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Old 04-20-2017, 09:36 PM   #1
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Hi gang, I have an 89 vert with the 305TPI Fcode. I am considering a swap to an ls3. Given that the value of these cars are increasing do you think there is significant value in keeping the original numbers matching block. I would likely have to pay to store it somewhere but would if it would add value in the future.

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Are you ever going to put it back in? Guessing not, so why keep it.

You probably couldn't give away the 305 so I'd just scrap it. It's. Not going to be worth anything unless you have a 100% bone stock low mileage car.

Dont waste money storing it.
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I wouldn't worry about the more common 305's. When it comes to being collectible, people will always target he hard to find third gens; TTA's, Firehawk's, etc. You have a very nice car, but not one to stop you from making the mods you want to with it. Collectors go crazy for cars with or without an engine being in the car, it just depends on the car...
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Restored an 83 and just could not put the 305 HO back in or even spend money to rebuild it. Some will say keep it for resale but I don't mind losing a small amount to be happy! I was going to keep the 305 and then told the shop to keep it. I went with a 350. Personally I think future value is a complete solid not cut up car with AC hacked up etc. Keep it neat and complete.

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Hi gang, I have an 89 vert with the 305TPI Fcode. I am considering a swap to an ls3. Given that the value of these cars are increasing do you think there is significant value in keeping the original numbers matching block. I would likely have to pay to store it somewhere but would if it would add value in the future.

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Is your Vert some low mileage masterpiece with Concourse level care?

If not? Don't worry about the value of the original engine. 305's are worth the cost of scrap and thats about it.
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I pay people to come haul 305s off my property. Their "value" is NEGATIVE. (they devalue my property by being on it, as if, an eyesore)

Just like, I don't think most people can "sell" their socially transmitted diseases to their doctor... instead, you pay them to take it off your ... whatever it's on. A 305 is in the same category.
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They make great coffee tables....

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I'm in a similar situation. Just replaced my 350 with a 383. 350 runs fine, but it's got high miles. I have the room, so I'm gonna keep it, clean it up, and hopefully find some sort of old Chevy in need of a motor. ....but if that wasn't the case, I'd get rid of it. I committed my car to modifications a LONG time ago. I applaud those who keep 'em original, but I went another route.

No real value in keeping yours either.
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That is cool! The table!
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They make great coffee tables....

I like that!
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I'm in a similar situation. Just replaced my 350 with a 383. 350 runs fine, but it's got high miles. I have the room, so I'm gonna keep it, clean it up, and hopefully find some sort of old Chevy in need of a motor. ....but if that wasn't the case, I'd get rid of it. I committed my car to modifications a LONG time ago. I applaud those who keep 'em original, but I went another route.

No real value in keeping yours either.
Hey Abubaca, I'm local to you and would take that 350 off your hands for a few dollars. Let me know if interested in selling.
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Funny I heard the same things about late 60 and early 70s muscle cars in my day growing up now people would pay a pretty penny to have a completely original car, its coming folks, even late 70's f bodies are starting to bring decent money.
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Funny I heard the same things about late 60 and early 70s muscle cars in my day growing up now people would pay a pretty penny to have a completely original car, its coming folks, even late 70's f bodies are starting to bring decent money.
I doubt it's coming. Even for 60's and 70's "desirable" cars, the custom jobs are bringing in even more than pristine original cars (with very few, rare, exceptions).

I was at a local scrap yard last week. They are paying $115 for engine blocks now. I'd check around your area before paying someone to haul it off.
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