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Old June 27th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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SIII "barn" find

Had to share this '73 SIII I came across. Attracted by my 90 this older gent approached me and told me he was the original owner of a '73 SIII that had been stored in his shop since 1983. He was local so I followed him to his place to check it out.
What a mess. It had crap laying all over it, but it was like a time capsule. The window still had remains from the window price sticker! It had 20k mile on the clock and an eight track player! It looked solid but couldn't really lay eyes underneath as I had no torch. He would be interested in selling it but somewhere along the line years (decades?) ago someone offered him $12k for it so he won't take anything less for it now. I gently told him that was a stretch and maybe now might not be a good time to sell.
If anyone is interested in it I could take some better pics and take a better look at it and/or hook you up with the guy.
Poor thing, it needs a new home.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 11:55 AM
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That would be a really cool project
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Old June 27th, 2013, 12:00 PM
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I would pay around $8k. Rovers don't like to sit.... It's gonna cost a good bit to get it back on the road.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 12:10 PM
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Even $8k seems like a ton. It was put away and never driven again for some (probably mechanical) reason. 1973 isn't exactly the most desirable year, either. 1973 - 1983 still gave it 10 years to be driven in salty conditions, and to be put away wet for the rust to take a good hold of it over the past 30 years.

A good comparable would be this car:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...883608074.html

which is $3,500 with what appears to be most of the mechanical work already done, and potentially minimal rust.

Someone offered him $12k a bunch of years ago, but offers are just that...not backed by cash until actually sold. It looks like it could be a great project though (although no rust pics), if purchased for a bargain.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 01:21 PM
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cellphone=torch. If the frame is not rusty it's probably worth that, but would need some cleaning up to sell.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 02:00 PM
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It will need all the seals for the engine and transmission and axles. Maybe a water pump and coolant. All the rubber consumables such as belts and hoses. Probably the brakes done with new cups in the wheel cylinders at the very least but likely all new everything. Ditto clutch. If the battery was left in it may be erupted all over the place, or at least needing a new one. On top of that, tires, the window channels, and a really good clean. Pretty much a mini overhaul. However, the body seems in really great shape and there isn't much wear and tear. If you are an S3 fan, this would make an excellent little runner.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 03:57 PM
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$12K for a plastic grill 88??

Nuts!

For $12K it should be in showroom running condition...not a complete resto project.

Personally, I'd have trouble parting with $3K for all the work this truck is going to need having been parked for 30 years.... oy vey

Oh, but it is a cool 1 owner barn find.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 04:01 PM
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I'm pretty sure I see galvy cappings painted black and the door handle painted blue. $12K is pipe-dreaming...
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Old June 27th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Especially when you figure this one will probably go for less than 12k???

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Land-...807e0e&vxp=mtr
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Old June 27th, 2013, 05:09 PM
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Especially when you figure this one will probably go for less than 12k???

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Land-...807e0e&vxp=mtr

It should....no door tops, no rear hatch...bastardized grille....on and on....
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Old June 27th, 2013, 05:53 PM
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Ok, I dunno. Just figured if it was truly low miles with no rust (and I mean no rust) then a fresh of all rubber would give you a pretty sweet truck.

I have no idea on pricing other than if you rebuild one, you will think 12k is cheap before you are done
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Funny you guys all piss and moan about how much people get for SII's like they are not that desirable........If the fame and bodywork and interior are all there, no rust and all original, it might well be worth much more than you think.

I cant get enough of the things to fill demand right now. Much easier to sell a nice SIII for 25k than a half shot overpriced Defender. Come to think of it, quite a few of the customers who have bought nice SIII's also have semi clapped out overpriced Defenders lol.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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Having started in series trucks, I like the 3's and the ability to downshift without grinding. Many commented on Cabell's 2a that was offered for sale here last fall for 17k and is now @ a dealership in NE for 34k. Aside from some overdrive whine that truck was perfect.
Thats right 34k for an 88 that had been well used and seen many events.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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It should....no door tops, no rear hatch...bastardized grille....on and on....
No, that can't be. They say fully restored to original condition.
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Old July 6th, 2013, 09:47 AM
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Update

I was finally able to connect with the 88 owner and take a bunch of proper pictures. He took the plow off and removed the stuff from the bonnet. Please forgive the rubbish ones, I just uploaded everything.
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The 88 was not really all that bad. It could have been worse. There was still a lot of stuff piled within and he was hovering over me so I got the best pics of everything possible. He re-iterated that he wants $12k for it and not a penny less. He is a bit of your stereotypical stubborn yankee!
There was some surface rust here and there but the frame was remarkably well preserved, very solid. The worst bit rust-wise was the footwell areas, no surprise there. Door bottoms were okay, not perfect, again some surface rust.
There were two small dents, one on the front right wing and one on the rear left wheel well.
The galvy cappings were painted black on the exterior.
The original limestone had been painted over with a blue colour.
He removed the plow frame and it showed no added corrosion between it and the chassis.
Since he is the original owner he has a lot of the original equipment such as the jack, tool kit and service record.

The tires hold air at 25 psi but are cracked.

Not shown is the original bumper, I did lay eyes on it out in one of his sheds. Looked fine.

We opened the bonnet for the fist time in 30 years. I felt like Howard Carter opening Tutankhamen's tomb. There were some signs of rodent habitation but I didn't see any real damage from them, same for the rest of the truck.
Let me know if you have any questions about what you see in the pics, they tell most of the story.
If there is any serious interest pm me and I will supply his contact info.
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There are signs of paint/respray and the black cappings are odd. Was painting them a dealer or factory option back then?
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