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What do you guys think about this one as a possible project car? Never painted a car before but would like to learn how. How hard is the rust repair on the roof? Around the windows? How do you value a car in this condition if it is pretty clean and really just needs a sanding and painting? I believe there are some mechanical issues that will need to be addressed but nothing that major.

Thanks for your help.

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True... I will go look at the shock towers, rockers and floor before I consider it. What I really need to know is how to value it? It kind of looks like someone stripped then did not paint it. The interior looks great...not sure about the motor. Seller says it runs but needs a clutch master.

I figure on doing most of the work in my garage. More or less a learning experience. My plan would be to take the thing completely apart and send it to a sand blaster. Prime it and paint it.

Is it worth $1200? $500? I am not too sure.

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Its in Centennial. ( I-25 and Arapahoe)If its truly rust free its probably worth $1200. Buuuut if it has rust issues $500 sounds fair.You would spend 8-10K to restore it. There are alot of really nice cars in the $6,000 range. Their are a bunch of knowlegable forum members that I'm sure would take alook if you dont want to drive up

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Thanks for your response... I appreciate the input. Why $8 to $10k to restore do you think? I have a friend in the paint business and I was thinking we would do the sanding/painting and welding as necessary. I want to use this as a street/track car so I do not expect it to be perfect. BTW, the shock towers look great (both front asn rear)...

Believe me, I have no romantic notions about a 35 year old car and what kind of job I am in for! Right now, my budget dictates a $2000 car and than fix as I go. Do you think I would be better off with a fairly clean auto with the idea of converting it to a 5 speed later? There are at least 2 for sale in Denver that look decent.

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Holy Sh1T!! I would run away right now. I bought a true rust free car in Florida for $3500 and in 7 years added $10,000 in upgrades & replacement and I have not even painted it. That thing is a money pit. Needs thousands just to make it look like a car you would put in your driveway.

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I don't think I'd pay more than $1k for it. CO has a lot of 2002s in "ok" condition for a driver, and that one looks to need a full going-over. To answer your question in the other thread, you don't need an emissions test on a '75 in CO as long as you get collector plates (just got my plates yesterday).

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Thanks Zed...

I found out about the emissions, El Paso County does not test, period. Some other counties do.

I will probably take a ride up and look at this car next weekend.

There is a 75 Agave 4 speed here in town that I am looking at this weekend. It is on a lot though and listed at $4600... Correct me if i am wrong, but a non-tii for that much should be damn near perfect, no?

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I just finished a restoration. Mine more or less looked like the posted one at first. The key is surface versus structural or rusted through. Mine was all surface, but bad. I spent a lot of time stripping, sanding, rust killing, and spraying with epoxy primer, block sanding, and then again. Sent it to a pro for color shooting for $1500. I did the interior with good stuff from World Upholstery and Trim for c. $1000. Hint: replace ALL window and door rubber; it makes for a professional paint job and finish. Result: the car looks like a brand new one for only about a bit more than $3000. One of the best restorations that I have done, and I've done some. Did things like patch the ubiquitous cracks in dash with SEM epoxy, and resprayed it, and resprayed all exterior plastic trim. New trim clips, etc. Those things don't cost much but sure make a difference. Go for it.

1975 Malaga

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car "presentable":

1. Look carefully at the areas of surface rust - if the pitting is really deep, you'll either wind up with really thin sheet metal once it's all sanded out, or you'll need to media blast, build the low spots up with primer-surfacer, and do a bunch of block-sanding to get a truly smooth surface, all of which is time consuming.

2. Try and get a look at the lower flanges of the front and rear windshields behind/below the rubber seals - the front seal looks to be badly cracked and shrunk, so there's a better than even chance of fairly advanced rust in the lower corners of the window openings, which may require patching. If the channels have rusted through, look for rust in the front floors and trunk/rear seat floor areas from water getting in through the holes.....

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I just finished a restoration. Mine more or less looked like the posted one at first. The key is surface versus structural or rusted through. Mine was all surface, but bad. I spent a lot of time stripping, sanding, rust killing, and spraying with epoxy primer, block sanding, and then again. Sent it to a pro for color shooting for $1500. I did the interior with good stuff from World Upholstery and Trim for c. $1000. Hint: replace ALL window and door rubber; it makes for a professional paint job and finish. Result: the car looks like a brand new one for only about a bit more than $3000. One of the best restorations that I have done, and I've done some. Did things like patch the ubiquitous cracks in dash with SEM epoxy, and resprayed it, and resprayed all exterior plastic trim. New trim clips, etc. Those things don't cost much but sure make a difference. Go for it.

1975 Malaga

$3k is not bad... I can probably do it cheaper since the interior is in great shape

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