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SilentWing
04-13-2009, 06:58 PM
I'm glad they have a non-A body section to ask this in....

I have a 1984 Chrysler LeBaron (Mark Cross ed... don't think that's too fancy anyways) convertible. It's got the origonal 2.6 mitsu motor in it... and well... origonal (almost) everything. It's got a newly rebuilt carb in it, four new tires (I mean literally we bought tires right before my brother bought his mustang so they have less than 100 miles on them), and the convertible top is roughly 2-3 years old.... it also got a paint job about 4 years ago.

It's still a work in progress before we sell it. We have to fix the rear drivers side floor because my uncle (who gave my brother the car) had a guy replace them but for whatever reason didn't check to make sure he did. Also the body has some rust on the rear bumper. Outside of that the body is in pretty damn good shape considering it's an 84. All it needs is some back to black for the top which, btw, goes up and down with ease.

The radiator should probably be replaced, but other than that and the fact it needs the carb to be adjusted some it's pretty nice... it doesn't burn oil or anything, it needs new door hinges since the doors are sagging but we'll probably do that before we sell it.

It's got the digital dash too... but it Does NOT have the voice module (I know this because we took it out so we can put it in my car....) we'll put a new radio in it because I think the stock one is shot, the seats are in decent condition considering they're origonal... umm... I think that's about it.

Oh... and it's got 64k origonal miles on it...


I know that it's technically a "classic" now that it's 25 years old. And I'm sure that all of you know that you DO NOT see these cars in this year on the road anymore. What I'm really really really really hoping for is to find someone who will restore it and put a different engine and trans in it (I'm sure you all also know that the engine and trans were the reason these cars aren't on the road). I mean... you could put the 2.5 turbo in this car and it would FLY.

Whoever buys this will probably want to clean the frame up so they can keep it for a long long time, but I can't explain how great this car looks. I really wish I had the money and space to keep this but unfortunately I have neither :(

So the question is.... (and mind you I'm not trying to sell it to anyone on here unless you really are interested in which case you can PM me) how much should I sell this car for? It's actually my brother's, and he's in college so it'd be nice if I could get him a decent amount for it. My origonal thought was 900, because I've seen ones go on ebay in pristine condition for over 1600 and this car is really not THAT far from it (plus that car had 90k miles on it).

Keep in mind that the only thing that's not going with the car is the talking dash... "Marvin" stays with me and will be integrated into my ciera.

Thanks for the input

RIPBARNBURNER
04-13-2009, 09:10 PM
any pics? i dont think 900-1000 is a bad price considering the miles and 4 new tires. by the fact that its in need of a rad might put people off.

SilentWing
04-13-2009, 10:10 PM
Went outside to take some pics... it's in my garage right now and it's freggin cold and rainy out. If anyone is interested or wants to see more pics I'll take them when I can get it out of the garage (it does start and run, just don't feel like playing car roulette right now).

So I couldn't get a good pic of the front end, but it's pretty much mint outside of slight pitting of the chrome (which is to be expected) the headlights are in mint cond. and all glass is perfect (and the windows go up and down too...)

http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840119020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840246020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

Here's the rust... sorry I meant quarter panel not bumper... we'll fix this before it sells (the other side has the same amount in the same area)
http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840247020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840120020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

(passenger seat... ick... but still functional) http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840248020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

back seat is pristine http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840121020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

Grille complete with prisim chrysler emblem.... http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840249020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840122020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840250020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

Convertible top just needs some back to black http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840123020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=324405020/PictureID=7840251020/a=212960020_212960020/t_=212960020

And yes we do have the chrysler spoke hubcaps for the car, we just don't have them on right now because the garage is being taken over with my car project and I didn't want to break them in the insanity of it all.

You think it could fetch 900-1000? I'm sure we could put a new radiator in it, but this one is still functional for the time being.

Sorry about the snapfish thing, not sure of a good pic site.

LordDurock
04-14-2009, 03:34 AM
i would say 1000 is a fair price

but i wouldnt be shocked if people were only whilling to pay up to 700.

with the miles it seems to be a good fixer/ project. which if you found a buyer looking to do that he might pay more. but to the normal buyer idk

RIPBARNBURNER
04-14-2009, 01:44 PM
i agree with lorddurock. your 900 asking price is not bad, but dont be surprised if you dont get it.

dcjredline
04-14-2009, 04:01 PM
Well it sounds like it is coming WITHOUT a Gauge panel right? I cant imagine someone buying it like that for more than $400-$500. They are cool cars but being there is a turbo version makes that not so sought after. It is a nice car either way.

SilentWing
04-14-2009, 04:47 PM
No it'll be coming with the gauges, the talking module was just a seperate piece which can easily be bypassed which means all of the electronic gauges will work... we've researched this before so if this wasn't the case we wouldn't have pulled the module.

