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Five Compact Customs for the 60s

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,253


  2. lizzie
    Joined: Sep 7, 2012
    Posts: 108


    Awesome article!
    Here's my '62 Special. Fantastic lil cars. Mine still has the 198 V-6 in her. :)
  3. Bugsy
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,280

    from Kansas

    I've always liked the smaller, early '60's cars. It seems that you don't see them very often (maybe there is a reason for that) but I sure wouldn't pass up a nice Buick or Oldsmobile. I think that they lend themselves well to a mild, custom look and they stand out from the crowd in a subtle sort of way. The price on some of them isn't too bad either. I've always had a thing for the early, 60's Tempests myself. My first car was 1963 Corvair (maybe not super cool but it sure was when I was 14!)

    Anyways...I've enjoyed these "5 car line ups" that you've been doing this past year...makes you look at some different stuff that's out there and kind of off the radar at times.

    Lizzie, my dad had the exact Buick that you have now except his had the small, V8 in it. Very cool find that you have there.
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  4. weez
    Joined: Dec 5, 2002
    Posts: 860


    I love the '61 Tempest! Hardly ever see one, they only raced the '62 and up, so they're more popular I guess. And I really love the little Poncho and Olds wagons...

    I've always been into early 60's compacts and always taken a lot of heat for it...

    The wife's 289 Comet is our fastest car, btw...
  5. Had Corvairs and a 62 LeMans with the 4cyl, 4 bbl car and 4 speed transaxle... Was broke when I had it, but with a better set of wheels and tires, a quicker steering box, I bet one will surprise a few at one of them thar fancy Good Guys autocross thingies. It had a lot of low end grunt.
  6. hotrodharry2
    Joined: Nov 19, 2008
    Posts: 611


    I've always loved the Chevy ll's as they were called, have one in project form. saving parts for it. Neat Cars!
  7. Iron Dog
    Joined: Oct 28, 2011
    Posts: 267

    Iron Dog
    from Minnesota

    In high school, I had a maroon 61 Tempest. 4 cyl, 3 speed on the floor, nice front bench seat! Came radio delete, I installed a radio with reverb, and a four-speaker rockin' 8 track.
  8. I remember my grandfather trading in his gunmetal grey 1952 Plymouth 2dr fastback on a new 1961 white Pontiac Tempest 4dr with the 4 cylinder engine. Anyway, 2 or 3 years later it was offered to me if I wanted it, of course I said no. That thing was way too uncool for a guy that was 15 or 16 and lived in SoCal, I have always regretted that answer. Oh well, young and dumb...

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  9. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    Aw dude! Hit me where I live then leave my beloved Falcons on the cutting room floor...

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  10. Weez,
    I am actually partial to the Olds F-85. Tempests are cool but I was really enamored with a 394 powered F-85 when I was in high school. Lots of torque and little weight will do that for a young man I suppose. ;)

    Jive bimber, good words my friend.
  11. Yeah! What he said! I always wanted to put a 62 comet front clip on my 62 Falcon... ImageUploadedByTJJ1362519431.557702.jpg ImageUploadedByTJJ1362519460.620683.jpg

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  12. meteor500
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 22


    hi,I vote for an early corvair coupe, it's a sweet design,someone showed a gasser a few years back,on here,that was awesome,they even used corvairs or the bodies to set some records at bonneville because they were so unintenially streamlined..if i lived somewhere 63 coupe with a later 4 carb mill or factory turbo,and 4 speed would be would be fun to show ferrari and suburu tuners that it has a boxer
  13. WillyKJr
    Joined: Sep 5, 2009
    Posts: 141

    from Blackstone

    55 1ST Series, I like that bugger. She's got a look for sure.
  14. Bdamfino
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 319

    from Hamlet, NC

    Bad Bob's new ride fits the bill too!!!!
  15. kavvmxuh
    Joined: Mar 5, 2013
    Posts: 3

    from london

    I've always been into early 60's compacts and always taken a lot of heat for it.[​IMG]
  16. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 807

    Theo Douglas

    Love the Falcons and Comets! This '63 was my daily driver for 13 years, and I miss it every day.

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  17. ClearSpot
    Joined: Aug 20, 2009
    Posts: 939

    from Michigan

    I dig them all......partial to the Comets and Falcons tho_
  18. 62 Skylark(waiting on the chromies)


  19. a few more...
  20. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    The front clip on the "lil" '61 Buick's was copied from it's big brothers' my INVICTA. Even the center-of-the-hood bump/spear ! And, they always look cool as customs !!



  21. Too bad the ass end of the Skylark looks so crappy...Invicta is one of my favorites!
  22. pimtina
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
    Posts: 166


    It'[​IMG]s not one of the five listed, it's not American (it's an English Ford) but it is a '60s compact that would make a cool custom!
  23. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,199


    My grandmother had a 62 Buick convertible that had barely 5k miles on it when she died in '79.My cousins all fought over it,but my Dad and I inherited a Cord 810,so I guess we came out OK.I still see the car,it belongs to the Ex-Governor of Kansas.Love those little cars.
  24. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    I had one of these to haul my drums around in the early '90's. Always thought it looked like a "T-bird wagon".

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    Nice! Like the wheel and tire and combo. Been wanting to convert my Comet to 5 lug as well.

    Let's keep this thread going!
  26. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,664


    I always loved the first-year Tempest and its reuse of the ‘59 Bonneville grille. Way better looking than a full-size ‘61 Pontiac.

    The ‘60 Edsel styling of the original Comet is also great.

    Hell, I like all the early ‘60s compacts, Rambler American and Studebaker Lark included - preferably lowered with a hot rod engine and big-car drivetrain.
  27. I got'a soft spot for all the early-mid sixties Domestic Compacts; 'specially Falcons, Comets, Rambler Americans, n' Studebaker Larks.

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