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    The doctors do amazing things now days at replacing limbs. I understand your feeling down for your friend but give it time. Things do get better.

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    jeez....not good........

    Motorbikes and high speeds..........not a good combination.
    Build it yourself, then at least you know it will be right.

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    I hope Gary will return to work one day, maybe in a couple of years. The problem with his loss to the business is his specialist knowledge of American cars and his years of getting to know customer's cars. He and Bryan are the only two who have worked on my Thunderbird in the last six years and Gary knows all the quirks that these old cars suffer from. Replacing him is going to be very difficult.

    I wish I could go and work there. If I was retired I would be down there like a shot and work for free.
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    Sorry to hear about That Gary Crashed, That sucks Geoff

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    Give him our best wishes Geoff. I had just recently heard of the Isle of Man racing from a coworker who rides like a maniac. All the other "bikers" at my work hate to ride with him.
    "It was red and white--Chrysler never offered the 1958 Plymouth Fury in those colors; Rollie had gotten it custom-painted."

    "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth."

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    Sorry to hear about the crash, Geoff!!

    ---John
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    There were two fatalities this year, including a 56 year old racer........that's our age!!

    I've had other friends come back from the TT races in traction. They are doing up to 160mph on windy country lanes and tight roads through villages. Way too many fatalities in the history of this race, and only the Italian biking fraternity bother to report much about it.

    Gary broke the circuit record just before his crash and came off after taking a corner at over 120mph. His leg acted as the crumple zone when he hit a brick wall. His other leg is still touch and go. Ribs, spine, shoulder and hand shattered. I specialise in designing home adaptations for the severely disabled and people need to see what state these poor buggers go home in and the lives they have to lead - quite horrible!!! Bad disabilities often lead to a lifetime of deterioration.

    I had a friend 30 years ago who crashed his motorbike into a concrete lamppost at 60mph. It ripped of his arm and leg and crushed the side of his . He spent 2 1/2 years in hospital having his nervous system rebuilt. Several years later he went insane through the nerves problems and constant pain from ulcers in his stumps.

    That's why I will never ride a motorbike.
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    Another lunchtime wasted looking for specialist suppliers of interior trim.

    I desperately need interior door post trims for the "b" post/pillar. Still no luck.

    Anyone able to reccommend somewhere to try. John's done his best but he drew a blank.
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    Have you seen these links Geoff ..

    Breakers Yards.. http://www.imperialclub.com/~imperia...ards/index.htm

    Interior Parts .. http://www.imperialclub.com/~imperia...or/sources.htm

    Both links found trough the Imperial Club..

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    Steph and I have been in the OIC registry for about 4 years now.
    "It was red and white--Chrysler never offered the 1958 Plymouth Fury in those colors; Rollie had gotten it custom-painted."

    "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth."

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    I tried to join the Imperial clubs, but a couple haven't been updated for YEARS and I guess a couple of others don't have membership for overseas members.
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    You can still email those breakers yards though geoff, Just google the names of the ones that dont show a email..

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    Thanks Clive, I intend to do a mass trawl through them when I get a spare lunchtime.

    The door pillar covers are obviously a very vulnerable component and ideal for reproduction. It's a bit like the Plymouth 3-piece headliners - you need a good one as a pattern for the reproduction, but good originals are too rare.
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    B POST INTERIOR TRIMS - DESPERATELY NEEDED
    Still having loads of problems finding internal trim panels for the b-post off a 64-66 Imperial 4 door. They are thin, brittle plastic and the bottoms are prone to getting kicked when the passengers get out the car. Mine have started to break into little pieces and are likely to be very hard to reproduce, coz they look like half a french loaf.

    Here's pictures of mine incase any of you fellas can help out. Any colour considered coz the whole lots being changed to black anyway.



    Arrows show where mine are broken.

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    Geoff,
    I have some of those, but I have doubts they will survive removal. Also, the RH doors on the one car are jammed shut, so I cannot see the entire piece.

    ---John
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    Thanks John, you had already warned me that what you had might not be much use. Perhaps you can show them to Mark when he comes to the hog roast.

    As a last resort I hope to get a better pair with less damage and make up fibreglass repairs or even cast new ones. Mine are even too damaged for that purpose, as you can see....they just crumble when they are touched. Probably the hot dry California climate, though I have had problems wioth similar plastics in european cars in recent times, it seems to get to a certain age then just disintegrate.

    I ahve the same problem with my collection of toy soldiers from the 1960's. Many of the plastics are now so brittle they just break into little pieces when you touch them. Massive shame!!
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    By the way John. I will have a driver's door hinge off you if you have a complete one which has not had the end of the middle restraint bar snap off.

    And for those interested I have NO plans to do the butterfly doors as per the movie car. The movie builders never got them to work anyway - they only stayed closed with a nylon tow rope and rattled & burst open even at car-park cruising speeds.

    .......Though I did find a compant that make the butterfly hinges......at $1600 each!!!
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    Trying to order parts today and am amazed at such different attitudes......

    The guys who sell the wheels: When I asked if I can buy a set, they said, "We'll let you know in November, maybe you can buy them next year" (What??!!)

    The guy who hand-builds the machine guns: "Can start straight away, but might take me a month to finish them".

    I can do without the machine guns, but wheels???? What a bummer.
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    Geoff. How much are the machine guns? To expensive for a Christmas present?
    "It was red and white--Chrysler never offered the 1958 Plymouth Fury in those colors; Rollie had gotten it custom-painted."

    "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth."

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    The machine guns are about 600 for the pair ($900 ?)

    Or I can get a pair of genuine Brownings as removed from a Spitfire fighter plane, but they are 1600. VERY COOL but too pricey for me!
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