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  1. ralfabco

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    #2 Tcar, Sep 19, 2019
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    Chrysler Hemi?

    Depends what year, I think...
     
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    The early FV was available with the Hemi.
     
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    Looking good! FV's are really neat classic cars! (until the eol Volvo cars....) Very finicky to restore; if a part is missing, you may have to recreate it from scratch; lots of not-invented-here. Some mechanical stuff though is very simple Detroit-sourced.....
    Have you done the dash yet? :p
    More pix would be fun......
     
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    The Jaeger gauges are all restored and the dash has been painted correctly. A marque specialist is doing the work.
     
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    Any updates? (pix.......hint, hint........):D
     
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    Christmas party on the 7th of December, for the Facel customers. I will hopefully post pictures after.
     
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    #10 ralfabco, Jan 23, 2020
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    The artisano claims 90 more days to completion. The car is being restored in Narco, CA. Yes, Mark Morgan ( who now resides in Plano, TX ) provided to us the original factory livery. I never asked about any notable PO.

    The car spent considerable previous time in CA. I believe the immediate PO inherited the car and wanted to restore the vehicle. The car was in Alaska when I arranged to purchase the vehicle. It was a driver painted in the wrong colors. Will look sharp with the original Nardi wood steering wheel. We are trying to faithfully restore the car to it’s original factory built configuration.
     
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    nice car.
    didnt know you owned a facel vega
     
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    It’s my father’s car. Mine is located on top of Haris’s lift. love your car.
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    ha! its a small world isnt it!
    we should meet at some point.
    i will be going to see haris on saturday morning
     
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    #14 ralfabco, Jan 24, 2020
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    My wife and I are currently in Vegas for a few more days. Let’s meet up soon. I have a friend in the Woodlands with a red 512 TR and other toys. The local FCA events are also fun.
     
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    The one thing I could not understand about these cars was the dashboard trim.
    Painted fake wood on metal, feels and looks inappropriate for that kind of car.
     
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    This is what was offered with the car in the late 50’s. La differance !
     
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    Not so much maybe; Jean Daninos looked on the Facel as a very avant garde product. Perhaps he viewed wood as being inappropriate to his vision of a gentleman's touring car. Think about all those British cars with sadly delaminated and checked wood dashes; tres maintenance! Not least might have been cost considerations; sourcing the correct burlwood in the required amounts, then the time issues to shape, finish, and install the wood (I know a bit about this, doing restoration/new construction of burlwood panels), maybe this was too much 'hand-crafted' for a (limited) production car. Anyway, when done properly, the burl-painted metal panels are pretty cool in their own right.....(I haven't mastered that craft yet......)
     
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    For your sake, I hope that's Norco.......
     
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