The Truth About Cars » 1964 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 03:20:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 1964 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1964 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Luxury Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1964-oldsmobile-ninety-eight-luxury-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1964-oldsmobile-ninety-eight-luxury-sedan/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=668282 I’ve done quite a few Olds 98 Junkyard Finds, but they’ve all been from the 1975-1995 era. Here’s a big Ninety-Eight from an earlier time. The ultimate in limousine comfort! This Olds was sold in Denver. If this Denver yard can hold off on feeding it to The Crusher for a few more weeks, this […]

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14 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinI’ve done quite a few Olds 98 Junkyard Finds, but they’ve all been from the 1975-1995 era. Here’s a big Ninety-Eight from an earlier time.

The ultimate in limousine comfort!
17 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThis Olds was sold in Denver. If this Denver yard can hold off on feeding it to The Crusher for a few more weeks, this car will die in Denver— an even half-century after its first trip out of the showroom.
20 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinBefore that happens, though, I hope some more pieces get pulled. This climate-control panel looks serviceable.
16 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee Martin1963-64 Olds 98 taillight lenses must be hard to find today.
07 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThe 394-cubic-inch Sky Rocket V8 made 325 generously defined gross horsepower and was the biggest of the original Olds Rocket V8s.
01 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinSomeone pulled the bench seat but then decided not to buy it.
02 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinCheck out the handy storage pockets and grab handles on the rear of the bench seat.
22 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinI might have to go back and get this Luxury Sedan door pull, for a carrying handle on the next junkyard boombox I build.

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Junkyard Find: 1964 Mercury Comet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1964-mercury-comet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1964-mercury-comet/#comments Sat, 03 Mar 2012 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432245 Some of our sharper-eyed readers noticed that the car parked next to yesterday’s Junkyard Find (this 1965 Mercury Park Lane Breezeway) was also a mid-60s-vintage Mercury. It’s the upscale version of the Ford Falcon, the car that the Edsel Jihad still hates as a symbol of Robert MacNamara‘s misplaced— and probably Communist-inspired— priorities. Yes, Ford […]

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Some of our sharper-eyed readers noticed that the car parked next to yesterday’s Junkyard Find (this 1965 Mercury Park Lane Breezeway) was also a mid-60s-vintage Mercury. It’s the upscale version of the Ford Falcon, the car that the Edsel Jihad still hates as a symbol of Robert MacNamara‘s misplaced— and probably Communist-inspired— priorities. Yes, Ford CEO MacNamara killed the Edsel in favor of the Falcon, right before he masterminded the not-real-successful war effort in Vietnam; the Edsel Jihad can forgive the latter but never the former.
I found these two doomed Mercurys side-by-side at a Northern California self-service yard last month. Both seem quite restorable, but more complete Park Lanes aren’t too expensive and nobody seems to want Comet sedans. Next stop: Chinese steel factory via the Port of Oakland!
This one is free of serious rust, but: four doors.
Comet V8 options in 1964 were 260- and 289-cube Windsor V8s, but this looks like a more recent swap. 302, probably.
Whenever I see these old factory radios, I have to resist hoarding impulses. They’re just so cool-looking, but hoarding car clocks is bad enough!
It’s possible that this car was driven by Apple Computer’s oldest employee in 1990… but I doubt it. Still, Cupertino is upscale enough that it’s hard to imagine an original-owner Comet being driven there.

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Junkyard Find: 1964 Plymouth Valiant 200 Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1964-plymouth-valiant-200-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1964-plymouth-valiant-200-station-wagon/#comments Sun, 05 Feb 2012 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429601 I just spent two days in California (returning to find my Civic completely buried by the Denver snowstorm I thought I’d dodged), visiting family and 24 Hours of LeMons co-conspirators. Time was short, but there’s always time to visit the junkyard! Colorado junkyards are good for finding long-forgotten four-wheel-drive cars, but you can’t beat the […]

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I just spent two days in California (returning to find my Civic completely buried by the Denver snowstorm I thought I’d dodged), visiting family and 24 Hours of LeMons co-conspirators. Time was short, but there’s always time to visit the junkyard! Colorado junkyards are good for finding long-forgotten four-wheel-drive cars, but you can’t beat the San Francisco Bay Area for doomed classic Detroit iron.
Yes, this wagon has the Chrysler pushbutton automatic shifter.
It also has California-style rust. That’s the kind of rust that results from bad weatherstripping allowing rainwater to get into the car, where it sits all winter… for years. Yes, that’s moss growing in the hole; I suspect this car spent a decade or two in a damp, shady back yard overgrown with weeds and wild blackberry bushes.
Then you get pine needles filling the rain gutters, which leads to this sort of rust.
These cars were cheap, reliable (by 1960s standards), hauled a lot of kids and groceries for their size, and sold in huge quantities. Sadly, most of the Valiant (and Dart) wagons were crushed at least a decade before station wagons become hip among old-car freaks.

