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(Yahoo)   Looking for the perfect car? You're in luck as hundreds of Chevys are going up for auction that were never titled and have less than 10 miles. Everything from a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo to Bel Airs, Corvairs and even a couple of Vegas   (autos.yahoo.com) divider line 118
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2013-06-25 08:08:04 PM  
My in luck what?
 
2013-06-25 08:09:16 PM  

crypticsatellite: My in luck what?

 
2013-06-25 08:14:25 PM  
"Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile, and a 1965 Chevy Impala with six miles that still has its original window sticker and the plastic sheeting that covered its red leather seats. Although even ardent Corvette fans look askance at the late '70s models, the '78 version here with five miles has an appeal that's grown over time."

I love survivor cars. the ouside on some of these look a little rough but the interiors looks minty...
 
2013-06-25 08:14:32 PM  
Subby meant "Urine luck..."
 
2013-06-25 08:24:32 PM  
My comment won't look silly after the headline gets fixed.
 
2013-06-25 08:40:43 PM  
I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.
 
2013-06-25 08:51:09 PM  
"Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile"

Except it's a '58. And I still want it.
 
2013-06-25 08:51:55 PM  
Ish dink muchsh. Gahhhhhh!
 
2013-06-25 09:33:33 PM  
Going through that garage is opening a time capsule. Amazing they were able to keep so many cars and never drive them.

Godscrack: "Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile"

Except it's a '58. And I still want it.


Buy one, take to a restoration shop (it shouldn't be hard to restore as they're in mint condition), replace the tires, hoses and belts (as they probably have dry rot), replace the fluids and battery and it'd be a nice show piece.

Keep it covered in the garage and trailer it to car shows. Many a car buff would love to see a '58 Cameo with 1 mile on the odometer.
 
2013-06-25 09:38:39 PM  
That's too bad as I'm looking for a low-mileage '64 Impala with the original factory hydraulics.
 
2013-06-25 09:43:00 PM  
going through the auction list they have a ton of 1964 1/2 ton pickups in the single digit mileage. Multiple Impalas and Bel airs in the singles as well. Man if all of these low digit cars were at least stored under cover...it's just insane...
 
2013-06-25 09:47:48 PM  

Godscrack: "Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile"

Except it's a '58. And I still want it.


On top of that, they identify a '56 Chevy sedan as a '57, and a '64 as a '65.  Complete fail.
 
2013-06-25 10:53:31 PM  

dustman81: Buy one, take to a restoration shop (it shouldn't be hard to restore as they're in mint condition), replace the tires, hoses and belts (as they probably have dry rot), replace the fluids and battery and it'd be a nice show piece.


My '48 and my '38 already keep me pretty busy. :)
 
2013-06-25 10:59:16 PM  

Godscrack: "Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile"

Except it's a '58. And I still want it.


No, it's an awful car. You should ignore it and wait until a worthy car comes up for auction. Ignore this dirty, 1958 late-comer. It was an awful year. There's dirt on the car, too - I bet it won't come out.

I'll just stay here and warn anyone else who might bid on it. They'll catch up with you soon, I'm sure.

/A friend loaned me his '67 Vette for a weekend. If I hadn't already fallen in love with a wonderful woman, I would have married him instantly.
 
2013-06-26 12:30:56 AM  
Once my granddad realized his Parkinson's wouldn't allow him to drive anymore, he (reluctantly) gave me the keys to his mint condition '54 Chevy pickup (with the visor and the curved side windows.) Looked SO much better after I yanked out that stupid 3 on the tree tranny, put in an old '86 'vette engine, threw some new neons under the running boards, and added a crankin' Alpine. Used the old tires to set the trash fire out back...Old guy didn't know what he had.
 
2013-06-26 01:24:48 AM  
A Cameo? Word up.
 
2013-06-26 01:25:50 AM  

Fo Shiz: That's too bad as I'm looking for a low-mileage '64 Impala with the original factory hydraulics.


I saw that!
 
2013-06-26 01:32:50 AM  

voodoomedic: Once my granddad realized his Parkinson's wouldn't allow him to drive anymore, he (reluctantly) gave me the keys to his mint condition '54 Chevy pickup (with the visor and the curved side windows.) Looked SO much better after I yanked out that stupid 3 on the tree tranny, put in an old '86 'vette engine, threw some new neons under the running boards, and added a crankin' Alpine. Used the old tires to set the trash fire out back...Old guy didn't know what he had.


8/10
 
2013-06-26 01:37:23 AM  
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Intrigued.
 
2013-06-26 01:39:12 AM  
I see WB or Disney buying them all for back lot props
 
2013-06-26 01:40:40 AM  

voodoomedic: Once my granddad realized his Parkinson's wouldn't allow him to drive anymore, he (reluctantly) gave me the keys to his mint condition '54 Chevy pickup (with the visor and the curved side windows.) Looked SO much better after I yanked out that stupid 3 on the tree tranny, put in an old '86 'vette engine, threw some new neons under the running boards, and added a crankin' Alpine. Used the old tires to set the trash fire out back...Old guy didn't know what he had.


I've never killed anyone, but that doesn't mean I'm not willing to start now.
 
2013-06-26 01:41:58 AM  
Some of the comments there are either genius trolls or complete dumbasses.  Either way, funny shiat:

<i>I doubt that they will need much restoring probably just change the fluids and any dry Rotted Rubber and they are good to go </i>

<i>NONE of these cars need restoring, they will all have a light CONSERVATION done to bring back the original luster of the paint and rotted rubber parts, but there is nothing to restore, the cars are essentially new. </i>

<i>The value of the cars is that they are original. Restoring the 50 that were not driven would destroy thier value </i>
 
2013-06-26 01:43:54 AM  
Html is ignored by default now?  Jeebus.
 
