another what should I get thread? with a slight difference.

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Hey yes you got it, another of those "what should I get" ones.

I have some different criteria though...
The vehicle has to be at least 20 years old!!! otherwise I gotta pay $20,000 having the damn thing converted from left hand drive!!

It has to be something that catches the eye here in New Zealand.
It has to be a decent car that will not give me heaps of trouble when I come to comply it, (vehicle registry that check the car is fully road worthy before giving it the vin number).

I assume that an old truck with a good v8 should be reliable and as I sell wheels would fit most any wheel I choose to put on.

Oh yeah, because I sell wheels it needs to be somewhat practical for transporting wheels around, which is why I'm leaning towards a truck. sierra, jimmy, f150, ect.

Lastly I don't wanna spend much more than $4000-$5000 as I still have to spend $5000nzd on importing, complying and sign writing.

Am I being totaly unrealistic?? I have seen a couple of trucks on ebay which look good and even some with decent lifts for around the money I wanna spend, but don't know if I'm looking at the "too good to be true" range out there?

So, anyone got an opinion there care to share on this for me???

Where should I look?

Who should I employ to inspect prior to purchase?

what should I expect to pay for what I want??

Help wanted.

Thanks :thumbs:

posted by  relicensed

are you willing to do some work on it, or does it need to be running from the get go?

what about an old mustang or something?

posted by  windsonian

If its kinda be like a truck or something that can carry stuff around then i'd say Chevrolet El Camino or Ford Ranchero.

posted by  car_crazy89

yeah I would like it to be running and preety much be a workable vehicle. I do like the old el camino though, but there are actually a few here.

It's quite a well liked car so it's one of the ones that got imported quite alot when the import doors where open years ago.

posted by  relicensed

You could always go for an old 2 door wagon or maybe a classic (50's) Chevy or Ford truck or Panel Wagon, they all have space to carry things.

posted by  car_crazy89

Why don't you import one of the new el camino CTVs :laughing: j/k

posted by  airmanUSN

yea i agree with car crazy go for a ranchero or el camino. el caminos are nice but you said they have a few there. so go for the ranchero gt man. like a early 70s. you can get them with the mach 1 hood scoops and they look pretty decent. if not look into any pre 1985 truck ford, dodge, chevy there all good. but chevy would be a good choice due to availability and cheapness of parts

posted by  72firebird

that is bad ass if they ever made a car like that

posted by  hhsrastler92

wow, if that was real, i'd so get that..

posted by  pik_d

*Nods head in agreement* :clap: that car is badass.

posted by  Pythias

Did someone have to much free time in photoshop? Or is this a prototype?

posted by  onebad302ranger

It prolly is a prototype because they have been getting more ****ed up by the year :ohcrap:

posted by  93ranger

Its obviously photoshop cause why else would there be a pic in the top left corner of what the real car looks like? (parked the same way/same position)

posted by  car_crazy89

I fear you may be right after examining the picture for a thorough 2 minutes. :ohcrap:

posted by  Pythias

Yeah its a photoshop

posted by  Oomba

damned good photoshop then.....look at the building and the bushes...dropped, side skirts, front fender is filled in more...front and rear fender flares, rear rocker...more agressive hood cowling...rear razorback on passenger side showing through glass..

:2cents: = real...

posted by  dodgerforlife

Well theres a photoshop pic in this thread of a Ford Mustang (ChrisV):

Its in B&W.

posted by  car_crazy89

ah but you can see jaggies, slightly uneven lines in a few places...then there's the rims. but it was done well. but this pic? damned flawless.

posted by  dodgerforlife

Well, that's becaeu I posted the low resoultion version of it to save on precious bandwidth here...

This is also a set of low res pshops I did...

posted by  ChrisV

hmmm, excellent, but taking out door lines is easier then chopping off half a car... at least IMHO

posted by  dodgerforlife

Well i think Chris is the best to ask lol. I myself am just starting to try out photoshop and so far i suck lol, i dont know what i'm doing :mrgreen:

posted by  car_crazy89

You don't like rear doors, do you Chris? :laughing:

Did you get tormented by a rear door in your childhood? :ohcrap:

posted by  windsonian

I did....damn rear door on a finger....don't remember how i managed it

posted by  dodgerforlife

just out of interest, do you guys get these in the states? Just I haven't seen them there for sale or anything.

posted by  relicensed

I know we dont get them here in Canada. They look pretty sweet, i wouldnt mind having one.

posted by  car_crazy89

I would agree with that idea. Theyre both pretty cheap vehicles, and you can drop in a large engine into them and make them go go go, such as a 460 (Ford) or a 512 (General Motors) Theyre also very stable videos, they have many aftermarket parts for them, and can haul things but still be fast while doing so. :mrgreen: EL%20Camino%20Carlo%20010.jpg

I dont know about you guys, but I prefer the Ranchero :hi:

Have you thought about a Chevrolet Malibu? 1979 or 80 model perhaps? Guys around here love these cars. c01105.jpg

posted by  SlipKnoT

I like em but I think I'm going to go with a big pickup.
I been looking at a few sierras and and I saw a couple nice s-10's with body lifts that would work well. Is there any recommendations for what would be the better pickup on the market, pre 85 remember.

Probably wont go with a lifted one though, as I would need to throw on some 22s and drop it if it's going to be my promo vehicle. No point having a truck up on boggers when I'm trying to sell big chromies is there.

Many thanks for everyones help thus far by the way. I do appriciate it!

posted by  relicensed

Slipknot, i myself prefer the El Camino but not of the year you posted, i'd prefer '66-'69 (same as Chevelles/Malibu's).

Relicensed, have you thought about maybe a C10 Chevy (from '69-'79 or so), they might not look too bad, and they are full sized trucks. An older S-10 or S-15 would look nice dropped and everything, and they can be had for pretty cheap.

posted by  car_crazy89

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