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Dan K
Posted 2017-06-16 2:58 AM (#542245)
Subject: New member - '60 Chrysler / Seattle WA



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Hi - Just purchased a '60 Saratoga, should be showing up in a little over a week. Always been a fan of the Exner era Mopars among others, first time I'll actually get to own one. Looking forward to it and getting to know y'all here - looks like a good place to be!


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Posted 2017-06-16 4:39 AM (#542248 - in reply to #542245)
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welcome , a really good lookin automobile and yes it is a good place to be . some of us have been here almost a lifetime -----------------------------------------------------later
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wizard
Posted 2017-06-16 4:42 AM (#542250 - in reply to #542245)
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Welcome to the gang Dan, congrats to the fantastic car! Most of us are here to help, so just ask if you need some info.
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Posted 2017-06-16 6:14 AM (#542252 - in reply to #542245)
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Welcome to the group, Dan! That's a beauty of a Chrysler. Keep us updated with your enjoyment of her.
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Posted 2017-06-16 7:01 AM (#542254 - in reply to #542245)
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Well bought Dan. I posted this car in the for sale section last week. Here is the thread if you didn't see it.

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=65816&...

Super looking car. You have come to the right place for info on your new Saratoga. In my opinion, one of the best looking cars ever made!!

Steve.
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56D500boy
Posted 2017-06-16 8:35 AM (#542262 - in reply to #542245)
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Nice car. Looks like you came out of nowhere on the auction and nabbed it with 9 seconds to spare.

http://www.ebay.com/bfl/viewbids/222538087825?item=222538087825&rt=...



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Dan K
Posted 2017-06-16 12:17 PM (#542276 - in reply to #542245)
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Yep, I did wait until the last few seconds to bid, I usually do - just pick my top price and bid at the end to hopefully avoid a counterbid. Not sure if it's a great system but worked this time!

Hoping that is a nice driver as advertised. Looks it could use a little TLC, and personally can't stomach the white fur accents and purple seat belts - so their days are numbered for sure. We'll see when it gets here.

Looks stock to me but I'm just getting up to speed on details.

It appears to me that it has a New Yorker grille swapped in vs a Saratoga grille? Or was this among the various trim upgrades avail for a Saratoga if anyone knows.

Also, any idea if those spinner caps are actually a '60 chrysler cap? Don't recall seeing them on any others I've looked at over the years, but again just getting up to speed.

Thanks for the welcome, and I'll certainly be back to either brag and / or whine about the car once I get it in person!!



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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2017-06-16 12:34 PM (#542278 - in reply to #542276)
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Wait till Ian gets wind of this ! TWO nice 60 Saratogas in the NW.
I see an evil movement starting !
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wizard
Posted 2017-06-16 1:00 PM (#542281 - in reply to #542245)
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The grille is a New Yorker only Dan, that said, there actually was a pre-series Saratoga with the New Yorker grille, but when the production started the Saratoga and the Windsor got the "cheaper" grille.

Both me and Ian have mounted the New Yorker grille - simply better looking and an easy reverse if we want.

The hub caps are some aftermarket "hot rod" options, I Think.

The 60 Chryslers had these ones...



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imopar380
Posted 2017-06-16 3:59 PM (#542291 - in reply to #542245)
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Welcome Dan, it's a beautiful car. I followed the Ebay auction all the way through. I also own a 60 Saratoga, since 2008. Pictures of it here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mopar380/sets/72157668053473034
I also have a New Yorker grille in mine, but still have the original Win-Sara grille sitting in the basement if I ever want to put it back ( probably not!). Nice that you have factory A/C does it work? Mine has an older under dash A/C system that works, probably been there since the car was nearly new. Mine was built and sold new in Los Angeles. Glad you're getting rid of the purple seat belts too! Your steering wheel was originally cast in clear where it is now white. I'm guessing that someone did an amateur resto on the wheel.
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Dan K
Posted 2017-06-16 4:00 PM (#542292 - in reply to #542245)
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Thanks for the info. I also prefer the recessed NY grille over the Saratoga/Windsor version, and also dig those spinner caps over the stock ones you shared. I'm not an absolute purist like minor changes that seems stock if it looks better, but do want to know what's correct and what's not.

Anyways, my internet date is looking good to me so far... but again will let you know how it goes once we meet each other in person and the honeymoon is over lol
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Posted 2017-06-16 4:03 PM (#542294 - in reply to #542245)
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Dan, are you a WPC Club member? The National Meet is in Tacoma, August 15-20 this year. I'll be there with ours.
http://chryslerclub.org/meetinfo.htm
http://chryslerclub.org/PDF%20files/2017%20National%20Meet%20Info.p...
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56D500boy
Posted 2017-06-16 4:28 PM (#542297 - in reply to #542292)
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Dan: Don't know if you know about this website:

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/chrysler.html

and specifically: http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/60chrs/60chrs.html

example image:



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ABloch
Posted 2017-06-16 11:35 PM (#542318 - in reply to #542245)
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Welcome to the group Dan. I look forward to seeing the car, and you in the neighborhood. In addition to the WPC meet in Tacoma there is the Sunbust in Graham on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August.
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Dan K
Posted 2017-06-17 2:43 AM (#542325 - in reply to #542245)
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Thanks for the info and and nice to see some guys in the NW, thx for saying hello. I'm located near Seatac airport, so these events sound great and would enjoy meeting some of you guys and seeing a lot of fins in one spot! Have three teenage daughters who are busy so don't own much of my time these days, but Mopars in august sounds good put both things on my calendar so I don't forget. And 56D500, thanks for the link. What a wealth of info. There goes another 8 hours of my life on the internet soon!!

