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  1. dasfrogger

    1967 1600-2 Shell

    Thanks Bill! Its a really great project and I'll be very sad to see it go. I'm certainly not in a hurry, If it sticks around and i end up building it one day It'll be great. I'd love to get it on to someone else who can do it justice in a faster timeline though.
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    The Care and Feeding of Frogger

    @saaron had asked what in the hell i was doing to Frogger and I realized I should probably update this thread. I limped frogger along for most of 2017 until it finally died at the very end of the driving season. I'd loaned it out to my good friend Baly whose parents were frogger's previous owners. As a kid her dad often took her on day trips in the car and she wanted to take him out for an adventure. Luckily Frogger did great...until she dropped her dad off and stopped for gas. The alternator light came on and it wasn't the regulator wire wiggling loose. We were able to get the car back to the Nameless Barn (optima yellow top FTW) and it sat for a few weeks. When i came back to try to diagnose further i found that the starter motor didn't want to engage anymore. I'd decided that this was a sign and it was time to actually give frogger the attention it deserved rather than one bandaid fix after another. The plan had always been to finish the 67 1600 first, then start working on Frogger, so it sat for most of 2018. Then i started thinking about priorities and what I wanted out of life and the answer always came out to fewer cars and more time. Despite my love for the 67 and all its incredible details, the staggering amount of cash I'd already spent on it, and the fact its in every way a better candidate for a build, I decided to try and sell the 67 and focus completely on Frogger. What. Am. I. Doing. With. My. Life. The more I pull off of frogger, the dumber I feel. This is real stupid. @thehackmechanic once wrote, and i'm paraphrasing, "don't restore cars ya dummy". So far i've gotten a good chunk of the way thru restoring one car, decided to abandon that project, and started restoring a worse car. King dummy, at your service. So, what's the plan? This won't be as involved as a 'full' restoration, or at least i keep trying to tell myself that. I want all the rust fixed, all the grease and grime gone, working mechanicals, and something that is just nice enough to look at, but not so nice i don't want to drive it to the grocery store. So, some photos and what i've done so far: First some rationale behind this madness. Frogger has been taking advice from the exxon-valdez The above photo was after sitting in the same spot for 4-6 weeks or so. Both ATF & Motor Oil. Oof. So, we got to work. When I say we I'm also referring to my good friend Baly - She volunteered to help with the tear down which means a lot to me because A) hanging out with your friends is what this is all about, I think family connections to cars are cool and am glad she's interested. She also wanted to learn more about old cars and has been all about diving right in. I am a bad mechanic, but have learned what little I know from a lot of really gracious and patient people. I'm glad that I can pass on some knowledge too. The car has been repainted, but i don't think this automatic emblem has ever been off the car. Safety first. The barn was extra humid last year and frogger had some dormant spores left over. Luckily none of the other cars were affected, unluckily everything in frogger was pretty fuzzy. When prepping to drop the drivetrain i found this wonderful bit of hillbilly engineering. The shift rod was held to the linkage by a series of tiny zip ties. Incredible. We worked back to front taking off everything that we could to get the car ready for paint. Decided to take advantage of the lift and dropped the engine and transmission out of the bottom of the car. Completely forgot about the brake lines and am astounded at how much force they stand up to. Having removed engines both ways, I think out the bottom is a little overrated. it was nice not having to take off the hood though Click for a Timelapse/Video of the engine coming out of the car - couldn't upload via the native media on the FAQ. Now you see it: Now you don't: We've continued to take more stuff off the car - especially more than I originally expected. I wanted to leave most of what was in the engine bay alone (ex pedal box, brake hydraulic system etc), but it seems like the right thing to do by actually cleaning and painting everything we can reasonably get to. No soda blasting for this car, but the rotisserie is coming out. Yeah, the rotisserie. Things just got a whole lot more serious than I'd ever intended. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration. This is NOT a concourse restoration.
  3. dasfrogger

    1967 1600-2 Shell

    We did not. It’ll still need to be hammered out to fit. Thanks for the kind words. It’s been an awesome experience.
  4. Selling a reproduction of the early rear 16oo script. It’s a really nice part - has been sitting in the mailing tube on a shelf for a few years, time to let someone else enjoy it. Price is OBO + shipping.
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    embossed hood trim

    Old habits die hard.
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    embossed hood trim

    Interested sending pm
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    DCOE & 02 Brake Parts+stuff

    2nd in line on the booster Incase it falls thru
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    "Cleanest/Drop in" M20?

