Blake Noble

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http://eastky.craigs...1491820220.html

Hmmm ... depending on what the seller means by "needs interior redone" ...

At $1800, I think it needs interior everything.

Still, it looks like a great deal... take a magnet with you.

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At $1800, I think it needs interior everything.

Hopefully it's about in the same shape as the Regal.

Still, it looks like a great deal... take a magnet with you.

One step ahead of you on that one.

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If it's solid...dammit man...I think I'd be $1800 poorer.

So I'm assuming the interior gets redone in Pink in a Barbie theme when you finish the resto...

Chris

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I'm going to call the seller and see if he still has it. If so, I'm going to check it out tomorrow and take it from there.

So I'm assuming the interior gets redone in Pink in a Barbie theme when you finish the resto...

Gotta have something to match that bikini -- wait ...

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That car looks really decent!

Told you to have patience! :neenerneener:

I guess when impatient people give up on something they really want, good things happen. :P

I contacted the seller and he still has the car. When he repainted it, he also did the necessary rust repair (fingers crossed it isn't all Bondo). He did say that the interior needed just about everything but a lot of it could be reused, like the seats.

I'll either trade the Buick to it or just take a small personal loan out and use the Buick as collateral. I'm sure the Buick is worth $1,800 and I won't have much of a problem paying the loan off early.

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Keep us posted with lots of pics!

Chris

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Leaving in just a bit to check it out. Hopefully the seller is willing to hold the car until my loan is secured (should be Wednesday).

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I'm going to have to think about this one.

So where am I to start when it comes to listing everything that's wrong with or odd about this car? Let's see ...

  • The interior is trashed and the seat frames are just about the only thing I can possibly salvage.
  • The new paint wasn't exactly as great as the photos made it seem.
  • The rear cross member was turning into a big piece of Swiss cheese.
  • I'm not even 100 percent sure it was a Trans Am. I checked out the title and it was registered as a Firebird, leading me to think maybe it was a clone. That would be odd, though. It had all of the Trans Am-specific kit and a 403 ... base Firebirds didn't have 403s. I think Formula models did, however. Perhaps that was what the car originally was?
  • The car was originally Lucerne Blue with a blue interior.
  • The T-Tops were out of either a Z/28 or a '77 - '78 W72 Trans Am. I couldn't exactly tell.
  • Trans Ams had power windows. This car had crank windows. Maybe it was converted?

On the brightside the 403 ran great and held oil pressure at 40psi. The seller also repaired all of the body panels and floor pans with metal. He just didn't touch that rear crossmember.

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Hence my suggestion that you keep the Buick and save cash for a 'bird. It's the only way to get a better car. Right now, I am going to pay off my Miata before I buy another car, and I am going to get a cash downpayment.

But I am going to buy a $24,000 car...

Chris

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http://lexington.craigslist.org/cto/1455983855.html

This is $700 fat ones extra, but at least I can guarantee that I tell the interior is far more intact than the $1800 dollar special from that tiny thumbnail. I e-mailed the seller, I just hope he still has it. If it's still around, I'm going to check it out Monday evening. It smacks the roof of how much money I can secure to spend, but like Dodgefan said, you get what you pay for. If $700 extra will bring a T/A with a better interior ... well, it's a no-brainer.

EDIT: It seems this car also has crank windows ... maybe power windows were optional and were only standard on W72 cars? I'll have to look into it.

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Why not save cash and spend $6,000-$10,000 and buy a really nice car?

The $1700 car will take $10,000 by the time you go through it.

Wait for a second gen T/A until your in just the right position to buy just the right car.

Just my two cents!

Chris

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  • The interior is trashed and the seat frames are just about the only thing I can possibly salvage.
  • The new paint wasn't exactly as great as the photos made it seem.
  • The rear cross member was turning into a big piece of Swiss cheese.
  • I'm not even 100 percent sure it was a Trans Am. I checked out the title and it was registered as a Firebird, leading me to think maybe it was a clone. That would be odd, though. It had all of the Trans Am-specific kit and a 403 ... base Firebirds didn't have 403s. I think Formula models did, however. Perhaps that was what the car originally was?
  • The car was originally Lucerne Blue with a blue interior.
  • The T-Tops were out of either a Z/28 or a '77 - '78 W72 Trans Am. I couldn't exactly tell.
  • Trans Ams had power windows. This car had crank windows. Maybe it was converted?