2013-06-26 01:44:03 AM  
I loved my 1966 Corvair. Maybe I can buy a new one now.
 
2013-06-26 01:44:49 AM  
Although even ardent Corvette fans look askance at the late '70s models

They do?
 
Oak
2013-06-26 01:45:36 AM  
'62 Corvette?  No?  OK; never mind.
 
2013-06-26 01:48:36 AM  
Dibs on the Corvair Monza.
 
2013-06-26 01:49:15 AM  

voodoomedic: Once my granddad realized his Parkinson's wouldn't allow him to drive anymore, he (reluctantly) gave me the keys to his mint condition '54 Chevy pickup (with the visor and the curved side windows.) Looked SO much better after I yanked out that stupid 3 on the tree tranny, put in an old '86 'vette engine, threw some new neons under the running boards, and added a crankin' Alpine. Used the old tires to set the trash fire out back...Old guy didn't know what he had.


Yer full of sheet. An 86 Vette engine is more of a pain to do anything with than anything else GM ever offered. Next thing you will say is that you used the 4 + 3 transmission also......
 
2013-06-26 01:50:21 AM  

MisterTweak: Godscrack: "Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile"

Except it's a '58. And I still want it.

No, it's an awful car. You should ignore it and wait until a worthy car comes up for auction. Ignore this dirty, 1958 late-comer. It was an awful year. There's dirt on the car, too - I bet it won't come out.

I'll just stay here and warn anyone else who might bid on it. They'll catch up with you soon, I'm sure.

/A friend loaned me his '67 Vette for a weekend. If I hadn't already fallen in love with a wonderful woman, I would have married him instantly.


My dad has had two '67s, earlier one was a 327/300hp coupe, current one is a 427 tri-power roadster, with 4 speed & side pipes. Absolute pinnacle of automotive design if you ask me.
 
2013-06-26 01:51:29 AM  
No '64 Malibu.
 
2013-06-26 01:52:50 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: No '64 Malibu.


Pernicious lies.
 
2013-06-26 01:53:51 AM  
About five six years ago I took a ride down Valencia street in the back of a 64 comet.  The owner (friend of my friend at the wheel ) who'd bought it at auction claimed it had 600 miles on in.  We didn't believe it, 100600 miles maybe.  Didn't believe it till I got in and took off, and heard the engine.  My Grandmother had one, bought new.  It had that sound, from when I was a boy, riding in grandma's car off to the beach.

Guy had bought it for $300.  No one wanted it because it would start.  Wouldn't start because the ground strap had corroded away. Paint was ruined, but no rust.  Upholstery had thread rot, but the fabric was good.  The inside chrome was perfect.
 
2013-06-26 01:56:48 AM  

gibbon1: About five six years ago I took a ride down Valencia street in the back of a 64 comet.  The owner (friend of my friend at the wheel ) who'd bought it at auction claimed it had 600 miles on in.  We didn't believe it, 100600 miles maybe.  Didn't believe it till I got in and took off, and heard the engine.  My Grandmother had one, bought new.  It had that sound, from when I was a boy, riding in grandma's car off to the beach.

Guy had bought it for $300.  No one wanted it because it would start.  Wouldn't start because the ground strap had corroded away. Paint was ruined, but no rust.  Upholstery had thread rot, but the fabric was good.  The inside chrome was perfect.


Was it's hair perfect as well?
 
2013-06-26 02:00:33 AM  
Wake me up if they find a low-mileage 1957 Chrysler 300 in the mix. Or a 1960. That'd be fine, too.
 
2013-06-26 02:17:41 AM  

Bacontastesgood: Some of the comments there are either genius trolls or complete dumbasses.  Either way, funny shiat:

<i>I doubt that they will need much restoring probably just change the fluids and any dry Rotted Rubber and they are good to go </i>

<i>NONE of these cars need restoring, they will all have a light CONSERVATION done to bring back the original luster of the paint and rotted rubber parts, but there is nothing to restore, the cars are essentially new. </i>

<i>The value of the cars is that they are original. Restoring the 50 that were not driven would destroy thier value </i>


That's actually debatable. Some would say that these cars should NOT be shined up. To many collectors they are worth more as genuine barn finds than as renewed classics.

That being said, not all these cars are worth collecting (The Vega was GM's Austin Marina, and like the Marina should have pianos dropped on the survivors). For anyone contemplating buying one these cars (not just the Vega) to drive, be aware that it will need a fair bit of work. Tires, hoses, and all electrics will need replacement because rubber and plastic dry out and crack over time. Shocks and springs will have settled, fluids will all have to be purged and replaced. Worst: fuel in the tanks, carbs, and fuel lines will have turned to some kind of varnish by now and that's a b*tch to clean out (been there).
 
2013-06-26 02:37:43 AM  
I don't usually go in for American cars, but... That Corvette is damn sweet. I would totally go for one of that generation... it seemed to escape the Detroit curse of "our cars are huge for the sake of being huge".

[flamesuit on]
 
2013-06-26 02:38:34 AM  
A Chevy Cameo? Word up?
 
2013-06-26 02:45:21 AM  
Actually wouldn't mind having a Vega that still had a strong frame... wouldn't stay original for long tho; tear out drive train and drop in a `69 350, factory 300 horse (fresh rebuild from block up) and match it up with BW 5 spd racing tranny... tub the ass for 50's and a new driveshaft.  Probably have to sacrifice the headers since it is a little car, but be worth it... AFTER cleaning/sealing/painting the frame from one end to the other.
Haven't seen one of those on the road in - hell, can't even estimate how long.

