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Readers' Tales Of Screamin' Deals

By Miles Cook, Photography by Readers

Another Wagon of Steal
Who:
Neuman Harrison
Where:
Miami, FL
What:
'70 Plymouth Fury Suburban
Price:
$700
Details: Little-old-lady-with-a-carport kept, this loaded stawag has but 52,700 ticks on the clock. It's got a 318, an auto trans, power brakes, power steering, and a power back window. It has a couple of minor scrapes (no reason to paint the car), and Neuman says it's by far the best deal he has ever gotten on the more than 50 cars he's owned.

Yet Another Wagon of Steal
Who:
Mike Gordon
Where:
Hendersonville, NC
What:
'69 Chevy Kingswood Wagon
Price:
$800
Details: Mike latched onto this gem with only 79,000 miles. It's a low-option anomaly with no A/C or luggage rack. The base 327 and TH350 are stone stock and Mike has added 15x8 Corvette rallys, new carpet, a dashpad from a '70 Caprice, and a few other nicknacks. Total outlay for this mint machine? Less than $1,500!

Tempted-and He Took It
Who:
Reed Philips
Where:
Hayward, CA
What:
'69 Tempest Custom SS
Price:
$900
The Owner Says:
I thought I should tell you about my find while looking for a car for my son, Mickey, who's 14. We decided to look for a muscle-era fixer-upper for us to work on. In the paper I saw a '69 Tempest Custom SS for $1,000. I almost didn't call. Turns out it was an original car with a Pontiac 350 and a TH350 trans in great shape. The interior is mint and I haven't found anything that doesn't work. I even had the nerve to offer the guy $850 and he took $900! I got the American mags at a swap meet for $140 and mounted the P235/60R15 Dunlop tires on them. I've also tinted the windows and put on a dual-exhaust system. Bodywork will be minimal and it'll be painted the original green. I tuned it up, changed the oil, and have been driving it daily. Total investment as it sits is $1,400.

Ultra-Low-Buck Shelby Clone
Who:
Keith Kaucher
Where:
Santa Monica, CA
What:
'66 Mustang fastback
Price:
"Parked in front of a pawn shop, I found this beat-up Mustang that had a running 289 with a Holley carb, an Edelbrock intake, and headers for $850. There was no title though, and my friend and I talked him into letting me take the car for $500 and when the paperwork came through I would give him the balance. The shop owner failed to produce the title. However, the police were able to help me locate the last registered owner. I mailed him all the forms and he signed the car over to me. In the end, I got the car for $500. I immediately spent another $500 for a Top Loader four-speed and the parts to convert the car to a manual trans. So, for a grand total of a $1,000, I had a Shelby clone with a strong motor and a four-speed.
Details: It had been converted into a Shelby clone and was already equipped with a one-inch sway bar, an Export brace, a Monte Carlo bar, Koni shocks, and disc brakes. Inside was a rear-seat delete shelf and a Shelby tach and oil-pressure gauge housing.

Borderline Pricey: $1,000-Up

Fire Sale on a Firebird
Who:
Robert Whitlock
Where:
Mt. Holly, NC
What:
'67 Firebird Convertible
Price:
$1,800
Details: After eight months of looking at $4,000-$5,000 Camaro, Ford, and Mopar ragtops, Robert heard of this super-cheap-for-a-convert '67. It has a 350 Chevy, a TH400 trans, and a 10-bolt. The picture shows the car as purchased. He later found a 400 Pontiac hood with a hood-mounted tach in a boneyard. Expecting to pay around $400 for it, he instead was able to score it for 75 bucks.

Way Mint Land Yacht
Who:
Carl Kamin
Where:
Santa Barbara, CA
What:
'67 Bonneville four-door
Price:
$2,400
Details: Sounds like a lot? Not when the car has perfect chrome, glass, trim, interior, drivetrain, rubber, and ice-cold A/C. It's powered by a 400 Pontiac with a four-barrel and TH400. Carl went from Los Angeles to Vegas on last year's Hot Rod Power Tour and returned to Santa Barbara on one tank of gas, a total of 393 miles. He says, "those factory 26-gallon gas tanks are great."

By Miles Cook
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