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Well, I went and bought another Amazon, this time a 1968 wagon/combi/estate. I really wasn't planning on it as I'm still wrapping up my '66 2 door. The price on this totally complete, 95% rot free, original plate, 2 owner car was hard to pass on. The best part is I discovered it about 1 mile from my house.

The story on the car was a newly retired gentleman bought the car from it's original owner out of Buena Park back in 1992 as a retirement project. Long story short it spent more time parked in the driveway then running as he wasn't mechanically inclined and the wife (now nearly 80) said it always had ignition issues (see second coil mounted in engine bay). The final straw was the right rear brake drum locked up and it sat ever since, last registered in 1995.

It was always stored outside under a huge oak tree here on the very dry central coast, mostly covered so it has fared decently well considering. The paint is a little powdery and crazing badly on part of the hood, I'll see what some compound and buffing wheel will do. A few exterior cosmetic issues and the only real rot is in the rear wheel arch lips on both sides and some bubbles in the lower hatch door. The floors are super solid on this car from both underside and top side with cursory carpet pulling. The spare tire/tank area is remarkably clean. The engine spins freely though obviously it's going to take a bit of time bringing all the operating systems up to par. Interior is in very good shape as the original seats aren't torn and the floors were professionally recovered in gray carpet prior to storage. Suspension looks like it was partially addressed at some point as newish looking KYB white Gas Adjust shocks on all four corners and bushings and steering linkage all look really good. The rear springs sag a bit but the plan is to mildly lower the car or at least level it out a bit. It has a few other loose ends but all in all a very honest car.

I'm mostly sure I'm just going to get this thing up and running and sell it as this isn't really the wagon for me (I'd prefer one in dark green or dark blue) but it's a great opportunity for me to rescue a car and maybe make a few dollars in the end as the value of these is ever increasing. Luckily I have lots and lots of good used parts from the '66 and even a good spare set of rims and tires (I'm kinda curious how my wide 7 inch steels will look on it actually). I've given myself a goal of getting this car going by the end of the year and a budget of about $1000.

Stay tuned!







 

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Congrats on the new Amazon... looks like a great project. Will be watching this space.
 
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