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Old 03-02-2004, 11:36 PM
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did i make a mistake?

i made a trade last week of my 1962 Caddy sedan deville for a 1964 1/2 mustang.

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caddy: 390 rebuilt about 15 years ago, recent head job, new front seat covers, rebuilt trans, rebuilt drive shaft, all new brakes, new tires, fresh full tune up, rebuilt radiator, new hoses - belts.

caddy needs: had bad rust around windows and trim, but a very straight body, carpet, dash pad, 2 window motors, ac and heater need work, and it needed a carb.

mustang specs: 170 straight 6 (rebuilt), 3 speed, fresh tune up, new carb, new interior but head liner not installed, new front bumper and grill, new gas tank, new but abused trunk liner, new air shocks, new floor pans but the dumb ***** did the wurst job ever seen by man, and a new M/C.

mustang needs: needs a new under dash wiring harness (you should see the mess), break switch, rear bumper, paint job (might be able to make it look better), hard rear brake line and fuel line, front U- joints, heater core, 2 tires, wheel cyl, wiper switch, glove box cardboard, and the dash needs to be painted.

the reason for the trade was that i had, had the caddy on the market for ever at $3,000 and couldn't get a bite. and for a great running car that basically just needed cosmetic work, i didn't think that, that was that bad of a price.
well, this brotha' called me up and said that he would like to trade for his mustang, so i went and drove it (at night like a *********) and didn't check it over all that well. so we traded (me thinking that i could get rid of a stang quicker) and then i get to looking at the ***** craftsman work on this car and i'm about to die.
the car had a fire and burnt up the wiring so he "made" a wiring harness for it. J/C if you can't do it, DON'T.
anywho, most of the stuff i've already fixed and now its to the junk yards for a harness.

oh yeah the reason for selling in the first place is because i Have to have $$$ right now for a lawyer. damn cops.

so how bad did i screw up? please tell.

Aaron
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Old 03-03-2004, 01:17 AM
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I don't think you screwed up. At least in these parts, Mustangs pring a pretty big price. I seen just shells go for around 2 grand and that is with rust.

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Old 03-03-2004, 04:43 AM
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What does your heart and gut tell ya?

No matter what anyone says, you already completed the deal.
Now, take and make the best of it. Redo the wiring and make that Mustang a car you'll hate to sell.

Good going, you made a decision, I applaud you for that right off!

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No mistake. Mustangs sell, Caddys don't.

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Old 03-03-2004, 05:25 AM
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sounds like my vette. it all looked good till i started looking at it.lol.mike
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Old 03-03-2004, 06:28 AM
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the mustang is the 1st yr they were made & not many at that, in my opinion you screwed the other guy. at least ya didnt do what a friend of mine did yrs ago. he was into mustangs heavy, he got a early coupe but did know what yr it was untill he had stripped it & had already sent the body to the shredder.............
it was a 64 1/2 mustang, man was he sick cause it was a V8/4spd car........joe

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Old 03-03-2004, 06:39 AM
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If the floors were rusted then chances are the Torque boxes are shot too. And if he did a lousy job on the floors then he did a lousy job on the boxes. Not good. They are a major support piece and a real PITA to do, according to my brother in law. I hope those are ok man.

If you really need the cash, then I would clean it up, paint the dash etc and sell it. You might luck out and get someone that will buy it quick.
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Old 03-03-2004, 08:53 AM
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CHECK THE #'S!!!!

If it's a numbers matching car, original eng, trans, etc, it might be worth more to a collector than a hotrodder. If it is all original, I wouldn't get a harness yet. If the car has potential to be a show car, you might end up making more work for the next guy who will want to make it concourse (factory condition).

On the other hand, if it's a frankenstein car with a different engine/trans, you might as well make it as pretty as possible and find a collector. TooMany2Count is right, 64 1/2 is the FIRST year they made the mustang. That's got to be worth something to someone.

I got my '69 coupe for $700 running on a transplanted 6 and C4. I had a guy offer me $1500 at a junkyard when I was shopping for my engine. One of my friends offered me $2000 for it with the 351W when I get it running. Of course, I have about $2100 invested in it total now, so anything less and I'd be shooting myself in the foot. But they do open wallets of the buyers if they have potential.

If the frame is straight, and rust is contained to the floorboards and rear torque boxes (typical mustang rust), it's still pretty valuable. Yea I think you came out on top.



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Old 03-03-2004, 10:35 PM
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If the floors were rusted then chances are the Torque boxes are shot too. And if he did a lousy job on the floors then he did a lousy job on the boxes. Not good. They are a major support piece and a real PITA to do, according to my brother in law. I hope those are ok man.
i'm not positive what "torque boxes"are, but if they are what i'm thinking, there is some 1/4" plate welded in their place.

anywho, i was looking for wiring harnesses today, and found the one that goes from the firewall to the engine for $30 at Dallas Mustang, picked it up. but the one for the underdash is $650, sooooooo i pulled it out and am having to fix it (big big mess) but it shouldn't be to big of a deal.
i'll post some pics as soon as i get some batteries for the cam .
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daym akm.. i wish i had a stang like that..

i think u did a good deal..

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Old 03-04-2004, 07:41 AM
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i have a chilton wiring harness book. now it only goes to 63 but it may help ya. if ya want me to copy the pages for ya & mail them to ya I will, just let me know.......joe
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Old 03-04-2004, 07:57 AM
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Hey Aaron pick up the shop manual for that year. I got one when I was building my 67. The best $35.00 I have ever spent and the tool that you need most.

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Old 03-04-2004, 03:40 PM
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bud-23's stang is exactly how i would envidion one id wasnt..

Maybe thats why his stangs on my desktop?..

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Old 03-04-2004, 08:29 PM
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i have a chilton wiring harness book. now it only goes to 63 but it may help ya. if ya want me to copy the pages for ya & mail them to ya I will, just let me know.......joe
thanks but i think that i may have the same one.
i have the diagrams for the car, but the problem is that some of the wiring is from the 64 and some from a 65 or 66. both are much different from one another.
today i spent the better part of the day trying to figure it out, only to come out worst than before. i'm going tomorrow to get the manual for the 64-73, and if that doesn't work than i going to switch it over to 65 wiring all together (much cheaper).

wish me luck, thanks again, Aaron
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:32 PM
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good luck my brotha'

any time you swap gm to ford, you do good.

just so happens, that 289 i got, it's never been bored.
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