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Old 02-11-2013, 12:55 PM
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these are a couple cars i saved to be enjoyed again. post some of yours.
the vw is a 1959 my wife's uncle bought it new and gave it to us to restore.
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these are a couple cars i saved to be enjoyed again. post some of yours.
the vw is a 1959 my wife's uncle bought it new and gave it to us to restore.
My "basket case" is my "new" 55 Bel Air Hard Top thats my Avatar. I purchased it for 3K. Original paint, and 6cyl motor with 3 on the tree. (wasnt running). It now sports a 94 LT1 from an IROC, with a Tremec T-5 Trans. Still has a long way to go. I wont be starting it till next year. I need to collect all the parts first. Nothing worst than starting a project, going full boar into it then having to stop and wait for parts. I Buy and do all the sheet metal and body work. Then I move to the drivetrain, suspension, etc. etc.
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Good to see another shoebox saved ,wish i could do like you ,i started on my 66 chevelle SS 3 years ago trying to us nos parts to slow and expensive,probably go ahead and use aftermarket to get it finished ,mabe more will send photos ,some i saved Some i wish i had but didnt
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Good to see another shoebox saved ,wish i could do like you ,i started on my 66 chevelle SS 3 years ago trying to us nos parts to slow and expensive,probably go ahead and use aftermarket to get it finished ,mabe more will send photos ,some i saved Some i wish i had but didnt
Aftermarket parts (USA Made Sheet Metal) seems to be pretty well made. You may have to massage it a bit here and there, but when finished no one will know but you. trim is a different story. Aftermarket trim is very thin and wavy. I got lucky. My Bel Air came with all the trim but the front fender and pass door. I'm not using it anyway so it does not matter. The rest of the trim is in near perfect condition thats just in need of a few days worth of polishing. The body on the other hand is a bit wasted. It needs both lower 1/4's so I figure i'll just replace the full 1/4 for a better finish. I also need to fabricate a trunk pan. Left side is rotted out, and I want to delete the spare tire carrier. It also needs front floors (Drivers and Pass), Lower inner and outer drivers door, new rockers, new lower fenders, and headlight eye brows. Damn! I got tired just writing that! haha! I'll be bringing the car into my shop in a few months when I have the parts, throw it on the rotisserie, and start hacking away at it one panel at a time.
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Aftermarket parts (USA Made Sheet Metal) seems to be pretty well made. You may have to massage it a bit here and there, but when finished no one will know but you. trim is a different story. Aftermarket trim is very thin and wavy. I got lucky. My Bel Air came with all the trim but the front fender and pass door. I'm not using it anyway so it does not matter. The rest of the trim is in near perfect condition thats just in need of a few days worth of polishing. The body on the other hand is a bit wasted. It needs both lower 1/4's so I figure i'll just replace the full 1/4 for a better finish. I also need to fabricate a trunk pan. Left side is rotted out, and I want to delete the spare tire carrier. It also needs front floors (Drivers and Pass), Lower inner and outer drivers door, new rockers, new lower fenders, and headlight eye brows. Damn! I got tired just writing that! haha! I'll be bringing the car into my shop in a few months when I have the parts, throw it on the rotisserie, and start hacking away at it one panel at a time.
Most of my car could have ben saved .it is a local car bought new about 10 miles from my home ,I have seen it about every day since new body is in exelleny condition exept front left fender .Here is the big EXEPT,when new it was Mist green metalic with white interior its a SS 396 automatic and air lost of luxury options ,Here is the kicker When new the local DR's son wanted a red car w/air so the dealer painted it RED,later the son dyed the interior with black dye .about 4 years ago he wrecked left front fender then just parked it Dad bought him another Dad still keeping him up son it late 50 or early 60s, now dye it is coming off also paint is bad too.Now it will have to be totally restored or Like i want it Lemonwood yellow with black int no vinyl top.

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Most of my car could have ben saved .it is a local car bought new about 10 miles from my home ,I have seen it about every day since new body is in exelleny condition exept front left fender .Here is the big EXEPT,when new it was Mist green metalic with white interior its a SS 396 automatic and air lost of luxury options ,Here is the kicker When new the local DR's son wanted a red car w/air so the dealer painted it RED,later the son dyed the interior with black dye .about 4 years ago he wrecked left front fender then just parked it Dad bought him another Dad still keeping him up son it late 50 or early 60s, now dye it is coming off also paint is bad too.Now it will have to be totally restored or Like i want it Lemonwood yellow with black int no vinyl top.
Sounds like a lot less work than mine.
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We just need to think of finished product then it will be worth it all. and gettin yo say I did it whether it wins Bloomington Gold or not.
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I don't have much to contribute to this thread being all my cars were drivers when I bought them. It's funny, the only cars I have "saved" from the wrecking yard kinda thing were a Ford Escort wagon and a 74 Buick Lesabre four door. LOLOL That LeSabre was something else though. I was at the wrecking yard looking for something and came across this Buick and it was CLEAN. The interior literally didn't have a gum wrapper in it, it was perfect. The Body was just as clean with only the vinyl top looking faded badly. The rad was shot and the motor had been overheated to the point that it had a wrist pin knock when cold. I went and got a battery from the office, stuck it in the Buick and the damn car started up as easy as any driver I have ever had. It was raining and I drove the car out of the yard in the mud roads that you find in a wrecking yard. I drove it out of there put a radiator in it, a set of tires and drove it thousands upon thousands of trouble free miles.

