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post #61 of 67 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 20, 3:37 PM Thread Starter
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Havenít read the entire thread but following are my recommendations. You are not at all familiar with the mechanical aspects of classic Chevelles. That puts you at somewhat of a disadvantage. Seek out someone from your area that is familiar with Chevelles that may be willing to evaluate a few cars. There are several on this site from your area. Here are some key points to consider.

1. Find a car that is in the best condition both body wise and mechanically. Personally I would avoid anything considered high performance. Perhaps consider a 4 door which will definitely be a little cheaper and also less desirable.
2. If you are going to drive this car on a regular basis you should get AAA because sooner or later you will need a towing service.
3. Find a good mechanic as these cars are 50 + years old and require maintenance. Which IMO is expensive if not done yourself.
4. IMO classic car dealers are not good for several reasons. They will smell a new by like you from a mile away and there is a good chance you will be taken for a ride. If you do decide to purchase from a dealer (although a bad idea) I would highly recommend having an independent party inspect any vehicle BEFORE you make any commitment to purchase.
5. For someone like yourself a newer car may not be a bad idea. A C6 Corvette is in your price range and they are plentiful.

Several years ago a friend of mine came across some money and wanted a (toy/play) car. He said he liked the 60s muscle cars. I ask him if he would enjoy working on his classic. His reply was no. At that point I recommended he buy a newer car. He bought a brand new Mustang Shelby GT. Was definitely the right choice for him.
Thank you blm for the advice. With the help of the forum, I am sure i can learn how to do some repairs sooner or later. I like the advice.

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I would suggest you go to a couple of the local cruise nights. Friday night at Freddyís on beltway 8 and Fairmont pkwy near Pasadena. Also, Saturday night near Kemah in the parking lot of Target near the chic-fil-a. Talk to some people and you might even see one or something else that is for sale.


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Havenít read the entire thread but following are my recommendations. You are not at all familiar with the mechanical aspects of classic Chevelles. That puts you at somewhat of a disadvantage. Seek out someone from your area that is familiar with Chevelles that may be willing to evaluate a few cars. There are several on this site from your area. Here are some key points to consider.

4. IMO classic car dealers are not good for several reasons. They will smell a new by like you from a mile away and there is a good chance you will be taken for a ride. If you do decide to purchase from a dealer (although a bad idea) I would highly recommend having an independent party inspect any vehicle BEFORE you make any commitment to purchase.
I bought my first classic car ('67 Chevelle) a couple of years ago from a local classic car dealer and yes while I know a little about cars I could be considered a "newbie". I don't feel like I was taken advantage of in any way. They let me take it home overnight (I left my car there). The next day I took it to the local Firestone dealer who had an open lift and they let me take a look at it underneath, and didn't even charge me for the service.
Granted buying from a dealer, you might pay a little more but not all classic car dealers are going to "take you for a ride". I agree though, taking someone with you who really knows these cars is a good idea.
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Following are just a couple reasons why I dont like dealers.
1. Dealers for the most part obtain their inventory from private individuals. Then just jack the price up. Why not just skip the 20%, 30%, 40%, 50% mark up and get a classic car from the same source they do.
2. Dealers have little information on the history of the vehicles and/or knowledge of the vehicles they are selling. in many cases they just make a story up. So especially for a buyer with little knowledge this is a bad combo.
3. There have been MANY cases brought to light of some dealers misrepresenting vehicles and even when these dealers are notified of these issues they continue to misrepresent those vehicles. That means in those cases they are intentionally taking advantage or ripping off the customer.
4. The number one objective of the classic car dealer is making money. If they say it is anything else they are lieing. Most of us are involved with classic cars are in it for the love of classics. They arent.
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307 cu in (5.0 L) Small-Block V8 would be a good choice, I have it on my garage, I rarely use it but I quite satisfied with it's reliability.

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