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#61 OFFLINE   panhard65

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Posted 23 August 2018 - 08:54 PM

Kingstown were second choice as just a little dearer. Pricing is a nightmare as some are in dollars, some quote the total and others only quote US costs. I think I have got there now though. Prices vary wildly though importing from France is so much easier. The total is around 1500 quid which is what I was expecting


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 07:09 AM

I got some more photo's from the seller last night as he has sorted the tyres and it is all ready to go. The windscreen is properly buggered though and it needs a new ignition switch. It is just a waiting game now for it to arrive..image1.jpeg

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Now that is really annoying the photo's show the correct way up on my computer but when I load them on here they are all upside down.

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 07:13 AM

Are the fender skirts and wheelcovers included?


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 08:32 AM

Are the fender skirts and wheelcovers included?

It has a couple of hubcaps but no fender skirts which at this price is no surprise.  I have got a good lead on a windscreen but just need to get the screen to the car before it gets shipped to long beach and put in a container.


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 08:40 AM

It looks stunning, can’t wait to see it over here.
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:00 AM

Looks great, I hope everything runs smoothly regarding getting it here as it did with my son recently importing a ‘68 Mercury Cougar from the States, it’s all fairly straightforward really.....
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:18 AM

Ace.

Hope it’s as good as it looks.

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:47 PM

Right it has been picked up and is on the way. Surprise surprise the plates have gone missing already, not the end of the world as it was a cheap car. It is off to San Francisco now to be loaded into a container before the ship leaves on the 10th

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 10:05 PM

I just had to.... :-D

 

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 10:34 PM

Thanks for that they all come out the right way up when posted anywhere else only here that they rotate for some daft reason


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 12:11 PM

‘‘Tis your IPad. Shows them the way you took them. Mine does the same - have to remember to keep button on right, like a right handed person ( I’m not!). Drives me nuts.

Love it. I think that’s going to look splendid with just a good mop/ polish, and I doubt there’s too much seriously wrong with it.
I really do like your taste - although this time I suspect British roads will limit its usage, or cause you to punt it on fairly quickly.

Which is a shame, cos it’s a splendid f*ck you statement. Rock on, Martin!
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Posted 29 August 2018 - 12:34 PM

‘‘Tis your IPad. Shows them the way you took them. Mine does the same - have to remember to keep button on right, like a right handed person ( I’m not!). Drives me nuts.

Love it. I think that’s going to look splendid with just a good mop/ polish, and I doubt there’s too much seriously wrong with it.
I really do like your taste - although this time I suspect British roads will limit its usage, or cause you to punt it on fairly quickly.

Which is a shame, cos it’s a splendid f*ck you statement. Rock on, Martin!

 

Why would British roads "limit it's usage?" number of times [when I've had American stuff] people have said "too big for British roads"........ most Yanks are smaller than lwb vans............


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 12:39 PM

...... most Yanks seem smaller than 90percent of the shit people buy new.

 

At least that is my impression....


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 12:43 PM

Of course Stuno can get the pics the right way up for us, he's in the southern hemisphere :)


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 12:55 PM

You probably know better than me but make sure you pick it up from the British end ASAP or they will charge you an eye-watering amount each day for storage.


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 12:56 PM

LOve to see that all polished up and lowwwwwwwwwwww....


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 01:16 PM

Colin, actually I wasn’t referring to ‘ size’, as implied. I’m talking about bulk, soft suspension, shite tarmac and poor brake drums in a “press on “ environment.

I own 3 yanks, 2 of them sensibly sized, but would I use them every day, in congested southern uk? Nope.

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 01:18 PM

‘‘Tis your IPad. Shows them the way you took them. Mine does the same - have to remember to keep button on right, like a right handed person ( I’m not!). Drives me nuts.

Love it. I think that’s going to look splendid with just a good mop/ polish, and I doubt there’s too much seriously wrong with it.
I really do like your taste - although this time I suspect British roads will limit its usage, or cause you to punt it on fairly quickly.

Which is a shame, cos it’s a splendid f*ck you statement. Rock on, Martin!

The seller sent the pics to me and on every device I own they come out the right way up. When I put them on here they go the wrong way up. I think I need to post them here then download a copy rotate it then re-post. I hope it isn't too bad under all the dirt but knowing my luck it will be a right heap. I think the one thing that will limit it's use will be the 10 to the gallon thing, other than that I don't think it's much bigger than the Silver Spirit was.The UK unloading fees are pretty expensive when you put it next to the US fees. I know when I was looking at importing through New York the UK fees were the highest bit of the bill. I am trying to do this as cheaply as possible so will be collecting it from Southampton as soon as it is ready to go.


