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« on: June 07, 2013, 06:56:31 PM »
I am seriously considering this 1963 Fairlane.  The color is puke, but it has fins.  The '64 for sale in Illinois does not.

http://blacksburg.craigslist.org/cto/3801263839.html

This other '63 needs paint and body work and is a coupe.  I think I like the four-door better.  It has more class.

http://fortwayne.craigslist.org/cto/3800182935.html

If I didn't have stuff to do this weekend, I would drive up and kick the tires on that '64 in Illinois.  It's just over the border from St. Louis.

http://www.autotraderclassics.com/classic-car/1964-Ford-Fairlane-65651.xhtml?conversationId=270983
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 07:12:28 PM »
The Fairlane would make car #4.  I could probably leave the Camry at work and use it to shuffle parts and people around the three buildings I support (I would only need to move it occasionally) until I got rid of that damn Accord.  I want something with a plush ride that I can take on a long trip.  The MGB isn't really suited for that, at least not until I can get a decent exhaust installed.  Having three cars would lower my insurance -- it would mean fewer miles per car and Hagerty's has good rates and coverage.  My current policy covers everything for only $130 a year but I'm limited to 5,000 miles on the MGB.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2013, 02:01:43 AM »
The 63 looks the best out of that bunch.  :cheersmate:

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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 10:04:39 PM »
I wonder if I could sneak this home and hide it from spousal unit: 

http://springfield.craigslist.org/cto/3828407806.html


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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 10:22:15 PM »
That nose is pretty imposing.  I'm partial to the '49 Dodge (there was one for sale recently).

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 04:29:14 PM »
I called the dealership in Illinois with the white Ford.  I found out why they reduced their price... one of their employees dinged the fender, and it's been sitting long enough for the brake system to leak itself empty.  So I'm looking at a tow in addition to at least one new part.

I still plan on taking a look at it next weekend.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2013, 04:30:46 PM »
How much was the reduction?

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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2013, 04:34:56 PM »
I'm not sure... that car's been sitting for at least a year.  The current price is under $4,000
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2013, 04:36:58 PM »
With a dent and brake work needed, I wouldn't give him what he's asking, that's for sure.

What about that one in Covington for $3500? 

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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2013, 04:40:32 PM »
One of the guys up here at work is trying to sell me a 65 Dart 2-door post.  :yawn:


It needs work, (rust and interior), but it runs.  Anymore, I'd rather futz with mechanical problems, rather than body and interior work.


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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2013, 04:41:41 PM »
I haven't checked up on it.  It's eight hours away... I would have to schedule some time off from work to make it up there and back in a weekend.

That one's got a bad master cylinder as well but if I can find a nearby garage, I can get it fixed for a few bucks.
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2013, 04:45:22 PM »
I haven't checked up on it.  It's eight hours away... I would have to schedule some time off from work to make it up there and back in a weekend.

That one's got a bad master cylinder as well but if I can find a nearby garage, I can get it fixed for a few bucks.

Out of the three you've got there going just by the photos, that would be the one I would go after.  A master cylinder isn't difficult to replace. 

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2013, 04:45:29 PM »
One of the guys up here at work is trying to sell me a 65 Dart 2-door post.  :yawn:


It needs work, (rust and interior), but it runs.  Anymore, I'd rather futz with mechanical problems, rather than body and interior work.


That's, um... interesting. 

The grille for the Dart GT looks a little nicer.  That one just looks goofy.
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2013, 04:46:15 PM »
Out of the three you've got there going just by the photos, that would be the one I would go after.  A master cylinder isn't difficult to replace. 

That one's got a dent too... driver door.  It does have the 260 V8 but it also has that terrible window tint which looks like it's probably too dark to be legal here. Removing tint is a pain in the ass.
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2013, 04:55:37 PM »
That one's got a dent too... driver door.  It does have the 260 V8 but it also has that terrible window tint which looks like it's probably too dark to be legal here. Removing tint is a pain in the ass.

Yeah, I saw that, along with at least one dent on the rocker on the passenger side, and maybe a tiny dent behind and above the driver's wheel on the lower belt line. 

I have no experience removing tint, other than carefully, and with a razor blade.  I wonder how negotiable he is?

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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2013, 05:03:49 PM »
Looks like there's another ding on the rear passenger door as well.  Yikes.

I guess for $3,500 I can't complain too much.  At this point, it's just a question of which one I can get home cheaper.  The IL dealer is close to St. Louis.  It would probably be cheaper to have it towed to a garage there and fixed than paying a car hauler.  I've got them looking into shipping costs for me.
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2013, 05:10:41 PM »


Does this qualify as the middle of nowhere?
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2013, 05:14:09 PM »
Does this qualify as the middle of nowhere?

Yeah.   :-)

I looked that up to see which direction it was to be 8 hours from you.  If it was my way, I could have looked at it for you.  It's not.  :popcorn:

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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2013, 05:15:54 PM »
There are a couple of garages in Covington, but I would have to find some way to get up there to pick up the car.  Looks like Roanoke might be the closest airport... $370 for a one-way ticket.

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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2013, 05:53:12 PM »
are you allowed to run antique tags in tenn?

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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2013, 05:59:27 PM »
Yes, but it's limited to weekends and car shows.  You're not allowed to use them for general transportation otherwise.
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« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2013, 10:51:17 AM »
Wow, they crunched it up pretty good. :thatsright:


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The trunk lid doesn't sit right, the grille has some damage, and there's a Chevrolet radio in the dash.  I'm pretty sure that breaks at least 3 laws south of the Mason-Dixon line.  They're going to have to come off some money for me to buy this thing.
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« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2013, 12:35:16 PM »
The blue car in Covington has been sold.

The guy finally replied to my phone calls/text.  I asked "Is the car still available?".  His reply was "Yes, it has been sold."  :hammer:
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« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2013, 04:15:27 PM »
Wow, they crunched it up pretty good. :thatsright:
The trunk lid doesn't sit right, the grille has some damage, and there's a Chevrolet radio in the dash.  I'm pretty sure that breaks at least 3 laws south of the Mason-Dixon line.  They're going to have to come off some money for me to buy this thing.

Call me cheap, but I wouldn't offer them a penny over $1800. 

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« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2013, 04:29:20 PM »
Call me cheap, but I wouldn't offer them a penny over $1800. 
I'll offer them $2000.

I still want to kick the tires on it.  It's the only '63-'64 Fairlane around that isn't at least five figures.  I'll check the list of Craig again, but this one keeps coming up on AutoTrader every time I look.
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