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should i buy this ss?

This is a discussion on should i buy this ss? within the Camaro / SS forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; hi, i just want to get a few opinions before i decide, i had a guy stop me the other ...

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    black with silver stripes
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    should i buy this ss?

    hi, i just want to get a few opinions before i decide, i had a guy stop me the other day bcause he saw me in my '01 ws6,he asked if i wanted to buy a rolling chassis just like my car so i went and looked at it (its at a repair shop) but its a lt1 body style formula so the guy obviously didnt know the differences between the years,body styles,ect..,so anyway while im there i see an ss camaro over in the corner of the lot and ask about it,he said the owner hit a curb or rail on the front end and it pushed the front wheels back torward the firewall,most of the damage is underneath the front end i think mostly to the k member,car has all the badges of an 35th ann. ss,all the entire body looked good including ss hood and spoiler except maybe the front bumper (i couldnt get around to the front end to confirm)has 10 spoke wheels,white face guages,ls1,t56,t-tops,the interior is rough from it sitting there a few years,the air bags did deploy,i contacted the owner and he will sell it to me for $1700,should i buy this and part it out? im going to take a much closer look at it in the next couple of days now that the owner says he'll sell it,thanks for any suggestions

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    2002 C5 - M6 - Blue
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    If you buy it, send me a PM regarding the SS hood/spoiler and the colors... please

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    Sounds like a nice investment.Can you get some pictures ?

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    black with silver stripes
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    im going to take a closer look at it in the next couple of days to make sure the engine isnt damaged since that will be where i make most of my money back on it so i will get some pics and colors posted sometime this week

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    The body panels are getting hard to find and the drivetrain is always an easy sell. If it turns over and the rest of the body looks ok, go for it.

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    black with silver stripes
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    here are some pics i took with my cell today,it may not be a real ss but i havent asked the owner yet.

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    ok,i think im going to get it and it may even be fixable with a new k-member and some other misc. parts! if not i know ill get my money back parting it out.

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    Whatever you do with it, good luck!

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    i would fix it,it might look crazy to someone else but,i believe it deserves another chance thats just my honest opinion it looks too good to part out,great find though

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    I would buy it if i was you. good luck bro

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    i would fix it up real nice, if its something you dont wanna keep sell it and make a grip.

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    offer him $1400

    car seems to not have steering wheel controls.. is the interior leather?

    is it a true SS or is it a z28 badged as an SS?

    (i think its a true ss, otherwise the previous owner put a lot of shit into the car to make it like an SS for nothing) lol

    Either way, if the rest of the car is fine, i'd say rebuild the front for sure.

    like you said, you could always make even with the parts (if not better than even)

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    Honestly looks like a 98 Z28 tips and steering wheel. I should know I use to have a 98 Z28. Get the VIN# and run it.

    Another way to tell is if the Mirrors are black or body colored.
    Black = 98 & 99
    00-02 = body colored mirrors.

    Another one which may not be accurate is to see if it has EGR and a LS1 intake manifold vs. LS6 intake manifold (No EGR = 01,02 models)

    10th digit will give you model year

    Example: Tenth vehicle identification number digit tells the model year. 1988 (J), 1989 (K), 1990 (L), 1991 (M), 1992 (N), 1993 (P), 1994 (R), 1995 (S), 1996 (T), 199 7(V), 1998 (W), 1999 (X), 2000 (Y)------2001(1), 2002 (2), 2003 (3) etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28_Driver View Post
    The body panels are getting hard to find and the drivetrain is always an easy sell. If it turns over and the rest of the body looks ok, go for it.
    not looking hard enough.. Panels are a dime a dozen brudda..

    OP:

    I'd buy it for 1700, but may try to go 1200 also..

    I could settle for 1700 tho.

    Still a good price for the "whole bag" of spare parts so to speak..
    Last edited by Smittro; 01-26-2011 at 02:26 AM.

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    i say fix her up its a great color

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    For that price BUY IT fix it and keep it or sell it for a nice profit

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyNATION View Post
    i would fix it,it might look crazy to someone else but,i believe it deserves another chance thats just my honest opinion it looks too good to part out,great find though
    i agree that it deserves another chance,if it doesnt cost too much to fix it then thats what i would rather do then ill have a ws6 and a camaro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    offer him $1400

    car seems to not have steering wheel controls.. is the interior leather?

    is it a true SS or is it a z28 badged as an SS?

    (i think its a true ss, otherwise the previous owner put a lot of shit into the car to make it like an SS for nothing) lol

    Either way, if the rest of the car is fine, i'd say rebuild the front for sure.

    like you said, you could always make even with the parts (if not better than even)
    yes it has leather interior,i think it might be a badged z28,the last three numbers in the vin are 228 but still not sure yet cause like you said if its a z28 he went all out to make it look like an ss its got all the ss badges,wheels,real hood,spoiler,etc. ill find out when i talk to the owner again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon_Z28 View Post
    Honestly looks like a 98 Z28 tips and steering wheel. I should know I use to have a 98 Z28. Get the VIN# and run it.

    Another way to tell is if the Mirrors are black or body colored.
    Black = 98 & 99
    00-02 = body colored mirrors.

    Another one which may not be accurate is to see if it has EGR and a LS1 intake manifold vs. LS6 intake manifold (No EGR = 01,02 models)

    10th digit will give you model year

    Example: Tenth vehicle identification number digit tells the model year. 1988 (J), 1989 (K), 1990 (L), 1991 (M), 1992 (N), 1993 (P), 1994 (R), 1995 (S), 1996 (T), 199 7(V), 1998 (W), 1999 (X), 2000 (Y)------2001(1), 2002 (2), 2003 (3) etc.
    when i run the vin it says z28,it is a 98,i think the mirrors are black i didnt pay much attention to them when i looked at it,the egr was removed and the intake has some kinda round seal where the egr tube would have went through the front of the intake if was an ls1 so im guessing its an ls1 intake and he did the egr removal mod

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRANDON View Post
    yes it has leather interior,i think it might be a badged z28,the last three numbers in the vin are 228 but still not sure yet cause like you said if its a z28 he went all out to make it look like an ss its got all the ss badges,wheels,real hood,spoiler,etc. ill find out when i talk to the owner again
    well I'd offer him something lower if he was that inclined to saying yes.. worst he will say is No.

    As long as the internals of the front end are good, then looks like you have a cheap fast toy on your hands


    Either way, I love my z28. The SS is just a bragging "right" IMO.
    Many others will disagree with me..

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