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Old 12-27-2013, 12:22 AM
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Ford or oldsmobile?

71 Mustang convertible 302 c4 8 inch car.
Needs brakes, Right rear fender section, new canvas top, 2 rocker panels, a exhaust (it off the manifolds)

Plans to be a Mach 1 Clone kinda car with a hotrodders late 60s vibe early 70s.



78 oldsmobile cutlass supreme.
305 auto .

Needs a muffler

Reasons I dont like it . 305, auto on the column,

Which would you pick to keep and why?
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:10 AM
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Depends how energetic you are.....From your description and pics, the Mustang looks more of a rust bucket, but would be worth more when done
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which one do YOU like

even a little bit better then the other.. olds needs (looks) alot less work to get on the road. changing from column to floor shift is not a deal breaker. the mustang needs.........alot more.. as poncho said and how deep are your pockets $$$. for me i'd do the mustang for the olds just is not a sportcar as i see it. and as the old saying goes.. "TOP GOES DOWN PRICE GOES UP".
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I thought you already made your decision in your last thread?

305 chevy What should be done
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:59 AM
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For me its tough to chose I can always drop a 350 in it or a 455 and be a nice car to Drive.

The Mustang isnt too terrible but the convertible arms to lift the top i think are not cheap
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First off, neither car is anybody's idea of a classic, so you're probably going to spend upwards of $10k before either is worth more than you have in it.
And no promises then ...

The Olds doesn't look like a sporty car, but it's actually about 500 pounds lighter than a new Camaro (weighs in roughly comparable to a '69 Chevelle with more comfortable packaging): All else being equal, you can think of it as about 80 free horsepower vs. the Camaro

The question is what you want: For about the same money, you can have a nice, but not particularly exciting cruiser than will turn a few heads
Or you can fairly easily stick an LS-3 or a healthy 454 in the Olds and have a bad-*** sleeper than nobody will pay much mind to ...
Until you hit the gas and blow the doors off some shiny new Camaro

Back in the 80's, I had a '66 Bonneville, with a 421 Tri-power in it, that ate Turbo Trans Ams for breakfast, and there was another guy who had a perfectly ordinary looking Chrysler Cordoba with a 426 Hemi in it; so I can vouch for the fact that sleepers can be a lot of fun
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I would go with the Olds but upgrade to an Olds 350 or 455. I like the Mustang but way more work to be driving.
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olds should be a 307 .

I'd go olds.. as it's drivable . just check the rear frame rails from infront of rear tire back..
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olds should be a 307
The 307 Olds didn't come out until 1980
Assuming it's the original engine, it's most likely the optional 305 Chevy
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Dude said to me it a 305 . I planning to get it here in a week or so.

It got either them wheels which I like or a hurst styled Wheel that ill probably like.

My plan is to get true duals on it and finish them off with trumpet exhaust tips just like the old 442s.

Throw a better stall and shift kit in it.

Add my gauges ive had waiting for a year in it Water, oil, Volts.

Bump the timing and do as much as possible to get more out of it before I either go 350 or throw Bolt ons on it.

Sound like a decent plan
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Get the Olds.

The Muskrat is NOT one of the good years (in fact.....) and it needs too much work.

The Olds will be cheaper to work on, cheaper to own and easier to get parts for
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You fix up the Olds and give me the 'Stang... I'd keep the Ford because I have blue oval blood running through my veins!!!!
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The 307 Olds didn't come out until 1980
Assuming it's the original engine, it's most likely the optional 305 Chevy
ok, when the Pontiac 301 start..
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You are talking about two completely different animals, COMPLETELY different. It isn't what you "want" it's what your expectations of the amount of work is.

This is the Mustang, a cool look, classic. When new it was an awesome place.



This is the Olds, not as cool but functional as we speak.



Here is the Mustang today....



Here is the Olds today..the Mustang may have been hotter back in 73 but......



I say if you want a HUGE, MONSTER HUGE project, go with the Mustang. You better have a LOT of time, a full garage, a ton of money to buy parts, etc.

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Looks like Ms Mustang has had a hard life.........
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