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  • #6595
    V8 Staff
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    We all have a library in the back of our heads of cars & trucks that we think would be cool to own or build… this thread is a storage locker for these “someday” cars so that they can be appreciated and shared.

    I’ve always liked these Jeep Gladiator pickup trucks & early Wagoneers. Perhaps it was the early exposure playing in dirt backyards on my block as a kid with the Tonka versions. I still think they are cool today.

    1962 Jeep Gladiator brochure

    Tonka version

    Dig that!

    If I found a clean version, I’d leave it all bone-stock and analog as can be. However, updated with a recent EFI GM 4.8 L V8 and a 5-speed manual, a little truck like this would get great economy and be great fun to drive.

    One of the kids from school used to get picked up in a 1978 Cherokee Chief… I always dug that, too… it was a great shade of orange and looked like it was unstoppable from my 6-year old vantage point!

    This yellow version is very close.

    I also dig the stripes on the “S” below the blue Chief.

    I played with one of these in the neighbor’s epic dirt off-road playground as a kid… I think his parents called it a “garden?”

    I’ll probably never own one, but these are cars rolling around in my mind from time to time.

    What’s in YOUR “Someday” garage?

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    #6600
    Mike Clarke
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    Cool topic! At the rate I’m going, my GTO is fast becoming my ‘someday’ car! Ha ha! Yeah yeah yeah, woe is me.

    A pretty weird someday car for me is a Mustang II. Now, before you think I’ve lost my marbles, hear me out. I was a little kid in 1975 and my mom came to pick my brother and me up from the baby sitter. Instead of the Datsun she rolled up in this sweet, brand new ’75 Mustang II fastback with a 302. I thought it was extremely bitchin’. I loved riding in it. Also, one of the Angels in Charlie’s Angels drove the Cobra version Mustang II. Ford must have paid a fortune for that product placement.

    Anyway, I would put a newer efi 5.0 in it with a 5 speed. Nothing too crazy, I would just want a good driving car.

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    This car is identical to the one my mom had, color and all.

    #6601
    V8 Staff
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    There are a couple of Mustang IIs getting that kind of treatment out there. You probably saw Brett Behrens car, designed by our buddy Ben Hermance at Hermance Design and built by A-Team Racing. That one had a LOT of work involved, but turned out to be about the best M-II I’ve seen.

    Here’s your product placement car…

    There are a couple things that I’d change on the M-II, mainly how the tiny wheels look in the tight wheel openings. I think those are 13″ wheels? The openings need to be stretched to accommodate something a little more proportionate, I feel. Not huge, but a 15″ would look much better, with 5-lug hubs.

    Was your mom’s car a Mach 1?

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    #6603
    Jon Shields
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    Kevin have you seen the 2016 Jeep Chief Concept?

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    #6604
    Jon Shields
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    I want to build a Willy’s Truck Roadster with an Army-Rat vibe.

    As a tribute build for my son Andrew…

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    #6608
    Mike Clarke
    Member

    Was your mom’s car a Mach 1?

    Yes, it was a Mach I.

    I never knew anyone put that much work in a M-II. Pretty intense!

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    #6613
    V8 Staff
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    Jon, that concept is very cool. It’s wild that they put actual aluminum slots on a concept car, but it’s a home run!

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    #6614
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    Next up on my list is an early 70s Cadillac 4-door hardtop DeVille.

    These cars have all kinds of luxury and style, and the pillarless 4-door allows everyone to enjoy the great outdoors while gliding down the highway.

    472 cube V8s provided tons of power, I’d probably upgrade to a Hydroboost brake system and add an overdrive, then re-gear the rear to add a little snap without killing cruising velocity RPM. A self-tuning throttle body EFI system would make it reliable.

    Dig the blue!

    The black ’72 is sharp.

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    #6615
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    I’ve had a crush on ’57 Buick Caballero Wagons for ever. These cars just have such a great look, like an authentic ’50s diner on wheels. Speaking of wheels, the wheel / well size and fit relationship is perfect on these. I also really dig the roofline, the rear window and tailgate, and the sweep spear trim adds class. Too cool.

    The Centuries and other wagons were cool, too.

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    #6616
    Jon Shields
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    I’ve had a crush on ’57 Buick Caballero Wagons for ever. These cars just have such a great look, like an authentic ’50s diner on wheels. Speaking of wheels, the wheel / well size and fit relationship is perfect on these. I also really dig the roofline, the rear window and tailgate, and the sweep spear trim adds class. Too cool.

    The Centuries and other wagons were cool, too.

    I love the fact that they are hard tops… Not many wagons like that.

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    #6617
    V8 Staff
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    I’ve had a crush on ’57 Buick Caballero Wagons for ever. These cars just have such a great look, like an authentic ’50s diner on wheels. Speaking of wheels, the wheel / well size and fit relationship is perfect on these. I also really dig the roofline, the rear window and tailgate, and the sweep spear trim adds class. Too cool.

    The Centuries and other wagons were cool, too.

    I love the fact that they are hard tops… Not many wagons like that.

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    Very true, and I can’t understand why someone would do a photo shoot on one with the windows up!

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    #6622
    Jon Shields
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    It probably takes an engine hoist to remove the rear bumpers!

    #6684
    Mike Clarke
    Member

    Next up on my list is an early 70s Cadillac 4-door hardtop DeVille.

    These cars have all kinds of luxury and style, and the pillarless 4-door allows everyone to enjoy the great outdoors while gliding down the highway.

    472 cube V8s provided tons of power, I’d probably upgrade to a Hydroboost brake system and add an overdrive, then re-gear the rear to add a little snap without killing cruising velocity RPM. A self-tuning throttle body EFI system would make it reliable.

    Dig the blue!

    The black ’72 is sharp.

    These caddies remind me of watching any episode of The Streets of San Francisco. Totally love those sleds.

    #6686
    V8 Staff
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    These early ’70s Pontiac Grand Ams are super cool, too… put one of these on the list as well.

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    #6719
    V8 Staff
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    Here’s another completely overlooked family of cars, the ’67 – 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 XL fastback and GT cars. These offered a unique look with great lines, some very cool interiors, and powerful V8s. Best of all, today they can be had pretty cheaply. We’d love to do a restomod version in the shop on one of these cars.

    1969 Ford Galaxie 500 XL:

    Here’s a nice photo collage, hopefully the guy with the guitar does not come with the car.

    1970 Interior:

    1970FordGalaxieInterior.jpg

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