Muscle Cars For Sale ‘” How To Locate The Right Classic Muscle Car
This article will cover the steps you should take to find classic muscle cars for sale that are in great shape. The first thing that you have got to know is this, these are old cars, don’t expect to find one that you don’t have to do some work on, unless you have a boat load of cash to shell out.
The days of $2,500 muscle cars are all over with, these days when you looking for muscle cars for sale you need to start at about $10,000 and work from there. You might think that this sounds like a lot of money, but it’s really not.
Consider the price of a new car, they start at around $30,000 if you don’t want a stripped down version. So in comparison they really aren’t that expensive. Although they can get there in a big hurry, if your looking to buy a super rare muscle car, like s GT50 Mustang, L88 Corvette, Or ZL1 Camaro.
These cars are going the high 100 thousands, so plan on peeling the Benjamins out of your wallet. Now the real meat of the article; this article will deal with the shape of the body on the muscle, and will take three different cars in to account.
One car from each of the big three motor companies. We will talk about the Chevrolet Camaro, The Ford Mustang, and the Dodge Charger B body cars. I’m going to talk a little about the areas of each car that you need to look at before you buy the car.
Up first is the Chevrolet Camaro, obviously we are not talking about the new Camaro he, this article the first generation of the Mustang, and the Camaro, and 1968-70 Dodge Charger.
Camaro Problem Areas:
This is a general area for most classic Chevrolet’s to rust out, it is normal for the rocker panels to have rust holes in them, this is because they sit so close to the road, and get a constant pelting by rocks, and road debris.
Sub Frame & Engine Compartment: This area is usually pretty good in most first generation Camaros, but you mat run in to a car here and there that needs help here, on the Camaro this is an easy problem to fix, it’s a matter of bolting on new parts.
Floor Boards: This can be a problem for any classic car, but it seems to affect the Mustang, and the Charger worse them the Camaro.
Rear Wheel Wells: This is a problem for all three of the cars, and the Camaro is no acception here, you will most likely be replacing the rear wheel wells of the car.
The Camaro has a blot in sub frame, UN-like the other two cars in this article, the Chevrolet Camaro is easier to repair rust issues in the radiator support, sub frame, and other major front end components because they bolt to the car rather then weld to it.
Mustang Problem Areas:
Sub Frame & Engine Compartment: This is a bit of a problem in the first generation Mustang, it does like to rust the radiator support, the inner fender wells, and the top structure of the front end components.
The Mustang is a single welded front structure, which means that you don’t just UN-blot it, and bolt in new parts, you need to drill out the spot welds, and weld the parts back in.
Floor Boards: This is another area that likes to rust out in the first generation Mustangs, and usually does, so you need to look at this are very carefully before you buy the car, unless your comfortable with replacing the floor boards of the car. This is a lot of welding, and grinding.
Rocker Panels: These don’t seem to be a huge problem with the Mustang, but you should still take a look at the before you buy one.Trunk Floors: This is another area that seems to be pretty solid on the Mustang, I don’t see them rust here a lot. But it does happen and you should inspect it, this takes care of the problem areas on the mustang, and it should help you decide what car to buy.
Dodge Charger Problem Areas:
Mopars seem to rust out worse then the other two makes of muscle cars, don’t think for a minute that I’m coming down on the Dodge Charger, I love this car, this is just a few things that I have noticed over the years of restoring cars.
Sub Frame & Engine Compartment: In the Charger the battery sits on the passenger side of the engine compartment, and these cars always rust where the battery tray is, they also rust on top of the fender skirts where the fenders bolt to the car, and moderate in the front wheel wells.
The radiator support seems to be pretty solid, most of them have a small patch-able rust hole or two in the radiator support, and after you fix them you usually don’t find any more problems in this area, mopar seems to have done a good job of protecting the radiator support.
Floor Boards: These are a huge problem on the B body cars, on the Charger that we restored, it came in with no floor boards left in it, this seems to be a pretty normal thing, so you must look at the floor boards on any mopar muscle car.
Rocker Panels: The rocker panels on the Charger love to accumulate the rust, so be ready to find some rust bubbles in the paint. You will be replacing the rocker panels.
Rear Wheel Wells: These always rust in the B body Mopar muscle cars, so you should just plan to replace them is you plan on buying one.
Trunk Floors: This is another area that loves to rust on the B body Mopar muscle cars, you should plan on repairing this also, they are great cars, they just need some extra attention.