Car owner checking in to say I am excited to follow along on this build!
Pete and I spoke a few times and I spoke with other past customers so I am confident he will do a great job and I'll be happy in the end.
I've owned the car since 92 when I was 14 years old. Without a bunch of boring stories, I'll leave it at the car has way more sentimental value than it does financial value. It is the classic case of "If you want that end product, start with a different car" but this one will be saved.
Ford says it started life as as a Prairie Bronze and saddle brown interior. Coupe (Hardtop for the picky among us) 200 I-6, 3 speed, manual steering, manual brakes. Am only. If ford had an option available in 1965, this car didnt have it.
When I bought the car it was Red and White (interior) as seen above. I have always been a historic preservation type and initially I planned on keeping it all original. As I learned that red wasnt the original color and that the car wasnt desireably rare...I decided around 96 to make it what I wanted. Working my way through college I scrimped up the cash to ditch the I6 in favor of a 351W and a C4.
As I matured just a tad I learned what rust was. LOL. Soon I realized the floor boards were completely gone and needed to be replaced. My brother in law and I set about that task. We drove the car into his garage in November 2004 intending to weld in 2 small toe board patches and drive it out by Monday. The more we cut, the more rust we found and toe board extensions turned in front and rear full pans. Torque boxes in the rear. New seat risers. and on and on. At the time a one piece floor wasnt offered. If it was it would have been used. I am an electrical contractor. And I'm pretty good with my hands, but I am not a welder. I was a bit at his mercy and work was busy for both of us and the car wasnt a daily driver. November turned to January then February. In early February My brother in law was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25. As chemo stressed his body his ability and desire to work on the car wained. We left it in his garage until he could regain the strength to finish it. But "man plans and God laughs" as they say and in January of 2007 he lost the battle. His wife locked his garage up with a logging chain and heavy lock and the car sat. In 2009 she called and said the house was being sold and the car needed to be moved. I picked it up drug it down to my farm and parked it along a tree line under a tarp. And it sat. In 2011 I pulled it into my garage where it has sat since.
I have a 15 year old son and he is every bit a car guy..and a few months back he said "Dad its crazy that you owned that car when you were my age. I hope we get it finished in time for me to drive it to my highs school prom like you and mom did."
Its taken up space too long. Its time to either fix it and make it right or get rid of it.
Let's do it right.
I called and spoke to 4 or 5 resto shops along the east coast. Pete made me feel comfortable and he and I share a lot of philosophical similarities on the cars and work ethics in general. That he was also a fellow Clemson Tiger didnt hurt. I graduated with a EE in '00 Pete beat me by a few years.
So last Tuesday (Election day!) my son and I set out on a simple trip that turned into an epic adventure. Pete lives about 2 hours from me, and we left home around 10AM bringing the car to him. Sometime around 6pm I pulled into Pete's beautiful retreat.
So that brings us to today. I look forward to following along as Pete fixes her rusty shell and I'll chime in with a few drivetrain posts as it comes together simultaneously.
Now back to work to pay for all this fun!