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Unread 12-08-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need help appraising my 1969 Mach 1

Hi everyone! I am new to this site and wish I knew about it several years ago.
I own a 1969 Mach 1. (Its been in my family for 15 years). My father passed away and left it to me right before he died. I now have a guy interested in buying it, but its not running right now. As a matter of fact, he has driven me crazy for the last few months about it since he knew I was the owner. It was running when I parked it a little over a year ago at my friends house. When I got it from my father, he said the carb needed re-building and the exhaust was new. All I know is it was fast and sounded really good.

The drive train, engine (351W), Automatic transmission, exhaust and chassis is very good, but the body has a lot of rust around the tail lights, door hinges, and bubbling surface rust here and there. The interior is really good actually, and the seats are very nice. The back seat looks hardly used. The floor pans have rust and could use replacement or modification. I have new front end parts (control arms and bushings, etc) that have never been installed. I also have the original rims and hub caps, although the wheels on it now are Craigar SS rims.
My father was going to re-do this car and never got time and or money. I thought about re-doing it and giving it to my son for his 16th B-day. Could someone direct me to some sort of appraisal website or method to use? I am interested in selling or trading it to him for a classic Ford truck, or maybe not. I just don't know what it's worth or if its worth fixing up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I say fix it up!
A '69 Mach 1 is a beautiful car, well worth it, in my opinion. It may need some work, an you may not get as much money out as you put in but it will be worth it!
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Hey buddy I would strongly recommend holding on to that thing... those are beginning to be few and far between..and besides..your father left it to you.. id stay with it man.. those are becoming priceless, in my eyes at least.
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Default Thanks for the advice.

How do I appraise it though? Is it worth fixing up?

It must be, because this guy is a known mustang restorer. He has a few on his used car lot selling for 20 to 30 grand
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I think you should keep it. The guy really wants you to sell it to him because he knows how collectible you mach is. Hold on to your dad's legacy.
oh yeah, DON"T give it to your 16 year old son.
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I found my 69 Mach 1 back in 2007. The 69 mach 1 was always my dream car to own. It's currently covered and garaged until I finish my 65 convertible. I will then take a little breather, save a little more $ for its restoration and then get to work. In my humble opinion, the 69-70 sportsroofs are only going to be in more demand in the coming years and their prices will go up. Unless you are desperate for money or in some kind of rush for another reason, don't sell! If you have somewhere to store it, let it sit until you're ready to get to work on it. Even with the rust issues you described, it sounds like your Mach 1 is in pretty decent shape. Do you know if that's the original engine? Do you know where it was built? Do you have any photos to share? I've attached a few of mine. I plan to restore it as close to stock as I can and re-paint it to its original color, Winter Blue.

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Hold onto that car, like the others are saying, he is pestering you because he knows the potential value of that car. And it was your dad's car, I wouldnt get rid of it...and as for the 16 year old, I might give it to him when he was 36, but not 16...that 351 is too much for a 16 year old...Fix it...Fix it.....Fix it....
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I also say keep the car if you can. I wish I had never sold my 69 Mach 1. But, you need to know what it is worth, so you can decide for yourself. Go to www.antiquecar.com. Click in the "businesses" section under "appraisals". then you will get links to 4 sites that give basic car values (NADA, GoldBook, etc). These will show you what your Mach 1 could be worth, but keep in mind that most of these assume the car is in very good shape. The cost to repair any obvious rust would have to be deducted from what it says the value is. This is not precise, but it will give you some idea of what your car is and could-be worth. As others have already said, expect the value of your car to go up (but only if you fix it up a bit more - fix the rust).

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Post some photos of the Mach showing the all the bad spots of the body. We can help judge if it's worth restoring - which it probably is. What's the VIN? Do you have the drivers Door Data Plate? If yes, what are the codes? These codes determine if it is a real Mach 1, plus all the equipment it came with.

I'd agree with the others regarding keeping & restoring it - but I'm sentimental and would not want to sell my fathers gift to me. Plus it's a Mach!
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Default This site is awesome!

Thanks for all the input guys... I am definitely feeling like I should keep it now. This guy is really hot for the car, so there must be some reason. He offered me $7000 or trade even for a 2000 GT Mustang, triple black.

By the way, my son is 14 now, and I was thinking of fixing it up for him... Two years from now he can drive it. I may hold the title til he is 30ish like that one dude said. lol

I am going to get pics on here as soon as I can. I will post them and VIN info soon. You guys are great! Thanks.

Also, fyi - my day driver is a very nice 2003 F-150 100th Harley, two tone silver and black. I'm still a Ford man!
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