Tim of Capitola

Cost to repair 1973 2002?

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Hi, I've found a 1973. The spare tire area is rusty with holes, sunroof doesn't work, some rust in the lower read fenders. Floor boards seem ok.   Lot's of electrical issues. Three different vin #s. Drivers seat bottom ripped, seats are tired.

 

Mileage unknown.

 

What would be a good budget for those fixes?  I'm just trying to create a driver for vintage tours,etc.

 

Cheers

Tim

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I'd budget 3 times the cost of a currently running/driving car.

 

Cheers,

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almost impossible to provide any constructive feedback without pics.......have any?

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9 years ago I had roughly the same question. Got my ‘75 for free so good baseline. 

 

But $25,000 later everything is new, fresh, working and pretty 

 

Depends on your final goal and budget and patience. $25K over 10 years is only (!) $2500 a year and $200 a month!!

 

You deserve it!!! At least these are my justifications and tainted mathematics😂

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12 minutes ago, worzella said:

9 years ago I had roughly the same question. Got my ‘75 for free so good baseline. 

 

But $25,000 later everything is new, fresh, working and pretty 

 

Depends on your final goal and budget and patience. $25K over 10 years is only (!) $2500 a year and $200 a month!!

 

You deserve it!!! At least these are my justifications and tainted mathematics😂

if he can do all of the work himself...

 

double +  that number if he has to pay to have it done

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14 minutes ago, worzella said:

Depends on your final goal and budget and patience. $25K over 10 years is only (!) $2500 a year and $200 a month!!

 

Which works out to about $7 / day... or, $.30 / hour. 

 

A penny every two minutes.  Cheap fun.  :D 

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Yea, that’s a tough question.. I’d say anywhere between $2000-$30000..haha.sort of.. pictures would help. If you’re from Capitola and the car is too then rust can be a big issue being so close to the salty ocean spray.. take it bit by bit.

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Yes the car was originally from Aptos.  Some photos here:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/4OZsEtXQvmgxOJ1Y2

 

I plan to do most of the work myself(old retired guy, over the last four years got a 1970 Karman Ghia and a 914 up and running).

 

Love the comment about 30 cents an hour.  Hey it's a hobby , like golf. you pay yer $75 to play and don't expect them to hand you $100 when you walk off the course.

 

If I can break even for the cost of parts I feel like a winner,

 

Any sources for a spare tire/trunk replacement metal and sunroof parts?

 

Cheers

Tim

 

 

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42 minutes ago, Tim of Capitola said:

Any sources for a spare tire/trunk replacement

 

There was a post about a month ago... or three, where someone showed a spare tire well replacement piece they'd found.  It only ran up the edge about 3/4", but typically, the rust is in that portion.

 

Hey, I found it with the first search attempt ! ! by putting [ spare tire well replacement ] in the search bar, for --"all content"--

 

That feels like a small victory : )

 

Here it is:

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Edited by '76mintgrun'02
adding the photo

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From the pictures the car doesn't look too bad.  Seats have been reupholstered, but a good job.  The rust on the trailing edge of the rear wheel openings can be repaired either with a patch panel from W & N or by cutting out the lip of an otherwise rusted out front fender.  

 

My guess on the sunroof is that one of the cables has broken so that when you try to crank it open, it jams.  Lotsa archive articles on how to fix that.

 

2002 wiring is pretty simple; get a blowup wiring diagram for a '73 and start tracing.  But first remove and thoroughlty clean all 12 fuses--if the ends look even a little corroded, replace 'em.  That may solve at least some of your electrical problems.

 

A puzzlement:  you say it has "three VINs"  I can understand a different engine number from chassis number (they matched from the factory), but what's the third VIN?  Surely the stamped VIN
on the fender matches the VIN on the nearby aluminum plate.  If they don't match, I'd be surprised that you got a title...

 

Keep us posted on progress--and welcome to the '02 fraternity/sorority.

mike

 

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Hi Mike, yes the Vin stamped on the right side top of wheel well( in the engine compartment), the metal tag next to it , and the vin above the steering column are all different numbers..

 

2587991+, 2589149, and 2589114, weird, Not sure it matters.

 

The seller said it has a salvage title and when he bought it 15 years ago the seller said a new engine was installed.

 

I didn't know where to look for the engine number, not that I could have found it, pretty greasy.

 

Thanks for tip on Wolf, looks possible.

 

I will research the sunroof fix, somewhere I read that parts are hard to find.

 

Glad to join this bunch of gear heads.

 

Cheers

Tim

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The steering column number being different isn't surprising, as the original panel probably sun-rotted and a PO didn't transfer the little VIN plate. 

 

The engine number is on a flat boss just to the rear of the starter motor where it bolts to the block.  Scrape off all the crud and all will be revealed.  Hopefully it will match one of the other numbers!

 

At least all the numbers you quoted are from 1973; the 2587991 is probably Dec 72 /Jan 73 production; the 25891xx VINs are later, probably Feb or Mar 73.  Wonder which one your car really is?  Guess you'll have to go with what's on the title...

 

mike 

 

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Just drive it.

 

Maybe fix the seat.

 

Some nice sunglasses.

 

Oh, do fix the brakes.

 

t

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