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MoparMadnz

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  1. Sportsman was the trim package for either 2 or 4 door hardtops. Not available on sedans.
  2. You've got a point there. European sports cars are bringing top dollar on BAT, for sure. It's probably just the cars I'm interested in that don't always seem to do very well. The Desoto did well though. I guess it's a hit or miss for some cars.
  3. I agree with Matt. BAT is full of tire kickers and just seems like a horrible place to sell a car. I've seen a number of "potential buyers" getting into pissing matches with sellers, making accusations and derogatory comments. Plus too many lowballers. It seems like most cars never fetch fair market value on there. I would never sell a car on there.
  4. If you happen to find someone who works on Dynaflows in Florida, please let me know. Mine has a leak and I may be looking to overhaul it in the future. 1950 Buick in the Lakeland area.
  5. This is why I do a little market research and set a firm price before I ever list a car for sale. I tell them right off the bat "X" amount is what I'm willing to take and that doesn't change even if you're hot girlfriend shows up and does "X" to me. I also do a good bit of "pre-screening" of the prospective buyer and ask them certain targeted questions before they even show up. I've had too many threatening 3 A.M. phone calls in the past to not take careful measures today. I also strongly encourage my friends/family/coworkers to not buy a project car unless they're willing to make it a lifetime commitment. This guy probably spent thousands on his 70 Charger just to make it run & stop, and it's still a project car. Save your money and buy a finished car or a well-maintained original. Projects are for guys that have the knowledge, skills, time, tools, and garage to finish it. Or for people that are willing to pay a reputable shop to finish the job. You will rarely ever recoup the restoration cost of a basket case project car unless it's some kind of highly desirable, rare collectible.
  6. Have you thought about going to a public car auction? Sometimes you can get lucky and get a really decent car there for about 1/2 of market value. Last Mecum auction I went to, I saw a number of clean 50's-80's sedans sell in the $3-7k range. I also saw a very presentable 1950 Buick Roadmaster 2 door hardtop (older restoration) go for $12,500. The buyer turned around and sold it on Ebay a couple months later for $20k. I think you have to place a small deposit when you register and pay a 10-20% buyer's premium once you win, but you could potentially drive off in your dream car for thousands less than you were expecting. Bring a mechanically inclined buddy along to help you look over the car(s) and hang out for a couple days. It's worth checking out.
  7. I would go the El Camino route if you plan on using the car as a daily driver. Here's a nice 77 with a rebuilt 350 and trans for $6500. Just the cost of doing those two things is the same price as the car. You can easily get most parts from a local auto store and learn basic maintenance while you drive it. Enjoy it for a couple years, then sell it for a nice Edsel sedan when you're ready. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-Chevrolet-El-Camino-Classic/143414156093?hash=item2164265b3d%3Ag%3AYiAAAOSw7GBdL9Lv&LH_ItemCondition=3000|1000|2500
  8. Honestly, you are probably just better off sticking with something like a 5 year old Mustang or Camaro for the time being, until you can get some money saved up. Once you do get some money saved up, don't just go out and get the first $2,000 project car you see. You will end up with nothing but headaches while your car sits outside and starts rusting out. Then you will lose interest in the hobby and give up out of frustration. I've seen this happen way too many times. Best thing to do is save up about 10 grand and get yourself a solid running driver. It also wouldn't hurt taking an intro to automotive class at a local community college or spending time around a buddy that works on cars to gain some basic knowledge. Just my 1.5 cents.
  9. Very nice car. Should sell quickly at that price.
  10. The seller just lowered the asking price by 12 grand. That's a really nice (and hard to find) car for the money. If only I had the room in my garage.....
  11. Thanks for the advice folks. I will look into that.
  12. Thanks for the advice folks. I will look into that.
  13. Hi, new owner of a 1950 Buick here. The battery keeps going dead lately and I just noticed the driver side backup light and driver side front turn signal light are stuck on, even with the ignition turned off. I tried playing around with the different switches, and pressing the high beam switch turned them off briefly - but the lights came back on the next time I started the car. Also, the driver side blinker isn't working, but the passenger side is. Anyone have a clue what the culprit might be? Thanks
  14. 1939, I will re-post in that section. I think I do have a file of the wiring diagram on my computer. Ben, you're right. I meant to type "signal light" - thank you.
  15. Hi, new owner of a 1950 Buick here. The battery keeps going dead lately and I just noticed the driver side backup light and driver side front turn signal light are stuck on, even with the ignition turned off. I tried playing around with the different switches, and pressing the high beam switch turned them off briefly - but the lights came back on the next time I started the car. Also, the driver side blinker isn't working, but the passenger side is. Anyone have a clue what the culprit might be? Thanks
  16. First the driver told me this was a "normal scratch." I asked him if he noticed this damage at pickup, and he couldn't give me a straight answer. I then asked the driver to notate on the BOL that I mentioned damage and he agreed to do it. Then he had me sign the BOL on his phone (no paperwork) and told me that I would see the damage noted on my email copy of the BOL. I told him its not mentioned at all in the emailed copy, yet he kept insisting that he did it. He basically had me sign off on the BOL that said I received the car with no damage. He also called at the last minute wanting cash on delivery. I received no paper receipt of any kind, so all I could do at that point is give him a sheet of paper and have him write down his name, amount paid, and that I mentioned damage. He lied about a number of things as did the broker. I will call my insurance company during the week and try to make a claim. Thanks for the advice.
  17. This shipper was advertising in Hemmings until recently, but I'm not sure if they still are. It actually turned out to be a broker, and they subbed out the job to another trucking company. The driver basically pulled a fast one on me and lied about mentioning the damage on the bill of lading when I requested him to do so. I was pressed for time when finding a shipper, so I wasn't able to do enough due diligence. It was a lesson learned for me, because I have since learned that this company has a long track record of engaging in very deceptive/shady business practices.
  18. My deductible is $500 so I may try to tackle this myself. I believe it is lacquer per the previous owner who owned it 40+ years.
  19. I have insurance on it now, but not at the time of delivery.
  20. Hello, the transport company damaged the paint on my 1950 Buick. Not sure exactly how it happened because the driver lied and the transport company is (so far) unwilling to accept responsibility. Some type of object made contact with the fender and took out a chunk of paint the size of a Tomato. What is the best way to go about repairing this? Would it be difficult to match and touch this up? I'm definitely not a pro when it comes to bodywork. Any advice would be greatly appreciated...I will try to attach a picture.
  21. I'm not sure about the exact model years of the cars, but the first picture is my late Grandpa (smoking a cigar) with his 1933 Ford. The second is also my Grandpa (smoking a pipe) with a fishing buddy and his 1946 Ford. Both pictures were taken in upstate NY. Again...I could be wrong about the make and model years...but I was told he was always a Ford man. He died in 1961. Third picture was taken on my birthday in Florida with my late Dad's 62 Vette in 1986.
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