|03-27-2005 01:05 PM|
As far as the 53 Chevy hardtop goes, the tail lights and hood gingerbread are off of a 53 Pontiac station wagon. the hood ornament is 53 Chevy. In 53 only, Pontiac used Chevy bodies on their wagons. If you find a set of those tail lights at a swap meet for under $150, snatch 'em up and put 'em on Ebay. They'll fetch $250 easy. the lower door mouldings and quarter-fender trim are standard Chevy 210 stuff. The top trim on the door is something else, probably the Desoto your talking about.
After taking a better look at those tail lights, I had to jump back in here an edit my post - they're stock 53 Chevy. With all that pontiac stuff on that car, he needs to find a set of 53 Pontiac wagon tail lights. That would really set it off!
|03-27-2005 12:34 PM|
I have some of those "someday" projects and if I never get around to them then that is just the way it is. My wife and kids will sell them after I am gone, but for now it makes me happy just to have my "someday" projects. I put my 55 in the shed when I was 17, it is still sitting there and someday...
There was an old guy that I used to talk to at the Madison County Bridge Festival every year. He had an old Model A Ford roadster that he drove in the parade every year. He had bought the car new, the original top had never even been folded on it. He told me that he had a lot of offers to sell his car but he just figured that if he sold it he would spend the money, then he wouldn't have the car or the money and that would make him unhappy.
I always assume that it never hurts to ask if something is for sale but if the owner does not want to sell it then that is his business.
|03-27-2005 12:17 PM|
It's a '53 Pontiac, with the body of a '53 Chevy, the trim of a '54 Desoto with a slight appearance of a 59 Ford?
He's selling for health reasons, 1.8k without motor, 2.2k with motor.
|03-27-2005 11:57 AM|
Let me see if I got this right.. Pic #3 looks like a 59 something Ford 2dr hardtop. You say he has a BOP 400 out of a GTO to go in it?
Man! I wouldn't do that, if I'd be him.. I'd let it sit a while longer til I found the right motor.
|03-26-2005 10:55 PM|
Yep, I'm guilty too... kind of. I have a '59 VW Beetle (first of the square back windows... unless someone else knows better... not sure if the '57's were oval window or not) that is needing a full ground-up restoration. But, until a couple weeks ago it ran, so I was using it as my daily driver (for the past two years).
It's beautiful... if you like VW's anyway, "California" bumpers, original roof top luggage rack, rear window blinds, transplanted 1300 motor (have the original 1100 in the garage) looks like something right off an early 60's movie set.
Almost every other day someone has made me a offer for the car, and every time I decline saying I'm going to fix it up someday. I half heartedly "fixed" it up two years ago. New kingpins, new tires, new paint (now rusting through... I paid a decent price for the job too.. GRRRR ), and a rebuilt motor that is still practically brand new.
The original interior needs some serious help though, body and paint now needs to be done again properly, the carb is shot, and it's got electrical problems (needs to be gutted and rewired).
Hmm, with the bodywork and interior, that basically justifies a complete dissasembly and rebuild.
So now finally, I have decided to sell it to someone who can give it a good home and a new lease of life. All my time is going into my '54 Bel Air anyway, and besides, if I really want a vintage VW, I'll probably look for something even earlier, like a '54, that'll really be something worth having.
|03-26-2005 08:12 PM|
hahaha, there's this at the end of my street... 1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe. It's an old war vet and it was his first car.
If anyone remembers that one old car thread where the garage wall was held up by a stick, this is it now. He won't sell, and will "fix it up someday".
the early 'cuda is at Wayland Chryser-Dode-Jeep not to far from me. I believe it is an "S", has a hurst shifter, interior is really good other than a parted-out-dash and assumed to be rotted floorboards.
what is that blue v8 by the '40? I think it's a bbf? The straight six at the side of the 40 looks like a slant six? anyone has a better idea of what they are?
|03-26-2005 07:19 PM|
i love that site some of those storys are really incredible there was a daytona story and a mustang story that were the best ones what some people will do to dig out a car.
|03-26-2005 06:57 PM|
|03-26-2005 02:18 PM|
|IROC100||I found this pic of a Desoto take a look at the side trim. Its almost the same as the Pontiac.|
|03-26-2005 11:49 AM|
I can't blame anyone who doesn't want to sell their car. Maybe someday will never come for them, but I know how it is to want to fix up a car and not have the dough or time to do it. You put the car aside for another day.
The cars you show pics of all look pretty decent. Things come along in life that are more important like wives, children, college, homes, etc. I'm one of those guys who want to build a rod, but other things are of priority now. I have a 57 sitting on my fence row that is for someday down the road. I'm not too keen on selling it, as they don't make them anymore.
|03-26-2005 11:04 AM|
|onebadmerc||I am one of those guys who won't sell because I am going to fix it up. I bought my 73 Mustang in 1995 and I finally started working on it last year. I had a 1973 Mach 1 Fastback that I bought in 1991 and was repeatedly asked if I would sell it. I stored it at my grandparents ranch in Nebraska and every fall somebody hunting out of state would ask him if he would sell it. He would always tell them to call me and I would say NO. I had people call me as far away as Maine wanting to buy that car. I finally brought it back home to Colorado in 2003 and started working on it and decided it needed to much work, so I sold it. I currently have a 72 Dart sitting in the country on my parents place, but I am really going to fix it for my nieces, I have 2 years until they turn 16. I also have a 70 F100 short box pickup and a 67 F250 sitting down there, but the 67 has a for sale sign in the window. I am not as bad as I use to be, I usually will sell a vehicle now if somebody offers me a good price for them. I like to find a older car and buy it and let it sit awhile and see if people approach me asking me to sell it. If they offer more than I bought it for I will usually sell it and look for something else. If it peeks no interest I will take it apart and sell it piece by piece on Ebay. I cannot count how many vehicles I have bought for little or nothing in the last 4 years and either sold them or parted them out and made a pretty descent profit. I have kept a few but it is about time to get rid of a few and find something else.|
|03-26-2005 11:00 AM|
Yeah the guy said the 400 would get tight and I'd have header problems. The car is 1800 (canadian so that's like 1200 US) without engine and tranny and a couple of buckets full of parts. Like I said the body is straight and in primer already with no rust. The interior is allright (guess it'll need an indian blanket ) and the floorboards have been replaced. My dad thinks putting in an engine is too high of a skill level for our space and resources. So we'll see what happens. Beautifull car though...
|03-26-2005 10:56 AM|
|03-26-2005 10:04 AM|
Sorry Hippie, it's a '53 Pontiac The car hasnt gone on sale yet, he just took it out of his garage last fall and it sat there covered in snow all winter long. As soon as some of the snow melted and I got a better look at it I asked him if it was for sale. He told it IS going for sale in summer. So it's not in the ads yet....meaning right now I have the bigger chance to get it Also found a '57 Ford 4-door with a brand new paintjob and engine tune up for 3.5k (no pics yet).
|03-26-2005 07:08 AM|
Well the body looks like a '53-'54 Chevy but the trim is Pontiac and knowing that Canadian GM cars were often "cross badged" versions of US stuff that makes sense. So if it's not a '54 Pontiac then it has to be a '53 unless Canadian GM cars were a year behind the US in styling changes making it a '55. Since it doesn't cost anything to try other than a little embarassment I'm going out on a limb here and guessing '55 just because '54 was ruled out and '53 is too obvious. Doesn't look anything like a US built '55 GM though.
Oh yeah, at $2200 (Canadian I assume) somebody better jump all over that if it's half as good as it looks.
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