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Old 02-13-2019, 08:54 PM
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So here she is:

walked away paying $5,700 for it. It drives and shifts fine with no issues. Needs a little work under the hood to spruce it up and the interior needs the most attention but nothing is too far gone in this one. So fortunate to have come across this and make a deal.

fiberglass bottom which makes this car virtually rust free; got extremely lucky. Bottom of the frame (both sides) has next to no surface rust.

If anyone can ID the wheels that would be great. I cant seem to find them. they appear aftermarket though (unfortunately).

The shop I got this from already redid the entire brake system, distributor cap and wires, flush radiator and filled with new, drained xmsn and engine oil for new, new Cobra tires. I think I got a great deal on this one!

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Also, as a new but eager learner, can anyone fill me in on exactly what the "stingray" brings to the table that other '74s dont have? I thought this was a base model car but stingray. . . . I'm a little confused what the difference.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:24 PM
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That looks about like mine when I bought her (The 80 in my signature), and I still had to do brakes and tires myself! I think you'll find that white C3s are just a bit faster than any other color. You should just throw those carpets away and buy new ones, but the rest should clean up. No steel floorboards to rust, but make sure the fiberglass isn't saturated.

I believe all 74s had a "Stingray" badge on them. This site will help you decipher the trim badge, VIN, engine stamp, and other bits.
For example, the 5th digit of the VIN will tell you what engine your car came with (L-48, L-82, or 454).

Dive in, and keep us posted with photos! You may want to start a new build thread, with "1974" in the title.
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Thank you. And I just got the new thread started haha:


The interior is def the beef of this project and I plan on gutting it completely and replacing what needs changed. Very excited for this opportunity!
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:17 AM
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Cant see too much but they look like ET mags.
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I agree, don't walk. RUN.. you would be upside down about 4 times over by the time its done.

I would NOT take that POS if you tried to give it to me.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:25 PM
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Run..don't walk away.
Unkahals estimates

Engine= L-81 ugh!

Just buy one that's 'mostly there'.

There are 5 'subsytems' in a car.

it's okay if ONE of them is F/U.

value= parts.
Keep looking.
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The MORE you spend up front, the LESS the car will cost in the long run. No one on this board will argue this point. (Well, we like to argue anything).
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I have found that it is better to just wait and save your money for a really nice c3 instead of buying a basket case unless you want the thrill and have the expertise to do all the work yourself.
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