I like older cars – always have. Why? Well, because they don’t have all of that electronic stuff on ’em. Just mechanical stuff that most people can actually work on. You can see AIR around the engine in its well! So of course, last week, when my friends told me about this ’71 Ford for sale, I was really into it – this was a rare find! Just some nice classic powerhouse!
So the other day I decided I was going to go out and check it out. We go out to Shepherd, which is a little jaunt outside of town, and I meet up with the guy selling it, who is a really awesome guy, and he showed it to me. This was in too good of shape to believe – all it needed was some fresh gas and a battery, so we hot-footed it back to town, got a battery and a gas can, and went back. It took a little bit to get her going after sitting for 3 years (yeah, you’d be hard to get going if you sat for three years too!), but once she got going, it was GO time! So money changed hands, and we drove to town down the highway.
After being on the road for a bit, it stayed running just fine, and purred like a kitten. I’ll have to take some pictures, but basically, it’s not going to take much at ALL to get it back to original condition. We had the title changed over, but when I went to go get plates for it, I found out that since one of the owners had passed on, that they need a court-certified copy of their death certificate to forward to the state – typical government stuff, but oh well. I got my 40-day sticker for it, so it can be driven, we got it insured, and it’s good to go.
I did find out that the rear-view mirror is gone, but the glue spot it WAS on was there, so I figure I just need to get a new one, superglue it into where the old one was, and it’ll be good to go! I am going to replace the radio in it, because I’m sorry, but I’m not going to just listen to AM radio. I’ll keep it around in the house as an original piece, but the radio is getting replaced with something that I can connect my MP3 player up to.
Why do I call it a dragon? It’s GREEN, baby! Dragons are green – well……the common ones are anyway that most people read about. How’s she do on gas? Well, let’s just say I’m not planning on selling my Subaru anytime soon, because that’s my gas-SIPPER, and the dragon has a 400 with a 4-barrel on it, so she’s meant for power.
I still miss my ’73 Charger with the 440 big block, but hey…..this is a good replacement for those fond memories of the last powerhouse I had. Surprisingly quiet though, but then again, it’s been parked a lot of its life, so I can see that no modification has ever been done. It’ll get good use, that’s for sure.