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Bloose
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Posts: 888
From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 10-01-2004 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose        Reply w/Quote
Hey all. I'm sitting here with a dilema. My Uncle just called and has offered sell me his 1967 Chevelle. Before you think I am going to the dark side Let me explain. He has had the car since 1970 and got it with 2900 miles on it. He imediately started to heavily modify the car. He had the car out one year with a wild custom paint job and as a little kid I was wild about the car. He wound up getting a minor dent in the the car and it was impossible to do a quick fix with the custom paint job. The car again went into the garage and got another wild custom job. It came out with a wild paint job and a mean sounding motor. Again the paint was damaged and the car went back into the garage, it was 1976 and the car had 5800 miles on it.

This time he really wanted to do the car up. He opened up the rear 1/4s and did some mild flares. He then removed the front clip and made a 1 piece tilt front end of it. This was all way cool stuff at the time. He also removed the entire interior and did it in black button vinyl. The front end was finish and the car was prepped for paint. He then started putting together a motor for it.

By this time I was 16 and had a job at the local parts store. I got him a discount on a 671 blower. I also spent some time with him working on the car. We removed the body from the frame and he sent it to get dipped. He then painted the frame and under body of the car. We also put on disc brakes in the front. By this time I was 18 and had my own projects. He also lost interest in the car and parked it. The car has been sitting in that condition in a heated garage since 1976 with 5800 miles on it.

He has recently been diagnosed with cancer so he knows now he will never get to finish it. I asked him about the car a few months ago and it sounded as though he was going to hold on to it and try and get one of his two sons to take it over. So I bought a 1968 Fairlane Wagon. Now the car has been offered to me and I have absolutely no room for it!!!

So I have the choice of selling the wagon or passing on the Chevelle. If I sell the Wagon I'd have to get $1500 for it to break even. The body is completely rust free and the only rust is in the trunk area. The rear window is stuck down and it must have filled with water. Other than that the car is a complete restoration project. In reality though with all the mods done to the Chevelle it will take much more work to get the Chevelle to at least a stock appearence. I'm thinking about $25K when all is said and done. I'm thinking I can do the wagon for closer to $10K.

So what do you think. Sell the waggy and buy the car that turned me on to hot rodding? Do you think I could get $1500 for the wagon (I'm thinking of rebulding the top end of the motor so at least it is a driver)? Or keep the waggy and pass up on going to the dark side?

B-loose

BTW, he long ago sold the blower motor and it comes basically without a motor. Though the car does come with a Muncie trans and a 12 bolt rear.
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roger
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Posts: 533
From: ontario, canada
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-03-2004 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for roger        Reply w/Quote
It sounds like you really want to do up the Fairlane & you don;t mention if your uncle is asking you to buy the Chevelle or is giving it to you, if its a gift its a no-brainer.
If it works out you aquire the Chevele, you can always sell it down the road or maybe be in a better poistion to work on it too.

Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 10-03-2004 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose        Reply w/Quote
I'd have to buy the Chevelle for $2K. I talk to my cousin about it who is into Chevy's and he said the price is fair and I could easily break even selling the parts off. Problem is I just don't have room for another project at this time. One of them would have to go.

After giving it much thought and consideration I'm going to have to pass on the Chevelle. I'm really a Ford guy at heart. which doesn't mean I wouldn't love to have the Chevelle, but getting rid of the wagon, especially for a loss, just doesn't make much sense. If there were some way I could wait on this a year or two things may be different. For now though I don't think there is going to be a Chevy in my Future.

B-loose

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-03-2004 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
You have to go with what is in your heart.

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TurboCoupe50
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From: Chesapeake, VA
Registered: May 2003

posted 10-03-2004 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TurboCoupe50        Reply w/Quote
First off I'm almost a die hard Ford man, and own a '69 Fairlane Cobra Fastback. But a rusty Fairlane wagon vs a 5800 mi modified Chevelle, sorry guys but I'd be jumpin the fence over into Chevyland.
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Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 10-04-2004 04:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose        Reply w/Quote
Well the Wagon is not exactly a rusty old wagon. And the Chevelle is not exactly a cream puff. With all the custom mods of the Chevell it would need new 1/4's inner wheel wells, an entire front clip and and entire interior. It also has no motor. It would be a good base to start with if I didn't already have my '68 fastback. Plus the wagon needs no sheet metal at all. The only real reason I was even considering it was the setimental value. I guess it's still not out of the question but it's not looking good.

B-loose

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