/will NEVER forget when growing up and parents had a police scanner. Sat and listened to a Vega get chased through WV then across into OH and got away.... no matter who they called in, he outran them all.
//naturally, not all that impressive when you consider a similar incident happened recently with a STOLEN Tracker (that just happened to come right down in front of my house). City, County and State after him and he/she got away in a vehicle that wasn't even theirs... and, it was the `98 or older, so no V6 - 4 cyl all the way LMAO


As for saying those cars are still like new and only need rubber parts - I doubt the alternators will last 500 miles in ANY of them. Sitting that long, the rings will go or at least start smoking to beat hell. Shocks will be shot (as well as springs need taken off and stretched/replaced).  Gas tanks will HAVE to be fully flushed/soaked/cleaned out - along with rest of fluid holding systems and lines.... carbs rebuild because gaskets will be dried out.
Any money-bags thinking they are buying a dream that just needs a good buff job and a set of tires is in for one hellacious surprise.
(had a 64 Plymouth Valiant conv. that some thought was a conv Barracuda and 2 `71 short, fleetside Chevy trucks - one of which was full of mud when I got it.... yet the carpet was literally MINT when I washed it all out.. would not have replaced it if given new carpet for free)
 
2013-06-26 02:45:56 AM  

Bacontastesgood: Html is ignored by default now?  Jeebus.


Have you been naughty? I've seen people lose their html privileges before for various reasons.
 
2013-06-26 02:57:31 AM  
Give me any one of those, a fair amount of funds and a garage, and I could seriously make something of it.

You have to realize that every single part of the vehicle has to be examined and/or repaired.  The engine, for instance, will need to be disassembled and repaired before you crank it up for the first time.  Same for the rest of the vehicle, if you give a damn about the thing.  Entropy (see: decay, rust, oxidation, etc.) will take place, and you have to do something about that.

But I'd really love to be given the opportunity to restore one of those babies ;)
 
2013-06-26 03:00:40 AM  
TheMega:  not all that impressive when you consider a similar incident happened recently with a STOLEN Tracker (that just happened to come right down in front of my house). City, County and State after him and he/she got away in a vehicle that wasn't even theirs... and, it was the `98 or older, so no V6 - 4 cyl all the way LMAO


Hilarious. I drive a 2004 Tracker and I'd never in a million years consider trying to outrun cops in it.
 
2013-06-26 03:01:06 AM  
Oh, man, my first car was a 1962 Chevy Impala 4 door sedan with a crappy inline six that just ate batteries and had enough rust through holes (west coast Florida car, so lots of sea salt corrosion) that you could see what was in the trunk without even opening it.

That said, it got me laid and was all kinds of roomy inside.  I'd love to score one of those, just for old times sake.
 
2013-06-26 03:04:12 AM  

lordargent: A Cameo? Word up.


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2013-06-26 03:18:11 AM  
So this Nebraskan couple had what looks a lot like a parking lot in Cuba. Interesting. You know, there's something in South Dakota you might like to see, they've carved the faces of some Presidents out of this mountain. You could avoid driving through Nebraska. In case you're thinking about making a trip.
 
2013-06-26 03:31:42 AM  

Shrink: lordargent: A Cameo? Word up.

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Is that Neil Degrasse Tyson's former profession?
 
2013-06-26 03:54:44 AM  
Uber-rich collector types will be boosting the prices up so high, you will need a horde of Nazi gold to win one.
 
2013-06-26 04:05:53 AM  
If I wanted a perfect car, why would I want a 50 year old POS that will undoubtedly be cheaper than an M5 by the time I can even look at it?  As a historical curiosity, sure, but modern cars are better in every conceivable way.  The only reason people buy them is to remind them of the days when driving was fun, seatbelts weren't mandatory and drunk driving was only a crime if you killed somebody.
 
2013-06-26 04:06:29 AM  

Lifeless: If I wanted a perfect car, why would I want a 50 year old POS that will undoubtedly be more expensive than an M5 by the time I can even look at it?  As a historical curiosity, sure, but modern cars are better in every conceivable way.  The only reason people buy them is to remind them of the days when driving was fun, seatbelts weren't mandatory and drunk driving was only a crime if you killed somebody.


FTFM
 
2013-06-26 04:06:29 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Uber-rich collector types will be boosting the prices up so high, you will need a horde of Nazi gold to win one.


it would be easier for wealthy types to wait until the middle men grab these, wrecker them onto flat beds & portable parking lots and do lots of resto work back at the shop. work all done looking sweet that's when they'll attract the money that just doesn't care. why get your filthy rich hands greasy dirty unless it's your hobby or passion.
 
2013-06-26 04:18:51 AM  

2wolves: I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.


Did it have the same aluminum engine block as the Vega? Because IIRC, that was one of the biggest problems with that car.
 
2013-06-26 04:24:36 AM  

frostus: I loved my 1966 Corvair. Maybe I can buy a new one now.


Don't do it!

CSB time. My girlfriends moms new husband tried to impress us with telling us about his Corvair he used to have. Bragged to me that he had all the service records. I came back with, "Wow! How big was the trailer? They sure didn't fit in the glove box!"
 
2013-06-26 04:25:01 AM  
"Perfect car" and an American made brand don't belong in the same headline.
 
2013-06-26 04:25:20 AM  

Lifeless: The only reason people buy them is to remind them of the days when driving was fun, seatbelts weren't mandatory and drunk driving was only a crime if you killed somebody.


And then, not even always!
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2013-06-26 04:35:54 AM  
you people are losers. I used to drive one of these.

pimix.com

'cept it was like seven years ago and it was all rusted to hell and cost $500 but I was a broke mofo and the speedometer would bounce until it hit 40 or so and the rear view mirror fell off and the AM radio was mostly squwak unless you turned it up real high so I didn't notice that cop that chased me out of town 'cause I didn't know I blew through his speed trap. they threw me in jail over that. with a warrant out in the whole state of nebrasky even. it is good to be a caprice classic gangsta. damn, it's good.
 
