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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 20, 4:47 PM Thread Starter
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'65 El Camino "roller" project

What would be a reasonable asking price or minium bid amount?

'65 El Camino solid roller

I'm second owner, since 1967.

13680 body. Original 250hp 327,Muncie, 12 bolt Eaton lim slip, 3.07 ratio I believe, manual steer, power brake, radio, heater, etc. No air-con. "New" 18 yrs old tires hold 32psi forever. Factory manuals, repro parts manual. Extra parts...hood, rt front fender, NOS grille and many others NOS, junkyard salvage parts, and a few aftermarket. All of the original stuff that came with the car is included except the jack and maybe the alternator; and tires, battery, other wear items. Approx 137,000 actual miles. Always Fresno car except couple of years of Abilene TX, and four years Anchorage, AK. Mostly parked in the backyard or garage since 1980

known issues: collision damage at front of the hood and right fender, crease in the door skin lower right door, left motor mount, water intrusion around lower windshield, engine smokes (too many Alaska winter very short trips), fuel quantity indicator off-scale, radio inop. Clock never did work. No battery.

Retired 20 years ago. Hood removed and started to prepare to pull the engine, when I un-retired 19 years ago. Moved away then, and re-retired back recently, and don't have the will nor the resources to work on it.
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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

if its still got the 12 bolt that will add value. 2500 to 3000 around here. People ask more but they tend to sit. jim

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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

I'd go a little higher, but not much. Just to get it streetworthy, it's more than a mechanical endeavor, it involves the wallet vacuum of body work/paint. Now, you could treat it like a parts runner, do the minimum and place a value on that, probably around $5k. Then you have to subtract the effort and investment to get to the $5k threshold. So, Jim probably is pretty close. The drivetrain gets it sold.
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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

You need to be more specific about the options, then highlight them, bucket seats, 4spd console, 12 bolt posi and what appears to be a factory tach (I can’t tell from the pictures) are highly desirable. They will help you sell the car and bring you more money. I’d start at $5,000, minimum, as it sits. You live close enough to LA and the Bay Area that someone interested will make the trip.

Id put it up for auction on eBay. It’s very well optioned and looks to be in good condition. A well thought out and written ad with good pictures might bring you even more. Either start the auction or have a reserve at the minimum you would accept, run it for seven days starting on a Sunday evening at 6:00pm PST, 9:00pm EST.

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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

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if its still got the 12 bolt that will add value. 2500 to 3000 around here. People ask more but they tend to sit. jim
That's about where I'd put it.

Is it on a non-op? current or expired registration?

Any rot at the windshield or rear window?

I have been looking around for another 65/66/67 El Camino project... I like that its mostly complete...

When's the last time it ran? Do the brakes currently work?

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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

I see the top-of dash clock which (if original) means it came with a factory tach.

I can't see in the pics, does it have a factory installed console? I was thinking that was included in 65 in an elcamino with the optional bucket seats and a 4-speed. Looks like a really good car/truck.

I would shoot for 5K and see what happens, especially with extra new parts included.

Good luck!
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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

theres a console there jeff.bout half way down in the pics.does look like a tach if so that and the clock are worth some good money also the 4spd and console,i myself would be looking for 5k.
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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

Someone could sell off the 12 bolt posi, tach, bucket seats and console for right around $2,500. That asking price is unrealistically low. You might sell it to a really good friend for close to that price, but not some random stranger answering an ad.

