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Nice looking car, going to need more than a fender to fix that corner.
I swear in this day of high rez cameras people still post crappy pictures or is it just me. I feel they are hiding something...
 

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Looks nice, I'd have a look in the hit area to see what's bent. Hopefully, there are parts cars available for replacement body parts. Painting the car w/ a good paint job will be several thousand. As always, run the car thru it's paces, make sure everything works.

Is this a buy and keep car or a fix and resell? If fix/resell, not sure it would be a money maker, given the price of the paint work.

I have a '70 and am not familiar with the later models.

Let us know when you get it and let us know how it's going!

chris.
 

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Minimum:
- fender
- bumper
- bumper shock
- wheel well trim

Looking at the gaps, wouldn't surprise me at all if the frame is bent. The whole front end has to come apart, everything needs to get pulled back in place, then straight parts hung. Then, prep and paint. Suddenly, your $1500 car is $4000.

I'd pass... that's just me, though. If you have a body man connection (or, you can paint), and you know where there's a 77-79 at a cheap U Pull It...
 

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Minimum:
- fender
- bumper
- bumper shock
- wheel well trim

Looking at the gaps, wouldn't surprise me at all if the frame is bent. The whole front end has to come apart, everything needs to get pulled back in place, then straight parts hung. Then, prep and paint. Suddenly, your $1500 car is $4000.

I'd pass... that's just me, though. If you have a body man connection (or, you can paint), and you know where there's a 77-79 at a cheap U Pull It...
This. Check that frame out very carefully.
 

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I wouldn't trust that seller as far as I could throw him. That right front corner has been smacked really hard and he has the colossal gall to say that it has a "dent". Like the Titanic had a dent on its right side just before it disappeared for some reason. I'd start running now.

Cheers..............R.
 

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Take a grand off the price and you're closer to where it should be. With that damage the frame is probably bent and not worth fixing unless you already have a lead on all the parts it needs.
 

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Its definitely been hit hard, a bent frame will kill the deal for me, as well as if the mileage is not some what verifyable. It would be a project car that I would keep. Theres a 79 coupe that came to our pullaprt last week, it has a decient front bumper, but the fender is not that good.

Ill look at my 79 and try to picture if that damage would likely cause a bent frame.

Its about a 5 hour drive to go look at the car. Ill see if the feller will send me some pictures of the frame.
 

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If the carpet and interior are as sharp as they look it would be worth parting out. Those and the engine have a decent value if good.
 

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I am nowhere close to being an expert. Not in any way. But it looks like the way the bumper was hit, it not only moved it back, but up. That could put a whole new twist on the way the frame took the impact. Maybe the bumper support just folded instead of collapsing so maybe it isn't so bad....... On the other side, it could be an impact that the bumper support was never designed for and it may have really thrown things out.
On your "test drive" can you take it to a body shop and pay for an estimate?
You also have to be concerned about the integrity of the frame. If there is any frame rust, it may not tolerate being pulled back into place. A minor frame adjustment may be impossible.
Jeff
 

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I would bet on frame damage. Not worth fixing. Shame because it looks nice otherwise
 

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Almost looks like it could be a fuel injected car. No fender badges but who knows without the VIN.

I've seen lesser hits tweek the frame.
 

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Doesn't look that bad. The frame horns are a good 4 or 5 inches long and thats nowhere near that. The impact was only a small spot on the bumper and it looks like it didn't run up onto whatever it hit. The other damage is from the bumper end being pushed back and swinging up into the fender. I guess I'd be more worried if the bumper didn't swing up and went straight back instead.
 

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The damage looks like the car left the road and hit something. I have seen cars with less damage have a tweaked frame. You may not even see the damage until you put your new fender on. I agree that it needs to be a grand cheaper.
 
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