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    What have I done?

    I went to the Good Guys Del Mar, Ca car show with my son-in-law, and my friend Al in his 55 Handyman/sedan delivery. We left Tucson Thursday morning, and got there about 2 in the afternoon. My friend Philip was going to go with us, but woke up sick Thursday and stayed home. I texted him Friday morning and he said he was feeling good.
    So, Friday morning we get in to the show, and walk the small swap meet. I glanced at a 57 Handyman on a trailer, it looked rough, and didn't give it another thought.
    That afternoon, a guy comes by our cars and starts a conversation about tri-fives. Then, he asks if we would give him some advice about selling one. Turns out it's the one on the trailer. It's a long story, but When I asked him what he thought about pricing it at, I couldn't believe it was that cheap. I made an offer of even less (and I usually don't low ball like that) and he accepted my offer.
    I called Philip, sent him some pics of it, and he hooked his trailer to his pickup and drove over to Del Mar Saturday. We loaded it on his trailer, along with extra parts, and he towed it back yesterday. BTW, we're partnering on this car (we've done this before), and I didn't have all the cash with me, so he brought that with him.
    Now the fun begins. The car has been parked in a storage garage for over 10 years, still has California black plates on it. It's a 6 cyl, 3 speed car. We'll see what we do with this thing.

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    A picture of what you have done would tell most of the story.

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    Yep, we would like to see pix..

    Gary

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    Gary, I have them on my phone. Where can I send them to you, and will you share them here?

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    Check your PM's...

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    Woo hoo! Another tri 5 coming back to life!
    Definately post the progress pics and story on the build please.
    1957 Nomad- LS1/T56 on C4 chassis
    1959 Fleetside Apache 1/2 ton, shortbed, big window, 327ci.

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    Here are some photos of Buster's recent acquisition (57 Handyman wagon)..
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    Apparently a California car, and it appears pretty solid...

    Did all those hoods and fenders come in the deal?? Is it missing any significant parts?

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    Thanks for posting these pictures, Gary.
    In addition to the car as you see it, It came with two more hoods, 2 left front fenders and inner fenders, and a bunch of extra trim parts. The window that's not in it came with the car and we reinstalled it yesterday. I'll need a windshield. (I know 55 150's don't have windshield moldings, do 57's?). It has a weird issue with the floor, on the driver's side. The back seat floor is rotted out all the way thru the rocker panel????? The passenger side floors are solid. It came with replacement floor panels. I don't know what is up with that. The car is a 235/3 speed with overdrive. The engine turns freely, no spark. Gonna check the points and see if we can't get it to fire up. The car was parked in a garage since 1986, or so we were told.
    Not sure I needed another project, but i got one.

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    That's a project for sure, but a good one to bring back. Get at it brutha!
    1957 Nomad- LS1/T56 on C4 chassis
    1959 Fleetside Apache 1/2 ton, shortbed, big window, 327ci.

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