Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern Indiana
Well, since I see others have been well-received in the welcome forum when they ask specific questions about a prospective purchase, I will add mine here.
An acquaintance of a friend called me at work yesterday, knowing that I had been on the lookout for a 65 convertible. I went and took a look at it.
Here is the rundown:
It is definitely a project car. It rolls, but has no engine or trans. This is actually a good thing for me, as I plan on putting a big block and 4L80e in it. The non-original 283 and T350 that used to be in it hold no value for me.
Top and boot are non-existent but figure I would replace all that eventually even if in so-so-shape. Good thing is, the frame articulates smoothly and only has one or two small rust spots that could be touched up easily. Surprisingly, no rust at all below top. All of the clamps and brackets are there, even the sun visors. Of course the 47-year old pump doesn't work...assumed that.
Doors are in good shape, no rust in bottoms at all. Rocker panels are even rust-free and solid.
All the glass is there. All of the door interior panels are there.
At some point, someone removed the shift lever from the stock steering column and put a 3-speed floor shifter on the trans hump.
The seats appear to be in good shape, need a little work on the metal trim, but the upholstery...I'm not sure if it is original or not. It's in decent shape, but I will definitely replace it eventually for a different color.
The body is in fair shape. The doghouse is all good and straight. The left rear quarter is hacked up, but a new left rear quarter is included. The right had a matching rear quarter put on it, but they botched the job, and it will have to be redone. Most of the body is in primer, which can hide a lot of flaws, but I did not see any filler on this car except the right rear quarter.
The trunk is pretty solid. A few rust spots to maybe patch, but probably won't need a new pan. The rear floorboards are solid..a little surface rust. The front floorboards are fair to marginal. They could probably stand to be replaced, at which point I would just do both front and back.
A couple of new wheel wells will be needed.
All of the trim is there, and in good shape. A few little dents to fix here and there. Probably won't require much replacement.
The frame, after only a modest inspection, seems good. I checked at the rear wheels an only saw a little surface rust. The frame in front has already been painted by the guy, but I poked around on it and didn't see any bad decay.
It has a 12-bolt rear, who knows if it's factory or not. The drive shafts (it comes with an extra one) are lying next to it. The dual exhaust system is lying next to those drive shafts. (This kind of makes me wonder what exactly was in this car...it might have been hot-rodded at some point.)
The car comes with a lot of extras...new sound deadening mat (still rolled in the box even), extra hood, extra body pieces. It even comes with 4 old steel Corvette rally wheels in good shape I could possibly re-sell.
All in all, the guy wants $2500 for it and will even trailer it to me on his dime. I've seen $4000-$5000 cars that looked better and were drivers, but like I said, a lot of that "value" doesn't mean much to me. I want my car to be personal to me, so it will all be redone, as much by my own hands as my skill level and knowledge will permit.
I would plan on a full disc brake conversion too, so I would almost be paying for a roller body
Barring photographs, but based on my description...do you think $2500 is a good deal on this car? The title is clean.