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Junkyard Find: 1964 Chrysler New Yorker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1964-chrysler-new-yorker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1964-chrysler-new-yorker/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424427 The last junked New Yorker we saw left something of a bad taste in my mouth, what with its not-very-luxurious Late Malaise Era overtones and general air of diminished expectations. Let’s all admire a real New Yorker, a car that looks classy even when propped on crude jackstands and awaiting consumption by The Crusher. I […]

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The last junked New Yorker we saw left something of a bad taste in my mouth, what with its not-very-luxurious Late Malaise Era overtones and general air of diminished expectations. Let’s all admire a real New Yorker, a car that looks classy even when propped on crude jackstands and awaiting consumption by The Crusher.
I spotted this battered-but-reasonably-complete ’64 at the same Denver self-service yard that gave us the ’82 New Yorker mentioned earlier. It has all the hallmarks of a car that sat for years or even decades before scrap steel prices caught up with it.
It’s got a pushbutton shifter, naturally.
And pushbutton HVAC controls as well! Making the fan lever mirror the shifter’s park-position lever is one of those design touches that was possible before nanny-state hand-wringers started worrying about getting their faces macerated by steel dash controls in low-speed wrecks.
The 1964 New Yorker came standard with a 340-horsepower 413-cubic-inch V8, which is a good thing; the four-door hardtop weighed 4,030 pounds.
This car doesn’t seem rusty, but all those years exposed to harsh Great Plains weather have just about obliterated the interior. It’s probably best that this car’s components live on in other, restorable New Yorkers (and Newports) while the shell becomes Chinese dishwasher components.

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Family Treasure: The 1964 Corvettes of Minnesota Slippery Slalom Trophy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/family-treasure-the-1964-corvettes-of-minnesota-slippery-slalom-trophy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/family-treasure-the-1964-corvettes-of-minnesota-slippery-slalom-trophy/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412146 My grandfather was a big rally- and ice-racing fanatic during the 1950s and 1960s, running everything from a Renault Dauphine to a Corvair in every Minnesota race he could find. Eventually, he picked up a Corvette, which he loved almost as much as his Saab 93, and the trophies started to pile up. On my […]

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My grandfather was a big rally- and ice-racing fanatic during the 1950s and 1960s, running everything from a Renault Dauphine to a Corvair in every Minnesota race he could find. Eventually, he picked up a Corvette, which he loved almost as much as his Saab 93, and the trophies started to pile up. On my trip to the Midwest last month, I managed to talk him into letting me have this one for my office.

He’s also given me some old Super 8 film from his racing days, as well as a genuine Curta “Peppermill” Calculator.
Unfortunately, the only photo of his Corvette that I could find was this scan of an entire photo album page, showing some of his race and street vehicles from the 1960s and 1970s. That’s it in the lower left corner.
A Corvettes of Minnesota/3M Sports Car Club gymkhana from January, 1964. It was probably 20 below during this event, and I’m sure you could hear the cars rusting, but Minnesotans are crazy tough.
I’m not sure what this award was actually for, because a critical plaque fell off during storage, but that doesn’t matter. I’m putting it right next to my Fastest Swedish Car award from the 2008 24 Hours of LeMons San Francisco!

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Junkyard Find: Jacqui’s Chevelle May Clog Crusher With Excess Bondo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/junkyard-find-jacquis-chevelle-may-clog-crusher-with-excess-bondo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/junkyard-find-jacquis-chevelle-may-clog-crusher-with-excess-bondo/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2011 21:15:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410166 Poor Jacqui. Her ’64 Chevelle sedan looked great with her name on the trunklid, surrounded by airbrushed vines and flowers. Then the mean tow-truck man showed up and hauled it away. Well, maybe this Chevy (which I found in a Denver self-serve yard last week) had a few cosmetic flaws, including an unfortunate bowling-ball-dropped-from-5th-floor dent […]

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Poor Jacqui. Her ’64 Chevelle sedan looked great with her name on the trunklid, surrounded by airbrushed vines and flowers. Then the mean tow-truck man showed up and hauled it away.
Well, maybe this Chevy (which I found in a Denver self-serve yard last week) had a few cosmetic flaws, including an unfortunate bowling-ball-dropped-from-5th-floor dent in the roof.
I like to use chicken-wire as an armature when I use this much Bondo on a car, but that’s just me.
I’m slightly tempted to buy this trunklid for garage display, but not before I hang the Goddess of the Rockies milk-truck door in there first.

