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I went to a salvage yard on Saturday to look for a pair of inner wheel tubs for my brother's '65 Chevy pickup. The owner, with whom I was already acquainted, said he had several trucks, but that they were in another location. We went to look at them and nearby was a '73 Mach One shell with a bunch of thickets grown up around it. I looked at it briefly, then went back today to look closer.

It's a real Mach and had an H-code with an FMX, neither of which are still there. It's a non-A/C car that was originally Bright Green Gold Metallic with Avocado interior. The rear seat is non-folding. The rear end assembly with 2.75 non locking gears is gone. I found rust in the floorpans, but could not find any anywhere else. There is none in the inner fender aprons nor under the fenders where the aprons and the shock towers meet. I reached in both ends of the cowl and couldn't feel any rust holes. The tophat is solid and the cowl drain on the PS where the fender is missing was clear of obstruction. The trunk lid is rust free both top and bottom. I couldn't get close enough to the trunk to see all of the trunk floor but what I could see looks good. With the exception of a dent at the rear marker light on the PS quarter, it appears to be relatively straight. The rear of the roof was caved in which just about killed the deal for me, but when I barely pushed up on it from the inside it popped almost completely out! (see the last two pics) I think I let out a little yippee when it did.

Clearly it would be a major project, but it's definitely within my comfort zone. I have a couple Cleveland blocks, a complete rotating assembly, and a pair of 2V heads and intake manifold that I could build for it. I also have most of what I need to switch the front end to the '71-2 steel bumper setup, which I prefer over the plastic bumper on the '73's. The guy is asking $200, and I think I could get that much for the doors and the deck lid.

Opinions? Thanks.

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hey i have a friend with a parts car coupe..let me know
 

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Looks like a good parts car if there are many parts there. Usually you are better off starting with a complete car with a good body. Bodywork is expensive and will make that $200 look like a really bad deal.

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Go for that car. $200 for a part´s car or a good prokect car isnot "too much". Anyway, you can sell it for the same amount taking what you need if you don´t want to restore it.
 

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I'd buy it, it's in much better condition than 95% of the available "project" cars here in the northeast. For me, body condition is always the key. If I don't have to be repairing rust, it's a good deal. Mechanical stuff is cake....
 

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Agree with above, grab it. Body work and rust repair suck, mechanical is easy. Pick up a complete parts car and go to town on it!
 

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Buddy of mine bought one in the same condition. Roof was popped. He has found a roof for $200..
 

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I would buy the car for $200 as long as it had a tilte. I would also restore the car and even if one did not want to restore it I bet the good sheet metal could fetch a good penny to some one needing it.
 

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you can sell "little pieces" and make money, let alone body and suspension parts. I'd buy it in a second!
 

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at $200 how much down side is there?
 
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