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Well, storage unit find. My boss hired my son to sort out this 1976 LWB Silver Shadow that has been sitting, in this storage unit, since 1991, when it was last started. 85000 miles. I have no questions at this time, but thought I would make this announcement.

The tires are flat, and it has a pretty good layer of finally settled dust, but is in nicer shape than the vintage daily driver I see in my neighborhood. I will attempt to post updates as they happen, and welcome any comments.

The first order of business will be, I think, to get it to roll and start after changing the fluids. Depending on the results, it will probably be offered for sale.


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Don't even think of rolling it out of the garage and expecting it to have safe brakes, it won't. A little digging into this specific model will yield issues with long term storage and the mess your hydraulics are in. The cost to repair the hydraulics alone will exceed the value of the car.
These cars are unique and most, if not all mechanics today have absolutely no clue how to work on them, and when they do, the customers come here to help sort out the bodged work.
 

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The cost to have a professional repair the hydraulics on the car will easily exceed its value, but it can be a DIY project (and, boy, do I know about that!)

Anyone thinking about keeping one of these cars has to accept that they will be the primary knowledge source about their "care and feeding" because, as @Wraithman points out, there are mighty darned few professional mechanics that have even the vaguest inkling about how these cars work.

That being said, if you have a good local mechanic that you know and trust, and who is willing to actually read and digest the necessary documentation, they can maintain these cars. They are not rocket science, they're just different, and if you know what they need you can likely supply it or find someone who can do so for you if you form a relationship and work together.

This is the kind of car that if you can find someone who wishes to engage in a "revival from the dead" project is the perfect candidate for same. That being said, in its current state, even if cleaned up, its sale price will be, and should be, very low, meaning less than $5K, probably more like $3K. It's worth more in parts than it is as a vehicle (as is the case for so many of the SY series cars), but ones with "good bones" are rare to find, and this one at least has the potential to have truly "good bones." But do not expect it to fetch a fortune, because it won't. Top-notch SY cars can sell for under $30K in almost flawless condition.
 

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Where are you from Ross ?
Yes, the brakes will need serious overhauling, but with that said, if the interior is good, wood, carpets, leather etc. and body/paint, then I don't believe it's total money pit.

It has the ever-flex top, so probably a long wheel base model (can't tell from the photo's)
Look for rust bubbles underneath the vinyl especially around the rear windshield.

If you put your own time into it and do things properly, a car like that would sell around 25k here in Canada on the B.C. coast.
Your labour and parts would more then likely exceed that though.
 

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Thank you all for the replies and insight. I am used to similar comrade-in-arms sharing of knowledge on the Mercedes and Land Rover forums, and am happy to find it here.

We knew this car was not a sudden six-figure windfall, and have a realistic appreciation of the market value. It is an interesting window into time, culture, and automotive heritage, but even with that, we have no intention of putting big money into the car. The primary motivation is to get it out of storage and into the market (by boss moved on to other things when this car was stored in '91), and the basic thought was a running (even if not drivable) car was worth more than a non-running parts car. We have considered realistically selling it as is and may do so, as the math (tires + fluids + battery ) may be more than we choose to do, and would send it on to a new caring home, or for the excellent collection of parts it represents. We would sell the car whole, though, and not part it out ourselves if it came to that.

There is apparently some rust underneath the front passenger side of lip of the Everflex roof per the owner. The storage unit is dry. The interior appears to be in great shape. There is a slightly older daily driver Shadow on my street, and the car is in better cosmetic shape than that one. I saw a few surface rust spots on the chrome of the window trim. Part of the dash has been removed (in 1990) and the wood restored by a wooden boat specialist, and looks good, but a few trim pieces have not been remounted and are in the trunk. The paint, underneath 30 years of dust, appears to be surprisingly good. We could not get the hood open but only briefly tried. It is titled and has key(s).

It is an two-tone LWB in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is available for viewing if anyone would like to see it, and any offers before anything is done will be seriously considered. I will get over there later and take some more pictures if there is interest.

