Thursday, November 17, 2016

1955 Ford Courier Sedan Delivery

Pampano Beach, Florida is where this super cool ride is located. This is a 1955 Ford Courier Sedan Delivery and it’s listed on eBay where there are seven days left to get your bids in and line up your preferred shipper. The current bid is just under $1,500, and of course the reserve isn’t met. This is one sweet rod.

This is a rare beast and it actually looks pretty good. No, it looks very good! I have no clue how much bodywork will be involved here, I’m guessing that this car is loaded with filler, it’s just too rust-free-looking for being 59-years old. And, it looks a little wrinkly and uneven and.. weird in a few spots. The seller says that it came from a very hot country (not a clue) so there is basically no heating system installed, ever, since it was new, in some other country that apparently is hot. That split tailgate is super cool!

We’ve probably all done a bit of bodywork and in looking at this car it probably wouldn’t take a ton of work to make it look good and flip it for a profit, if that’s what a person was in to. Well, scratch that, if you look beyond the decent outer body you’ll see where most of your time and money will be spent. But, even with that, if the reserve is low enough a person could theoretically throw $30,000 into this car and still make a healthy profit. Of course, if you bring it into a restoration shop you’re not going to get it back in perfect condition for $30,000 so you’ll have to do a lot of the work yourself.

We all know that this car will never be restored back to original specs. Some cars just lend themselves to be restomods for the rest of their lives. Any Willys coupe, of course. A Henry J? Forget it. A bathtub Nash? HA, give me a break; all restomods. A sedan delivery is in the same camp. And, there is not one thing wrong with that, I’m just stating the obvious. I can see the appeal for this car to become a gumball-colored custom, it just has that cool shape and persona about it. The interior will, of course, need as much work as the exterior will, but other than welding on the floors and maybe some roof/headliner work, hopefully it won’t be a money pit.

This is the original engine, Ford’s Y-block 272 V8 that would have had around 160 hp. It looks good in there, obviously it’s been out and has at least been painted, but no word on if it’s been rebuilt or not. Supposedly this is a running car, but just enough to get it on a trailer; although the brakes all work and under the front end of the car it looks pretty good to me, just from looking at this one photo. Is anyone else a fan of these sedan delivery vehicles? I think they’re cool as heck.


1973 Ford Pinto Wagon

It’s usually exciting to find a one owner original survivor car for $1500, like this one here on craigslist, but it is a Pinto. Who can blame someone for walking away from it in 1985. It looks complete and original on the outside. It’s here in Sacramento, so it might not be too rusty. It even has the hubcaps. There’s no word on if it runs and no pictures of the interior.

There’s rust showing on the tailgate for some reason. Perhaps something was mounted there, like a bike rack, that wore away the paint. The bumper has an interesting bend.

The engine looks complete and not too messy. That is a 2 litre 4 cylinder with 86 horsepower mated to a 3 speed manual transmission. Some claim these are 14 second cars, 14 seconds to 60 mph anyway.

The right hand side looks like it’s made close friends with at least one stationary object. If this runs, could it be a fun little driver? What do you think it might be worth?


1949 Ford Coupe

Though plentiful and popular, we couldn’t withhold this cheap ’49 Ford coupe. Appearing to have undergone a partial restoration, this Ford is nice and comes with a great deal of good condition and new parts. Priced at $2,900 we are just fine with “some assembly required.” Find it here on craigslist out of Pueblo, New Mexico.

Packing its original drivetrain, the engine bay certainly needs some work. The overspray is a bit disappointing, although it could be rectified. There is no real mention of the engines condition, and if it runs, but we would think that the engine has some life considering how much work has been put into paint, and interior. But we cannot assume anything.

The interior looks to be primarily new, although the steering wheel could use some help. The seller has done a lot of interior work on this Ford, and has spares for the interior. The exterior wears a pleasant shade of green. There looks to be a scratch in the passenger front fender, and we question the paint quality due to the view of the engine bay and over spray. Although the body looks superb and very straight along with the chrome work. The seller claims this Ford to be rust free, and after examining this Ford, we can believe it.

With a solid start, a lot of potential, and a cheap price this ’49 Ford Coupe is hard to pass up.  Would you take on this ’49 Ford Coupe? What would you do with this cult classic?


1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

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The seller of this 1965 Mustang claims that the engine runs and drives, but that the brakes don’t “stop real good”. That’s the least of the next owner’s problems though as there’s plenty of rust and bodywork that need addressing. This wasn’t the best specced car either with a 289-2v, 3-speed manual, and standard interior. Still, Fastbacks are very desirable and there’s no doubt in my mind that someone will rescue this poor pony. It’s located in Spring City, Pennsylvania and is listed here on eBay where bidding ends later today.


