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#29961 of 30869 Re: . [ab348]
Jul 21, 2013 (7:27 am)
Ford interiors...Almost all are coal-mine black
ab, The recent Ford's I've rented had grey interiors, but your comment got me interested. I was running around quite a bit this weekend, so I tried to pay attention to the newer Ford's I saw parked. I never paid that much attention before, but think you may be on to something. My wife and I both had cars with black interiors (once!) before we were married. Not only do they retain heat, they show every bit of dirt, lint, etc. Personally, a black interior is a "no sale" for me. But then, didn't old Henry Ford have a thing for the color black!
Jul 21, 2013 (10:39 am)
I know it was saddled with the 4.1--a big minus--but I think that same-era Eldo just seemed so much more expensive-looking, inside and out, and I loved the completely-flat floors. I'm talking through '85, of course. I think no one could justify the '86-88, although whatever year they extended the rear quarters just a bit, I thought helped the looks a good bit and would have made a nice used car, not a new one! LOL
#29963 of 30869 Re: the Mark VII... [uplanderguy]
Jul 21, 2013 (1:41 pm)
I like the 79-85 Eldo style, especially one that lacks a vinyl roof, has wheels (not wire hubcaps), and is in nice colors. It's a stylish car for the time. A nicely equipped 79-80 model with the good engine wouldn't be the worst car.
Jul 21, 2013 (1:46 pm)
Visited the local highline specialty dealer - among other things they had a Pantera GTS (real, Euro model), a 90 Porsche rebuilt to look like an old Carrera RS, a beautiful blue E39 M5 with a 43K asking price (!!!!), a mild custom 21 window microbus, a resto mod 64 Impala convertible with an ugly modern interior that looks 2004 GM style and digital dash, and a pretty 40 Ford woody.
It is adjacent to where the fintail is being worked on, so I walked by to see what cars were sitting around in the repair parking. There was a W126 300SD, odometer read 98K, beautiful condition, kind of a light gold with brown leather (leather is not common on 300SD) - it looked pristine, When I finally am able to retrieve my car, I want to ask who owns it and what the story is. I wouldn't mind having something like that, even with the boring period colors.
#29965 of 30869 Re: the Mark VII... [uplanderguy]
Jul 21, 2013 (5:39 pm)
I always preferred the Riviera or Toronado to the Eldorado in those '79-85 years. I thought they were more tastefully done inside. And, from 1982-85 at least, they had better engines. I think the Buick 4.1 V-6 was nominally standard, from '81-84 at least, but the vast majority of them had Olds 307 V-8's.
I wonder what the outcome would have been if they took the HO 307 from the 442 and offered it in the Toro, Riv, or Eldo, to compete more closely with the HO 302 in the Mark VII LSC? IIRC, the LSC had 180 hp...more than the 140-150 hp unit that went in the likes of the T-bird, Panthers, etc, but still less than the Mustang 5.0. The HO 307 also had 180 hp.
#29966 of 30869 Re: the Mark VII... [andre1969]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jul 21, 2013 (6:07 pm)
In 1985, I think the LSC had 165 HP out of the 302...
Jul 21, 2013 (7:29 pm)
I'm sitting at my desk, which looks down to a street with an intersection at a dead end. I hear a car pull up at the intersection, chirping and chattering away like it has a loose belt or bad pulley of some kind. I think "ugh, what's that" and look down - it's a turquoise and white 56 Chevy 2 door post, in decent but not over restored condition.
Also saw what I think was a 63 Stingray convertible, top up - had distinctive spinner hubcaps and slightly wider than narrow whitewalls.
#29968 of 30869 Re: Spotted... [fintail]
Jul 22, 2013 (5:38 pm)
This was the car the NYPD used in 1968:
I believe the NYPD did use Fords in 1969. The Philadelphia Police Dept. used two-door Ford sedans in 1968:
#29969 of 30869 Re: Spotted... [andys120]
Jul 22, 2013 (5:41 pm)
They used Chevrolet Biscaynes in 1966:
#29970 of 30869 first iPhone pic...
Jul 23, 2013 (5:07 am)
I finally came out of the stone age and got an iPhone on Sunday. To test out the camera, I snapped a shot of this beauty sitting for sale, on the way into work this morning...
It's been there a couple days now, but I'm sure it'll get an abandoned-vehicle warning sticker soon. There had been a first-gen Integra coupe sitting in that same spot last week, in a red that faded to sort of a rental-car-orange, and evidence of rust and bondo around the rear wheel opening. It had been there for awhile, until a red warning sticker showed up on its windshield.