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 01:23 PM

Mines big! It’s bigger in every dimension than pretty much any modern car short of some of those ghastly modern SUV’s and 4x4’s (which aren’t real 4x4’s).
Mines actually the same width as my Merc Sprinter van and a tiny bit longer. And there’s virtually nothing with an engine as big unless you get a truck, and even then...
Daily drivers they ain’t! If nothing else you’ll be bankrupting yourself putting gas in them. Great toys though.

Can’t wait to see this T-Bird unloaded. Shame some fucker had the plates though.
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Posted 29 August 2018 - 05:37 PM

According to the DMV's website the license plate number is no longer active - this means that it could be reactivated and used on any vehicle, someone with a pre 1970 car might buy them... although now that the DMV has reissued the black and yellow plates they aren't worth as much as they were.  Perhaps the seller has another project that he wants authentic black plates for.



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 08:25 PM

Maybe he's taken them off and shut them in the car ?

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 09:01 PM

Old black plates make their way onto garage walls and eBay, instead of back to the DMV.

Hopefully they let them with the car but it's not likely.


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Posted 30 August 2018 - 08:39 AM

fire off an email asking the question, if they say they aren't in the car request they post them to you as they were part of the deal.


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Posted 30 August 2018 - 09:16 AM

fire off an email asking the question, if they say they aren't in the car request they post them to you as they were part of the deal.

To be honest I am not too bothered about it as the car was pretty cheap and they would be no use over here other than a bit of the cars history. If that is all that is missing by the time it gets here I will be pretty happy. It should arrive with the shipping company later today and they will prepare all the paperwork and hopefully a condition report on what is and what isn't currently with the car. Fingers crossed they can get it loaded and on the ship that leaves on the 10th.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 03:31 AM

Well it has arrived at the shippers and some better photo's have been taken. The seller was a bit of a shark as he managed to not take any photo's showing the damage to the rear valance or the split dash top. Nothing too much to worry about but what else was he hiding from me.

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The seller described that as a hairline crack. I just hope it doesn't pick up more damage or have anything else robbed off it before it gets here.

 


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 06:54 AM

That is cool as fuck. Leave the exterior exactly as is.
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Posted 31 August 2018 - 07:11 AM

That is nice.

Sure, there’s stuff wrong - but I’d be mighty surprised if there wasn’t!

Yes, he’ll have ‘ forgotten’ some “issues”- but who wouldn’t when flogging cheap tat to an overseas buyer?
It looks fundamentally sound to me, a bit unloved but relatively simply rectified.

I’m looking forward to your initial evaluation, in your workshop! Did you get the screen delivered?
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Posted 31 August 2018 - 07:20 AM

Re suitability for British roads - I have a vivid memory from a few months back when I was driving along a twisty Norfolk B-road and one of these (in pale blue) came hurtling round a bend in the opposite direction - seemed to be managing a quite decent turn of speed and wasn't even leaning too badly.  I reckon ye'll be reet.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 07:56 AM

I hope it is ok but you always worry when buying blind. Paintwork is not on the agenda just a good clean. I suspect the poor paint on the roof has been caused by a tarp over it for years. I have had copies of all the paperwork from the shipping company and it looks like it has lived in LA most it's life with 2 owners since the early 80's before the guy I got it from who obviously bought it to flip.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 02:46 PM

Re suitability for British roads - I have a vivid memory from a few months back when I was driving along a twisty Norfolk B-road and one of these (in pale blue) came hurtling round a bend in the opposite direction - seemed to be managing a quite decent turn of speed and wasn't even leaning too badly.  I reckon ye'll be reet.


I do loads of ‘back lane’ driving in mine, I love the scenery! Plus they’re quieter. I quite often go through East Meon, which is a small typical English village and the Mercury handles it fine despite the narrow roads. It looks ridiculous though! If you can picture a quaint English village then add in a massive lurid green coloured piece of 70’s America driving through you’ll know what I mean!

To drive them, they are surprisingly quick. The guy that did my MOT last year said the same. He was surprised how well it went for something so big and heavy. They’re very manoeuvrable too with such light power steering. I think anyone that’s never driven one would be pleasantly surprised by them tbh. I certainly was when I first started driving yanks.
Mines got very soft suspension though so while it’s incredibly comfy it can lean a bit on tight corners. Mini roundabouts are hilarious, probably even more so for people watching, it’ll go round them but it does lean in a bit!
It’s all part of the fun and character of them though. Even motorway junctions are entertaining, as you come off the junction onto the slip road you get tyre squeal quite often if you put your foot down to get speed up on the corner. Just like in the old movies!
People love to see them too, every time I go out in mine people smile and wave or are stunned by seeing such things running around! I went passed some coppers parked up in a lay-by near Marwell zoo the day I did my mates wedding in mine. That was a twisty B road and they started laughing and waved as I rumbled past.
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