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Old 02-08-2019, 12:35 AM
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Hello everyone, long time no talk. After a year and a half of trying to save this BBC c2 I finally got to talk with the owner and see it up close. Need some help with a possible purchase, northern "barn find" Look like a blk/blk 396 convt car rotting away. Guy is interested to sell it, said the motor isn't original and he had put the kO's on when the car was restored in the 90s, (seats are from '69). But its originally a teak steering wheel,power window, and "M-22" transmission. Was a little too cold for me to take a harder look than the photos I have. Any helpful information before I head back tomorrow would be greatly appreciated. If the rear pumpkin gear ratio code and the m-22 casting number check out correctly i am doubtful they are original, what is the value in the M-22 and drivetrain combined? Because if i buy it and it doesn't have a replacement 396 or other decent powertrain, ill probably drop an LS and upgrade it to more modern powertrain.
Also any other indications for it being a real bbc other than the tach redline and sway bar as i don't have any tools or calipers on this trip.



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Old 02-08-2019, 12:53 AM
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Serial number looks too early
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Serial number looks too early
Several months too early. 100% fake.
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Nice find but definitely not a real big block car. Even if it was a Proto type big black car itís still 7000 to early. They didnít start making big blocks till after 11,000 most were between 12,000 and the end of production. Also real big black cars have the battery on the driver side, and do not use a washer bottle they use a washer bag.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:25 AM
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I see now that big block 396 was only offered half way through the production year, also the trim tag says it was ext. whOK's are Corvette america from the 90's not kelsey hayes. Guy said $22k will take it home.

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$22k will take it Home ! - WTF are you waiting for, stop pizzling around and take it home Ö. where's my wallet ?

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Old 02-08-2019, 08:22 AM
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mighty tempting at 22K, who cares if its real or not, if its solid, you cant get a basket case 65 for 22K. other than the seats it looks like its all there.
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$22k will take it Home ! - WTF are you waiting for, stop pizzling around and take it home …. where's my wallet ?
Can't argue with that at all. Whoever did the conversion did it right. They used much easier to find and cheaper 66/67 BB radiator support, fan shroud and radiator. You don't have to worry about finding a correct anything to make your own fully functional, beautiful, wonderful driving and way too fast car.

I had one of those, a NOM 65 convertible properly changed over to BB, with a really nasty 427. Sold it 30 years ago this month and have regretted it every day since. My 66 red thing is a real BB car with a correct casting code 427 and I hate it because its a museum piece, not a car. Screw that. Buy that car, put a 509 and a 5 speed in it and enjoy the rest of your life driving it everywhere!

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$22K is a good number...that is a good buy...
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Thanks everyone, I think I'm going to make an offer once i take a look at the under carriage. Save it from PA weather.
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I support this purchase and subsequent hot rodding!

Good luck.
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Terrific find ! Keep us posted on your progress.

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Isn't it on the trailer yet? Dennis
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Procrastination and indecision do not work in your favor here.
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What part of Pa?
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Sold �������� Pick up in about 2 weeks.
Will post more details soon.

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Lol, your funny I'll tell when its back in Fl.
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Nice, looking forward to seeing it cleaned up, I don't think its too bad under that layer of crud.
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You stole that car. Well done. It was being totally mistreated where it was. Thanks for the save....now if only I could convince you to install a gen-1 SBC 383-406 stroker engine and forget about the LS.....
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Well done Jay Ö here's some inspiration; one lucky son of Devil - Best Regards GV


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