After purchasing my 1974 cuda tooling car, my 27 year old son walks around it and says, "Dad I gotta have one of these!" I've been looking for 2 months and came across a 73 tonight. I need advice...... thanks in advance! The car we're looking at is in it's original paint and side stripes, it is unmolested in every way except for 2 holes cut in the door panels for speakers. It is a 340 car with a non-numbers engine in the car and the numbers matching motor sitting in the garage in need of a rebuild. 8 3/4 rear end. Numbers matching 727 auto. with slapstik & console. Ralley gauges, Crager wheels, power disc brakes, broadcast sheet and lots of documentation including owners back to 1978. Chrome is nice but not perfect. Was driven by current owner 3000 miles since 1991. He finally parked it last fall and has not driven since, battery is shot. Owner says 'shouldn't take much to get her going' but should be considered non-running. Glass is perfect, front seats have been re-covered and are near perfect with back seat about the same. Needs carpet (faded) and headliner, new comes with the car. Dash is nice, no cracks. Now for the rust. Trunk is surface and little at that. Does not need replaced, same with the floor pans. Doors near perfect, don't droop and shut solid as tho new, seems line up perfect. Rear fenders rusted around wheel wells, behind rear tire there is a tennis ball sized hole on one side only. Frame rails and undercarriage seem solid, minimal work required there. Engine compartment has 2"x3"rusted area near hoodspring and 1"x3" near fender tag. Original paint is still very nice, with a good buffing it would come back. The same can not be said for the passenger side stripe which has about 20 % peeled off. This car is complete, nothing missing, no bolts, no nuts everything is there!. Grill has been painted to match body color but is not broken. Valences show no dings or dents. Back one is notched for dual exhaust which car does not currently have. I wish I had pictures but I don't. Owner is asking me to make an offer. He feels that totally restored, the car is worth 20k. I agreed. What else shold I look at? Anyone care to give me an appraisal........Anyone?
The boy wants a cuda! Thanks!