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Old 07-26-2016, 01:49 PM   #1
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So my parents are moving into a retirement facility and Dad is liquidating his car collection. My nephew got the '71 Cutlass convertible (lucky kid) and sometime in the coming months, I will take possession of a '64 Dynamic 88 convertible. Although I've never driven this car, I do have a bit of history with it. Dad bought it in the late '70s when I was in my early teens with the idea of fixing it up for me to drive when I got my license. But that never happened. Gas topped--yikes!--$1 a gallon and I ended up with a VW Beetle instead but that'* okay. Dad finally got the car painted and put a new top on it shortly after I graduated from college, then it sat in a garage for the next 30 years. A mechanic friend of his now has the car at his home shop and is piddling with it in his spare time. The big issue right now, is cleaning the 30-year-old sludge that used to be gasoline out of the fuel tank. Were it a Chevy or a Pontiac, the simple--and relatively inexpensive--solution would be to just replace the tank but no such luck with the Olds. Replacement tanks simply are not made for this car and it'* unique enough that no other GM tank can be adapted to fit it.

Once he gets the car running, including redoing the brakes, I'll be able to bring it home. I'm not sure what all else needs to be done to it and have not even seen the car since 2004 but I don't believe I'm facing any heavy restoration. Dad seems to think the tires are okay, but I just don't trust 30-plus-year-old bias ply tires. I intend to actually drive and enjoy the car, so for safety'* sake new radials will be at the top of my list. At some point, I may also install halogen headlights. The door panels have some moisture damage at the bottoms, but replacements are in the trunk. they just need to be dyed dark green and installed. There is also a little rust on the doors that will need to be fixed.

I don't intend to make this a 100-point show car. It'* a driver quality car and I intend to enjoy it as such. I'll post pix once I gain access to the car to take some.
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