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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 06:40 PM
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price + 15 + risk = 70

The perceived risk factor is going to remain very high among buyers because you can't make a car shiny without painting it. I need to inspect the parts and see which ones dry rotted during 17 years of attic.

Another question is whether or not ebay parts prices are realistic. I have just over $20K in new parts in 1990-1994 dollars. The parts currently listed on ebay are 2-3 times more than what I paid.
Another option may be to finish it and then try to sell it. A turnkey car will always have a much wider audience than a project, and since you already have all the parts, perhaps that might be a better course of action.

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The other thing to consider is what has deteriorated in that 17 years - has rust or dried out seals afected the mechanicals that were fixed up so long ago? What has siezed due to sitting?
Your best bet may be to sell off the parts individually as a person hunting for a specific part will usually pay a bit more to get the right bit. But not many want a totally unfinished project with uncertainty over the condition of many of the bits. I am no expert but I can't see you getting your 70 - even if everything was still in as-new condition.
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Here is one that is also a project.

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lol. that car is beyond rough. it looks like the floorboard is rusted through. I can't imagine that it would be worth restoring a car once it gets that far gone.

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Just post/ask on sl113.org

There's folks there who might know what a pile of 113 parts and a semi-whole car are worth.

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lol. that car is beyond rough. it looks like the floorboard is rusted through. I can't imagine that it would be worth restoring a car once it gets that far gone.
Floorboards can be replaced relatively easily, it's not that big a deal, if the car is otherwise worth it. Everything is a cost/benefit analysis, just like what someone will have to go through when looking at your car.

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Floorboards can be replaced relatively easily, it's not that big a deal, if the car is otherwise worth it. Everything is a cost/benefit analysis, just like what someone will have to go through when looking at your car.

when the floorboards have cancer the rest of the car is usually not healthy.
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when the floorboards have cancer the rest of the car is usually not healthy.
Certainly possible.

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