In Oct 01 I sold my first 66 Eldorado, a Crystal / dark green / dark green CLC GN 1st, to raise money and space to restore a
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.. 66 Brougham. Yes, I sold a convertible to buy a four door sedan. Once the Brougham was finished, I realized selling the Eldorado was a big mistake. My original was not for sale, even with financial encouragement. Ten years to the day I bought another, identically trimmed 66 Eldorado. It had high mileage but I knew the car was rock solid having been a southwestern car most of its life. I thought the repaint might be salvageable; but the roof was tattered and interior was toasted, dyed and re-toasted again. I planned for reupholstery and a new top.
The owner met me at the half way point and I drive it home 175 miles with a friend following in my truck. I should call it a chase truck because the Eldorado cruised at 75- 80 mph with no effort, engine noises or telltale exhaust. The previous owner is a CLC member who turned out to be one of the finest gentlemen Ive ever done business with. There was an unknown problem with the car and he immediately stepped up and rectified the issue. It really pays to buy a collector car from a fellow club member.
On close inspection I could see the engine compartment was very dirty and greasy with gasket leaks everywhere. I also knew I wouldnt be happy with salvaging the paint which showed 46 years worth of poorly repaired door dings. I decided to go through the whole car and build a really nice driver / touring car. I make the distinction that high point show cars are what Fleetwood craftsman would build, while a cruiser is regular assembly line
..nice, but no fanaticism.
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