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  • Steal a Convertible!

    If I could I'd be buying instead of posting it:

    http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/ctd/2268685291.html
    Proud NON-CASO

    I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of honor...it is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

    If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth—let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    Ephesians 6:10-17
    Romans 15:13
    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Proverbs 28:1

    Illegitimi non carborundum

  • #2
    By the time one has this car driving & made presentable,you would have at least $30=40k into it & I'm sure you could buy one done for that kind of $$$.Older & wiser now than I was several thousand dollars & years ago.

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    • #3
      I bought a basket case 1960 convert in 2003. Got it for a song. I put about $16000.00 into it. Even put in Air Condition to make my wife happy. The car won Best of Division at the 2006 Pacific Southwest Zone Meet. Of course I did all my own work. It can be done.
      Fred

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      • #4
        Where is said car now?

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        • #5
          are you suggesting a crime to be planned? I'll meet you there at midnight, bring an extra black mask.

          well, I know you're not. I am joking.
          But yes, there is quite a bit of work to be done on this bullet nose convert, and could be a good deal for someone looking for this particular car. But it's never a deal unless you do the labor yourself as I am learning the hard way with the 60 lark convert I bought last year. Several things happened that were not planned in a supposedly well running car (engine rebuild, tranny rebuild).
          Solid car from midwest? don't hear that too often, especially since it appears to be stored outside.
          Last edited by gohdes; 03-18-2011, 02:28 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kmul221 View Post
            By the time one has this car driving & made presentable,you would have at least $30=40k into it & I'm sure you could buy one done for that kind of $$$.Older & wiser now than I was several thousand dollars & years ago.
            Can't disagree. But you're overlooking a couple important points:

            1. Many folks these days don't have 30-40, or even $20K to spend on a toy; yet they still want what they want. For them, the only way to do it is to put a little money down to buy one needing restoring, then fix or buy a piece at a time, as money allows.

            2. I cannot tell you the number of times I've seen this happen: Guy wants a certain car, shops for a nice one already done, pays premium money, then finds out the car is actually a bondoed-over piece of junk. So instead of spending $3-5K on an unrestored and $30 to restore it, he spent $20K on a cobjob and $30 to tear it down and do it right. It really happens! (See gohdes' post just above this one). I have a friend that bought a "restored" split-window Vette for $50K two years ago, which currently is getting engine/trans. overhaul and new, correct interior. Makes me cringe.

            3. There are some for whom the quest is the fun of the hobby. They love the hands-on work, learning the details, and scouring the planet for every last odd and end. When they get it finished, they lose all interest. I have a friend with buildings full of restored cars he rarely drives, because working on the next one rings his bell more than using them. What a beautiful collection he has though!

            4. Some want a certain car, but they want it their way- their colors, their style, their running gear, etc. Buying a finished car only to be unhappy and changing everything will not do for them.

            So yes, by the numbers you are right on. But there's a lot more to consider. If I could I'd have already wired the money and made arrangements for Peg Trucking to pick it up. When it got here I'd look it over and only then decide if I wanted to go stock, custom, or somewhere in between. That's fun to me. I understand it may not be for everybody
            Proud NON-CASO

            I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of honor...it is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

            If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth—let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln

            GOD BLESS AMERICA

            Ephesians 6:10-17
            Romans 15:13
            Deuteronomy 31:6
            Proverbs 28:1

            Illegitimi non carborundum

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            • #7
              The first mistake your friend made was to buy a Corvette for 50 grand. Hee hee

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              • #8
                " solid car from Mid West" ?????? Midwest as in USA?? rust belt car.
                Oglesby,Il.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by E. Davis View Post
                  The first mistake your friend made was to buy a Corvette for 50 grand. Hee hee

                  That's what I told him <G> When this round of stuff is done he'll be at about $10K in repairs on this "perfectly restored car" I hate to think of what might be next...
                  Proud NON-CASO

                  I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of honor...it is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

                  If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth—let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln

                  GOD BLESS AMERICA

                  Ephesians 6:10-17
                  Romans 15:13
                  Deuteronomy 31:6
                  Proverbs 28:1

                  Illegitimi non carborundum

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 52hawk View Post
                    " solid car from Mid West" ?????? Midwest as in USA?? rust belt car.
                    Where the car now resides means little. It could go either way. I purchased a 1960 Lark with A/C in Cleveland, Ohio. The car was brought up to Cleveland from Texas and never driven in Cleveland. I recently considered an Avanti in the desert part of California. In checking the history on the Avanti, I found that it spent its entire life, up to this Winter, in Georgia. I did not buy this one. I figured that there was some reason that the torque boxes were not mentioned or pictured.
                    Gary L.
                    Wappinger, NY

                    SDC member since 1968
                    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by studegary View Post
                      Where the car now resides means little. It could go either way. I purchased a 1960 Lark with A/C in Cleveland, Ohio. The car was brought up to Cleveland from Texas and never driven in Cleveland.
                      Couldn't be more true. I've had mine here from Arizona since 1997. Since I got it running, I haven't even been caught in the rain with it once to crud up the underneath work, let alone allow for any rust. It will happen on a long trip some day, but so far it's been kept solid, dry and clean, amazingly. I drive it from April to November, though. It doesn't sit much.

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                      • #12
                        It's on ebay now,

                        http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/300537378219
                        JDP Maryland

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by studegary View Post
                          Where the car now resides means little. It could go either way.
                          True: Local SDCer Howe Clark and his partner, Joe Neuman, had a fledging restoration shop here in Brownsburg maybe 15 years ago.

                          Somewhere they got a hold of a 1964 Hawk that had been delivered new in Dallas TX. It had even been fitted with aftermarket air conditioning, thus confirming its [probable] life in that hot, dry climate.

                          But the car had migrated north early enough in life that it was rusted beyond salvation and was parted out! Yes, I saw the car and had to admit, it was a parts donor. They were wise to have parted it and baled the balance. 'Don't know when I had seen such a rusty Gran Turismo Hawk. BP
                          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                          Ayn Rand:
                          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JDP View Post
                            So much for the $3500 deal on CL. Snooze you lose.

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                            • #15
                              That's what I thought. Wonder if the owner saw my comments and reconsidered the $3500?

                              Will be interesting to see how high it gets.
                              Proud NON-CASO

                              I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of honor...it is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

                              If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth—let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln

                              GOD BLESS AMERICA

                              Ephesians 6:10-17
                              Romans 15:13
                              Deuteronomy 31:6
                              Proverbs 28:1

                              Illegitimi non carborundum

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