NOS may be the only hope, or maybe a salvage unit. I was really hoping for more guidance from Retro Radio. I'll let you know if I see any units for sale.
  2. I agree. The Bond movies have to compete with the superhero Marvel and DC movies in the action genre, so they keep making the 007 character - and his situations - more outrageous and extreme. I haven't seen the last four or five movies. They probably should've stopped making Bond movies 20 years ago after Pierce Brosnan.
  3. Yes, my car is dark blue, so it has a greater tendency to exaggerate imperfections. I did talk to Retro Radio Restorations about a noise filter (capacitor, condensor or whatever), but my conversation was through an intermediary with the knowledgeable guy, which isn't the ideal way to communicate. BTW, the filter that I found on my car is mounted near the voltage regulator. Anyway, according to this person, the boss says that a replacement part should be available new through NAPA but I don't believe this is the case...exactly. As I recall, I found something new online that looked similar to the original and had a similar part number as the one stamped on my original. It had a different connector, though, and a different suffix and maybe prefix to the part number. It could be the only difference between the new one and my original is the connector, and the suffix difference may just be reflecting that. If that's the case, I'll buy one and change the connector, but I need to find someone who can tell me if that's the case or not. The good news is I put a new antenna mast on my '65 Thunderbird and got the original solid state radio to function again, and the existing noise filter - which also looks to be original - seems to be working fine. I'd been told that the noise filters can wear out with time, but that wasn't the case in the T-Bird. Did your Merc have a radio noise filter? Thanks a ton for the heads up on the speaker. Good to know.
  4. Looks great! I notice that your rear roof pillars look straighter than mine. Years ago I asked an experienced restoration painter about my slightly less than straight pillars because I thought maybe it indicated some bodywork on what I assumed to be an all original car. He said no...sometimes the folks at the factory just had "off" days. 😏 The good news is I'll get my rebuilt radio back in a couple of weeks (its been gone 8 or 9 months) and I have the replacement antenna already installed. Once it's back, I can see if I need a replacement speaker, too. Can't wait to see your whole car in that color.
  5. That car's been for sale for a while now, like a couple of years. I wonder why?
  6. OK, impromptu poll: What was the coolest feature on the 007 car? (The only one of the features that any of my cars ever came close to having was the oil slick...Bad engine gaskets.😄 )
  7. That's why I refuse to buy a vintage Rolls Royce...they don't make any Cragars that will fit it.
  8. My '55 Windsor two door was what I call "ponderous" in terms of handling, with a fair amount of lean in corners, but I honestly can't say if it was a function of the design or more related to the condition of the suspension. I never take corners at speed in these old cars, but the suspension didn't feel particularly taught or solid. Parts cars aside, my Chrysler was the only old car that never I licensed for the road. Ran and drove OK, but since I didn't drive it, I didn't put much effort in dialing things in. I'm not comparing it to modern cars, but to my '54 Ford and to a '50 Plymouth I used to have. The Plymouth was a nice handling car, but I think it weighed 2900 lb.s compared to the Chrysler's 4100 (or so) lb.s. As far as the steering, it was kind of floaty, but what I might've been feeling was the early power steering, or some worn out version of it. I got the impression that Chrysler was going for a cushion-y ride in '55 rather than great handling, but you'd certainly want a second and third opinion from people who actually drive and maintain their '55 Chryslers more than I did. I'm guessing the Chrysler 300 from that year had good handling for the higher speeds, so it could be there were different setups for different models.
  9. They're big solid cars. I never really liked the way mine handled, though.
  10. Maybe the author was distracted by other things while at the playboy mansion.
  11. Well...Plymouth might've had cars in 1937 with horns that went "Meep! Meep!"...and the idea slowly developed from there....😄
  12. Thanks for that video clip. I was never entirely sure about the pronunciation. My Dad, who died two years ago at the age of 98, always told me it was pronounced "Willis" because he remembered them from when he was a kid, but all those baby boomers who spent close to $100 grand on their fiberglass replica '41 hot rod coupes couldn't be wrong, could they?
  13. Very clean, other than that rusty spot on the vinyl top. I still can't figure out why some '73 models were saddled with the hideous mandated squishy bumpers while others - like this Chrysler - mostly evaded the the dictate. Other than maybe an extra half inch of space between the bumper and the front and back fender panels, I can't really see much conspicuous evidence of ugly bumper syndrome. Some cars were very noticeable, but then the AMC Javelin and Dodge Challenger didn't seem much affected at all. Maybe someone can explain that to me.
  14. I'm sorry guys...the worst is punctuation. Specifically, lack of it. Here's an example I found after 20 seconds of internet search: I guess no periods for three word sentences can be deciphered fairly easy, but wouldn't you like to communicate in sentences longer than three words? Trying to figure out syntax like: "....motor good posi rear end...." is like trying to figure out the vocalizations of a chimpanzee. So is it the motor that's good? Or the posi rear end?
  15. I agree that the interior and exterior colors don't match real well. I would hope that didn't mean the paint wasn't original, because I do like the paint color on that car. I wonder if the interior faded from some other hue over the years? I do appreciate that someone provided decent maintenance (or at least storage) for an uncommon car over 50 years. Another unusual visual design feature is the pronounced slope on the rear deck. I'd forgotten about that on the '73's.