Dataplate specifications
Villager, 4-door 6-passenger wagon, Silver Gray Metallic with Snow White
Gold cloth/black vinyl interior

361cid E-400 V8, Teletouch automatic transmission, 3.22:1 axle ratio
Edsel number 701233 manufactured in San Jose, CA on August 16, 1957

Information as of:  October 2009

Owner:   unknown (online auction car)
Location:   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Owned since:   unknown

Mileage:   unknown
Condition:   Runs well, needs repair
Originality:   Gold paint, temporary shifter added

Accessories included:   Teletouch Automatic Transmission, Radio, Two-tone Paint, Compass, Electric Clock, Roof Rack (later removed), Padded Dash, "Dog Dish" Hub Caps

Runs and drives but has no brakes.  This wagon was stored for twenty years.  The car was originally from Texas and is now in Oklahoma.  All the glass is crack free except the wing vent window.  After 20 yrs of storage, I checked the radiator, engine and transmission fluids and they are all full.  The radiator had antifreeze and the transmission fluid is nice and pink.  The oil did not look bad either.

I installed new points, condenser and a battery and it fired right up.  The engine sounds good and strong except the muffler has a hole in it which was a bit loud.  Engine does idle as well.  I have a temporary gas tank under the hood and the fuel pump works.  I did not want to try the gas tank although it physically looks good.  The Teletouch transmission setup including push button motor is all complete and in-tact, but I got in to try the push button and nothing happened so I put a temporary rod through the floor to manually shift it.  This time I started the engine back up and shifted the automatic and it instantly went into reverse and all drive gears.  The brakes are not working on this car but I went ahead and lowered tires to half air pressure and drove this car down the street.  Was a bit risky but wanted to see how the transmission performed.  The transmission is strong and shifts good.  Also noticed that the speedometer works.  Tried the signals and noticed the green blinking arrows working in the dash.  Cigarette lighter and blower motor works.  Radio does not work.

I ran the engine for about 30 minutes and noticed no leaks and engine did not overheat.  Also, the heater hoses are still hooked up.  This car does have some rust but definitely still a restorable car.  Noticed rust on the fender bottoms and on the outside of the front of rear wheel wells by the rear doors.  The worse being on the driver's side but the inner legs when opening the doors look good.  Rear quarters look good.  The rear floors where your feet go have some holes, and the front floors where your feet go have some rust scale.  There is about a six-inch rust out hole under the accelerator pedal area and some rust out on the passenger front floor by the kick panel.  The inner rockers at the fender bolt on areas have some rust out.  The bottom rockers are good except some rust out by the rear wheels.  The rest of the floors and inner rockers are solid as well as floor braces.  The rear cargo floor is nice and spare tire well just has some surface rust.  The front end of the car such as the core support areas, bottom areas, inner fenders, under hood areas, etc. are all solid.  The tailgate bottom has some rust out but not bad.

I have the original Edsel key that fits all doors and the tailgate also locks/unlocks.  Have the clear title.  This would be a good car to restore.

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