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November 2016 COTM
#1
Hi!

With all the nice folks around also trying to become car of the month I almost feel bad about giving it a shot myself but I guess we all have that problem so this time is probably as good as any, sorry guys ;-)

Let's start with the subject of this post:

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More car pictures near the bottom

That's my little pony on a lovely sunny day. I bought it in November 2012 off of a chicken farmer's son and got a free box of eggs with it. On my maiden voyage the car and the eggs all made it home safely.

The car to me is a big boys toy. I only drive it occasionally in the summer and like to work on it when I have some time. And work, there is plenty of ;-)

I had never worked on a car before and this is what I've done over the years:

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The very first thing was polishing the wheels. I dunno about you but I love love love these Cragars.

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Then, having been a ZZ Top fan nearly my whole life, the key hangers I bought at one of their concerts about 20 years ago finally found their place.

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Next I really wanted to get rid of the big chunk of plastic in between the front seats and replaced it with a mini console. Don't worry, I kept the big one, I might start liking it some day but not now.

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Meanwhile I got my Marti report and learned that my car was produced on the very special date of July 6, 1973 and sold in Florida.

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One thing that annoyed the crap out of me was big chipped off bits of paint from my front bumper so I sanded it and repainted. (The white spray on the black part was done by previous owners...). According to the Marti report my car used to be saddle bronze and I would like to one day paint it that way again.

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More painting was done at the rear to prevent rot.

The first "big" thing on my list was removing the LPG crap from the car. It just looked alien and when you don't drive often there is no use for it really.

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Before.

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After. Much cleaner, no?

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The next job was removing and re-installing the instrument cluster. I gave it a new printed circuit and replaced the bulbs with LEDs.

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At the start of 2015 I thought it was time for a bit of luxury and replaced the old filler cap. These things ain't cheap! It looks a hell of a lot better back there now though :-)

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Battling starting issues forever I installed a new fuel pump which now at least pumps up more fuel which is good.

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Then there was a bit of a rust issue in the trunk.

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But not anymore!

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Earlier this year I also wanted to replace my the waterneck on top of the pump. As some may remember that didn't go too smooth as both bolts snapped off. Great learning moment for me that was.

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A few months ago I purchased these hydraulic ramps and I am mighty pleased with them as I can now get underneath the car without any help!

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The first job underneath the car was replacing the starter which I did 2 weekends ago. Very happy it all went well.

So that's my adventure sofar. I hope it will continue for a long time. I'm not the kind of person that easily puts things aside when something better comes along. I am dedicated to keeping this car well and hope to hang on to it for a looooong time :-)

To end my submission, here are a few more photos of the car (and yours truly:

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I hope you've enjoyed this really long post and if you've read this far, I also hope you're willing to vote for me as Car of the Month.

Cheers!

Vincent.
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#2
First to vote! I have to vote for Vinnie, a small part from my old Mach 1 is part of his car. Wink

Great looking car.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

Pics of modifications included in:
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#3
Got my Vote. Hey, It's a '73 Grandé!

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#4
Vinnie;279358 Wrote:Hi!

With all the nice folks around also trying to become car of the month I almost feel bad about giving it a shot myself but I guess we all have that problem so this time is probably as good as any, sorry guys ;-)

Let's start with the subject of this post:

[Image: IMG_3999a.jpg]
More car pictures near the bottom

That's my little pony on a lovely sunny day. I bought it in November 2012 off of a chicken farmer's son and got a free box of eggs with it. On my maiden voyage the car and the eggs all made it home safely.

The car to me is a big boys toy. I only drive it occasionally in the summer and like to work on it when I have some time. And work, there is plenty of ;-)


I hope you've enjoyed this really long post and if you've read this far, I also hope you're willing to vote for me as Car of the Month.

Cheers!

Vincent.
Vinnie,
I gave you a vote. The propane looked like a dual fuel set up for gasoline and propane. I put one on a Ford van back about 1975 when gas was difficult to get here drove it nearly 1/2 million miles and had crash.
Glad you are enjoying your car and learning to work on it.


When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??
Tongue
David
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#5
You got my vote.... mostly because I have the same key chain. Smile


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Mike

"If I were you...... I´d rather be me."  Tongue

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#6
Nice car! thumb

I especially love the nice pictures on the newspaper you used to mask off the wheel well opening. Coolphotos

Between that and the keychain - I don't know if I can compete on this level. Wink

Eric

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#7
You got my vote. Your car is almost a perfect match for my former Grandé, minus the stripes and tutone. I love the white paint with the black vinyl top. Looks awesome. And ZZ Top didn't hurt either. Nice car!

Scott
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#8
luxstang;279376 Wrote:You got my vote.... mostly because I have the same key chain. Smile

Awesome!


Thanks for the support and nice words so far guys :-)
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#9
I like those hydraulic ramps - looks like they beat out these old 3 ton jack stands I am using. How much did they cost?
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#10
About 325 euros, you do the rest of the math :-)
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