Post by countrybunker on Feb 14, 2012 10:57:15 GMT -5
Great to hear you got the car! Always good to hear about another great blumo save, and gonna be enjoyed.
My drivers door glass is still available. (thanks tk!) if interested, im gonna be up north in michigan to grab my car the first week of march. Im also gonna be grabbing all my parts, should have enough roon in her for the glass. I could even prolly deliver it to you on the way back down. Or if you work out a deal with arthur i noght be able to help there to. Ive gotta grab some parts from him while im up there to. Let me know what you think. Be cool to get the cars together maybe grab some lunch. Imm shooting to be on the road thursday march 8th so it will be a week day. The cars got a long haul full of parts lol.
All I really know right now is that I will need glass for all four doors. It looks like 1fast79 and I are checking our schedules to head to North Carolina the last weekend in Feburary. I haven't cleared that with Joe yet but that what we are thinking now. So a "parts run" sounds good for the first week in March.
I have the auto glass shop I work with is checking into the availability of new glass, we'll see how that pans out.
I have one other small hurdle, that it getting the car registered in Ohio. Joe clearly stated up front that he does not have a title, which does not bother me. I just might have to get creative. I spoke with some surprisingly helpful folks at the DMV and I might have a plan but it is still going to take some $$$. Thats if they can do it, everyone gets hung up on the North Carolina part of the deal, if it was an Ohio car no problem pay the $300+ and a judge stamps the paper work done.
Being that I need parts and possibly a title, the thought of buying a parts car may be appealing. For example, the 77 royal in Illinois on the wecrash site that I might be able to pick up for $1k or less. That would give me glass, power window parts, a clean title and maybe some parts others could use. My 74 then just might become a 77 on paper. I am just thinking out loud right now, I need to get the car first.
I'd recommend sticking with a 74 for titling issues, because: 1) it could be easier for emission concerns (either now, or in the future, for your current state, or some other state). 2) a casual glance of a knowing eye can detect the difference between a 74 and 77. Big things like the position of the lower seat belt bolt on the b-pillar.
Good points. I am first going to try the proper route of navigating DMV red tape. I was not really worried about emissions, as Ohio has been aginst emissions testing ever since the failed e-check attempts of a few years ago. Even if they did reinstate it, 25 years is the max they wold go back. As far as someone noticing the difference, I dont think anyone outside of this discussion group would notice that it was not a 77 and any potential future buyers (30 years from now) would easily be able to tell it actually was a 74 based on the items you point out, if they even cared.
My glass supplier has no new glass avaliable. Outside of the folks on this board, It looks like everything is avaliable thru car-part.com at reasonable prices. I just might have to piece it together from here and there. It is interesting that some list the glass as "tint", is that a factory option or something that has been applied aftermarket? I havent called anyone to clarify.
FWIW, I will start a thread in Bluesmobile owners about this, once I officially own this thing, I did not think it would be fair to Joe since he is the owner until he gets cash in hand!
It is now official! We picked the car up from Joe today and towed it home 400 miles on a tow dolly with no issues.
Joe is a super great guy, it was a pleasure to do buisness with him. I am so happy to buy a car from a fellow "Blues Brother", as opposed to these people who are buying and flipping these cars strictly for profit. He was very hospitable and gave me all sorts of Blues Brothers gear with the car.
The car is pretty much exactly what I wanted. As Joe said "it has good bones" and he is right. The chassis is solid. There is a very small amount of rust under the rear quarters and a couple holes under the back seat and some bubbles where the vinyl top once was. The floor pans and trunk look solid.
Mecanically it needs a bit of work, but my goal is to do a complete mechanical overhaul, so it is really a non issue. The starter is a bit flakey, the brakes a bit sticky, steering a bit iffy, and the transmission.....who knows. But I like it and I can work with it, it has all the qualities that make it a great bluesmobile.
The only part of the trip that was kind of bitter sweet was that we witnessed multiple areas that suffered severe tornado damage the night before, including the town of Murphy NC which is very close to Joes house. We also saw tornado aftermath in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Last Edit: Mar 5, 2012 19:58:22 GMT -5 by spanks79
Post by Steam McQueen on Mar 4, 2012 20:25:24 GMT -5
That's awesome stuff, spanks. Great picture .
I hear ya about the bittersweet part. I'm a bit of a weather buff and looking at the maps on the news and online I was thinking just yesterday about how many people I know of in some of those States. The damage is incredible. Crazy start to tornado season and that's not even tornado alley. Cripes.
Anyway ... glad you got the Blumo home safely. Joe did a real nice job on it, it looks great.