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Mar 17, 2013 (6:09 am)
That '77 Bonneville is a good looking car. Nice colors, and big engine. I wonder how low he'd go, money-wise.
The '83 Continental is nice, too. These were always my least favorite of the bustlebacks, but I'm finding that I like them more and more. I think part of it is that I see them less often than an Imperial or Seville. And, one thing in the Continental's favor is that it had fairly good drivetrains. The 302 V-8 was always decent, as far as I know. I guess some of the earlier 4-speed automatics could still be troublesome, and I've heard air suspensions could be problematic...and expensive. But in contrast, the '81-83 Imperial had finicky fuel injection, and the Seville, after 1980 at least, was stuck with either a V-8-6-4, Diesel, or aluminum 249.
#25277 of 25654 Re: . [andre1969]
Mar 17, 2013 (7:58 am)
The earlier Continentals had Ford's CFI which absolutely was better than GM or Chryslers alternatives, but certainly not great. The problem with it is that today there aren't many people who understand it, and a few of the sensors are pretty expensive. Those 5.0s also had crappy timing sets and once they stretch the car will not run well.
Mar 17, 2013 (9:49 am)
When I was a teen I had a '68 Galaxie 2-door in those exact colors, tan with the white painted roof. I don't think I've seen another like it. Of course mine had lots of miles, rust and a saggy rear end, but it was fairly reliable and a decent performer with the 302 V-8.
#25279 of 25654 Re: . [andre1969]
Mar 17, 2013 (2:28 pm)
I bet if you approached Bonneville guy with say $3800 in cash, you'd be driving away in it. I like the colors of that car, and it appears fairly loaded - I see power seat too.
Lincoln seems like a deal for $2K if it starts drives and stops. I also notice it has digital dash.
#25280 of 25654 Re: . [toomanyfumes]
Mar 17, 2013 (2:30 pm)
Cool - my first car was a 66 Galaxie, and my dad had a 68 Fairlane among his hobby cars when I was a teen (I remember similar steering wheel to that 68 Galaxie). I have no desire to rekindle the experience of my first car - it was a 390 that was very thirsty and cold blooded. Sharp looking car anyway, but most were for 66.
Mar 18, 2013 (4:43 pm)
My own project car got a little upgrade today:
(pics show how the color looks in different light)
#25282 of 25654 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 18, 2013 (5:47 pm)
So, is that minivan your daily driver - just kidding!
Mar 18, 2013 (5:55 pm)
Some old sales material showing similar tires:
I was thinking they might be too wide, but if they are, it is marginal, maybe 1cm.
#25284 of 25654 Re: . [berri]
Mar 18, 2013 (5:56 pm)
Funny thing - there were a few 5-6 year old kids getting out of that Odyssey when I drove by, and one remarked "that's so cool!". The tires are pretty ostentatious - you notice the car now.