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Need Opinions: Selling a Classic Car w/a Honey-Do List

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Oper8r, May 19, 2016.

  1. May 19, 2016 at 11:36 AM
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    I'm getting ready to sell my 1969 Chevelle and it has a few items that need attention (of course, it's almost 50 years old). Some things like wiper motor, an indicator light, and leak in front and back glass, are expected and should not ever be a deal breaker and should not mess with the price too much.

    The issue I am having is that I cannot pull the key out of the ignition cylinder. I haven't figured out what the problem is, but more importantly I know what the problem isn't (this happens in these cars sometimes and the problem isn't the two most common problems).

    So my question that I need opinions on:

    Am I good to sell my car if I can't get the key out, or should I keep trouble shooting until I have it figured out? If you are on the side of selling it as is, follow up question, should I be asking for less $$$, or should I be good as a Honey-Do List should be expected on a car like this?

    Lots to absorb, but I don't want to make this decision in a vacuum as I could be wasting my time one way or the other.

    Thanks.


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  2. May 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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    You should call up a locksmith to come check it out. They come to you and you pay ~$50-$100 per hour. Had problems with the cylinder on my wifes car a while back and they came, removed it, took the key with them and came back with a new cylinder build to work with the stock key and installed. Think this only cost us about $200.

    Spending $200 could save you from being talked down $1000.
     
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  3. May 19, 2016 at 12:41 PM
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    The first items you mentioned arent that big of a deal for pricing but maybe fixing the glass seal would be good. If glass is good just get an installer to come and redo the seal. A new windshield cost $300 so just the seal should cost alot less.
     
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    BtW, what do you think you will be putting it on the market for?
     
  5. May 19, 2016 at 12:45 PM
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    Wasn't originally going to get into it, but I already changed out the cylinder, it's not that. There is also another common issue when you change the shifter from the column to the floor, it also isn't that common problem.

    It looks like it is a problem with the internal pieces of the steering column. This is why I am trying to figure out if I am good to just sell it as is. I've been trouble shooting for a long time now and I just want it gone. However, I am looking to not get talked down in price too much, thus the need for opinions.
     
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    I think I might put it up for 18k to start.
     
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    My opinion is to get it fixed however if you just want it gone i can help you for a nice low price :)
     
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    Looks like it is in great condition. Sounds like a good price to start.
     
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    SS are in the 30k-40k range on CL here
     
  10. May 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM
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    This is a Malibu. Has a 350. Great condition, just don't want to look at something I never drive anymore. I think I have only put 250 miles on it since I bought it in 2007.
     
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    Drive by one of the local parts houses and pick up a new cylinder and keys. Then, drive to a locksmith and have him rekey it to your old keys and make the swap. The cost will be far less than what you'll lose in value on the car. I'd haggle over that one for a while if I were the buyer since it's going to take my time and money to get it fixed. The other items are weekend tinkering projects. The key is an unknown and could scare people away.
     
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    Beautiful car man!!!!
     
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    Look at the lock cylinder closely. There is a tiny hole that is the size of a paper clip. That should release the key. Your pins are sticky. Get the key out than spray with wd40, let dry and respray with silicone. Hope that helps.
     
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    The paper clip size hole is in later models, with this I have to remove the entire cylinder by removing the steering wheel and pressing a "pin" on the cylinder through the indicator light layer of the column. I have already done this and replaced the cylinder, so it can't be the pins. It's likely going to be internal plastic gears that have either broken after 50 years, or old grease which is gumming up the plastic gears. Either way, I really don't want to pull the column apart again.
     
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    My vote is to fix it first, at least the key problem. You take the chance of spending more than you would be talked down, but I think it will sell quicker.

    Personally, when I am looking to buy something used but nice, I am instantly turned away when the owner bandaid's small things or doesn't fix them. IMO, if they won't fix the small things, they will ignore the big things, and are just looking to get out of a headache rather than repair. With that said, I have never been in the market for a classic car, I'm sure they require a lot of upkeep. I also know my theory isn't always the case, but that is the way I feel everytime, and I cross those off the list from the start and don't look back.

    Looks like a beautiful car, good luck with the sale!
     
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