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Thoughts on this 1970 Challenger convertible?

I just recently purchased a red 1970 Challenger convertible from a local scrap yard. The odometer shows 79,000 miles on the car.

The body is straight with no dents or anything, and it looks like it still has its original factory paint. It's an Arizona car so of course the paint is faded, but it's actually not nearly as bad as one would think for having been sitting out in the Arizona sun for god only knows how long.

However, the interior is a different story. The convertible top is completely ripped, there are no seats and there seems to be quite a bit of rust in the floor.

When I popped the hood for the first time I got excited because it had a 440 in it (not even close to being in working condition though), but unfortunately after looking up the VIN number I found out that it originally came with a 2.5L 6 CYL engine. So upon finding that out I had mixed feelings, because obviously it was a bit of a disappointment because the original engine is gone, but after looking up the production numbers I found out there were only 378 Challenger convertibles produced with a 6 CYL engine that year, which is a pretty damn low number. So at least that's pretty cool to know.

I know it will be very hard to fix this thing up, and it will definitely take a lot of time and money, but I think I'm up for the challenge (no pun intended). I'm in no hurry, so I'm thinking of taking it little by little and just seeing how it goes from there.

So my main question is, does anyone here have any sort of estimate on what this car could be worth in its current condition?

And also, what could this car potentially be worth if it ever does get completely restored one day?

Thanks for reading my story and I will greatly appreciate any and all help guys!
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No pics? WTF?
Lol, sorry about that. I'm heading to bed now but I'll try to get some pics uploaded tomorrow.
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Given your description, you will have 10 times the value of the car tied up in the restoration.

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Lol, sorry about that. I'm heading to bed now but I'll try to get some pics uploaded tomorrow.
Pictures??? are you still sleeping???

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I would guess 10-14k without pics
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Based on your description, easily $50,000.00 to do a resto-mod on it and probably more.

Its not numbers matching, so the big buck value is already gone, plus it was a 6cyl.

Body off rotisserie, then modern suspension, ignition, fuel injection, transmission, steering, brakes, and so on.

I'd look for a totaled modern Challenger to use as a doner car.....come to think of it, my estimate is probably low....closer to $75,000.00 by the time you're finished, depending on how much labor you can do yourself.

The 440 may still be servicable, you'll have to pull it and tear it down. If it doesnt have a hole in the side with a rod sticking out of it, or locked up tighter than a drum, it can be refreshed.

I know a guy who works at a place not 10 miles away from me....you may have seen the place on TV......Restoration Garage. They have an entire back room full of partially finished projects because the owner ran out of money


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I would save that car.. Put the / back in it and enjoy it. People now a days yank the leaning tower of power out for a v8 that does nothing for the car. What is more rare? A convertible Challenger driving around with a / or one with a V8?

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Based on your description, easily $50,000.00 to do a resto-mod on it and probably more.

Its not numbers matching, so the big buck value is already gone, plus it was a 6cyl.

Body off rotisserie, then modern suspension, ignition, fuel injection, transmission, steering, brakes, and so on.

I'd look for a totaled modern Challenger to use as a doner car.....come to think of it, my estimate is probably low....closer to $75,000.00 by the time you're finished, depending on how much labor you can do yourself.

The 440 may still be servicable, you'll have to pull it and tear it down. If it doesnt have a hole in the side with a rod sticking out of it, or locked up tighter than a drum, it can be refreshed.

I know a guy who works at a place not 10 miles away from me....you may have seen the place on TV......Restoration Garage. They have an entire back room full of partially finished projects because the owner ran out of money
Didn't gas monkey garage do just that? Except they used a mint 70-something scat pack and a brand new scat pack. They still dumped a TON of time and money into it, then sold it for $150k IIRC.


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