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Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer #5398474 04/09/20 01:54 PM
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Lots of time this past week on Craigslist has resulted in this...

1962 Dodge Lancer (Plymouth Valiant). Push button transmission.
Runs decently when good and warmed up. Was able to hold 65-70 MPH on an incline.
Brakes have some peddle slack, but do work.
Has some surface rust (or patina, if you prefer). Body is in good shape, no holes. Only significant rust is a decent size hole in the driver floor pan. Underside of the vehicle is actually in decent shape.
Paint has clearly seen better days. Lights all work with the exception of the turn signals.
Anyone know which version of the slant 6 this has?
Has an AC compressor, although I am pretty sure it doesn't work.
The styling didn't hold back, whether it's interesting, ugly, or cool is up to you.
Has a cool custom plate: 62Dodge.
Paid $1,500

Thoughts? Critiques welcome...good, bad, or ugly. smile


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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398486 04/09/20 02:01 PM
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I love it. For $1500 if you get something that runs ok you are a winner. The question I have is what will you do with it?


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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398488 04/09/20 02:02 PM
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Very nice car smile


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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398489 04/09/20 02:02 PM
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How many miles?


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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398493 04/09/20 02:04 PM
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I like it. And the slant 6. And that is one behemoth of an air conditioning compressor.

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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398495 04/09/20 02:05 PM
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Fantastic!!!
I love the back end.

Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398496 04/09/20 02:09 PM
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Missing heater core, or what?
Love the original color
Front bench!
The radiator has a tag
FACTORY AIR, hot darn
LOVE the PCV orifice line
WOW, dual headlights
Push button trannie on the left?
What is the array on the right?
Custom center panel
Watch your left leg on that gauge
Single circuit POWER brakes!
My money's on it being a 198 but maybe the AC got it a 225. Did the 225 exist in '62?
Here's the BIG ONE......this was my first model car! I swear.

Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: Barkleymut] #5398498 04/09/20 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Barkleymut
I love it. For $1500 if you get something that runs ok you are a winner. The question I have is what will you do with it?


Yeah, that was what sold me. Went on a little country road drive and the motor seemed responsive. Being driveable is the most important, all the other stuff I can deal with over time. Probably fix it up, enjoy driving it around and the comments/conversations it'll generate.

Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398502 04/09/20 02:17 PM
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I do not know how to tell if it is a 170,198 or 225. Lose the single piston master cyl asap.


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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398504 04/09/20 02:18 PM
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Those things have been long gone. A real attention getter. It's so different, it's beautiful.

Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #5398509 04/09/20 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyJohnson
How many miles?


Old 5 digit odometer, so I don't really know. Seller had it since the early 90s. She had the engine replaced when she purchased it.

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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398510 04/09/20 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Kira
Missing heater core, or what?
Love the original color
Front bench!
The radiator has a tag
FACTORY AIR, hot darn
LOVE the PCV orifice line
WOW, dual headlights
Push button trannie on the left?
What is the array on the right?
Custom center panel
Watch your left leg on that gauge
Single circuit POWER brakes!
My money's on it being a 198 but maybe the AC got it a 225. Did the 225 exist in '62?
Here's the BIG ONE......this was my first model car! I swear.


Cool that you had one!

-I am not sure what that missing area is, seller thought it was AC related, but I am not sure.
-Seller said the radiator was recored. What is the tag?
-Push-button is on the left. Those slots on the right are empty, not sure what was there.
-Custom center panel isn't operational, but I'd like to make the gauges work.

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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398512 04/09/20 02:23 PM
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This car is awesome, are you going to restore it or just leave it the way it is?

This thread has lifted my spirits today!

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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398514 04/09/20 02:27 PM
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I like it.


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Re: Critique my purchase: 1962 Dodge Lancer [Re: ArtDecoWorld] #5398515 04/09/20 02:28 PM
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Never seen one of those before. Nice classic and long live MOPAR!!! wink


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