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03 Apr 2004 20:32 #1527 by balinwire
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From: ACDthebest
To: balinwire
Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:05 pm
Subject: lucky you
Am a bit of a rookie at this newsletter/bulletin board bit. I can't tell from your picture very well, but you appear to be a fairly young guy to be messing around with these old beauties. They are beyond anything I can fathom ever owning. I have been infatuated with them as long as I can remember. I saw my first "casket nose" in a July 4th parade, and was hooked. I've read everything I can get my hands on (Rolling Scultpture is an awesome book), and being a Hoosier the first 20 some years of my life, I have spent many enjoyable days at the ACD showroom/museum. Some day I hope to just be able to enjoy a ride in one. Whether that will ever happen, I have no idea. I joined the site here just to read about them, and follow along with others. Enjoy the opportunity you have to own/love one of these beauties. No matter how ratty it may be, one of these is still better than anything on the road since (except maybe an SJ...). Good luck in getting yours up and runnning.

reply from balin':4/1/04

Don?t worry about a ride, as the 810-812?s are as modern as riding in a new car, remember they have a unibody and an engine like a 289 mustang! A very pleasant, modern ride. They just have great body lines. They steer like a tub, big fenders <Phantom Corsair>, as the front drive only allows limited radius turns.

I never thought I would find a car either but after 30 years I found one in really good condition, lost in barn fresh condition. I had to pay plenty but it is all there and very good but it needs a few things. It can be difficult to find parts, as I live in Texas and most of the interest is in the Indiana area.

There are no cars around here and mine is really awesome. I almost had it ready for the mini meet but the cracks around the block are leaking so I may be able to overhaul the block and that takes a long downtime. With new tires it went 30 miles per hour and could have gone a hundred but still overheats so I shut it down. Needs more TLC.

I know it will be worth the effort. I have always admired the sedan style. It is just as nice as the convertible. You have seen the copper one in the museum. I am sure someday the closed cars will be similar value to the open cars. My car is a nice example Westchester with 30K miles. Slight wear, only 27K miles on odometer. When it?s broke it doesn?t rack up many miles.

There are incredible highs but also lows in restoring one of these as there are no parts and most things have to be made by hand. The project will go on aside from the mechanical setbacks and computer crashes here.

No ride today but maybe someday! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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