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  1. Yeah, I'm pretty bummed. I've had some interest in the car, someone is coming tonight to look at it. I'll probably have to GIVE it away with all the rust it's got in the trunk. Oh well.
  2. My coupe is for sale. It is all original, complete and unmolested. Does have a rusty trunk area and battery tray. Doesn't currently run, but it did when it was parked. Engine cranks, but needs new clutch. Has new starter, points, condenser and coil. Interior is in good condition other than head liner, dash pad, and one tear in passenger seat. This is a solid car, good resto candidate. Not a lot of these base models out there that haven't had a big v8 swapped in. Looking for $1200. I'd like it to go to someone who appreciates these cars. Feel free to take a look at the craigslist ad here: http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/5229818167.html Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Well, I think as may have been predicted by some, this is more that I want to take on at this point. So the car is for sale, first reasonable offer taker it home. Hoping to get $1200. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Well, today is the day that it comes home with me, RUST and all! I knew it was rusty, and although I was being optimistic, the reality is that the entire trunk has basically rotted away. It barely stays closed, since the trunk latch bracket is no longer attached to the floor, which is basically gone. What looks like the floor is actually the gas tank! Lower rear fender wells also have holes, and there's rust beneath the rear window trim. Not to mention the tail light panel and trunk lid. Cleaning this area, I was worried I might give myself lockjaw! I put the new used tires on and it rolls, so the brakes aren't frozen, but the brake pedal sticks down. I also cleaned out the thousands of twigs, sticks and hay particles in the engine bay. Some of that stuff was CAKED onto the intake, valve cover, etc. I don't want to know what it was that was the "glue" holding those nests together. Ewwwww. I have not checked the floorboards yet, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope for them, considering the condition of the rear of the car. In fact, once I got a look at the trunk, I started to wonder what I'm actually going to do with this thing. Anyway, I'm still gonna get it home, clean it up as best I can, and dig in to see what it needs. I may not end up keeping it, but since this was my car during college, I really wanted to revisit it and have that closure. After washing the moss, grime and dirt off the car, it's really straight and much cleaner than I thought. The rust is one thing that will need to be dealt with, but it's a very complete, unmolested original car with only around 75k miles on it. It's never had a motor swap, really not messed with at all, other than what the elements have done over the last 14-15 years of sitting. Up next is a vacuum and cleaning of the interior, and we're going to see if the engine turns. It wont start, but worth seeing what happens. Then it's onto the trailer and back home. I'll be able to post pictures when I get home. My stepdad helped me out quite a lot, and it's been a good bonding experience. We spent the night afterwards in deep debates about life, etc. All in all it's been a good weekend trip to my folks' place. Always fun pretending that the water sheeting off the car is actually a clear coat. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Well, we are under way. Picked up some used tires for now. Tonight and tomorrow will be spent removing nests and moldy carpet. Brakes aren't frozen, which is promising. Next few weeks will be spent testing down to assess the rust issues. Need to get the head checked out and resurfaced. Not sure what else the engine might need, got some digging to do. Still leaning towards keeping the straight 6 and 3 speed. Not too worried about going fast at this point. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I would take you up on that, where are you located? Not sure if the timing will work out but it's worth looking into. I really appreciate your offer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I'm actually just hitting the road from Sacramento heading towards Morgan Hill. My goal is to clean up all the rats nest, mold, whatever else that I don't want to take with me and bring it back home on Saturday. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Bru - Moving the car from Morgan Hill (south of San Jose) to Sacramento. I may just bite the bullet and go there, pull the rims off, take them to a shop and get some used tires for now. Not sure I'll find anything else in time.
  8. Great attention to detail! Love the progress so far. Incidentally, my wife and I recently moved to Sacramento and I'm about to bring my rotten old 73 coupe home to start dusting off the cob webs. If you ever need a hand holding a wrench, let me know!
  9. Nice 73, keep up the good work. What are your plans with the trim holes from the vinyl top? Plug them up? or replace the top down the road?
