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1961windsor
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Jul 28, 2015, 9:41 AM

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I have just bought a 1961 Chyrsler Windsor Sedan.To cleanup then resale (I Hope) This car is low mile 39,666 Miles and the car shows it! The trunk pan needs to be replaced.Still has the Trunk jacking instructions just like new.The rest of the car is perfect! NO RUST anywhere else,needs tires dry rotted (believe to be original)hold air! Needs exhaust.Engine has just been rebuilt.Only interior concern is headliner looks faded,the front seat has some splits on sides and 1 on top of lower seat in center. The seat farms are still shinny black not rust they look like new.Found 2 build sheets.The paint can be polished out. The inspection sticker shows 1974,the oil change sticker in the door jam shows last oil change at 4-15-71 at 39009 miles.should I restore to resale or just clean up? I restore Pontiacs normally LOL


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 28, 2015, 10:17 AM

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If you do or have done up Pontiacs and want to take on this you should know the game. You lose $$$ big time even on silly cosmetic stuff, upholstery and so on.


If you really like this car and have time and money go for it. Otherwise get it running and sell it off whole with good pics of the rusted trunk and history.


What's with the engine? Recent work (why a total rebuild or was it?) or do you have papers on what was done? If that blew up needing a lot I don't think this car is as nice as you think it is,


T



1961windsor
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Jul 28, 2015, 11:40 AM

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This car is really really nice.It is not the usual run of the mill car with rust here and there,it would really just need paint & clean & paint everything else.Front end is tight.The engine was locked up.I have paper work for rebuild,it was done by a very respectable engine builder that I have used my self in the past.I even found a un scratched lottery ticket from 1966! How cool is that? The reason I had the question?Was because it being so clean and documented & the year car/make.I can't find much of anything on the net about these cars.(much of a big following)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 28, 2015, 1:48 PM

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That trunk rust out was common on some vehicles - they just didn't drain any water out till they make a huge hole. Desoto and Chrysler both.


You will find some real interest in this car and what is special about it for the age. Trouble is the vast # of people tend to stick to better known vehicles.


It's up to you to fix it up or sell as always your call. Check around for any clubs and whole ones finished, OE unrestored ones and parts that may be near impossible for it - trim parts a pest and bet now are out there just not on the web at all! Somebody has one somewhere like this for some odd reason somewhere. Finding them is the game.


Hemmings Motor News is still helpful.


Engine? Do you really believe it was rebuilt or just unstuck, lubed and made to run? Anything possible.


No matter you can fix about anything for a price and decide or find out what interest there is in the car in what shape and how much you want to put into it.


If not psyched to do this one up it's probably a great parts donor for another or another for it.


Unless really into this car I think you'll be disappointed in it as an investment car,


Tom



1961windsor
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Jul 28, 2015, 4:36 PM

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The guy that R&R the engine is my old shop foreman & he lives across the road,I saw the whole process of the trans plant also helped load and unload of the engine.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 29, 2015, 3:19 AM

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If you are going to sell this off you'll need to know what was done to the engine and "R&R" only means it was out and put back in. Did it require boring out the cylinders and new pistons or just loosen the thing up so it would run? If you don't know exactly what was done as a buyer I would consider the engine junk by default and offer accordingly.


There is no real "rebuilt" engine that's good as new. It's only new once on lower end then it's really not the same ever again. If you've so called restored other cars you should know this now. It's perfectly fine for the age and vintage of old which is unlikely to pound daily miles ever again.


What matters is what you want out of this car. Money now or fix to drive and keep? I can't decide that for you,


T







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