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    1963 Plymouth Valiant R.I.P.

    Not that it's completely related to mountain bikes, but if you are riding Coe in the future you won't be seeing my red 1963 Plymouth Valiant Convertible in the lot anymore. I was parked in front of a sports bar in Mountain View (I wasn't in the car) on El Camino Real and an inebriated man driving way too fast creamed it. A white BMW. The Valiant was destroyed on impact and now I'm looking for a new one and hoping I am compensated well by his insurance. He was given a sobriety test in which he failed so he spent the night in jail. There was a witness, so it was determined that it was completely his fault.

    I had the car since the early 1980's and have driven it daily. It was the second car I bought. It's tough to lose a friend like that that was so dependable and always there.

    Roy.

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    Thats too bad

    I always knew you were riding coe because I'd see that car in the parking lot.
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    Very sad. GRUB 7 has left the building.

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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    Ughh! Bummer Roy! But at least you weren't in it...or worse, just stepping out or about to get in! And at least the guy had insurance.

    So did you hear the crash from inside the bar?

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    Ouch, that sucks. Yeah I'd get another classic not some modern plastic electric-shaver lookin thing.

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    what a drag!! did it have a slant 6 in it? when i was a kid my buddy had one during the early '70's and it was the ultimate surf buggy. the things we did with that car.

    that car laid the foundation for the rest of my life.

    god i'm getting old.

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    Bummer, Roy; I'm really sorry to hear that.

    Now, how will I know when you are running at QS?

    Glad you weren't in it at the time.

    RIP...

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    Dang.

    I was raised on MOPAR. Dad was a mechanic. 225 slant 6's, torqueflites. I had a '62 coupe, '64 coupe and a '73 Sedan. FWIW be prepared to not get much money for her from the insurance settlement. Good luck finding a replacement.

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    Nooooooo...!

    Too bad! I always thought it would take its last breath in Coe... maybe you should burn the wreckage and spread the ashes from the cliff overlooking Pacheco Falls.
    Hopefully you'll find a worthy successor...
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    NOOOOOOO!!!! This is truly horrible.
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    Oh damn, that's bad news .
    It will be missed.

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    At least it she went quickly. RIP Valiant.

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    Wow!

    She looked nice.

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    Sorry to see the old car go. If you ever ride Tamarancho, there is an identical one right at the bottom of the paved climb(can't remember the street name). Doesn't seem to be driven much.
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    Massive bummer, Roy :(

    It's July 12, 2008 and Roy is swimming at Paradise Lake, but it could have been any Saturday at Hunting Hollow:





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    I'm very glad you weren't in the car when it was hit.

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    Someone give Plymmer a ride please! I didn't understand the title at the first glance, but my heart sank when I saw that Plymmer posted on Saturday -- a day when he was supposed to be riding at Coe. Something must have gone wrong and I was right. Roy, I'm sorry to hear about your lose, which I could relate to well. Four years ago, I went for a two week climbing trip in Colorado and Wyoming only to come back to find my car being totaled. My car was no '63 Plymouth though, so I got over it pretty fast.

    Every time I went to Coe, the sight of her always brought a smile to my face. I'll miss her too. Lady in Red, R.I.P.
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    Timeless Beauty & Functional Elegance: The Valiant r.i.p.



    I always wanted to get Roy to drive her to Pacheco Camp and Mississippi Lake. We could've have! I imagined 3 beatiful babes in bikinis sitting on the folded up roof, feet on the back seat, in the hot Coe sun, jumping out on the dam, and running into the water to join Roy for another swim. Alas, must it remain a just another wet dream?

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    Is that the same one that's regularly parked near the bottom of Rock Ridge Rd when pedaling up to Camp Tamarancho? If not, you might stop by there to see if his/hers is for sale. There's a red one parked there quite often; not sure it even runs, but that's little issue for the simple slant six.

    I'm a former Mopar A-body buff myself, having had a 65 dart, a 66 dart and a 71 Scamp in my earlier years. My dream car was your ragtop valiant, the equivalent 'cuda or dart, or a 65ish valiant wagon with oh so much curvy window glass. These days, the only grease that gets under my nails is from wrenching on bikes -- less painful (so many nicks, cuts and gouges working on cars), and better for the health, but I still get the occasional wood for a stock A-body.

    btw -- sorry for your loss.
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    About 1980 or so, I bought 63 Valiant convertible from the original owner. Slant 6, pushbutton tranny. Great to see a picture of a similar car.

    I sold in it the late 80s to a guy in the Oakland hills. Still see him around, now has 500k+ on it, painted red (originally painted "coppertone"). He was one of those people who drove his cars down Tunnel Road during the 1991 fire.

    I loved that car, called it Marilyn 'cause it was kind of round but sexy as hell.

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    This is just horrible . She was such a part of any Coe ride. She'll be missed.

    On the positive side hopefully your back will feel better!

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    Wow, sorry to hear it.

    I may not recognize you at the Half Moon Bay ride next year.

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    Ah, man! It sucks to lose a car you love! Total bummer. I was in your shoes about six months ago when someone destroyed my black BMW.

