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post #61 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 11:54 AM
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I will never have a cars body restored again...too much time and money for me. From now on I buy survivor/ratty Muscle
Totally agree, I got my ‘66 last year and body and paint was all ready. Been putting the $s in steering, suspension, etc.
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post #62 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 12:03 PM
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I will never have a cars body restored again...too much time and money for me. From now on I buy survivor/ratty Muscle
I think this idea is what is really driving the "rat rod" style. Forget the body work, put $ in the interior, suspension, engine and drive it. It's definitely a way to get into Muscle cars without spending $30k.

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post #63 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 3:14 PM
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I will never have a cars body restored again...too much time and money for me. From now on I buy survivor/ratty Muscle
I bought 2 cars in my younger years that needed body and paint work and never got to that point before I sold them because of the cost. I had crashed one of my Corvettes and the bull$hit and time I went through to get it repaired and repainted I swore I would never go through again. I always try and buy a car with a decent body and paint job because that's where the big money is. Most of the other stuff I can take care of myself.
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post #64 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 4:05 PM
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I hope prices are dropping, I'll have a kid with a driver's license in 8 more years. I have a feeling my boy isn't going to want a civic......

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post #65 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 4:52 PM
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I bought my 70 Chevelle knowing that it needed a lot of work, including some panel replacement and paint. This is the first car that I've owned that needed that much work, I was shocked when I found out how much bodywork costs. I know that I am into my car for a lot more money than I could ever get back when I sell it.
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post #66 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 8:27 PM
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This is my ratty Chevelle...still wearing its Fathom Green from 1969.
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post #67 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 18, 8:29 PM
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And here is my survivor 1968 Lemans H/O still wearing its Meridian Turquoise paint from 1968
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post #68 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 18, 9:51 AM
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I just don't think younger kids, even 40 year olds, care or are interested in cars...If they were there'd be a big run on 80's Volvos...and Accords...
As a 40 year old, let me say that for as long as I remember, Iíve wanted a Chevelle. It started when I was 4 or 5 and I saw a cool car with SS on the grillle while walking to the playground with my dad. I asked him what SS was and he told me. Not long after that, he talked a neighbor of ours into taking me for a ride in his LS-6 (had no idea what it was at the time). My dad knew the guy pretty well and knew what the car was because he grew up in that era. Just the sound, the power, the feeling had me hooked. So, since the tender age of 4 or 5, Iíve wanted a Chevelle. As Iíve grown a bit, know what my budget can bear, etc. an SS is off of the table. I have my eyes on a 68 Malibu with the right color, right engine, and right driveline for the right price.
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post #69 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 18, 12:23 PM
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I think NOS parts are dropping off mostly because of high cost and reproduction parts continue to improve. Most people cant afford $2000 for a couple of fenders plus another $200 to ship. However reproduction parts will usually need some work to fit perfectly and not usually an issue with a talented restorer with the correct tools. If you have to pay a pro body man its probably cheaper to buy the NOS. However many reproduction parts are better then original not to mention its new steel and not 50 year old stuff. I just bought a set of emblems made in the USA that are far superior to the originals. My fenders will need some work on the edges but workable if you have the patience. So in short, part cost are dropping because of competition of parts suppliers and NOS parts are getting more difficult to support the extra cost over reproduction.
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post #70 of 76 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 18, 2:17 PM
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This is my ratty Chevelle...still wearing its Fathom Green from 1969.
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Cragars will always spruce up anything. I think I remember you having a comparison with those and another set of maybe rally wheels.
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This is my ratty Chevelle...still wearing its Fathom Green from 1969.
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That looks like brown

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I have my eyes on a 68 Malibu with the right color, right engine, and right driveline for the right price.
There's nothing wrong with a Malibu. You can make them just as nice as an SS if not better.

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That looks like brown
The rust is brown, the remaining paint is Fathom Green
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Heres a view from the rear Click image for larger version

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