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#57 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [fintail]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2013 (10:48 am)
AC and FI would be almost mandatory at that price.
#58 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [fintail]
Jul 11, 2013 (1:50 pm)
No A/C and no Fuel injection.
A couple of years ago he told a funny story. he was somewhere in (I think) So. Dakota on a two lane highway stuck between a slow moving line of traffic.
He couldn't see what was holding things up so when he had a chance, he jumped on it and passed three cars. In front was guy dressed in white, riding what he thought was a Honda 90.
As he passed the Honda at 100 MPH, his fan somehow connected with the radiator!
As he pulled over, he looked back and the guy on the Honda was no longer dressed in white. He had turned green from the coolant!
The radio already has been replaced with a modern unit. No damage to the ash was done.
#59 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [MrShift@Edmunds]
Jul 11, 2013 (1:51 pm)
Still, I see ones in Hemmings or 65,000 that aren't as nice.
But...anyone can ask anything
#60 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [isellhondas]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2013 (3:36 pm)
$65K would be knock-out, drop dead, gorgeous show car with every imaginable goody on it. No AC is a big discount on a retro-rod. The lack of FI is okay, but suggests a lower level of build. Carburetors are stupid, fuel injection is smart.
#61 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [MrShift@Edmunds]
Jul 11, 2013 (5:35 pm)
No AC isn't a killer in Seattle - you won't need it often, but I anyway would want FI. However, these might make good negotiating points, deduct 10-15%?
#62 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [fintail]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2013 (7:25 pm)
yeah, more like 15%--that's about what it would take to install it.
AC might mean little to you but it may mean a lot to the next buyer.
#63 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [isellhondas]
Jul 12, 2013 (4:44 am)
Are the power windows and seat factory original, I wonder, or were they added on later? I'd imagine that both would be EXTREMELY rare on a low level car in 1955 like a Chevy. In fact, I don't think Plymouth even offered a power seat until 1957! However, in those days Plymouths were paired up in dealerships with Dodges, DeSotos, and Chryslers, so they tended to keep Plymouths a bit cheap on purpose, I think, to encourage you to move up to a pricier brand. Chevrolet didn't suffer from that handicap. Even though GM would rather you move up and buy something more expensive, at least the Chevy dealers were usually stand-alone.
#64 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [fintail]
Jul 12, 2013 (8:45 am)
I don't care so much about the lack of A/C and the carburetor doesn't bother me much either. He says it gets around 12-14 MPG.
Fintail, on Sunday August 18th at the Triple XXX drive in in Issaquah they are having their 14th annual 55-57 Chevy show. It'll probably be there if you want to see it.
The owner is pretty casual about selling it. Won't put a For Sale sign on it etc.
I know if I waved 40K under his nose I'ld own it.
#65 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [andre1969]
Jul 12, 2013 (8:50 am)
Yes, those options were pretty rare but so were Nomads.
A/C was first available on Chevys in 1955 but it was something like 450.00.
On a 2800.00 car, that was a LOT of money. Power Windows and seats were considered by many to be totally unnecessary and "one more thing to break"
People were more conservative in those days.
Most people saved their money (gasp) and paid cash. If the financed it was for 24 months.
#66 of 66 Re: JC Whitney Dropped Old Car parts Years Ago [isellhondas]
Jul 12, 2013 (9:40 am)
I think power seats were kind of a premium item maybe even up into the 80s or later. Thinking back to the cars I remember, I remember the Tempo in our family had a power drivers seat - but the Ciera didn't have any. I don't think the S-10 Blazer had them, my uncles early basic Taurus L didn't have them, but my mom's GL did. The old T-Bird had them of course, but I bet they were standard. I think even in some modern cars, you'll only get one power seat.
Easier to save and pay cash then no doubt, when the relationship between wages and prices of cars, housing, education, healthcare, etc was a lot different than now.
I'll be out of town or just returning on the 18th, but there's another show a week before, the local MBCA event, held up in Mountlake Terrace. I'll be around for that.