Batavia Downs ‘73 Newport

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  1. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    That ones close!! I looked for forever for a pic of it years ago. I found a ‘73 New Yorker once,but never found a shot of this car...

    Those arms, and machine in the trunk killed the springs on this car. Previous owner just put air shocks on to get the rear back up. I replaced them once.. but it needs a proper repair with new springs.
     
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    ImpJay The different young FCBO Gold Member

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    Is the bucket seat on recently taken pics from the early 60s with an optional headrest?
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Zac, there was a guy on FCBO about a month or two ago selling parts off a Formal with a sunroof. I think he is a derby guy. I believe (99%) the sunroof parts are exactly the same for a fusie and a formal. If I'm wrong and some one knows for sure.....please speak up .
     
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    barnfind Senior Member

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    Love the history you have with this car Zac! Looking forward to seeing this beauty come back to life. What a great car!
     
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    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Great thread, long overdue!:thumbsup:
     
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    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Cool, thanks
     
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  7. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    The seats are kind of a mystery....

    Guy I bought it from claimed the car didn’t have the front seats in it due to its pacing days. Said it had a stool in it for the driver to sit out the sunroof and announce. Idk..

    He put a mismatched set of buckets in it. The rear seat looks original, but has been painted over with black paint. Can see the original tan on the back side.

    I need to source a set of buckets for it. I’ll try and get some pics of the seats after work.

    I did see that sunroof section for sale a while back on here. Need to jump on it if it’s still available. Only down side if I remember correctly is it was in Canada... Jeff has been super nice in trying to help me find one, but life has been doing other things, and I havn’t been ready to pull the trigger on one yet...
     
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  8. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I’ve honestly contemplated just filling the sunroof opening back in, and leaving it a normal hardtop. I’ve been a little leary of it, as I didn’t take it apart, and not too sure how it goes back together.. but that would take away from the car.... idk...

    The sunroof never worked since I first had it. The cables were toast if I remember correctly. I was able to pry it a quarter way open once or twice. Only time I ever drove it with the top open was when it came back, and the top was out of it lol. Was pretty cool though!
     
  9. Big_John

    Big_John Illegitimi non carborundum FCBO Gold Member

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    That would make sense. They pace the horses, then pull ahead and retract the gates. Someone has to look back at the field.

    Found this.

    Photos of Harness Racing Starting Gates from Around the World
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Zac, as rare as sunroof cars are I would keep yours a sunroof car. The sunroof isnt real difficult to fix. Just need to jump on a donor car next time one pops up. I say take your time and fix the sunroof down the road.
     
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    Samplingman Senior Member

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    Great story Zac! Please keep the sunroof! How cool would it be to see a small horse racing track on the train layout with a white Newport diorama. Ok, sorry, stop playing with trains and git to it!

    :thumbsup:
     
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    75LandYacht Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    As a Sunroof owner now, I too am worried about fixing mine should it ever crap the bed.. but I’d never consider “Filling it in”.. So! I say keep it and work in it later when parts and time allows as Bob mentioned..

    What a great story Zac.. you’ve inspired me to do one in “Ginger” now.

    Standby to standby.. lol
     
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    75LandYacht Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Also, just my two cents, once you finish the car I would make a trip to the race track for posterity. And some pictures as well since you have proof of the car being used there. Just say’en
     
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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    This was a big part of my disgust with "deleted member 220", after killing a solid Formal for a low compression 400, he was still a big enough tool that he blew up the sunroof deal too. :realcrazy:
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Oh yeah. Now I remember him.

    I'm sure Zac can find him on "we crash" to get the sunroof parts.
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Oh it’s nothing I really want to do. Just a fall back plan Incase it doesn’t work out. I’d rather fill the hole in, then let the car die because of it..

    But yes, it would take away from the car immensely. I believe it is the only option the car came with. Was even a radio delete car! Previous owner installed the aftermarket antenna on the opposite fender.

    Was kinda pissed to find that out.... he cut up a radio delete dash bezel to install the radio. Can’t imagine how rare those are to come by.

    I’ve looked for hours myself! Havn’t found one pic of it.

    I do recognize some of those cars from searching though!

    Yea, I did try to deal with him, but he wasn’t gonna play. Seemed he rather see the car hauled off to scrap before touching the roof.
     
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  18. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    But I’m still having fun with the trains damnit!! LOL.

    Keeping an eye out for a F3 Texas special if you know of any :D
     
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    I'm still playing trains too, until the middle of April.

    Yeah, those Texas Specials are nice, but pricey little buggars. I'll let you know if anything crosses my path.

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  20. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I’m not sure what these seats are from, or if they are even a Chrysler product. You guys have any ideas? Obviously 2 different seats. The button on the back of the drivers side seat moves the seat back to get in the back. The white one has a button on the side for rear entry.

    These have been in the car since the guy in OH. Had some seat covers on em to hide em.

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