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Old 05-17-2004, 08:22 AM
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poll: original or hotrod

i just bought a 68 cuda 318 4 speed all numbers match orginal hub caps, for the second owner who has had the car since 1970. all recpicets, mantenace log bill of sale everything. it has some rear quater panel rust and on the rocker panels. it starts and runs great only has 120000 miles. and its green. seems there always green. so with a 318 its not much of a platform to hotrod. so should i restore it as is or hotrod it and save all the original stuff??????

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Old 05-17-2004, 08:51 AM
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Since that car weighs less than 3000# The 318 in an A body is not a bad ride at all. If you don't want the car I'll take it. I'd say give it a chance, and if you do upgrade the motor go with a 340, which probably will not hurt you value at all. Is it a fastback or notchback?

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Old 05-17-2004, 01:41 PM
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its a fastback and i failed to mention i only paid $2000.00
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Old 05-17-2004, 03:20 PM
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The answer to your question is......................It's entirely upto you. What do you want to do with the car. Having a 318, it's not the most desirable model. Anything that you do performance wise, will only increase the value.

If it where mine, I would do some performance mods, but keep the body original.
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Sounds like you found something cool.

How many were produced that year? I dont know cudas, so if it isnt that rare(I guess like a cutlass supreme compared to a cutlass 442) I would drop in something more, or at least spruse up the motor a bit.

If there werent as many made, then I would try and keep it original as possible. Considering you have all the logs and paper work, that is great!
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Screw oringinal either you are a hotrodder which means to
change a car. Or are you a restorer who just in it for the money.
I intend to build mine how i want it. Not how much money can i make on it. I feel the true sprit of hotrodding is dying.
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:00 PM
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You paid $2,000.00 for it. Fix the rust, and build yourself a Hot Rod. Think BIG BLOCK !!!! A Hemi would be very nice, but they're big $$$$$. A 440 would be ****** in that car !!!
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:02 PM
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Screw oringinal either you are a hotrodder which means to
change a car. Or are you a restorer who just in it for the money.
I intend to build mine how i want it. Not how much money can i make on it. I feel the true sprit of hotrodding is dying.

A restorer rarely makes any profit, it is something done out of love, not greed.
People that restore a car to original condition want a car like it has just rolled off the line, not after it has been customized.
What's wrong with that?

And the spirit of rodders will NEVER die!

How dare you!
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Tub it. Come live with the SINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-18-2004, 05:29 AM
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As Posies said, "Anyone can restore an old car, it takes a real man to cut one up"

that being said do it however you want, restore or hot rod it makes no difference.
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Old 05-18-2004, 06:37 AM
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restomod it. better than factory is what i say.
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Old 05-18-2004, 09:26 AM
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$2000, nice buy. If it was me, I'd do a 340 in it, and keep the 4 speed. 340 = popular motor, even a cloned 340 barracuda will draw much more than the 318. The 4 speed is a plus also. A big block is cool, but what you have to do to put one in is a bit more involved. New tortion bars, big block k member, (Not in production any more) At least changing the bell housing on the trans to fit, or possibly a new trans all torgether.

Have fun right now I'm a bit envious. I'm half looking for a 60's barracuda myself.
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Old 05-18-2004, 09:53 AM
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I've had folks tell me I should do a concourse resto on my ride. I just can't see that car looking so dorky. I need some big slicks on the back, rollcage, and custom scoops. Because after all, it's still MY car anyway.

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i think HRM did a junk yard dog 318 not too long ago. you can always keep the 318 unless you can bore it out to 340 then you can keep it in the car instead of in the garage. what i'm planning on doing with my car <- same damn problem. either leave it alone cause it's getting 18mpg and just look good, or mildly hot rod my 326, i bought the intake already but still need a cam and a carb and headers($350 just for them), then wait till i hit the lotto to put in a 455. still need dual exhaust for chrissake! it's all about the money. i dont know why but my baby just always seems to be at the bottom of the list. even my stupid camaro that i never was all that fond of just got a new engine just because it's getting painted due to vandalism and i didnt want it to have the leaking engine so i could get more money for it. wait till you see it tho. i may have to chew my arm off to let go of it. but then it gets back to the money issue: i need to sell it to get outta debt somewhat
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Old 05-18-2004, 05:54 PM
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Screw oringinal either you are a hotrodder which means to
change a car. Or are you a restorer who just in it for the money.
I intend to build mine how i want it. Not how much money can i make on it. I feel the true sprit of hotrodding is dying.
once again we agree.......
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