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Down On The Pasadena Street, 1964 Edition: How Many Cars Can You Identify? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-pasadena-street-1964-edition-how-many-cars-can-you-identify/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-pasadena-street-1964-edition-how-many-cars-can-you-identify/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409391 Many years ago, I bought a yard-sale box of old 35mm slides in order to score the reusable glass slide-mounts. A few of the original images were interesting, so I hung onto them. With all the scanning of old slides and negatives I’ve been doing for the ’65 Impala Hell Project series, I’ve also been […]

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Many years ago, I bought a yard-sale box of old 35mm slides in order to score the reusable glass slide-mounts. A few of the original images were interesting, so I hung onto them. With all the scanning of old slides and negatives I’ve been doing for the ’65 Impala Hell Project series, I’ve also been searching for interesting automotive images among the rest of my collection. This photograph from 1964 Pasadena (as in “The Little Old Lady From”, which was a hit song in ’64) contains quite a few interesting vehicles. I’m going to follow up my 1973 San Francisco Car ID Challenge with the 1964 Pasadena Car ID Challenge: what vehicles do you see in this photograph?
The slide is dated 1964 and the Tournament of Roses banners nailed the street down as Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena (yes, the very same Colorado Boulevard terrorized by the Little Old Lady in her Super Stock Dodge), so it was a simple matter of searching business names to find the exact intersection. Patti’s Grill is gone, as is Jack Shannon’s and Bill and Corky’s, but the 35er is still in full effect; this photograph was shot looking west from the intersection of West Colorado Boulevard and North Fair Oaks Avenue.
The front row of cars at the stoplight should be pretty easy, but there’s some fascinating stuff behind them. What’s that lil’ red devil behind the Beetle? And is that a huge hood scoop on the car behind the mean-looking lowered Olds? You’ll be able to see larger version of the images by clicking on the gallery thumbnails below (and waiting patiently— very patiently— for the image to load).
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Tornado Seeks New Home! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/tornado-seeks-new-home/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/tornado-seeks-new-home/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381612 American-made overhead-cam engines were almost as rare as reliable South Vietnamese presidents in the mid-1960s, so I did a doubletake when I spotted one in a Denver self-service wrecking yard. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a Tempest with a Sprint OHC Six, but running across an old Jeep pickup with a Tornado six still made my day. […]

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American-made overhead-cam engines were almost as rare as reliable South Vietnamese presidents in the mid-1960s, so I did a doubletake when I spotted one in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a Tempest with a Sprint OHC Six, but running across an old Jeep pickup with a Tornado six still made my day.

The Tornado was only used in American-market vehicles for a few years, but IKA of Argentina kept building Tornadoes for the AMC Rogue-based, Pininfarina-restyled Renault Torino until 1982.

Clearly, this engine belongs in some sort of evil-looking rat rod— preferably a member of the proto-AMC family— but what kind? A rusted-to-hell ’25 Nash Ajax, perhaps?
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1964 Plymouth Savoy Grosses Wagon Has Made Its Last Wally World Run http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/1964-plymouth-savoy-grosses-wagon-has-made-its-last-wally-world-run/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/1964-plymouth-savoy-grosses-wagon-has-made-its-last-wally-world-run/#comments Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378641 The Denver self-service wrecking yard a few miles from my house had a section packed with a few dozen examples of vintage Detroit iron, plus a few MGs. I say had because they just crushed everything. Fortunately, they did so to make room for a new crop of American machinery from the 1950s and 1960s, […]

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The Denver self-service wrecking yard a few miles from my house had a section packed with a few dozen examples of vintage Detroit iron, plus a few MGs. I say had because they just crushed everything. Fortunately, they did so to make room for a new crop of American machinery from the 1950s and 1960s, including this Mopar wagon.

It’s a Family Truckster!

It’s a Grosses Wagon!

It’s a beater, but we can still recognize its 1960s Cheap Chrysler Glory in the red interior.

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