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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by C-10 CST, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. C-10 CST
    Joined: Jul 4, 2011
    Posts: 267

    C-10 CST
    from Indy

    Yes this really came out of an old wooden barn in northwest Illinois. 540 mile round trip and it's home safe and sound. It's a 1949 Chevy Fleetline with 68k original miles. It was last used at a campground as you would a golf cart so it didn't get many miles on it the last five years. History before that is still unknown. It took awhile to get it started due to a low battery, bad ground cable and non-functional choke. But once we got it started I was able to drive it up & down the road and up onto the trailer. I'm now in the process of changing all the fluids and working on bringing back the paint. The dash is perfect and all the gauges work. the seats have after market what I would call vintage seat covers. the door panels and headliner are original and pretty rough. The amazing thing is the head lights, tail lights, license plate lights and vintage turn signal indicator all work! I'm really looking forward to enjoying this old ride.

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  2. Nice! Do the safety items and drive it!
  3. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    Nice find, get her cleaned up, fix the safety stuff and drive the wheels off it!
  4. hemifalcon
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 379


    You cleaning the pigeon poop off of it???

  5. C-10 CST
    Joined: Jul 4, 2011
    Posts: 267

    C-10 CST
    from Indy

    I spent $10.00 in quarters at the coin-op car wash before I even unloaded it. Then I have been hand washing areas before I started buffing.
  6. thewishartkid
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 876


    Thats really neat for a mor-door.
  7. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Only downside I can possibly see is it's a 4dr. but at this stage in my life I think I'd enjoy having a 4dr just so all of my senior friends could get in without climbing over the back of the front seat of a 2dr.:D Looks like the paint is really starting to come around and with almost everything else in working order I think "you did good".

  8. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    Nice to see you have the mindset to wax it and make it look nice. Sure beats the "sh..teena" in bird s..t
  9. I think you bought a Fleetline, not a Fleetwood. Good lookin' car though.
  10. Looks like its polishing up nice , nice ride enjoy it!
  11. mcnally351
    Joined: Apr 12, 2011
    Posts: 428

    from boston

    looks like its in nice shape. The paint cleaned up well also. nice score!
  12. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,553


    Nice ride! I love those fastback body styles. I can't believe the paint came back like that- very nice work!
  13. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,471


    I think I saw that for sale on Craigslist a week or so ago in Illinois. I was mighty tempted - the price was pretty good, and the car looked pretty good. I have to get rid of my Bel Air before I can buy anything else though.

    That was a good score. Congrats.

  14. hvychvy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,874


    Nice find, looks like it's gonna clean up nice.keep us posted.
  15. Nice find......have fun with it!
  16. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 607

    Rusty Heaps

    Wow! Nice find. I'm envious. It's nicer than mine, even the same original color. Like the man said, drive and enjoy it. I hope to see more about it here. I love the 4dr Fleetlines.
  17. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Right on. Pictures.

    So, it started up (with a jump, I assume), moved under it's own power, and STOPPED? Hasn't been in that barn long.

  18. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,805

    from California

    very cool. Fleetline Special is what you have there as noted by the lack of chrome above the beltline and the rubber gravel guards on the fronts of the rear "fenders".

    if you haven't gotten one yet, you should get a catalog from they have all sorts of parts for these cars

    I can't believe that people would look at an original unmolested 63 year old car like that and even mention anything about it being a 4 door. goofballs.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  19. 1950-mercury
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
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  20. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,621


    Killer ride! ...and the paint is starting to look great. More pics as you progress please.

    ~ Carl
  21. 40 & 61 Fords
    Joined: May 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,000

    40 & 61 Fords

    That's one of those body styles that you don't really notice the extra ports of entry!
  22. Sweepspear
    Joined: May 17, 2010
    Posts: 292


    Great score!
    Amazing what a little rubbing compound will do.
  23. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
    Posts: 914

    from arkansas

    It came with a lot of nice options: visor, fog lights, chrome gas lid trim, dual spot lights.
  24. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,480

    flathead okie

    Breezes and bumper mount antenea, and headlight chromee thingee's too
  25. JUST how I like them! Look after it!!
  26. rampant150
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 31


    Very cool! How quickly did your polishing pad turn deep blue?
  27. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,367


    thats a cream puff man , drive it and enjoy it ,lower the windows , put on a grin and go for a ride
  28. 50ChevyFrank
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
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  29. magneto57
    Joined: Feb 20, 2012
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  30. C-10 CST
    Joined: Jul 4, 2011
    Posts: 267

    C-10 CST
    from Indy

    Yes 206tee I know it is a Fleetline not a Fleetwood, that was one of those late night typos. And yes 49ratfink it is a Special not a Deluxe. My first car back in 1975 was a 1950 2 door Fleetline Deluxe. The Deluxe sold for $79.00 more at the time and Chevrolet sold 3 times more Deluxes than the Specials. To give you an idea of how stripped the Specials are you only got one (drivers side) interior sun visor, the Deluxe had two.

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