I figured the interior was gone for that price... but most parts are available.

If it is a TA, it should have a VIN that starts 2FW87. I could see the state mislabelling it a Firebird, as they officially are "Firebird Trans Am"s. A 'K' would denote the 403. I didn't see anyhing in the Standard Catalog that power windows were standard on the TA. Of course, in this case, I would say this car might have had a door swap, rather than being converted to manual windows.

Shame. Probably still a deal, but a lot of work.

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I think the T/A in Smokey & The Bandit had roll-ups.

But seriously, I really want a 77 TA too.

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I think the T/A in Smokey & The Bandit had roll-ups.

I've watched that damn movie enough to just about know what color underwear the cast had on. Sad, I know. The S&B T/A used for interior shots had power windows.

But seriously, I really want a 77 TA too.

As much as I do? :smilewide:

I figured the interior was gone for that price... but most parts are available.

If it is a TA, it should have a VIN that starts 2FW87. I could see the state mislabelling it a Firebird, as they officially are "Firebird Trans Am"s. A 'K' would denote the 403. I didn't see anyhing in the Standard Catalog that power windows were standard on the TA. Of course, in this case, I would say this car might have had a door swap, rather than being converted to manual windows.

Shame. Probably still a deal, but a lot of work.

The state mislabeling the car could be another possibility, yes.

I don't think the car had a door swap. The console was the original console and there wasn't an empty hole for the power window switches.

I've located an entire interior for sale for that particular Trans Am, should I decide to buy it. Depending on if the guy still has it and what his asking price is, maybe that $1800 T/A with the Swiss cheese rear cross member could still have hope. I'll give it a through re-checking before I slap the cash down.

I'm still going to check out the T/A in Georgetown, though.

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Why not save cash and spend $6,000-$10,000 and buy a really nice car?

The $1700 car will take $10,000 by the time you go through it.

Wait for a second gen T/A until your in just the right position to buy just the right car.

Just my two cents!

Chris

Perhaps if I luck-out this round I'll take that approach.

However, I would prefer if there would be some work left to do to the car. I have a far stronger emotional connection to the Cutlass than I do the Regal because of how much time and money I put into it. I don't have anything really invested into the Regal aside from a cheap engine, a few random interior bits, a handful of curse words, and a few hours working on the engine swap (which I had help with). In all honesty, as much as I like the Regal, if someone walked up to me and offered the right cash price for the Regal, I'd sell it on the spot. The Cutlass I wouldn't sell if I was dying of cancer and had to pay for chemo. That sort of connection is an important thing to me. So you can imagine I would want that sort of deal with the T/A.

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I can respect that, I felt the same way about my 71 Chevelle.

However, I waited until I found "just the right car" a car that had been owned by an elderly couple from Iowa and had been taken care of with no real rust, etc.

Love that you love the TA so much...it is one of my fav. cars!

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I'm going to make a $2500 offer on this if I check it out tomorrow. This has been for sale for about a year now, so hopefully the seller isn't firm on the price anymore. It's also a bit of an odd ball as far as T/As go; it's a WS6 Trans Am with a 6.6L delete option, basically. According to a few websites, about 8,605 L37 '79 Trans Ams were built and who knows what small fraction of those cars had the WS6 package like this one. I've only found another car similar to it, but on a website and never in person.

It would be something else if this car was a 301-powered (L37) '79 Trans Am SE. They built just 573 cars optioned like that. Again, I've only seen one on the internet and it was for sale.

If I buy it, I know where I can buy a '79 model 403 for an engine swap for $150 bucks. Alternatively I could perhaps turbocharge the 301, but for a substantially higher cost. It all depends on if the seller will let the car go for a much cheaper asking price, if I buy the car, and if I want to keep the car all original once I have it.

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I like the blue car you just posted better than most of the stuff you posted so far.

Sweet!

Chris

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I'm going to check it out after my eye exam.

If that car doesn't pan out, I've located a '78 through TAC that's in need of rust repair (there's rust on just about every body panel). However, it's a numbers-matching car with a Pontiac 400, 80 percent of the interior is salvageable, the car has been prepped for storage, so measures have been taken to stop the rust from progressing further, and it runs and drives. Asking price is $1,995. I'll post a few pics for you guys to crawl over later.

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