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#272 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [fezo]
Dec 31, 2008 (6:58 pm)
You had the ultimate beater. A 53 and 54 will be identical. What color was yours?
That "restored" car looks like a more cosmetic job...I wouldn't bet on that upholstery being accurate and it needs beauty rings, but it's still better than most Adenauers.
I remember when I was a teenager a local used car lot had a very nice turquoise and white 56 Ford 4 door HT...wanted 4K for it, not an awful deal. The same guy also had an extremely nice 50 Pontiac sedan and a decent bullet nosed Studebaker coupe for the money. This dealer always had lots of oddballs...then he sold the place, and now the lot sells clapped out old police cars and rebuilt heaps
#273 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [fintail]
Dec 31, 2008 (9:27 pm)
You're right. The upholstery isn't right. When we got that thing it was largely rust but it was a deep red - like burgundy. Now, remember I warned you. This was 1968... We painted it that amazing yellow that Camaros were using at the time. Looked like a giant banana!
The dealer that had the one I linked to is only about 60 miles from here and has some nice old stuff that I wouldn't mind... but I have to behave myself.
#274 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [fezo]
Jan 01, 2009 (1:27 pm)
It was the 60s...people did what they had to do to get by
IIRC Adenauers had two upholstery options - leather, and kind of a cord woolcloth - the latter of which is hard to find and very expensive. I suspect a full interior restoration on one of these, with wood and chrome included, could approach 10 grand in itself if done by a quality shop.
#275 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [fintail]
Jan 01, 2009 (7:46 pm)
I could believe that. What happened to us is we reached the point where it was get serious or give it up because it was eating us up in little mechanical things. Basically the time had come to do a real rebuild on the engine. Oh, well. We had some really fun years with that thing and what, with the coming of the 70s sooner or later we'd have had to pick another color....
#276 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [fezo]
Jan 02, 2009 (9:58 am)
I'm guessing metalflake orange, puke green, or monkeycrap brown
A good engine rebuild on one of those would probably 15 grand, too.
#277 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [fintail]
Jan 02, 2009 (10:38 am)
That or maybe harvest gold....
#278 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [fintail]
Jan 02, 2009 (10:57 am)
Shoot, I thought those 1965-66 full-size Fords were supposed to be "Quieter than a Rolls-Royce!" My girlfriend's first car was a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 four-door sedan that used to be her Dad's car. It was a medium blue metallic with a black cloth and vinyl interior. Knowing how conservative her father was, it probably had a tepid V-8 - maybe even something like a 289.
#279 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [lemko]
Jan 02, 2009 (12:05 pm)
Mine, with its 390-4bbl, dual exhaust with glasspacks, and 16 year old driver who liked to downshift simply for noise, defeated any engineering of the car
I do remember it was a smooth cruiser though.
#280 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [lemko]
Jan 02, 2009 (5:50 pm)
Shoot, I thought those 1965-66 full-size Fords were supposed to be "Quieter than a Rolls-Royce!"
I think Ford only made that claim for the LTD. Part of positioning that model as a 'premium' car.
#281 of 281 Re: 3 on the tree to three on the floor [bhill2]
Jan 02, 2009 (6:50 pm)
About 1970 my dad started buying these company cars from State Farm where my uncle worked. They'd be a couple of years old and have about 50K on them. The first one was a 66 Fairlane. The one real memory of that was that there was no play in the wheel at all. If you sneezed you'd probably drive off the road. So just to show me I suppose the next one was a Ford Custom with no power steering. My goodness that took some real effort to turn!
After that he got a 71 Galaxie 500 that was a nice car for what it was though you still had to steer it like that Fairlane.
His next car was the best of that crop - a 72 Impala with a 350 in it. It was a god awful brown but a nice car to drive. Got my first speeding ticket in it.