Edsel 58 Edsel Pacer sedan, green/white, runs and drives

May 31st, 2010

Edsel 58 Edsel Pacer sedan, green/white, runs and drives photo

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This is a 1958 Edsel Pacer. Green with white top and white scallops. The car was originally a tele-touch car, but has been converted over to column shift automatic. Engine is a 361 CID (“E-400″) V8 with a FMX three speed trans. It’s a two speed with overdrive. Problem is that it won’t shift into overdrive. There’s nothing wrong with the transmission. The ’58 Edsels with tele-touch had an overdrive switch that was activated using the wiring from the tele-touch. I was just gonna wire a toggle switch so that when I hit 55, I just flip a switch. The car runs and drives, but the carb may need to be rebuilt. Also the engine will run hot (thermostat is not opening). The car comes with a new 190 degree thermostat and a tube of blue silicon gasket stuff. It’ll need a coolant change as well. Last time I started it up, the car ran well. The gas tank has a dent in it and also it was leaking in various places. I plugged the gas tank so it doesn’t leak, but it would need a new one to be factory correct. Gas cap is missing as well. The interior was redone in 1998. Mice have gotten into the headliner (see pics). The upholstery is still in ok shape. The car is missing the front kick plates (plates where the carpet ends on the floors by the door jam. Also, it’s missing the tabs to screw the seat skirts onto the front bench seat. Seat skirts are in trunk. Finally, it’s missing the rear left door handleand driver’s side rear view mirror. The exterior of the car has alot of surface rust, but only a few spots where it’s eaten through. Both rockers have a rust hole. There’s a hole in the floor where the accelerator meets the floor. Rear quarters look ok. The rear left inside taillight is cracked. There’s a big scratch on the roof (driver’s side). The wipers are still there as is the hood ornament. The passenger side fender spear is in the trunk, and the door spear has most of the clips broken off. All lights work fine. Heater works. Radio and wipers don’t work. All glass is in good shape. Tires are another story. The fronts are really nice bias-ply 2 3/4″ wide whitewalls, one is a G78-14, the other is a 8.00-14 (both the same size, different sizing system, porbably from the 60′s, not original tires, but show no signs of wear or dryrotting). Rears are later model bias-plys (probably from the 70′s). Those were originally on the car when I got it. They are the thinner 3/4″ whitewalls, both G78-14 tires. I painted over the sidewalls with whitewall tire paint, but the paint started flaking off and I rubbed a curb and took some of the rubber off. I would suggest replacing the rear tires with some bias-ply G78-14 or 8.00-14 wide whitewalls, or getting some radial wide whites (a P215/75R14 would be the same size) and throwing them on the fronts and putting the bias-plys on the back. I mounted and balanced the fronts myself and used the long 2.5″ valve stems. The rears seem to be balanced and have the 2″ valve stems. They clear the hubcaps and I have no problem checking air pressures. The hubcaps are from a ’59 Edsel Ranger sedan. Also, the front brakes are brand new. New shoes, hardware, and wheel bearings. Car has dual exhaust, but pipes have holes in them. To review: GOOD Car runs and drives New brakes Hood ornament Not too much rust A good restoration project Good front tires Original engine and transmission Converted to column shift. Heater and lights work BAD Hole in rockers and floor Missing doorhandle, gas cap, kick plates, tabs for seat skirts, dome light, driver’s side mirror Some trim clips missing Will need coolant flush and thermostat (included) may need carb rebuild Will need gas tank (eventually) Overdrive switch will not engage Some holes in headliner Radio and wipers don’t work. I wouldn’t advise driving the car home. I would have it towed or get a trailer. This car would make a great budget restoration project for somebody looking for a rare and unique car. There were only like 44,000 ’58 Edsels produced and more than half are not on the roads anymore. People will really turn their heads when they see this car. I received many compliments on it even in it’s current condition. Own a piece of American Automotive history. Any questions, call John at (847)401-6662. Leave a message, and NO I don’t have a tow truck anymore, just never changed the voicemail.

Edsel 58 Edsel Pacer sedan, green/white, runs and drives photo
Edsel 58 Edsel Pacer sedan, green/white, runs and drives photo

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