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Avanti Bill

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  1. In the Nash- Healeys the cast iron head was replaced with a light weight aluminum head in England at Don Healey's shop. I think all the Nash Le Mans Duel Jet Fire engines had a cast iron head.
  2. Who do you have to contact to get copies of the judging sheets?
  3. Just a follow up. Spoke to the head of judging who let my team captain know and everything was fine, could not have been nicer about the problem. Ordering new ones tomorrow.
  4. Need a 1956 GMC hood for a 100 series pick up. Truck is actually a GMC Suburban Carrier which is the GMC version of a Chevrolet Cameo. As far as I know all 56 and possible late 55 hoods are the same. Needs to be in decent condition but will restore. The one that came on the truck had covered some swiss cheese metal with bondo, trying to make it right.
  5. Thanks, sent him an email just now and had sent an email to the staff person who handles awards yeaterday.
  6. In preparing my car for Gettysburg I find that my First Jr and Senior award badges and the bracket have fallen off the car somewhere. I know these badges are required but I doubt I will be able to get them replaced before the event. If I bring the loss to the attention of the judging captain when first approached to judge my car is their recent loss a qualifying excuse or is it still a disqualifying infraction?
  7. On the T Bird a 292 would be an M code "M6FH..." and would be pretty rare and not as valuable, I don't think I have ever seen one. The color would be a problem unless it was an S code as well. For that kind of money it would have to be a nearly flawless concour quality car. There are a ton on the market but 56 was the lowest production year and some people love the continental kit which was standard.
  8. Tom Gerrard had a fabulous collection of interesting cars restored to the finest detail. I have seen a few being auctioned over the last couple years but just assumed he was trimming his collection. A real loss for the hoby.
  9. We don't take deductions for non factory paint as in "Base Clear" vs single stage or lacquer. We don't take deductions for having non original brand tires as long as they are bias if that is what was on it originally and the correct size. How do we know it wasn't factory authorized if the factory is silent to this brand of undercoating. This sounds like something from the IRS unless it is specifically authorized is is prohibited. I do not believe a deduction for this would be in the spirit of the judging guidelines, if it is I hope a senior judge will weigh in and declare that to be the ca
  10. Gunmetal gray is probably the most expensive of all the colors when coupled with a red interior as far as resale. It was 57 color only and late in production I think but they are stunning when done well.
  11. It will be interesting to see but if you don't mention it to the judges I'll bet they won't take a deduction. I believe any dealer installed option is allowed factory authorized or not Realistically why should there be a deduction it doesn't change anything about the shape form or function of the car.
  12. The Zebart should not be a deduction as it was available as a dealer installed option. There should be no points deducted for this if it is done correctly in a professional manor.
  13. I think on the Baby Birds the colors that were available were "festive" and people like that. If you go to a CTCI convention and get a birds eye view of the field I think you will understand why white and black seem to not be as desirable. The 40% price reduction for white came to me from the biggest seller of restored baby birds in the country and I think he knows what he is talking about from my own observations. This is not an indictment of white it is just the reality. I will further say that the further down the condition range this becomes less of a factor. The 40% reduction in pric
  14. Just tells you that is was a 1956 Thunderbird with a 312 engine, built in Dearborn, MI . 2542545 is the basic production number starting with 100001. There is other info on the patent plate which is located behind the heater blower motor on the fire wall. It looks to me like the rear fenders/s have been replaced as that "pie crust " crimp and weld at the door jamb was not how they left the body builder. Thunderbirds of the 55-57 model years had a one piece main body that was built by a coach builder for Ford, Budd I think was their name. The bodies were all welded from new and while there
  15. It takes an extraordinary D code Tbird to bring $30K in my opinion, too many out there that are nice drivers for $20,000 to $25,000. According to the Tbird guru's a white car is as much as a 40% discount. I will say this, if it is a good runner and you price it in that $20K range and put it out in the front yard it will sell, if you want $30K your going to have to work for it.
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