She has 108,000 miles on her and all I've had to do was put on new shocks, tires and feed her the occasional quart of oil. She turned over 100,000 miles while Elvis was singing 'Burning Love'. She's a great car.
This is the before picture. I'm dropping her off next week to begin the facelift. I'm pulling the engine, cleaning, repairing and or fixing everything from the firewall forward. After that, the paint and body work. My friend Phil who collects German and British cars asked if I was replacing the top. My reply, "who needs a top?" In the words of the great Tim Curry, "if you don't have 'de top down, pull 'de top down".
Well, it's 2 years later and I'm finally getting around to updating my
pictures and info.
I had the body work and paint done first. Took her down to the metal and painted her back the original color yellow. Color code 'Y'. Easy to remember.
Next I had the engine rebuilt. It's the original high compression 425 with a 2 barrel carb. Rob did a great job on it. He balanced the engine, rebuilt the carb, fixed the air conditioning and did some minor body work under the hood. He repainted the engine compartment, the engine, air cleaner and everything else under the hood all back to original specs. After I got her back I put on all new stickers and decals under the hood to look good as new.
After that I put new brakes all the way around and needed an exhaust. I
thought it would be a good time to add dual exhaust but couldn't find a new
manifold for her. Dale, my exhaust guy suggested just replacing the small
exhaust pipe with 2 1/2" pipe, with a 3" muffler. It still looks original,
but sounds a little meaner. I may add a resonator if I get tired of the
I'm picking her up today from getting the front-end rebuilt and aligned. I also put in a new fast-ratio steering box. Della should stay in her own lane now. That will be fun. I'm putting a new top motor on this afternoon. Adding a new set of speakers under the seat for the CD player, and cruising to the mountains tomorrow.
This winter, the new top and all incidental rubber will be replaced. Then I should be done. For a few more months anyway.