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SHOW US YOUR 1950S/1960S RIDES!
Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 1:01 am
Can't have an old house without a couple old cars!
Here's what's parked at my 1963 MCM Allied in Scottsdale, AZ:
Original teal and white stock 1956 2-door hardtop Chevy Bel Air
Original black stock 1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville
Original white stock 1961 Oldsmobile Fiesta wagon Dynamic 88-a project car at the moment!
Who else shares a passion for old rides????
Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 1:30 pm
Your rides are neat. Here is mine. '63 T-bird.
Runs great. Kind of daily driver.
Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:41 pm
1959 Vespa 150 VBA. daily rider. I am currently restoring a '64 Vespa GS 160
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:50 pm
Killer, you two!
Tikifrog- I have always loved T-birds...that color is gorgeous. Looks sweet outside your store!
Joe- I noticed there are quite a few Vespa owners on the board. I used to always go to ska/rocksteady/soul shows (not many anymore) here in AZ, and there was always a wall of scooters. Not sure where all the scooters disappeared to, but I know there are several scooter clubs out here. I catch them every now and again when touring bands come to town. Good times, good times.
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:09 pm
It's not a 50-60's, but it's close! This is the day I bought a 1949 Nash Ambassador. I sold it years ago and wish I hadn't.
Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:54 pm
Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:33 pm
I trust you have been to Italy. Scooter paradise.
Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:37 pm
I used to live in Nevers, France where they manufactured Vespas for the French market a long time ago.
It reminds me of some good moments back in the 70's when I used to ride my sister's vespa to go to the parties (a 73 model). A nice little toy but not so easy to ride though - better be gentle with the front brake.
Here is another pix from the T-bird in front of the home I'm renting, a kind of MCM townhome in Long Beach.
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:03 pm
Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:44 pm
Isn't that sweet ? Looks to be in "original unrestored" condition (wonder if that right-hand hood locator seat could be adjusted ? Sounds just like a cabinetmaker, no ?) ! Nice color. . .
This car is a real rarity -- there seemed to be very few of them on the streets when new, in the days when my "car eyes" were wide open ! And it comes about as close as the Detroit boys ever came (and early, too)
to a "custom car" look, with its "floating frenched" headlights, very clean lines and minimal grille. . .
Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:40 am
You've all seen my heap before ;)
The aforementioned Lincoln is of the same body style, but ultralux ;)
Mine's the Ford Escort of 1954.
Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:55 am
Well -- not to dis our good friend Luke, but "body style" usually means number of doors, pillared or pillarless, wagon or rag-top, etc. But the body shells are from the same generation at Ford, you are right, and may even share some sheet metal (they surely would if yours was a "hard-top"). The Lincoln above is really a glorified Ford, which also shared its architecture with Mercury, then as ever. . .
When did you acquire your '54 Fordor ? Is it stick or Fordamatic ? How many miles ? Six or V-8 ? And how many cars are in your stable, now ?
I'm still hoping to come across a text or manual which would list and discuss the iterations of American car-body design, including all shared components, by year. There are really three levels at which cars can have shared boby/chassis components: running gear (usually translating to shared wheel-base and track; body shell (visible as shared window openings and roof sheet-metal; and other exterior body parts. The latter are most easily modified by the manufacturer for different makes, while big savings are realized when the underlying architectures are identical.
Blah, blah, blah -- have fun on the road !
Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:29 pm
My ford is a basic Mainline with an 223ci inline 6 and 3 speed manual transmission. I believe it has ~63k miles on it. I just drive it as stock, including the 6v electrical system. It's kind of 'not as fun' since I got a bit of oil on the clutch plates from the rear main seal in the engine. I got it in June 2004.. I am pretty sure the current fleet is the same since the last time I poked my nose in here. Everything is mostly 'newer.' In order of age: '00 Kawasaki W650, '98 VW diesel Bug, '94 F150 pickup, '92 Volvo 960 wagon, '74 Vespa Primavera, '64 Allstate (VNB), and '59 Vespa VBA...
The scooters aren't rideable because of various failures of Indian cables ;) Everything else is currently fit for cross country trips. I'm a hoarder of cheap used cars. I like having the choices there for when I need to haul different things.
Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:24 pm
Man, I envy a country boy ! We're living in "different America's" -- and I remember your version, from days (years) spent in rural Massachusetts.
My first car was '36 Plymouth rumble seat convertible in tired but drivable shape, given to me by a well-meaning old friend of the family, which I drove up and down a 70' driveway, as I didn't yet have (c 1956) my driver's license. . .
Fast-forward to 1964, when I was the proud if ignorant owner of three cars, for a brief time: a rough but drivable '40 Ford sedan ($250), a handsome big black '40 Nash 4-door ($225 -- straight eight with 16 spark plugs - "Dual Ignition" -- and a furnace-repaired exhaust manifold), and a '52 Dodge sedan in perfectly decent shape, purchased from a local kid for $60. It was my "driver" (the other two were pipe dreams, not long mine), and was replaced, after it suffered a bent valve, with another Dodge sedan, in a different color, that cost me $100.
