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Username Post: Looking at some of the undesirable years        (Topic#366412)
70Nova 
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Loc: Needles, CA
Reg: 08-28-03
09-15-21 01:06 PM - Post#2827145    

It`s been a dozen years since I`ve had my Nova, or any classic. Was watching an episode of Fantomworks where a 1977 model was restored and thought maybe this could be my reentry vehicle. Prices on the '77-'80 models are very reasonable. Ya, I know they`re slugs, and we have to get them emission certified here in CA too, so no major modifications. Prices for those with under 50,000 miles I`ve seen are in the $14,000-$25,000 range. Would only consider a rust free desert vehicle, 4 speed preferred. What`s your take on these? What would you pay max for a nice one? I`m looking to keep it under $20,000.



 


Mercedes 
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09-15-21 02:40 PM - Post#2827152    
    In response to 70Nova

The lower the mileage, the better overall condition. Keep in mind that you are dealing with a 40+ year old car and no matter how it was cared for, it will need work. The cars were not designed to last this long so just be prepared for lots of repairs not matter how nice it looks.



 
Mel Foye 
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09-16-21 05:29 PM - Post#2827226    
    In response to 70Nova

You are willing to spend a good size amount of cash on a ---undesirable slug of a car? Note those are your words so lets get to the basics.

What times would you like in the quarter. Just drive around or long trips. Be in car shows. How much can you do yourself. What generations are you open to. With your available cash I would skip looking at C1 and 2s. Would be nice to have something that adds to your life. Any Vette clubs out your way?



 
70Nova 
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Loc: Needles, CA
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09-18-21 09:15 AM - Post#2827310    
    In response to Mel Foye

Hi Mel. Just looking for something to occasionally cruise around in, couldn't care less how fast it is. That year range is my preference, combination of the looks and reasonable prices. I wrench on all of my cars including engine swaps, so a fixer wouldn't be an issue. High mileage, any rust, or body damage would be a deal breaker. Mechanical work needed is ok. I'm not looking for an investment, nor a 100 point show car. I'm just clueless as to what a fair price would be, been out of the game for a long time. Here are two scenarios.
1)Low miles, good paint and interior,no major work needed-what's a fair max?
2)Low miles, good paint and interior, but needs an engine, clutch, brake work etc?
Have a great day!



 
70Nova 
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Loc: Needles, CA
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09-18-21 01:49 PM - Post#2827323    
    In response to Mercedes

Thank you. Good advice.



 
Sting Ray 
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09-20-21 10:48 AM - Post#2827489    
    In response to 70Nova

The current issue of the NCRS Driveline #261 has some candidates. Examples: 1974 coupe, L82, 4-speed, loaded with options, 23K mile survivor for $20,900. 1981, auto, 21,220 miles for $12,000. 1982 Collector Edition, auto, unrestored for $15,900.

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Mel Foye 
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09-23-21 09:37 PM - Post#2827846    
    In response to 70Nova

Can't really give you a $$$ figure but will throw in my thinking. No matter the low mileage it is still old. Seats may look good but fabrics still have a limited life. We have a one owner 93 Vette and my seat got cracks so I traded with pass side which looked in real good shape but in a short time it looked real bad. Only 45 miles in last three years so not a lot of recent miles but the years add up.
If buying an old car I lean toward low buy in and spend the money replacing items with new and just what I want.



 


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