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Stan Paralikis

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Why are they "Formals"?
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2009, 06:17:27 PM »

Quote from: stitcherbob
so that's why.....styled by a FORMER Ford stylist


GROAN!

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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2009, 06:00:02 AM »

Dingleberrys eh! I take it that would be the formal name.
 
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2009, 01:55:42 PM »

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Jeeze Mobby stop flaunting your college education with all the big words!!!
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2009, 07:33:59 PM »

you would think college would teach him when to CAPITALIZE 

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Johnny D.

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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2009, 05:26:31 PM »


From the man who forgot to do it in his own post... Way to go Bobby! 
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Stitcherbob

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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2009, 05:33:44 PM »



i did that on porpoise


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« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2009, 03:55:30 AM »

I maintain that Neoclasic is a more accurate name for what some call
Formals, '74-78. The '79-to 81 R body was even more conservative and
straight lined, a trend that started with the '76 Seville and was
copied by everyone, and better labelled as Formal. The '74-8s were much
more flambouyant and extroverted, with the pontoon-like bulges by the
wheel openings and rear quarters,  considerable body sculpturing,
the padded half tops with opera windows, the inset tail-light opening
pods, filigree interior trim and billowing pillow seats... just like
Mobby said, they were a veritable whorehouse on wheels, especially in
red!..  hardly formal!! 

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Stan Paralikis

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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2009, 04:03:51 AM »

The cars I love the most are the "extremes".
The gaudiest or the sleekest.
The biggest or the smallest.
The minimalist or the most outrageous... you get the idea.  No middle of the road for me.
And yes, my latest "C" is a  "veritable whorehouse on wheels, especially in
red (interior)..."




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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2009, 04:13:56 AM »

Don't get me wrong - I love 'em, just debating nomenclature. I'd say
they were the most honest expression of good 'ol American excess ever,
and about the nicest car to ride in ever made...not  lot of power,
stock, but what a ride and high livin' in the lap of luxury... The
'73-76 Mark IV was probably the ultimate example, but I love the '76-78
NYer best.  A friend bought a '77 NYB brand new, in Dove grey with
matching leather, and promised to sell it to me when ready...his son
was Service Mgr at the local Chrysler dealer, and this car was cherry
in the extreme,  but in '92 when he was ready, I wasn't, and I
still regret it to this day. What a car. 

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Stan Paralikis

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« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2009, 04:33:32 AM »


Quote from: firedome
  A friend bought a '77 NYB brand new, in Dove grey with
matching leather, and promised to sell it to me when ready...his son
was Service Mgr at the local Chrysler dealer, and this car was cherry
in the extreme,  but in '92 when he was ready, I wasn't, and I
still regret it to this day. What a car. 

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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2009, 04:41:17 AM »

Unusual to see one w/o C pillar opera window... no, his was the 4 dr
hardtop, which I actually prefer, tho' I'm likely in the minority on
that, and I prefer the velour, but it doesn't seem to last vey well,
and the gray leather was beautiful, I must say.



My '76 & 77 Gran Fury Broughams were among my 3 favorite cars of
all time ('71 Fury III was the other) - they were sort of a tame
version NeoClassic, a bit less flambouyant, but great cars - I'd love
another one in fact, so if anyone sees a clean 74-77 Gran Fury (or Fury
III in '74) 4 dr.  please let me know!!!



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« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2009, 04:42:29 AM »

PS - gotta be a '74-77 318 or 360 Gran Fury!!

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« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2009, 03:46:21 PM »

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Stan Paralikis

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« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2009, 03:38:19 AM »


There's some real fanatics in that bunch.  Good bunch of guys to know if you have one of these cars.
I met my best friend Lance through that site.  In fact yesterday he and I went shooting.  Used a bunch of Chevy parts for targets.   You gotta see a '64 Impala wheel cover after being assualted by a .223 semi-automatic...


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