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PostSubject: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:21 pm

Hi all
I'm looking at buying a 57-58 Plymouth or Christine clone. Can anyone give me any advice re cars that have been built by Mopar Mel?
Can anyone suggest or know of any for sale?
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:19 pm

look on craigslist and ebay, let us know what you find and we can verify if it is a real car or a scammer, sometimes pictures of Christine cars are recycled by spammers.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:17 pm

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Hi all
I'm looking at buying a 57-58 Plymouth or Christine clone. Can anyone give me any advice re cars that have been built by Mopar Mel?
Can anyone suggest  or know of any for sale?
Thanks
John

I would do your research when considering a car by any builder. Definitely check any and all references, as this will be an expensive purchase, and you don't want to have to get it redone after spending the big money.

I am assuming you want to buy a completed car, rather than a project?

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:39 am

Yes that is correct. I am looking at a completed car.
MM has one available at the moment but I have read a lot of negative stuff about his work! Is there anyone in MM's area that can have a look at it for me?
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:24 am

It's always a good idea to either inspect the car yourself, or hire someone that is knowledgeable to do so.

Not sure if there are members in the area, but you could either get a cheap flight, or contact a vintage auto appraiser.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:29 pm

Just a word of advice John. All of us get bewitched by these cars and find ourselves with a hair trigger when given the chance to buy one. You'll want to exercise extreme caution while shopping for a 58. When a nice car comes up for sale it sells within hours. When a car hasn't there's usually one or more reasons. Like the guys said...DO YOUR HOMEWORK...WEIGH YOUR OPTIONS...and EDUCATE YOURSELF as to what makes one car worth more than another.

As for Mopar Mel or any other "Vendor" google them, check the vendor feedback section and ASK other hobbyists.

Some members here have been looking for years for the right car and others have decided to build their own to assure they get what they want.

I wish you luck. Feel free to show us any candidates so we can help you. There are a lot of experienced club members that can point things out you might miss. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:41 am

If I had to do to all over again, I would go see the car myself before I purchased it. Parts for these cars are very expensive and difficult to find.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:36 am

I really appreciate all the advice guys.
I'll keep looking but if any of you come across one let me know. I'm very keen to bring one to Melbourne Australia.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:49 am

This is definitely the best place to find one. We regularly update the For Sale Section with Ebay auctions, private sales, craigslist finds etc.

It might help if we had some idea of your budget and what your looking for. Do you want a real Fury or Christine'd belvedere? Do you want a 2 door hardtop or 4 door? How about engine? 350 or 318?

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:12 am

Well I'm not fussed. But probably would prefer a Christine.
Budget - depends on the car, don't really have a budget. As Arnie said "whatever you're asking it's not enough." Very Happy
Style - 2dr hard top.
Engine - if a Fury would like an original engine or if Christined then not fussed. What do Christines have?
What budget should I be looking at?
I want something already restored. Does not have to be show condition but like all of us as good as possible depending on price.
Hope I have given enough info and I hope that you guys can help me in achieving my goal.
A little history on me.
I've been into cars since 13 yo. I'm now 48. When I was 18 I Rodded a 69 Toyota Crown and have since owned many cars. My favourite a to date were my Hot Rods and my current 56 Chev. My first car magazine when I was 13 was Super Chevy with a 56 coupe on the cover. Always loved and still love Rock n Roll, the 50's and all things cars. Even Rockabilly is good. Even had the hair and the shoes. Loved all car movies from American Graffiti, California Kid and Christine ofcourse.
Last year I was diagnosed with the big C and survived. I'm all OK for now but I promised myself if I survived that I would buy a 57-58 Plymouth / Christine and drive it daily to work listening only to Rock n Roll while driving it. The guys at work think I'm nuts but they will see when Christine rocks up in the car park at work.
So hopefully one will turn up and make my dream come true.
Sorry if this was too lengthy for the forum.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:28 am

Great story!

Glad to hear you beat the big C, I've lost a lot of friends the last several years from it.

It took me many years to find a '57 Fury I could afford, most were either so far gone, or way out of my price range, or just plain 'Not for sale'. I started looking for one in the late seventies, and finally acquired one about 2002. It's been my daily driver since.

Persistence will pay off for you too.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:03 pm

no story is ever to long for the forum, you can talk to us on here as much as your heart desires, congratulation on being a survivor. keep your eyes on the forum we post the Christines that we find very regularly. i hope you find your dream car Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:37 am

Hi guys
How do I post any pics of cars I'd like you to have a quick look at and also my current and previous cars?
Oh! I'm using an I pad.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:15 pm

You have to wait a week then: Use Photo bucket etc:

Can I post Images?


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PostSubject: Re: Looking at buying a Plymouth   Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:26 pm

You can now upload to the CCC Gallery by creating a personal album or use the upload feature when posting. You still have to upload the pictures but the server is provided via the board. You can then copy and paste the IMG link into your posts.

You should be in the clear after 7 days like Marc said... Smile

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