Description: This is my first car...a hand-me-down from my older brother. It was red when he got it. Put an Earl Schieb black paint job on it. By the time he drove home it had developed "flames" on the front fenders behind the headlights as the paint had already begun to peal away! HA!
So I get it...promptly think "Hugger Orange" would be cool but it actually acquired a "Poppy Red" hue (YES the Ford Mustang color chip, I know). Didn't look so bad though. Put headers from J.C. Whitney on the mighty 84 hp flat six (gained about a 1/4 horse) plus mosquito killer fumes. About did me in as well.
What you cannot see here is the ¼ steel plate that served as a floor for the one that had rusted away. When I ditched the original bench seat for nifty Monza buckets the floor sagged so bad that the shifter was bound up. Ended up bolting a 2x2x1/4” angle across the entire width just behind the seats. Did the trick and improved winter traction (was a little harder to stop with the added weight).
It died one fine Friday evening in January 1970 when a neighbor lady piloting her 1968 Mercury “woody” (vinyl) wagon plowed into my parked ‘Vair. I happened to be looking out the window, as I was ready to go out for the evening and saw the impact and the rear of the car 3 feet off the ground, watching in horror as it landed on the front of my dad’s ’64 Chevelle wagon. Of course, the car was totaled at $300 ($200 over book at the time).
One week later I was the owner of an Ermine white 1965 Monza convertible (the charcoal gray one today). BTW – she was in reverse going about 50mph and accelerating at impact. Her pedal had dropped to the floor and the big 390ci V8 couldn’t be contained. It had been in the local Merc garage that week and they “thought” they had that fixed!