… Picked up the latest addition to my stables today. It didn’t want to start right away, it took a little bit of carb cleaner. It also didn’t want to stay running at first either. And boy did it smoke up the neighborhood. But it was good smoke, not the blue oily smelling smoke that says you need a new engine. The black and white smoke that says this car hasn’t run in a long time kind of smoke. But since it was exactly like the way my convertible ran when it sat for two years, I just kept babying it until it would idle without dying.
… By the time we had filled it up with good gas and I got it home, it was purring like a kitten, put your hand on the front fender and you could barely feel the vibrations. And the transmission shifts smooth as ice right after the Zamboni rode over it. Well worth the $200 for the engine and transmission alone. If you look at the picture (HERE), you’ll that the front seat is in useable condition, it’s got a few rips in it, but the cushioning is still intact. But the back seat is in perfect condition, looks like new. It needs a new vinyl top and the paint is nicely oxidized. There are a couple of bad rust spots right behind the back tires, repairable though, and some surface rust, but overall it’s solid. the best part, though, is the all-but-mint-condition owners manual.