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    76 roadrunner worth saving?

    I have a 76 roadrunner shell that needs tons of work, I was wondering if this is worth doing or should I just dump it? I have some replacement parts and would try to do the majority of the work myself to save as much money as I can. I have been told it is a rare car and I should finish her but I'm not 100% positive sure that it is worth it. Working on uploading some pictures. Thanks for any advice.

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    I guess it all depends on how bad it is. I assume you mean it's rusted away quite a bit?
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
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    Yikes! It is a tad on the rough side, isn't it? Already had the frame rails "fixed" and there is a lot of bondo. I've never seen an F body with the firewall/cowl rotted out that bad, especially on the top. Not to discourage you but, you probably know the rust is at least three times worse than it first appears. Once you dig into it, it can seem to go on forever. JMO, I wouldn't waste the time and money on a car that rough, and I've repaired a couple rough ones in the past that in hindsight, I should have let die with dignity. Currently, I think that's what I should have done with my '96 Dakota. I'm in it too far now to turn back but, you know hindsight works? It's 20/20.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    I wouldn't. Way too much cost and work and most likely no way to make it really usable without a ton of money. Be better off in my opinion to find a good rust free two door and make a clone. Probably cheaper and really if you think of it, the value of a 76 Volare, Road Runner or not, is always going to be marginal.

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    Depends on how much you like this car. I did all the exact same work on Sunny posted here, and others. Your cowl looks a little more rotted than mine was but that's about it. I didn't need to replace my cowl but I'd slice that one just inside the hood jamb to replace the lower half rather than the whole windshield frame and dash mount that are part of it. You'll have some holes in the firewall below it that can be accessed once it's off. You'll have to be able to make your own patch panels or good luck finding parts like the quarter panel outside of just buying another clean car that isn't so special, to cut up for it. You're probably looking a five or six hundred hours of fabrication and welding, disassembly of parts car and selling it's pieces to recoup your cost and get free metal, etc. And the worst part of all will be if you didn't get a good gas tank with it. Because chances are that your parts car will be a 79 or 80 to get good metal, so you won't get one there. I actually bought a car to flip one time near a gas tank I could buy, just to have a trunk to ship that stinky tank in.

    So yeah, worth it? That depends on what doing the work is worth to you. Is it something you enjoy doing, or just a lot of work?
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    Even a perfect volare or Aspen, whatever trim level will never have any value in a general sense. You may be able to find someone willing to buy it for a profit but about as likely as winning a lotto. Fix it if you want to keep it. I personally would not even consider with that much rot

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    Hey buddy - I would probably pass on doing it unless you really want to take it on.

    I think it is even past being a donor car...

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    Well after thinking about it I think it’s a little more than I can do so if any one is interested in the car just let me know and thank you for the input

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    Well I do have some replacement parts I have front frame rails and firewall fenders doors was going to put in a 383 trunk lid

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