    The stock auto trans can do that, no problem. I've made a 600 mile trip in a day with mine, sings at 4-4.5k RPM on the highway and loves it. My car has a 3.64 rear gear set (stock IIRC for an auto). I really think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you can find a car to try out. I totally understand about being wary or rust. It's worth waiting and finding the right car. I hope you can find a legit seller that isn't afraid to answer questions. Best of luck!
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    #1507592, 1966 1600-2

    Yep - and we're in the process of trying to pare it back down to a managable size. I'd like to simplify and refocus. I don't ever want to out a buyer publically. We'll have to catch up privately sometime soon jim!
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    "Cleanest/Drop in" M20?

    What are you looking to get out of the car? I've got an 73 Automatic, everything stock. the 3hp22 gets a bad rap, but most people who slam them haven't driven one. It's a fine transmission, especially when it's in good working order. I'm currently restoring the 73 and the m10 and auto box will go back in it. Everyone that has ever driven, ridden, or followed the car has been surprised. Is the auto transmission as engaging as a manual transmission? No. But the 2002 driving experience isn't all about the transmission choice. Have you driven a stock automatic 2002? If not definitely get some seat time before you take the plunge and make the commitment to doing a swap - i think you'll be surprised. Good luck on your journey! if you need anything don't hesitate to PM.
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    #1507592, 1966 1600-2

    After just over three years of ownership my journey with this car has come to an end. I’ve had a ton of fun and accomplished all the goals I’d set. When I bought the car I knew my role would be to save this very special car from an unfortunate fate, drive the snot out of it, and get it ready for the next caretaker who could take it to the next level. While I’m sad to see it go, I’m glad to have finished what I set out to do. It’s been an unforgettable three years. 7CC54A01-127A-42E0-8B98-95EB4846FA92.mov
  12. I completely understand where you're coming from with a day long repair turning into a weekend (or week). Keep up the good work!
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    Wanted-Good used 4 speed

    I’ve got a few transmissions in Louisville KY. If you’re up for the drive down I could have someone meet you for one, or I could deliver one on my way back to Green Bay 12/26. Shoot me a PM if you’re interested.
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    1967 1600-2 Shell

    Thanks a lot for the kind words - that really means a lot. I am supremely dissapointed that I haven't finished the car and not thrilled about the prospect of selling it. This is definitely one that I will regret if it does sell. I've made the comment in other places that i've probably jumped the gun a little bit on listing the shell for sale. I'm still in the arduous process of compiling a spreadsheet for all the parts I've purchased and collected for this project over the years (that are/will be for sale separately from this listing of the shell) and am not really prepared to be able to adaquetly represent the project beyond what i've offered above. I listed early because i know this would need to go to a unique buyer and finding that buyer could take a significant amount of time. Who knows, maybe in the process of making the list and talking with people about the car things will change and I'll get back to work. But after staring down many hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars that need to be spent on my 73 project , I'm having a difficult time accepting doing it again. Work has been busier than ever and I'm not home much - it's all added up to a re-examining of priorites. While I'm clearly conflicted, I want to do right by the car. I figured it would be time to see if there was someone else out there who could make that happen. If not, i'll certainly do my best and I hope to drive it one day either way. Thanks agian and best of luck with your project! These early cars are so cool, and Tampico is an awesome color! Jake
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    1967 1600-2 Shell

    @rey949 - asking 10k for the car as it rolls and some basic extras. Working on an inventory of all the other parts now, hope to be done before I leave town this coming weekend. If if you’d like, let’s talk this week. I’d planned on calling about Bob’s upcoming visit anyway. Thanks!!