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Post by 73 chevelle on Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:42 am

hey i am tom live in michigan i am looking at buying a 73 chevelle and joind to get info on the car like what to look out for

it's a 73 2 door with a THM 400 with a revers valve body, 12 bolt with a spool, harness, 315 with a cam (305 60 over) 6" lift off hood

car is in washington has some sail panle rust where the vinyl top use to be but for 800

here is a pic the guy sent me




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Post by Limey SE on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:04 am

Welcome aboard Tom, Looks like a solid foundation to start with DIGGING ON THE WHEELS, Have similar but wider

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Post by 73 chevelle on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:10 am

wheels are no longer on the car. but i do plan on getting another set if i get it most likely will

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Post by Limey SE on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:15 am

when do you know if you get the car or not ?? and what are your plans

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Post by 73 chevelle on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:22 am

late september i will know for sure trying to figure out shipping right now (car is in washington state i am in michigan)

plans mainly drive it and fix the little bit of rust on the sail panles. i also have a 362 oldsmobile i have been building that will go in the car with built 200-4r going to have that be a manual valve body as well

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Post by 74chick on Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:49 am

Welcome

For 800 you will not be going wrong. You may want to work out a way to ship it instead of driving it til you know if it will make it that far. Look in to reanting a truck and triler to bring her home with. Should take you about a week round trip. But for 800, do it.
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Post by 73 chevelle on Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:02 am

not driving it

so far $900 is the cheapest only becuase it's a classic car witch i have no issue with

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Post by JB2wheeler on Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:42 am

If I was you, I would proceed with caution. The price sounds too good to be true. Have you seen the car in person? How much bondo is under that fresh white paint? Are the floor pans rusted out? How about frame rust rot? I am not saaying you should not buy it, I am saying you should know exactly what you are buying. That is one of the best cars ever made, so I hope you do save it and take good care of it. One thing that concerns me is the 12 bolt rear end with a spool, there were a few 73s that had the 12 bolt, but not many and a spool is not anywhere near as good as a posi unit on street driven cars. JB2wheeler
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Post by The Dude on Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:48 am

I only know of ONE 1973 Chevelle that came with a 12 bolt from the factory & it's the Baldwin Motion. They were phasing out the 12 bolt & 8.2" 10 bolt in 71 & by 72, a lot of A Bodies already had the 8.5" 10 bolt. It is possible to swap one in, but it takes more fabrication than it's worth. This is hard facts based off of experience & also some Chevelle books that I have listing all available options & installation rates.

$800 for a 73 Chevelle that's drivable & has a title is a good deal. I got more than that out of mine with no title & not running. JB does make an excellent point about checking the car over for hidden rust. Just make sure to send the hood my way if you get it, LoL!
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:49 am

Welcome, Tom!

Whereabouts are you in Michigan? I too, live in this great state!

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Post by 77malibu77 on Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:55 am

lol i was about to say something about the 12 bolt, but i saw jb beat me to it, in the picture it shows a 10 bolt not 12.... scratch
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:15 am

77malibu77 wrote:lol i was about to say something about the 12 bolt, but i saw jb beat me to it, in the picture it shows a 10 bolt not 12.... scratch

Brandon what other pic do you see I can not see the rear from a side shot ??

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Post by 73 chevelle on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:04 pm

for a long time the car had a 383 and was a drag racer the trans and rear are hold overs from that time it still has a harness in the car lol at one point the car ran on race gas strictly. the rear was put in some time in the 80's. i will see what it is but for sure it's a spool. i will ask him though.

the car has rust i am aware of this that's why i am paying $800 for it. i have know the guy for a wile. besides the rust on the sail panles that need to be patched there is also some quarter sizes holes behind the rear wheels. the frame is solid it's been on the westcost all it's life. the car is also mostly flat black now. the guy sanded downs most of the rust on the top and wnted the car to be on color.

the floors are solid the car has no carpet so it's real easy to tell lol

also i am in mt. pleasant michigan

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Post by 74Malibu383 on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:43 pm

Sounds like a great deal. Sheet metal can be replaced, but a junk frame isn't going to do you any good. If you say the frame is good, I would jump on it.
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Post by 77malibu77 on Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:13 pm

Limey wrote:
77malibu77 wrote:lol i was about to say something about the 12 bolt, but i saw jb beat me to it, in the picture it shows a 10 bolt not 12.... scratch

Brandon what other pic do you see I can not see the rear from a side shot ??

what? why do you have to look at the rear i thought it had to do with the lugs
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:28 pm

Dude.... you are flat out killing me today. You need to count the bolts on the differential (pumpkin) (round thing in the middle of the axles). That's what differentiates a 10 bolt from the 12 bolt.....

A 10 Bolt rear has 10 bolts - Can you guess how many a 12 Bolt rear has? Smile
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Post by 77malibu77 on Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:39 pm

obviously but i always thought ten bolt rears were c uz theres 5 lugs on each wheel, and the 12 was 6 bolts on each wheel.
the only thing i need to learn about a car is more about the engine and trans and rear end. srry i dont have as much experience as you for i have only had my el camino for 2 or 3 years
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Post by The Dude on Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:12 pm

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Post by 73 chevelle on Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:20 pm

guy said it is a 8.5" 10 bolt.

the 12" was removed in 2004 so my bad

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Post by The Dude on Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:26 pm

Not a big deal 8.5 10 bolts are nearly as strong as 12 bolts anyways. It sounds like you have a good deal going for you. At least the owner isn't a total stranger & you seem to know quite a bit about it's condition.
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Post by 73 chevelle on Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:45 pm

yes only reason why i am even considering getting the car

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Post by McCauley5983 on Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:03 pm

wasnt that car on this site i remember seeing pictures
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:01 pm

wow you have your work cut out for you ...........you will spend your budget on the roof

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:06 pm

GOOD LUCK...

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