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Daily driven 65 Falcon rear ended and pushed into car in front.
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Body can be fixed. Right rear quarter panel needs to be pulled away from right rear door.
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Front damage not too bad.
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Really built small Six with lots of cool mods.
car has 63K original miles
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motor rebuilt and upgraded at 58K miles
C4 rebuilt 3 months ago
all brake lines and components replaced and upgraded front to disc brakes
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5 new tires
4 new shocks (rear are coil-overs)
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new 1" sway bar

Dash in great condition.
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lots of other upgrades and details
$3000
Car is in East Central Florida
60 miles south of Daytona
 

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Your better off fixing this and driving it. Or parting it out.
Just my .02

Looks like it was a nice driver.
I don't do body work.
It was my son's car.
He has 70 mile a day commute to school and really wanted A/C.
I have checked the selling prices for 4 door Falcons all over the Southeastern U.S. and this car with the low mileage and all of the upgrades could bring big money if someone did as much work to it as we have.
A good paint and body man could turn this into a $5500 car for the cost of paint and a few weekends of labor.
Other than paint and body work, it only needs carpet.

Oh, and it IS a great driver, not WAS.

Don't want to part it out...yet. that's a last option.
 

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Add Vintage air a/c to it and let him drive it.

You or someone needs a body or get it on a frame machine for sure.

Good luck
 

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Be interested to see how insurance stepped up for you.
One of these "classic" insurance co's offer premiums that look to good to be true,
One horror story, guy received cents on the dollar for a wrecked TVR.
He got 7500 & thought he was insured for 32K!!
 

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The Falcon only had liability insurance.
The insurance company did not total out the car, which means the cost of the damages did not exceed 75% of the value of the vehicle.
They estimated the damage at $2900.

So the insurance company figured the value of the Falcon to be at least $4000 before the wreck.

We found a body guy that could have fixed it for less than that, (same guy that was going to install the floor pan for us).
Alan wanted something that had A/C, power brakes, and could haul musical equipment.
He got a 99 Expedition . 5.4, leather, dual A/C, big cargo area with 3rd row seat removed and HUGE towing capacity.
We are selling the Falcon to recover some of the investment. Alan still owes Poppa Randy over $3500 on the Falcon build. Otherwise I would put it the motor and trans in my Maverick and part out the rest.
Funny thing is the Expedition gets about the same gas mileage in town and 3-4 mpg better on the highway than the Falcon 175 six on the same commute.
 

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If the Ins. Co. thought they could get more than $1,100 for the car as is, they would have totaled it and given you the $4,000.

Old cars are a gamble, we have to invest wisely. Just because we spend our money making them just the way we think they should be does not mean some one will see the value in our effort or ( and this is a big one ) appreciate our taste in vehicles and modifications. There is no direct correlation between money spent and value.

If you had started with a two door/hardtop and a 289 car, you would be in a much better position to recoup your investment. I think selling your car in pre accident condition for 4000 would be tough and your trying to sell it for 3000 with 3000 damage.
 

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If you would click on the Craigslist ad link and read the post completely, you would see that I am listing it as the ultimate PARTS DONOR vehicle...

This was never represented as a perfect restoration car ready for the next Concours d' Elegance at Pebble Beach.

I never claimed this was the greatest investment car ever found.

It's a wrecked 50 year old cheap commuter car with a small motor and rust in a body style that was only made for 2 years.

I don't give a crap about your claimed 40 years of body shop experience.

I have current knowledge of the classic car market within 750 miles of me and I have seen the damage in person. I know what the car is worth HERE and now.

$3000 wouldn't cover all of the new parts that are on this car.

I;m not asking for $10K
 

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from the ad:

"Let our loss be your dream donor car. Custom build or original restoration, this car has the parts for your classic Ford or Mercury. Great donor car for a 61-65 Falcon / Comet / Ranchero or 64, 65, 66 Mustang build / restoration. Many parts also fit Maverick / Comet early Bronco, and pre-66 Econoline."
 

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Shame you had to be so aggressive.
Folks like Iowan were only trying to educate/help you out.

I hope you can sell the car for $3000.... As he mentioned tho, it would be very very hard to do.
 

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Wow. I'm sure with his extensive classic car knowledge, he knows that #1, it's a Falcon. #2, it's a 4 door. And #3, its not worth fixing.

It might be worth what the engine and trans can fetch... Not a lot more.
 

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I straightened it out the front some with a big hammer, here are the before and after pics:
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I did the same with the back.
Here's the back before the wreck, after the wreck and after I went ape on it with a big hammer:
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sometimes you just need a REALLY BIG Hammer and some beer...

I sold it for $2500 to a guy in his 20's that has built a bunch of ricers and wanted something different. He is from a family of old Ford builders.

If he puts as much work, money, and heart into it as we did, he will have an awesome ride.
 
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