In a earlier post I picked out two sleeper cars that were totally awesome (does anyone use that phrase any more?). Here is how they did at auction.
The odd Pontiac Beaumont – Chevelle/Nova/Chevy II build by GM and sold North of the border by Pontiac-Buick dealerships throughout Canada brought a nice price. Seems someone liked the 375hp, 396 – Chevelle SS trim car to the tune of $32,000.00 (USD). Yeah…no kidding!!!!
I love this car!!!
The other sleeper was a 1966 Chevy Chevelle 300 Deluxe. It was a plain jane looking Chevy with painted steel wheels. But it had a big surprise – 502 crate GM motor with 502 hp. AWESOME!!!! As was the hammer price…………………… $41,800.00. WOW!!!!
Of course there were many, many other awesome cars. Look for a few more posts on the Barrett-Jackson auction from last week.
As usual I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with the lineup of cars for this years Barrette-Jackson Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ.
I spent the entire day looking over the offering and even with other auctions running just before, during and just after, you are going to see some great auction fun!!!
One of my favorites of course are the Mustangs and there are plenty there!!! That being said, I did not see a single 71-73 Mustang in the tents – but I do see at least one in the catalog. But you have to love what was on display in one corner of this massive complex.
As I march down the dark path that is the diagnostic process to find out the health of the 351 Cleveland, the first steps are to clean up a few leaks (mainly so it doesn’t bleed fluids all over the garage floor and driveway) and replace the points and condenser with a Petronix system.
If you are not familiar Petronix it’s a simple electronic ignition system (as compared with a MSD electronic ignition system) that keeps your car looking stock, as it all tucks under the distributor cap.
First I need to trouble a few leaks. If you wonder why I’m whispering in the any of the video it’s because to avoid the 100 plus temps I get started early.
Of course the power steering has nothing to do with the engine, but it is substantial and annoying. As a side note, when is a garage not a garage? When it’s the most used entry way into your home. Hence the desire to tackle these leaks before move the Mustang under cover. Of course I can put something on the floor but you know as well as I do, that doesn’t matter, because one of the unpublished laws of physics, that goes something like “Car fluids defy all published laws of physics and go where the hell they want.”
Here is the power steering cleaned up a bit.
We’ll see if it leaks again. On to the next leak!
Now we’ve got one more leak to take care of and that is the valve covers. Check it out:
I’ll get Part II post up here shortly. I’m breaking it up as too many videos tend to slow the loading on the page.
Emulation is probably one of the most commons things in the car hobby. We see a car at a show or race and are instantly entranced by its siren song of looks, performance, and imagination-stimulating allure. And after enough exposure, commitment to building a duplicate becomes irresistible.
Ron Scott Jr. had always loved the vintage race look on classic Corvettes. Wide wheel flares, spoilers, race-style wheels and brakes, the growl of a powerful V-8 through headers and race exhaust, they all had him entranced to the point he wanted to build one of his own. He wanted a car he could not only show, but also take to track days and autocross events as well. After searching online, he found a suitable candidate on eBay to start his build with.
“I found the car on eBay for $35K. It was rough, with some bodywork completed and a second-gen LT1 out of an early fourth-gen Camaro sitting in the frame. It was pretty much a roller with no interior, wiring, or anything special. It was perfect for what I was looking to do, as we didn’t want to modify anything that was nice.”
If you picked up my Twitter feed (@AGCarRestore) you would have seen a great cross-section of the cars and activities going on as they occurred in Scottsdale last weekend. Below are the a few short videos that give you a feel of the activities and over the next few post, I’ll share some ‘most excellent’ cars.
Great sights and sounds.
View of the Autocross pit.
Thanks for reading.
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So I’m going to warp up the articles on the Fords on 4th Ave car show and getting ready for live tweets from Good Guys show in Scottsdale, Az tomorrow.
In a previous post I mentioned the lack of Mercury’s (other than Cougars) at the show, there were only a couple Thunderbirds and sadly only one Torino. I love the Torino! I should have kept my 1974 GS with Cobra Jet engine!
1974 Grand Sport Torino
So as a warp up I thought I’d share my (non-Mustang) favorites from the show.
First up is the one and only Ford Torino.
Very Nice 1973 Torino. Love the body style! This one didn’t have any of the badge and I couldn’t tell if it was a Grand Torino. It appeared to have a 351 engine.
Can’t say I like the grill.
Nicely done and mostly stock!!!
Here is the oldest Ford in the show:
1915 Ford Model T.
Doodlebug – defined as vehicle used for work around the farm. My Grandfather had one (1930’s Ford) and we called it the Doodlebug.
This Falcon is amazing!! Nice V8 (351 I believe).
Yes I know it’s a wagon!!! But check out the quad exhaust exiting in front of the rear wheels. Now that’s very cool!!