Thank you again for your comments and advice.
 

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Knoxville? “The other daily driver on your street...” probably refers to me (76, red). Small world. I’d be interested in having a look!
 

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Ha! We just moved into the house on the corner on the other side of the street from you! Small world indeed. We have nodded at each other, and I admired (your?) white MG. I have the German Shepherd, and drive the Land Rover and Mercedes convertible.

This is what I mean when I speak of the camaraderie of the car world.

I would be happy to show it to you at our mutual convenience.

watch a 76 Shadow
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Since I said the car was in better shape than yours, I should point out that your car runs, and this car does not.
 

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I wish i lived in your neck of the woods.

I've viewed 4 £20,000 basket cases over the months, UK market is odd..

I'd happily swap my rot box for yours!!

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The breaks are usually the target for safely getting it ready to roll. They are surprisingly simple if you follow the pros on line. They are not prohibitively expensive to fix by a conscientious diy mechanic. Use the right fluid. Don't get it wrong the wrong fluid will do a mountain of damage. The breaking systems must work before it is moved unless it it handled by a tow expert. Sometimes the fun in these cars is learning how they work not just their monetary value. Driving a Silver Shadow is a little like being a rock star. If you are mechanical and patient, don't be afraid to take some time to learn about this car. They do not have a lot of value but they are loaded with street cred and automotive history.
 

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Absolutely agree with all that Jibber, its a must, must, must to have the brakes operational before all else! A few tons of British fury hurdling down the road with no brakes makes for a really bad day!!
 

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A few tons of British fury hurdling down the road with no brakes makes for a really bad day!!
Heck, a few tons of British gentility rolling down the storage facility alley toward anything makes for a really bad day, and not just for the car!
 

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Thank you everyone for all the comments, well-wishes, and advice. The car has been moved from the storage facility to a facility belonging to one of my son's friends. They plan to evaluate, hose off the protective layer of dust, and see how much they want to sort. Here are pictures of the car in the sunlight for the first time in decades. (Not) oddly, the tires held air after they were pumped back up to a partial fill, and then split wide open when the slightest amount of directional torsion was applied coming out of the narrow storage unit. If this is too much picture posting I apologize; they do let you see some things about the car I could not answer (or ask) earlier. Best,

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Thank you everyone for all the comments, well-wishes, and advice. The car has been moved from the storage facility to a facility belonging to one of my son's friends. They plan to evaluate, hose off the protective layer of dust, and see how much they want to sort. Here are pictures of the car in the sunlight for the first time in decades. (Not) oddly, the tires held air after they were pumped back up to a partial fill, and then split wide open when the slightest amount of directional torsion was applied coming out of the narrow storage unit. If this is too much picture posting I apologize; they do let you see some things about the car I could not answer (or ask) earlier. Best,

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<I think the guidelines call for this>
watching a 70's Shadow start the sorting process
2007 Land Rover Range Rover (240k miles and spot-on perfect daily driver
2014 Mercedes SL550
2014 just out of warranty BMW M235i with a just-blown engine BMW doesn't want to acknowledge because the charge pipe is not original
Thank you everyone for all the comments, well-wishes, and advice. The car has been moved from the storage facility to a facility belonging to one of my son's friends. They plan to evaluate, hose off the protective layer of dust, and see how much they want to sort. Here are pictures of the car in the sunlight for the first time in decades. (Not) oddly, the tires held air after they were pumped back up to a partial fill, and then split wide open when the slightest amount of directional torsion was applied coming out of the narrow storage unit. If this is too much picture posting I apologize; they do let you see some things about the car I could not answer (or ask) earlier. Best,

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<I think the guidelines call for this>
watching a 70's Shadow start the sorting process
2007 Land Rover Range Rover (240k miles and spot-on perfect daily driver
2014 Mercedes SL550
2014 just out of warranty BMW M235i with a just-blown engine BMW doesn't want to acknowledge because the charge pipe is not original
 
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