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Delivery day is today...

Discussion in 'F-J-M: Volare, Diplomat, etc, 1977-89' started by valiant67, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. valiant67

    valiant67 ...

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    The LeBaron Town & Country arrives today. Slant 6, no power options, AM radio, from the original owner's estate, 42k miles. Last inspected in 2004. Already had a new gas tank installed to get it running again. Good paint and body, wood grain needs lots of TLC.
    Hoping to go from this:
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    To this in time for Carlisle 2021.
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  2. Devildodge

    Devildodge Active Member

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    Awesome. There was a beautiful silver Volare wagon at Carlisle.

    I love the wagons. But even they have skyrocketed in price.

    You got a great piece of my childhood there. Love to see it. Looking forward to Chrysler 2021.

    When you said you were looking for leBaron parts, I didnt picture this.
     
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    That's awesome, good luck! Looking forward to seeing progress!
     
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    chuzz Well-Known Member

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    First thing I'd do to that is remove all of the fake wood grain and trim. I had an Olds wagon I did that to back in the 90's. Made it look like a totally different car! Have fun with it.
     
  5. valiant67

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    No way! My plan is to redo all of the wood. I thought I could just refinish the outer light wood border, but I think I'm going to have to wrap that trim to make it work.
     
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    Looking in the paperwork, it came from B & L Chrysler/Dodge in Shamokin, PA. B & L was one of the dealers shut down in the 2009 purge.
     
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    Nice for swap meets too !! Show it and sell out the back! lol!!!
     
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  8. Fast Eddie

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    I love wagons..............great looking car.
     
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  9. AHBGuru

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    She's a beauty !

    Keep us posted.
     
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    Spent many a years looking for parts at Hershey. Lots of guys sold out of the back of their wagon. Good memories, except when it rained.
     
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    That's cool, and the body looks in great shape! :cool:

    When you start working on it, and try removing the lighter "wood" trim, my bet is that it will be very brittle from getting sun baked over time, and some is likely to break, so you will need to be very careful ;) Once you get that removed, then you can get replacement woodgrain vinyl :)

    Looking forward to seeing your progress on it :)

    Growing up, my family had a 1965 Mercury Commuter Wagon, like this, but in white. Took a lot of trips around the country in it, fun times, wagons were a part of life back then :)
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  12. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Valued Member
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    My Dad had a red and white 57 Mercury Commuter 2 door hard top wagon just like in the brochure with a 312" engine and 2 speed Merco-matic push button trans. It didn't get any better than that.
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    My first automotive love was our Palisades Turquoise 66 Mercury Montclair 4 door sedan. "Mercury... In The Lincoln Continental Tradition. What a great picture of a 65 Wagon. So clean and linear, lines that make sense, like the LeBaron wagon, rather than the tortured sheet metal on even the most modest vehicles [Hello Civic .. I remember how clean and special you looked in '84. WTF ?].
     
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    Citation84 Well-Known Member

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    You are one sick puppy Valiant67.
    Congratulations.

    Is that the last year for the Slant Six ?
     
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  15. Citation84

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    Hardtop wagon is a fantastic concept.

    Funny: automotive writers don't know what to call them. They'll twist themselves into knots: pillarless, non -post etc. But worse is calling a sedan a "post" anything. The only qualifier, post war, is "hardtop". MINI, Mustang II, Ford full size '73s etc not hardtops no matter what Ford and MINI call them.They have a B pillar.

    Thanks for the shots of those '57s Fast Eddie.

    The lack of a "B" pillar makes a huge difference in anything.
     
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  16. valiant67

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    It is the last year for the slant 6 with mechanical lifters.
    However, with hydraulic lifters the slant 6 was last used in cars in 1983
    And in trucks and vans, it lasted until 1987.
     
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    Thanks. I like that style, but also a fan of the Slant Six. At one time the Fifth Avenue series was my dream car. By then they were only V8s.
     
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    if you look really hard, you might find a slant 6.
    If I remember correctly., for 1982 you could get the New Yorker (minus the Fifth Avenue package) with the slant 6.
    For 1983, I believe you could get the New Yorker Fifth Avenue with the slant 6 (though the V8 came in an option package most cars got).
    I've never seen one of these cars with a slant 6, though they supposedly exist.
     
  19. AHBGuru

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    Correct, through '83 on all M/J bodies. '83 got the ESC and feedback carb in the US. I had an '82 with the 6, it didn't have Lean Burn. Neighbor lady had an '83 that did. I don't recall seeing any other 5th Ave with the 6.

    Keep us posted with the wagon !
     

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