    In the end, I realized it's important to look at the most important thing after any vehicle wreck: you weren't hurt. But I know that doesn't make you miss the car any less.

    Best of luck in finding a new car you will love just as much. I stumbled onto my replacement BMW by total luck and couldn't be happier.

    Your new ride is out there.

    (It might even be right here)

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    What a drag. I followed your car up to Coe HQ just last weekend. I hope you can find another one.
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    My deepest condolences.
    Creamed by a Bavarian what a drag. I always wanted one of these station wagon beauties for myself.

    You need to pull the hood or trunk emblem and mount it really really high in one of the parking lot trees, use some bailing wire.
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    Bummer, but...

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/1477818695.html


    Ooops, I see that jdub330i has beat me to it.
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    My condolences for your loss. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for small Classic Plymouths ever since my '66 Barracuda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Bummer, but...

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/1477818695.html


    Ooops, I see that jdub330i has beat me to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Bummer, but...

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/1477818695.html


    Ooops, I see that jdub330i has beat me to it.
    Total bummer.

    Don't let their insurance lowball you. Yours was super nice, and I'm assuming well-maintained. Hopefully you've got a stack of documentation. (?) NADA says it's worth $8500-$10900.

    http://www.nadaguides.com/default.as...2&z=95037&da=1

    The insurance will try to pay the minimum.

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    Sorry to hear that I am trying to fix up a 61, but it looks no where near as nice as yours.

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    You might as well try to save a few cosmetic bits from it. Plus the plates are awesome, put em on the next car.

    I have had a series of Valiants, Darts, and Barracudas for 25 years. Long gone now. I never had one as cool as your long departed friend. I feel your pain.
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    Bummer Roy

    That red valiant was an icon at Coe...sorry to hear the bad news. May you find the right ride soon.

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    Condolences

    Thanks everybody for all the kind words. I am in the process of finding another car and do have a couple of leads. We'll see. And, if you see one (I'm checking out the '63 red one) send me a line on this post. Hopefully things will turn out right from all this mess.

    Roy.

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    i gave my dad my 65 Econoline complete with all the windows, 289 w/solid lifters, 9" rear end, old school mags, and cerwin vega house speakers bungee corded to the rear doors.

    i should have kept that van!
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    1964 Plymouth Valiant Convertible

    Hello,

    I just recently bought a 1964 Plymouth Valiant Convertible, Powder Blue to replace my 1963 Plymouth Valiant Convertible, Red. So you will be seeing that in Hunting Hollow parking lot soon.


    I bought it up in Oregon and had it transported home. Pretty amazing. I'm very happy with it.

    Roy.

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    And now, with hub caps! Congrats!

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    I have a GREAT idea!

    Why don't you contact officials at Henry Coe and have it towed out somewhere where it could be one of those cool landmarks you see from time to time at certain trials. Heck we could even build some dirt on both side and make it an technical obstical in the trial???

    Hmmmm...
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    Congrats on the new car, it looks really clean. What is that sitting next to it?
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    The Next To It...

    Quote Originally Posted by medieval
    Congrats on the new car, it looks really clean. What is that sitting next to it?
    That is a 1963 Austin Mini, my roommate's car.

    Roy.

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    Wow..had no idea the Valiants were worth so much $$. When I was a kid in the 60's, I got one as a model car kit for B Day gift and I was so bummed because they were anything but cool back then. Fast forward: nerdy is collectible. Hope you get top $ and find a good replacement. Love cars/trucks from the 1960's...easy to work on and have a style of their own. Still rue the day I sold my mint cond. 68 Charger RT...very collectible now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plymmer
    Hello,

    I just recently bought a 1964 Plymouth Valiant Convertible, Powder Blue to replace my 1963 Plymouth Valiant Convertible, Red. So you will be seeing that in Hunting Hollow parking lot soon.


    I bought it up in Oregon and had it transported home. Pretty amazing. I'm very happy with it.

    Roy.
    Looks pretty clean Roy, congratulations
    Its even sweeter than your old one, hope it treats you good!
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    Sweet Roy, as clean as that looks I'm sure the seat upholstery could never live up to comfort of the old one

    Look forward to checking it out
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    Nice!

    Will we see it at Coe on Saturday?

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    Still...

    Thanks for the reminder of the old upholstery Jeff. I assure you, the upholstery in this car is in great shape.

    I still have some adjustments to make on the car. Hopefully I'll be tooling to Coe soon. I also need to figure out how to hook up a trailer bike rack since I don't want to use a trunk rack anymore.

    Roy.

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    Congrats on the new ride Roy!
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    Congrats Roy! Take a knife to the driver's seat and it will be as good as "new"!

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    A worthy replacement for the dearly departed!

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    Mopar Memories

    Hi Roy,

    I look forward to another full body Valiant experience. Wouldn't "The Valiants" be a great name for a song, or perhaps a band? let go out to That Rock for some inspiration.

    Here's a portrait of my Mopar product from in Coe this evening.



    Here's photos of the Gilroy Hot Springs Road repair.
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