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#1070 of 1124 Re: OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty? [qbrozen]
Oct 03, 2013 (4:24 pm)
I have neighbor who restores 60's Fords. He has a mint 64 Fairlaine(sp?) 500 with ~40k actual miles on it in his garage today.
He tells me Ford did not start putting VIN numbers on engines until 1968, so any 289 of that era (without serial numbers) will be ok. The engine could be ~$500-$1k rebuilt. They are so easy to rebuild it's ridiculous. I did like 6 of those Ford engines for me and friends in the 80's, both 289 and 302's, and I'm just a "Shade Tree" type. (I was a Huey Mechanic/Crew Chief in the Army, but in Medicine after).
The transmission could be a far worse problem if it needs a complete rebuild, as complete rebuild kits approach $1k, and good luck finding anyone nearby that will rebuild it, you could be looking at $2500 right there; however if all it needs are seals, maybe $1K or even half that. I would find out what the Tranny needs. The big question is the electricals. In storage mice can wreck havoc. The interior needs to be carefully looked at for cracks, blistered Dashboard etc. I would have a trained Body Man look at it underneath. as well as the outer body, don't forget the "Magnet Test" for bondo. The 289 Automatics are fairly common according to my neighbor.
I agree that with a HQ interior and paint, 15k should be easy.
Check out similar cars online for a base, but if it has hidden cancer, that hits the price HUGE.
#1071 of 1124 Re: I passed on the Mustang.. [qbrozen]
Oct 03, 2013 (5:11 pm)
No, it's not officially for sale. I found out about it kinda by accident.
It WILL be for sale soon however since the owner is getting tired of it taking up space in his garage.
#1072 of 1124 Re: OK, I've got one for you guys...Shifty? [olddustoffer]
Oct 03, 2013 (5:17 pm)
I used my little magnet and detected no bondo that I could tell.
Again, the car is from So. California and cars don't rust there.
I disagree about the transmission. It's a C4 Cruisematic and they are VERY common and a snap to work on. I assumed it would need a total rebuild and a local QUALITY transmission show quoted me between 900-1200 dollars for a total rebuild.
As far as the 289 engine. It isn't seized and it looks like it's been recently gone through. Rebuilding that CAN be easy but if it needs everything including a rebore then it becomes a job for a machine shop.
The interior is a new reproduction interior that has never seen miles. It does need a dash pad but those are reproduced and aren't expensive.
It's a good car for someone with time, patience a big garage and a few dollars.
I lack the patience part myself.
#1074 of 1124 Re: I passed on the Mustang.. [qbrozen]
Oct 09, 2013 (8:54 am)
I'm wondering if that was a "shill" bid?
If that car is REALLY worth 2200.00, the one I looked at would be worth at least three times as much as it sits.
#1075 of 1124 Re: I passed on the Mustang.. [qbrozen]
Oct 09, 2013 (11:46 am)
Does it strike anyone else that there are no pictures of the engine?
#1076 of 1124 Re: I passed on the Mustang.. [bhill2]
Oct 09, 2013 (5:18 pm)
No, that's not unusual.
People often don't include engine photos on ebay.
I'm sure it's a grimy little 170 sitting in there.
I'm still shaking my head.
#1077 of 1124 Re: I passed on the Mustang.. [isellhondas]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 10, 2013 (7:31 am)
I saw a much better '65 Mustang 6 sell for $3000 a few weeks ago. It was all original, all there, unmolested and running. Soap and water, a few stitches here and there, some rattle cans for the engine bay, a power wash underneath and a cheapo paint job was all it really needed.
#1078 of 1124 Re: I passed on the Mustang.. [MrShift@Edmunds]
Oct 10, 2013 (7:51 am)
That's why I'm thinking that solo 2200.00 bid was from a shill to throw some chum into the water.
But.. I could be wrong!
#1079 of 1124 Re: I passed on the Mustang.. [isellhondas]
Oct 10, 2013 (8:35 am)
But its not a solo bid. That's the high from 2 bidders. In other words, the other guy had to bid $2100 max.
could it be 2 shills? Sure. But if you are going to bother, just set the opening bid at $2k and be done with it. But people do weird things, right?