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Old 05-29-2012, 11:33 AM
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Junker '63 split-window

Makes ya wonder about some people's priorities...


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Old 05-29-2012, 11:41 AM
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Man that's wild. But we have to also take ourselves out of our world, and try to get into theirs and it's easy to understand that in someone else's world this could make perfect sense. Say the guy who owned this has had some terrible injury or illness and just never got back to it. It could be a man who died and his wife can't let it go. We just don't know, it could simply be a hoarder of course, but we don't know.

It sure is sad to see one of the most stunning cars of all time in that poor condition though its't it?

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Old 05-29-2012, 02:14 PM
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Yep you just never know.

Someone took the time to add an couple extra tail lights if I am not mistaken? maybe they could'nt figure out the wiring and gave up the project

Back in the day if you had three lights on each side you had the top of the line model ie Biscayne vs Impala. Maybe he figured he was creating a split window deluxe
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:42 PM
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Probably one Rod Saboury had left over.
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Good eye- I didn't notice the extra tail light. I'm not an expert on 'Vettes, obviously!

The body may be crap by now- don't they delaminate after a while?
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Maybe that is the famous Vette that the guy died in and was being offered for $100....with no takers.......
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Back in '65 my brother bought a '63 theft recovery, missing engine, trans. radiator and radio. I think he paid $1200 for it, we added the extra tail lights, put flared fenders on it and built a 327 with a muncie. My dad who used to paint cars did a marina blue laquer job on it. The enterior was perfect and the car turned out very nice. He kept it for a couple of years and then ended up selling it for $1800, the guy that bought it wrecked it 2 weeks later.
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63 Split-window

You have to remember that we - as "car guys" are the enemy of society. Most folks would see that say "Yuck! Its an OLD car! Better crush it - it is polluting the landscape!"
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Good eye- I didn't notice the extra tail light. I'm not an expert on 'Vettes, obviously!

The body may be crap by now- don't they delaminate after a while?

Yep! The body is junk. Just tow it over to my house. }:-)

I'm kiddin' of course. These don't rust away like steel bodies. I have restored cars this bad before, no problem.

The three tail light treatment was not unusual. There is one down the street from me right now.
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I think most people who appreciate cars hate to see old cars rot away! Where i grew up at a young man had just bought a 1971 fast back mustang then went over seas where he passed away! I remember this car from the time i was 8 years old untill like 27-28. I tried to purchase it many times with no luck. After both parents passed his brother got rid of it. never knew who got it but i was like uhuhuh. but from 1972-96 it never moved.
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I sure hate to see that. However it reminds me of something that used to be in my town. On the outskirts there was a store that used to be a small garage. Beside it was a car that was covered up. You could see in the tears in the cover it was a 1968 Camaro Z28. It had been sitting there since 1968 and it didn't have 5000 miles on it. The car had pretty much been new, then parked and wasted away. Guys stopped by there all the time and offered the little old black man who sat in a chair in one of the garage bays alot of money for that car and he would always say the same thing which was:
"That's my boys car. He went to Vietnam. He didn't come back. My boy was deep in love with that car. It hasn't been drove since he left. I know his spirit is in that car, and I'll never part with it, not until they put me in the ground"
Some years back that older gent passed on. The gas station was torn down and the car disappeared. I'm sure whoever got it sold it right away unless he had something done to it within his will. I really felt sorry for him, because it was obvious how bad it hurt him that his son didn't come home.
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I sure hate to see that. However it reminds me of something that used to be in my town. On the outskirts there was a store that used to be a small garage. Beside it was a car that was covered up. You could see in the tears in the cover it was a 1968 Camaro Z28. It had been sitting there since 1968 and it didn't have 5000 miles on it. The car had pretty much been new, then parked and wasted away. Guys stopped by there all the time and offered the little old black man who sat in a chair in one of the garage bays alot of money for that car and he would always say the same thing which was:
"That's my boys car. He went to Vietnam. He didn't come back. My boy was deep in love with that car. It hasn't been drove since he left. I know his spirit is in that car, and I'll never part with it, not until they put me in the ground"
Some years back that older gent passed on. The gas station was torn down and the car disappeared. I'm sure whoever got it sold it right away unless he had something done to it within his will. I really felt sorry for him, because it was obvious how bad it hurt him that his son didn't come home.
Yeah, that happened a lot back then.....sad days for many.
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I remember my buddy and me complaining 20 years ago about old cars rotting away and the old man saying it wasn't for sale and that he is going to fix it up some day. My friend now has a 47 Ford coop, 47 Plymouth coupe, 66 VW, 62 Chevy PU. not to mention the 33 Ford he drives. I reminded him a few days ago......He now is that old man!

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For some people... just having something cool is enough!

At one time, In my yard was a '55 Chevy Cameo pickup... two '57 Vette builders... a '61 Chevy 348 3X2 bubbletop... and a 327 '63 Impala SS. In the garage was a '63 SS with a 409/425 horse. I had done a frame-off on the 409.

My wife asked if I was ever going to finish them all? I told her that I had never thought about it. After some thought, I sold them all off. ...then bought some property, and went into the paint and body biz. :-)

Would I have ever finished them? I usually spent 3-4 years on a project... but I BOUGHT them much faster than that! Probably not. {:-)

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Wish I had a bigger yard.............
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