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19mach69

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original or not!
« on: February 04, 2009, 12:06:12 PM »
i have a 69 mach 1 S coded car.I finally pulled the motor last night.I found the factory build sheet under the carpet which was a great find.Its the 390 with c6 trans. I found the Trans has the correct codes on it but the motor was replaced with a hiperformance 390 from a company called hi-tech performance engines.(bummer)

Anyways im not sure if I should try to stay original on the rest of the car?Id personally like to put a 351 in it witha 4sp toploader.But what does that do to the value from a collector standpoint? Should i just rebuild what i have & put it back in? Not sure on values now.Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.Its going to paint this week.I am getting excited to see it done! :o

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Re: original or not!
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 03:10:24 PM »
Any engine swap reduces a car's value. That's the facts. It apears that you are already there.
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Re: original or not!
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009, 04:13:57 PM »
First of all, that 390 is a big block fire eating monster.  I would not take it out and put in a 351.  What changes are you thinking about making?  If you are planning on making it into a Restomod or an Eleanor,  the value will plummet.  But if you make changes that can be reversed like new wheels that are not period correct, the  car will hold its' present value.  Personally, I respect the original Mustangs, so  I would not change a thing.  But, it's your car........

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Re: original or not!
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009, 04:53:53 PM »
pretty much wanted to keep it all original.Was hoping it had the original correct #s engine in it. But i would like to keep it all original as i have all the original parts for it.Wouldnt mind bumpin the HP a little.Like to find headers that actually fit better than the long tube hookers that i had to cut at to get the motor out!

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Re: original or not!
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 06:38:36 PM »
No one will know unless they really look hard thet the engine is not original. If you got a 69 block it would be impossible really. Thats the only real give away. Things happen parts get replaced as long as oridginal intent is kept I dont think it that big a factor. You pull it and replace it with an un correct engine and that will lower the cars value. 69's are a really collectible year so I would keep that in mind for sure.

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Re: original or not!
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 07:24:11 PM »
No one will know unless they really look hard thet the engine is not original. If you got a 69 block it would be impossible really. Thats the only real give away. Things happen parts get replaced as long as oridginal intent is kept I dont think it that big a factor. You pull it and replace it with an un correct engine and that will lower the cars value. 69's are a really collectible year so I would keep that in mind for sure.
The 69's are really hard to find parts for too.  Try finding parts for a 69, and you will see what I mean.  As far as the engine is concerned, anybody who knows anything about Mustangs of that era know that the VIN will be stamped on the engine and transmission.  But, one may get lucky and find a dumbass who just likes the body and if it runs at all, they will buy it just because it is a 69 Vintage Mustang.  But, you are not going to get the big bucks. 

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Re: original or not!
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 08:12:47 PM »
The value will be less affected if the engine is correct althogh not oridginal is my point. It would affect the value negativly more is the owner were to replace it with a 351. Much more.

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Re: original or not!
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2009, 12:06:35 AM »
The value will be less affected if the engine is correct althogh not oridginal is my point. It would affect the value negativly more is the owner were to replace it with a 351. Much more.
I totally agree.  If the 351 wasn't the original engine, and a 390 was, then the value would be less in my estimation because the VIN would indicate a 390 was the original engine.  We are on the same poage. 

 

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