The owner of the shop quoted me $40K. That's right $40,000 dollars. It was his nice way to tell me to get my crappy Novas out of his shop. I took my prize(s) home and tried to not look my wife straight in the eyes for fear I would explode in flames.
1973 Nova SS Roller For Sale (Cheap!) - Third Time's a Charm
I decided to give up the SS swap dream and decided to sell the SS on E-Bay. I asked $1800 and got no bids. Just to get rid of it, I lowered the price to $600 and had a $500 non-refundable deposit required. I got one bidder. He sent his deposit and showed up a week later to pick it up.
After the buyer looked at it he said it was too big of a project. I told him to give me the $100 he owed me and to take his car and title. I suggested that just he part it out and he could double/triple his money. He declined and walked away.
So I listed it on Ebay. Again, I only had 1 bidder and it sold for $600. The guy sent me the deposit and asked if I could hold it for a few weeks. He owned a body shop and had a customer with a 73 Nova who wanted it for parts. Several weeks went by and he called and said his customer backed out and so he didn't want to spend the time/money to come get the car. It was still mine.
So it went back up on the Bay and sold again for $600. This time the buyer was in North Carolina. He sent me the $600 and sent a truck to pick it up. One morning a few weeks later, we pushed it on to a car carrier and it rolled away. My wife smiled at me that day.
I paid $1600 for it and I eventually got $1600 back. So the hood and SS grill cost me $500 which is about retail. I decided those suckers were going on our Nova.