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Old 06-10-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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I think I stumbled onto a treasure. A 72 Grande with a 302. A/C, Power Steering. It was being refurbished and the owner got a job out of the country and needs to "get rid" of it.

The interior and body have already been redone pretty nicely.
That leaves the engine. We were trying to get it to start, then we found rusty gas, the gas tank was totally corroded. So here is the question..

I realize this baby will need obvious things like, tires, battery, brakes, wiring for the tail lights, we put on a new ignition already.... and now the gas tank. I am not sure what all if anything might be wrong with the engine which has 180,000 miles.

Soooo, if I buy this car "AS IS" right now... is $2000 a good deal?

What would be reasonable to put into it to get it running?

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Old 06-10-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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What's a 72 Grande? Do you mean Grand Torino? Granada, Gremlin? Can you snap a pic?

$2000? is there some cash in the glove compartment? Money (cash is king) is tight now a days and they gotta get outa the country! Must be under indictment, drive a hard bargain. Was it on jack stands? no - flat spots on the axil, bump bump. Does owner know any history? Oil in the block? Auto (dry?) or manual? Can you tow or is a trailer needed?

Did you look under the carpet/trunk rust/holes. Feel in the nooks and crannies for dirt - possible flood damage.

Call a junk yard describe the car as if it's yours and ask them what they would give you, $500 if you tow it in? then that's all I'd offer, start out at $300.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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It is a Mustang, automatic.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:28 AM   #4
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Looks nice but not 2 grand nice, call a junkyard, get a ballpark, make a deal.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:58 PM   #5
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With all due respect, ignore VistaBlueFrank68. He doesn't know what a Grande is, clearly doesn't know enough to justify any form of value.

For a 72 Grande, if there isn't bondo all over the thing, and the interior and exterior are in nice shape, that car is worth $2000 all day. Done nice and running might bring $6000-$7000. You can buy it, buy a 5.0 (302) out of damn near any Ford from 1968-1993, and practically swap the motor right out, have a running/driving car for ~$2500. Then figure $500 for brakes on all four corners, and $500 for new rubber, and you're into it for $3500.


I'd buy it, if there is no rust and the motor was the only issue.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:17 PM   #6
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If that is a rust free New Mexico car, I'd jump on it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:03 AM   #7
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ya that whole call a junkyard thing is kinda out there. call a junkyard and see what they will give you for a 2013 then sell it to me for that price. but really i paid more then that for mine as a empty shell, so i would say if ya want it thats a good price
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One of my biggest Mustang regrets was letting a solid California '72 Grande go.

If it's solid and relatively complete then it's worth 2k all day long.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:24 PM   #9
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180k on the motor...it's probably done anyway. You'll need another one.
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Yeah well if my 2013 was in that condition I might and is that you waffles the guy selling the car? Sorry if I was going to cost you $1500. That notch back was the Mustang parents bought home to their kids disappointment. Now if you really want to do the world a service, fix- up a Starski and Hutch 76-77 Grand Torino.

Well Mr. 1970 from Wi. I bet they saw you coming. I bought a 1970 Mach I in showroom for $1650---------------That was in 1977 though. Go ahead buy the car for $2000 if you weren't so sure you wouldn't have asked. Now excuse me while I go back to sanding my 1978 Mustang II Ghia with a faded landau roof that got hit by a train.

With all due respect, ignore VistaBlueFrank68. He doesn't know what a Grande is, clearly doesn't know enough to justify any form of value.

And Waffles didn't you know Ghia was an Italian Motor Coach Works in Turin. I think they made Grande's, and they were very influential with Ford designers. You Notchback Snob.
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Fun fact: Ghia made the Chrysler Turbine. If you aren't familiar with it then do yourself a favor and check out the episode of Jay Lenos Garage on YouTube. It idles at 22K RPM.



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But I'm 99.99% sure they had nothing to do with the Grande. The Grande was FoMoCo's attempt at a "luxury" Mustang. They were generally loaded with more options and about twice as much insulation to deaden noise.

Check the compression on the motor and see where you're at. You might be pleasantly surprised even with 180k on the clock.
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My question is can you do the labor yourself? If not that $2000 car will quickly turn into a $10G car. And a 72 Grande with the base 302 has little to no collector value.
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I'll bet that in 1977, many 60's muscle cars could be had for a song. That has no relevance to today's market.
I think waffles was being nice, IMO.
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Yeah well if my 2013 was in that condition I might and is that you waffles the guy selling the car? Sorry if I was going to cost you $1500. That notch back was the Mustang parents bought home to their kids disappointment. Now if you really want to do the world a service, fix- up a Starski and Hutch 76-77 Grand Torino.

Well Mr. 1970 from Wi. I bet they saw you coming. I bought a 1970 Mach I in showroom for $1650---------------That was in 1977 though. Go ahead buy the car for $2000 if you weren't so sure you wouldn't have asked. Now excuse me while I go back to sanding my 1978 Mustang II Ghia with a faded landau roof that got hit by a train.

With all due respect, ignore VistaBlueFrank68. He doesn't know what a Grande is, clearly doesn't know enough to justify any form of value.

And Waffles didn't you know Ghia was an Italian Motor Coach Works in Turin. I think they made Grande's, and they were very influential with Ford designers. You Notchback Snob.
Well, I was much more polite in what I typed than I was being in my head, but since you call me a "Notchback snob", I'll be more honest.

You are a ****ing idiot.

I have owned 20 classic Mustangs. Never lost a cent on any one I've bought. That car, if it's in the condition he's saying, I could flip it and make money nearly instantly.

Is this a car you're looking to restore to a 100 point concourse correct show car? Of course not. Are you looking for an investment? Of course not. You're looking at a cheap Mustang that would make a nice cruiser relatively cheap to have some fun with. Go for it, if you like the car.

I also agree that Ghia had NOTHING to do with a Grande. How would you even know that? You don't even know what a Grande IS.

Why did Ghia even get brought into the conversation? Is senility settling in for you, Frank?

This isn't 1977. He's not going to get a Mach in a showroom for $2000. Quit being a ****ing moron. For today's economy, and a car that is not 5 years old, but 41, this is NOT a bad price, given the condition is as stated.

And no, Frank. It's not me selling it. I'd put a new motor in it and be asking more money.

Go ahead and play with your 2013 Mustang. I sell those for a living. Fun cars. Doesn't make you a knowledge bank on values of old ones. You've made that pretty clear.
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What's a 72 Grande? Do you mean Grand Torino? Granada, Gremlin? Can you snap a pic?
Hey Troll, your BS is getting old and you need to ease up mmmkay.
We're seeing you all over these boards, different sections etc... and none of your posts are worth a damn, makes you as useful as a bad case of hemorrhoids, really.
So shape up or you'll be History.
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As the others have said. If its is in the condition your saying and even if it needs an engine, its worth 2k. Just don't invest a lot of money into the car and it will be a fun car to cruise around in.
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