Originally Posted by james Hufford
Parting out would not give you that much if a lot of the small parts are missing. You need to do a complete inventory to get a better idea on the worth. The small missing parts adds up fast. Most of the money you will spend is on the small parts.
The listed missing items are about 8,000.00 to replace.
This is very true and a significant factor for building or restoring an origional car. This car is not a candidate for that it seems to me ..so a resto mod would be a likely project (at least to stay under what you could just go buy a nice car already built for)
From that perspective...many resto mods have wise guy seats, idit steering columns with better t/s switch, better wiper systems, replica radios with new technology, C.D.'s etc.
A lot of the stainless can be bought repro ....and the chrome is about the same cost on either a resto mod or origional providing he has at the bumper cores.
A soft top needing everything...all hardware etc., is about $3400 ...cost about that to completely restore a hardtop which he already has. I think the soft tops are much easier to come up with than the hardtops...for whatever that is worth. In A/C cars it's worth considerable I would think.
He has a front clip that is worth $1500 to $4500 depending which it is ...so that's a big plus for a resto car...that and the top are good building blocks to start with.
If he has an instrument cluster that is very important (even though the gauges are replaced with newer stuff very often), windshield hardware is important and bumper cores. The interior stainless is important too...but other than that everything else has to be reconditioned like new...so just get new.....rather than spend a lot for a car that has it "all", but in "poor" condition.
Much of the small stuff on a resto mod is not used but replaced on the high end cars. Unless these origional parts have already been reconditioned they won't bring much....so what's the use of paying a lot to have them on a project that you can't use.
This kind of car.. if priced right would be good to buy keep the odd and end parts needed that can be used on a project that "can" be brought up to original and sell the rest at a break even price to a resto project enthusiast....and it's still about worth the same as you paid for it. Then everybody's happy.....and two nice cars have been built.
Unfortunately the guy with the high end resto mod has less invested, and his car is worth more ...generally speaking of course. Not that it's about money on these cars...or is it?
Unless I'm wrong ...then to quote Rosanna Rosanna Dana, "never mind"...
heh heh......Have a nice day...Stan M.