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Any Edsel fans out there? Show your rides please.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sprbxr, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. Jimv
    Joined: Dec 5, 2001
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    I worked in a Linc-merc shop back in 1968 in NY & we still got a few edsels in for repairs.One time the shop was broken into and the robbers loaded up a edsel with everyones tools & drove it away!!! We always joked about searching a 2 block area & we'd find the car cause they ditched it when they realized what they took!!lol
    The best edsels where the last year, they where just a ford with edsel body parts so they where kinda care free.Most of the early edsels where too"Advanced" they where a little ahead of the times.
    Good driving cars, handled & rode pretty good for boats.
    JimV
     
  2. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
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    Not only was Edsel introduced during a recession, when sales of intermediate cars dropped off dramatically, but there were also quality control problems. They quickly earned a reputation for having mechanical problems.
     
  3. arkiehotrods
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  4. 76ltd
    Joined: Apr 18, 2002
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    Here is my 59 Ranger. 350HP roller motor....Its a good time
     

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  5. Edsel_Presley
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
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    I am a fan of all 3 years, but I love the 58s. I don't have one yet, but I do have a bunch of pics of the one that stole my heart. I want this very car one day.
     

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  6. Edsel_Presley
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    A few more :D
     

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  7. Fender351
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    from Deland, FL

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I have a radical 59 Edsel Villager...

    From what I've gathered, Edsel's death was compounded by several contributing factors. Mainly, it was intended to fill a marketing gap in the Ford family that didn't really exist. It was planned as a step between Ford and Mercury; for the hip young professionals that had outgrown Ford, but weren't making enough yet to buy a Lincoln. Why not just buy a Merc? Or hold onto that Ford? Exactly. Also, Edsel did do extensive product research, IN THE EARLY FIFTIES. By the time they rolled out in 58, the data was grossly outdated and the public's tastes had shifted. All the data they had compiled, they pieced together themselves, without checking the final product with the public again. So that requested "high profile grille", and "fins", and everything else regurgitated into the Edsel. I've also heard that they were delivered to dealers requiring final assembly and missing parts (my wagon WAS missing a seat bolt when I tore it down...) I don't claim to be a historian, just what I've skimmed off the Internet (Edsel.com is a great resource.) So, we only had the Edsel for 58,59, and 60. The 58s def have the coolest styling, and were based off a Merc chassis. The 59s still had the vertical grille, but slightly scaled down. Already cut-backs were in place, as these were based off a Ford chassis. Personally, the 60s have no defining character, they just look like a Galaxy with a Pontiac grille...

    I scored my Edsel for $750, and I feel a personal responsibility to customize it in a manner that would reflect what could have been had Edsel sales grown into 59, and the car became more luxurious. This includes:
    The bigger 58 Edsel grille and slightly more svelte 58 front bumpers.
    The 58 Lincoln's bitchin canted individual headlights/fenders.
    A 61 Chrysler's slanted front turn signals.
    A 61 Olds' rear bumper, valance, and quarters with those sweet fins trailing off the wheelwells.

    Incidentally, if anyone's selling some 58 Lincoln fenders or a 61 Olds rear bumper, drop a brother a line please!
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    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  8. Nick_R_23
    Joined: Mar 28, 2010
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    I know where 2 edsels are in my town. One belongs to my boss, its something like a 58 or 59 Wagon. No engine, but the body is in great shape. Missing the 2 rear side windows. He was asking 900$ for it last year.

    The other one is sitting in a gravel pit/state yard. Theres almost nothing left of it, and its smashed pretty hard in the front. Havent been able to find out who owns it yet.
     
  9. Mr Martinez
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
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    from Sweden

    My dad´s 58 Edsel Ranger.
     

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  10. A Rodder
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    My Ranger, being painted in 2 weeks!
     

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  11. To me the perfect Edsel is the 1958 which epitomisizes the EDSEL look. Horse collar grille and split bumpers.

    What other Edsel stands out as a single year design? 59-60's merged with FORD looks.

    Just my opinion

    Movin/on >>> as usual.
     
  12. Silhouettes 57
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 2,791

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    I'd like to have a '58 Ranger 2 door hardtop, but would take a '59 or '60.
    I have a real nice '63 T-Bird...wanna trade?
     
  13. 2 door Roundup-LONGROOF

    Just finished putting a coat of sealer on it.

    Oldmics

    Just thought I shouls add the finished picture.:D

    Oldmics
     

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  14. Welcome to the HAMB and good luck getting your wagon back on the road. Looks like a pretty solid and complete piece to start with.

    Also, remember to put a carriage return (Enter) between the image links you post here. A post thats 6700+ pixels wide doesn't fit well on a monitor that's only 1200 or 1400 pixels wide. I thought I was going to have to hook up a couple extra screens. :rolleyes:
     
  15. edsel.fi
    Joined: Sep 7, 2008
    Posts: 242

    edsel.fi
    Member

    I got mine one month ago. Finally !

    I quess somekind of restoration project she is !

    58 Pacer convertible

    3spd + overdrive
    power seat, power windows, rocker mouldings, tacho,
    BUT without power brakes & power steering !!!
     

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  16. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,937

    ironandsteele
    Member

    edsels are so freaking cool. on my list of must owns for sure.
     
  17. SLAMIT
    Joined: Sep 9, 2002
    Posts: 929

    SLAMIT
    Member

    I'll have to scan a pic of my old edsel. It was a 58 pacer 2 door. a very long story indeed about why I no longer have it but the end result was crushed by a tree. I think so far it has been my most missed and most favorite car. I had big plans for it too! damn. can't belive it has been 12 years.
     
  18. edsel.fi
    Joined: Sep 7, 2008
    Posts: 242

    edsel.fi
    Member

    oh yes, edsels are factory "art pieces"
    Sadly they appeared at wrong time.
    Still about 10000 edsels left.
     

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  19. Mr.Musico
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,641

    Mr.Musico
    Member
    from SoCal

    i like em too
     

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  20. Poor boy bruce has the COOLEST EDSEL!!!!
     
  21. edsel.fi
    Joined: Sep 7, 2008
    Posts: 242

    edsel.fi
    Member

  22. Some photoshopped mods if anyone is interested...

    [​IMG]
     
  23. DRUGASM
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,817

    DRUGASM
    Member

  24. Lowriders Art Gallery
    Joined: Apr 9, 2010
    Posts: 612

    Lowriders Art Gallery
    Member
    from Montana

    A couple pics from last week

    [​IMG]

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  25. O.Hove
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 772

    O.Hove
    Member Emeritus
    from S.D.

    You all need to join the Edsel club on the H.A.M.B.
    I have a 2-door post ,2-door hardtop & 4-door sedan.
    O.Hove
     
  26. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,097

    philo426
    Member

  27. This one's in a local yard. I have the grille but it's damaged:(
     

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  28. Found this today and thought of you Edsellistas...

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  29. Magnus
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 904

    Magnus
    Member
    from Sweden

    I am an Edsel fan but have never owned one. One of my best memories from my low teen years was when I got a free ride in the coolest car in our small town. It was a -58 2 door HT with a customized grill in the shape of a spider web. Dude driving was the coolest cat we small boys ever knew so it was pure heaven to sit in his car. This was almost 40 years ago, damn I'm getting old.
     
  30. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 2,262

    Spooky
    Member

     

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