  10. I have a tow dolly to use already, but I'll need something to be able to move the car around once I get it home, anyway, so I may as well get a set of 4. I'm sure I'll find something soon, the main thing I was unsure of was the backspacing. Thanks for the tip!
  11. Hi Fellas, I need to move my 73 coupe from my folk's place to my new place in Sacramento this weekend, and 2 of the tires are flat. Has been sitting for ~13 years, so I'm worried about dry rot and will be towing ~130 miles. Not finding much on the local craigslist, wondering what cars are good sources for take-offs that will fit. I just need something that will roll at this point. My car came with 14s and 4 wheel drums, need to know what backspacing will work if I go with some 15s.
  12. Congrats on recovering with your wheels intact!
  13. Well my dad has a tow dolly, so I really only need 2 good tires I guess, but I don't want to risk using these old dry rotted ones for a 150 mile trip. Anyway, I'm trying to be frugal so that I can actually make this happen. This move cost a lot of money, and we're saving for some other big life-changing things so this will probably progress slow. Just looked up the vin # and vehicle codes. It's all original, engine, transmission, paint, interior, everything. Obviously in not-so-great condition, but it's nice to know that it was all original when I bought it. It has the 250 I6 with 3 speed manual and a 3.00 axle ratio. I wish I knew for sure but I may be only the second or third owner.
  14. Remember me? Probably not lol! But I do have an update. Realized that I never replied to this thread, but I did read all of your helpful comments. Well, the day has finally come. My wife and I signed the lease on our new house in Sacramento, about 2 hours removed from the more expensive Bay Area. We have other financial obligations right now, but I finally have a GARAGE of my very own. First time in my adult life. So I need to find a way to get this banana to my place for not much $$ so I can start grinding away the rust. I'm not afraid of some hard work, and I have welded some. I have several friends who weld pretty well, so I should be able to deal with most of the rust issues, as long as I have patience. The plan is to get her on inflatable tires, as the current ones are all flat. Used, whatever works for cheap. Just need some rollers so I can move her to her new home and get to work! Then I'll do a deep cleaning, remove the rats nests both INSIDE and OUTSIDE the car. Then out comes the interior for careful inspection and minor repairs. Any real parts buying will be down the road. I'll deal with rust issues one spot at a time. Anyway I just wanted to re-introduce myself and post some more pictures. Car hasn't moved yet, as we are still in the process of moving house. But soon... Click for the full album
  15. I posted in the intro section earlier, but just got some more photos of my 73 when visiting my folks' place so I thought I'd share. I was sad to see that the once good-condition headliner has bit the dust, but other than that and a tear in the passenger seat, the interior is in better shape than I had remembered. Of course the infested carpet will need to be replaced, too. My hope with this car is to slowly dig into it once my wife and I find a place with a garage. The 250 i6 blew the head gasket when I had it at school thirteen years ago, and being a poor student I couldn't afford to fix it, so it got towed home. A year later I did the head gasket, but was pretty inexperienced and didn't get it quite right. I drove it up and down the street for a bit, until tone of the ujoints busted and dropped the drive shaft. That was a long push home. Life happened in the years since, and I'm finally at a place where my other auto hobbies (jeeps, 4x4s) are less appealing, and I'd like to get more into something my wife can enjoy too, as she loves old cars and shows, and hates jeeps and jeeping. With any luck, we'll find a place with a garage next summer (hard to do in the Bay Area $$$) and I hope to bring it home and give it some love. Wow this story got long. Anyway, the vinyl top is shot, but the only rust I found so far is around the tail lights, a small spot on the a pillar, and a couple pinholes on one of the lower fenders. I know the trunk floor is rusty, but really, that's not all that bad. Who knows what it'll look like once the areas are exposed though. The engine bay is SCARY. Rats nests take up ever square inch of open space, which, on a 250 is quite a lot of space. That'll be fun. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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