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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:53 am

Who woulda thunk it? Pa Cleaver selling Fords. Kind of a neat old film.

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:54 pm

I like those industrial shorts. He was also an ordained minister and he made that his vocation after the series ended. It's just icing on the cake that it was Fords he was selling.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:46 pm

Hugh Beaumont was on an episode of "Gunsmoke" back in the day. I did not know he was a minister, though.

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Post by Ragwire on Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:51 pm

My favorite Leave it to Beaver family car was their '61 Plymouth. It was an angry looking machine. Very space age.
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Post by Doug Burskey on Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:18 pm

That as well as 1961 Dodge. Virgil Exner  was shure having some fun.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:39 am

'61 Plymouth four door hardtop is my "rememory" of the Cleaver family ride. The first "Beaver" car was a '57 Plymouth, then a '59. I do not remember a Dodge. Wonder what car Fred Rutherford drove?

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:31 am

The First car in the series was a '57 ford. That was also the one the boys broke the roll down window with a baseball in one episode.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:38 am

I had forgotten that. Robert Young in "Father Knows Best" drove an el-cheapo '57 Ford. Perry Mason drove a '57 Ford retractable hardtop in the first season of the show. One seldom sees a '57 Ford nowadays, especially the low-line models. You never did tell us what car Fred Rutherford drove........

I'm guessing it was a Chrysler four door hardtop, but I don't know that for sure. The '61 Plymouth in "Beaver" stood out because it was a four door hardtop. I've never seen one in real life.

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:51 am

I'm pretty sure Young had a Mercury in the earlier episodes, a '54 I believe.  The ford that the Cleavers had in the first season was at least of the same appearance as the one in which Janet Leigh was pushed off into the swamp in Psycho.  They were both filmed at the same studio.  If I remember correctly. for the first few episodes on Mason, he drove a '58 Cadillac convertible, followed by the retractable.  I guess they tried for who would give the best goodies on product placement. I can think of only one episode of LITB that Rutherford was driving, and that was when Wally And Eddie were parking valets for some unfortunates' wedding.
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Post by Ragwire on Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:12 pm

Funny that Ford outsold Chevy in '57, but the Chevy became the classic.
Ever notice the rarity of Chevies parked on the street in The Andy Griffith Show? Ford had a very strong placement on that show.
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:37 pm

Yeah they did. That product placement was the most prevalent on Route 66 and Hazel. The former crusted with Chevies and the latter freckled with Fords.
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Post by Doug Burskey on Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:38 pm

Someone around here has a 61 Dodge Polara I have been seeing it more when the roads are dry and salt free. A white 2 door hardtop. Unusual tail lights they come out the side of the rear quarter panel. The Dart had different tail lights.

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:14 pm

I'll bet Chryslers full lineup in those years were real peaches to assemble
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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:13 am

I do not remember Perry Mason ever driving a Cadillac.

The challenge in restoring Chryslers of this vintage is dealing with all the rust. The Keller cars of the early 1950's are not so bad. The Forward Look Exner cars are horrible.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:35 am

Here is a still from the show with Lt. Tragg, Paul Drake and Perry behind the wheel...

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:38 am

This is the one I'm more familiar with doing a drive up.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:47 am

Sure enough.  The first picture is a 1957, the second picture is a 1958.  The teller?  Quad headlamps on the '58 and bigger "Dagmars" on the '57.  There is a 1963 episode that has Perry driving a '63 Electra convertible, but it is allegedly a rented car.  I learn something from "Mr. Trivia" on a regular basis. Thanks, 75.

What car did Perry Mason drive after 1963?

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:52 am

Was it a Continental? Anyway here are some pics of various cars, some masons, traggs, and some drakes as well as others.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Perry+Mason+Car&FORM=IRTRRL
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Post by Ragwire on Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:44 pm

75X11 wrote:I'll bet Chryslers full lineup in those years were real peaches to assemble
Just waxing them would be hard enough. Need special tools to get under the projections...
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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:14 pm

Chrysler vehicles were infested with the "tinworm" as factory equipment.

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:18 pm

I remember the Aspen and Volare would rust away at the tops of the front wheelwells. You could see the pavement thru the tops of the fenders. Laughing
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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:20 pm


The 1957 thru 1959 models would be full of rust here in AZ. I have seen cars in salvage yards with parts buried in the ground that the paint was still good on. Chrysler cars would rust in places other cars never would have. The door hinges would rust off. The body seams would all be full of rust. You needed to plan on replacing the entire floor in convertibles, even for southwest cars. I have not done enough Chryslers of that vintage to know exactly why they had such a proclivity to rust. Junky metal and poor rust protection, certainly, but there had to be other reasons.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:36 am

On vehicles with trim that seems to hold water til you go to polish a wax job, I have had good luck blowing out the water with aeaf blower.
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Post by Ragwire on Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:50 pm

Yep. Metal quality, paint or undercoating, and drainage.
I had an '02 Jeep TJ (Wrangler) that held plenty of water in the bottom of the windshield frame. Also, the main chassis frame under the vehicle has all the normal water inlets on the sides of the box beams, but no drain holes in the bottoms. Those Jeeps are famous for needing major frame member replacements.
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Post by kb4yrc on Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:07 pm

Ray Collins ( Lt. . Tragg ) was one of the origanal Muricury players from the Orsen Wells days. ..... Gregg

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