The '65 Gets its Back Up Lights Back
In 1985, after I had the '65 painted, I didn't install the original rear bumper because it was pulled out from having a trailer hitch installed and being used as a tow vehicle. At the time, I found a pretty nice junkyard piece for about $10. Went to put it on the car, and what do you know....no back up lights on the new bumper. Oh well. Ran it anyway. Fast forward to last month.....Dual Tempests (Joe) had a nice used bumper on CL in the Bay Area. Not perfect, but really nice...and it had my back up lamps! Got in the rig and did a 200 mile each way blitz and got the bumper, plus an original antenna and some wiper arms. Also got to meet Joe, and check out his wicked 428 powered '64 Tempest. Well, I blasted and painted the brackets, etc, and installed it today. When I removed the old bumper, I could see that my frame was, indeed, painted black. Original paint. This car has never been restored, only repaired as needed to keep it on the road. It has been registered and operated every year since '65. Here's a photo or two of the old look, the new look, and the frame area with original paint. Check out the condition of the body mount bushing....I couldn't believe it. What a time capsule this car is.