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Old 05-11-2018, 10:31 PM
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Restore or customize?

My son bought an 84 TA with 64k original miles on it. It's a very clean car for its age. He actually wants to do a Knight Rider exterior conversion to start and who knows later.

Apparently this car has every option available in 84 (per the seller). It has leather Lear Siegler seats, locking gas cap, locking rear storage compartment, etc. It even had the factory window louvers.

So my question is, does this car have any more value stock or should it be used as a donor for a knight rider clone?





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Old 05-12-2018, 01:10 AM
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Re: Restore or customize?

It's already cooler than Knight Rider. Too nice to turn into a joke on wheels.
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:36 AM
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It's already cooler than Knight Rider. Too nice to turn into a joke on wheels.
....Plus night rider was black so unless you were doing a full color change....I would leave it be, nice car!
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:04 AM
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I agree with Drew. Already a nice car id leave it alone for sure!
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Old 05-12-2018, 11:35 AM
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that cars way too nice to be turned into a movie prop.
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Old 05-12-2018, 03:58 PM
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Re: Restore or customize?

Nice car, leave it as is. Is it an L69?
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Old 05-12-2018, 04:36 PM
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When I hear the word "customize", I get ready to cringe.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:26 PM
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I think that car would turn more heads and get more respect getting it back to factory fresh which looks like it wouldn’t be to much work..

When I was a kid I thought a Knight Rider would be cool to have.. now if I saw one at a cruise night I’d probably walk right past it..

You should always do what you want and it shouldn’t be up to the opinions of others what you do, but overwhelmingly people like to see these cars in their original unmolested state because it stands out in the sea Of 60’s and 70s resto jobs and “customized” show cars..

Show up with a factory fresh looking third gen and be prepared to draw a crowd..
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:04 PM
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Re: Restore or customize?

That car is already good as is. The interior is beautiful. So The most I'd do if you wanted to give your son a chance to put a bitnof his own taste into the car would be a color change and/or rims(no not 20 or 22s lol )
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:06 PM
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Cussstommmm......

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Old 05-15-2018, 03:33 PM
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lol looks like shower caps stitched all across that interior xD
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:34 PM
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lol looks like shower caps stitched all across that interior xD
What? You don’t like my velvet trash bag interior?
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:14 PM
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Fancy bags that car has. Lol.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:35 PM
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I vote restore it. It's not that far off to not do it. Maybe some CA compliant headers and save the factory ones.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:37 AM
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Re: Restore or customize?

That's a nice ride. If the kid wouldn't be happy with it being restored I'd recommend buying a well-used TA and converting it to a knight rider clone.

There's plenty of beater thirdgens out there, not many "survivor" quality ones like what you have here.

Just my 2 cents
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