1969 Big Block Mach 1

There weren’t a whole lot of big block Mustangs built, and it’s even rarer to find one with factory air conditioning! This particular car has been in Reno, Nevada its whole life up until now (and isn’t far away now in Sparks) and is available here on eBay, where bidding has climbed past any reserve to just over $15,000.

I can’t say I’m a fan of the “torq thrust” wheels, nor the jacked up rear springs. However, the car as a whole appears quite original, including what I think is factory Lime Gold paint. I don’t personally remember seeing those stripes on 1969 Mustangs, but it does look like the “type 4” stripe on this page.

The seller tells us that the only areas of real concern are the spot in the trunk lid that has rusted through and some minor dings and dents, one of which you can see here just behind the driver’s side front wheel. I guess it will depend on the final auction price whether I’d agree with that statement, but if you are looking for an original big block early Mustang with air conditioning, you don’t have a lot to choose from!

Unfortunately, the seller doesn’t give us a good clear shot of the interior, but they do state that it will require a new dash pad and headliner. I wonder what the front seats look like? Could I live with them for a while? What about the dash pad and headliner?

To me, the worst thing about this find is that you might have to pull that 390 that barely fits in that engine compartment in the first place. The engine doesn’t currently run (not surprising considering there’s no distributor cap, rotor or plug wires!) and we don’t even know if it is free at the moment or not. We’re told it has 56,000 original miles so I’m surprised there are many issues getting it to run at all. That being said–would you like to be the one running it next? I know I would!


1966 Ford Boogie Van

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When you look at a van like this 1966 Ford E-Series here on eBay, your mind tends to wander: who created this psychedelic machine? Did they have a vision when they started? Do they tire of getting photographed while idling in city traffic? Who knows, but I have to give credit to the builder for bringing the various design and equipment elements together to create something quite unrepeatable. The bids are nearing $14K and there’s no reserve in sight. 

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If we get serious for a minute, you have to give the builder credit: he  completed this van and then took off on a month-long road trip with his wife and their dogs to explore the USA via Route 66. He documented the trip here on, and it’s well worth the read (it helps he’s a photographer and took some excellent photos of classic Americana.) The van was gone through from top to bottom, including the paint job and a hotted-up and rebuilt Ford 300 I6 engine.

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True to form, this Econoline has shag carpeting inside. That’s a must-have, wouldn’t you agree? The van has some modern creature comforts, including surround sound stereo and Bluetooth-enabled technology for receiving calls. The Moon pedals and fire extinguisher are appropriate period touches, and you’ll be staring out new glass all around as the seller has replaced those components as well. My favorite feature of this van is its history: it was formerly a work van owned by the Singer Sewing Company, which employed a fleet of these vehicles for making house calls.

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The seller is listing it on behalf of the photographer owner, and claims there are plenty of good stories to go with this “Boogie Van” creation – including almost causing two wrecks in Texas due to distracted drivers. I’m sure you would have to get used to lots of eyeballs on the road, but I doubt anyone buying this considers themselves a wallflower. If it were mine, I’d lose the raked stance and keep the rear even with the front but there’s not much else I’d mess with – although, the rear cargo area is crying out for a velvet couch. How would you use it?


1941 Ford Super Deluxe

1941 Ford Super Deluxe
Who doesn’t love a little patina? Certainly it’s not for every car, and maybe not for everyone, but it certainly has its place in the automotive realm. This original 1941 Ford Super Deluxe isn’t rich with beautiful shiny paint and a full restoration. Instead it is rich in originality and history. Although sporting an as found historic look, this Ford is a runner driver and is ready to cruise to your local car event. The bidding on this Ford is up to $8,600 and the reserve has yet to be met. Find it here on eBay out of Frazier Park, California.

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Even though the exterior has patina, the engine bay is a much different story. The bay looks to have been painted black to “freshen” it up, and the engine and its components look clean and fresh. The flathead V8 is claimed to “run like a mouse with slippers.” The engine and driveline appear to be all in good working order making for a great cruiser.

1941 Ford Super Deluxe Interior
The interior looks surprisingly nice in this old Ford looking to be mostly original. There is certainly a bit of fading and a few blemishes, but it really looks to be a comfortable view from the cockpit of this Super Deluxe. The dash board even sports a bit of surface rust, but it looks wonderful in untouched condition, maintaining the originality. The exterior obviously has some surface rust, but the seller has noted there is not rot, or holes in this Ford. It appears there may be a few small dents here and there, but nothing serious enough to create a crease. The trim appears all present and shiny, and the bumpers don’t look to shabby either.

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We know patina isn’t for everyone and there is certainly a line between patina and a rusty heap. Although, we rather enjoy original type vehicles such as this with what is a manageable level of patina. The original paint is clearly present and the interior is pleasant, where you could actually convince anyone to ride in this car without fear of tetanus, or other hazards. Would you drive this patina cruiser? What we are really wondering is what this 1941 Ford Super Deluxe will close for? What do you think would be a fair price for this Ford?