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Customs Keeping the coffee warm and a new build for my girl - '59 Edsel

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 57JoeFoMoPar, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,838


    Every year I go to the Detroit Autorama. It gets my blood pumping, gets the ideas in my head racing, and generally awakens me out of my automotive slumber during the long winter. Unfortunately, my career, work, home we've been renovating, etc. have taken enough of my time that I haven't been able to build anything meaningful since my '57 Ford in 2010. But the Autorama keeps the coffee warm, so to speak, and gets me primed for a new year of cruising and a little wrenching.

    So this year while I was rambling on the ride home from Michigan about all the ideas in my head, my girlfriend Ryann says to me, "Hey, I kinda want a car." So I told her to look around, see what she likes, and if it's a good platform, she should buy it and we'd build it together. This is what she found.

    '59 Edsel Ranger 2 door hardtop. 292 Y block with 2 bbl and dual exhaust, Mile-O-Matic 2 speed auto and a 3:10 rear. Already has a load of body work done, no real rot anywhere (which is unfathomable for an east coast car). Unfortunately the PO has shaved off all of the side trim, which will be put back on. The 292/M-O-M will come out in favor of a 302HO/C4 combo. Since this is Ryann's first old car, the most important thing is that it's safe, reliable and essentially maintenance free. Obviously every car is going to need regular maintenance, but she's not going to be adjusting valve lash every 1000 miles. Looking to build this as a mild custom, with a primary white pearl paint job.

    We trailered it back home from Central PA and straight to our buddy (Hellcat138) Russ's shop, North Jersey Customs, where he sprayed a quick coat of HOK KD3000 on it to prevent any rust. As soon as we finish the renovation in the first floor of my house, we're gonna get on the engine swap, and a build thread will follow.

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  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,101

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool - Congrats to Ryann - sounds like you have a good plan
  3. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,889

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Can't wait to see it, Joe!
    Hey..PM me your address, I got something for you!
  4. Shoot.. almost the sister car to my '59 Ford. Have fun with it and post your progress.

  5. jerseymike
    Joined: Sep 25, 2008
    Posts: 680


  6. Ah, the old Horse Collar. Gotta love 'em.
  7. sawbuck
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,887

    from 06492 ct

    keep us posted ....

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