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Old 03-21-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Thumb of Michigan
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..need advice!

It's a sports two door with the thunderbird vinyl roof, bucket seats and console, with straight six.

He's asking 2,200.00 for it.

It needs some metal work on the rear quater panels, trunk and where the springs connect to the unibody in the rear.

Need advice...
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Lot's of good info on those. MACs is the place to get parts: Parts for 1960-70 Ford Falcon & Mercury Comet at MACs Antique Auto Parts

Their catalog is invaluable. The cars are quite simple and much of the underside is shared with the early Mustangs, so there are upgrades, as well as being able to find rust repair bits like you'll need. I've had a couple of these.

This was my '62 daily driver:





my '61 when I got it back in '07:



And after:

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Old 03-21-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Thumb of Michigan
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Thanks!....do you think it's worth the price the guy is asking? How much do those go for restored to
"original"?


Just wondering....
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:08 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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..need advice!

It's a sports two door with the thunderbird vinyl roof, bucket seats and console, with straight six.

He's asking 2,200.00 for it.

It needs some metal work on the rear quater panels, trunk and where the springs connect to the unibody in the rear.

Need advice...
This is one of those cars that could possible cost you more money to restore than you could ever get back.
I had a 63 Falcon with a 260 and a 4 speed (out of a Mustang) about 40 years ago so I do like them but they are not Mustangs as far as collect-ability.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I have been watching them on ebay for a few months. $2200 seems a bit high with the body work needed. The shock mounts could be expensive to repair correctly.

My buddy that owned a garage always said he preferred to purchase cars needing engine work than body work.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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I have been watching them on ebay for a few months. $2200 seems a bit high with the body work needed. The shock mounts could be expensive to repair correctly.
I'd have to see the rest of it, as it could just be bubbling but with a decent interior (like those sport buckets). A well restored 2 door Falcon will not bring Mustang money, but it could still be worth $4-5k in clean daily driver shape (and as most classics, worth more as you own it). Unless you're trying to restore it to concours winning, as-it-sat-in-the-showroom new condition, you won't have to spend that much money to restore it and make it fully useable. I had a total of $700 into the '62 above, and $2k into the '61.

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My buddy that owned a garage always said he preferred to purchase cars needing engine work than body work.
And I owned a body shop. I'd rather have a car that needed bodywork and rust repair than one that doesn't run right. Like this:

'81 Fiat 2000 Spyder
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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depending on how much body work and rust repair is needed, $2200 is not a bad price, but i think you can talk him down a bit. if you like the car, and are willing to put some money into it, then i say offer the guy $1700 cash for the car. the engine is tough as nails, you practically need a nuclear warhead to kill one, and the early falcons are growing in popularity. check out these sites for more information;

Ford Six Performance Home/Index (i am a moderator in the forums there)
Classic Inlines Performance Parts - Home mike sells a lot of performance parts for the small ford six, including an aluminum head that is based on the aussie 250 2v head.
The Ford Falcon NewsTFFN) Classic Ford Falcon, Econoline And Mercury Comet site a forum just for falcons.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Check the metal under the vinyl roof.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Dang that looks nice !!
Add a Nardi steering wheel and you are all set !!!
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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Just remmeber thatwith the cost once resotred it will not be as valuable as other mroe deireable vehicles retored.If its just for you;have at it.
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