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What is this thing worth?



  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,623
    If it wasn't for cold feet, I'd be dead broke.. ;-)

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,510
    2bbl V8 - why would they go to all that trouble for the base V8...?? I bet a nice high performance 4 bbl would be worth more, even if non-stock.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    Yeah, me too!
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    One reason for the 2-barrel is that back in the day, at least, the 2-barrel 289 was designed to run on regular gas whereas the 4-barrel required premium. Don't know whether that difference exists with today's gasoline.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,146
    where is this located again?


    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    They made three different versions of the 289 that year.

    The standard one had a 2 BBL. You could get a 4BBL with I think 225 H.P.

    The hot one was the high performance version with 271 HP. Mated to a four speed, that 271 was no car to mess with. I watched one whip a GTO once.

    The vast majority had the 2BBL and they weren't slouches either!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    The Mustang is in Issaquah WA about 15 miles east of Seattle.

    Me too!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,146
    ah, way too far.

    don't know if that's good or bad. probably good.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    A lot of shipping companies will be happy to pick it up along with all of the parts and ship it to you.

    Or you could fly out, haul everything to a shop and in a month or so, you could drive it home!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,146
    i'm left wondering what a shop would charge. I mean, if you had $10k sitting around doing nothing and could just write a check and sell the car in the end for a profit.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    I thought about that.

    We have a local shop called Bel-Kirk Mustang that will install the engine for around 1000.00. I figured another grand for misc. stuff and another grand to overhaul the transmission. That's 7000.00.

    Mustangs are bringing crazy money lately so I don't think a person could lose.

    But...I've thought wrong before!
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,510
    "and sell the car in the end for a profit. "

    I'd be surprised if you could pay a shop to do that and come out much ahead, given the unknowns with the engine and tranny. Sure, best case it all goes together fine, and you're money ahead. But I put the odds on that at about 10%.

    If the majority of those 'Wheeler Dealer' cars clear maybe 10%, only including parts costs, no labor, then paying a shop would be a major gamble.

    And wouldn't other folks have looked at it? If it was such an obvious money maker why's it still there?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,146
    I was under the impression that it wasn't officially for sale and isell knew somebody who knew somebody.

    i could be wrong.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • 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.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    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.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    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.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,146
    edited October 2013
    Are you SURE you don't want to buy that car for $4k??

    That thing is already at $2200 in just 2 bids. And that's a 6-cyl car.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    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.

  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    Does it strike anyone else that there are no pictures of the engine?

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    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.
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