How did we end up with Gertie anyway? Remember this post? Well, the person that bought her back in December sent us an email last week telling us that he didn't have the time to restore the car like he wanted, so he was selling it. He offered to sell it to us for what he paid (which was a very very reasonable and low price). We really had been regretting not buying her the first time around, so this time we didn't hesitate.
Gertie 170.8" Fang Fang 183.9"
Gertie's a 1971 Type III Squareback. For those who care, she has a 1600cc fuel injected pancake engine. We'll give you more details about her in future posts, like about her body condition, how she runs, yadda yadda yadda. Please make requests if there's anything you want to see.
The tailpipe is funneling the exhaust directly in to the bumper over-rider. Not only does it look terrible, terrible, terrible but it smells terrible, terrible, terrible because the fumes dump straight in to the cargo area. (We'll be adjusting the bumper over-riders and getting a new hatch seal to remedy the problem.)
Sigh. I love the Type III's dash and steering wheel. Gertie's actual original color can be seen here on the dash. It's more of a buttercup yellow than her body color. Maybe someday we'll get her repainted the proper color, but I suspect that will be in the very very distant future, if ever. She has her original (and functioning) AM radio, which (if I have anything to say about it) will stay exactly as it is.
Welcome to the family, Gertie!