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#1041 of 1124 Re: 1957 Ausin Healey 3000....worth? [MrShift@Edmunds]
Jul 15, 2013 (7:53 am)
If the car is for real and has, in fact, the original I6 available, I'd say return it to stock. They are fairly valuable.
#1042 of 1124 Re: 1957 Ausin Healey 3000....worth? [qbrozen]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 15, 2013 (8:26 am)
That'd be the smart move, if you could buy it cheap enough and if it hasn't been 'chopped' to get the V8 in there. Doing a complete nut and bolt on an A-H can be expensive.
#1043 of 1124 Re: 1957 Ausin Healey 3000....worth? [MrShift@Edmunds]
Jul 20, 2013 (12:45 pm)
I did not have the correct info. this is a 100-6 AH and the 357 conversion is relatively un-noticeable. plus....original motor comes with the car. there is no rust and the interior is in good condition. the car has been garage kept but has not run in 11 years.... it could though without a complete overhaul.
#1045 of 1124 OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty?
Sep 23, 2013 (8:40 am)
A couple I know has in their garage, a 1965 Ford Mustang. It's a hardtop wit a 289 and Automatic.
They bought it years ago as a basket case with good intensions. They moved it up here from So. California and it's been sitting in their garage ever since. They own a restaurant,work six days a week and have come to grips with the fact they don't have time for it.
The good news....
The body is straight as can be, rust free, repainted Poppy Red some years ago. Paint has some flaws but from ten feet away, it's a knockout! Chrome factory Mustang wheels.
New interior! A reproduction black interior is installed and the car has not been driven since the
paint and interior were done. All glass and chrome looks like new.
Bad news...Not driven since 1990.
The 289 engine "appears" to have been rebuilt. It sits on an engine stand.
C4 Cruisematic sits on the floor of the garage along with the driveshaft.
All parts "appear" to be there but who knows?
All books, title etc are with the car.
This guy has no idea what it's worth and neither do I.
A recent Old Cars Price Guide shows a Condition 5 3000.00
Condition 4 5000.00 and a Condition 3 11,000.
Now, I would drop the C4 at a local trans shop for a reseal at the least.
Assuming the worst...what do you guys think?
I will say, the car "pops" as far as it's looks!
#1046 of 1124 Re: OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty? [isellhondas]
Sep 23, 2013 (9:06 am)
what is the underside and rockers like?
There are just so many details that could change the value, I think.
If all what you wrote is all there is to say, meaning the underside is pristine, engine bay is detailed and ready to receive the rebuilt engine, all numbers are matching, etc. Then it sounds to me like you are about $8k away from having a $16-17k car. Sooo... $7k? If you look around and find other things that need doing, then start deducting.
that's my wild guess.
#1047 of 1124 Re: OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty? [isellhondas]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 23, 2013 (9:12 am)
I think the way to approach "basket cases" especially of very common cars like a '65 Mustang, is to consider the price of an equivalent condition car all fixed up and ready to roll....not "show quality restoration" but a very VERY nice driver.
So for a '65 Mustang that's maybe $15,000 right now.
Then you start backing up from that price, putting in plenty of "fudge-factors" for things that could go wrong.
Are you feeling lucky? Or will the rings in that engine have glued themselves with rust to the cylinder walls after 23 years? Will a re-seal really seal the transmission or it is all gunk and varnish in there?
And of course there's tires and all new brakes and brake lines (if you plan to live very long driving a single chamber master cylinder car), draining the gas tank, rebuilding the carb, new fuel pump, filter, battery.
Then the labor to install engine and transmission, or if you're going to do it, tooling up for that.
I'd say $3000 to $4000 is all the money here.
If you're lucky you'll be in it $8K total, and if you're not lucky, you'll break even.
If you PAY $8K, you could be hosed down the line.
#1048 of 1124 Re: OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty? [MrShift@Edmunds]
Sep 23, 2013 (12:30 pm)
Shifty, you and I are thinking alike again.
After 20 plus years of sitting I would probably have that transmission overhauled. Those O rings and clutches have to be tired and varnished up.
I hear you on that engine. I would probably pull the plugs, squirt it full of WD 40, let it sit awhile and then put a breaker bar on the front pully and hope like hell it turns over. Tires are at least 25 years old...redlines and I figure it'll need the brakes overhauled.
I grew up with single master cylinders but a conversion would probably be smart. I hadn't thought about the gas tank. I hope it's empty!
The car comes with that engine stand, a Cherry Picker and a set of go jacks.
I'm thinking I ***might*** offer 3000.00.
I HATE basket cases and I'm usually the first one to recommend against buying one.
Oh...rust..like me, the car is from So. California and we don't know what rust is!
Were the car not a real looker I wouldn't even be thinking this way.
Thanks guys...info is about what I expected and is appreciated.
I wish it was in Marin County. I have a "buddy" there that I could probably get to go have a look at it!
#1049 of 1124 Re: OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty? [isellhondas]
Sep 23, 2013 (12:33 pm)
Hell, I would easily gamble $3k on it. That is definitely assuming the worst.
If he wants anymore than 4, then I would have to dig further into those details I was talking about. Like i said, my 7 number is really assuming the best.
#1050 of 1124 Re: OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty? [isellhondas]
Sep 23, 2013 (2:08 pm)
On one of those Mustangs I'd have to have proof it wasn't rusted/bondo'd over, they're just such rust buckets. But a rust free Mustang is quite valuable, being so rare...