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#1 forthlin

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:18 AM

These two cars are setting outside of a junkyard the next town over. I've lived in this area going on 30 years & they were there when I moved here. :(

 

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#2 midnightprowler

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:21 AM

Sad. The owner is probably "going to restore them" someday.:(

#3 Miatatom

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:32 AM

That's what they always say, "I'm going to restore them one day". If they do say anything about selling them, it's always for some exorbitant price.



#4 slusher

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:33 AM

See it all the time.So sad..



#5 Eshaver

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:35 AM

If I had a penney for ever time I heard this LAME- O excuse , heck I'd own a Meusuiem fer old cars !!!!!!!!!!! 



#6 MachinistMark

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:45 AM

show me the car in that picture worth restoring??? I see a more-door and a Datsun...



#7 Ramfins59

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:58 AM

So what's wrong with "more doors".."  They're still cool old cars, and 2 door cars are getting even harder to find now.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 01:07 PM

Nothing wrong with Datsun's either



#9 martinfan5

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 01:10 PM

Nothing wrong with Datsun's either

Agreed,  not a big fan of the Z, but I would still say its somewhat worth it to restore it



#10 Art Anderson

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 01:32 PM

These two cars are setting outside of a junkyard the next town over. I've lived in this area going on 30 years & they were there when I moved here. :(

 

Two cars that more than likely would cost more to restore than they would ever be worth completely restored, unfortunately.

 

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 01:40 PM

Many times, cars are restored because of nostalgia, family memories...what ever. The truth is Art, is that no car is really going to recoup it's restoration cost unless it's a Hemi Cuda convertible or some such rare car. 



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:06 PM

Many times, cars are restored because of nostalgia, family memories...what ever. The truth is Art, is that no car is really going to recoup it's restoration cost unless it's a Hemi Cuda convertible or some such rare car. 

For a car to be economically viable (meaning one could sell it for enough to at least cover the cost of restoration) it would at least need to have a very sound body, with little if any real rust on it.  If there is rust, and there are no patch panels available, the cost will go way, way up.  In the case of that Olds in the picture at the start of this thread, the only way one would get usable replacement sheet metal panels (quite possibly rocker panels are available, given that there were convertibles and hardtops produced that used the same rockers--pretty typical of the Big Three for decades) would be to find them as rust free sheetmetal from one of the specialty yards in the dry western states.  Still though, the costs run up, even with reusing existing sheetmetal, even modern-made patch panels. It would be no different with the Datsun in that picture, probably even worse, given that import cars back in those days were far more prone to rusting out than most any US car.

 

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:46 AM

If you do the work yourself, and are smart about your initial investment ie. A popular, but not too popular 2 door car with minimal rust, you can easily recoup your investment or even turn a tidy profit. When the time comes to part with my trans am I will have no trouble at all making a profit and will likely even double my money. Including the costs it took to paint the car.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:53 AM

I always loved the 240Z.  IMHO a very iconic sports car.  It definitely was in a class of its own.  Nothing was like this in 1870.  All the rest like the RX7 and the likes were born of the 240Z.  I'd love to own one someday.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:58 AM

show me the car in that picture worth restoring??? I see a more-door and a Datsun...

 

Sauron is watching you from "More-door"

 

Hobbits'z likes them cars.  B)



#16 george 53

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:43 AM

Did they HAVE cars in 1870? :D  ;)  ^_^ ( jus Kiddin!)



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:55 AM

A restored 240z went for $40000 in Australia. We get ripped off for car prices. My Subaru BRZ cost $39585 drive away. In America I saw the price on the net $27000. Nissan Gtr R35 $180000 Australian. Our prices are so marked up even before taxes. So I guess my point is that 240z would be well and truly worth restoring in my neck of the woods. Cheers fellas


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:12 AM

So what's wrong with "more doors".."  They're still cool old cars, and 2 door cars are getting even harder to find now.

For the most part, 4 door cars are best for parts cars. Just cause they are old, don't mean they are cool. Cause in the end, it's still a four door.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:06 AM

show me the car in that picture worth restoring??? I see a more-door and a Datsun...

I see you have poured a small mint into your 1:1 over the last year. A car i would never spend a dime on. Now that z, well, i would do the same to of you did on your car.
So basically, it is up to the beholder on what they would love to restore.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:34 AM

Small mint? I'm into the ta for about 3500 bucks...