I kinda want a Shiny Thing...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by SR1, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    I got a few years, theoretically, but I want a Shiny Thing.

    I am not particularly partial to either late '60's Mustangs, or Z28's, or 'Cudas. They all look great to me.

    I think someone called what I want a "restorod?"

    Basically I'd like a muscle car from the late '60's or early '70's, but in good condition with a few modern upgrades such as disk brakes and A/C would be great. I am not interested in a collector's piece but a good solid body/frame is of course important...something I could drive to work a few times a week, you know?

    So, what's a good direction to be looking for this? Oh, you want to know a price range? Let's say $25k or less, it seems that there are several specimens available in that price range wtih a week Google search.


    Thanks!
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  2. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Anti-Semantic

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    Dart / Duster / Demon

    affordable speed; stone simple, plentiful parts, you can paint it lime green or purple and wont get called out, etc.

    hard to kill a 727 auto or the A-833 4-speed. 8 3/4" Chrysler is a solid axle. The A block these days can be taken out to 440 ci, although even a basic Mopar Performace 360 makes nice usable power.

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  3. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    Other than a GT 350 or 500, I'd prefer one of these to any of the others you mentioned. AFAIK, much less dough for them, too.

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  4. M-Cat

    M-Cat 2 wheeled slacker

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    Look at as many as you can, and research as much as you can.
    25K will be able to get you a pretty decent pony/muscle car. While prices have gone up, there is no shortage. They are fun cars, and easy to work on, so don't worry too much about upgrades like disc brakes or suspension work if you find one that really strikes you. It's usually cheaper to get something that's already been done, provided it's been built right.
    Just remember to budget in some extra money for tires and gas...
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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'll echo what Duke said in another thread: buy one west of the Mississippi. There's LOTS of stuff running around AZ and NM that'd fit the bill. Start with a car with litte/no rust and you'll get farther with your $$

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  6. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Continuing what others have said, look out west where cars typically stay rust free. Keep an open mind on models; there are a good handful of "tier 2" cars to choose from, you know, not the Barret Jackson Saturday night million dollar "1 of 53 made" Hemi Cuda convertible Plum Crazy Purple column shift no console with correct exhaust. Fuck that shit.

    Dusters, Darts, Mercury Cougars, Olds 442, that kinda thing. Especially ones that were cloned, GTO clones from a Tempest, etc.

    Get one that somebody spent the ridiculous amount of time and cost to upgrade suspension to rack and pinion steering, good springs/shocks/links etc, and good BRAKES. Nothing worse than getting in a super cool old car and find out it drives like 1960's shit and can't stop within a football field of 60 mph.

    When the muscle cars got to be selling for ten times what they were worth, every shell in every barn began finding loving, restoring homes. That was a good thing because now there are a lot of those cars fully restored, partially restored, resto-rodded with upgrades, etc. More on the market, with our current shitty economy, makes for some pretty good buys out there.

    Just saw a 72 Dart yesterday here in town, new paint very nice, dog dish hubcaps and twin factory hood scoops, for under 10 grand. It's not a bad market to be looking for these things right now.
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  7. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Steve, did you buy a truck yet?
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    I had a '63 Falcon for five or six years. It was my only car for a couple of years, but I wasn't using a car all that much then. It turned out to be good fun and I sold it for more than I paid. That's not to say it didn't cost me anything of course but it wasn't bad at all and it was a ton of fun. I sold it a couple of years ago since I got a more "practical" car and I'd rather have the space for motorcycle projects but it was sure cool.
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  9. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    A superbird if you want really big grins. But they're not for everyone.

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    or maybe a charger

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    I'm a ford guy so a galaxie 500 would do nicely.

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  10. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    I like the looks of the early 60's Dodge Polara's. Just something about that Coupe roof line...how it comes down to the body in the back.:tb
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    But I may be biased...I used to own two of em! :evil

    1st one was similar to the pic except it was Dark Blue with a Black stripe in between the chrome. A 1964 440 body with a built 440TNT/727/8 3/4 rear w/489's in it. Also came with 323 and 513 gears so I switched the 489's for the 323's so I could drive it on the street. Man was that thing fast and came off the line straight as an arrow!

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    2nd one was another 64 440 body all stock 318/auto driven by a little old lady to church and looked identical to the second pic except it had four lights in the grill(like the pic below) instead of the two in the pic and no hood scoop.
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    Something to consider regarding modern upgrades...Most vehicles from the fifties up don't usually have upgraded brakes and such. If you remove the stock items it will seriously affect what the vehicle is worth.
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  11. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    Watch the Mecum Auctions, or even Barrett-Jackson......the first day of any of their auctions is full of "tier 2" cars and MANY bargains! They don't typically make the TV programs, and if they do, only when they are "live" (not the multitude of re-runs), but you can check their web sites for the recently completed auctions and see what things sold for.
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  12. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Yup, all too familiar with the Barrett-Jackson, I agree it's not the right venue for what I am looking for.

    I didn't mention all the other possibilities but you guys have, there are probably 30 different varieties I'd entertain, if not more. I'm not brand loyal for this particular purchase, Mopar, Ford, Chevy would all be fine.

    Challenger/Charger/Polaris/Dart/GTO/Cutlass Supreme/Chevelle SS, but I have to admit a Mustang would be kinda a light preference.

    I am glad to hear that the budget is big enough, I'd actually like to scale that back a bit if I could. I essentially want a good runner that a well-off-enough redneck threw some money at. No Bondo, or as little as possible, but numbers aren't important.

    Oh, on the truck, no, and I'm glad. Life is full of changes, but the truck will still be a necessity in a few years...
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  13. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Or build one from scratch using a body in white from Year One or similar. Then you're not changing an original and can add what you like to improve driveability and safety. Imagine a fuel-injected turbo 6 and a 6-speed with IRS in a Chevelle, for example. Add in a body control module from a newish Malibu and you can have all kinds of amenities that didn't exist 40+ years ago. You'll be out $50k by the time you're done, but it'll definitely be a Shiny Thing.
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  14. mudgepondexpress

    mudgepondexpress Long timer

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    As a Ford guy I would say...Cougar! The prices are down, basically a Mustang, usually much fancier, always a V8. The 69/70 can be faked into an Eliminator quite easily and since most don't know Cougars, they don't catch the details. The 69/70 can also fit any engine ford produced for years...Windsor series, Cleveland Series, FE, even the 385 Series (429/460). A sweet resto mod with a SEFI 351W, 5 speed, 4 wheel disc...and it would still be affordable.

    The Cougar looks better than the 69-73 mustang coupes which never bring much money.

    There is a nice looking 71 Fastback (not Mach 1) in our area for $7900 currently, and a nice yellow 71 Mach 1 for 13,000.

    Kenny
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  15. MikeinEugene

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    There was just a thread on here recently for kit cars...those are built on a modern chassis but with old-style body work it seems like.

    I took a glance at a page or two of them, but I've slept since then so no idea if under $25k is doable :baldy
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  16. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    very doable.. you can get a factory five someone lost interest on for pennies on the dollar...

    http://www.ffcars.com/forums/18-fac...-intercity-lines/289071-unfinished-mkiii.html
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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  19. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    Too gaudy? :D

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    mike54 You don't get me

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    This should make your sweetie swoon. :D

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