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I need to decide, quickly.

Have a chance to grab a 68 in good running but sadly rusted condition.
Front fenders and door corners will need to be patched.
Rear wheel arches are pretty bad.
Some one tried to restore it a few years ago, put in a rebuilt +.030 400 engine and 400 trans.
Did some front suspension and brake work too.

But they were complete idiots on paint, no etching primer, paint fell off in blotches, caused rust.

Where they did not screw with it, it seems sound.
Good floors and rockers, good roof and bed.
Pretty fresh engine, new master cylinder.
Originally a 327 engine car, split bench seat needs new covering.
Have to come up with $2K right quick if I want it.

Or, keep my 78 with a Goodwrench 350/350.
Only rust is a very small hole in the passenger roof.
Dash is in need of repair, it has the SS gauge package, working tach, dorky 85 mph speedo, factory buckets and console.
Interior is pretty tired, exterior really needs paint but is not so bad I get pulled over.
Not sure what it's worth?

Not looking forward to all the body repairs on the 68, but really like the style and PRE-SMOG, very little plastic aspect.
400 engine should run pretty strong too.
Would have to add disc brakes ASAP.

Should I borrow the money for the 68, or just be sensible and continue trying to find good interior parts for the 78?

No, I cannot have both.
 

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That's the way I'm leaning, if I can swing the funds.

Still need to figure out what my "Stealth SS"? is worth?
Have new headers for it, headliner, carpet, sun visors and rear air shocks.
Put Eibach springs on it right after I go it.

Interior is tired, all that plastic frustrates me.
Body is pretty strait, was brown, now white, was a California car.
Runs decent, fairly low mile Goodwrench 350, actually it runs damn strong at lower altitude.
I do not know how to lean out the quadrajet for my altitude.

I'm thinking around $2K with everything ought to move it fairly quickly?
 

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Check the frame on the '68 VERY CLOSELY! It sounds like it might have migrated to the Southwest from some other salty or wet or both winterly locale from your description.
 

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Got it! 1/2 down, balance it two weeks!

Got it! 1/2 down, balance in two weeks!

Nice when some one actually works WITH you, instead of being a hard-ass.

Got it for $1500.00.

Going to cost a lot more to fix the body, but unless I remove a lot of metal at one time it can be driven while I work on it.

Got two matching sets of 14" wheels with it, going to need some 15" American Racing to replace them.
Currently 205/70-14, have to see what the correct 15" size will be.
And no, no way in hell it gets anything larger than 15"!

Not looking for an original show car restoration, just a nice daily driver with a vintage period look.

Probably make it two-tone, and get an SS hood for it.

It spent some time at Lake Tahoe, wet, but not salty.
Frame looks good, as do the floors.
It's just area's where they fouled up the paint that rusted.

Lets see if I can post some pics!







Time to list the 78 for sale, just have to compose the ad and take pics.
 
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