2013-06-26 05:41:58 AM  
I'd dig a '71-'76 Caprice/Impala survivor.  Bonus if it were a '74 Spirit of America sport coupe, a "glasshouse" coupe or a wagon.  Problem is, us demolition derby guys wrecked a fark-ton of them over the years, much in the way it's hard to find a Monte Carlo or Chevelle since they were choice rides of circle track drivers.  Same difference.

Had the opportunity to drive some wagons as drivers.  They sucked gas like there's no tomorrow.  The tanks tend to leak and are a PITA to fix.  It was still fun.  Never wrecked one myself.
 
2013-06-26 06:15:11 AM  

Ed Becker: I'd dig a '71-'76 Caprice/Impala survivor.  Bonus if it were a '74 Spirit of America sport coupe, a "glasshouse" coupe or a wagon.  Problem is, us demolition derby guys wrecked a fark-ton of them over the years, much in the way it's hard to find a Monte Carlo or Chevelle since they were choice rides of circle track drivers.  Same difference.

Had the opportunity to drive some wagons as drivers.  They sucked gas like there's no tomorrow.  The tanks tend to leak and are a PITA to fix.  It was still fun.  Never wrecked one myself.


I inherited my Dad's 1974 Impala Sport Coupe.  Big ass car that actually drove alright after upgrading the shocks and springs.  Put 250K on it before sending to the junkyard.
 
2013-06-26 06:39:12 AM  
I'm only interested in an 83 Corvette.
 
2013-06-26 06:40:54 AM  
If I wanted a perfect car, wouldn't I want something newer?  Do these cars even have automatic transmission?  Anti-lock brakes?  Air bags?  Backup rear camera?  Obviously not.  By the time you retrofitted this to be as good as a new car, you might as well just be a new car.
 
2013-06-26 06:53:58 AM  

2wolves: I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.


Also, it was a Pontiac.
 
2013-06-26 07:02:02 AM  
My first car was a 62 Corvair that I bought when I was 15, for $50 I made mowing lawns.  Id love to have one again...
 
2013-06-26 07:07:56 AM  

Medic Zero: 2wolves: I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.

Did it have the same aluminum engine block as the Vega? Because IIRC, that was one of the biggest problems with that car.


Medic Zero: 2wolves: I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.

Did it have the same aluminum engine block as the Vega? Because IIRC, that was one of the biggest problems with that car


it was the Pontiac version so it was a little fancier. it had the same crappy engine as the vega, you had to sleeve the aluminum block. at the end of the run they changed to the 151ci "iron duke" which was all cast iron.
here comes spyder  out of the night,
don't worry honey, it ain't gonna bite,
it's a Monza!!


/same car. that jingle has been in my head since the 70's
 
2013-06-26 07:20:34 AM  

Forced Perspective: If I wanted a perfect car, wouldn't I want something newer?  Do these cars even have automatic transmission?  Anti-lock brakes?  Air bags?  Backup rear camera?  Obviously not.  By the time you retrofitted this to be as good as a new car, you might as well just be a new car.


Even if you did all that you would still die in any accident over 35mph.
 
2013-06-26 07:27:19 AM  

Forced Perspective: If I wanted a perfect car, wouldn't I want something newer?  Do these cars even have automatic transmission?  Anti-lock brakes?  Air bags?  Backup rear camera?  Obviously not.  By the time you retrofitted this to be as good as a new car, you might as well just be a new car.


1) maybe, just depends.
2) no, but the vast majority of people don't know what these are, or how to properly apply them.
3) jeez, don't be such a pussy, they have lap belts, you plan on living forever?
4) yes, but back then you had to drape your right arm over the back of the shotgun seat, and turn your head around.
 
2013-06-26 07:30:10 AM  

Tellingthem: "Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile, and a 1965 Chevy Impala with six miles that still has its original window sticker and the plastic sheeting that covered its red leather seats. Although even ardent Corvette fans look askance at the late '70s models, the '78 version here with five miles has an appeal that's grown over time."

I love survivor cars. the ouside on some of these look a little rough but the interiors looks minty...


I love those vettes. Sure...lowest build quality, huge drop in power and performance from the gen before...but those were all over when I was a kid, its the first style of vette I recall seeing.
 
2013-06-26 07:33:52 AM  
Bbbut, they're Chevys.  So this isn't an automotive time capsule as much as its a collection of car
coprolites.

Except the 'Vette.  That's a sweet ride.
 
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2013-06-26 07:36:21 AM  
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2013-06-26 07:38:19 AM  

SpinStopper: Give me any one of those, a fair amount of funds and a garage, and I could seriously make something of it.

You have to realize that every single part of the vehicle has to be examined and/or repaired.  The engine, for instance, will need to be disassembled and repaired before you crank it up for the first time.  Same for the rest of the vehicle, if you give a damn about the thing.  Entropy (see: decay, rust, oxidation, etc.) will take place, and you have to do something about that.

But I'd really love to be given the opportunity to restore one of those babies ;)


Engines designed to run on leaded fuel need new rings or they will self-destruct.  Lead provided lubricity.
 
2013-06-26 07:47:10 AM  

lewismarktwo: Even if you did all that you would still die in any accident over 35mph.


Yeah, legit point.

one-in-the-chamber: Forced Perspective: If I wanted a perfect car, wouldn't I want something newer?  Do these cars even have automatic transmission?  Anti-lock brakes?  Air bags?  Backup rear camera?  Obviously not.  By the time you retrofitted this to be as good as a new car, you might as well just be a new car.

1) maybe, just depends.
2) no, but the vast majority of people don't know what these are, or how to properly apply them.
3) jeez, don't be such a pussy, they have lap belts, you plan on living forever?
4) yes, but back then you had to drape your right arm over the back of the shotgun seat, and turn your head around.


