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  1. Florence the Starfire is running again. After lots of hunting down parts, rebuilt heads, rings, bearings, bushings and gaskets the 61 starfire once owned by Florence Henderson is running great. We have now driven it about 100 miles with the motor back in. The transmission has been rebuilt and now we are looking at body work. Every step of the way I have expected thought not actually met with disaster. I love this old car. My current question if anybody is reading has to do with setting the idle speed. My idle speed is too fast and I have adjusted it down as far as I can go ( i think ).
  2. Thanks for the help Mr. Holt. You are an ace. Everybody thought that we were crazy to drive all the way to Colorado from Dallas for parts, but we would do it again tomorrow. Your 61 starfire could not have looked any better when it was new. I had not intended to do much re-chroming, but seeing how good it can look has changed my mind. Bart
  3. Rocketrader- I just wanted you to know that i wrote Florence a letter of thanks for her reply to your request. Of course it would be nice if i get some kind of acknowledgment from her, but I know better than to expect it. It's just amazing to me that some little off-hand remark passed from buyer to buyer for 47 years ended up being true. Of course I wish i could get my hands on paperwork or pictures to back it up, but the odds are slim. After the euphoria of the discovery wore off i was back to trying to figure out what to do about these blasted heads. I know they are going to have to be r
  4. I just called my wife at "high school musical" rehearsals to tell her the news, even if it is just a maybe. She is going crazy. My cel number 903-271-7355 thanks
  5. This is awesome! Could you share the letter with me? I can't beleve she replied. bodine mr_bodine@hotmail.com
  6. This will probably not help a bit but i thought i would mention it. The starfire has the switch on the dash for an electric antenna beside the top and courtesy light switch. The car actually has two decidedly not-electric antennae, one on each side of the trunk. They don't go straight up, they kinda' swoop back. I assumed from the beginning that the two antennas had been put on by the teenager who i knew owned it three owners before me (and i can't find the name of) I don't suppose there would have been any reason why they would have been original? There is no bracketing for an electric
  7. Do the markings on the boot mean anything?
  8. The top picture shows one of the holes left by the missing chrome piece. The other picture shows the pieces that are still there from inside the trunk. hope this helps thanks
  9. This is the first time i've taken the boot out of the attic since getting the car - had not noticed the writing on the back of all three pieces. The right hand piece of the boot has this: "blue starfire" written in red chalk 04136 RH written in red chalk on a piece of masking tape The center piece of the boot has this: S.O. 30114 DIV (the 30114 is crossed out and replaced with 30133) CENTER TOP BOOT COMPT. The other piece of the boot has this: Top COMPT. Boot (in pink/red chalk) 30114 Div (with the 30114)crossed out 30133 There was no build sheet under the back seat when i removed it.
  10. This third set of pictures is of the fiberglass boot. I noticed when taking the pictures that the fiberglass boot is exactly the same color as the vinyl boot that appears to have never been used. again thanks for your help
  11. these next two pictures show the chrome around the convertible top. The first picture shows a large part of the back. The second piece is just a closeup which shows (i think) a drain hole in the trim. There is one on the other side also.
  12. i'm going to put this into three posts because i am not sure of the limit. the first picture is the three chrome pieces coming together in the point. the second picture is looking down between the passenger side door and the front fender. The third picture is just a closeup which shows the male and female bevel of the chrome where the passenger door meets the fender. The chrome between the door and the back fender is not beveled this way. i don't know if this helps on the tag codes, but the car does have electric vent windows, air conditioning and a power antenna (although the antenna has
  13. Again, thanks for the help here is a picture of the tag and a closeup of where the chrome meets on the driver's side door. I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but one piece of chrome is beveled, and the other actually " overlaps " i suppose to give the illusion of a continuous piece of chrome. I haven't been up in the attic to get the boot yet. How do you guys know so much. I am amazed at your knowledge of all things olds. I am pretty green, but have loved olds since i got my parents 1968 delta 88 in 1975. It is probably still the best car i have ever owned. Thanks for the hel
  14. Again, thanks for the help here is a picture of the plate and a closeup of where the chrome meets on the driver's side door. I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but one piece of chrome is beveled, and the other actually " overlaps " i suppose to give the illusion of a continuous piece of chrome. I haven't been up in the attic to get the boot yet. How do you guys know so much. I am amazed at your knowledge of all things olds. I am pretty green, but have loved olds since i got my parents 1968 delta 88 in 1975. It is probably still the best car i have ever owned. Thanks for the h
  15. Thanks a lot for the info. Sorry i am so slow to get back. I only have access at work and rarely have free time. I had just (today)come to the conclusion that the heads will have to be repaired. The only ones i can find are super high priced and i have no way of knowing for sure that they are good. My cracked heads have two weeks of rust from sitting in the back of the truck in the rain because i thought they were going to be trotline weights. I have found a shop that says they can do the work (over the phone). The extra stainless trim is on both sides of the cove and goes all the way t
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