Thought we'd start a running thread here of a father / son build that my son (ANolen here) and I are working on. We've build projects before from Legos, bicycles, motorcycles, and more including a Nissan 240SX build taking a wrecked one and a roller and making one good car in the past, but he was ready to do another car and with mom's blessing a new project was born. I still don't have my 69 Mustang all in order and a couple of the other "rescue" cars need attention but this should be a fun build for both of us.
Originally I think his thoughts were around another Mustang or pony car of some sort to use the left over parts and pieces that I didn't use on the 69 Mustang build but he always did like the middle 60's big cars and used to comment about a big 60 something Chrysler we'd see on the way taking him to school years ago. Some searching around the local ads turned up a couple options but this old '66 Galaxie kind of caught our attention.
Looking at the map of the seller info in the ad, it appeared the car was actually right on his way back from college so on his return to home for Christmas break he dropped by and took a look. He dropped by, met the seller and checked out the car. Not a bad old car but with so much junk in it, it was hard to see how solid it really was... or wasn't. He texted me some pics and it looked worth a trip up to check it out at least.
The next day we both ran up to check out the car and for me to get a closer look. Overall the car did look ok. Standard lower quarter panel rust, really dirty, but no major body damage that could be seen. Pulling up the carpet a bit didn't reveal any big holes in the floor and looked like nearly all the exterior trim was there or could be found in the car somewhere.
Biggest down side for me is there wasn't a title, just a story about it was somebody's grandpa's car and the grand kids starting tearing it down after his passing to fix it but gave up and off it went. Since then we've learned the car was last registered to a salvage or dealer around OKC so not sure what the story really is on the car.
The seller said he traded for it to use the 289/302 but didn't like how the engine turned over so was selling the car engine and all. The car was really nasty as can be seen below but did seem to be solid, had some hail damage and some missing parts, but overall there.
One other interesting point was the VIN obviously said the car was an inline 6 car originally but a 289 or 302 was in the engine bay so someone did, or least tried to do, a V8 upgrade. Seller was asking $700 but said OBO so we offered $500 and he took $550. Him and his son helped us load it up on the trailer and the adventure began.
We will post updates as they occur but after scanning things a little closer at home the car really appears to be solid and well worth a "rescue".