1) Okay...
2) Isn't the point of abs that you don't need to know how to apply them?  If you want the car to stop, then slam the brakes.  There's no stupid "pumping" mechanic.
3) I do not plan on living forever.  I don't plan dying by deliberately driving a car that is less safe.
4) So it's worse.  Got it.

And I only scratched the surface.  The reality is that today's cars are more fuel efficient and safer than anything created back then.  The average driver may not know that they have electronic stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution and adaptive headlamps, but there are people alive today because today's cars are better.
 
2013-06-26 07:50:55 AM  
I'm still waiting for the crates of thousands of WWII motorcycles to be dug up somewhere. All packed in grease, waiting to be assembled.

I'm going to be waiting a long time.
 
2013-06-26 08:07:58 AM  
Le sigh... my DREAM car is a '55 Chevy Bel Air (though a '53 or '57 would do in a pinch). Metal fleck Lake Placid Blue,
white leather interior, whitewalls, etc...
 
2013-06-26 08:09:33 AM  

Munchkin City Coroner: "Perfect car" and an American made brand don't belong in the same headline.


I disagree: Tucker was an American marque.
 
2013-06-26 08:09:44 AM  
I visited this dealership back in the 80s. The old boy wouldn't sell anything. The rows upon rows of trade ins from over the years out on the farm are a shame.They are on the farm outside of town. Supposedly the family made their money in oil down south and the dealership was more for fun than a business. There is an impressive amount of memorabilia lying around that will also bring in some big money.
 
2013-06-26 08:12:09 AM  
I would be concerned if the cars would still run.  Don't the seals and gaskets break down when just sitting, kind of dry rot?
 
2013-06-26 08:21:09 AM  

Forced Perspective: lewismarktwo: Even if you did all that you would still die in any accident over 35mph.

And I only scratched the surface.  The reality is that today's cars are more fuel efficient and safer than anything created back then.  The average driver may not know that they have electronic stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution and adaptive headlamps, but there are people alive today because today's cars are better.


There are more people alive today because the back seats of those cars were better (if ya know what I mean ...)
 
2013-06-26 08:26:52 AM  
TiredWings:  Yer full of sheet. An 86 Vette engine is more of a pain to do anything with than anything else GM ever offered. Next thing you will say is that you used the 4 + 3 transmission also......

"It's a bullshiat question.  Cause Chevy didn't make a 327 in '55. The 327 didn't come out til '62. And it wasn't offered in the Bellaire with the 4-barrel carburetor til '64. However, in 1964 the correct ignition timing would be 4 degrees before top dead center."
 
2013-06-26 08:31:42 AM  

lack of warmth: I would be concerned if the cars would still run.  Don't the seals and gaskets break down when just sitting, kind of dry rot?


Since these cars were stored indoors and didn't have the typical heat cycles that driven cars experience, most of the gaskets and seals should be fine - or at least not compromised to the point of failing. You'd probably want to take them apart and replace most of them, but that isn't incredibly difficult for someone who knows what they are doing.

I have a Chevy from later in this era ('67 Impala) that has a lot of its original rubber and it was driven and sat outdoors its whole life up until a few years ago - the engine was replaced in the late 70s so I can't speak to the seals.
 
2013-06-26 08:31:43 AM  

Forced Perspective: If I wanted a perfect car, wouldn't I want something newer?  Do these cars even have automatic transmission?  Anti-lock brakes?  Air bags?  Backup rear camera?  Obviously not.  By the time you retrofitted this to be as good as a new car, you might as well just be a new car.


Automatic transmissions became optional in GM cars in the 1940s, so it's a good bet many of these cars are equipped with one. It's not hard to use a manual and performance cars like the 'vette are more desirable with a stickshift.
The installation of seat belts became optional in the 50s and mandatory in the 60s, so a good many of them will also have those.
Many GM cars had optional air bags in the 70s, but few people ordered them, so these cars probably don't have them.
Antilock brakes did not get into general use until the late 80s, but many cars still don't have them today.
Backup camera ? if you must have one, they're easy and cheap to retrofit. But if you must have one, maybe you're not a very good driver...

At any rate, you're missing the point of driving an old car.

/unless you're a troll
 
2013-06-26 08:42:23 AM  

Turbo Cojones: SpinStopper: Give me any one of those, a fair amount of funds and a garage, and I could seriously make something of it.

You have to realize that every single part of the vehicle has to be examined and/or repaired.  The engine, for instance, will need to be disassembled and repaired before you crank it up for the first time.  Same for the rest of the vehicle, if you give a damn about the thing.  Entropy (see: decay, rust, oxidation, etc.) will take place, and you have to do something about that.

But I'd really love to be given the opportunity to restore one of those babies ;)

Engines designed to run on leaded fuel need new rings or they will self-destruct.  Lead provided lubricity.



Valve seats are the problem, not rings.
American cars from the early 70s onward are designed to run on unleaded, as its introduction was already planned. For the older ones you can get lead replacement additives.
 
2013-06-26 08:59:53 AM  

Forced Perspective: If I wanted a perfect car, wouldn't I want something newer?  Do these cars even have automatic transmission?  Anti-lock brakes?  Air bags?  Backup rear camera?  Obviously not.  By the time you retrofitted this to be as good as a new car, you might as well just be a new car.


The advantages of a manual transmission are obvious once someone attempts to car-jack you...
 
2013-06-26 09:07:36 AM  

toetag: TiredWings:  Yer full of sheet. An 86 Vette engine is more of a pain to do anything with than anything else GM ever offered. Next thing you will say is that you used the 4 + 3 transmission also......

"It's a bullshiat question.  Cause Chevy didn't make a 327 in '55. The 327 didn't come out til '62. And it wasn't offered in the Bellaire with the 4-barrel carburetor til '64. However, in 1964 the correct ignition timing would be 4 degrees before top dead center."


Lol...dead on balls accurate.

