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post #41 of 46 (permalink) Old 01-29-2018, 02:45 PM
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That it is an early example makes for increased values. This example has all the cool bits, like headlight, bumper, banana light, Nardi and matching numbers. If you clean them up and sell, you could pocket $2500.

The body can be rebuilt. The engine can be rebuilt. The interior can be re-done. I would market the car to somebody who will take it to Classic Center and get rebuilt. Scrap metal value is nil to $200. Investing five figures would return $40k. Classic center probably would charge $70k once made pretty. Concours edition for this would be Cinderella slipper type thing. It is a perfect project for somebody.

Salvage yards no longer hold onto cars for much beyond seven weeks. Scrap value is nothing, so sellers get about $100, and the car is either crushed or PnP yard will give it a month or so to be stripped, then crush it. Trying to find a buyer for it in current condition, you might get $500-900. Some aficionado will invest the required cash (around $5k) to make it run and look ok. A real aficionado will dump $15k to bring it back to #2 condition.

Engine no run on early M117 wants cleaned fuel tank, fresh filters, new pump (nissan makes one) and hoses, fresh injectors, new plugs and wires, MAP replaced, Trigger points replaced, and dizzy with points and condenser. A fresh wire harness and EFI computer trouble shooting should have the bulk of any issues solved. Tossing some diesel (a wee shot) into each cylinder should lube things well enough to hand crank the engine while you replace the timing chain and tensioners. I would find a Djet genius to do the EFI work.

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post #42 of 46 (permalink) Old 01-29-2018, 05:59 PM
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Classic Center has no interest in working on 107s.
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It didn't sell for $1,900
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Another difference is the 107.43 Euro automatics used a 4 speed tranny while the US version used a 3 speed. I saw this on eBay and thought about bidding on it for the parts. But at $1,900 it didn't leave any meat on the bone. But if you're thinking about parting it out I'm looking for the headlights / wood interior and a friend wants the bumpers. I'm in Walnut Creek, so pretty close.
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Thanks guys! The car went out of state via CL...Funny thing is that I do part cars..but not these cars. I really didn't want to give myself a reason to start hunting down and parting 107's...I'm the addictive type who would end up with a backyard full of them ⁀⊙﹏☉⁀
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