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Paul of MO

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  1. Nothing better than a parts car! I need the rear seat belts if they are black and in not to bad of shape. We somehow managed to misplace the rear buckles and the car is almost completely back together. Thanks so much! - Paul
  2. We enjoy road trips so we would travel for the right car. Ideally someone has a red base model straight 6 or a decent roller that needs a new home. There was a absolutely no options 6 cyl with a 3 speed manual on offerup that I just missed. $2500, no rust but not running. It was in Oklahoma. Merry Christmas BTW!
  3. Greetings! We have been digging into a 1971 Mustang convertible to restore as a family fun car but it is just to far gone to try to fix. With all of the parts we have collected, parts cars deconstructed, and effort extended so far it just makes since to continue but find a less rusty 71 to work with. We have a complete M code, ram air, drive train ready to install so mechanical condition is not important. The finished car is going to red with a red interior (not a big fan of vermilion interiors but that is what I have - LOL). My family loves road trips and we have a car trailer so distance is not a big concern but close to Missouri would be a plus! No rush as this is going to be our 2021 / 2022 project. Fun! Son of Paul of MO!
  4. We always try to buy a somewhat running parts car to get engines. A 70 / 71 Torino 4 door rust bucket can be had for 700 bucks. You get all of the brackets, accessories, odds and ends plus can hear it run before you buy it. A few years back we bought a 71 Torino wagon that had all of the glass busted out of it but it ran. We got a running 2V cleveland / C6 for $550.00 When we were done I dropped a junk block in it - loaded it with scrap - and took it to the recycle guy. We got $220.00 for it. Nothing better than a parts car! - Paul
  5. Tom, Wish you were closer. We are looking for a shell to practice cutting spotwelds, removing panels, opening torque boxes and the like before we dive into a full restoration on a 71 M code convertible (that needs to much work) This one looks like we could even salvage some of the parts we need. I live just west of St. Louis and am really thinking to ask my wife if she is up for a road trip. I am thinking 15 hours one way? Hmmmm............. - Paul Quick Edit - It's only 12 hours!
  6. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/819193311813864/
  7. Wandered across this on Facebook Marketplace. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/819193311813864/ I do not know much about Sprints but this might be one. FUN! - Paul of Mo
  8. We lived in Florida for years and the sandy soil is almost 50% salt. There was a farm north of Tampa that had dozens of collectible cars sitting around and all of them looked like they had been buried up to the center of the wheel openings. They were not buried they were just completely gone from that point down. My wife said it looked like butter melting. - Son of Paul
  9. Had a spongy rubber fuel line cause this same issue. Back at the tank there was a 6 to 10 inch rubber hose going from the tank to the metal line. After some driving it would suck flat and the car would stall. The hose would pop back into shape and the car would be good to go for another 30 min - wash rinse repeat. Took a bit to figure that one out. - Paul
  10. My dad sold a Boss 429 service block and heads to a customer doing a concourse restoration. The car is a 100 percent / perfect / trophy winning / down to the smallest paint dab and is the most correct Boss 429 in existence. No pistons in it. No valves or valve springs. No clutch or pressure plate. No guts in the 4 speed. No acid in the NOS - date correct battery No fluids......... It gets pushed out of it's heated and air conditioned trailer - gets a trophy - and gets push back on. We fooled around with MCA in Florida and just got tired of it. 20 years ago 71 - 73 got even less respect than they do now. They used to have a big show at Cypress Gardens each year that my dad would take me to.
  11. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mustang-Ram-Air-Hood-Plenum-1971-1973-CJ-Pony-Parts-/123146303371 Still pricey but looks correct and functions. - Paul Just looked and Mac's has the same part for $99 less.
  12. I need a fan blade - You have a fan blade - Perfect. I also need a distributor - Thanks so much! Cost and shipping to 63332 Thanks! - Paul
  13. Young men using tools and getting dirty - WONDERFUL! - Paul
  14. On another note - we always look in the ash trays and under the seats of any old car we have access to. We have found many pre 1965 coins - they are silver - silver is good. There are several 1950'S 4 door heaps in a tree line near us - we found over $100.00 worth silver - mostly dimes and quarters. Back to coffee cups - In one we found a cup that sports 1960's looking girls in bikini's - when you add hot coffee the bikini tops disappear - I still have that one. I torment my children with it. - Paul
  15. The best thing we ever found was a bakelite plastic coffee cup with the old FOMOCO logo on it inside the door of a 1961 Starliner. It was in very good shape and still had coffee stains in it. I do not know what happened to it - my father used it for many years in his shop. - Paul
  16. I know you and my dad exchanged many kind and informative messages. I appreciate that so much. Agreed that a new car is safer - I would not let my kids drive anything older than something from the seventies and certainly not something from the 50's and certainly nothing high performance. That car took a good hit and it looks like the occupants were protected - probably sore but unhurt. They were certainly enjoying that days drive more than if they were in a Civic. (Well, until that last little bit - LOL) Your car would be so perfect for my girls - it is even the correct color as our other one is yellow with a white interior. I figured that my car is worth around 7 or 8 thousand as it sits and have looked at a few base model drivers that were selling for the same amount. The thought of spending the next year working on a car that we would ultimately end up selling anyway makes me sad. I would rather spend the next year finishing the one we are going to keep. So - If anyone has a decent looking / some bondo is ok / base model / low performance / no options / daily driver / not rusted out underneath / and wants to take on a project please let me know. My wife and I agreed that we would deliver our car in person as we have not taken a long road trip in quite a while. Hope everyone's 2018 is getting off to a great start! - Paul
  17. It would be nice to have an NOS bumper to pull a mold off of. This bumper deal reminds me of chasing down a Grabber hood for my Maverick. I'm surprised that no one has introduced a reproduction bumper or better yet, a carbon fiber, lightweight replacement. Ok - admittedly cheesy. Scuff, prime, paint, a chrome bumper. The size and shape are real close and most people would not even notice. - Paul
  18. Those are wonderful memories are they not? There is a balance between experiencing life and just living through it. Finding that balance is the challenging part. "My first car was a Honda 4 door or something like that - I don't really remember" That is a really sad sentence.