/ it's an industry term.
 
2013-06-26 09:10:18 AM  
 
2013-06-26 09:13:07 AM  
Wretched:
The advantages of a manual transmission are obvious once someone attempts to car-jack you...

Other than the gun in your face, how awesome would that be.

You: lean back and say, "ok, I'm cool with that. Just don't shoot me. You know how to drive a stick shift right?"

Cjacker: "F that", and walks away head down under the weight of your smug.
 
2013-06-26 09:19:15 AM  
Call me when they find one of these.

image.streetrodderweb.com

/Step into my Rocket 88.
 
2013-06-26 09:28:55 AM  
Does anyone know if the sale is in Pierce on Sept. 28-29?
 
2013-06-26 09:32:20 AM  

verbaltoxin: Call me when they find one of these.

[image.streetrodderweb.com image 640x480]

/Step into my Rocket 88.


Sweet -- as so many '57 models are.
 
2013-06-26 09:43:51 AM  

Pete_Penguin: Does anyone know if the sale is in Pierce on Sept. 28-29?


Articles I've seen say the auction is in the end of August...
 
2013-06-26 09:46:08 AM  

Krumet: Dibs on the Corvair Monza.


You have good taste in cars! Protip:you can get one for $4K, daily driver condition, all day on ebay motors or Craigslist.

Forced Perspective: The reality is that today's cars are more fuel efficient and safer than anything created back then.


I used to think so, until I restored a 1975 Honda Civic. Turned and stopped on a dime, got 50 miles to the gallon, and when I got hit, I was completely unharmed, and drove away from the wreck. Her brand new Kia was totaled. In my opinion, most of the "improvements" made to cars are in the name of comfort. All the safety improvements, beyond, say seatbelts and airbags are just automation of proper driving procedures (like traction control and ABS). Drivetrain "improvements" are just there to offset the increased weight of comfort features.

They made a < 1 ton car in 1975 that outperforms most of the cars made today weighing twice or even three times as much.
 
2013-06-26 09:56:18 AM  
Vega owner here (1973 base model 4 speed hatch back) I bought the car the day Reagan was shot for $600 bucks. I fixed the previous owner's repair jobs then drove the piss out of it till the motor just smoked too bad. Pulled the engine had the block steel sleeved and drove the hell out of it for years. I parked it and almost had it crushed in the California smog program (you were payed $600 bucks for it) but hung on to it and built a race car. People love them (Vega's) or despise them, some of the best GM horror stories were about Vega's (car started rusting when they got it home) or about the early S10 Blazer's (tranny blew up just after they picked up the car from the dealer). Years ago the local junk yard had a flyer wanting cars but on the bottom it said "NO VEGA'S OR PINTO'S". I"ll never sell my Vega, the car always treated me great and still does.
 
2013-06-26 10:05:17 AM  

cardex: I see WB or Disney buying them all for back lot props


I don't think so. Even with the paint looking rough, the low mileage and the mint condition says to me that they're going to have to pay Barrett Jackson type prices for these cars, rather than Craigslist.
 
2013-06-26 10:24:03 AM  

Hiro-ACiD: Lifeless: The only reason people buy them is to remind them of the days when driving was fun, seatbelts weren't mandatory and drunk driving was only a crime if you killed somebody.

And then, not even always!
laurabush.jpg


There was no indication that alcohol was involved.  Tragic accidents do sometimes just happen.
 
2013-06-26 10:25:13 AM  

fusillade762: Although even ardent Corvette fans look askance at the late '70s models

They do?

================

Ever drive a late 70s Corvette in stock form?  They sucked, sucked something powerful.
 
2013-06-26 10:41:51 AM  

capt.hollister: Turbo Cojones: SpinStopper: Give me any one of those, a fair amount of funds and a garage, and I could seriously make something of it.

You have to realize that every single part of the vehicle has to be examined and/or repaired.  The engine, for instance, will need to be disassembled and repaired before you crank it up for the first time.  Same for the rest of the vehicle, if you give a damn about the thing.  Entropy (see: decay, rust, oxidation, etc.) will take place, and you have to do something about that.

But I'd really love to be given the opportunity to restore one of those babies ;)

Engines designed to run on leaded fuel need new rings or they will self-destruct.  Lead provided lubricity.


Valve seats are the problem, not rings.
American cars from the early 70s onward are designed to run on unleaded, as its introduction was already planned. For the older ones you can get lead replacement additives.


And some of the older engines don't even need the additive.  Any of the lower compression engines, like the inline six cylinder engines, can run unleaded just fine.

/For example, the 235 Blue Flame
//Like the one in my '54 Bel Air
///Been running Unleaded since the '90s
 
2013-06-26 10:46:18 AM  

Medic Zero: 2wolves: I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.

Did it have the same aluminum engine block as the Vega? Because IIRC, that was one of the biggest problems with that car.


You remember correctly.  In large part due to not having steel piston linings.  They couldn't cool the things fast enough for the amount of friction generated heat.

It would take too long to list what my dad did to solve the problems that car had, but man was it ever fast.
 
2013-06-26 11:00:10 AM  
static.tvtropes.org
 
2013-06-26 11:02:12 AM  

Medic Zero: 2wolves: I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.

Did it have the same aluminum engine block as the Vega? Because IIRC, that was one of the biggest problems with that car.


The Vega valve stem seals were its real problem. They would get hot and harden. When the engine was off, oil would pool on the stem seals and leak in, fouling the spark plugs.

The Vega had a linerless, etched aluminum cylinder. The Porsche 928 and 944 had a very similar linerless, etched aluminum cylinder. My 944 currently has 302,000 miles with only modest oil consumption. May late (as in deceased) 1974 Vega GT did not make it to 90K before I had to rebuild.
 