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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

Thanks for the interest and comments. Some of that info is in the words of the post and/or photos. Yes 12 bolt. Calif title in my name, on non-ops since 2003. Like I said, water intrusion around windshield. Severe "rot"? Not as far as I can tell. Have to take a look to know the extent if any. Maybe the seal failed? I don't know. I'll take pictures for when I put it on e-bay. It's completely complete...MC, FP, WP cores included. Last time it ran was 2003 when I pulled it into the garage. Brakes work. MC failure is what precipitated the collision damage in 1992. I'm still mad at myself for that one. About 10 ft. run at fast idle in 1'st gear until...the grapefruit tree. New Raybestos re-man MC after that. Yes factory tach works 2,000 rpm indicated @ 50mph indicated. Clock never did work. That big beautiful chrome-plated die casting of a center console is pristine and included. See the low-res photo. I removed it after the heater core sprung a leak Nov 79. Its already getting cold in Anchorage in November. I had to s-can the carpet, so removed the console, never got around to re-installing. Got nice new rubber for the console included by the way. Bought the only new heater core I could find in Anchorage, and there was a crack in one of the solder joints. Radiator shop cleaned and reassembled old one $21.60 works good. Yeah it was a really good ride, my first "good" car and next best I've ever owned except for my '08 Corolla. My personal opinion is that its a very solid basis for a nice "personal car", but I'm biased. I'm not going to try to squeeze the last nickle out of it. Don't need to. Heck, I'd probably just give it to some worthy young fellow if I could be reasonably certain it would get back on the road and not parted out.
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Someone could sell off the 12 bolt posi, tach, bucket seats and console for right around $2,500. That asking price is unrealistically low. You might sell it to a really good friend for close to that price, but not some random stranger answering an ad.

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Thanks Steve! Somehow I knew you'd probably have some good advice. Yeah If I'd pencil out all of individual items, there's quite a bit there
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Let us know when you list it, I would like to follow the auction!
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Thanks for the interest and comments. Some of that info is in the words of the post and/or photos. Yes 12 bolt. Calif title in my name, on non-ops since 2003. Like I said, water intrusion around windshield. Severe "rot"? Not as far as I can tell. Have to take a look to know the extent if any. Maybe the seal failed? I don't know. I'll take pictures for when I put it on e-bay. It's completely complete...MC, FP, WP cores included. Last time it ran was 2003 when I pulled it into the garage. Brakes work. MC failure is what precipitated the collision damage in 1992. I'm still mad at myself for that one. About 10 ft. run at fast idle in 1'st gear until...the grapefruit tree. New Raybestos re-man MC after that. Yes factory tach works 2,000 rpm indicated @ 50mph indicated. Clock never did work. That big beautiful chrome-plated die casting of a center console is pristine and included. See the low-res photo. I removed it after the heater core sprung a leak Nov 79. Its already getting cold in Anchorage in November. I had to s-can the carpet, so removed the console, never got around to re-installing. Got nice new rubber for the console included by the way. Bought the only new heater core I could find in Anchorage, and there was a crack in one of the solder joints. Radiator shop cleaned and reassembled old one $21.60 works good. Yeah it was a really good ride, my first "good" car and next best I've ever owned except for my '08 Corolla. My personal opinion is that its a very solid basis for a nice "personal car", but I'm biased. I'm not going to try to squeeze the last nickle out of it. Don't need to. Heck, I'd probably just give it to some worthy young fellow if I could be reasonably certain it would get back on the road and not parted out.
Thank you.

It’s a nice truck that’s a little rough around the edges. I hope you put it up for auction, let the market speak. There are so many people out there that will try and take advantage of a nice seller that it would be hard to believe what someone was telling on face value. An auction with a well thought out and timed ad virtually guarantee it goes to someone that will appreciate it. At that point maybe giving a portion of the proceeds to the local high school ROP will do some good.

Good luck with the sale. I second the suggestion of letting everyone know if and when you list the car.

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Re: '65 El Camino "roller" project

Anyway to post active pictures, not sure that's the right term, but pictures you can expand? I think Nubalm's brother's '65 made an indelible impression on me.
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Anyway to post active pictures, not sure that's the right term, but pictures you can expand? I think Nubalm's brother's '65 made an indelible impression on me.

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If this does go up for sale I hope someone restores it and doesn't part it out or highly modify it. That would be a really neat little truck all fixed up, has some really cool options.
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