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Old October 22nd, 2012, 07:57 PM
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1973 series values/opinions??

I bought this 73 Series and was wondering if it's worth as it is or will it worth more if I strip and repaint???

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Old October 22nd, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Old patina is great.

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Old October 22nd, 2012, 08:05 PM
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i wouldn't touch it. it looks like it has character!!! and i am sure it has a story behind it.
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It may very well be worth more with the paint redone properly and getting the panels all straight, but i am not sure that you are doing the truck justice by that, the body as it probably has an interesting story to tell. I have a Series 3 in limestone as well with a nice patina and other than the bondo'd and corroded tub im not repainting the truck or fixing dings in it.

What would look nice is if you pulled the cappings off as well as the windsheild frame and had them galvinized, and also remove that sunscreen over the windsheild.
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It's pretty cool looking as is. When I researched the trip on the internet I found the pics of the truck on it journey thru africa. I am going to contact the prior owner and have a chat about it, find out the story. He was well prepaired and left all the spares and workshop manuals in a tote in the back. the extra bits that he may have needed if he broke down on the roadside. Wheel bearings, new carb, nuts-bolts, bulbs,........
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Patina is the in thing ........plus you could park it anywhere with not a care in the world and i could guarantee a million thumbs ups also endless conversations in the store parking lot
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okay, i agree, no paint. it will remain as is. i look forward to my conversation with the prior owner. glad his phone number is on some of the paperwork left behind! thanks for you input guys. cheers!
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I know of another S3 that served duty as the Solomon's Island Yacht Sales work truck and still has the lettering, although fading. Galen spent considerable time renovating the mechanicals but left the paint and lettering alone.
Personally, I think that's really cool, and support your decision not to repaint.
I guess if one was to document the lettering and text so that you could recreate it if a repaint were necessary, that wouldn't be a bad idea. Take pics with a ruler for scale perhaps?
Awesome find!
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I know of another S3 that served duty as the Solomon's Island Yacht Sales work truck and still has the lettering, although fading. Trevor is going to spend considerable time renovating the mechanicals with his new S3 but lwill leave the paint and lettering alone.
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i like the flat black hood. the glare on my 90 sometimes is horrible!
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