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I love buying cars that "need" paint because they are full of orange peel and runs,  or just badly faded.  I'll tell you neitehr of these cars looked anything like this when I started.  The chord almost looks like it was painted with a broom. 

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nice interior in the A from the looks of it and that would be priced around 9500. here in NJ and would sell.

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Randy, what are the steps youre taking in "cutting" the paint  to get that glow?

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If it's crazy rough I have used 600 on a block before,  but usually for average rough paint 1000 grit will do the trick,  if you have only a little orange peel you can start at 1500.  The goal is to get to 1500 or even better yet 2000 when wet sanding,  then buff.  I use a wool pad on a Dewalt variable speed right angle Grinder/ buffer.  I usually use it mostly at the low 1000 RPM.  I also use  A product called ultra Chroma Polish.  It's made by Presta.  

Here is a link. 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Presta-Ultra-Polish-Chroma-1500-1-Gallon/173964342024?epid=1700971665&hash=item2881153308:g:nB8AAOSwBJxdKxXU

Honestly for small areas I use Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish. 

For medium size areas I can't get the big buffer in,  I use a 4 or 5 inch foam pad on my right angle air grinder

 

When using coarser grits, I use good lighting and carefully watch progress to avoid burn through.  If anything gets thin looking,  I finish all buffing by hand in those areas.  

 

When Blocking you have to be careful as things show up fast that you didn't even really know about. 

 

That final buff with the small pad on my air grinder,  really finished it off nice.  I actually did alot of the car with it,  for the final step,  just to finish off some of the little spots I missed. 

 

Also when changing grits go in a 90 degree to what you just sanded with the coarser grit. 

 Don't sand in circular motions as a straight scratch won't show up as much as a circular one just in case you get a spec of debris on your paper.  (it happens) 

Any questions just let me know. 

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I think there are alot of 70's cars that fall into this category.  I usually don't pay much attention to them,  because there are quite a few and I have my setting set to about 1970 as the newest cars on all my searches.  I bet most anyone could find a pretty clean 70's, especially later 70's  car for reasonable money in their area. 

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Newer cars are easy to find.  Older ones are generally the ones people come here to ask advice about and where to get them.   Every car has something to offer a potential owner.  I post cars that fit my interest which are quite broad but peter out in the early 70's as Detroit kind of lost their groove about that time.   Yes i can appreciate a near spotless later model vehicle,  just because it was kept so well.  It's nothing I want to own,  so why would I waste my time wading through thousands of ads for cars that don't stimulate my interest whatsoever?  Even alot of 60's cars do nothing for me,  but since they fall in my search criteria looking for the few that do,  I post them here. 

You are more than welcome to add later model stuff,  but it might be best to start a new thread just so guys won't have to wade through piles of more recent iron to find the older stuff as I imagine you would find alot more than I do to post in that under 10 grand range. 

as it is,  we've veered a few times but most of those looking at recently posted won't have to wade through the earlier stuff. 

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Most of them are good value buys too but that Grand Prix was so hard to look at and I sure hope no one posts anything after 72 myself.

I'm sorry but from the early 70s to early 2000s make my eyes bleed. I know we have folks on here that love them but by the time the 80s rolled around I was so tired of seeing anything built after 72 (all the same - no style garbage) it's hard to think of anything since 72 as being fun and enjoyable or worth the money (excluding the Hellcat of course). 

 

Finally some Model A's that are priced accordingly, that's reassuring (and about time to be quite frank). They've always been so plentiful (and repop parts galore) so I'm shocked every time I see one over $10k but I digress...

 

I've got 1972 as my cut off year for my daily Craigslist search because of the Chevy Blazer 4x4. When done up in triple black it's hard to not count a 72 Blazer as a desirable nostalgic piece.

Example:

https://www.admcars.com/1970-chevrolet-blazer-4wd-houndstooth-4-speed-c-829.htm?sold=Available&

 

 

 I found this 57 Cadillac locally that I thought had some potential. I'm not a fan of Caddy's but this one looks like might have some value for someone mainly because it's very complete and original plus the AZ dry air.... Maybe the Cadillac community can chime in on it? Someone will flip it I'm sure of it. My guess is $5500-6000 will buy it.

 

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/d/tempe-1957-cadillac-coupe-deville/6922829298.html

 

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Boy the chrome looks wonderful on that.  It's worth that if you have crappy chrome on your car,  just for the chrome.  But one could be driving a 57 caddy 2 door hardtop for less than a rough 55 chevy 4 door.  Alot to be said for that. 

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How about the 29 Peerless listed right here.  CCCA car that looks ready to enjoy.  $22k is usd, maybe a little import hassle, not so sure but still...  That is a deal I think..

