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Looking for a project car, can be a roller. Will need to be shippable to Maine. Don't care about numbers. Title would be nice but not mandatory. PM me and I will give a quick decision.
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69' bird was my first car, sold it and it got stolen and stripped for perfect interior before they changed title. Junk yard called me and siad they needed 300.00 for storage the shell was on blocks but restorable. Being young an dumb and living in apartment with no storage i had to pass...hope it got parted and not crushed. The Tempest is for the GTO i missed then and my machinists wife has a 69' just like my" firechicken", i've been trying to get her off it but no chance....good luck ill keep my eyes out for one.
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69' bird was my first car, sold it and it got stolen and stripped for perfect interior before they changed title. Junk yard called me and siad they needed 300.00 for storage the shell was on blocks but restorable. Being young an dumb and living in apartment with no storage i had to pass...hope it got parted and not crushed. The Tempest is for the GTO i missed then and my machinists wife has a 69' just like my" firechicken", i've been trying to get her off it but no chance....good luck ill keep my eyes out for one.
Thanks, Have been cruising the web and finding more scammers than real deals. I missed a couple of decent ones on L.A. craigs list. Looking in the south west mostly hoping to get good metal. Will have to ship it to Maine when I finally find one. It will never see snow and be kept warm a dry. If you have ever driven a high H.P. rear wheel drive car in the snow you will know what I mean (LOL). Have a great day and stay safe.
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Looking for a project car, can be a roller. Will need to be shippable to Maine. Don't care about numbers. Title would be nice but not mandatory. PM me and I will give a quick decision.
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Might help to know your budget, and purpose for the car. For example: Will you use it for street, street/strip, or strip only ? Do you plan a total restoration back to somewhere near stock ? Looking for something rust-free or nearly so ?

All these things make a big difference in what will work for you & the price. I'd guess that, right now, a decent, fairly restorable 1st gen Bird will go for $10k min, unless you can find somebody with one, who doesn't know what it's worth and/or needs money quick & you're the 1st guy there with that money.

For anything less than $10k, I'd check it out VERY carefully. Cheap 1st gens usually have LOTS of problems. Otherwise, somebody else would have already bought 'em.

The best deal MIGHT be an older non-400 model resto, which has had a cheap sbc engine swap.
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Might help to know your budget, and purpose for the car. For example: Will you use it for street, street/strip, or strip only ? Do you plan a total restoration back to somewhere near stock ? Looking for something rust-free or nearly so ?

All these things make a big difference in what will work for you & the price. I'd guess that, right now, a decent, fairly restorable 1st gen Bird will go for $10k min, unless you can find somebody with one, who doesn't know what it's worth and/or needs money quick & you're the 1st guy there with that money.

For anything less than $10k, I'd check it out VERY carefully. Cheap 1st gens usually have LOTS of problems. Otherwise, somebody else would have already bought 'em.

The best deal MIGHT be an older non-400 model resto, which has had a cheap sbc engine swap.
10k is my target for the roller. at that price I would hope to get good metal. the Interior I will redo do, so the seat condition is not a big issue as long as they are included. the same for the dash. Plan on doing modern restoration. I will be fun to have a little creative discretion. Will plan to put a 400 C.I. stroked engine in it with a th400. It will be a street car with some "Get up and GO."

I don't do welding so good metal is must and I don't want to deal with aftermarket body panels .
I hope I am not chasing unicorns LOL.
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"10k is my target for the roller. at that price I would hope to get good metal...I don't do welding so good metal is must and I don't want to deal with aftermarket body panels .
I hope I am not chasing unicorns LOL.


I'd say a 50 year old Bird, which doesn't need any body parts replaced, for $10k or less, would be EXTREMELY rare. Most of those were snapped up years ago. Body work is now VERY expensive. So, since you can't do you own, I'd say your best bet is to double your budget for the initial purchase, and look for a car that has already had a decent body resto. Will probably take closer to $20k, for something that doesn't need hardly any body work.

Guessing this one has/had rust, & possibly poor body work, as well as other problems. But, it's near your price range.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101121087

This MIGHT make a decent driver.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101133653

Here's a project car. Just posting some of these to give you an idea of what's out there.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101067434

Here's an idea of what you'll usually get for under $10k. Back in the '70's I bought quite a few 1st gens for Under $500, much less with no engine/trans. With the price of good body/paint work, most project cars end up costing much more than buying an older, by decent, running resto.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/100905232

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/100905236

Here's an older resto that might work, if you like yellow.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101069087

This one looks decent in the pics, which can be very deceiving.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101158929

2013 resto.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101158977

Here's an OHC six '69. Takes lots of extra parts to swap in a V8.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/100923662

'68 4-speed.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101162234

Well, hey, you can Google up lots of 1st gen Birds. But you or somebody who knows what they're lookin at will need to check 'em out real good, before you buy.
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"10k is my target for the roller. at that price I would hope to get good metal...I don't do welding so good metal is must and I don't want to deal with aftermarket body panels .
I hope I am not chasing unicorns LOL.


I'd say a 50 year old Bird, which doesn't need any body parts replaced, for $10k or less, would be EXTREMELY rare. Most of those were snapped up years ago. Body work is now VERY expensive. So, since you can't do you own, I'd say your best bet is to double your budget for the initial purchase, and look for a car that has already had a decent body resto. Will probably take closer to $20k, for something that doesn't need hardly any body work.

Guessing this one has/had rust, & possibly poor body work, as well as other problems. But, it's near your price range.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101121087

This MIGHT make a decent driver.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101133653

Here's a project car. Just posting some of these to give you an idea of what's out there.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101067434

Here's an idea of what you'll usually get for under $10k. Back in the '70's I bought quite a few 1st gens for Under $500, much less with no engine/trans. With the price of good body/paint work, most project cars end up costing much more than buying an older, by decent, running resto.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/100905232

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/100905236

Here's an older resto that might work, if you like yellow.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101069087

This one looks decent in the pics, which can be very deceiving.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101158929

2013 resto.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101158977

Here's an OHC six '69. Takes lots of extra parts to swap in a V8.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/100923662

'68 4-speed.

https://classics.autotrader.com/clas...bird/101162234

Well, hey, you can Google up lots of 1st gen Birds. But you or somebody who knows what they're lookin at will need to check 'em out real good, before you buy.
Thanks for the solid advise and the leads. I am looking at an eight year window on this project so I am not getting in too fast. Have a line on a 66 GTO all there but in rough shape. for 7k. Again will have to investigate further. It's funny when you look for one thing something else pops up. Will let you know how this turn out. Thanks again for the links. The 12.5k with a bad motor looks promising.
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