As you all may or may not remember, I wrote yesterday that I was going on a car viewing journey to Vermont today, so I just want to review my findings.

The car is 1971 Ford Torino, with a 429 non Cobra Jet engine, and a 3 speed slapstick auto(tragic) transmission. Even though this is not a Cobra Jet, the previous previous owner wanted to carry a Cobra theme onto the car. A custom copper paint job with a snake skin stripe makes the exterior much more noticeable than a standard paint job. The interior has a black over copper theme with a GOD AWFUL Cobra shifter handle and snake skin wrap on part of the dash.

As for the condition of the car, the car is about a 7.5/8 out of 10. The body is straight with no bondo anywhere, and only a slight patch of rust bubble on one fender lip (Thanks to all who suggested bringing a magnet with me, that was a great suggestion). The engine ran strong, the transmission shifted without any hard jerks, and the tires still have some good tread on them.

The cons on this car are minor and can easily fixed. I want to change the paint to a Cobra blue with a black hood. The tach is crudely mounted and doesn’t work. The oil and temp gauges are on the A pillar, so they would be moved. The snake skin wrap on part of the dash would be replaced with a wood veneer wrap (cherry/oak/knotty pine). No glove box, radio, or rear view mirror (owner has mirror). The blinkers don’t work, and the brakes could use a refresh.

Other than that, it seems like a good car, and the owner said we could talk in the middle of the week to “dicker” about the price. Plus he has a fully insured friend who has a car hauling business, so the friend would deliver the car to me instead of making another 400 mile round trip journey, which is a huge plus for me, since I have never hauled anything with a trailer before.

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Here are some visuals:

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The reason for the dryer sheets on the floor is to get the car “perfumy to keep the rats away.” Whatever works I guess.