Yep that was my personal "saving" of a car.

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I don't have much to contribute to this thread being all my cars were drivers when I bought them. It's funny, the only cars I have "saved" from the wrecking yard kinda thing were a Ford Escort wagon and a 74 Buick Lesabre four door. LOLOL That LeSabre was something else though. I was at the wrecking yard looking for something and came across this Buick and it was CLEAN. The interior literally didn't have a gum wrapper in it, it was perfect. The Body was just as clean with only the vinyl top looking faded badly. The rad was shot and the motor had been overheated to the point that it had a wrist pin knock when cold. I went and got a battery from the office, stuck it in the Buick and the damn car started up as easy as any driver I have ever had. It was raining and I drove the car out of the yard in the mud roads that you find in a wrecking yard. I drove it out of there put a radiator in it, a set of tires and drove it thousands upon thousands of trouble free miles.



Yep that was my personal "saving" of a car.

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If only they were all that easy to save!
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I didnt get to finish all these cars the 57 conv i sold as is to local chevy dealer it was a 283 fulie with 3 spd with over drive he totally Restored to Original .and he Ocasionally drives it.I have to close my eyes when i see it coming down the road.LOL I sold both 55s a few months ago the 2 dr wagon is body shop now .the 210 he made a two lanes blacktop car with it BBC 4 speed slidind windows+ others Not my !st choice but its his now. i still have many more to do something with.I will never have time to finish them all .
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I don't have much to contribute to this thread being all my cars were drivers when I bought them. It's funny, the only cars I have "saved" from the wrecking yard kinda thing were a Ford Escort wagon and a 74 Buick Lesabre four door. LOLOL That LeSabre was something else though. I was at the wrecking yard looking for something and came across this Buick and it was CLEAN. The interior literally didn't have a gum wrapper in it, it was perfect. The Body was just as clean with only the vinyl top looking faded badly. The rad was shot and the motor had been overheated to the point that it had a wrist pin knock when cold. I went and got a battery from the office, stuck it in the Buick and the damn car started up as easy as any driver I have ever had. It was raining and I drove the car out of the yard in the mud roads that you find in a wrecking yard. I drove it out of there put a radiator in it, a set of tires and drove it thousands upon thousands of trouble free miles.

Yep that was my personal "saving" of a car.

Brian
From the pictures ive seen and the post ive read i think you have done a LOT help keep the hobby alive A lot of people only Wish they could have did the things you done and seen( Me included ) i bought and sold classic cars for financial gain for years, now its a hobby,I enjoy it as a hobby I have 16 cars left but i am selling some off to be able to finish some others I want to have time to drive them not work on them all of my spart time.i cant do it with this many cars, You saved many cars that otherwise may have never ben finished .Thumbs up to you.

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Thanks so much and I have to tell you, I don't want to be a downer but I am going to go there because it may hit home and you WILL have some fun. A good friend of mine had a collection of cars and said to me one day "I have to sell off some of these cars, when will I have time to build them?" He said this to me two weeks before he died unexpectedly of a heart attack. This was about two years ago and it was a driving force for me to get out and get that Rambler done and driving it and Gran Sport going and now done. Sell off what you can to support the one you really want to do and go do it. These cars take so much time, having a bunch is just unrealistic unless you can pay someone to build them. But if you are going to do them, one takes a long time, sell off what you don't need to support the one you are going to build and go for it!

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Thats one of the things im worried about ,i have several health problems ,Diabetes related,I cannot spray paint anymore ,i still do my bodywork but my son does my paint for me .he has a restoration shop,the small shop with blue rack in my photo journal 53 chevy pu and on and picture above.. is my home shop.the big shop is his
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Yep, sell off what you don't need, let someone else enjoy them. Then go gang busters on one you REALLY want.

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I see all to often the "Car Hoarder". They have a huge collection of cars that are so far gone, the hoarder has no finances to fund them all. (usually so broke they could barely fund one restoration), yet they refuse to sell them. People stop by and ask "are any of these cars for sale"? and of course in their rose colored way of seeing things, reply. No! I'm going to restore them some day! Even though the cars have been sitting, rotting in their fields for years. I personally know of two people like this. It took me 3 months of convincing, but it's how I got my 55. The guy had it in the field for 12 years. His drunken sons have taken many pieces off while it sat there, but luckily they were smart enough to leave the body and trim alone.
Heres an example of how these folks do things. The dad (who owns a restoration shop with his sons in North Carolina) had a very clean mid 60's Pontiac Convertible. One day he was driving it and the engine ended up needing a rebuild for reasons unknown to me. So, he puts the car out to pasture for the moment. He then buys another car. (money should have gone to a new motor instead would be my thinking). And the car has sat there ever since. It is now a basket case. The weather has destroyed the top which in turn has let the elements destroy the interior. There is a tree that has grown through the passenger floor board and the owner still still feels "one day he'll restore it". Meanwhile he has barely enough money to keep his daily driver running. His sons are the same way. (Ones a meth head, the other a drunk) The drunk has been working on his 56 Chevy for 12 years. All that hes done in that time was cut off the pass 1.4 panel, and strip the car to bare metal. Oh. And he's managed to confiscate the pristine deck lid from the 55 I bought and replace it with the rusted white one. (before I bought the car of course). I wont even tell you about the 62 SS Impala, or the two 56 Chevy Wagons rotting away in the field. Or the 71 Charger
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