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CedricMacLaren #21 Posted May 20 2017 - 00:36

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It was a pretty good way to kill time. But Groza is certainly right about reliability. Walking 15 miles back home is certainly no fun, and I had to do that often. As for Chilton, YouTube is better these days. Pretty much anything one needs to know how to do these days, someone else has already had to figure out how to do it, and have been kind enough to upload a video of them doing it. 



tod914 #22 Posted May 20 2017 - 01:49

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View PostHOTA_CHATON, on May 18 2017 - 21:30, said:

 

Run, don't walk away from that deal.

 

That's the best advice.  Sounds like the repair costs exceed the vehicles value.  Also get familiar with Kelly's Blue book, etc., so your not over paying.  Good luck in your search and keep us posted.

 

Regarding what state I'm in.  NJ.  If you look on the left side of craigslist, you can put in a min and max amount for vehicles.  So $1 min  $4000 max.  Select private parties as well.  Avoid dealers.  For the most part, a lot of the inexpensive cars they have are ones that couldn't sell privately.  Sock away a few bucks for maintenance and future repairs.

 

While your inspecting a vehicle from a private party, ask for service records.  If they don't have record of it, assume the work was not done.  Things such as timing chains/belts, etc.. 


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Klaatu_Nicto #23 Posted May 20 2017 - 02:58

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View PostWeslinator, on May 18 2017 - 16:57, said:

 It is my first vehicle. I want to work on trucks, but don't know much about them but my Uncle does and I want to learn how to.

 Haven't seen it, but last time I saw, it wasn't (Wasn't really looking for it). So no. Our vehicles around here don't get rusty, we don't use salt on our roads when it is icy.

 

 

The Ford Falcon Ranchero I had when I first started working at Seattle International Raceway (now call Pacific Raceway) in 1974 would disagree with your commnent.

LpBronco #24 Posted May 20 2017 - 03:14

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Bottom line - get the truck for 850 and put the rest of the four into restoring as much as you can. You'll end up with something you enjoy and you'll know exactly how dependable it will be.

Weslinator #25 Posted May 23 2017 - 03:23

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That's the best advice.  Sounds like the repair costs exceed the vehicles value.  Also get familiar with Kelly's Blue book, etc., so your not over paying.  Good luck in your search and keep us posted.

 

Regarding what state I'm in.  NJ.  If you look on the left side of craigslist, you can put in a min and max amount for vehicles.  So $1 min  $4000 max.  Select private parties as well.  Avoid dealers.  For the most part, a lot of the inexpensive cars they have are ones that couldn't sell privately.  Sock away a few bucks for maintenance and future repairs.

 

While your inspecting a vehicle from a private party, ask for service records.  If they don't have record of it, assume the work was not done.  Things such as timing chains/belts, etc.. 

 I'm not sure, but I am looking at a 99 GMC Sierra tomorrow. It has 177k miles, but the Tranny has been redone and the 4X4 transfer case has been too. He has the papers for them. So I will see how that turns out. Still thinking bout the F150 though.

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 Bottom line - get the truck for 850 and put the rest of the four into restoring as much as you can. You'll end up with something you enjoy and you'll know exactly how dependable it will be. 

 They are offering it for 850

 

 



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For the record I'm driving a 1985 F150 step side that I've turned down $4500, so there are people out there who appreciate the older trucks and the Blue Book value isn't the only criteria for evaluating what a vehicle may be worth. 

Weslinator #27 Posted May 23 2017 - 23:45

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How long have you had it for?

tod914 #28 Posted May 24 2017 - 18:28

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View PostLpBronco, on May 23 2017 - 16:31, said:

For the record I'm driving a 1985 F150 step side that I've turned down $4500, so there are people out there who appreciate the older trucks and the Blue Book value isn't the only criteria for evaluating what a vehicle may be worth. 

 

That's contingent on condition.  Pristine older vehicles are always worth more than Bluebook.  Hagerty shows some current price trends.  Not sure if trucks would be listed.  Keep in mind it doesn't account for unreported private sales.  But generally, gives you a better idea on the vehicles worth.

Weslinator #29 Posted Yesterday, 12:54 AM

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I am not going for that F150 anymore. It's sad, but I guess that is not the right thing for me...

LpBronco #30 Posted Yesterday, 01:01 AM

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View PostWeslinator, on May 23 2017 - 17:45, said:

How long have you had it for?

 

I bought it from a local racing legend who had bought it new and I've had it for 9 years now. 




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