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Old 02-20-2005, 04:03 AM
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My dad had a 63 bug with a 327 Chevy swap by Herbert and Meeks in North Hollywood, CA. Custom tubing Main Frame for 327. 3 speed Hurst linkage and Chevy rear end cut down to VW tread width by C-T Automotive in North Hollywood. I have a write up on this car from the Complete Book of Engine Swapping No. 2 by Leroi Tex Smith. This car was not driven in 30+ years; it has been covered and stored in his back yard all this time. The last time it was driven was in 1972 and it ran great. I am trying to get an idea of the value and interest of this car, as my father recently passed away. Would you know if anyone associated with this car is still around and/or if there is a collector value? Can you suggest what should be done to make runnable after sitting all this time?

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Hard to say what the value is. First get it running safely. If you or a friend are not able to do the work yourself, have a competent mechanic look it over real good. Checking brakes, suspension, etc. not just the motor. Storing outside probably took it's toll, even covered. It would make a great project fro you to do & should be real fun to drive. Good Luck!
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look in the automotive section of the yellow pages and you should be able to find an appraiser that can help you. Good appraisers know how to factor in a cars history into the value. Ask around at a car show as many of the vehicles will have appraisals, find out who people are happy with. Don't expect to sell the car for the appraised value but at least you should have enough to decide whether to restore or get rid of it. Sounds like a fun car to keep if you have the room and don't need the money.
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