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Old 12-22-2009, 01:08 AM
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Default That '58 Tbird h-bomb Was Looking At

The Tbird Registry was up for me this evening and I checked out that VIN # for it. It is not in the registry. So previous owners did not register it probably because they did not know about the registry. Here is the link to it.

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Old 12-23-2009, 09:04 AM
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I took a quick look at the 58 T-Bird in Palmetto today and attached are photos and an inspection report. I didn’t drive the car. The young lady that works there didn’t offer and frankly I was leery about driving it. You can definitely find nicer ones for not much more money. I sold a 60 in July for $7500 that was a better car. Opening the hood is a three person job. I also couldn’t get underneath it but if you really want this car I’ll see if they’ll put it on a lift . This is a project for someone that has a lot of money and time. I would imagine that $2500 to $3000 would take it. Supposedly it belongs to a lady whose husband passed and she just wants to get rid of it. I would gut it and tear it completely apart and start over as the work that has been done is substandard at best. These are just my recommendations and you will have to make your own decisions. If it’s OK with you I will post this on the forum site so others won’t be tempted. My phone is below if you have any questions.

Good OK Trash . . . . .
Interior Trash

Pad OK Rust around the edges

Seats Trash

Headliner Very Dirty

Interior Chrome Trash

Paint Cheap & Fast Re Paint

Ext Chrome Trash but Salvageable

Rust Yes

Engine Unable to hear it run They gave me two ignition keys and neither worked

Trans Unknown see above

Brakes Unknown

Exh Looked Fairly New

Under Car ?? No Lift

Tires Weather Checked

Wheels ?? New Hubcaps

Controls Suspect

Electric Unknown

Grind Marks and rust repair on hood above battery. Common problem from overcharged battery
Paint bubbles on recent re paint. Chrome and windows show tape lines & overspray

Carpet reasonable new but wet. Windows, if they work, won't close properly

Chassis springs worn. Car sits very low.

Blue respray over white paint.

No trunk lock. Open with screw driver I guess

My Recommendation: Run! This is a $1500 car and will take a lot of money to fix even to a decent driver. On a 1 to 4 scale this is a 1-
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:21 AM
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Jim, I can't thank you enough for doing that for me!

I sent them an insult offer of $1500.

I'll keep looking!

Thanks again, and thanks to everyone here for your help!

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Good job, Jim. I agree with all you've said; this poor car needs a whole lot of work. After seeing the real bad paint job and the torn seat covers, that's enough... no need to look underneath or hear the engine and trans. Chrome is badly pitted, stainless looks terrible, glass laminate is yellow and bubbled...

They didn't metal finish before painting, and all that overspray... what a waste.

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