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Old 08-30-2019, 08:42 AM   #1
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Long story, but here is the shorter version. My dad and I built this í65 Sunbeam Tiger a few years ago. It was about the only thing we could to together at the time and not kill each other while doing it. He passed away almost 6 years ago, and the car stayed with my step mom for that time. My 50th birthday was last week and she shipped it out to me as a birthday gift. I was totally blown away and surprised!
Itís a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger with a 331 stroker. Edelbrock aluminum heads, rollers and all the good parts. He did all the mechanical and I took care of the body and paint. It won a bunch of awards when we finished it, but has been sitting for about 10 years. After some freshening up and fluid changes it is back on the road!
This car has so many great memories attached. It is bitter sweet to be driving it with out my dad to share it with. However, my son is really enjoying learning all about it. He was never really into my DartÖhe just sees it as a car that needs work.
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Old 08-30-2019, 09:00 AM   #2
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Thats awesome, glad to hear you got back on the road. I'm sure that car holds a lot good memories for you.
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Nice car !! Not very many of those around.
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Old 08-30-2019, 10:57 AM   #4
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Nice car !! Not very many of those around.
They only made about 7100 of them. I dont see too many around. However, there is a guy about 1/2 mile from the house that has a pretty nice one. What are the odds??
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Old 08-30-2019, 11:03 AM   #5
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Very nice. Think that was the car Don Adams drove in the tv show Gets Smart -I think-.


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Old 08-30-2019, 11:03 AM   #6
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Awesome Father and Son project. And that sounds like a potent small block ford engine. My son and I have been working on a 88 trans am drag car for the last couple of years but since the birth of his son [my grandson] he has had little time so it sits in the garage. I might just have to finish it then give it to him so he and my grandson could enjoy. Again beautiful car.
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Old 08-30-2019, 11:08 AM   #7
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Thanks guys.
Bhunted, you are correct. Maxwell Smart is actually my handle on the hot rod and Tiger forums.

427, it gets out of its own way! LOTS of tire smoke! Your project sounds fun. Wish we were closer...I'd help!
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Old 08-30-2019, 01:59 PM   #8
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I drove a red Sunbeam Tiger, once. It had the Ford 260 cid, and it was tired. I had driven a '63 Ford Country Squire, with a 260 cid, and it moved very well. I wanted to get a Tiger, but alas, no such luck. One guy restored a Sunbeam Alpine, and I got to ride in that one, also.
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One of they guys in my college class had one.. Fun little car
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:15 AM   #10
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Beautiful Tiger OP. Iíve never driven one but growing up there were a few daily drivers around and always admired them.
Fortunately I get to see 3-4 of them every year at our local show thatís coming up again this month.
Hat-tip to your father with the E-headís and roller cam; he knew what makes good power and assembled things professionally from the pic. Body and paint look fantastic as well.
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