Classic/Antique Car Repair/59 FORD RETRACTABLE

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HOW WELL VERSED ARE YOU ON 59 RETRACTABLES,I AM THINKING OF BUYING
ONE AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE BACKUP WITH KNOELEDGE

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I was a factory service guy with Ford in 1959 and worked on a lot of them when they were new. The 57 model was a true night are but by 59 they had a lot of bugs worked out. There are several companies that are supplying repair electrical parts for them and the electrical schematics are available. I would have the car checked by a pre buy inspector before making an offer on the car. It will cost a few hundred dollars but well worth it in the end. I do pre buy inspection in Florida and can usually recommend some one in other parts of the country. Do not have "just a friend" act as your pre buy inspector, you want some one that is not afraid to tell you that the car is either wonderful or a piece of s..t. The other thing to be careful with on a 59 is rust. They had major rust issues. Good luck and if I can be of service let e know.  

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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

Experience

Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

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Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

Education/Credentials
More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

Awards and Honors
Moto Award winner. And much more.

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