Ian - I actually saw what must have been an older video on youtube of your car while deciding if and how much to bid on this car - what a beauty. Looks like you added wire wheels since the video I originally saw, they really make the car to my eye - that'll be on my wish list although I do like the spinner hubcaps and whitewalls on the car I bought now, at least in pics. Hope to cross paths with you this summer as well.

New to classic Chrysler (I have a newer Challenger currently), but have been a car guy my whole life; I remember seeing a '60 coupe deville with GM's similar thin pillar roofline and fins to the forward look cars in a field when I was 15 - made my buddy stop and walked out there like I was in a trance, until some guy came out and yelled at me to get off his property! Haven't been right in the head since...

First car aside from parents car for kids (white 70 dart from city auction) was a '62 couple deville when I was 19 in the late 80's and have had around 10-15 cadillacs and oldsmobiles since then when life allows.

A few video links of my rides present and past: 70 olds 7 year project (current):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upwgUNkRoHU

Some previous "fins" '64 and '65 cadillacs (sold):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbHdZ4Rsug8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm2vOdlkM6I




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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2017-06-17 12:25 PM (#542355 - in reply to #542325)
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1960 was a good year for Chrysler and DeSoto. The engineering had
really reached a high point, and it would be all down hill for many years
from a styling perspective after 1960. I was once into 1960 DeSotos
pretty deep and found them to be super easy to work on and get parts
for. The slippery styling of the 2ht's just can't be beat. It is even better
on the long wheelbase Chryslers. As Ian and others mentioned, if I
owned a Saratoga, that "electric shaver" grille could not come off the
car fast enough and a NY'er backset unit installed. Outside of that, the
rather boring wheelcovers are about all I could think of to improve. They
are one of those few cars that were nearly perfect, right out of the gate.

Aren't the current spinners off a 1958 Olds ? They look good and are
obscure enough in origin, most people would have no clue.

A long ago photo of my 60 Fireflite X-ram/3-speed manual coupe:





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Posted 2017-06-17 1:31 PM (#542359 - in reply to #542245)
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Dan K
Posted 2017-06-19 2:36 PM (#542464 - in reply to #542245)
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More cool cars, thanks.

It seems like Chrysler Corp and their various makes sold a ton of these cars from '57 to '61, and it always amazes me how few I've ever even seen in person during my lifetime (born in the 70's explains a lot of that I suppose). Probably less than 20? I know that rust, FWL / finned car styling being out of style for a while, a fuel crisis or two in the 70's, etc. led to the demise of many many cars... but nice to browse around here and see that there are some being taken care of. Dream FW car for me is probably a '60 NY convertible... but there's that reality thing :). Super stoked about this car, as every FWL car I've seen in person has stopped me in my tracks.

Dr. Desoto, you may be onto something with the hubcap being a '58 Olds, although haven't seen that cap with the spinner on it as well but all that is before my time so just based on the interwebs. I'll get to the bottom of it when I can actually see them up close. It looks like you've had some pretty dang desirable FW cars in your day! I can't think of a more impressive engine bay than one that had the cross-ram intake.

Thanks and will keep you posted. The seller has been Johnny on the spot on his end, car paid for and title in hand. The shipper is another story, but I've been down this road before and will just patiently be a the squeaky-wheel pain in their ass until they make it happen....



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Posted 2017-06-19 2:47 PM (#542465 - in reply to #542325)
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Dan K - 2017-06-16 11:43 PM



Ian - I actually saw what must have been an older video on youtube of your car while deciding if and how much to bid on this car - what a beauty. Looks like you added wire wheels since the video I originally saw, they really make the car to my eye - that'll be on my wish list although I do like the spinner hubcaps and whitewalls on the car I bought now, at least in pics. Hope to cross paths with you this summer as well.



Yeah, the wire wheels were added in 2010. I bought the car in 2008, had it shipped from L.A. to Blaine, and I went over to Blaine, drove it across the border and onto the ferry back to Victoria. Of course I had to do all the required stuff with both US and Canadian Customs before the car actually arrived in Blaine. The wire wheels aren't really the best things in the wet norhtwest climate - My rims are starting to get small pits around the edge, and I rarely have the car out in the rain. Just the winter humidity in the garage. Should have coated them with grease before storing each December, but then again, I actually drive the car occasionally in the winter if roads are dry and not salted!
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Posted 2017-06-19 6:41 PM (#542475 - in reply to #542245)
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Dan, I live in the Puyallup area, and have just sent you a private message through the forums. We have a group focused on fin era cars in mostly stock condition, and we'd love to meet up with you and the mighty Chrysler! Congratulations on your purchase! I also saw this car on Ebay, and think you've found a great treasure!
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Greg P.
Posted 2017-06-20 8:48 AM (#542499 - in reply to #542245)
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Great car! I enjoyed watching it on eBay. I think it's one of the sharpest cars I've seen for sale lately.

Welecome to our group and keep us updated!
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Dan K
Posted 2017-06-20 1:22 PM (#542509 - in reply to #542245)
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Thanks guys. Anticipation is killing me!! Centurion, replied to your PM re: local group, thanks for the invite.
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Posted 2017-06-20 1:43 PM (#542514 - in reply to #542509)
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Excellent, Dan! I have replied to your message.
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Dan K
Posted 2017-06-22 4:28 PM (#542669 - in reply to #542245)
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She's on the truck headed to the NW from Ohio as of yesterday, ETA is this coming Tuesday.

Sounds like the transporter wasn't quite prepared for how long and low it is, but he worked it out. Told him that at least his load has style now!

Will start a new thread when she arrives to brag about how great the car is and then probably start whining about all of the problems the seller didn't disclose....
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