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  1. Oh the irony.... The OP has a Canadian as his avatar..... Dongle
  2. 'Afternoon all. I've got a family member looking to sell a 1964 Comet Caliente convertible. It has been sitting in a 'garage' for about 10 years. It was driving prior to that. He is looking to sell and has asked for advice on price. This is not my specialty (the year and car) and I don't trust price guides. Anyone want to hazard a guess at what the market will bear in terms of price. I know, I know can't tell without seeing it. Anyway here's a bit of a description.... Any figures are appreciated. - starting to rust from sitting a bad garage - some previous body work evident - black interior in need of help - may have been habitat for critters - 289 engine - condition unknown - was working at one point, automatic transmission - car looks bad from sitting, but very well could be restored - just one of those cars that may take more than you'd expect???? - impossible to get pictures at this point - car not very accessible - located in Canada - about 2 hours from Detroit - I've been told it was once a Florida car - doesn't matter anymore though... Any of you Comet experts want to weigh in on what the market will bear for this. Thanks, Dongle
  3. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: ply33</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Lets see. Choices on getting to work are with gas at $4.07 at the local filling station and 14 miles round trip to work: 1933 Plymouth at 16 MPG ($3.56/day) 2001 or 2004 Prius at 45 MPG ($1.26/day) Public transport at $3.50/day and at twice as much time spent as other alternatives. Bicycle at $0.00/day and I get my exercise too. I generally use the bicycle. </div></div> Great for using the bicycle!! Wish I could! As for public transit. Add in purchase price, insurance, maintenance, parking etc and that $3.50 a day is the winner by far. Dongle
  4. It's like the grassy knoll of the petrolium industry...
  5. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LINC400</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Yes, and you should use Windex for your rashes too. </div></div> ...and WD-40 for your arthritis.
  6. Everyone who thinks the winning bidder had a thousandth of what he bid as disposable income, please take a step forward. Everyone who thinks Schneider should have received the 3.5mil he expected please take a step back.
  7. Don't know about quality... Merritt's version
  8. I might be able to help you. I have sent an e-mail.
  9. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Well, there's Brian Joseph (Classic and exotic restoration) in Troy, MI </div></div> For what it's worth this shop must be very busy and does not need any new work. I have called on two different occasions - and left msgs. Neither calls were ever returned. dongle.
  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Since the Diaspora.... </div></div> Hay. dont use such big word else I ll pick my marbles up two. dongle
  11. Excuse my ignorance here, but why won't the pistons come out from the botton even when the crank is out? The next obvious question was asked immediately above....
  12. It only takes a couple of lemmings to stem the flow over the cliff. Don't patronise these businesses - or if bidding at an auction reduce your bid by the premium amount. Don't get wound up in the hype. If people would only go to these auctions with their thinking caps on and be using them when the gavel comes down. These types of auctions only serve to line the pockets of the Auctioneer. I would argue (and could very well be proved wrong) that actual sale prices would be higher at 'non-premium auctions'. It would be an interesting Economic Thesis....guns vs. butter. Higher sale prices equals Greater Commission vs. Lower Sales Prices plus Buyer Premium. Anyone else want my rose colored glasses? Note: Yes, I know lemming don't actually commit mass suicide - you can blaim Disney for perpetuating (if not creating) that urban legend. dongle
  13. Agreed. Companies should be ashamed to charge a buyer's premium. I for one won't patronize services who employ these tactics. Pay for the privilage to pay??? That includes auctions, membership stores, retail clubs........ In second thought... maybe that's how I'll market the next car. Only $20,000 with membership fee of 30%....? To keep this comment topical though - the vehicles up for auction were certainly interesting and dispite the above seemed to do well from a price point. dongle
  14. Makes the comments in this discussion seem all that more interesting. Restored vs Original discussion I still contend there should be more recognition for originals / survivors. Dongle.
  15. I think he does. He had one on e-bay this past summer (never sold??) I don't know the contact number, but I think that it was presented previously in this forum (try a search). For some reason $1300 stands out as a cost - but don't hold me to that.... Dongle
  16. Thanks for poking at my exposed nerve.... I agree with everything said above. I prefer original cars and actively seek them out and try to do as little as possible when I get them. What confuses me is that their values are often significantly less??? They are also harder to sell. While I don't own old cars as an investment, I have learned to be very careful when buying an original car. I do not have and never had any of my cars judged - that was never part of the hobby for me. I don't even pretend to understand the process. I do, however, appreciate the HOPF classification and applaud it, but it would be nice if things were taken a step further. I have never had a car classified as HOPF, but suspect all of mine would easily meet the requirements. I generally don't see that as changing the desirability of an individual car (except in rare instances). Now if they obtained Senior status through restoration they all of a sudden are perceived very differently. Why is an all original car with 30,000 miles worth less than an over restorated 100,000 mile car? I never understood that. In my eyes a quantum shift in opinion both inside the hobby and outside is due. Anyone else need my soapbox..... Dongle
  17. Re: Griots I like Griots but shop around - very expensive and often times the stuff is not that 'exclusive'. These same dollies can be had for a LOT less. Matt: I have been looking at these for a while - how smooth is your floor?? I wondered how they worked on less than perfect concrete.???? Dongle.
  18. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Whatever it is, it must weigh 3500 lbs, or more...... </div></div> 3500 pounds?? Are you sure its not still attached to an oil well sunk 1400 feet into the earth?? I may be way off but I can't see it weighing that much...?
  19. Around here many of the guys I see with pre war classics (no one take up that argument!!!) are of the 40 to 50's crowd. I think you'll have a MUCH longer wait than you suspect for prices to drop. I would argue that Packard prices haven't seen the wild fluctuations as with other vehicles. As a result, I believe they will be more immune to the flights of fancy experienced by other 'cars'. Prices may stagnate over the long term or may even get a little soft. But don't look to them falling at all. Back to the original post. Has anyone contacted the knucklehead who is offering that coupe for sale - to see what pieces are left over? As mentioned up top, if he has most of it left this may be the best opportunity to get what looks like a pretty restorable car at what I suspect would be a pretty good price (if its all there????). How many of this body style are around anyway, (there are a couple in here) but after that??. DONgle
  20. I'm going to be a contrarian (spelling?) here. While I do not dispute the pedal issue, I have seen a lot of cars with salt rust vs a lot of cars which have been improperly stored (subject to moisture / humidity from a concrete or gravel floor or over plain dirt). I have a lot of experience with salt. That type of rust looks more to me from a result of poor storage rather than from salt. In any event I'd still say 123K - with no use for at least the last 2 to three springs. Dongle
  21. NOS door sills. Great shape. Never installed. $200
  22. Hi: I'm looking for a National Service Data manual for the early 30's. Can anyone help?? Dongle
  23. Any one got any interest in the following Ford publications (before they get on e-bay)? Thunderbird Loyalty Program Book - 1959- 1960 outlines premiums, sales tips resales vs Cadilac etc published for sales people Thunderbird by Ford - 1963 Ford premium brochure, white about 10" x 13" 8 pages or so Ford Colors & Upholstries - 1963 body styles / paint chip and fabrics Ford Color and Trim - 1964 body style / paint chips and fabrics Thunderbird Story - 1963 Ford sales publication - white hardcover with photos inside by Arthur d'Arazien a premium sales book A bunch of fostoria Thunderbird glasses - a sales premium both tumblers and 'high balls' Numerous original shop manuals and parts books covering cars, trucks, Thunderbirds from 1940's to late 60's Make an offer understanding that I did not buy these at the local garage sale - I have a significant investment in this stuff Dongle
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