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(Some Guy)   "King of the Edsels" has 226 of them on his 37-acre compound, carefully spaced so a tornado can't take all of them out   (grandforks.com) divider line 46
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2005-08-14 07:26:59 PM
"horsecollar grill" ????!

Now that's one funny euphemism used to describe the female genetalia!
 
2005-08-14 07:43:31 PM
Is that Donald Trump's car?
 
2005-08-14 07:43:46 PM
thirth post
 
2005-08-14 07:44:36 PM
If he had 226 house trailers spaced carefully across 37 square miles, I'll bet one tornado could still take 'em all out.

Tornadoes don't go for Edsels. Neither, apparently, did anyone else.
 
2005-08-14 07:44:46 PM
I love that guy's paintings.
 
2005-08-14 07:46:20 PM
There needs to be two tornados!
 
2005-08-14 07:48:16 PM
 
2005-08-14 07:50:57 PM
My aunt Ethal used to own an Edsel. We called it Ethal's Edsel. Ethal loved her Edsel, and we'd all say, there's Ethal in her Edsel. One time Ethal lost her Edsel, but it turned out she left it at Bethal. So we had to take Ethal to Bethal to get her Edsel.

Sigh, good times.
 
2005-08-14 07:51:39 PM
thats one pretty cool lookin car...particularly the tail-lights
 
2005-08-14 07:51:58 PM
WHERE'S THE MANIAC MANSION REFERENCES!?
 
2005-08-14 07:53:01 PM


Who wouldn't want to drive one of these?

Okay, me neither.
 
2005-08-14 07:53:39 PM
My friend's mom owned an Edsel. There was a hill in town so steep she had to put the car in reverse to get it to the top.
 
2005-08-14 07:56:03 PM

Meh, call me when he has 226 clones of Ethel Merman spread out on his farm.


 
2005-08-14 08:02:48 PM
God forbid that one tornado should deprive the world of the engineering genius that was the Edsel!
 
2005-08-14 08:09:10 PM
"He expects to stop dabbling in Edsels on the day he dies."

but, you know, maybe not.
 
2005-08-14 08:27:19 PM
Rock on!
 
2005-08-14 08:27:43 PM
Rats! That guy probably has my meteor!
 
2005-08-14 08:29:29 PM
My friend has one, a 1958 2 door with Black with Red Two-Tone paint and 7,000 original miles, in showroom condition. Keeps it in his garage and wipes it with a diaper. He knows what he's got.

Cars in Barns

Now this is a different site, but if you dream of finding a rare Hemi 'Cuda convertible, or a Chevelle SS with a 454, or a '68 390 GT Mustang/or a Boss 302 in someone's back yard, this is the site for you.
 
2005-08-14 08:33:26 PM
First thing I think of when I hear "King of the Edsels."



neofox87, glad to know I'm not the only one who thought of that game too ^_^.
 
2005-08-14 08:35:15 PM
Not only were Edsels hideous, but they were also among the most unreliable piles of automotive shiat to ever come out of Detroit (and considering what ChryCo did in the '70s, that's saying A LOT).

Then again, it seems the horse-collar grille is making a comeback. Seen the new Subaru B9 Tribeca? I know it's supposed to look like an airplane, but that's not what I see.
 
2005-08-14 08:35:24 PM
Lampmonster

So, since your Aunt Ethal used to have an Edsel, when did Ethal sell her Edsel? I have an uncle, Fred Pell, who used to live in Bethal, and once my Uncle Fred Pell bought an Edsel, so it is natural for me to wonder if my Uncle Fred Pell's Edsel was once your Aunt Ethal's Edsel. Did she wear a lot of perfume? I ask because Uncle Fred Pell's Edsel had a funny smell. Something like Chanel.

*slaps self*

Ah, all better now. Sorry.

/Really did have an Aunt who had an Edsel.
 
2005-08-14 08:37:02 PM
You beat me to it by less than a minute, EtanSivad. Good thing I refreshed again before I posted mine.
 
2005-08-14 08:39:32 PM
I WANT ONE!!!!
 
2005-08-14 08:43:44 PM
jwrebholz beat me to it - the Edsel is the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the B9 Tribeca, as well. Even today it takes a certain someone to find that horsecollar grille attractive, although I daresay the Edsel is better looking.
 
2005-08-14 08:51:37 PM
mrexcess, EtanSivad, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. ^_^

"The meteor is going to be PISSED!"
 
2005-08-14 08:54:57 PM
Peggy Sue: It's funny. It's really funny. You bought an Edsel.

Described as an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.
 
2005-08-14 09:13:58 PM
Believe me one Toranado could take all of them.
 
2005-08-14 09:28:21 PM
Ahhh yes, the famous vagina-sucking-a-lemon grille. Supposedly, designed so you could spot it at the other end of a city street...

Interestingly, 'the Edsel show" (basicaly an hour long infomercial for the thing) was among the first videotaped TV shows - the origional (Ampex quad!) reel was still around as of a few years ago. I've seen clips off it - the picture quality was darn nice.

I believe the Edsel was also the first car to have a 'park' position on the automatic transmission. It also inflicted the dumb MEL bolt pattern and the equally bad plastic timming gears (chain drive, yes I know the stovebolt 6 had 'em too) on us :( There's a C6 or a Cruise-O sitting in a neighbor's Mercury in the weeds in their yard. I'd go nab it, but...MEL bolt pattern. WTF use is that?