2013-06-26 11:14:16 AM  

Fissile: fusillade762: Although even ardent Corvette fans look askance at the late '70s models

They do?
================

Ever drive a late 70s Corvette in stock form?  They sucked, sucked something powerful.


A 1978 Corvette with the base L48 motor was rated at just 185bhp or 220bhp with the optional L82 which also had a measured top speed of just 127mph, pretty good figures compared to, say, a 135bhp Mustang II Cobra, but so very miserly  compared to those of just a few years before. To make things worse, these cars were terribly cold-blooded and had generally awful drivability.

I remember the 70s. They were sad and terrible years for North American cars. Good thing the motorcycles of the era kept things interesting.
 
2013-06-26 11:25:33 AM  
Any 1953 2 door Chevy Nomad Wagons?  No?  Then I don't think I'm interested, thanks.
/yes I'm a weird car-guy.
//also loves flathead engines too, wanna fight about it?
 
2013-06-26 11:52:50 AM  
 
2013-06-26 12:13:21 PM  

SharkaPult: Any 1953 2 door Chevy Nomad Wagons?  No?  Then I don't think I'm interested, thanks.
/yes I'm a weird car-guy.
//also loves flathead engines too, wanna fight about it?


<Pedantic alert>
1955 was the first year of the name Nomad, prior to that they were either called 2-door wagons or deliveries.
</pedantic alert>

To show I'm not always a jerk, have some pron:
www.motortopia.com
 
2013-06-26 01:29:45 PM  
Hey Mike! There's a boatload of vintage cars with less than 10 miles on them, dirt cheap!
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
... they're in Nebraska.
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-06-26 01:37:48 PM  
a couple of Vegas

3.bp.blogspot.com
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-06-26 01:52:20 PM  
Any El Caminos?

...What? I like them.  Especially with a V8.
 
2013-06-26 02:04:04 PM  

Omahawg: you people are losers. I used to drive one of these.

[pimix.com image 400x300]

'cept it was like seven years ago and it was all rusted to hell and cost $500 but I was a broke mofo and the speedometer would bounce until it hit 40 or so and the rear view mirror fell off and the AM radio was mostly squwak unless you turned it up real high so I didn't notice that cop that chased me out of town 'cause I didn't know I blew through his speed trap. they threw me in jail over that. with a warrant out in the whole state of nebrasky even. it is good to be a caprice classic gangsta. damn, it's good.


I loved my Caprice. I had a burgundy and silver 79 that I was $600 in 1992. Power windows, power split bench seat, power mirrors, power sun roof, velour interior. I loved that car it was great, I never should have gotten rid of it. In fact, to this day it still had the best seat I've ever sat in. The drivers side of the power split bench was controlled by a joystick. You could pretty much get that seat into any angle or position, I could cruise like a low rider with my eyes barely over the drivers side window, but at the back of the drivers area, or in a moment be positioned like a granny with my nose up against the steering wheel. Made it a great road trip car, if your ass or legs or feet were getting uncomfortable from being in the same position you could easily change the angle or position of the seat. My dream car has the salvaged seat out of one of these in it.
 
2013-06-26 02:10:15 PM  

Skunkwolf: I'm still waiting for the crates of thousands of WWII motorcycles to be dug up somewhere. All packed in grease, waiting to be assembled.

I'm going to be waiting a long time.


Buy a Ural
 
2013-06-26 02:20:50 PM  

SharkaPult: Any 1953 2 door Chevy Nomad Wagons?  No?  Then I don't think I'm interested, thanks.
/yes I'm a weird car-guy.
//also loves flathead engines too, wanna fight about it?


You sir, have good taste!
 
2013-06-26 02:23:29 PM  

Zafler: Any El Caminos?

...What? I like them.  Especially with a V8.


My grandfather had about an '86, shiat brown though. Awesome car, I drove it a number of times. It's on the list of cars I'd own again.
 
2013-06-26 02:50:34 PM  

Medic Zero: Zafler: Any El Caminos?

...What? I like them.  Especially with a V8.

My grandfather had about an '86, shiat brown though. Awesome car, I drove it a number of times. It's on the list of cars I'd own again.


I like the '59 model and the '70s ones the best.  The '60s ones are too boxy looking, and its the fins and the first generation that sells it for me.
 
2013-06-26 03:06:11 PM  

Land Ark: SharkaPult: Any 1953 2 door Chevy Nomad Wagons?  No?  Then I don't think I'm interested, thanks.
/yes I'm a weird car-guy.
//also loves flathead engines too, wanna fight about it?

<Pedantic alert>
1955 was the first year of the name Nomad, prior to that they were either called 2-door wagons or deliveries.
</pedantic alert>

To show I'm not always a jerk, have some pron:
[www.motortopia.com image 850x566]


Technically you are correct.  Which is the best kind of correct.  Although I'm not sure there was a Chevy 2 door station wagon model at all in 1953. (which I have to assume was a typo by me)
I am reasonably sure the Bel-Air line had no station wagon option in 1953/54 and the 150 and 210 didn't have 2 door models available until 1955 alongside said Nomad. (I know the 2 door Handyman wasn't available in the 150 line until 1955)  The only 2 dr that I can recall offhand in 1953 is the AMC Rambler.
I meant to type the 1955 Chevy Nomad in my post.
/ stoopit fingurs tieping rong
//lerves old station wagons
 
2013-06-26 03:13:24 PM  

Medic Zero: SharkaPult: Any 1953 2 door Chevy Nomad Wagons?  No?  Then I don't think I'm interested, thanks.
/yes I'm a weird car-guy.
//also loves flathead engines too, wanna fight about it?

You sir, have good taste!


