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Thanks John, glad you're enjoying the show - I did!

 

Here is a Corvair, very good condition, excellent really. And for sale - $14,500 OBO. Can't beat that in my opinion!

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Classic Ford in a classic color. I told a man standing nearby that I believe I saw this car in a movie. Or it was an exact copy of the car in the movie. The movie is 11.22.63, written by Stephen King, about a man who travels back in time. The twin of this car (or this car) is driving down the street every time he goes back in time and arrives in the early 60's.

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1959 Impala right next to the Electra. Hats off to the designers and builders of all these American icons. What an era!

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I really loved this '60(?) Ford Custom Cab with the lowering setup. Had lots of patina and scuff. Way cool I thought. Still have a few pics left of other cars - will post more later in case anyone wants to see 'em!

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On 9/7/2017 at 7:30 PM, SeventhSon said:

Bill, yes, it has that bird wings look to it. Cool car for sure.

Its the tail lights that makes it unique.  Looks like cat eyes. Plus the chrome.

But, I wouldn't throw either one out of my garage.

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Bill, I wish I had a garage big enough for most of these cars! A few more pics,  always love a nice HD, the low long Jag, and the Corvette coupe: and a Mustang in Playboy pink

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And a split window coupe. Same year as my Avanti - I bet I can take him, not in the 1/4 mile but would dust his doors after that :rolleyes:

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Wow, has it been two years? I'm ashamed to say it has been. While I haven't been doing much to the Avanti I have been taking it out regularly and enjoying nice drives every few weeks. A busy couple of years it has been, sold a house, rented a house, bought a house, lost a job, moved twice and rehabbed the house we bought. Naturally there are still many items on the to do list so we get to look forward to those things  as well as Avanti stuff as winter starts to creep our way.

 

A year ago I bought a set of factory headers and associated downpipes from Studebaker International. I figured I would get around to installing them soon enough, but as noted above we bought a house and worked on it for a couple of months, then moved into it, etc. etc. Last October, while still searching for a house, I called my brother Brian to ask his professional opinion about some real estate related questions. He has an Avanti also (it's what hooked me on them in the first place) and has posted on this thread in the past, so we talked about my Avanti also and the headers, etc. He had invited me to bring my Avanti over before and put it up on the lift in his garage. During this conversation he extended the invitation again and I replied that I would like to do that so I could get the headers on and perform a few other necessary things to the car as well. He said he needed to do a bit of cleanup in the garage a move his old Mustang out to make room for my Avanti. I said, "Lets's do it - the Avantis will be side by side in there". So we agreed to get things together and have an Avanti fix-up weekend soon.

 

Time slipped by and before I knew it 9 months or so had passed. Then one day in late July I got a call. Brian had passed away suddenly. "No, no, no", was all I could say to my sister, who had delivered the sad news. But it was true, my Avanti brother was gone at the age of 64. Our opportunity to have that time together with our cars was gone with him. In the ensuing weeks I have thought about selling my Avanti, but I go back and forth on it. A visit to the annual Labor Day car show (pictures to follow soon) has me leaning toward keeping it. We shall see I guess.....

 

I will post some pics of the headers later, along with some car show pics. 

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Thank you Paul. We always think we have more time than we do....

 

I cut my post short earlier because my wife wanted me to join her on the back patio to enjoy the early evening. When I went out there she showed me a picture she was able to take of a fox that was treading around by the woods. It's like a wild kingdom back there - very nice little spot if you like nature as we do.

 

Here are some pictures I took of the headers today. I'm going to plan on trying to get these babies on in the next month or two. Fingers crossed.

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I mentioned the Labor Day car show that I went to on Monday. Sort of a tradition now I guess, even though I didn't go last year because it was way too hot out. This year was much nicer weather and you could tell by the crowd. This 1961 "letter car" was one of my favorites - I don't believe it has been there before. Check out the dual quad setup! I asked the owner if he had any trouble with vapor lock, as the right side carb sits right on top of the exhaust manifold. He said no, but it takes a gallon of gas and a bunch of cranking to get her started.

 

Site is not letting me upload the pics. Let me try something....

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Another favorite of mine. I love the '62 Bel Air and Biscaynes, especially the bubble tops. I didn't care for the wheels on this one but just about everything else was nice! I like that color too. I neglected to get a picture of the motor, but it was a small block, no 4 oh 9!

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