The Toronado was a cooler car, esp with the chain drive flipped around THM400 derrived FWD system. IIRC, Caddy's FWD 500 cubic inch motor still holds the record for largest displacement FWD car engine, though. For those in Metric land, that's 8 liters. Yes, they made car engines that big in the US at one time. I've seen Ford 460's. They make a Chevy 350 look *tiny*. The crank on them is freaking HUGE.

The Edsel came along right at a time when everyone was looking to get a smaller car (witness the very successful Chevy II of the early 60's). Seems like Detroit screwed up this time around too - IMHO, RWD sedans with nice motors are gonna be the Next Big Thing, and Ford and GM don't have any.

/Annoyingly, Chyslers only come with their crappy automatics and build quality. It'd be nice if DCX would wake up and realize that a transmission is not a 'wear item' in a car...
 
2005-08-14 09:40:58 PM
I recently got into making model cars (hey, unemployment revives a lot of teenage hobbies). I got a 1958 Edsel kit and made it a little different than the picture on the box. E.g., totally wrecked and rusted, held together with duct tape and full of old bottles, cans and busted upholstery.

I'd host the pics somewhere, but no host seems to be working these days.
 
2005-08-14 09:42:24 PM
Reason #23 why news sites suck ass:

Article about 1 million Edsels on some guy's farm, and no pics.

WTF?

That and registration sites are going to be the death of old media.
 
2005-08-14 09:44:00 PM
i4adodge:

jwrebholz beat me to it - the Edsel is the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the B9 Tribeca, as well. Even today it takes a certain someone to find that horsecollar grille attractive, although I daresay the Edsel is better looking.

Subaru could have done much better on the front end of that thing. It looks great until it shows its face.
 
2005-08-14 10:32:51 PM
Was there anything wrong with the car, beyond the fact that it was ugly and overpriced? Of course, that's probably enough, though...
 
2005-08-14 10:40:06 PM
EtanSivad

Is that maniac mansion? That game was quite pointless.
 
2005-08-14 10:49:37 PM
I think this is him:

 
2005-08-14 11:18:40 PM
I still think that Edsels are pretty ugly but the new cars are making them look better every year.

/misses my olds w/a 455
 
2005-08-14 11:32:17 PM
Actually, the Edsel was supposed to be pretty decent once the bugs got worked out of them. I mean, they were about as good as any other 50's car. Cruise-O-Matic was a decent enough transmission, though hardly amazing, the engines worked. They just didn't click with the public....
 
2005-08-14 11:41:29 PM
Then, he said, "my family might take it over, or someone will pick them up and recycle them into Toyotas or Volkswagens, probably."

now that's the sadest thing i've read today.
 
2005-08-14 11:43:06 PM
I drove a '59 Edsel Ranger 2dr Hard Top when I was in High School. ('76 Rules...) One of several cars that I had during high school, but I probably have the most memories of that one.

It was black with a white top. All original right down to it's hub caps. It must have had 500 pounds of chrome on it, and man did it shine. I was the second owner. I bought it from the proverbial "Little Old Lady" that bought it new and only drove it to the store and church on Sunday. It ran like a top, and hardly made a sound.

This was in the mid seventies, when Mustangs, Camaros and Cudas were cool, so I got more than my fair share of ribbing, but it was cool, and the chicks liked it. Even back then people would look at it and smile.

I sure wish I still had it.
 
2005-08-15 12:11:30 AM
I haven't really seen an Edsel in use, but I think I heard a while back that the turn signals on the back of the car are supposed to flash in sequence from the center of the car to the edge of the car...can anyone confirm this??

Left Turn ..... Right Turn
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JP
 
2005-08-15 12:31:11 AM
Some of us females have an affection for autos. Freedom, speed, the road is calling..."The World is our Oyster" I love hubby because of the motorcycles he owned. Still fighting the domestication levied in my life. I Love my family, but still, do not always feel fulfiled. Hubby sidelined cycles and sidecar. How I loved flying in the air towards the right.
 
2005-08-15 12:36:18 AM
Raw McKuen

Totally like to see that.

(I let my sub to SME lapse some time ago. Now I have Car Kulture DeLuxe....)

/Loves the old cars
//Even models of them
 
2005-08-15 09:25:48 AM
Filthy.. My '76 high school car was a 1959 Chevy Parkwood Wagon. Forest green. We laid the back seat down, installed macrame candle holders and 4 of us went camping at the outer banks of NC. Spent most of our time picking up hitchhikers to get enough gas money to get back home. AHHH, good times....
 
2005-08-15 09:33:46 AM
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No, that was the Thunderbird starting in '64, and the Cougar starting in '67. I had a '69 Cougar that had them, one of the few strange features of that car that consistently worked.
 
2005-08-15 09:35:13 AM
Let's try this again.....

"I haven't really seen an Edsel in use, but I think I heard a while back that the turn signals on the back of the car are supposed to flash in sequence from the center of the car to the edge of the car...can anyone confirm this??"

No, that was the Thunderbird starting in '64, and the Cougar starting in '67. I had a '69 Cougar that had them, one of the few strange features of that car that consistently worked.
 
2005-08-15 11:29:23 AM
I spent the summer of '65 in eastern Kentucky, and I never again wondered what happened to all the Edsels. Of course, that was only a few years after they came out, but I never did see very many of them on the road anywhere else.

At one time or another, I have owned three Corvairs, which was only slightly more successful than the Edsel.
 
2005-08-15 12:41:27 PM
Heh... corvair... yeah, we blue oval guys are never gonna let the bowtie brigade live THAT one down :P
 
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