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1977 Road Runner Help!

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I have the chance to pick up a 1977 Road Runner with t-tops for 1000 bucks. Car has a 360 motor with 2bbl. It needs total restoration. Does not have console in center and shifter is on the column, has white bucket seats. Im also told they only made 2200 of this particular car.

I essentially signed up for this site to ask you guys what your opinion is of this car is. Is this a waste of money or could I realistically make somethng off this car? Not sure what I want to do, and the title is a bonded title.

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It's actually a Volaré Roadrunner, an F-body.

I don't know what to tell you regarding worth. There's a guy local to me that's been trying to sell a green Volaré Roadrunner that is seemingly in excellent shape for the last several years for around $13,000, no takers.

There are some upsides. They're kind of a neat looking car in my opinion, and since it has the small block LA-V8, there are several fairly simple directions to take to improve performance. It would be trivial to install a hopped up LA-V8, doable to install a Magnum V8 even with the need to retrofit the computer in, and there should be enough room to even put a modern Hemi in. Aspens and Volarés still show up in junkyards, and specialty junkyards probably still have loads of parts from cars they received years ago, so getting used parts should be possible.

The downsides are fairly lengthy too. First, emissions testing may be a headache. It was for my Cordoba. Second, there's very scant aftermarket support, so new parts will be difficult to come by. Third, it may not command a lot of attention at car shows, if that's where your interests lie then you may not get the kind positive feedback that you desire. And lastly fourth, like my Cordoba, you're going to sink a lot of money in with no reasonable expectation of getting it back out.

Now, if I didn't have a car at the moment, if the body were solid and if nothing was missing then I might consider something like this, knowng full-well that it'd be a hobby, not a money-maker. There's no reason that it can't be a fun car, but finding replacement parts will be very difficult and there will be plenty of people asking why to bother with this car.

If you want easy, go with a late-sixties A-body. If you're welcoming of a challenge then this may be a good car to tinker with.
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So do you think its worth a grand, and if I had to do you think I could flip it and make anything on it? My thought was to buy it, flip it for 2k. :)
I doubt you can flip it for $2k. Cars of that time period don't bring much money. Often the cars are worth more in parts than whole.
valiant67 said:
I doubt you can flip it for $2k. Cars of that time period don't bring much money. Often the cars are worth more in parts than whole.
i would have to agree... altho unless its a rusted mess i wouldnt get rid of it right away. granted its a glorified t top volare.... cars like that are hard to find. if the rust is minimal, i would keep it for about 5 more years. unpopular cars like that have a habit of raising in value.... case in point the cordobas magnums and miradas... 10 years ago you couldnt get 600 for a running one with no rust. now you are lucky to spend less than 6 grand. im not saying you should keep it, if you could even afford to. just some thoughts to chew on.
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