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OK the deal is done. I have seen and purchased my old Jetfire back!! Should have it in the driveway next Sunday. The car is much worse than I thought. The garage roof had a 12" hole over the windshield. All the die cast trim needs to be replaced. Interior better than expected. All Jetfire parts under the hood in place. Engine turned over by hand. No keys or brakes!! I will attach a few photos.

Ken

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PS: Anyone with mint or NOS Die cast trim for sale email me back. I will up date everyone when I have a chance to clean up and inventory the car.

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It took 10 years for the guy to sell me his 59 Skyliner, so ya just never know! Persistance pays! Now I'm going to start looking for my 64 Jetstar 88 Ragtop (blue/blue/blue 330 auto) that I sold in Longmont, Co 14 years ago after owning it for 12. Sure miss that car!

I am THRILLED you got yours back! :cool:

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I know the feeling.............. I bought my '57 Red & White Metropolitan back from the guy I sold to 12 years later. Unfortunately it wasn't in the same shape as it was when I sold it to him.

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Frank,

This is the white Jetfrie I purchased from you. That car was perfect! I changed it to 4 speed and put a new motor in it. Had it for 5/6 years and sold it to a guy in Tx. He had it for a long time and shipped it to Chi. to be sold and they left it out for 2 years. Now this is what the guy did. Tossed the 215 and turbo(NOS) and installed a Chevy 350! Wow!! What was he thinking!!

Be well,

Ken

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Just picked up my car from the current keeper! He was technically not the current owner! I was!!!!! He never transferred the title! So he just screwed up my car not his! Anyway the car is home and all the rugs, mice junk, and the car cover that was in the trunk I gave him is in the trash. Should start to smell better soon!! I will post more info as we get to work on the car.

Thanks,

Ken

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I had a near identical Jetfire as my daily driver in California during the late 1970's. It was white with a black interior, it is actually shown in the Standard Catalog of cars as the illustration for a 63 Jetfire. I loved it peppy with the turbo, but got great gas mileage as well. Of course lots of cars are turbocharged today, but it was a very special car in it's day. Congradulations on your find.

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Not made too much progress but still finding parts. WTony patched the floor and welded the 4-speed hump in. Dad and I converted the car from auto and bolted the hump in 1982. WTony also installed a new rocker panel. Still more to go but we are closer. Back to working on the W30. I also found a photo of my dad guiding the 215 with the 4 speed trans attached.

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Good story! Getting one back after a long time must be disappointing because in our minds the old dog was almost always a jewel. Of the 100+ I've owned, maybe 10 at most that I would want back.

1915 Model T Touring, I did a off the frame restoration.

1965 Mustang Deluxe Convertible, owned 24 years & restored it.

1934 Ford Phaeton, restored by Dale Bliss.

1931 Model A Coupe, my first Resto-Mod.

1957 Corvette, nice but with a 350 & a Muncie.

1957 Porsche Speedster, brought home from Germany.

1952 Mercedes 170 VA, my first car in Germany.

1958 Cadillac Biaritz Convertibles, my dad's car when I got out of the USAF.

1959 El Camino, but I wish I could forget the rust!

1979 Nissan 280ZX, best of the 4 I owned over a 20 year period.

Looking at my own list I'm disappointed that the cars I'd want back weren't all

from the 1930's. I also would like to get back my fathers 1947 & 1948 Cadillac

convertibles and my brothers 1942 Harley 45 and my Wizzer, but then I'd be over 10 and have a real storage and wife problem.

But thanks for the thread, it got my old dreamer working again.

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The continental,

Thank you for your reply!

Paul,

I have a few cars I would also like back. The two I miss the most is a 1955 Cadillac and a mint 1967 396 4 speed triple black convertible car.

Thank you for your reply!

Be well,

Ken

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Been working on the 69 W30 project this summer. Just a little late was going to put the 63 Jetfire in the garage when Sandy came along. We are way better off than some but this is a real bummer. Dent in the roof at the windshield. Not sure how bad but bent the frame. I will post more tonight.

Ken

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OK! Sandy is gone!!!

My Insurance Co totaled the car. I was able to keep the car by buying it back. I was happy with the settlement from Hagerty and they were very nice to work with! WTony had some time so the car is in the body shop. The roof is repaired and stripped, and primed. I have a few photos to post more to come.

Ken

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A quick update. Just got the doors and trunk back from the body shop. Took a lot longer than expected. Had to scrap the doors on the car. They are primed and the jams painted the color of the car. Replaced the lower glass channel and the vent window rubber. Everything is installed and ready for the car. Will try and get the other door assembled and ready for the car. By then it should be done snowing!! See the photo below.

Ken

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I had a 1963 white on white convertible in the late 60's. It wasn't a Jetfire but was a nice local car so there was no rust but the "slim Jim" automatic trans was a soft spot on those and would slip under acceleration and then suddenly slam into gear. Some transmission techs referred to it as a "jerkamatic" and the problem was well known in the industry. Used it as part trade to a young couple and cash for a 1964 Avanti. One of the few that I let get away, wish I had it back. They were rare when new but I almost never see them now. Congratulations and thanks for saving one of the few remaining of it's kind.

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Thanks for your reply! When my dad and started on the project the first thing we looked and purchased a 4speed parts car. The other odd thing about this Car is I purchased the motor complete from a tractor pull tractor. He claimed he out pulled all the others except one with a big buck Chevy motor. At the oldjetfire.com site they only have about 110 cars registered and maybe 40 running. The rest are parts cars.

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Just retired and moved to Maryland. I have a lot more time to work on the car. Just pulled the motor. Have both doors installed. Been stripping parts, bead blasting and getting things painted and detailed. Finished painting the engine compartment. Painted the floors on the inside and seam sealed them. Now to the underside. A few photos below. More to follow.

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Floors seam sealed and painted.

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Just catching up with some photos. Door are on and the trunk lid. Starting to shape up. Been striping parts, bead blasting and painting for the last 3 weeks. Seam sealed the floor from the top and bottom. Undercoated half the floor today. Running out of warm weather to paint. Next thing on the list is to install the windshield. Soon to the engine to clean it up and install some new gaskets. Still a lot to do.

Ken

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Seeing your car brought back memories of an identical car, except it had a red interior, I used to stop and admire on my paper route back in the summer of 1967. Good Luck!

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Both posts painted and installed the windshield over the weekend. Put the engine on the stand and ready to re-gasket it. Paint and detail it. Still striping, bead blasting and painting parts.

Still looking for parts!

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Things are starting to slow down with winter coming. Cleaning the engine and re-gasket the intake manifold, and the painted the oil pan. All bolts and hardware coated. Just locating parts and bead blasting parts.

Always looking for parts and cars! Need a 1961, 1962, and 1963 Olds Cutlass, F85 or Buick Special Skylark!!

Thanks,

Ken

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First update in about 9 months. Was a very long winter for me but been working real hard this spring and through a very hot summer. The photos do not look like much was done but took a lot to gt to this point. Every time I think I have everything cleaned bead blasted and painted I find more. The engine is installed as well as the bell housing, flywheel, clutch assembly and trans. I have the clutch linkage, bell crank, and pedals. Have the Hurst shifter installed. Also installed the heater core and blower motor. Stripped a fuel pump bolt hole last week. Installed two helicoils and re-assembled the front cover to the engine. Installed power steering and alternator brackets. Next on the list is the wiring harness. I should have more photos soon.

Ken 

 

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