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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by NWRustyJunk, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 73


    So, being off on Thursdays allows me to go to one of the towing auctions in Portland. Usually these things are full of a bunch of Hondas and junk like that. At today's, low and behold, was a 51 Chevy four door sedan. Looks like it has been sitting someplace a long long time. The last tab on the plate was from '89. I was expecting it to go for at least a few's rusty, but 100% complete and has a lot of good parts. Time comes for it to be bid on....nothing...silence...auctioneer throws out a "anyone want it for $100" So....long story short....I'm now the proud owner of a 1951 Chevrolet four door sedan. Coolest part of the whole deal is that it was a donated vehicle, so it came with the original title, key and owner's manual. Also, had a portfolio of service records from when it was new well into the late 60s. I really don't know what in the hell I'm going to do with it, but I couldn't sit back and watch it get sold to a scrapper for $50. I guess I'm just a hoarder at heart. lol 17952564_10208970899493675_113692050473106553_n.jpg 18056968_10208970899293670_8706560769715665991_n.jpg
  2. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,529

    Okie Pete

  3. Gotta be worth a C note, I've bought quite a few parts cars there.
  4. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,608

    from Berry, AL

    From the looks of the hood and grill, it was probably nosed under a tree for a long time.
    Still worth $100, you could part it out and make some off of it I'm sure, even if it took a while.
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  5. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,405

    T&A Flathead

    Ive been known to do the same. Bought a 53 ford at an auction for $180.
  6. Can't go wrong at that price
  7. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 3,921


    I've spent more on less. Good save
  8. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 18,214

    Jalopy Joker

    many say "just going to look" - clean it up a bit , see if it can try to start - put up For Sale as is - at least can double your money with little effort
  9. 36roadster
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,362


    Excellent save- at least it wont come back as 7 mazdas, because what we need right now are more Mazdas.
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  10. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,033


    If you want to sell parts check in the wanted section a guy is looking for parts for a 50 chev. You cant not go wrong for what you paid . Last if you don't repair the car or sell in local put a add in Hemmings for a parts car and you will come close to tripling your investment..
  11. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,076

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I think everyone is too quick to grab the torch and part out 40's and 50's cars. It kills me when I see guys on the HAMB and elsewhere parting out 60+ year old cars. Sure it may be worth more in parts, but when did we become auto dismantlers? Maybe cheap, old, complete cars are plentiful elsewhere. I sure don't see it in SoCal...
    Even though this is a lowly 4 door, I'd try to get it up and running (as a challenge), title it and sell it as a project car. The car is titled, relatively complete, comes with some old documentation and may be a one or two owner car.
    We keep reading/saying we have a tough time getting new folks into old cars because of the costs. Old 4 doors are a good entry level vehicle. A family man with a couple of kids and tight budget could start with this and with parts costs and his own labor be driving it to cruise night in primer.
  12. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 824

    from Minn. uSA

    Pffftt... Looks like a good candidate for the More-Door thread, esp after it's been cleaned up, fixed up, n prettied up. I'm sure you'll become at the very least, a (proud) closet member/supporter of the More-Door Contingent. You've already taken the 1st step: Acquisition. Which has manifested from the deep latent hidden desires. No point in turning back now!

    :D .

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  13. Clean it up and get it running for either your enjoyment,,,
    Or start a trend and look for some young person that really want's to be a hot rodder and give it to them.
    Yes give it to them,,, really. But be willing to help them along.
    You would be out a C note and some time, but you would give a start to the future.
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  14. scrubby2009
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 156


    See my avatar? That was a great summer project, mostly funded by recycling scrap from construction sites. My kids still talk about it. Last registered in '73 in Washington State. Drove it until the radiator gave out, couldn't afford a new one, so we sold it for the cash I'd put in.
  15. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 73


    Its really hard for me to knock one in the head. I'm going to put some tires and wheels on it and get it rolling. Put some lube down the cylinders and see if it will crank over. From the front seat back it isn't that badly rusted with the exception of right above the drivers side rear tire. The cowl in front of the windshield is shot though. Looks like it sat with a bunch of leaves or pine needles piled on it until it rotted through. In the absolute least, it will make good yard art.
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  16. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
    Posts: 659


    I've gotta agree with you. Unless the car has no title, you can't get one for it, or it's just too far gone to be saved, it's a shame to cut it up even if it's a 4 dr 6 cyl 3 speed

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  17. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,128

    from California

    nice save! a "Styleline Special" with no trim above the beltline, no trim on the body sides and rubber "mud guards" on the quarters. there is $3,000.00 worth of parts there if you don't mind doing 250 listings on ebay. been there, done that. I did one that was way too rusty to fix, way worse than that . no floors, trunk floor and there was no bottoms at all on the doors. the sad part was the body was cherry and the door gaps were incredible. never wrecked, just rusted to shit. :(
  18. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 73


    Got the trunk open. Trunk and spare tire well are very nice. Looks like it has all the pieces to the original jack too. Spare tire still had the grease pencil marks on it from buying at a used tire shop. (When's the last time a used tire place had wide whites in stock? Lol) Also had a 1959 Oregonian newspaper in the back seat. I love all these little treasures you find in old cars. IMG_20170421_125353014.jpg IMG_20170421_124535870.jpg IMG_20170421_124310602.jpg
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  19. 52HardTop
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 623


    Hey Sept 20th, that's my anniversary. Being a 51 and 52 owner, I know you have parts there that are selling all the time on that auction sight. The stainless trim and headlight rings, radio grill, clock, glove box door, door garnish moldings and on and on...
  20. scrubby2009
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 156


    Dang it, love those treasures you find in old cars. When I opened the locked glove box in the '51 Fleetline I found old receipts for the rebuilt 216 and old tools, SK wrench... light came on too. Glove box light, locked since the '70's, came on when reopened in 2013. Have fun, brother.
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