Is it time to part out my 66?

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  1. dangrus

    dangrus New Member

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    I have had my 66 for 20 years, hasn't been driven since 1994, it is my first car. It needs all the minor and major work that these cars need, I just haven't had time and money to start. A large tree branch just fell on it and caved in the roof by 8 inches and creased the rear window frame. I was always aware that I would have to dump thousands more into this car then if I bought a better one to start with but now that difference has been increased greatly. I was never looking at restoring, more like a restomod so some patchwork here and there was not an issue for originality for me.

    I am now faced with the decision of whether it is finally time to try to sell or part it out. It doesn't have a whole lot of good parts left on it so I doubt I could get more then a few hundred. I also have to work with Iowa to get a replacement title, they apparently purge their records if you don't register a car in 20 years.

    Does anyone have any feeling or thoughts on this? The car is currently in KC if that matters at all. I did notice there is a 66 being sold for parts on craiglist for $1k because they don't have a title so that would be one way of doing it. But if I have to cut up a nicer car to resurrect mine, then is the sentimental value still there when I am left with 5% of my original car....
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  2. zookeeper

    zookeeper Founding Member

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    That's a tough one to answer, and really it's like putting down your favorite dog, it's your call and there is no wrong answer. I know sentimental value is something you can't add into a balance sheet, but here's my take: I'm 49 years old and still have my first car as well. It's a 1930 Model A hot rod my Dad and I built back in '79. I haven't driven it since '85 when I took it apart to redo some stuff that was always bothering me. Over the years I've had a couple false starts but never really got serious about it. Know why? I don't really want to spend the time and money only to have a cramped (those things are tiny when you're 19, at 49 I would imagine they are unbearable!) pickup that isn't exactly what I want anyway. Sure I would love to see it run if for no other reason than Dad and I built it, but if someone bought what's left, I could live with that too. Just like your car, you now have a chance to start over by getting a finished car, or at least a better start if you really have the time and money to pour into the car. Be honest with yourself and your budget and goals and you'll be fine either way.
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  3. Realmongo

    Realmongo I prefer to be called "Evil Genius" Founding Member

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    Might be a good candidate for either the Coupe to convertible or Coupe to Fastback conversion.
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  4. Stangman315

    Stangman315 New Member

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    Tough call over here. You had 20 wonderful years or so we hope.......with the 66. But, if your not driving it, than the memory begins to collect dust. I know how hard it can be to part with a car you love, but its better to at least have something you can drive everyday. Just my opinion.
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    StreetsideStig Active Member

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    If I were you, I would bite a knuckle and part it out, because it doesn't have a title. But I'd put the money toward another one.
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  6. Noobz347

    Noobz347 Stangnet Facilities Maint Tech... Er... Janitor Admin Dude

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    Keep it. Find a donor with a clear title and press forward. Sell off the parts you don't need in getting the new aquisition set up.
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  7. Realmongo

    Realmongo I prefer to be called "Evil Genius" Founding Member

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    Now there's a good idea!
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  8. true65mustang

    true65mustang New Member

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    keep it get a donor title. not hard man ive done it, i know many others that do it especially when they build a custom car they get a new old school title.
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  9. true65mustang

    true65mustang New Member

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    keep on the mustang path

    no cars quite far gone you can do anything with knowing basics, and when not a clue ask the forum.
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