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Old 01-21-2010, 12:58 PM
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Anyone here in to old cars/trucks? I'm thinking about buying an old truck for my wife. I'm looking at a 1947 Dodge p/u. It is in really good shape but will need all the goodies like bearings, seals, brakes, gaskets, door and window rubber, etc. Are parts available?
Any good links or sites that you use would be appreciated.
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I'm basically a Triumph/MG guy, but I look at anything old with a bit of nostalgia. You need to go online or down to the local bookstore and buy a copy of Hemmings Motor News. If you can't find it or find out where to get it from there, it's not available...!....

Plus, in their ads section you may end up finding something else really neat and cool for a bit less..it will at least open up some options for ya. Plan to spend a few days getting all the way thru it though!
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I'm basically a Triumph/MG guy, but I look at anything old with a bit of nostalgia. You need to go online or down to the local bookstore and buy a copy of Hemmings Motor News. If you can't find it or find out where to get it from there, it's not available...!....

Plus, in their ads section you may end up finding something else really neat and cool for a bit less..it will at least open up some options for ya. Plan to spend a few days getting all the way thru it though!
That's good advice. To add, once you find something, a club can give lots of insight to repairs and sources for parts.
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Mike,

If this truck is basically "stock" (original brakes, steering, etc) then make sure your wife is a "car girl", understanding the performance characteristics of such a vehicle.

Can't just jump into something like that and drive it like a modern car or truck - especially the brakes. There's also the lack of passive safety devices - like 3 point seat belts.

An old truck like that - unless it's been upgraded, can turn into a serious handful on the road.

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Hemmings Motor News is going to be your best friend. If it's not in that book, chances are you don't need it. We have a 32 Model A Ford here and a 59 Vette (non stock) I love taking the Model A out.

I'm always looking at older stuff and one of these days I'll own one. I'd really like a B61 Mack.
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Like others have mentioned, research the parts as well as local support/owners groups (think of it like the classicmako, classicseacraft, classicxxxxxxx for that specific make and vintage). My father collects 356's (13 in total) and if it wasn't for the support of others and parts readilly available he would have quit 25 years ago.
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My father collects 356's (13 in total)
That must be a nice collection! Any pics? A friend of mine has 2 356s that he found from a "barn" add in the paper.
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Originally Posted by ss3964spd View Post
Mike,

If this truck is basically "stock" (original brakes, steering, etc) then make sure your wife is a "car girl", understanding the performance characteristics of such a vehicle.

Can't just jump into something like that and drive it like a modern car or truck - especially the brakes. There's also the lack of passive safety devices - like 3 point seat belts.

An old truck like that - unless it's been upgraded, can turn into a serious handful on the road.

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I agree with considering the caution and what you really will do with it after you have it...
I had a 53 Chevy pickup back in the 80's, all restored to mint condition, bought it from an employee that needed the $.. I quickly discovered 60mph was haulin azz. Then come onto an exit ramp hang on.

When I decided in 04 to replace my 'convertible toy' (a 90 Wrangler that I had since new) with a different toy, I really wanted a GTO, SS396, 442 and just decided it wasn't something I felt comfortable jumping in and driving to the Keys for the weekend, or up to Cape Cod and leave it sitting outside overnite... I looked hard at the Barett-Jackson auction in West Palm (hard to maintain control there BTW) I ended up going on ebay and punched in convertible, and sorted by price... Lots of ideas there. Ended up with a low milage 92 Carrera cab (which I love)..

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Like others have mentioned, research the parts as well as local support/owners groups (think of it like the classicmako, classicseacraft, classicxxxxxxx for that specific make and vintage). My father collects 356's (13 in total) and if it wasn't for the support of others and parts readilly available he would have quit 25 years ago.
Ditto: If it weren't for the Renlist forum, my Porsche would have been gone in 3 months! They have been amazing!
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
That must be a nice collection! Any pics? A friend of mine has 2 356s that he found from a "barn" add in the paper.

I have to look around for it but I do have at least one or two. My dad decided to unload his 356A on eBay. Guess who had to set that up...

The crazy part is he has the cars in a massive garage in Virginia but no longer has a house there. He brings a couple of them down here at a time, one to drive and one to work on in a little warehouse space.

Let me see what I can find.
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Thanks for all the info. I am very aware of how a truck like that drives. At 15 I bought a 58 Chevy pu. I overhauled the engine and drove it till I went in the military after a few semesters in college. 70 mph top end with that 235 6 cyl. That's when a truck was a truck. My wife is pretty strong and with a knob on the wheel and a little practice I think she can handle it. We'll keep her tacoma and she can take the old one to school once a week or so. If I decide to get it that is.

BTW, what is a 356?
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BTW, what is a 356?

It's an upiddy VW (My dad would strangle me for saying that). Most people know them by names like Speedster or Cabriolet.


Here is a coupe (from the internet).
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Thanks for reminding me. I remember them well now.
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I restored a 1953 Dodge and have a 1955 Ford Panel truck and have a 1953 chevy truck off the frame now. Yes Dodge parts are much harder to find than ford and chevy. There is only one large parts supplier I found for older dodge and probably a hundred for ford and chevy for that reason you may want to keep looking. If you do get it I will try to dig up the suppliers I used.
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just sold after 25 years of ownership.
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Randall, Nice AH.

100-4 right?
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Mike,

You are in Stuart right? My father lives over by the Martin Co golf course (Indian St and St Lucie Rd area). If you see a red 356 cab in mint condition that is him. His friend has a really nice mid 80's 911 S in Blue. They can usually be spotted at Shrimpers around 2 or 3
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I did the same thing last year. The admiral needed a set of wheels so I purchased a 1976 gremlim for $250 from a farmer who had this precious antique hidden in his barn for her. Now the admiral is back living with her folks and I am shelling out an alimony check every other week. No more antiques for me.
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Mike,

You are in Stuart right? My father lives over by the Martin Co golf course (Indian St and St Lucie Rd area). If you see a red 356 cab in mint condition that is him. His friend has a really nice mid 80's 911 S in Blue. They can usually be spotted at Shrimpers around 2 or 3
Yep, across the water from Shrimpers.. The blue one is a Targa? I see it around a lot. May have seen your dads car, gorgeous.
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got a 1973 TR6 24k original miles
picked it up last year in virginia beach...

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mersiles.....correct....1004 bn2.......1956.
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