Not many people are familiar with the Willys Aero or the Ace. They are related to the Henry J and would do as a substitute if an appropriate Henry J o r Allstate could not be found. I wasn't searching for this one today but came up with two. It would be neat to build one as a drag car and the other as a stock appearing but mechanically updated driver. Willys 2 door sedan
Willys Aero Eagle
A picture is worth a thousand words. A bad picture causes all kinds of uncertainty. Part of our lives are spent buying and selling Nova parts and cars. 68 Novas have many one year only parts and the aftermarket has been slow to reproduce some of them. When we see a 68 at parts car price I am all over it. Peterborough is a great town to visit but I don't want to do the drive twice and I hate running with an empty trailer. You look at the pictures and decide what to do.
This is the time of year I start looking for a winter beater car. At first I look for something fun that would be a great donor car when we are done winter beating it. So today it is a 1998 Camaro. It has a 3.8 v6, 5 speed, RWD so the engine faces the right way and the rear end would be good as well. The price is fair for the car but a little more than I like to spend on a beater. If I don't find the perfect beater for the right price I will expand the list , allow for more k's and less fun. Let's hope this one is as nice as it looks in the ad and they are willing to deal.
Sometimes you have to balance likes versus dislikes and weigh the special features when choosing a project. Years ago I spent a good part of a year working on a 49 Ford coupe for a friend of mine. By the time it rolled out of my shop I was pretty fond of it and 49 Fords in general. I have also gone on record with my preference of vehicles with less than 4 doors unless they have a long roof. Today we find an amazing deal on a 49 Ford 4 door. By the pictures it looks like a really good car for the price. The engine is almost worth what they want for the whole car and the flathead comes along for another project or swap meet fodder. But what do you do with too many doors? How about a never built phantom ranchero conversion. I can picture it. The tough fabricating would be the rear gate but the slab sides and taillight treatment would look good in the utility application
The trouble with basket cases is the basket won't roll on a gravel driveway. Model A roadsters used to be one of the Dream cars of hot rodders. I can't remember the last time I saw one at a reasonable price. Today's pick looks like a sweet deal. Frames are easy to come by now , add a crate motor and you are on the road.
1931 Ford Roadster
Most people want to buy a car that resembles a car. I don't mind buying a car that is disassembled. I figure it would look that way in a couple of days or weeks any way and it would save me some work.. I also plan to do everything and am surprised if something is better than expected instead of disappointed. So today's pick fits right in . The car is extremely rare being a post car looks like it has all the right stuff so far, there aren't any paint or upholstery choices made yet or you aren't buying a million dollar set of wheels you would end up swap meeting. 1972 Pontiac Lemans 2 door post
Back when we had a Henry J we joined the Kaiser Fraser Club and attended their regional meet in Monroe Michigan . We became somewhat familiar with the various models and read all about the plant in Michigan. Then I come across a 1949 Kaiser Adirondack and I will have to do more research. Back to the KFOCI
Back a couple of weeks ago we spent the weekend at Grand Bend - racing and having a good time. Well I was away from my computer and as much as I tried to catch up today I found a car that I must of missed then. I am on a Buick Riviera kick this week and re - searched the ads focusing on Riviera s. 1958 was a tough year for the auto industry, there was a recession and in general sales were down. The automakers were trying new styling at the same time. This resulted in many one year only body styles . I like some of the 58 styling and I think this 1958 Buick Riviera would make a cool ride.
Unwritten rule at our place is nothing newer than 1972. Winter beaters and parts cars are excepted. Even though we are enjoying nice hot summer weather , the calendar is reminding us that winter will soon be here. Last year we ended up driving our 69 burb and this year we hope not to have to., so we have begun our search for a good winter beater. That is why I found this great 79 Impala 2 door with the great rear window.