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  1. 8 hours ago, JamesR said:

    I knew it would sell. Congrats to both buyer and seller.


    My theory is that 3rd and 4th generation T-birds will go up considerably in value at some point in time. I think most cars in the "personal luxury" category were/are undervalued. Toronados from the '60's are still a pretty good value, as are Eldorados. Several years ago, it seemed like '60's Rivieras were also undervalued for cars that cool, but lately I haven't seen any nice affordable specimens. At least on the net.

    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.

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  2. 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 the one for sale.


  3. 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 great car.  As Mike said above, when will you find another one?  

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  4. 3 hours ago, JamesR said:


    I agree with all of that. Pictures of cars in this condition ("presentable") often look better than in-person views, but even if this car is 80% of what the pictures indicate...it's an awesome deal...and it illustrates the folly of the refurbishment I'm doing on my '65. I have that kind of money in my car at this point, and it still needs to be painted and put back together.  These cars are way too affordable to not buy a nice one up front.

    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.  

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  5. 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!

  6. 44 minutes ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

    Aaron that looks great! Amazing these were collected as early as the mid, late 70s.  They were everywhere but, solid ones were tough to find locally here in CT!  

    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 take a good look!

  7. 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.  :)  


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  8. 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 buy one if you like them.  Millions of people love them for a reason.   

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  9. 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.  

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  10. 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!  



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  11. 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 gone for it yet though...  :)

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  12. Of the cars you mentioned, the '71-'73 Mustang coupe would be inexpensive, fairly simple, and easy to find parts for.  A Sportsroof, Mach 1, or convertible will cost significantly more upfront.  A '67 T-Bird would be fairly inexpensive, but parts availability is worse and the car itself will be more complex, simply because they usually had more options to begin with.  '67 Cougars are neat, but I've noticed that prices seem to be inching up on those.  

  13. I really like '59 Mercuries, especially their dashboards, but I've never noticed how oddly placed the clock is.  Another thing, the seller claims that the engine is a 312, but that's not a Y-Block.  It's probably an MEL 383, which is certainly not the 383 most people think about when they hear the number.  :)

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