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1973 hot mess of a Grande


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I bought this as a parts car for $1000. It was a sight unseen thing and I wasn’t expecting much. It was advertised as a 302 5 speed. That’s pretty much all the ad said other than it was a 1973.

Turns out it actually is a 5 speed. Someone installed a T-5 conversion kit. So the car just paid for itself. It has power disc brakes and a clock console. I was wanting all those items so I am happy. The bad part is the roof is gone and both front fenders are toast. The good is the  engine turns over and electrics work. It’s a parts car and for $1K I think I did ok. It’s a shame though as this was a roadworthy car in 2005. Inspection tag was last done in 05. Receipts for work accomplished in 2006 and 2007. It just sat unprotected and not driven. 

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Always great to find a surprise in a deal like that.   Looks like there are quite a few good parts to be had from it.  You can always find buyers for the parts you don't use and get a few of your dollars back. 

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I assumed it was an advertisement error and it was a 3speed car. It was a nice surprise.

The previous 2 owners kept all receipts and as I was thumbing through I found a really thick receipt from Oct 2002. Turns out the long block was replaced at that time $3K worth of parts and labor. Odometer showed 163,000 on that receipt it now shows 187,000. So if everything is still up to snuff there is a low mileage engine sitting in there. Another nice surprise. 

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Looks like a great parts car. I agree never seen a roof that bad. I bet the floors are toast with hole like that for rain to come in. The PDB automatic pedal is unique to PDB also and the column support also I believe. Might be a good front bumper also. The filler panel behind the rear bumper is hard to find 73 year only and the bumper brackets.
Lots of good stuff and AC.
I also bought a Grande for $1,000 that was a great parts car. The T-5 I just paid $550 for everything but the drive shaft. So for sure you are ahead. The doors are same on all models and guy are looking for the rear window mech. to put in Mach 1 to have roll down rear windows.

 

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When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

David

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Thanks David,

Yes, someone seriously neglected the roof. Shame really. I could save it, but then I would have to get another parts car, my luck it would be salvageable as well. 
 

I haven’t made my mind up yet on what to do with it, but for now my son can take anything he wants off of it for his 72. 
 

Ron

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