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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I dont think im crazy....

Just out of curiosity... i have a relatively solid 64 2 door sport coupe. Only rust is the usual body panels. I would like a convertible, but in South Dakota, finding a "relatively solid" convertible is a long shot at best. How stupid is it to get a not-so-solid vert and start switching things over? Would it be easier than making the vert solid again? Please tell me i'm not ready for the asylum, however i can deal with being a little nuts.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 08:30 AM
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I am not the one to be helping you as I love convertibles and currently own three so my advise would be biased.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 12:10 PM
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It has been done since the beginning of car history, it's called a donor or parts car except in your case you are looking for a car to donate your good parts. usually is the other way around.
Convertible will always be worth more than a hardtop.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 01:20 PM
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"Save yourself the work. Sell the 64, bank the cash, and shop for a solid vert. Don't just look local, have a good car shipped to you from anywhere in the US (or Canada) for about $1000.

I will disagree with Eddie a little bit,
"Convertible will always be worth more than a hardtop"

His car won't be worth more, it will be worth less. It will be a 64 coupe VIN with a vert conversion.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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This is true. Has anyone ever had a car shipped from Canada? How is it to get through customs?

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I was under impression that he wanted to buy a convertible and use the parts from his hardtop to put together a solid convertible and not convert his hardtop.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 04:57 PM
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I am with Jason. Save your money to restore a convertible project that is worth restoring. You want to be looking to the desert southwest for a good project car, not necessarily north of the border. You want a car that has never seen road salt or a lot of rain water in it's life.

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This is true. Has anyone ever had a car shipped from Canada? How is it to get through customs?
Not hard at all if you do your research and your paperwork.

There are plenty of good cars up here in Canada. Most of them came up from the US south in the 80s and 90s. My 65 came from California in the early 80s. It is mint on the bottom, and just as nice on the top.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Are there any extra taxes or fees to be paid?

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 08:30 PM
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Just tax. Canada charges a bit extra if a car has AC. You need to look at the US Customs website to see exactly what to do. Forms to fill out. You don't want to be surprised when you get to the border. You may have to fill out export docs for the Canadian side, too. I have to do that when I bring a vehicle TO Canada out of the US. The US side wants the paperwork and title in advance.

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Please help me understand this. Are we running out of good cars here in US that we have to start buying in Canada??
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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No we have not, i, being in South Dakota am just a lot closer to Canada than i am most of the us. It is nice to be prepared should the opportunity arise. I am also, however, a fan of buying domestic whenever possible,

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