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I had to have her - '65

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I am new to this forum and just had to let you guys know that I acquired the car of my yearning today. She's all original with 117K on the clock. A California car that got relocated to Arizona about 5 years ago. The paint is well worn and the interior needs work but drives like a dream with NO RUST and the body has one small ding on the right front fender. I checked all of the areas of concern (thanx to this site) before the purchase.

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nice- always loved the styling, don't understand why my wife doesn't like them....and a California/Arizona car has to be solid!!

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Congratulations! Looks like a nice straight unmolested car. What options does it have?

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I am new to this forum and just had to let you guys know that I acquired the car of my yearning today. She's all original with 117K on the clock. A California car that got relocated to Arizona about 5 years ago. The paint is well worn and the interior needs work but drives like a dream with NO RUST and the body has one small ding on the right front fender. I checked all of the areas of concern (thanx to this site) before the purchase.

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nice score... thanks for sharing!

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Very nice. I would much rather buy one like that, than one with a "fresh" paint job covering things up. Congrats, and how about some engine photo's, and interior photo's.

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I am new to this forum and just had to let you guys know that I acquired the car of my yearning today. She's all original with 117K on the clock. A California car that got relocated to Arizona about 5 years ago. The paint is well worn and the interior needs work but drives like a dream with NO RUST and the body has one small ding on the right front fender. I checked all of the areas of concern (thanx to this site) before the purchase.

Steve [ATTACH=CONFIG]188662[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]188663[/ATTACH]

Yep, that is definitely a keeper. Now, join the ROA and bring it to the meet in Colorado Springs next year.

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Looks fine the way it is - better than my rusty-floored one. Great find and I dig the plate. :D

Mike

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Very nice. I would much rather buy one like that, than one with a "fresh" paint job covering things up. Congrats, and how about some engine photo's, and interior photo's.

We're on the same wave-length on the paint, Rob.

I took these photos this morning; too much shadow on some, but......

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Not sure on all the accessories but it does have A/C (works good) and tilt column. The PO gave me some parts for the arm rests, the original radio, the spare with a General Tire still on it and another wheel.

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Nice find slosteve ! Solid west coast examples or rust free cars from anywhere are hard to find anymore. We all know what restorations costs are these days so starting with something solid is the only way to go. I just purchased a '65 Gran Sport, unfortunately for resale. The present economy and a recent divorce prevents me from keeping this car but if I were going to keep one this would be it. Very, very low mileage example that had been well stored for the last 40 years. It's gonna kill me the day this one leaves my driveway !

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Looks like a nice, solid car. Looks like Champagne Mist with the Saddle Custom vinyl interior. BTW, your HVAC system in missing the muffler.

I picked this one up a year and a half ago. It was a 100% original, non molested, solid car. I am now doing a complete nut and bolt frame off restoration. I have a thread on my build. I need to update it soon. Here are a few pics the day she was delivered.

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Restoration in progress.

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Rob..are you restoring the car with the engine compartment pictured here? Are the other pics of the same car?

Tom Mooney

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BTW, your HVAC system in missing the muffler.

Restoration in progress.

The PO included the muffler with the car; he had the system changed to R134 with the rebuilt compressor and said it didn't need it(?).

You restoration looks absolutely first class.

Steve

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Rob..are you restoring the car with the engine compartment pictured here? Are the other pics of the same car?

Tom Mooney

Yes Tom, the car I'm presently restoring is the white car I pictured, and yes that was it's engine compartment as it was the day I received it. My engine is rebuilt finally, so I'll be posting up some pics of it when I finally get it all painted up and detailed out. It's been a bit slow lately due to personal and work issues, but I'm still trucking along as I have spare time.

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So much for 'rust free' car that I boasted of in my first post.post-92559-143142604631_thumb.jpg

I've started working on a few 'small items' that I wanted to complete in order for me to drive & enjoy this car for awhile. To me, this was a MUST DO as the influx of water would continue to damage the car, and with the new seat upholstery I also purchased a new package tray cover that is too expensive to ruin.

Anyhow, a friend helped me in removing the rear glass without breaking it so I could get a better idea of what is going to be needed to repair this. At first it didn't seem too awful but after wire brushing it I discovered that it had been repaired once already. Notice the flanges protruding from the bottom of the shelf; I thought they were part of the original sheet metal but turns out they were pieces of right angle sheet metal that had been welded over some rust holes.

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So I proceeded to remove these to get a better scope of the damage and guess what! More rust holes.

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So this is the point that I have to relinquish this phase to someone with more skills than I currently possess. I have found another shop that has prior experience with this kind of repair and am waiting for an opening in his schedule. The first shop that I contacted last Nov. about doing this repair was supposed to start work on it in May (when I first removed the window) but has put me off too long due to another project he's working on.

I had high hopes of driving the car to Colorado for the meet when this was done.

I have also been doing some other work on the car but have not posted as when I finish for the evening I'm just too darn tired. But today I am recovering from 'overdoing it' in the garage with an inflamed hip & back so this is part of my 'recovery'.

Steve

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Welcome to the "More Rust Than I Thought" club Steve. Its a very popular club with many members. LOL. Hopefully the floors and trunk are solid. With rust like that around the window it is inevitable water got inside at some point.

Do you know what process your shop plans to use when they repair it?

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Hey Steve, besides welcoming you to the "More Rust Than I Thought" club, welcome to the "Been There, Done That" club. I bought what I thought was a decently rust free '64. An Arizona car. It sat in my garage for some time and I'd see it everyday. Little did I know what was lurking under new paint and old Bondo. My car too had some amateur attempt at solving the rust problem around the base of the rear window. Rather than try to fix it by patching that area, I was able to find a really good complete rear valance panel. I removed it from the donor car by drilling out the spot welds, and coming up with a piece that looked like the original piece from the factory. I then did the same thing to the car. It was pretty easy to fix some minor pinholes in the new part and easy enough to set the new piece in place. It looks a whole lot better than if I were go have tried to patch everything. Contact the CTC Auto Ranch and ask if they don't have a good piece you could weld back in using the factory seams.

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With rust like that around the window it is inevitable water got inside at some point.

Do you know what process your shop plans to use when they repair it?

I did my 'due diligence' by checking the truck floor when I bought the car and there's nothing but surface rust there. That's why I was surprised to find the window bottom in such bad shape.

This shop I plan on using has the metal bending & shrinking tools needed to fab. the pieces to replace just the rusted areas back to where there is good metal to weld to.

I like Ed's idea about a new section but have heard that most of these cars had a problem in that area & thought a good one might be difficult to find. I just tried calling Larry Daisy to see if he has anything but the phone # he has listed is no longer his. I guess I'll have to E-mail him; his Riv Ranchero is about 30 miles from my place.

Steve

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The piece I found was good along the straight part but I needed to fit new corners to it. After taking it apart at the spot welds, I can now tell why these cars developed the rust they did where they did. Two straight pieces with a corner section spot welded in - but not sealed. Best bet to keep it rust free - any time you wash it or it rains on it, take your air hose to it and blow the water out of it so the water just doesn't set there.

Ed

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