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55CRL
Posted 2010-07-31 3:05 AM (#235008)
Subject: 57 CRL at Wheels & Wings



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I've met the owner of this 57 CRL 'vert and we spoke alot, this was the first time he drove the car since restoration (almost completed).
It's a lovely car looking great in this color combo and I understand a tremendours work have been put into the car by himself and the previous owner.
This was a bottomless wreck brought to new life



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55CRL
Posted 2010-07-31 3:26 AM (#235009 - in reply to #235008)
Subject: Re: 57 CRL at Wheels & Wings



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One more CRL D500 'vert was parked in the WPC Club stand.



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d500neil
Posted 2010-08-01 8:35 PM (#235291 - in reply to #235008)
Subject: Re: 57 CRL at Wheels & Wings



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Wow; that "red/white" convertible was originally all-BLACK, but with the gold/black interior.

As far as I know, SMS is able to make/sell correct 1957 Custom Royal/Custom Sierra upholstery cloth,
but virtually all the verts I've seen (including the CRL vert at 57 Heaven) have had the 'hardtop' cloth
be installed in them.

The correct vert/wagon cloth is a lot tougher than the hardtop material, as this car's owner may (soon) find
out, unless he installs clear plastic over the upholstery--I know; not-fun, on a vert, especially, but at least he'll
be protecting his sizable investment.

The car was built with a white top, and with the Solex glass in it.

The owner retrofittted a power seat into the car (as I did, on mine), and he's got/using a potmetal 1958 power seat
housing (as I also used, on mine, until I scored a NORS 1957 plastic power seat housing, which was made in Finland,
IIRC).

[I happen to have, since-then, acquired a perfect condition, with vinyl skirt attached, 1957 driver's side plastic power
switch housing....but that guy well be X-pensive...for some lucky buyer of it].

Anyway, back to this car:
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d500neil
Posted 2010-08-01 8:48 PM (#235296 - in reply to #235008)
Subject: Re: 57 CRL at Wheels & Wings



Exner Expert 19,174 posts. Neil passed away 18 Sep 2015. You will be missed, Neil!

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OOPS; hit 'send' by mistake!

...this car was either built without the (optional) radio, or, it was built with a signal seeking radio in it....the Broadcast
Sheets and IBM card will confirm if it had a sig-seeker in it, but, probably, it was built without a radio, in which case the
dual antennae were also owner add-ons (since there would be no antennae on a non-radio car), and the dual antennae
option is only listed on the B.-Sheets & IBM cards.

The car DOES have a lot of accessory-options (which makes me wonder about the sig-seeking radio status), and, it has a very
rare/unusual delivery Route to its selling dealership; apparently it was delivered by Truck, to some location, and it was, then,
driven away to the dealership, which implies that the dealer was located in a very rural area--so, maybe THAT is why the car
may have been built w/o a radio---it may have been delivered to an area where AM stations were scarce--like, the Uppa-Yu-Ess.

OOPS--just noticed that this car is NOT coded as having the rear antennae on it, so, this car almost certainly was not built
with the optional radio in it.

Nice car, though.




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d500neil
Posted 2010-08-01 8:53 PM (#235299 - in reply to #235008)
Subject: Re: 57 CRL at Wheels & Wings



Exner Expert 19,174 posts. Neil passed away 18 Sep 2015. You will be missed, Neil!

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This car, like mine, appears to be suffering from LDS---Limp Deck Syndrome!




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