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Old 05-19-2004, 02:00 PM
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I was thinking about purchasing a fixer upper car for my 10 year old son. We like the 60's and 70's car but most of these cars are hard to find and popular demanding lots of money. So my question is what 80's car is a good collector car to restore? Is there a certain vehicle with better performance than others? Did they make fewer cars of some kind? I figured this would be good questions to a 80's collector.

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Old 05-19-2004, 02:25 PM
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Hmmm... go 70's. There are a few decent body styles, some getting rare, and they can be gotten for cheap. Lots of aftermarket stuff available, and most will come with 3spd trannys which are fine for the street. Maybe a vette or a camero (or a firebird... lol)

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The 78-87 Malibus/Monte Carlos are a good platform to work on.

Ford fans like the "fox" Mustangs...........

The early 70 Dusters/ Volaries are popular with the Mopar guys.
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Old 05-19-2004, 02:56 PM
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Cutlass Supremes are nice too....

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I would keep my eye peeled for a 60s pre smog car. Worth the effort to get a car that has a decent engine and isn't mostly plastic. Maybe look for non-standard hot rod material. You can usually get 4-drs, station wagons, etc., very cheap and have a lot of fun making them into head-turning hot rods.
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I would look for a car from the 60's, he's only ten you have plenty of time to find a car for him.
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go for something cheep- my cousin has a '83? Caprice 2-door with the bubble-back window like the Monte-Carlo Aerocoupe. sadly he's too stupid to take care of it and it's getting sad. It's a 305 (I think) with blue anodized valve covers. woo wee!

Find a nice one, old cop cars make nice Impala SS clones (he'd be "da pimp:" ) A '80s Camaro/Firebird is a great looking machine and are affordable, and parts are easy to get.
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hate them all except camaro/birds/mustangs the rare job is one you will pay up the analport already for and that's the buick grand national. i spoze a regular one of those with a v-8 instead of the v6 the gn's came with would fly. they all look like boxes to me
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All of the above are good cars. You could also go for 70's and 80's chevy and gm trucks, they look good when done right and can be made to get up and go. As far as smaller cars go, any of the Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth turbocharged cars out of the 80's can be made to go fast. You don't see too many of them and I'm sure you could find one for cheap. Ford's big cars in the 70's also came packin, like the Grand Marquis with a 460 up front and 9" out back. Big car, but with that 460, you can make things happen. Also LTD's of the same years, and the police specials. Good luck!

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You may not find a '70 chevelle 2 dr or the like for a cheap project..... But as mentioned above wagons, can be found. Thtas what I wanna do when my Caddy is done. Or another car that is fairly cheap for the age are the '68 up Novas/Cansos, etc. Sorry the Canso is a Canadian Nova. Atleast in my area these cars seem fairly cheap.

It also depends on what kinda projec your looking for. Do you want a frame off resto, or just minor repairs, or somewhere in between? If you want to go all out and do a car from scratch, I'm positive you can find nearly any car you want to restore (within reason, of course your not gonna finda a cheetah, or Cobra, etc) for a decent buck.


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Thanks for all the input guys. I think the car I'm looking for would have to be in good body condition with the motor and tranny. Interior not so important. I would like to do a rebuild but not a full off the frame restoration.
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Or another car that is fairly cheap for the age are the '68 up Novas/Cansos, etc. Sorry the Canso is a Canadian Nova. Atleast in my area these cars seem fairly cheap.



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Cheap????

Where you at Bo?, Novas and Acadians are exremely expensive around the Toronto area, if you can find one.
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Old 05-20-2004, 02:23 PM
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I recently bought a 1978 El Camino (Black Knight) becouse I belive it will become a collector car. I also own a 1976 Blazer K5. Not as collectable as the first gens. (69 to 72) but still a collectable vehicle in my opinion.
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Old 05-20-2004, 02:37 PM
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Poncho, a buddy just got a '68 Nova SS fairly nice shape, less drive train for $400. Needs floor pans though. Same guy got a '67 SS two years ago for $500, needed quarters, and floor pans, but the rest was there, including the wuss inline 6. Yeah thats right a SS with a 6 There was just a Canso in the paper for $2000, in primer. These cars are fairly plentiful in the area (not the cansos, acadians as much) and are pretty cheap, just not my kinda car.

Oh yeah, I'm in BC where the rust problems aren't quite as bad as Ontario cars.


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