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Pimped my ride: Old cruiser finds new home

BRUCE BOWIE
Last updated 17:00 20/09/2012
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LET'S ROLL: On the starting grid at Hampton Downs.

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Two years ago we had an itch we could not scratch. As a couple, we love hot rods and old cars and have always wanted something to cruise in for summer.

With different styles in mind - one wanting a muscle car and the other wanting a big cruiser - we hit the pages of eBay.

Having a budget in mind we bid for a 1966 Lincoln Continental. Nervously we stayed up in the middle of the night to try and win a $1 reserve auction. Success, with two seconds to go we secured the car sight unseen.

Many calls to the US gave us confidence in the legitimacy of the car and it was duly shipped to NZ (to the wrong port though).

We road tripped from Auckland to Tauranga to drive back our unseen coupe.

The destination, only being part of the journey, proved problematic with the remaining 70km being on the back of a transporter.

An inspection sighted some modifications to the welding and suspension system, as the car is lowered on airbags. This has been a long process with work carried out in any spare time with friends.

Two years on and some work to be done, we have nearly reached our dream of cruising through the summer. Soon we shall have certification and buy shares in a petrol company.

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