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not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 07, 2020 08:48AM


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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 07, 2020 09:01AM
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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 07, 2020 09:01AM
had



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: August 07, 2020 09:15AM
Drooling but WHY GREY????
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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 07, 2020 09:16AM
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Lizabeth
Drooling but WHY GREY????

It’s just extra shiny primer.



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 07, 2020 09:22AM
......or why Gray.......??



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 07, 2020 11:04AM
The gray is the "subtle" look. The wheels, for instance, look to be steel instead of fancy alloys and in keeping with the low key vibe.
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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 07, 2020 11:05AM
....cuppa'.....tea.....???



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: August 07, 2020 11:45AM
Wonder what it'd be worth in original stock condition?



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: d4
Date: August 07, 2020 12:23PM
I'm diggin' the 1998 Toyota Camry silver thumbs up



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Ca Bob
Date: August 07, 2020 12:26PM
We had a Mercury when I was little, sometime in the early '50s. It's interesting to look at the interior and the driver's seat and realize how incredibly lethal these cars were, because in a collision, the driver would hit the center of the steering column mid-chest. A lot of cardiac contusions in those days. Eventually the government required collapsible steering columns, which was, of course, resisted by Detroit. Then they resisted seat belts etc etc. The story goes that somebody in Sweden -- the equivalent of an ER nurse -- noticed that they kept getting the same injuries from auto crashes, with passengers having smashed faces and drivers having injured chests and knees, etc. The story goes on to say that this is why Volvo started to build crash resistance into its cars.

When I looked up the automobile fatality data over the past century and more, it's interesting in that the deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled were at one time more than 10, and nowadays are barely above 1. It's still at more than 30,000 per year, still a sad number, but that's over a population with a lot more cars, a lot more drivers, and a lot more miles driven:

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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 07, 2020 01:21PM
I've always like the car, but not this one.

I don't like the color, an era color other than black would have been much nicer.

The silver is especially disappointing since there are so many silver cars these days.

A pastel yellow or green would have been nice.

I hate the wheels.

The ugly steel rims look like something is missing, ie the hub caps fell off somwhere.

The trim rings aren't at all attractive.

The two different tire sizes look ridiculous on that car.

I don't like the narrow whitewalls at all.

New paint and wheels and it's a beauty.

A sort of sleek look for an otherwise big car.

The interior is gorgeous, aside from the ugly radio, chrome panel with the four knobs, and the floor shifter.

I like the updated engine and drive train, except for the chrome air cleaner. I like that it's dual snorkel, not that common as I recall.

Going to the hot rod shows in Oakland CA everything was chromed. Hated that.

The suspension has been freshened, but I wonder if that rear sway bar is factory, which is fine as I'm sure the car needs it either way.

The exhaust is quieter than I thought it would be, and I like that.

Having that Merc restored to original trim wouldn't do much for me.




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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Schpark
Date: August 07, 2020 01:33PM
No thanks, wrong motor for a Mercury.



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 07, 2020 01:40PM
I was more focused on the interior which I think is pretty nice other than the oop radio.
The color choice and tire are weird.
The green, blue and burgundy of the time are nicer choices.
It'd be fun to have in the drive, none the less, next to my 2018.



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 07, 2020 05:34PM
....your cuppa'....runneth over.....???



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: August 07, 2020 06:14PM
I like it! And this from a stock restoration on the old girls kind of guy.

I'd drive that thing every chance I got. gears smiley



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: davester
Date: August 07, 2020 07:01PM
That radio is a serious blight on the interior, as is the modern GM steering column. Don't get me started on the terrible paint color and ugly wheels. What a waste of money.



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 07, 2020 07:17PM
Odd choice of engine. Wondering if that might have been a historical mod back in the day, before the SB Chevy took over the world. Kudos for finding an aluminum intake.

Don't hate the modern radio's look as much as I thought I would, given the other contrasting dark elements inside.

The rims are a current fad --- which is after all what rim choices have always been --- from the rat rod movement. Almost surprise it doesn't also have the fake patina look, although hopefully that is quickly going away.
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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: August 07, 2020 07:29PM
Odd choice of engine.
The builders are near the home of NASCAR; Charlotte, NC. Just an hour or so south
of Petty's HQ's in Randelman!
Those good old boys love hemis & old SB Chevies .



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Re: not my cuppa, but wow!
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 07, 2020 09:42PM
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MrNoBody
Odd choice of engine.
The builders are near the home of NASCAR; Charlotte, NC. Just an hour or so south
of Petty's HQ's in Randelman!
Those good old boys love hemis & old SB Chevies .

The W-block Chevy hailed from 1958-1964 and was quickly eclipsed in technology for both smaller and larger sizes by the SB and BB designs of the era. Legend (and legitimate successes) notwithstanding. [www.macsmotorcitygarage.com]
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