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Old 06-08-2014, 01:13 PM
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Backstory - My next door neighbor has this truck. It's a '57 Chevy 3200. It's been in their family since new. It has sat, pretty much as you see it, sunk in the mud and somewhere to collect trash for oh, I'd say at least the past 25 years (I've lived next to them for 30).

I've asked Jeff in the past if he wanted to sell it and he always refused, He had a dream that he and his son would restore the truck together. I totally respect that -- it's a great father/son project, but it's never happened. Son is off in college now and has zero interest in that truck, let alone anything mechanical.

I recently approached Jeff on the subject again and to my surprise, he's considering selling the truck. He said (totally off the top of his head) he was thinking it's worth at least $1200-$1500. I didn't want to burst his bubble; he may be able to find somebody willing to pay that. It hasn't ran in 25 years, I believe it has the original straight 6 motor in it, although there is a now worthless V8 that's been sitting in the bed all these years, too.

I was going to offer him $500 to $750 for it, max. Overall, the body is in pretty good shape, just a little rust in a couple places. It's always been an Arizona truck. Some of the glass is broken/cracked. My goal with it would be a complete frame-off restoration. I'd likely buy a new Chevy crate motor for it and hot rod it a bit, making it custom and something fun to drive.

So... am I nuts for taking on a project of this scope? Would you? I realize I'm looking at many hours and thousands of dollars, but I honestly believe I'd have one kick-ass truck when finished.

What say ye, THT?
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You know me, ive owned and had a lot of cars/truck restored or modified and id say unless you have some emotional hard on for this particular year/model or want to take on a very ambitious project for fun...dont do it. You can find cool resto mods or restored trucks just like this far cheaper than you could do it yourself, unless its just a project for fun, money is no object, you have a world class set of tools and a lot of connections, etc.
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Originally Posted by ol guide View Post
You know me, ive owned and had a lot of cars/truck restored or modified and id say unless you have some emotional hard on for this particular year/model or want to take on a very ambitious project for fun...dont do it. You can find cool resto mods or restored trucks just like this far cheaper than you could do it yourself, unless its just a project for fun, money is no object, you have a world class set of tools and a lot of connections, etc.
No emotional connection at all to the truck or model. And I *know* exactly what you're saying about buying one that somebody else has done all the sweating over.

If money were no object, I'd be driving a new Ford Raptor or King's Ranch not a 2001 7.3 diesel.

Guess we all need a reality check now and again.
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That truck sure looks complete....but those mirrors are something I swear I saw in a JC Whitney catalog...

As mentioned, these projects take ears...unless you turn it over to the Overhauling guys...

My TR3 project was three years most weekends and a lot of nights after work. And I could lift the engine block by myself at the time...little car, easy to handle.

If you want it, give it awhile and see if he comes down a bit. Every dollar counts with one of these projects.
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
No emotional connection at all to the truck or model. And I *know* exactly what you're saying about buying one that somebody else has done all the sweating over.

If money were no object, I'd be driving a new Ford Raptor or King's Ranch not a 2001 7.3 diesel.

Guess we all need a reality check now and again.
15 to 20k and you can buy a sweet resto -mod that someone will never get their money from. That would be a down payment on the basic parts for this truck.
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Powertrain-$2500-4000. Body and paint (done right) $4000-6000. Upholstry work-$ 2500. Nice truck
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500 dollars tops--
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Man that would be a fun (and expensive) project!
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Originally Posted by ol guide View Post
You know me, ive owned and had a lot of cars/truck restored or modified and id say unless you have some emotional hard on for this particular year/model or want to take on a very ambitious project for fun...dont do it. You can find cool resto mods or restored trucks just like this far cheaper than you could do it yourself, unless its just a project for fun, money is no object, you have a world class set of tools and a lot of connections, etc.
Well said, unless you really want a project as a hobbyist, project with your kid etc. There are many frame off restos available cheaper than you can do it. Cool truck !
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I've rebuilt a few 1979 ford pickups. I did it for the fun of it and built them stock. I think I did one with a cam, intake and a carb. I couldn't tell the difference with the stuff or stock so I never did that again. They were never show pieces but I didn't lose much foolin with them. Just the time.
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I don't think I am going along with everyone on this. First, I'm pretty sure it has a V-8 not a 6, see the V on the door and on the hood ornament. If it was a runner when it was parked, it may not need a new motor.
It is an Arizona truck I will presume, so it likely is not all rotted out like it would be if along the coast or up in the salted road area.
Assuming the engine and trans are good. I do see paint, a windshield, exhaust, tires, brakes, interior... I could see me putting $7-9k in it and have a pretty nice pick up worth well more than that... A full blown restore or a hot rod conversion of course would be a lot more scratch, but I'm not one to want a museum or go to events with a folding chair and watch people admire my car.... If I don't play with it, it's gone. BTW, I have a mint 92 Carrera cabriolet for sale
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I would call Lamont and Fred and if you're still not sure ask Grady
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
I would call Lamont and Fred and if you're still not sure ask Grady
You owe me a screen cleaning.

btw, why not consult Fred's neighbor "Chico" ?
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You owe me a screen cleaning.

btw, why not consult Fred's neighbor "Chico" ?
Chico is his neighbor
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
I would call Lamont and Fred and if you're still not sure ask Grady


IF I had the money, shop space, and most importantly time and I could pick it up for 700 tops I would fool with it and see if any of the drivetrain is salvageable. If not I would prolly unload it before jumping into frame off resto, new power plant, etc.

if you've got the cash and are set on rodding it out, go for it you'd have a bad a$$ truck, and if it was worth the money/time to you then that is really all that matters.
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500 dollars tops--
You ain't gonna do a very good restore for $500 bucks.
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For as much money as you are going to have to put in it what difference does it make if you pay 500 or 1200 for it? Decide if you want to undertake the project and then go buy the truck... assuming you dont want any bad blood between you and your neighbor.
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If you have been wanting this truck for 25 years then a few hundred dollars shouldn't stand in the way, we can drink that much beer in a few nights out, go for it.
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At some point in life you do shit because you want to - not because it makes sense (cents?!). If you want it, do it. I think getting it mechanically awesome and leaving the paint as is would be kick ass!
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If you have been wanting this truck for 25 years then a few hundred dollars shouldn't stand in the way, we can drink that much beer in a few nights out, go for it.
Bingo..
That one was the bunny car. Family of bunnies were living in it and I had to take the rig out in a field in Calif to wench it on. Guy paid 3800 for that toy like you see it.
He's not asking to much but in answer to your question you can buy a truck already fixed up just skip the build for what you will have in it and be riding next week.
Something like those projects take years, even several years then you end up with as much time and money in it as you would of bought one already rolling.
Its what I"m doing with the Sky now. Looking for a old cruiser and Vette was sold Saturday but turn key for me.
Unless you just needing a excuse to hang out in the garage for the next two years, ,, I'd really consider all your choices before you take that leap.

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They don't make them like this any more. Kinda like waterfront property. LOL

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At some point in life you do shit because you want to - not because it makes sense (cents?!). !
I like that !!! Well said.
My views, spend a little more and get what you want now already rolling. You live in the middle of the cool cars place. AZ and Calif. Someone is always needing money.

Punch this in on e bay. > 151317225803
Someone else is selling that car. Bank foreclosed on the guys property. You could not touch that build for what that car will sell for.
Must my views.

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