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Congrats 馃憦 as done deal Donny would say, "no pics, didn't happen"
 

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Thanks Sean and thank you also for your suggestions . Yeah , the black one in Homasassa is a sweet ride . I tried to get up to see it but between family surgeries , friends and old students Covid passing and dog with spinal surgery and needing constant care , getting out of the Keys has been impossible . This purchase is still in the works and hopefully by next week it will be sorted out and shipped . Wiil post more info later and try my best to get some photos posted . It is easier for me to wrestle with sharks than to post photos but will try .
 

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Looks like my wife and I just bought a 59 Camino :cool: The certified check for $ 38,000 is on the way to the buyer and by next week we are hoping to have it shipped to the Florida Keys . I got an email from a company of a new ad that was 1 day old and called right away . . After seeing the photos , reading the description and talking with the owner , we pulled the trigger . Once I know more next week , I will post some info . Hopefully it will be the one I have been dreaming about for years and not a disappointment . Thanks to all of you that were interested and so kind as to try and alert me to the right one . For the time being I plan on holding on to my great running 87 Camino and decide later on if I want or can afford to keep both rides . Thanks so much to all of you and more later ;)
Congrats Lenny , Can you tell us what color it is ? engine & tranny , A/C ?
 

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The good news is that I have purchased a 59 El Camino and awaiting shipment of it to the Keys .Keeping my fingers crossed that it arrives as advertised as I purchased it sight unseen after seeing the photos and talking with the owner . I very rarely do something like this but with all that`s going on , I took a blind leap of faith . The listing came up on Hemmings . I will try to do a link to the ad . The owner has been a mechanic for 9 years , owned his shop and has retired from full time work , having his son take over the business . Over a 10 year period the 59 was treated to a body off resto with power coated frame , body painted underneath , any rust was cut out and patch panels welded in . The strawberry colored paint looks good , new interior , new gauges , Vintage air , 327 cu. in. engine with a T 56 six speed , rebuilt rear with 3.70 gears . Front disc brakes added , air ride front and rear , stereo , electric bucket seats . Awaiting enclosed transport from Vermont next week and additionally hoping that this tropical storm coming up does not interfere with shipment . Thanks to those of you that helped me locate a 59 or encouraged the purchase . More later :)
 

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Congrats Lenny, can't wait to see pics
 

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The fins on a 59 are simply gorgeous and the whole thing is a big, beautiful piece of rolling mechanical sculpture. The first car that I ever remember in my family was a white 59 Impala with a red interior and I can't wait to see the pictures of yours.

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I posted a " want to buy " post in the " for sale /want to buy forums " , as I am interested in perhaps buying a 59 Camino , and additionally posting it here in Region 6 , Florida . Maximum price would be $ 38,000 depending on condition . Seller would need to allow a certified appraiser to check out the mechanical status , underneath chassis and all systems . Lack of rust is of major importance . No projects , monster horsepower or rust problems . Looking for a vehicle that I can turn the key and drive very long distances or take to a car show . I am currently looking at 15 Caminos online from cars.com , Trovit , E-bay etc. If someone turns me on to one that I do not know about yet and I purchase it , I will pay them a $ 500 finders fee . Thanks
Love first Gens, 59s are nicer then 60s but it would have to have a 60 since it's the year of my birth ! LOL Hope it's in good shape !
 

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The fins on a 59 are simply gorgeous and the whole thing is a big, beautiful piece of rolling mechanical sculpture. The first car that I ever remember in my family was a white 59 Impala with a red interior and I can't wait to see the pictures of yours.

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I had a 59 Chevy hardtop while going to college . I had done all the prep work for painting on a rust free car . Had a 327 engine installed and I added a 4 speed , rolled and pleated interior , bucket seats and a console . The trunk was big enough that I put my scooter in the trunk . I started to learn how to surf in Jacksonville , Fl. and my hugh 10 ft. board was tied down to the roof . Sold it for a few hundred dollars and went into debt and purchased a 1 year old 70 Cuda .
 

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I had a 59 Biscayne, that was my first car. It got totalled in a hit and run accident. A person drove out of a tavern parking lot hitting it and took off. My first car and first accident. The person who hit me was caught, but there was no restitution.
 

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Yahooo and YES the 59 Camino was delivered this weekend at 5 am :sleep: . It was a great relief to Joan and I that it was just as advertised by a most honest and talented builder . To get an antique tag , I have to send the info into the State Of Florida so it may take a few weeks to be able to drive it on the road . Right now I am just occasionally driving it around my small neighborhood because US 1 always has a sheriff`s car somewhere . Here in the Florida Keys they will arrest you for driving with no tag , registration etc. It is obvious that the body off restoration was well and completely done , painted and all lines , mounts redone . The choppy idle sounds cool with exits just in front of the rear wheels . I may move them to a rear exit at some point as I love my music with the windows down . I don`t plan to change much of anything at this point as it was so well done . Old Bear has graciously offered to post some photos for me as soon as I figure out how to send them to him . More later and thanks to all of you for your encouragement in finding our dream Camino :cool:
 

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Chris and Tom , Thanks for the mention that I may be able to do the registration in Key West . My wife read something to me that with the antique tag , you now needed to get it from the state . Hey , if it is on the internet , it has to be correct ?? Will check it out ;)
 
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. Congrats my friend. Can't wait to see it.
 

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Congrats Lenny. I think you are confusing the YEAR of Manufacture plate vs. an Antique Blue plate.
Standard Antique Blue plate comes from local tax collector.

If you want to use a 1959 Florida plate then there is some hocus pocus with Tallahassee. But that's ONLY for the real 1959 Florida license plate.

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Congratulations Lenny. Glad it came and made your expectations. Looking forward to seeing pictures when you get a chance.
 

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Thanks for the info Robpp . Yes , I do think I am confused . I do want a blue plate as opposed to a 1959 year specific tag . I went to the Monroe County Tag Agency in Key West yesterday . The nice lady ( one of my old students ) , said that since I have a " bill of sale " , as Vermont does not have a title ( like Florida ) , that I just need the past owner`s registration card . He is sending it to me and I will go back and hopefully that will get me the blue tag . Good thing I am sooo busy right now as it is killing Joan and I that it is sitting in the garage . Don`t know how other states do it , but here if they see you driving on a public road without registering and having an appropiate tag , they will arrest you . With the Ft. Christmas get together that R/T has organized on July 31 , I plan on driving up in my 87 Camino as I want to get a few miles on the 59 before getting on the highways . Every get together for me is a road trip from the Keys .
 
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