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Old 04-13-2004, 02:17 AM
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Question 79 pontiac parisenne worth fixing up?

In a few months my grand parents are giving me there 4dr 79 parisenne for $1. they are original owners, car has 230,000 original KM (130 miles i think?) car hasnt been abused at all, interior is a tan and is perfect, looks like new. the exterior is tan also and has rust on the rear quarters. no holes yet but i could push a hole through in some places. the engine is a 350, only thing ever changed on the car was 1 heater hose that my grandpa can remeber of. i took the car for a drive around and it seems to have quite a bit of power for everything to be original from factory.

my question is would u fix up a car like this? like do body work and give a paint job and throw on some rims and stuff? i seen a white one the other day with tinted windows and some buick rims and like 235ish tires and it looked pretty good to me. or should i just drive it the way it is and when it dies pull the engine and whatever else that could be used on a diff car and call up some guy to pick it up for scrap metal?

i dont have a picture of the car but i found a pic on cardomain.com that looks like it. please tell me your thoughts on it.
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Old 04-13-2004, 10:46 AM
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If it doesn't need much then it could be a good driver. I can't see the value in hot rodding it though, but for general transportation...thats pretty cheap.
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cheap car

if nothing else you could do a few things to modify the car to your tastse but mostly what I would do is drive the wheels off it and take it easy doing so, then in the mean time since you saved money on this car you could start building your own rod.
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Use it for a winter beater for a couple of years, and when you need a motor for a project car, that 350 might come in handy. The heads on those years are not worth crap, but the shortblock has possibilities.
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Well I have to disagree with the other guys. The car is the same thing as a Caprice, and we all know those cars can be hopped up.
Black paint, lowered, chrome wheels with white wall tires.
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Well I have to disagree with the other guys. The car is the same thing as a Caprice, and we all know those cars can be hopped up.
Black paint, lowered, chrome wheels with white wall tires.

Furry dash, big vinyl roof, wide whitewalls....................Huggybear as a chauffer
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i could dress up as a pimp too



if i did do any fixing up this is what i would do, do the body work and paint job and throw on some 15" rims and a set of tires, and tint the windows. somthing like this caprice i found on cardomain.


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There you go! You can't find even a beat up Caprice for sale here in Dallas anymore. Crown Vics are getting hard to find too, everybody wants one!
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You want to talk Caprices, talk to me. I've got two. I don't touch 4 doors, coupes only. I say wax it, take car of it, and drive it. If regular maintenance was done by your grandparents it will probably go another 50-70,000 miles no problem. Nice car for $1.


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What's wrong with four doors? Over here they are $1000 and up for a worn out 4 door, barely running.

Bricks will never go out of style, just look at the Hummer.
People get tired of those bubble cars.
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figure 8 cars

also i am thinking roundy round cars i have a few caprices and impalas in my yard with a few montes all for roundy round and figure 8 I use the 4 doors cause i am smaller and fit through the window where the bigger guys want the 2 doors cause well they have bigger windows to crawl through. put a decent 350-350 in it make sure it has the right gears drop some smaller body monty rear springs in it 1.5 inches camber up front and it will hook up pretty good at the track.
well thats what we do with all the old stuff we get. heck just to go out and run you make $50 a night to do 2 fig races
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If I had it I'd stash the fender skirts in the barn & modify it sleeper-style. Or maybe put a 455 in it.
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Take good care of it, and use it for commuting to a decent job. save your money by having no payments and a solid reliable car. when you get a few bucks ahead, buy what you really want. (Unless you are really jazzed for that particular style of car, in which case you have a good starting point for da pimpmobile.)
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Hell yes it is worth fixing up. Take care of that rust now. I have a 1980 Caprice two-door that is rusting to the point where new panels need to be welded in. Avoid that point if you can, because major body work is just painful. The main area to be concerned with is the rear quarter panels. Remove all body trim and fix whatever rust there may be. Do not reinstall body trim. It is evil. It traps water like it's going out of style.

Because this is basically a Caprice, I believe most of the 9C1 Caprice police spec stuff simply bolts on. Everything can be improved on this car. They are sweet cars if they're taken care of. It's a unique car to modify and would make a killer sleeper. Put whatever drivetrain you want, anything from a Buick Turbo V6 to a big block will fit in there.

Bottom line, this is not a winter beater. This is not a drive-to-work-til-the-wheels-fall-off car. It is a special car that should be respected. Don't respect it and I'll come steal it from you!
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