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'58 Coronet
« on: January 01, 2015, 10:05:06 PM »
Just been emailed by a George who has bought the Coronet and wanted to get in touch with Jean and Alistair . I have asked for more details from George
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2015, 07:54:13 PM »
okay so George told me his reg but what we can divulge is that its given as 1958 owned by last owner , in Aberdeenshire , for 35 years and stripped in 1990's .  Missing its 328 Excelsior engine and will be fitted with quad bike engine if nothing else is available , part of the chassis has been replaced by George who is now rebuilding the suspension
Any HELPFUL information ?
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015, 08:48:12 PM »
they can look very nice  ;) this one was sold by coys
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2015, 09:07:32 PM »
The chassis design was pretty reasonable on them wasn't it?

Unequal length double wishbone suspension up front pretty good for a cheap car of that vintage.

A water cooled quad bike engine would give quite a nice quiet refined little chariot.
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 11:34:17 PM »
It would be a great shame not to be able to reunite the correct engine too such a rare car.

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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2015, 06:30:55 AM »
I agree Bob , as it turned out George was the underbidder on my Excelsior engine last September . Fairly sure it went for a Berkeley
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2015, 08:34:09 AM »
Richard, without giving sensitive information out, did the car stay in Scotland?
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2015, 08:57:13 AM »
Well I haven't been asked to keep it quiet so yes I am fairly sure it did  ;)
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2015, 11:06:13 AM »
Really the unit wanted is across the top blower Excelsior, not common. Earlier cars had in ineffective across the side blower. They appeared with no blower too.

I wondered what they would go like with a Dolphin Excelsior derived engine in, using the water cooled top end to good effect. A marriage of a certain amount of originality with an ability to use the car. Quads are for four wheeled cars, so not necessarily ideal here. I am assuming that the selection is in need of providing for reverse. My left field option would be a Cossack, Dnieper or Ural unit. One of those has suitable cooling and reverse, is cheap, and has a nice bit of torque without silly speeds.
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2015, 11:27:14 AM »
There's an idea.  I saw a well sorted Berkeley fitted with one of those Boat Excelsiors. As you say, not totally orininal but still in the family so to speak and certainly not a dishonourable marriage.
Whats the point of owning a classic car if you are going to put a quad engine in it?

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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 11:55:00 AM »
Well a good point Bob , but a bit harsh if it' s just not available ? Perhaps I could ask my buyer if he's happy with his purchase . Asking for trouble though  ;)
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2015, 12:42:35 PM »
Well you just wait until something turns up like I had to twice for the correct Inter engine. You have rare cars too Richard and I know you wouldnt put a quad engine in any of them would you? At least use a period alternative, not easy I know.

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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2015, 01:06:10 PM »
Whats the point of owning a classic car if you are going to put a quad engine in it?

The only answer I can think of is you would be Quads in!
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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2015, 01:26:39 PM »
Richard, without giving sensitive information out, did the car stay in Scotland?
Still in the same part of Aberdeenshire.  Gary Aitken, Powerdrive owner from the area knows the car well,having worked on it.  Have seen it a few years ago when the body and chassis had been separated.  The body was in brilliant original condition then but has since been stored out doors  :'(

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Re: '58 Coronet
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2015, 05:28:56 PM »
Mmmm shame but hope the new owner can get it back running again. I know Gary, I think he is going to attempt a trip to Brechin in the next month or so, have a look over what I have stashed away!
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