what to look for when inspecting a candidate for purchase.

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Re: what to look for when inspecting a candidate for purchase.

Post by ornithology » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:59 pm

Thanks, Steverino - i have a similar outlook, where i have no experience with body and paint, and want a nice, complete interior. yup, i can swap a generator or maybe even a water pump, possibly rebuild a window motor, etc.

next Q: where do i look on the engine to verify 'matching numbers'? my next candidate is quite nice, it's a '63 but has silver/grey valve covers.
i'm wondering if it may be an earlier engine? or is it not unusual that the covers may have needed replacing with a junkyard pair?

cheers all.

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Re: what to look for when inspecting a candidate for purchase.

Post by ICON 1961 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:04 pm

I feel that when your looking to a particular car you should also due some research on what is original and what isn't. getting all your information then your ready for any questions to ask . Set a budget and stick with it, Find out were the most common area's that attract rust.
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Re: what to look for when inspecting a candidate for purchase.

Post by ornithology » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:29 am

i just happened upon this article. wish i had found it before pulling the trigger, just last week! fortunately, my common sense prevailed and i'm pretty sure i ended up with a winner. but this has some specifics regarding the vacuum, electrical, and rust aspects i was curious about.

http://phscollectorcarworld.blogspot.co ... birds.html

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