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Q: I need to replace the drivers side
fender on my 1970 Trans Am. I know the ‘70 thru ‘73 fenders are the same. I
heard the ‘74 thru ‘76 fenders will also fit but require removing the valance
bracket from the front of the original fender and welding it onto the
replacement fender. Can you tell me if this is accurate and/or possible? The
only replacements I've found that are correct for the 1970 are very expensive
and I would like to find a cheaper way out if possible. Thanks for the help!
A: Yes, you can use fenders from
other years as overall they are the same on the outside. Yes, you will have to
do some modification to later years in order to mount the bumpers and such, but
they will look and fit the same when finished. So, just about any fender will
work from 1970 to 1981 with some modifications to mounting places.
Q: I am looking at a ‘68 Firebird 400
Convertible that has been sitting for four years. The prior owner started the
restoration but didn’t have the time to finish. It has the hood tach, Rally II
wheels, verdaro green, white top and seats, factory AC, TH400 transmission, disc
brakes, and power windows. The top and seat upholstery are new. The wheels and
gas tank have been restored. That’s all he got to. Everything is original
(numbers matching) except headers and exhaust. The original manifolds come with
the car. All it really needs are the fluids to be put back in and put back on
some of the trim pieces. It looks OK how it is but could use a new paint job.
Body is straight. My question is what do of you think this is worth?? Could make
a nice original car.
A: Well, that is a relative question.
I always say that a car is only worth what the next person is willing to pay for
it. If you are looking at the car for a money making perspective, then it may
be a losing battle in today's economy. If you are looking to restore the car for
yourself, then what is the car worth to you? Having photos of the car would help
in determining the value, but from what you describe, a 1968 Firebird 400
convertible, numbers matching, in showroom condition would be worth in the
$30,000 to $35,000 range (in today's market). So, I do not know what started
the restoration and didn't have time to finish it means and exactly how far he
has gone or what he is asking,, but when the car is totally done, the $35,000
range would be about the top of the scale. So, you have to take a look at what
things will cost you and what he is asking for the car to determine if it is a
good value or not. I mean (in rough numbers) a paint job and light body work
would be about $5,000 to $6,000. Rebuild the motor to stock would be about
$5,000. To rebuild the transmission would be about $800. To put in a new
interior (from top to bottom and front to back) would be about $4,500. To
restore the brakes and suspension would be about $1,500. The exhaust.... another
$600. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. So do some research
on what it would cost you to finish the car completely and then subtract that
from the $35,000 number to see if what he is asking is a fair price for the car.
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