Body Type:HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE
Exterior Color: RED & WHITE
Interior Color: RED, WHITE, BLACK
Number of Cylinders: 8
Drive Type: AUTOMATIC
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States
THIS IS A TOTAL BODY-OFF THE FRAME RESTORED 1959 FORD SKYLINER RETACTABLE. IT LOOKS AS BEAUTIFUL UNDERNEATH AS IT DOES ON TOP! THE ENTIRE BODY WAS REMOVED, AND THE FRAME WAS CLEANED, BLASTED AND REFINISHED, ALL NEW SUSPENSION INSTALLED, NEW BRAKES AND LINES, NEW SPRINGS, SHOCKS, AND THE ENTIRE DRIVE TRAIN WAS REBUILT. THE BODY WAS STRIPPED, PRIMED AND RE-FINISHED IN SPECTACULAR TORCH RED AND COLONIAL WHITE. EVERY PIECE OF CHROME AND STAINLESS WAS REMOVED, THEN POLISHED OR REPLATED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD. IT HAS ONLY BEEN DRIVEN 400 MILES SINCE RESTORATION! THE CAR IS EQUIPPED WITH THE OPTIONAL 352 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER ENGINE, COUPLED TO A 3 SPEED CRUISE-O-MATIC, DUAL RANGE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. IT HAS POWER STEERING, POWER BRAKES, TOWN & COUNTRY SIGNAL SEEKING RADIO, CLOCK, PADDED VISORS AND PADDED DASH (NOT INSTALLED BUT INCLUDED), FULL LENGTH NOS ROCKER MOULDINGS, DELUXE DUAL FENDER MOUNTED MIRRORS, NOS FRONT AND REAR BUMPER GUARDS, AND NOS EXHAUST DEFLECTORS! IT RIDES ON BEAUTIFUL TRUE SPOKE WIRE WHEELS WITH FORD CREST SPINNERS, AND HAS 5 BF GOODRICH SILVERTOWN WIDE WHITE WALL RADIALS, SIZE 225/70/R14.
AS A PART OF ITS RESTORATION, IT UNDERWENT A $10,000+ COMPLETE "NUT AND BOLT" (MECHANICAL AND WIRING) RETRACTABLE ROOF RESTORATION BY BILL NOLAN, OF SHOWCASE RESTORATIONS, IN SALEM, NH. BILL IS A LONG TIME IFRC MEMBER, AND HAS RECENTLY SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF THE IFRC. HE KNOWS THIS CAR INSIDE AND OUT, AND HE CAN BE CONTACTED AT 978-501-2525, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS CAR.
ALSO INCLUDED IS A NEW RED CARPET SET, A RED PADDED DASH, WITH ALL OF THE CORRECT STAINLESS TRIM PIECES, SEVERAL ORIGINAL 1959 FORD SERVICE MANUALS AND BULLETINS, THE ORIGINAL 1959 SHOP MANUAL, AN ORIGINAL 1959 FORD DEALER'S PARTS AND ACCESORIES MANUAL, SEVERAL 1959 SALES BROCHURES, A 1959 FORD ACCESORY MAP LIGHT IN ITS ORIGINAL BOX, AND A FORD REMINGTON ELECTRIC SHAVING RAZOR!
I AM AN IFRC MEMBER AND CAN BE REACHED AT 603-569-2208.
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Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #317
The Ford C-Max hatchback looks to be getting a few cosmetic updates, as evidenced in this latest set of spy photos. Like the smaller Focus, which also received a nip/tuck for the 2015 model year, the C-Max appears to be getting a revised front fascia with slimmer headlamps and a more, shall we say, Aston Martin-like grille. Around back, there looks to be a new bumper with redesigned taillamps, as well.
In other markets, the C-Max people-mover is available with a range of powertrains, but here in the US, it exists either as a traditional gas-electric or plug-in hybrid. The C-Max's fuel economy has been a particular topic of interest lately, with its official fuel economy ratings having been lowered twice since the vehicle's launch. Sales initially suffered a bit following this fiasco, though numbers have since leveled out. It's unclear if Ford is working on any powertrain tweaks for the updated C-Max seen here, however.
Ford has likely spruced up the hatch's interior, as well, though we don't have photos of that at this time. Mum's the word on when we'll see the new C-Max, but our best guess is that it'll arrive sometime in the next year.
The Ford F-150 is one of the best selling vehicles on the planet. Considering that, one can imagine that when it comes time for a redesign, there are hardly any half measures. For its lucky thirteenth generation, Ford has gone all-in on the single most important vehicle in its portfolio, redesigning it from the ground up.
The big news is the F-150's new, lightweight, Atlas-inspired body. Ninety-three percent of that new body is made from a sort of aluminum alloy not unlike what the US military uses in its M2 Bradley fighting vehicles and Humvees, and it accounts for up to 70 percent of the F-150's 700-pound weight reduction. As a side benefit, the aluminum body should prove more resistant to dents and dings. Built Ford tough, indeed.
If you're wondering where the other 30 percent of that 700-pound weight loss went, 8.5 percent (60 pounds) came from the increased use of high-strength steel (up from 23 percent to 77 percent) in its ladder-box frame. Ford claims this steel is comparable to some of the heavy duty pickups used by its competitors, with a PSI rating of 70,000.