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Old 04-20-2017, 05:16 PM   #11
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Hi Bruce and WELCOME to trifive.
Like most of us have encountered at some point in time ,you are facing the age old dilemma, "should I or shouldn't I"

Without going on a bit of a philosophical tangent, as some other members have stated, only you can answer that question.

Carefully weigh the pro's and con's....
Do I love to work on old cars?
Am I competent as a fabricator to achieve a level of finish that I am going to
be happy with?
Do I have the expendable income to invest in this major project?
Do I have the time necessary to pull this off? Lots of great starts on projects
end up stillborn because novices fail to realize the huge time investment
necessary to accomplish building a car from a basket case.
What do I ultimately hope to accomplish when all is said and done?

I don't mean to discourage you in any way at all, but I do want you to make an informed decision, with as much knowledge as you can gather.Keep asking questions and Good Luck with your decision.
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:25 PM   #12
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It doesn't sound like you have a lot to start with, floors, frame, motor shot.
If the floors are gone it means a lot more rust in the body, rocker panels, quarters, etc. It's going to take years and a lot of money to actually have a car that you can drive. If you do, go in with your eyes open.

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Old 04-22-2017, 08:18 AM   #13
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For me I have to train myself to just walk away. I have looked at so many "potential" cars. It is so easy to look at a car and evaluate a mind build. Building a car in that condition is rewarding, but it takes strong initiative to get through the obstacles. If the eagerness candle stays lit it can be fun but on the average lifes priorities pull you away from the build and before you know it a few years pass and .....the candle went out ......the project has stalled .....hence just the way you have seen that 56 today. Time , money , skillset, space and patience are key necessary ingredients to pull it off. If you look at return on investment it probably will not happen. That is all the negatives......now on the Positive side .......we have a group of awesome Tri Five Members all in the same boat with the same passion for these cars and we meet at a Convention that will blow you away and pump you up with enthusiasm to save these cars. You will find plenty of matches to light up that candle to get moving again on the build. Good luck and thanks for the thread and posts.
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Old 04-23-2017, 01:40 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate everyone's suggestions. Although I haven't decided yet, I'm leaning towards taking the plunge. I've done an inventory of all the parts. Included are 4 bumpers, 2 hoods, 7 hubcaps, 2 tail gates, an extra lift gate, extra front bench seat. Also included are a number of braces for the frame and a variety of NOS parts, mirrors, door handles, etc.

I also have some backstory. The car was purchased in the 90's by a guy that owned a body shop. Although he did some work, from what I can tell, he spent a good deal of time accumulating parts. The owner passed away three years ago and the car has been sitting an a garage since then.

If I buy it, I'll have many questions. I'm sure you guys will help me spend my money

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In general, I'd say that if you have to ask whether you should or not, then you shouldn't.
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Unless it is dirt cheap I would let it go, there are better cars out there.
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I am not sure if I am seeing something or not, but it looks to me from the two pictures that you posted that there is rust in the roof as well as around the rear liftgate, likely other places as well. These are areas in which the repairs, from what I know, are a little more challenging, maybe a lot more challenging (read as expensive to fix), then the more common floor pans, braces and fender cap repair. If you cant do this kind of work your self, you are stuck having someone else do it which drives the time/cost factor up.
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Well, I probably shouldn't have but I couldn't help myself. I pulled the trigger and I'm now a handyman owner.

So, Here's my first question, any idea how to remove the lug in the 10 o'clock position? The key for the wheel lock nuts is, I suspect, long gone. Even if it's somewhere in the car, it would take me a least a week to find it under all the junk that's stashed in there.
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Well, I probably shouldn't have but I couldn't help myself. I pulled the trigger and I'm now a handyman owner.

So, Here's my first question, any idea how to remove the lug in the 10 o'clock position? The key for the wheel lock nuts is, I suspect, long gone. Even if it's somewhere in the car, it would take me a least a week to find it under all the junk that's stashed in there.
find a 12 point socket that will almost go on and beat it on with a sledge then remove the nut
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I would probably weld a big nut to it a use a 4 way to take it off.

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