How far gone is too far gone?

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  1. cosgig

    cosgig MoBro Inc. FABO Gold Member

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    This!…….this is too far gone!

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    • barbee6043

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      Really want to now? Blast it and see whats left!
       
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      • Northern64

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        good point, I own the only other dart I’ve seen around here!
         
      • toolmanmike

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        Can you do the work yourself? Look it over good and add up the sheet metal cost. Labor to rebuild that car at a body shop would be the deal killer. How much to restore it? $35-50,000? How much is it worth done? That's what you need to ask yourself.
         
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        • Northern64

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          Right now it looks like 5-6k in sheet metal (that I can see) for the AMD stuff which is by far the best I’ve seen, but the last time I ordered from them it never made it to the west coast, still no clue what happened to it! I can do the work but pulling a couple hundred hours of time to do it could be a problem.
           
        • mbaird

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          These are labors of love not profit. As long as you arent into it 3x its value it is worth it . The 69 340 4 sp I am doing right now I bought to save it from being crushed .
           
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          • mbaird

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            Just looked at the pics.... no way in hell would I part that car out!
            If you need drivetrain for the 74 there are hundreds of Rams, Dakotas and Durangos sitting in backyards with 5.9s or 5.2a
             
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            • Northern64

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              You are very correct.....Its official im gonna keep my baby haha, i need to finish my 74 but until i do at least i can drive this one.
               
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              • Northern64

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                After actually looking at the car and hearing the comments here im definately keeping the car. Thanks for not being to hard on me guys!
                 
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                • Brooks James

                  Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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                  I feel your pain, i bought a duster when " i was in the ether" as car Sales guys say. Looked Good from 15 Ft. Both quarters trashed, gallons of bondo , rockers rotted etc. I spent the next 3 yrs all Over the US Looking for a 100% rust free 70 Dart that hadno sheetmetal replaced and no bondo no wrecks. I got lucky and had
                  great timing i bought it at the height of the recrssion from a guy who was trying to keep his business afloat. i found it in Nevada in the desert perfectly preserved with fresh paint. The /6 smoked and burnt 32. Qts of oil in the 3000 miles to fl. Not a problem i had a fresh 360 magnum to install. Price $3500
                  If you have plenty of time and you are keeping the car, go for it. However from your description of the car i would say that after a Complete resto you will have more in the car than its worth and will be probably able to buy a Similar turn key one, maybe not as a pristine for less.
                  At 63 this is my laster complete every, nut, screw,washer, rebuild. The next one will be turn key.
                   
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                  • Northern64

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                    I dont want to go full on, i just want a decent driver that i can cruise safely, but its a little ways out i have quite a bit of work still to be done on my 74. Right now i just want to make room in my shop and stick it in the corner in the on deck circle.
                     
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                      I'm glad you decided to keep it, and build / repair it. After looking at the pictures, I thought, too - that's a keeper.
                       
                    • barbee6043

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                      You do all the labor. All. No! you don't pay a bodyman. You work for nothing because you love your "baby".
                      Add up what ALL the parts and materials cost, that is what you have in it. Ain't hard to figure, just take time if you never done it before.
                      Some people get carried away and replace every damn nut, bolt, screw, washer, gasket, seal, etc. there is!! Over a 20 year period!:rofl::steering:
                       
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                      • Dartnut

                        Dartnut Don't hate me because i'm beautiful

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                        I'm glad to hear that you are saving it.
                        Even if you don't end up fixing it, you can pass it along to someone who will and the car will still exist.
                         
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                        • Ironracer

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                          I'll Museum it for ya!
                           
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