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Old 01-08-2014, 10:49 PM
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Very nice. We're all waiting to see it outside some other monument somewhere. Maybe the Space Needle!
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:15 AM
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It's back! It's back!

I picked up the car from Maaco yesterday and took these pictures this morning.

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Look at my reflection in the hood!
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The trunk lid:
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The hood:
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Reflection next to hood scoop.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:46 AM
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Yippie! That looks great. Fresh paint is one of the most satisfying points of any freshening. Not much else left other than the master cylinder and enjoyment. Congratulations.
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:50 AM
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Exciting times! Looks like they did a great job. With a fresh paint job you can almost envision what it looked like when they first drove it off the lot.
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Wow that is sweet. I know when mine finally got color there was no better feeling in the world. Congrats.
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I think when I got mine running with the fresh engine, it equaled getting the paint on, but it IS great when your plans come together!!! It looks super! Congrats!
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:55 AM
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Looking forward to long trips.

Thanks, guys!

I went and looked at this car a year and a half ago based on its description of "Road ready and needs nothing".

My brain disconnected from reality when I first saw it. It had been a long, long time since I had gotten excited about any car, but I was like the kid in the movie Christine when he said "Whatever you are asking for her, its not enough".

Well, I got it home and found that it was just plain worn out. Everything had to be replaced or re-done. It had me taking things apart that had me worried that I would never be able to put back together again. It led me to studying carburetor flow volumes, gear ratios, cam shafts, engine weights, compression, torque, horsepower, on and on. It made me understand how the Ford engineers had tried to thread the needle between performance and economy, and why that had caused them to select the particular power train components they did. The original design seemed to me to be perfect, so I tried not to change anything and instead just put everything back the way it was supposed to be.

This car really led me down the rabbit hole over the past year and a half, but it now runs perfectly. Its styling and proportions are (in my opinion) absolutely gorgeous and it is a joy to drive.

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Sounds like love to me❤️!
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That's the problem with those dark black cars. All those reflections when you're trying to take a picture!



Naw... it looks really good. I hope you find it holds up well too. I've seen other Maaco jobs here that have, so I'm sure it will.
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"Road Ready and Needs Nothing"...yea, that's pretty much what my Dad said about my car too! (That and "it wasn't like that when I had it- it mush have happened in transit.") (And this was from my Dad...)
It's great to see yours come together. Really enjoyed the pictures and watching the progress and seeing the beautiful final product. Since you're a member now, you'll have to drive it up to show us in person. No Excuses!

One of these days I'm going to get my thread going...
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:43 PM
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Here are some shots that I took with a different camera when I picked the car up from Maaco:

The car came with a flat right-hand mirror that I couldn't see anything out of. I thought about adding a convex wide-angle mirror, but then decided not to bother. I can just turn my head and look instead of relying on a mirror, the car did not come with a right-hand mirror (or any outside mirror for that matter), and it looks better without it (in my opinion).
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I bought my vintage driver's side mirror off e-bay. It has a nice looking stylized Falcon emblem on it. Look at the crease in the center of the front edge of the hood. I had never noticed that until the car was repainted. The crease lines up with the center of the grill to give the front a definite Thunderbird-ish appearance. The glossy paint really highlights all the curvy sheet metal.
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More curves. I like the bright-metal trim rings that they put around the tail lights.
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The styling is nice from every angle.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:12 PM
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On the cover of the Rolling Stone, sort of.

The manager from Maaco called and asked that I e-mail him photos of the Falcon to put in the Maaco national company magazine. Maybe they will use it as a centerfold!!?

That's the manager standing next to the car.

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