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Old 12-30-2011, 01:53 AM
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It is! I just thought that y'all would probably enjoy this pic. He's been a car guy all his life. When he got back from the war, he started a service station with his brother. It was in west Detroit. It was in operation from the late '40s through the late '50s, at which time his brother decided to move to Alaska. Here is a pic from 1951. That's him on the left:

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They did have gas and carried Gulf for most if not all of the time, but the primary thing they did was car service and sales. I've heard many stories about how he and my grandma never had a new car until the 1965 Mustang that she made him order brand new. He always bought wrecked cars from the junkyard and made one good car out of two wrecks. Sound familiar?

After they closed the service station, he drove a daycab truck for a few years making local deliveries and then went to work at Ford for 25 years.

When I first told him what I bought, he couldn't believe it (in a bad way). He couldn't imagine A) how I could buy the car sight unseen, B) why on earth I would buy a car with 150k), and C) why I would want to tear apart a perfectly good one to do this. He still thinks part C and gives hints about the other two, but he's slowly accepting it. He slept on it that night and the next day, my grandma said it's all he talked about all day. He's so excited to do this (even though he may not agree), it's hard to rein him in sometimes. Fortunately he's learned that we need to bag and tag all the parts, because there are so many, so everything has gone pretty smoothly so far.

Only hiccup was this morning when he called wondering where I was and was ready to drop the coolant and start taking the radiator off. He wasn't a happy camper when I told him I wanted to drive it a little more first.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:12 AM
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awesome thread and i'll be watching and waiting for updates every day! unlike me you seem to get ***** done LOL looking great so far!
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Not to that stage yet. In fact, I don't have a girlfriend right now either. As my dad says, as long as I don't, I may as well have something like trucks to focus on. Still trying to figure out which would be more expensive though!
Girlfriend. It's not even close.....

My wife, sweetheart that she is, would already be voicing her displeasure about "the mess in the garage". And all you've got apart so far is the seats and doors!
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Here's a short one. After doing all those runs in 4 low and 4 high, I shut it off and started it again right away, just to see how easy it would start after being warmed up. It took a little longer than I thought it would. Perhaps the old fuel?

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That's actually a pretty normal startup, sometimes it takes a few turns, but that's normal. You'll know when it's taking too long...
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Sunline Fan, that is such a cool story. Life was so different then, it was a daily struggle for lots of people. Your Grandpa has a vast amount of knowledge to share with you. You are so fortunate that both he and your Grandma are still around. Hanging with Gramps is priceless, enjoy the time because one day you will be telling the story of this event to your grandchildren.
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I'm definitely subscribing!

How does the driver side sunvisor with the homelink look? May be interested. Also, if no one has called them already, I'm interested in the deeper cupholders for the front console and the dash.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:33 PM
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Also, if no one has called them already, I'm interested in the deeper cupholders for the front console and the dash.


Lock N Load has dibs on the floor console deep cup holder, and I have dibs on the pull-out dash cup holder.

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I'm definitely subscribing!

How does the driver side sunvisor with the homelink look? May be interested. Also, if no one has called them already, I'm interested in the deeper cupholders for the front console and the dash.
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Damn this is such a great thread not just because of the build but just having your grandfather in this build. That's just amazing
Good luck with the build I'll be watching this
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whew. i'd love to do this swap when the v10 blows up. i always wanted a diesel X.
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whew. i'd love to do this swap when the v10 blows up. i always wanted a diesel X.

That may be a while!
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yeah. I hope so. I have a disease and I always need more power.
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I'm definitely subscribing!

How does the driver side sunvisor with the homelink look? May be interested. Also, if no one has called them already, I'm interested in the deeper cupholders for the front console and the dash.
It's here, but a little bent. Funny you ask because I just put it in the black one tonight. I was having a problem with that one, where I only got one garage door to program. So after going through all the trouble of swapping the visors, I tried to program the garage doors and still no go. So, the issue lies in my programming methods that obviously don't work. So I'll probably put the other one back on since I have the one door already programmed in there and try to figure out my programming.

Anyway, the main visor bracket cracked in the accident. Also, the rod that the secondary visor is on also bent from the roof crippling.

Contact me by PM for more info if you're interested.
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