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I saw that and though seems to be a bargain,  I didn't cross post it as seems most the guys looking for their first car seem to be short on cash and big on desire.   Might be cruel for them to look at the caviar but tell them all they can afford is the tapioca. ;) 

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For something a little different how about this 1926 Ajax.  With rebuilt engine on the road for just under 6G.  Probably not a bargain of any sort but definitely different. 

https://nh.craigslist.org/atq/d/new-hampton-1926-ajax-car/6917784097.html

1926 Ajax 4 dr. sedan Engine with less than 50 hr after rebuild. All new interior. This car was manufactured for 2 years and then they changed the name to the Nash light six because it did nor sell well with the Ajax name. 
Car is 100% complete and registered and running on the road. Needs a new fabric top. Body work and paint. I also have an Ajax jack that goes with the car. See pic. NO Emails Call Chuck at 603-Two, one, seven 7234 

 

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I have an Ajax title somewhere. you dont see these very often.

 

trash in the photos really "enhance" the sale.

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Didn't want to post on guy's listing but I think the 37 Ford tudor posted elsewhere here would have been a hot deal say 5 years ago, at his price.  Today a road ready tudor v8 can be had under $20k.  Maybe they will adjust after seeing the market.   That said, what's left to do on that one doesn't seem like too high of a mountain..

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On 7/17/2019 at 10:01 AM, auburnseeker said:

I saw that and though seems to be a bargain,  I didn't cross post it as seems most the guys looking for their first car seem to be short on cash and big on desire.   Might be cruel for them to look at the caviar but tell them all they can afford is the tapioca. ;) 

Hillarious, not sure how I missed this. Well, if one appreciates the Peerless, perhaps the Ajax is more budget friendly.  You won't see yourself at the local car show for sure.  I am aware of an older restoration, 30 Marquette two door sedan that maybe $10k gets.  Same attributes but has not been an easy sell.  Reasonably attractive car though...

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I know this car isn't going to excite many but if it's half as good as it looks,  it's a good buy.  Maybe not a bargain,  but wow there is something about all original cars that just makes even the humble  4 door base sedan stand out. 

Unfortunately the pictures are crappy and look better in the ad (less grainy)

No cracks in the wheel The dash even sparkles even though the chrome still needing a good cleaning. 

Good thing it's not in my neighborhood as I have just enough laying around I would be tempted to buy it. 

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/d/elizabeth-1949-desoto-deluxe/6940411106.html

1949 DESOTO DELUXE - $6500 (ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY)

1949 DESOTO DELUXE 30,500 ORIGINAL MILES, ONE OWNER, 3 ON THE TREE, RUNS GOOD, BEAUTIFUL CAR, ORIGINAL BOOKS, MANUEL, AND TIRE IN THE TRUNK, INTERIOR ORIGINAL, ORIGINAL PAINT AND CHROME. $6,500 CALL 347 525 4390

 

 

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agreed- I wouldnt want it, but where will you ever see another in that condition?

 

great great condition! almost hard to believe.

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Manuel is in the trunk?!  Hopefully someone lets him out!!  😉😀 (For the record I freely admit to being in the lower range in terms of spelling and grammer, but I couldn't resist...)

 

Oh the deal, yes sound... 😊

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well the spare is with him, in case he needs to float.................

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 This DeSoto is what is so great about the hobby.  There are cars out there  available for people who  want to get into the ground floor.. Not everyone needs, or can afford a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, or a 1930 Packard 745 to enjoy what we do.. I see several people on this blog  saying the DeSoto isn't for them, well  then it isn't.  But it can be a terrific car for someone who wants to enter our great hobby. There are a lot of bargains out there. Thanks. John

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One of my first cars / restoration attempts was a 50 Coupe.  Never got it on the road.  As I said as unexciting as this is for most,  I could appreciate it for what it is if it really is all original. 

Thankfully far enough away that I don't have to worry about looking at it and then struggling over the decision to buy it and what to do with it as it's really something I don't need. 

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I would actually buy this for a back and forth to work car.  Been thinking of doing that with some plain jane 51-55 mopar sedan for a couple years now.  Nothing ever comes up local.  Car just needs to be able to do 60 and I am happy.

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Not sure if this is a bargain and yes it's not pristine,  I know pretty good ones sell at the 10 G range.  This at nearly half feels a bit like alot for the money as long as you don't mind the yellow color.  

One thing that bothers me is ads listed on a website that requires a computer to post them then the guy says no emails.   So you talk to the guy for an hour on the phone and it's a cell phone with a crappy connection so you only get half of what he's saying as he paces in and out of service on the other end,  half the time never learn more than 3 more photos would show that take less than a minute to email.  If it does get down to needing extra photos,  you have to try to get the email address across the phone which half the time comes out wrong and if not immediately rejected,  you think the other party got the email when it never weent to them because the address was wrong.   Or has this only happened to me? 

 

https://nh.craigslist.org/ctd/d/enfield-1960-amc-metropolitan-nash/6942981683.html

 

1960 AMC METROPOLITAN NASH CONVERT - $5900 (ENFIELD, NH)

4 CYLINDER 3 SPEED, CLEAN LITTLE CAR AND VERY SOLID WITH NEW TOP AND INTERIOR, RUNS AND DRIVES, HAS A CLEAN TITLE.VIN # E78061 CALLS ONLY WILL NOT ANSWER EMAILS. 603-491-0031. WE HAVE 50 MORE CLASSIC CARS TO SELL WITH A WIDE RANGE OF PRICING, NO TRADES

 

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