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Need an Opinion on this 1973 Grandé
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I am interested in finding a heavily optioned Grandé and found this one:
http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/l-Used-1973...=116215130
As far as options go, this car has what I am looking for. I don't care for the black paint and the custom hood badging but I could live with those things for a while. It looks like this car was a H code that has been upgraded. I am concerned about the photos of the undercarriage. In some of these pictures it looks like there has been some cutting and welding on or near the frame members. I would appreciate some feedback from the forum on what you guys think about this car and whether or not you think it has been rebuilt from a major front end crash.

Steve
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code C6 Auto
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code 4 Speed
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#2
Looks like a nice clean well optioned (now) upgraded Grandé. I like whats been done. Very sharp. Undercarriage looks like it's a good driver quality and looks solid. Didn't notice anything funny under other than the heavy front sway bar. (which helps considerably)
No engine pics?
I saw what looks like some paint bubbling on the drivers side lower front quarter.
I'd look at it in person if I were able to. Always notice things better in person than in pics.
I'm not hot on the 73 front end but this car looks sharp anyway. Good luck.
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mach1000;242528 Wrote:Looks like a nice clean well optioned (now) upgraded Grandé. I like whats been done. Very sharp. Undercarriage looks like it's a good driver quality and looks solid. Didn't notice anything funny under other than the heavy front sway bar. (which helps considerably)
No engine pics?
I saw what looks like some paint bubbling on the drivers side lower front quarter.
I'd look at it in person if I were able to. Always notice things better in person than in pics.
I'm not hot on the 73 front end but this car looks sharp anyway. Good luck.

Thanks for the reply. I have asked them for engine photos and a Marti report. Are you saying you don't think this car came with the options listed ?

Steve
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code C6 Auto
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code 4 Speed
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#4
Nice car, premium price...
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#5
Nice car with power windows which are rare. I wonder if it has intermittent wipers. I think its weird that there are 60 photos taken but none of the engine compartment. Makes you wonder ?


John J
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#6
Clean looking car.

- Mike
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#7
Is the dust shield missing on the trans? Kinda looks like it is

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#8
Looks like it had a pretty bad oil or tranny leak at some point.

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#9
Nice looking car, don't care for the side stripes or the Cragars. Lots of options, good question if they are all original. If they are, it's a very heavily optioned car. A/C, P/W, rear defrost, convenience group, instrumentation group. etc.

Could stand a good power washing and chassis detail. You'd have to put a crossover on the main pipes to reduce the Flowmaster drone.


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#10
Opinion you say:

Image 35: At the door gap, it appears like a small crease of bondo on the front lower fender?
Image 36: Small bubble front drivers quarter, just above the rocker?
Image 38: Small bondo crack on the lower quarter edge underneath where it wraps to the truck extension?
Image 39-40: Rear valence painted flat black?
Image 42: Small bubles on the lower corner of the passenger door?
Image 43: Again at the door gap, it appears like a small crease of bondo on the lower fender?
Image 48: The transmission inspection cover missing.
Undercarriage does appear like it had a massive oil leak and though it is ugly, it probably works well to prevent rusting. I also agree that the lack of a crossover pipe will make the exhaust drone. Also in the underside image (#48) you can see that the engine appears to have been redone. Notice a chrome alternator, odd clamps on the fuel pump and the fuel filter down low, transmission looks like it was untouched (or cleaned). The soft lines for the brakes all appear to be original, meaning old and cracked. Especially that one located on the rearend. About the rearend, it looks like the front seal is leaking slinging oil on the exhaust and the shocks. Also, air shocks tend to hide rear spring sag.

This is just what you can glean in the pictures. I see the price is reduced to $16900 so a closer inspection of these areas and a good test drive, I would not think the price is outrageous. Still a very nice looking car and if it runs as good as the description says it does, then go see it and make your opinions of whether it is worth the asking price (or negotiate a better price).

I ended the above in question marks as the pictures may be showing odd reflections that look like cracks and bubbles.
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