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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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what should I offer for this rust bucket 65 SS

I want this car just because it is exactly like one I had i high school. I would probably do a frame off and look for another more solid body.

question is, what should I offer, or not..? The '65 I rebuilt back in high school was about in this condition so I know what could be involved.

The good:
Its a '65 SS 327
never been modified in any way.
most emblems are present
fairly complete car
automatic shifter is present
probably has a title
interior is mostly complete
trunk pan is OK
will probably roll
frame is OK
body is straight other than 1 door and hood


the bad:
console is missing
needs all 4 quarters replaced if I choose to keep the body
needs entire floor pan
needs a hood
no power train present
is a rust bucket




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When I look at something like that I sometimes ask myself "what does this car even offer as value?".

I think a lot of people would replace emblems, maybe taillights, of course the sheet-metal stuff...the interior bits too.

So, is the only value here in the frame, dash & cluster and the glass? Maybe grill/headlights? That's not much.
I presume the bumpers need re-chromed.

I'm not in the 65/66 parts business like others, but I did start with a rust-bucket. I was fortunate (?) enough to only have to do several patches in the trunk and floorpans on mine. (aside from extensive bodywork needed)


To me, that car only seems like a $250-$500 car.

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I have seen worse. Some would use those parts to fix their projects.

Not all SS cars had a console, it was an option added to the SS package (bucket seats).

Missing a power train is a plus. Work on body first. Once you have removed all rust and have it in build coat primer then buy a crate engine and crate transmission to get it back on the road (don't forget to clean and seal or replace the gas tank first).

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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A good driver 65 SS is worth about $15k. So it's not much value there for the work and investment to get it driving.

But They aren't making anymore of them, and they are cool as heck!

Thanks for the input. I was thinking along the same lines, around $500 because I know the bucket seats alone are worth that in the shape they are in.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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I think this one did have a console just by looking at the shifter and carpet. But in its condition who knows what was there.. But back on my first '65 I couldn't find or afford a console (before Google) and it was just fine without one.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 03:15 PM
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If you are planning on restoring it, pass it up, not worth the trouble. You will spend $25-30k and end up with a $10k car.
You are better off spending a little more and finding something that will give you a better start.
If you want it as a part car, I agree with $250-500 cause there is not much there. JMO.
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Myself, I would buy it as a parts car and if it's restore-able that would be something to be determined once I had it home. Probably would go as much as $500, once thoroughly checked it over.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Today, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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I might offer him $400 and see what happens. If nothing else I know the frame is good and it is a 65 Ss with some valuable parts.

Question about that. If I found a better body to use later on, could I legally use the title and cowl tag,etc with a different body using this frame? Or is that frowned upon?
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Negative Ghost Rider, that pattern is full. (unless you want a pair of shiny bracelets)

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Today, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Oh wow, there's even a name for it! I didn't even consider it would be that big of a deal. I look at the body as basically a huge piece of sheet metal to put on my frame.. Otherwise most of the body metal would be coming from Goodmark, or whoever makes replacement panels for this car.. Guess I learned something new.
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Right, legally the Cowl that the Tag is attached to, is the car.

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