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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Smile 1963 SS Convertible Value?

My dear friend just passed, and I've just spoke with his widow about me buying his 1st new car. It's been in an unheated garage since about mid-80's. Lots of work needed I'm sure, but haven't seen it in years. Was told engine is stuck (but he had oiled cylinders several times), brake lines rusted through, maybe top bows bent. Ignition key issue, as it was stolen. Know idea yet about floors and trunk, but guessing may need replaced. Will add pictures when I can get into the garage (he hoarded!). Question is, what I should pay for it (any ideas helpful!)? He also has a (decent?) '72, & (2) '73 (rough) Riviera (one w/o title). Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018, 01:33 PM
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Sight unseen it sounds like a money pit to me.

Unless you are a retired body man with a lot of time on your hands; along with a shop full of metal working tools (checkout an Eastwood catalog for the price of one of everything they offer from China to get an idea of what you would need). And you have not only the skills to weld thin gauge steel sheet metal (different skill set than welding eighth inch thick steel used in fabrication), but a couple of welders and a plasma cutter lying around, I would pass.

I would buy it only to use it for a parts car from your real project purchased from the desert southwest were they have no issues with rust. Those cars have had their interior and every piece of plastic destroyed by decades of exposure to the sun, but they are usually ready to sand prime and paint with little need for body work.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018, 09:12 PM
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Welcome to the site. That car does sound like a huge project.

Valuations are a little bit like belly buttons.
What you're describing sounds like a car that needs a lot of work so I would put it between $600 and $2,500 without seeing pics. The high side only being if it has something to offer like solid floors, solid trunk pan or a 409. :-)

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-28-2018, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I'm retired, but not a body man! Have some welding experience ('64 Corvette frame, which I restored years ago), etc. I suspect it is a "money pit", as well (some sentimental value too). Certainly would have to inspect it, and possibly have more experienced person(s) with me. Will see if I can check it out, and get pictures, for further opinions. Thanks much!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-28-2018, 09:05 AM
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It could go either way. In most cases there are cars that people call "beautiful" and they turn out to be junk, but yet other times where cars are called "rough", but yet are surprisingly good and very restore-able. Me, I always hope for the best until shown differently.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-28-2018, 09:11 AM
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A lot of it depends on how it was optioned and available documentation. A true 409 / 425 HP car is something worth restoring. A 283 with 2-speed power glide might not be worth it depending on its condition.

If after you look at it, you decide it is definitely parts car material send me a PM with the asking price. My 63 doesn't need anything as it is complete, but you never know if the price is right.
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