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    Have you sold your 58 Plymouth Geoff?

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    No, the Christine build is making progress at Mark & Andy's. I wanted to do the Black Beauty myself, because it's mainly cosmetics and a nose job.....and to prove to our friends in the US that us Brits can do movie cars too.

    Sadly the T'bird is the sacrifice to pay for this project. I hope to break even if the Ford sells well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry57Savoy View Post
    Have you sold your 58 Plymouth Geoff?
    Quote Originally Posted by billy whizz View Post
    No, the Christine build is making progress at Mark & Andy's. I wanted to do the Black Beauty myself, because it's mainly cosmetics and a nose job.....and to prove to our friends in the US that us Brits can do movie cars too.

    Sadly the T'bird is the sacrifice to pay for this project. I hope to break even if the Ford sells well.

    You've been away BamaLarry and havent heard, Geoff is now a Billionaire like me and cant stop throwing money at old cars.

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    I am knew you were a millionaire DV but did not know billionaire.

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    I just have a loads of fun working on one car then the money I make on it covers the next project. It's pretty self - financing because I promised the family the cars wouldn't eat into our income or savings. Selling the Opel pays to buy the Imperial. Selling the t'bird fixes the Imperial up and pays the shipping and taxes on the Christine....
    Last edited by Imperial King; 08-07-2014 at 04:14 AM. Reason: Poor grammar on Geoffrey's part.
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    I heard Mark n Andy sold your car 2yrs ago. Thought you should be know.

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    What the heck......Mr Taylor has been selling off parts of it for years!!
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    By the way Larry......is that really a picture of you....handsome guy!!! Despite being somewhat folically challenged.
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    Cool ! I admire Your undertaking and have thought a lot about building a few Movie cars as well. The Green Hornet is will be a very Cool Car Movie for sure. Good luck with the build and keep Us posted on the progress

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    The "beauty" of a Black Beauty build is you only have to alter the front of the car, slap on a set of natty alloys and most of the job is done. In my case everything has to be colour changed too. But I would have paid three tomes the money to start with a black car.
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    Billy did you decide if you can get away with the green headlights yet? This will be a fun car to drive guns an all.

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    Only medical services vehicles can run with green lights, so I can only to green LED highlights for when the car is static/off the highway. Dash and interior lights will all be green though.

    Spoke to an ex-highways policeman. He said I couldn't even mount the guns on the car except for static display on private ground.....so I still plan to do them for shows, especially as I have a movie-props guy lined up to make them for a reasonable price.
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    Car had it's pre-MOT and is waiting for a stainless steel exhaust, which will suck up most of my reddies at the moment.

    I need to find a part worn set of tyres for temporary use seing as the originals are understandibly perished. It runs on 225 x 70R 15's. Common on Mercedes Sprinter vans, but very little else in the UK. Anyone suggest a more common tyre size I could fit? Just needs to last me until I can afford the alloys......

    Final detail I need to sort out is the broken restraint for the driver's door hinge. Very typical fault on these cars and I believe upgrade kits are available through a club/specialist dealer somewhere. Any of you Chrysler guys know who sells them??
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    Can anyone help me find original black colour references for the 1964-66 range? The Imperial website is missing the colour cards for those years.

    I asked the Black Beauty forums for help and they said "Barris can tell you" or "Ask Dean Jeffries", who built the TV original, (and is long dead)....assholes!!!
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    This thread is worthless without pictures...
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    Pictures of shades of black???
    B O R I N G !!!
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    Just found out the poor guy, Gary Gittins, who is head mechanic at CAR Limited in Shropshire, crashed at the Isle Of Man TT races this summer and smashed himself up. He's just lost his right leg, is having serious problems with his left leg and has spinal injuries. Poor, poor guy!!!

    So, at times like these who cares about a crappy old car - toys can wait around untouched - this guys' life is in a total mess and will never be the same again.

    Bryan Hunter has been sorting Gary's affairs out for him, so things have ground to a halt at the workshop. Bryan has known Gary for many years, so is naturally gutted for his mate.

    Some progress has been made on the 4 door Plymouth that is there for bodywork. Gary was also the MOT inspector, so that has made things doubly difficult for Bryan.

    Anyway, my Imperial is now on hold until further notice, with the exception of parts searches I will do myself.....but then who cares when some poor sod could be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and faces another year in hospital.
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    Ungood! Sorry to hear about that.
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