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  1. Beautiful car! Dynaflows are well-known for being leaky. I've been finding it very hard over the last 15 years to tear mine apart for a few drips on the driveway whenever I park it. Every year, I say "This winter, it's coming out!" Every year when winter arrives I say "Eh." Maybe one of these days.
  2. You've gone a long way toward making that '53 look like a complete car again...I'd have a hard time parting it out, too.
  3. The '57 Imperial's dashboard is one of my favorites - I love those huge gauge pods. Obviously, this one will never be a moneymaker, but they never are, in my experience (I also never sell anything). Realistic expectations are the order of the day on this one...get it running if you can, clean it up, and have a fun "beater." Sadly, someone will probably buy it for the 392 and sell it as a parts car.
  4. I've been using a Mr. Gasket heat dissipator stack on my '65 Skylark with a factory AFB for over 15 years. It has bolt holes for both carburetor bolt patterns and is wide enough to seal the carb to the manifold; additionally, it helps with heat soak. Obviously, heat soak is worse than it used to be with modern gas, and I've found that AFBs are susceptible to it anyway. I use a gasket on the bottom, but I also do not use a heat riser. The exhaust doesn't seem to damage the gasket badly, but I replace it every five years or so anyway. It might be worth a look. I've been warned in the past
  5. Look at those seats! If anyone's been looking for a stock Fairmont, this is your chance...nice car!
  6. Tell me about it. Right now, I'm struggling between buying a '66 Toronado or a first-gen Riviera. The Riv's always been one of my favorite cars, but asking prices have been pretty high lately. On the other hand, a lot of the cars I've seen for sale have been listed for quite some time.
  7. The front of the La Galaxie that keiser31 mentioned above also influenced the Turbine Car. Elwood Engel used quite a few Ford concept car motifs on later cars at both Ford and Chrysler. The Turbine Car came off looking a lot better than La Galaxie, in my opinion. If you're interested in Turbine Car history, Steve Lehto's book is very good. There are nine turbine cars left: Chrysler has two, Henry Ford Museum one, Detroit Historical Society one (it's always at Gilmore Museum), St. Louis Transportation Museum one, I think Peterson and the Smithsonian each have one, and then there's Leno's and
  8. I've never used them myself, but I've heard good things about these guys: http://www.oregoncamshaft.com/
  9. What a cool car. If I were in the market for another Buick of this vintage, I'd probably fix the rust myself and do my best to blend in some paint. It'll certainly need tires, and you might as well count on pulling the manifolds and having them machined if it has an exhaust leak. I'm surprised at the seller's claim that it's leak free, but that's another bonus (I'd be making sure it has transmission fluid). If you go into this car with the knowledge that you will probably be underwater within a month (as is the case with most old car purchases, in my case at least), it seems to be a grea
  10. I can say for certain that my '63 is not much fun to work on. Everything's hard to get to, especially for such a big car.
  11. This video always makes me feel conflicted...I own a '63 T-Bird but have always loved first-gen Rivs and am actively looking to buy one now.
  12. I think we've talked about this before, James...I'm in the same boat. A low upfront price is often too good to pass up. Oh well. As you said, however, pictures can lie pretty well, or at least they can obscure the truth.
  13. I'd like to see more pictures and more info, but if that's a legitimate ad, that's the deal of the week.
  14. That is an awesome Riv. I'm starting to look for a '63 or '64 but that one has me wondering.
  15. No judgment here for sure, but that one's had some quarter work done. It's missing the wheel lip completely.
  16. I was going to the local auctions fairly regularly for a while, but I think that the intoxication of bidding is real. There were few decent deals to be had on almost anything, so I stopped going. Thanks for the report!
  17. It's funny to think that people saw these as "classics" when they were 10 years old - today, that's a 2011 Mustang! Heck, my wife drives a 2012 as her all-year daily driver, and I wouldn't think of it as collectible at all. That brings up one more thing to look at - the cowls rust on almost all early Mustangs, and the repair is intrusive. The cowl was left almost untreated at the factory, and leaves and dirt plug up the drain holes, and all of a sudden, you have rain leaks all over the floors, and then the floors rust out. Make sure to stick a flashlight under the dash on both sides and ta
  18. That coupe is sharp. I got a chuckle out of your gas torch welded GTO - my Mustang is much the same. It's a family heirloom that my dad and I learned on 30 years ago. It looks pretty nice, but someone someday is going to wonder why we bothered with such a rust bucket. Let's just say it's not going to win any shows based on the appearance of the rust repairs (basically the whole car). I went through and installed all new panels down the sides 10-15 years ago - it's better, but not better enough to fool anyone.
  19. I believe the white on first-gen Mustangs was Wimbledon White, although there was a Pace Car White for the Pace Car replicas. Obviously, anything can happen over the course of 55 years. As far as values are concerned, I don't think regular Mustangs will probably appreciate or depreciate much at this point (Shelbys, Bosses, and the like notwithstanding). They're rugged and easy to find parts for and you can be a little picky because they're easy to find. Other than rust, there aren't any serious dealbreakers. I'm not a big fan of the shock towers on old Fords, but that's no reason not to b
  20. It's Acapulco Blue, but it was originally Diamond Blue...it has about two paint jobs on top of the original paint from what I can tell.
  21. If I would have found a '65 Emberglo Special Landau before I found my '63, I would have been tempted! I like the '63 better, but that color on that car makes me pretty happy. It's hard to say from pictures, but I think I could bring that paint back to a decent driver standard, as Greg mentioned above.
  22. I wanted to update this thread in case anyone in the future has similar problems/questions. In short, my hood hinges were shot - I sent them out to Wilson's in Virginia to be rebuilt, and the difference is amazing, as you can see. They also made me a new set of shoulder bolts, because they were worn as well. The hood fit is certainly not perfect, but it's a ton better, and as others have mentioned, they probably weren't perfect to begin with. Good enough for me!
  23. My dad always liked cars, not like I do, but he was a normal teenager of the '60s. My mom gave me her rusty '65 Mustang that Dad helped me get going, and I've been driving it since '94. My parents (and my wife) have always supported my hobby; Dad taught me basic mechanics and, more importantly, mechanical sense. Stop and think before doing anything. Listen. A guy couldn't ask for much more than that! I still keep trying to talk Dad into getting another '71 Mach 1 Mustang (he had one back then) so I could take care of it and, who knows, maybe drive it every once in a while. He hasn't
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