I could settle for 700 if need be, but I don't have to get rid of it immediately so I'm thinking maybe I'll try to find a chrysler forum to see if there's anyone on one of those who would be interested.

I do understand that it's not the turbo, but I've also heard that the 2.2 turbos tended to go kaput just as fast as the 2.6's did. So unless I'm planning to sell it to someone who's going to drive it into the ground (which I'm not) I stress the fact that a newer 4cyl turbo would make this car fly.... after all I would love to find a buyer who would make this into their project car. A guy who works with my mom said if he didn't have so many cars as it is he'd take it and put a v8 in it (yeah right, talk about a body-breaker)

I dunno, but thanks for the input :)

LordDurock
04-14-2009, 07:18 PM
you best bet is to hold out for a project buyer as they will valve the car more. if not i woulnt be unhappy with taking a little as 500 for it.

but i total understand ware you comming from as my porperty has many of though 500 dolar cars that have a 1000$ worth of parts on them ect.

SilentWing
09-16-2009, 05:20 PM
Well, I'm dragging this post up again because, unfortunately, we found out that a section of the pinch weld is gone (about three inches long towards the rear). So I've listed it for $350 on craigslist in hopes that I can find someone to restore it, I'm not going to sell it to someone who's going to trash it or drive it till it dies and I'm willing to wait to find the right buyer for it.

As it turns out I'll be putting EVA (the voice module) back into the lebaron before I sell it because it won't work without a section that's located in the gauge cluster, and I don't want to rip that out because then nobody would want the car.

So if anyone on here knows any K-car fans that would be willing to restore the car I'm selling it at essentially a steal given it's potential (the pinch weld CAN be fixed with new metal welded on). It turns out the valve stem seals do need to be replaced but it's a simple fix (looked it up last fall I think it was $30 for the gaskets).

Other than that everything is listed on the craigslist page here:
http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/cto/1373174971.html

Pictures here:
http://s930.photobucket.com/albums/ad149/SilentDreamer25/

And lastly the 2.2L chrysler turbo engine should be a direct swap in, although I'm not as certain about K-cars as I am about A-bodies. I already posted the info on the Chrysler K-Car forum but thought I'd put it up here too.

Duke George V
09-16-2009, 09:20 PM
The turbo engine will bolt into any K-based vehicle, including first generation vans. There's lots of clips of turbo Caravans on youtube beating Mustangs and Camaros and the like, and it never ceases to be amusing.

Pontiac6ksteawd
09-17-2009, 01:55 AM
I think your biggest downfall will be that Mistu 2.6. Wasnt the most desireable engine around. That being said, if you can get it cleaned up, and put back together, I dont think a 1000 dollar price tag is a bad deal. It should sell very quickly at the 350 price tag. I would personally suggest that you put it up on ebay, with some good clean pics, showing exactly what is right, and wrong. Put a Buy it now for 1000 on it, and let the bidding start at 500. Any car that runs and drives is worth that much.

Prospeeder
09-17-2009, 02:31 AM
allpar.com is the biggest chrysler fan site ever. Post it there for sure, theres tons of K car enthousiests

I got 1000 for my 1988 Chrysler Lebaron Convertable I sold. And it had the Misrible 2.5 Chrysler engine w/ 3 speed auto. Couldnt get out of its own way, but ran nice and quiet and burned no oil, I just did the headgasket on it. And the top was garbage and paint was peeling. 166k on it. Interior was mint, i got it for 50 bucks, lol.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/leb.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/Lebaron/seats.jpg

Burgundy Ciera
09-17-2009, 02:51 AM
Post it up here, a buddy of mine thats a big Kcar buff told me about this site, he thinks you should be able to get at least $500 if you are a little patient, and try allpar too.

http://chryslerkcar.com/

SilentWing
09-17-2009, 03:04 AM
Thanks for the tip guys! I really appreciate all the advice

I just posted on Allpar.com (thanks Prospeeder) and it's up and going on chryslerkcar.com too! I'm still going to ask $350 because hopefully I can get a great owner for it.... again thanks to all

SilentWing
09-22-2009, 06:50 PM
Ended up selling it for $300, because 1) my brother who's the actual owner said to do it and 2) I found literally the best buyer I ever could have.

He's planning on doing a full restoration, gave me multiple references (his buddy actually co-owns a classic/antique car restoration shop, we even called and confirmed this) answered all of my rediculouse questions without complaint, and even brought a picture of his first lebaron which he made a custom photo frame for.

He said he'll keep in touch, and has already e-mailed me to let me know the car made it back to his house safely.

All in all I was just looking for someone who could save it, my brother loved that car (his first) and for the first time since I put the car up for sale I'm not guilt ridden or nervouse.

Thanks for all the advice guys

a1veedubber
09-22-2009, 07:15 PM
Awesome! You fellows are happy with the sale, and the buyer got a nice project vehicle for 300.00. Sounds like a win-win to me.