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Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"



  • Wow, funny how a picture can bring back a rush of childhood memories, thanks for that. I remember many a Saturday afternoon washing that thing. As a little kid next to such a big car, I felt like I was cleaning a battleship.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,119
    edited February 2013
    It doesn't sound as though it would be worth buying it for its utility, since you could rent a truck for the occasional times you need to haul something to the dump, etc. If you would enjoy owning it, or see profit potential in restoring it, or just bringing it back to life, then it could well be worth the investment.
  • Yeah, it would be kind of a hobby car. I have no interest whatsoever in an authentic or correct restoration, but I wouldn't chop anything or discard anything original on it. Maybe I'll just drive it through a Starbuck's some night on my way to the nursing home. :P
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    I always thought GMC's were good looking trucks back in that era. Even though trucks were viewed as mainly utilitarian things back then, with very little prestige, I always thought the GMC looked like a nice step up from a Chevy.

    When I was a kid, one of my grandparents' neighbors had a '53 GMC, but it was a fairly large, medium duty truck. By the time I can remember it, it was junk. Just a cab and chassis, with the rear axle pulled off so the rear of it was resting on the ground. It might have been a flatbed truck or something similar at one time, but whatever bed it had was stripped off.

    I used to like sitting up in it as a little kid and playing truck driver.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,119
    edited February 2013
    Well, if that's the ride that turns you on for transportation to the nursing home, by all means go for it. Just go light on the caffeine at Starbucks, though.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    edited February 2013
    Project car fintail brought surprising bids, given the condition

    Irks me that the dash pad looks great, where mine is cracked :mad:
  • Seems like about $1000 over market for the condition but being an SE, and kept original, and an automatic, and with zero rust (if that is to be believed) then I can see this bid being "reasonable".

    Any good restoration is off to a great start if the project has "good bones". If you don't have "good bones" on which to build, you got all kinda problems facing you.

    I could make that car look 2X as good in a week with soap, water, some varnish, upholstery cleaner and new carpets via UPS.

    The seats are problematic, but that's the next stage.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    Yeah, a 100% rust free fintail, I'd like to see that. Maybe if the dents could be popped out, it would be less hard on the eyes.

    Sometimes bones don't matter too much when you're going to sink 40K into something and get 15K back, as this car could manage.
  • I was thinking more of a "sympathetic restoration" as we call it in the appraisal biz---that is, body filler, steam clean under and in engine bay, cheap paint job, safety check and incorrect re-upholstering. We also call these a "30-30 car" ---From 30 feet away at 30 mph, nobody would know. :P
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    Or just buy one already like that for 5-6K - unless fintails have started taking off in value (fingers crossed).
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    re: the "6.9" - no badge on the trunk, is he sure?

    And I like that E cab, remember them being $$$$ when new.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    edited February 2013
    I have some doubts about the "6.9". It also appears to have a Euro cloth (?) seat. No engine pics. Doesn't look like a grey market car as it has DOT bumpers/lights and a NA style HVAC unit. Could be debadged, or just a goofball who thinks every 450 is a 6.9. It's a hopeless mess either way.

    The 124 cabrios were around 80K, IIRC - in early 90s dollars.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    I love and hate the color. If I had one, would definitely have to be period correct like this

    Hmmm, that make me nostalgic. I changed many a diaper that looked like that car. :P

    That Pontiac ambulance.... WTF?! "Runs" Yeah, I bet. Was he talking about the car or potential buyers?

    I love that SR22 pickup. I wonder if those are current photos - they look like they were scanned from hard copies, and the truck looks practically new in them. If that's what it looks like today then its not a bad price, honestly.

    Overall, you have some real freak shows in western Washington, fin!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    I saw an S-10 Blazer today that probably matched some diapers you've seen, too :shades:

    The Toyota appears to have a relatively modern stereo head unit, so the pics shouldn't be too old.

    Now if it was just something like this...

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    funny, but when I saw the link, this is exactly what I thought of.

    throw it in reverse and pop the clutch!!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,409
    edited February 2013
    Sorry, I don't get the reference.
    Is the black 4x4 from a TV series...?
    A movie?
    Enlighten the culturally challenged, please!

    EDIT: Back to the future. Never mind.
    The Googles, they know.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,023
    Looks like the truck from Back to the Future.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    edited February 2013
    '79 Mercedes 6.9 --- "hey kids, count up the number of mistakes in this ad!" :P

    PS: The first mass-produced EFI car was the '68 Volkswagon square back.

    '84 Cadillac Eldo -- "Will trade for gold ....guns.... Or pot." (That about says it all, doesn't it?)

    50 Pontiac Ambulance -- somebody put in an extra "0" on the price.

    85 Toyo 4X4 --it's nice but not THAT nice. You can buy a pretty nice, very modern, used pickup for $7500.

    '71 Buick "El Grande" ---"only 16 produced!" (And we all know why, too) :P

    '77 Blazer Chalet---Aw, we didn't get to see the avocado & mustard interior and orange shag carpeting and the floral seat patterns, with fake walnut appliance trim, aluminum sliding windows and compressed foul-smelling foam padding.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    I like that '65 Bonneville limo, just for the weird factor. I wonder why anyone would go through that much effort, though? I have a feeling that, being custom-built like that, it was probably more expensive than the factory-built Caddy Fleetwood 75 limo!

    And yet, it still has crank windows. That must have been a real selling feature for a limo back then.
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