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#25118 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [omarman]
Feb 13, 2013 (1:22 pm)
Definitely too many zeros in that one! I wonder what class he was attending... remedial math?
#25119 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [xwesx]
Feb 13, 2013 (1:26 pm)
Definitely too many zeros in that one!
Ha, I peaked at the ad and though it was $5k as well until you mentioned it. Funny with the line about no low ballers too.
#25120 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [boomchek]
Feb 13, 2013 (1:34 pm)
Yeah, I didn't catch it in the ad title, but then he listed the same amount in the body of the ad as well (even included the comma in the right place), and then I just started laughing. If he really wants that price, he'll be keeping the old girl for quite some time to come.
#25121 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [xwesx]
Feb 13, 2013 (2:14 pm)
For the most part, I never really cared for those big '73-78 LTDs. I think part of the problem was that they dropped the true hardtops after just a couple years, and just went with that "pillared hardtop" look on the sedans. But then, as a kid, I was sort of taught to hate Fords, because my Dad hated them, and so did my Granddad (on my Mom's side...my other Granddad cherished the things!). So, I might have been biased, just a bit.
I always liked the Marquis/Grand Marquis equivalents, though. I appreciated the fact that the coupe kept the hardtop look all the way up through the end, although I'm sure at some point they started charging you extra for roll down windows in back, and towards the end they might have made them all stationary.
It's been ages since I've seen either, outside of a car show, but it seemed like the big Mercurys hung around longer than the big Fords did. Maybe they were bought by people with a bit more money, who took better care of them? Seems like dove gray or silver was a common color for the Marquis.
There's a '76 or so LTD that shows up regularly at one of the car shows I attend, in Magungie PA. It's red, and quite luxurious looking.
#25122 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [andre1969]
Feb 14, 2013 (7:51 am)
The full-size Fords of the mid-70s were not as bad for rusting as the '71-'73 models, which rusted almost instantly. I don't know what changes they made later on to protect them, but the later ones were better in that respect.
The big Fords were just that - big. To me they seemed bigger than the Chevys of the era, though that may not be factually accurate. Being Fords of that time, though, they came with Novocaine steering and a super-soft suspension too, so they were not the easiest things to drive. But I liked them anyway because of their interiors and the styling.
The Comet dashboard was exactly like the one in our '74 Maverick right down to the color. I always hated the "cane" parking brake on those - it seemed so primitive. The only difference for '75 is that the spokes of the steering wheel dipped downward at either end, whereas the '74 had 2 spokes that ran straight across. I'm sure the Comet was just as unsatisfying to drive as our Maverick was. I do remember the salesman at the Lincoln-Mercury dealer telling us when we were in buying mode that the Comet used a heavier gauge of steel than the Maverick in the body. That's gotta be sales talk, right?
There WAS a difference that I detected once we bought our Meverick. Right behind the front bumper, the front fenders stopped at about bumper height and there was a small metal panel that filled the rest of the space downward. On the Maverick that flexed quite easily with mild pressure, but the Comets on the lot didn't do that. Of course, given our Maverick began rusting out the minute we took it home, maybe it was already weakened by corrosion.
#25123 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [ab348]
Feb 14, 2013 (9:00 am)
The big Fords were just that - big. To me they seemed bigger than the Chevys of the era, though that may not be factually accurate.
IIRC, the Fords rode a 121" wb and the Chevies a 121.5", so they were close enough there. Overall length probably varied a bit from year to year with bumpers and such, but I think the '76 Chevy topped out at around 221". I have an old Consumer Guide used car book that covers 1977-85 (except for cars that were in their last year in '77), and it lists the LTD at "only" 219 inches. That doesn't seem right to me, though.
The Fords had more of a straight-edged, linear look to them, and seemed a bit lower overall. So maybe that made them look longer?
Something about the rear of the Chevies seemed a bit shorter too, at least from 1974-76. Instead of taking on a 5 mph bumper that added about 5 or 6 inches to the overall length, it looks like they shortened the rear deck a bit, and then stuck on the 5 mph bumper, but still maintained roughly the same overall length.
#25124 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [andre1969]
Feb 14, 2013 (10:28 am)
My Dad had a 1972 Ford LTD Country Squire and it was a dog! That car more than anything made me disdain most anything with the blue oval. When my Grand Marquis acts up, memories of that LTD come flooding back.
#25125 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [lemko]
Feb 14, 2013 (12:10 pm)
The only story I can relate to those big Fords was a '73 LTD hardtop coupe that the mother of one of my friends had when he was a little kid. It refused to start on a fairly regular basis, and tended to stall out. He and his brothers called it "Mommy's Hunk O'Junk"
It got replaced by a Volare wagon, a 1977 I think, which was actually a pretty good car but it got hit and totaled by a delivery truck.
#25126 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [andre1969]
Feb 14, 2013 (1:11 pm)
I only have vague memories of my mother's gargantuan T-Bird, but I do remember it in the driveway with the hood up. It would have been under 10 years old, apparently developed starting and cold running issues from an early age. - emissions junk related, IIRC. And if I hint at it, I can get the story of when the cruise control stuck. It was sold to a friend of my dad's, and I know it was off the road by 1985.
#25127 of 26456 Re: CL deals today [ab348]
Feb 14, 2013 (6:08 pm)
I had a mid-70's Comet for a short period of time. My Brother-in law overheated it and blew out a freeze plug on the straight six block, I fixed it and sold it for a decent profit. I remember the cheesy cane parking brake handle, and the panel under the rear bumper, the side welds rusted, and it would just hang, they all seemed to do that.