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    246 Dino project for sale

    I just had a look at Pennock's and saw that V8Archie is selling the 246 Dino project he was working on for Jim Buell. Jim also had Archie build that incredible Lambo Muira on a Fiero which I posted here a while back. Jim passed away in August 2013 so the family has now asked Archie to sell the car for them.

    Archie doesn't say how much it is for sale but you can go through the thread to see what he has done on the car and that last page, I have linked below shows the current state of the project. Archie says to contact him directly to get a price if interested..

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    I wonder if they will sell the miura too

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    All you can do is email Archie and ask him to forward your request on to the family. You never know.....

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    I have been in contact with V8Archie about the 246 Dino for sale. I have additional info I have asked Archie if I can post here for folks. The price is quite reasonable for what the owner had in it, but I will wait to see if Archie allows me to post here.

    Also, Archie did say that the Muira is also fo rsale. No idea how much though.

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    I received word back from Archie to post the details and asking price.

    246 Dino
    Probably around the $25k mark is a realistic number according to Archie. Details of his email reply to me below.

    Miura
    The owner had about $140k into the Miura build and Archie says the family will probably take around the $100k mark. I asked about maybe the Barrett-Jackson auction for the Miura as it might go for that much up on the block....

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    Details from Archie on the 246 Dino.
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    We were building this car for Jim Buell out of San Antonio. We had built an Miura for him several years ago with an LS3 & a 6 speed. This car was going to be his "Track Car" That he was going to use as his hot rod locally. He was about 72 years old but was a car guy inside & out.

    He wanted this car to be a little less initial torque & higher RPM than his LS3 car was. He found an article in Hot Rod Magazine about an engine that was making 1000+ HP with twin turbos.
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    He had this engine built by a LSx performance shop in San Antonio & shipped to me from there. The engine had all new internals with a seasoned 5.3 block & was modeled after the engine in the Hot Rod article.

    The plan was to put the engine in here & drive it enough that we knew the engine, cooling system etc. was ok. Then, when he got it home the engine shop was going to tune it to run N/A. Jim would then drive it a while & decide when (or if) he needed a Turbo or 2 put on the car. The shop that had built the engine was experienced with Turbos on LS engines.

    So, you ask if it runs & drives..... yes it does. However, the ECM is throwing a few codes for items like surge relays & stuff like that. These codes were going to be tuned out or shut off as needed when the car went home to TX. So, I wouldn't be afraid to drive it around (which we have) But I'd rather see it go on a dyno & get tuned before someone takes it for a long drive.

    We have driven this car about 15 miles & I never thought I'd say this but it feels more powerful than an LS3 & it sounds great.

    Detail items........ Jim had sent us a steering wheel for the car & outside mirrors & front side marker lights, we just put all of those on today. I'm pretty sure that detail items yet to install. I did make a grill for the car but it's not installed yet. Also Jim had sent me all of the Dino emblems for the car & they are not installed.

    The build for this car was going to be similar to what we did when we built the Miura for him. We were supposed to install the engine & the 6 speed (cyro treated) transmission. Suspension & brakes & get it all running & everything working. Then when Jim got it back in TX, he was going to get the interior upholstered & get it painted & buy the wheels he wanted to use.

    As you can guess, that means that the wheels haven't been selected or purchased yet.

    The interior is built in such a way that it can easily be disassembled for upholstery & the same with the body, it can easily be removed for painting.

    Asking price is hard to say. His 2 daughters & their families are NOT car people & they have no interest in keeping his cars. On this car, between engine, transmission, powdercoating etc., Jim has over $45K invested. BUT I also told them that they will never get near that kind of money for it. BTW, this is a car that Jim wanted built so he could enjoy it, it wasn't built to be resold. Thus the difference between what he spent & what it could sell for. I think that a fair price would be in the $25K range.
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