  19. Can't argue with that but we have always had "fun cars" to drive. My oldest who is grown now drove the 1968 Torino his senior year and it created some great memories for him. All life is about is creating good memories. My next son is a junior and he is not that car focused - he drives a lovely 2011 Ford Fusion. Of all of our vehicles it has turned out to be the least reliable. It is the only car that I have had to trailer home because it quit on him. (More than once) The 73 is mechanically brand new - we have added Fitech EFI and it starts and drives perfect. I think it will absorb an impact better than most new cars and no Takata air bags. Is it as safe as a new car - probably not but I would not consider it overly dangerous. Nothing like a big / heavy / long / wide / low vehicle wrapped around you. The 71 will just be to much performance for a teenager and it would a shame if a rare car got tore up. I was staring at the 71 today and was not excited about finishing it. Then this silly idea popped into my head. - Paul
  20. Greetings, I am floating this and would like your opinions. I have 2 twin girls that will be 16 in 2 years. (Fun) We have a 1973 convertible that is just turning into a nice driver. 351C 2V / C6 / Nice options / AC - Perfect for a fun car to drive to highschool. The other is a 1971 convertible - M code - Ram Air - Locking rear end - mechanically we are getting close to having it done but even with a nearly stock conservitive build it will be nearly 350hp. Not such a perfect car to drive every week. We have the engine back from the machine shop and together Standard bore / factory flat top pistons / mild cam upgrade - fully painted and detailed. The trans is being gone through and will be back from the shop next month. The rear end is a 3.25 posi has been inspected - needed nothing. We will be replacing all the brakes, brake and fuel lines / fuel tank. Very soon the car will be completely mechanically restored. It needs typical rust repair in the engine compartment but the cowls are solid. The torque boxes need repair. The rear quarters and outer wheel houses need attention but are better than the 73 we just had done. Certianly a resonable amount of work needed but not what I want go through to end up with a car that is not a good fit for us. I would like to trade this unfinshed but mechanically completed car for a very basic 71-73 convertible or fastback that is a "20 footer" daily driver. Does this sound fair? Someone would get a car with some decent future collectability that will need no additional mechanical work and we would get something better for a teenagers first car to drive back and forth to highschool. Attached is the Marti report - The only thing missing from the car are the 15 inch magnums, front bumper guards, and 8 track. Everything else is there and we have many additional and duplicate parts that would go with it. I made a video of it a few years ago before we started on it. As discussed above the engine is done and the rest of the mechanicals will be correctly done soon. Thanks! Let me know if I am thinking correctly. simple image host
  21. Tried to find the google story but this is from memory. Guy has 427 Shelby Cobra stolen in 1973 - Gets $4000 insurance settlement for it but signs an agreement that if it is ever recovered he gets to buy it back for 4k. 1995 - Car is re-imported into the US from Europe in pristine condition and is discovered to be stolen. Car confiscated - Insurance declines to sell it back to the original owner - lawyers get involved. Paperwork convinces Judge to honor the 4K agreement. Check is written and Cobra is returned. Insurance Co is sued for fees and expenses and a settlement is reached out of court. Car is sold and the guys modest retirement gets much better. - Paul
  22. Merry Christmas to all, This may be a red neck way of making it look right but we just masked off the bottom 1/4 inch of the windshield and painted it flat black before it was installed. - Paul
  23. I have a nice set of shorter frame perches and clam shell motor mounts for a 1973 Convertible / 351 - these will set the engine about an inch lower to make up for the extra EGR spacer under the carb. I think these are needed to make the Ram Air cleaner base fit up against the hood correctly. I would like to trade these for: 1971 351c AC Fan Shroud 1971 351c Stock Distributor that I can put a pertronix system in. Early Valve Covers that say Powered by Ford on the flat area. 351 Cleveland water neck The shroud I have fits a Torino - have no idea where it came from. The only distributor I can find is for a 302 - My dad did not do many 302s ?? I found several sets of the later valve covers that only have the Ford Logo and none of them are very clean. Update 12/12/2017: Also need a crappy set of headers for 351C / 4V - I am going to try to run this engine when I get it done on a test stand. Let me know if this sounds like a fair trade. Paul
  24. Good Morning, Putting together a 351c from all the parts my dad left me and discovered I am missing valve covers and the distributor. I am just looking for good original parts that will work. We are building a 1971 M code / Ram air convertible and are shooting for it to look pretty much factory correct looking under the hood. The owner before the owner we bought the car from still had the original block in his garage - we got it for the cost of shipping so the car will be matching numbers if we ever get it done. I am in Missouri - Let me know cost + shipping. Thanks, Son of Paul
  25. I think you might have hit the nail on the head there. I was looking at the pics and thinking "why would someone fake this car, I mean shots in the trunk and things make it look like it was originally pastel blue, and nothing else about it is exceptional. If the Marti says green/green this doesn't make any sense." Of course if that's what it is there has to be more to go by then the tag and vins aren't that easy to swapj on these things... right?
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