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Offline randr

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79 Y84?
« on: July 10, 2006, 07:57:40 PM »
I recently picked up a 79 Trans Am I intend to completely restore. According to the cowl data it was not originally a Y84 TA but i intend to restore it as one. I was wondering if this would dramatically decrease the value of the car when it was done. Also wanted to know if i am changing what it originally was, should I consider an engine change. It has an olds 403 now which needs a total rebuild.  I am being told that I could probably get a new crate engine for less then the rebuild would cost. I know the Pontiac 400 had considerable more horsepower. I know trying to find the Pontiac or going with the Crate engine would completely change it from being original and would appreciate any input. Thanks

Offline ta78w72

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006, 08:03:35 PM »
You ought to check some of the posts on this site.  Others here think you can get a rebuild for $3,600.  If you can do it, I'd rebuild the 403.  And, the 403 had more horsepower than the standard Pontiac 400.

Pontiac 400 180HP
Oldsmobile 403 185HP
Pontiac 400 W72 220HP.

I think a crate engine would cost more in the long run.

Offline randr

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006, 08:09:00 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Do you think a "cloan" special edition would be worth considerably less the an actual one with matching cowl data?

Offline ta78w72

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2006, 09:14:59 PM »
I think you should build exactly what you want and not worry about what it will be worth.  As long as it's a nice looking car it will have value.  I don't think a clone is worth less because someone made it a clone.  However, a clone won't bring the same value as the real thing.

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2006, 11:19:22 PM »
I look at it this way... A totally restored 1979 Trans Am would be about $18,000.  If you made the car into a "clone", then you loose some value because you are not going back Original, but you are making it more desiarable by making it what people want.  So, if you Clone the car, I would put it at about $18,000.  So, going back to original or making it a clone would probably net you about the same amount in the end.
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Offline Maryland Bandit

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2006, 10:21:43 AM »
I sold a 79 clone S/E last year for 9,000. Bought a correct Y84 S/E for 21,000 this year. I'm keeping this one for life because its correct. Its all a matter of personal perference. I was as far as I wanted to go with the clone dollar wise. It would always be a 'copy'. I wanted the real deal. Real deal cars will always be more money, buying or selling.
In the end, do what YOU want and what YOU can afford. Opinions are cheap, its YOUR money out there in the driveway.
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1979 Y84 S/E - sold

Offline randr

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2006, 04:01:15 PM »
Thanks for all the advice and input. I'm gona go for it and start restoring this one. The few original Y84s I've come across were in alot worse shape and were alot more money then the one i picked up. I hope it doesn't end up costing me more then I could ever get for it. Thanks again.