auburnseeker

Ok time for the big reveal. Don't get too excited, it's not that big!

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Here she is. Unfortunately with the cold gray day,  I have to post a photo the seller sent me.   I'll try to get it out over the weekend for a few better shots.  Winter has been knocking on our door today.  Lets hope it passes us by.   I would love to drive it once or twice this fall,  if for nothing else,  than to find the gremlins most old cars have so I can sort them over the winter.   She doesn't look like she's had much use in the last 20 years with about 3000 on the odometer according to the owner restorer.  

I have seen a few and remember seeing one for sale when I was around 16 or 17 in much worse shape for ironically not alot less money and that was 30 years ago.  

She runs very well.  Most chrome is new, Nice top and decent interior.  Very good straight body with good paint and since it's been on there a long time I should be good to go.  

Needs alot of detailing.  Looks about as dirty in person,  but that's some of the fun.  I haven't had a chance to test everything out so I can't give a full report. 

Should be a fun driver by next summer.

Now the question. The Bedford Classic tires are probably 20 years old so they need to go.   Correct white walls or Blackwalls?  I probably won't go the expense of Radial whites so they would be probably a Bias Firestone white.  Had them on my 48 Plymouth conv't and it drove very well without even balancing the wheels. 

No I'm not going Chrysler Wires Though I do have a full painted set that came off a 54 Dodge sedan in a junkyard back in the 60's. 

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So where's the photo, Randy?

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Now if anyone has a spare set of Wayfarer Sportabout Scripts for the front fenders in decent shape I would love to hear from them.  The ones on the car are just Wayfarer fluid Drive which it doesn't have, thankfully. 

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1 minute ago, Grimy said:

So where's the photo, Randy?

Sorry about that.  Hit the submit without uploading the photo. 

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It’s a neat car in great condition......and the top goes down. Can’t beat it. Bet your wife will like riding around in it.

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Very nice car.

I've always liked convertibles.

Have fun with it.

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40 minutes ago, bryankazmer said:

on the tires, would blackwalls with the white spats (trim rings) be another possibility?

I hadn't thought of that but never really cared for them on the 40's cars I have seen them on.  Worth suggesting though. 

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It's a 51 Dodge Wayfarer Sportabout "Roadster".  Basically they took the 3 window coupe and chopped the roof off.  Huge trunk and space behind the seat.  Kind of like a Business man's Roadster. They built them from 1949-1952.

They called it a Roadster as in 49 it actually had removable windows but they weren't popular so they went to conventional roll up windows I think late in the year. 

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That looks like a drive it until the cheeks hurt from smiling purchase!  And then drive it some more!

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Now the question. The Bedford Classic tires are probably 20 years old so they need to go.   Correct white walls or Blackwalls?  I probably won't go the expense of Radial whites so they would be probably a Bias Firestone white.  Had them on my 48 Plymouth conv't and it drove very well without even balancing the wheels. 

I always liked the look and ride of BF Goodrich Silvertowns.

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I've always liked the look of those cars, congrats!  Looks like a lot of fun....

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Brings back memories.  We had a 51 Dodge growing up.  Not known for their speed but I could outrun most 49-51 Fords in the day.  You can't beat an open car for summer fun.  NICE FIND

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Congratulations! with all the time and labor you put into your building , plus letting all of us read about how, why, what the construction was about you deserve a great machine that perhaps needs very little to take you and your wife for a ride to have a bit of time away from everything you have been working on for so long . this is the great car to "take that break" with.  I am so very happy for you and I am sure many who read this feel exactly the way i do.

I have seen the trunks on these when they are open as well as the ones on the coupe that shares the same primary body shell. you can set up a bowling alley in there it is so deep!

Hope you have many pleasurable miles of great motoring in your new acquisition. All my very best.

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I am a large fan of that era Mopars and that one really looks great.  Reliable as can be and a lot of fun to drive.  I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it.

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Great choice. I can never think properly without at least one car the top goes down. Whitewalls look 60s, pretty sure in 50 they were still wide whites. Would go well with the white top.

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LOVE IT!   I threw out the Skylark and Caribbean but I should have tossed this out too.    The early side curtain cars and the very last ones like yours are my favorites.    That engine is indestructible and there is cool vintage speed equipment that you can bolt on.

 

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Beautiful car. Going to be great top down next summer.  Nothing worse than having a wonderful car like this but it needs to be put away for the winter.  Left day dreaming driving it!  But, it's a great time to clean, repair and replace any parts requiring it. Enjoy! 

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I like this a lot. I agree that life just seems better when you have one great driving postwar driver.

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