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|Gunny:||Yes, you could always tell a Ray Harryhausen stop motion figures movements. He had a certain way his two legged contructs walked and moved. I saw his films over and over on Saturdays, at the movies. I mean the real old days of actually going to a theater. (Mon, May 13, 1:14pm PDT)|
|BigH:||Rhonda, you'll like this. Had a tough year and decided to treat myself, so going to get the '64 Galaxie 2 door hardtop (Wimbledon White exterior/red interior, 289, Cruise-o-Matic tranny) back up and running after having stored it in a damp garage for more than a dozen years (what a mistake that was). Had it since I was 16. Body is straight as an arrow, and all the chrome and stainless is intact, so hopefully not too costly. Think I'll get it in show condition. Give me something to do for the next 15 years. (Tue, May 14, 3:34pm PDT)|
|Rhonda:||You are!?!!! That's great! It sounds like a wonderful plan, and like you said, not too costly. You must enter it in some shows. There is such a great back story to it. I love the color combo. Just today a friend called and told us about '64 Chevy Impala SS (what my husband had, and we eloped in)...for sale. I guess we'll go look at it, but it would be a hefty investment. Have fun, BigH. Glad to hear you're going to do this. (Wed, May 15, 4:40pm PDT)|
|BigH:||I met with the resto guy this morning and he said he'd never seen one with a body so straight and all the chrome and stainless intact. So hopefully that will save some bucks for a full on restoration. (Thu, May 16, 2:31pm PDT)|
|BigH:||And did I mention it has 197,000 miles on it? I bought it in '75 with 111,000 miles. I'd say that's a strong performer. The Ford 289 is probably the most durable engine ever built. Reminds me of my '82 Kawasaki KZ100J. That sucker took a beating, too, but always performed (it was used widely for cop bikes back in the day). I think this is gonna be fun. Costly, but fun. (Thu, May 16, 2:47pm PDT)|
|BigH:||I was gonna try to keep this from the missus and make it a surprise, but when she asked me this morning what I was doing for the day I had to tell her. I am absolutely incapable of lying. She says she likes that quality. (Thu, May 16, 2:48pm PDT)|
|BigH:||And funny that you mention the '64 Impala. That's what I really wanted back in '75, but the Galaxie was just a better looking car. I'm not anti-GM, but I've always liked Ford designs better. For example, a '57 Chevy does nothing for me, but a '56 Fairlane excites me. And I pretty much like any car built between 1960-1964. It was a great period for design and performance. (Thu, May 16, 2:52pm PDT)|
|Rhonda:||Sorry your wife just had to ask. I'm no good at lying either. You're going to have quite a show car. It's great that people like you a preserving the classics. It's funny that we're opposite in the Ford vs Chevy designs. My head turns for all of those old Chevy's...Chevy II, Chevelle! Nova. Not so much the Fords. But I love them all! I get all goosebumpy when I see any of them....GTO, Challenger, AMC Javelin, 'Cuda, Roadrunner. We have a friend with, not one, but two Buick Stage 1's. Have fun, BigH, and keep us posted. (Fri, May 17, 5:54pm PDT)|
|Rhonda:||I just remembered, our friend with the Buicks, actually fixed me and my husband up. At that time he drove a Torino. It was nice. He was never a Chevy guy...Ford all the way until his Stage 1 kick. (Fri, May 17, 5:58pm PDT)|
|Rhonda:||...and you're right about the 289, I think you mentioned it once before and my husband totally agreed. (Fri, May 17, 6:02pm PDT)|
|BigH:||What really kills me is the Galaxie has no collectible value at all (production numbers were so high) but Mustangs fetch top dollar. First, never a mustang fan. Second, you see Mustangs all around. Tell me the last time you saw a Galaxie in great condition? Never is the answer. So that should increase its value, but it doesn't. But I don't care. (Sat, May 18, 7:06pm PDT)|
|Rhonda:||Don't worry about the 'value' $%#%. People love that car. I had a '69 Firebird when I was 16 years old. There's no value in that car either. You don't see many of them around for some reason. I don't get it. (Sun, May 19, 7:34pm PDT)|
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