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captaincon

59 edsel ranger

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i bought the edsel in november of ebay uk the first pictures show it how it was on the day. i had a Christine moment and i had to have it.

after geting it home i gave it a good clean and refitted the missing bits.after a lot of messing about i got it runing gr8.at first i just thought i would use it as a dailey drive. but it gets under your skin and i decided to restore it the best i can.

its of to the body shop at the week end and i should have it back in 6 to 8 week so i will keep posting updates when i can:cool:

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Way to go! There cannot be a lot of Edsel automobiles motoring on the byways of England?

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That's what I thought as soon as I started to drive it they came out the wood work . I got told of 4 in a 20 mile radius 2, 58 2 doors a 58 bamuda and a 59 ranger

I got a load moor paint of to night it's almost all bare metal now

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V8's were standard in all years. The six cylinder engines were credit options on certain 59 and 60 models.

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The vin tag info says its always been a 6 cyl with a 2 speed auto box . I thought it had its original engine till I found a tag on the block the other day saying its a recon :-(

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It was probably originally sold in North America and somehow found it's way to the UK.

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I found out it was a Florida car in 1987 it was seized by the USA government maybe for some sort of tax payment . It was then sold at auction and brought to the uk in 1988. It was then used in the first edition of american classic magazine with a big radio 1 dj driveing it ( John peel) the magazine came with the car and it clearly shows the regastration number

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Neat! It has its little bit of fame as well as being an interesting car. You'll enjoy it.

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I'm glad you decided to go the distance and restore. You have a very good body with minimal rust issues. Fine candidate for a restore. I find the inline 6 interesting. I really do not know why the Edsel got bad press in the late 50's. I love them. Keep posting pictures!

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i thought i would start to repair the radiator support today this is the worst bit on the car. i started to make templets and cut out the steel repair patch .when i was happy with the fit i cut out the rotten steel and started to fit the repair patch but just as i started to mig weld it i ran out of gas so its on hold for a few days

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I have finished the radiator support repair all I have to do to it is dress the weld a bit and send it to the powder coaters with the fender aprons and bumper mounts . I have had most of the parts arrive ready to start the rebuild when I get the body back .the new carpet and roof liner should finish the inside of quite nice

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just had half hour spare so i thought i would make a new battery tray it may not look much but will look fine when its powder coated post-97568-143142435672_thumb.jpg

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Just had two pictures sent to me from the body shop they have made a start on the roof repair they have even had a play with doing some lead filling .beats body filler / bondo all day long

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And that's the fender repair almost ready . The man who is working on it has not used lead for about 20 year I guess you never loose a skill

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That'll it make it a true lead-sled.

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