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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stringbanger, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    If I won the lottery, I'd go to some of these big auctions and also small ones, and just creep around and look and look, and buy something that somebody had dumped a huge lot of money into and over-restored it. Maybe buy a couple, and drive the one I liked to drive and keep the others and not let them fall down. But a "start from a rough car" restoration is simply something I can't see doing - life just isn't that long.
     
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  2. MattyK-USA

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    I have one of those SC's, '82 SC Targa though. 53K miles so far :)

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  3. flathd

    flathd Poster Extraordinaire

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    Looks like the "Tropical Turquoise" ?

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  4. cometazzi

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    I was a car guy. Also had a '65 Galaxie in the mid-90s. Hardtop with a 429cj under the hood. It ate Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs, Porsches and everything else with a reputation on the streets in a straight line. Everyone was surprised at how fast that big ole car could lurch ahead of them in the 1/4 mile or from stoplight to stoplight.
     
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    I love old cars
    In my more affluent youth, I owned two 1956 210 4 door sedans, and a 1963 Chevy Impala SS.
    I even did my own repairs.
    Great memories.
     
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  7. ArcticWhite

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    Mine's an unrestored original. Kind of a rat I guess.

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    suthol Friend of Leo's

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    Given my avatar this one grabs my attention just a bit

    But now having had a look at the web site, just no
     
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  9. flathd

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    I would take this '41 Oldsmobile for a number of reasons.

    1. It is all original.
    2. Not too rusty.
    3. Great grill and chrome trim on it.
    4. There is air in the tires, so it might even run.
    5. Some J.C. Whitney seat covers and the restoration is completed.

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  10. tubelectron

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    I'll stay on the same two...

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    But it's me, OK ? :D

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  11. boris bubbanov

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    I like the approach you used, evaluating this one.

    The chrome and the glass look pretty nice. This could be the sleeper here.

    I might be reluctant to run it too much, until I had a chance to drop the oil pan.

    I just wished it was a coupe:
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  12. Stringbanger

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    Well said. I can’t count the times that I have seen rusted clunkers sitting outside, beside a garage or barn. It makes me scratch my head and wonder, “What was/is this guy thinking?”

    I also think that there are a percentage of guys that couldn’t start, or couldn’t complete, a project car, and they wallow in their own frustration. You know people stop from time to time asking if the car is for sale (even though there is no for sale sign on it). I have done this myself.
    But because of the owner’s frustration, he refuses to sell the car! Why? Out of spite perhaps?!?
    Then another car that once had potential is lost to the ages.
     
  13. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

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    If I had a nickle for every time I heard. "well I was gonna restore it"
     
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  14. boris bubbanov

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    I know a lot of people who approached a car owner, possibly at a bad time (family member sick or just died) and the owner sold the piece.

    And the new guy cherry picked some parts off it, and had the rest crushed.

    So, what's really in play here is, who knows what's restorable and who doesn't. And isn't there some nobility in salvaging some parts off a cancerous vehicle "in hospice care" before those bits go to waste also.

    I've had some mild restorations that I suspect, got merged into a nicer project car. No matter where a vehicle (or a pile of parts) is stored, things waste away. Most of the production run has already bit the dust - sometimes people just like that pickup hulk in their chicken yard. Sometimes there's grace in just leaving it alone.

    Remember, many of the "rural car" or "car in closed body shop" sales that could happen, did happen and they're already forgotten. You make it sound like huge numbers of restorable cars and pickups go completely to waste. I see the other example, more than I care to remember. People try to restore something. Spend huge wads of money but the project is never completed and it is towed to be stored in a barn. Then the barn catches fire or falls down - or the 20% complete project is vandalized by drug addicts.
     
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    I don’t think I implied that at all, or I would have said “huge numbers” or something similar.
     
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    dkmw Friend of Leo's

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    I would posit that, for most of us enthusiasts, just maintaining and doing a little bit of modding on a couple of good cars is enough of a hobby that we don’t need to undertake a full restoration on anything.

    I was up-close and personal on a full frame-off my neighbor/friend did on a 55 Ford pickup. I’ve spoken before about the $2000 worth of primer he sprayed on and sanded off in his quest to get perfection. He was a boatbuilder by vocation, and he was a mold-part fabricator par excellence. He had the truck body mold-ready at the end - even the insides of the raingutters were faired. The tailgate panel was a black mirror. Ridiculous amount of hours...

    That’s beyond the scope and/or abilities of most folks, but the dream of bringing back a classic is understandably hard to resist.

    I’m glad I saw how much it took, and I can be quite happy tinkering and cleaning and polishing on my two - with no leftover desire to restore anything.
     
  18. flathd

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    No one wants the cute little Corvair? It could be the $700 money pit you wouldn't ever want to finish.


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  19. BobbyZ

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    Lol ! Yeah I'd have a lot of nickels too !

    Coworker and friend has 40 acres of junk cars. Couple years back I get the nickel tour. There's a '70 or so GTX sitting in the weeds and a '73 Camaro his brother parked in the weeds in '77. Both to be restored "someday". Mind you these are Minnesota cars that were exposed to salt and had rust holes when parked. Realistically they never will be restored and if they were moved I'd imagine a good bit of their bottom sides is laying on the ground already, in the form of iron oxide.
    If that GTX was a numbers matching hemi car, maybe it'd be worth the effort. It's not.
     
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  20. BobbyZ

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    Stop that ! Everytime I see a nice looking Alfa Spider I want to spend the rest if my life restoring mine. :)
    It's a somewhat rare for 1969 British racing green car. At least that's what the former owner called it. To me it's darker than John Deere green and lighter than Oliver green. (dad painted tractors when I was a kid)
     
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