Much appreciated!  The old 2 dr wagons have a neat blue-collar flair that I like for some reason.  Just appeals to me.
My latest car-pipe dream is to somehow squeeze an old 8 cyl flathead motor into a little deuce-coupe.  Haven't seen one done up like that before and I think all the older car-guys in the neighborhood would get a kick out of it.
/future old car-guy.
//has weird taste in cars
 
2013-06-26 04:24:52 PM  

SharkaPult: Medic Zero: SharkaPult: Any 1953 2 door Chevy Nomad Wagons?  No?  Then I don't think I'm interested, thanks.
/yes I'm a weird car-guy.
//also loves flathead engines too, wanna fight about it?

You sir, have good taste!

Much appreciated!  The old 2 dr wagons have a neat blue-collar flair that I like for some reason.  Just appeals to me.
My latest car-pipe dream is to somehow squeeze an old 8 cyl flathead motor into a little deuce-coupe.  Haven't seen one done up like that before and I think all the older car-guys in the neighborhood would get a kick out of it.
/future old car-guy.
//has weird taste in cars


Me too! Have you seen the off-road Pacers?

I'd like an old station wagon too, but a mid-60's Valiant is what I'd like to start with.
 
2013-06-26 04:26:30 PM  

RastaKins: Medic Zero: 2wolves: I had an Astre' which was the Vega with AC and a slightly larger engine. Not a bad car.

Did it have the same aluminum engine block as the Vega? Because IIRC, that was one of the biggest problems with that car.

The Vega valve stem seals were its real problem. They would get hot and harden. When the engine was off, oil would pool on the stem seals and leak in, fouling the spark plugs.

The Vega had a linerless, etched aluminum cylinder. The Porsche 928 and 944 had a very similar linerless, etched aluminum cylinder. My 944 currently has 302,000 miles with only modest oil consumption. May late (as in deceased) 1974 Vega GT did not make it to 90K before I had to rebuild.


Interesting, thanks!
 
2013-06-26 05:32:39 PM  

SharkaPult: Medic Zero: SharkaPult: Any 1953 2 door Chevy Nomad Wagons?  No?  Then I don't think I'm interested, thanks.
/yes I'm a weird car-guy.
//also loves flathead engines too, wanna fight about it?

You sir, have good taste!

Much appreciated!  The old 2 dr wagons have a neat blue-collar flair that I like for some reason.  Just appeals to me.
My latest car-pipe dream is to somehow squeeze an old 8 cyl flathead motor into a little deuce-coupe.  Haven't seen one done up like that before and I think all the older car-guys in the neighborhood would get a kick out of it.
/future old car-guy.
//has weird taste in cars


Supposedly, out in the woods somewhere, my dad knows of a 1948-50 Ford F-5 grain truck-ish thing, which was parked and abandoned decades ago. It had a flathead in it, supposedly, that's free for the taking. Not sure what sort of condition it would be in at this point, or even if it would be possible to get it running, or what it would cost to start the process, but I always dreamed of taking a chainsaw, a big truck, and a log chain out there looking for it. What I would do with it, I have no idea, but t-bucket sounds like a good start. That's the real old rat-rod style, where you cut everything possible off the car and between the front of the tires and the steering wheel there's basically nothing but motor.
 
2013-06-26 06:03:15 PM  
Land Ark:... the engine was replaced in the late 70s so I can't speak to the seals.

This guy can...


i41.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-26 06:28:12 PM  

Medic Zero: Skunkwolf: I'm still waiting for the crates of thousands of WWII motorcycles to be dug up somewhere. All packed in grease, waiting to be assembled.

I'm going to be waiting a long time.

Buy a Ural


Or a Chang Jiang, complete with flathead engine.

Speaking of flatheads: a friend of a friend purchased a brand new, still in the crate, ex-Canadian army 1956 Triumph TRW 500. This was about 15 years ago, so the bike had been in proper storage for about 40 years, less than some of the cars in TFA, but it still needed a strip down and reassembly with all new gaskets, seals, and wiring before it could run. It did help that this bike is slightly less sophisticated than the average riding mower. Of course, being British, the fact that it leaked bodily fluids and had dodgy electrics meant everything was in order.
 
2013-06-26 09:11:09 PM  
Got to wonder how many of these end up in a collection, and never even get cleaned beyond blowing all the loose stuff off before going back inside, put up on blocks and all fluids drained! Then surrounded by a velvet rope you can walk past after paying a small fee!
 
2013-06-26 10:38:52 PM  

voodoomedic: Once my granddad realized his Parkinson's wouldn't allow him to drive anymore, he (reluctantly) gave me the keys to his mint condition '54 Chevy pickup (with the visor and the curved side windows.) Looked SO much better after I yanked out that stupid 3 on the tree tranny, put in an old '86 'vette engine, threw some new neons under the running boards, and added a crankin' Alpine. Used the old tires to set the trash fire out back...Old guy didn't know what he had.


Word!

But seriously, round these parts we call what you've described as circus ride, which typically is seen doing loser laps down Main Street on a Friday night.   Upon sight, the correct response is to hum "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite".
 
2013-06-27 12:32:50 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Wake me up if they find a low-mileage 1957 Chrysler 300 in the mix. Or a 1960. That'd be fine, too.


Lt. Mike Torello already bought it.
 
2013-06-27 04:29:12 AM  

Apos: a couple of Vegas

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 647x500]
[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 441x545]


What, are you from Japan or something?

We call the little flippy dude Vega here...

On a more serious note, my first car I ever had was a 1978 Chevy Malibu coupe... That sucker was a TANK... you could fit like 12 people in it if they got cozy. It also likely saved my life in the only accident I've ever been in. I was doing about 65 on a country road when I came over a hill to a little Ford Ranger that was in my lane... The driver had drifted over to my land because he was on a ton of drugs and drunk to boot... Utterly destroyed his truck, bent the frame of my car, but the only reason I was hurt was because the sun visor came down and clipped me in the face, cutting me above my eye and breaking my nose.
 
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