Interior was so nicely done!!!
Fairlane 500 Retractable!!!!
This Fairlane GTA was the bomb!!!
The Econoline had a V8 wedged between the seats!!!
Hope you enjoyed this recap of Fords on 4th Ave, here in Tucson, AZ.
While there were an abundance of Mustang and other Ford products at Fords on 4th Ave, missing was the Ford sub-culture of Mercury’s. For the past few years you could find a small group of Montereys, Montclairs, Park Lanes …
While there were an abundance of Mustang and other Ford products at Fords on 4th Ave, missing was the Ford sub-culture of Mercury’s. For the past few years you could find a small group of Montereys, Montclairs, Park Lanes, Marquis, Turnpike Cruisers, and Montegos. I think I saw first Park Lane and Turnpike Cruiser at that event a few years gone. They were there this years.
That being the case there were some stunning examples Falcons and their spinoffs, as well as Cougars, trucks and everyone favorite Ford Fairlane/Galaxies 500’s.
On of the larger groups were the Ford Fairlanes/Galaxies, everything from the 500’s GTA’s and GT’s it was a great representation of what I think was one of Ford best designs. Check these out:
Cobra Le Mans
Check out the specs!!!
One of my favorite wheel types.
Here one more up close:
This is a GT.
That is the 390!!!
Interior is well restored. Original steering wheel.
Stacked Headlights and Stacked Tail lights
I do have to show you one custom version – lowered.
Galaxie 500 Stacked Headlights – Single Tail lights
Perfect Interior. Nice to see the steering wheel with horn rim.
Lowered with lots of chrome in the engine bay.
Here is the group shot.
An awesome sight!!
Still more to come. Drop me a note if you a favorite Ford!!!
Before there were muscle cars, there were big block racers. Designed to do battle on track in NASCAR, they had all the trappings of a big, luxurious car but with the beating heart of rampant V8. The two main proponents were Chevrolet’s Impala and Ford…
The six vehicles include a 1941 Lincoln Continental, a 1951 Hudson Hornet and a 1962 Ford Galaxie. They are scheduled to be auctioned at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the UT-Knoxville campus on Saturday. Baker, who died last year …
(I will never forget riding back from Pittsburgh in one of those 1970s blizzards with him driving his perfect 1966 Ford Galaxie. One tough winter driver, and he had no traction control computers aiding him, either.) Now, I await those new motor mounts …
The Southern Arizona Mustang Club showcases their vehicles from 7-9:00 p.m.. FC Tucson 4th of July Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson 85713. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.. Fireworks start 30 minutes after the game …
“The most wonderful time of the year!!!” No not Christmas – BETTER! It’s car show season!!! From March though Oct here in the southwest is prime car show season.
Normally I start feeding my car show appetite in January, during the car auction month that kicks off with Barrett Jackson in Phoenix, AZ. With my budget these are just fancy car shows, rather than a shopping trip. Then I suffer quietly until March when all the shows start kicking-in. This year I didn’t attend the Barrett Jackson event so I starved until this past weekend when I could attend my first show of the year. That show was Fords on 4th Ave, Tucson, Az.
I’ve attend this show for the past 4 or 5 years, even entering my 1970 Mustang one year. It is always a great time!
This year either with the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, you’d expect to see a lot of the new cars and you would not have been disappointed. If you follow me on TWITTER (@AGCarRestore) you would have seen live shots. (You may want to follow me on Twitter, this weekend 3/13 I’ll be tweeting from the Good Guy’s show in Scottsdale, AZ.)
… their own price increases over MSRP for limited edition models, but even though the 2015 Ford Mustang has been in dealerships for months now – there are still some dealerships adding massive markups on the special 50th Anniversary Mustang GT.
Of course I can’t show you all the cars but here are a few that caught my eye.
This was a very nicely done ’72 Karmann Ghia
I’d vote this one “BEST INTERIOR” it was so well done!!!!
Maybe my favorite Mustang at this show.
Engine compartment was fantastic
I loved this Stang with its “come as you are” attitude.
Paint job is priceless.
Can’t beat an original 289 HP engine.
The sign says “Please Touch”
British cars were well represented with these two well maintained specimens.
This is a well restored and maintained Spitfire 1500.
Check out all that wood!!!
Sharp little car.
This TR6 was a highlight.
I’ve always said that sometime there’s even a mini-car show in the parking lot of any car show. Often folks will drive their classic to a car show, thinking theirs is good enough to enter (Dude, just check out the Mustang above!!!) so they keep it out side. So don’t forget to looking around after you park, you might even find a good deal. Check these two:
This Firebird was there and parked outside.
Needs some work but….!!!
Here’s the number.
You can’t see it from this shot but it a Covair Wagon
Thanks for reading. Coming up the main attraction for this car show – 1911 Pierce Arrow Touring Car!!