Thought you guys would get a kick out of this development - just scroll to the bottom to see what I found.
I'm not in love with my coupe, even though I've done a complete restoration. I know a lot more now than when I started 6 years ago, and for the last 3 years, upgrading to a 69 fastback has been my goal since A - looks way better, and B - I already have 95% of the parts for no matter what kind of fastback I find out there.
I'm not looking to find one to flip, I want it to keep it. I almost daily my coupe to work, this would be no different except I would have a lot more pride in it.
For three years I haven't found a single fastback that wasn't less than $25k - making the frowned upon conversion kit more and more financially enticing (I've found a shop that would do the conversion (including the parts) and paint for $10k)
But then i got a hit on my craigslist alert - 69 fastback project, $7k with a decent shot of the exterior.
Looks like its just a shell from the one photo, but thats ok. thats all I need.
getting my wife on board was the most difficult part - but she agrees to go with me to check it out since she knows how long i've been looking for one. its a 2 hour drive away from us, and the seller barely responded to any of my questions ahead of time - but we go check it out.
album link -> Rustback - Album on Imgur
its an F code, and hes been slowly replacing the sheet metal, welding it all back together. he claimed to have all the parts except for the rear seat,
he did have a 302 and a C4 - but even the parts were in parts.
I dont think it would be worth $2k, let alone 7
Three years is a long time, how are you searching / using CL?
Try search tempest. It scans both CL, eBay and other sources for whatever you want.
Like CL, you type in what you're looking for, but you also pick the travel radius that you're looking for. Don't limit yourself to just your area, search Nationwide.
Find the car deal that you want, and ONLY THEN decide if it's too far for the car.
Suppose that you limit the Max that you'll travel to 500 miles, but the exact car that you want is 550 miles away? Guess what, you just missed Your car. Would you have travelled the extra 50 miles,....what about an extra 100 miles? Of course you'd drive the extra way.
FIND THE CAR FIRST, then decide if the drive is worth it.
We drove 15 hrs each way for my $300 67, complete hardtop shell.
We drove 2 hours each way for my $300 new Lincoln 180.
We drove 2 hours each way for my $500/600? new 80 gl compressor.
I'm always up for a road trip, plus my 13 yr old son was with me for all trips, so that made the trips even more enjoyable!
Search, have your $$ ready and be able to leave at a moments notice.
For the 15 hr shell we left home about 8:00 that night after work, drove straight through for 15 hrs, picked it up and headed part of the way back before I just just couldn't go any farther.
It'll remain one of the enjoyable times of my life, just me and my son. You may enjoy the read, it's in my build thread below.
Good luck and tell us what you find.
Ex-wife,....."You drove how far for that thing?"
Daughter,..."Theres no inside and it stinks."
Friend,......."Dude, thatís a rusted pile."
Son,.........."This old car is cool."
USMC Security Forces, Kamiseya Japan, 0311
Build Thread: http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vi...sted-pile.html