OK...so long story short...always wanted a 109" 5door, but couldn't stand to pay the huge $$$ asked for them here in the USA. So I always kept my eyes peeled for one...found!
Here it is "RESCUED", from rusting away to nothing. Apparently when first purchased the guy payed through the nose, as it was a "total restore" - fast fwd to today, it was a "field find" down in Southern VA.
1963 Series IIa 5 Door with Tropical Roof
So, swung a deal - borrowed a truck and trailer and towed it home yesterday. Now it sits, with me wondering what to do....good news is it came with a couple hundred $$ of books..."The Green Bible", Haynes restoration manual, and Haynes Service & Repair manual.
I am going to probably spend some (a lot) cleaning up the inside, which btw is fully carpeted! With seats in fantastic condition, no tears anywhere....big deluxe buckets in the front.
- pretty fair chassis - was painted (POR-15???) at some time, non factory - in good condition
- engine works - started up - last ran 2 years ago to drive it to resting spot in the field
- HAS AIRCONDITIONING! yep - no shit
- Windows are all tinted???
- Has an Alpine CD player, with 4 Boston Acoustic speakers
- Seats - seating for 11 all in fantastic shape - incl center console in front!
- All panels are in great shape
- Electrics all work
- Windows are good
- Rear door is good
- Hinges are OK...need some cleaning up, and greasing i am sure
- Drivetrain is fine
The bad (that I know of):
- All four doors are toast on the inside - every part that could rust has!
- Springs look like they are totally fused together with rust - not a big deal really i know
- WHAT I DON'T KNOW....didn't spend a lot of time in/around it - so I will probably find out a lot more!
- bloody hornets!! A LOT OF THEM.....
Makes my 1971 88" barn find look like a concourse truck
I know the 4 doors are toast, the footwell is a version of swiss cheese and the bulkhead needs a little work.
Anyway - thought I would share....won't be at Happy Hour anytime in the near future me thinks...