Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Republic of Texas
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Suggestions when looking at purchasing a 68
Other than the obvious things when purchasing any used car, what should I be specifically watching for? I know you have to be aware of 'clones' people try to pass off, as well as claiming matching numbers. So when out looking at car, where do I find numbers on things to validate numbers matching, etc. I know if I find one I'm serious about, I'll do that Pontiac document thing, but I want to know as much as I can while on site. I owned a 68 as youth and spent tons of time working on it, etc. so I know how to spot lots of things I noticed like a 69 grill on a 68, correct console, seats, steering wheel, etc. As a side note, I'm always amazed when looking at pics just how often I see 69 seats in a 68, or the wrong front valance, grill, etc. I know as with most used cars, rust likes to happen in the lower trunk sides, rocker panels, etc. But are there more specific things I should be aware regarding a 68 that are don't go there. If hood is kinked for example, is fixing or replacing an issue? Missing item that are problematic to find replacements, as I understand the endurance bumper is hard to find? I want to pick everyone's brain as much as possible before I start the process, to try my best to get experience before getting experience, if you know what I mean. I know there are going to be suprises pop up after any purchase of a 47 years old vehicle, but I want to have the best possible idea before tackling a particular vehicle. I'm not looking to do a concours show quality or frame off but have it solid, clean and dependable car I can enjoy. Should never have sold mine, but we all have some of those regrets I guess.
As always, all input is really appreciated.