The Dodges were quite impressive, actually; simple, roomy, reasonably roadworthy, with two-speed semi-automatic "Fluid Drive," gigantic steering wheels, and the fastest window winders I've ever encountered !
Those were the days. . .
Did you fix the Volvo ?
Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:53 pm
Yep, the Volvo has been 'fixed' with prybars, a comealong, and a rubber mallet!
I've driven about 4k miles with it in its current state. I had to put a new battery (pulled out the smashed compartment), engine mount, and radiator in it. It has been running very well, all things considered. I use it as the daily driver for the most part. If I was forced to only have one vehicle, it'd be a rear wheel driven station wagon of some flavor. It's not pretty, but it'll be here for the foreseeable future because it's so useful. That, and I love not having to worry about payments on 'nicer' stuff.
Some day when I have had time to save up money, I'd like to have a nicer classic. However I'm not certain what I'd want. My current 'dream car' is a 1950 Ford Crestliner in the twotone sportsmans green/black.
My grandpa had one, and I like shoebox fords. I figure it's at least an attainable goal. I can't afford anything mid 50's that's nice. Demand and asking prices are too steep.
Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:38 am
hey LT, that ford would look good in my carport!
Here's my 1964 Pontiac catalina
Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 9:29 pm
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:35 pm
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:18 pm
Shifty, she's sweet -- particularly in that "wind-in-her-face" parking-lot long shot. . .
Speaking of shifting, what kind of tranny are we talkng ? I had a '52 Dodge that had Mopar's
two-speed semi-automatic of the day -- and my dad's gray '38 Plymouth business coupe (his wedding car)
had the industry's first column three-speed, that year.
What a change in style occurred in the intervening 15 years. . .the Big Change from which there was no turning back -- until now ?
Welcome ! SDR
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:10 pm
Thank you, sir. It's a standard 3 on the tree, and although it theoretically could've had plymouth's "hy drive" (fluid coupling between engine and 3 speed manual), being a bottom of the line car meant options were highly unlikely. The radio is actually of 1954 vintage, and was added in (ofcourse a pure bolt in).
I cannot agree more with the change in style statement, and from what I understand, underneath the sheetmetal and interior lies essentially the same car!
Thanks for the welcome!
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:20 pm
Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 12:26 am
When I was a kid I had two books that showed every American auto manufactured from the 1920s through 1971 or so. Both were very big books. They had great color photo sections of all the glorified 1950s designs. If I recall correctly they had a b&w photo of each model by year and an overview. I guess I owe my love of auto design to those books.
For shared sheetmetal out of Detroit there are books and sites today that do show what panels were used where and when. Panels were pressed by the auto panel suppliers for many cars I think. Of course the info has to be researched and gathered. All the business today in collecting cars has created a market for this info. There are also books that show most parts shared between marques like Chevy and the others at GM. Of course these are by platform and body model such as A body cars and for the most are focused on engines.
So I guess if one does the work then a book could come out that shows all the stats shared in common by all American cars of the various eras of auto design. I myself love the cars designed after the war as new design up until the early fifties and again some of the models from 59-61 or so and the early sports cars like the small t-bird and the corvette of the 1950s.
Then a quick look to Europe gives designs like the Lammies and Vespas as alternate transport and of course cars like the 1950s 356 and the 1960s Austin Healey 3000 or the Jag E-Type just to name a few and then of course my own car that is not quite a classic but sure looks like it could be, the SAAB 900 classic model from 1979 to 1993. Which was built on the design of the SAAB 90 from the 1970s.
Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 2:35 pm
hey everyone. I thought I would introduce myself by way of showing my own 60's ride. Here's my 1966 Vespa SS180. Obviously not a classically restored bike, but I love her.
I'm currently in Chicago, but moving to Minneaplis at the end of June. I bought a little rambler there, no mid-century gem by any means, but I'm getting great ideas here on how to make it pretty cool, so thanks!
Posted: Thu May 25, 2006 9:39 am
Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:52 pm
The Family Vintage Autos
Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:24 pm
The 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible.
The 1961 Two Door Deluxe Ford Falcon.
Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:11 am
Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 12:29 pm
Yeah, that's sweet -- possibly my favorite postwar American design. If I'm not mistaken, Gordon Buehrig, designer of the classic Cord, had something to do with the styling of this car.
Finally some pictures of my 1964 pontiac catalina
Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:19 am
1961 Ford Falcon
Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:12 am
This is by no means a hot rod.
It's all original and I like to take it for slow Sunday drives in the mountains. I keep it garaged and am slowly restoring it.