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Old 08-14-2021, 09:38 AM   #41
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I'm amazed that you were able to improve it that much! Well done, great job.
Thanks Mart, I never thought it would clean up like it did.

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Well done for sure. Your 53 looks good to me....enjoy the ride.
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Old 08-21-2021, 11:21 AM   #42
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Great patina! Good job buffing and keeping that look!
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Old 09-03-2021, 01:32 PM   #43
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Great patina! Good job buffing and keeping that look!

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Old 09-03-2021, 01:35 PM   #44
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A little before and after.

First picture is when the car arrived in Sweden in March this year and the second picture is from yesterday.
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Old 09-03-2021, 01:43 PM   #45
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I like it! When I was in high school, a friend had a very similar car. We put a set of wheels and tires from a '57 Ford (14") on it and I thought it looked great, too.
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Old 09-03-2021, 01:56 PM   #46
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Thanks.

That's the feeling I like to capture with this car, simple and cheap modifications that a high school kid could afford: mild lowering, wheels painted red, removed hood ornaments and a single straight pipe.
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Old 09-03-2021, 02:10 PM   #47
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Looks like all your cleaning, buffing and waxing paid off. I vote for a set of Reds headers with the straight pipes, a sound you can never get enough of.
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Old 09-03-2021, 02:24 PM   #48
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Looks like all your cleaning, buffing and waxing paid off. I vote for a set of Reds headers with the straight pipes, a sound you can never get enough of.

Definitely paid off.

My long term plan is to pull the engine and freshen it up with new paint and also replace the cam since the one in it is worn at the fuel pump lobe so I must use an electric pump at the moment.
That would be a good time to install headers and a dual exhaust.

But for now I'll just keep the single straight pipe and ugly looking engine.

Plans for this winter calls for a carb in better condition and new wiring harness.
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A little before and after.

First picture is when the car arrived in Sweden in March this year and the second picture is from yesterday.


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Old 09-03-2021, 02:49 PM   #50
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Old 09-03-2021, 08:14 PM   #51
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Nice looking car. Red rims were a thing at a time. Mercury put them on 55's and 56's I believe no matter the color of the car. Sure wish I had one like that, end of an era.
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Old 09-03-2021, 08:58 PM   #52
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A little before and after.

First picture is when the car arrived in Sweden in March this year and the second picture is from yesterday.
Looks like a real improvement. Reminds me of my 52 Merc.
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Old 09-04-2021, 01:23 AM   #53
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Glad you like it.

I think the red wheels make a nice contrast between the WW and shiny hubcaps.
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Old 09-04-2021, 01:31 AM   #54
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looks great dude, been following. Making great progress!!! I like how it sits now. The before looks very droopy. The caps look great. Cleaned up well. Nice work! Totally different car already.

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Old 09-04-2021, 03:11 AM   #55
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Thanks, correct tire size and 2 inch blocks in the rear made wonders for the stance.
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Old 09-04-2021, 03:17 AM   #56
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What tire size? The sunliners and crestliners ran 7.00 stock. I put them on my customliner. Really looks great what you have done!

50th anniversary car. So many really unique neat stuff on that ride. From the all the jet/prop references to the the Native American spears. Personally Id put the jet on the hood back. The dog dishes with trim rims look nice too. Just saying.

The grill is designed from a prop blade. You can see the jets over the rear wheels in chrome and the taillights are jet exhausts.,, Starting to make me feel bad about getting rid of my cherry 4 door.

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Old 09-04-2021, 03:30 AM   #57
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great work!....
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Old 09-04-2021, 05:54 AM   #58
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IIRC, the optional tire size then was 710-15.

The "California Rake" was big back then, and I once ran 820's on the back and 560's on the front.
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Old 09-04-2021, 08:40 AM   #59
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I'm running 6.70x15 tires.
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Old 11-28-2021, 07:03 AM   #60
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Probably the last drive for the year, currently 28 degrees F here.
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