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Customs I love estate sales... (and 1936 Fords.....)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by shooter54, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,125


    I got a text a few days ago from a friend who lives out of state with an uncanny ability of finding really great cars. It was a link to a craigslist ad in Boise, Idaho for an estate sale. At the bottom of the ad was "1935 Ford 3 window coupe" and a tiny, blurry photo of the front half of a 1936 coupe. The ad was a week old, but I called and spoke to several very clueless people before eventually ending up with the daughter of the gentleman that had passed away. The car was still available and after some back and forth, I told her I would make the 7 hour drive the next day to see the car.

    Long story short, I left at 3AM the next day and 18 hours later, I was the proud and very happy owner of a great 3 window coupe. The car had always been in the desert and is absolutely bone dry with no rust or rot of any kind. It was a weird mixture of 1950's and 1970's, featuring a flathead and three speed, '40 rear end and column with Lincoln brakes, but strange bucket seats and shag carpet interior. It looks as though someone had some fun with it in the 50's and then updated it in the 70's or 80's.

    At any rate, the 8BA runs great and features dual carbs on top of an early Edelbrock intake. I didn't waste much time and promptly chucked the Cragars in favor of some chrome Mercury wheels/white walls and threw a hasty lowering job at it. Plans are to drive it around for a little bit, then start the process of building and updating the car to my taste.

    Needless to say, I am a big fan of estate sales....

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  2. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,125


    I don't know why it posted some of the photos multiple times, sorry..
  3. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,408

    Jalopy Joker

    Congrats - following through on the ad is something that you proved is very important - so many have been jaded, or heard of others not finding what was being offered, that they come up with excuses not to go - many scoff at craigslist ads, and do not even go to swap meets - but, you never know what you might find - went to a garage sale recently and the seller asked what am I looking for? - said that I will know when I see it - be sure to go through brakes , etc and have fun with your rare '35, I mean '36
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  4. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,350


    That is really nice !
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  5. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,853


    Very nice coupe. It was pretty common to see cars get slowly updated from the 50's to the 70's. My recent estate sale find was a Ingersoll Rand rivet gun and bucking bars for $20, can't complain, but I'd rather have that 36.
  6. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,568


    36-5 windows are great looking cars and good ones are getting hard to find. You definitely got lucky and being willing to make the trip paid off. Congratulations. And yes, even though I've had a set of Cragars on one of my cars for 51 years you have got the wheel/tire choice sorted perfectly.
  7. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,110


    I agre-wow!
  8. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 593


    Really nice car. I went throught Boise last week myself on a rode trip. Sorry I missed the estate sale. We probably passed somewhere on the highway. Have fun.
  9. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,535

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Nice car..great find!
  10. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 374


  11. I know it's been said a million times...........They are still out there. Great score and way to follow up. Congrats.:)
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  12. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 15,204

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    Estate sales rock. I bought my 40 coupe at an estate sale 10 years ago. 40000 actual miles. You got a great looking car man congrats.... IMG_0193.JPG

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  13. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,622


    That's Nice! No pics of the Shag?!
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  14. ...................Hopefully not:D:):D:):D:):D:).........;)
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  15. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,012

    from Mesa, Az

    Wow, congrats.
  16. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 994


    It's always risky driving a long way to check out a car with limited info on condition but as they say " You don't know till you go". Nice score.
  17. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,194


    Wow that's cool any more pictures
  18. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,217

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Rut row
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  19. Great car as everyone’s saying. Even better story! (Happy ending)

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  20. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 4,405


    Boy, seeing that, I'm really regretting selling my '36 3 Window, cramped though it was. Nice car. Glad you changed the wheels; I never understood the fascination with Cragars (I think it's a seventies thing).

    P.S. I have the same problem with the system loading pictures multiple times; it's got something to do with specifying "Thumbnail" or "Fullsize". Most times I end up editing the post and whenever I see an "ATTACHnnnnn" tag with a duplicate number, I just delete it manually. Works for me.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2018
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  21. 51 BIRD
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 423

    51 BIRD

    Shooter,You owe your friend big time for the heads-up. That looks like a very nice car. Congratulations!

  22. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,896


    One of the best Ford designs of the 30s and it is even in one of my fave colors!Glad you jumped on it!
  23. Love the 3 window!
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  24. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,572


  25. Really cool find. A little jealous! Happy it's in the good 'ol Northwest. Neat car & in good hands.
  26. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,520

    Bandit Billy

    Look forward to seeing it at beaches tomorrow?
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,771


    I'm mixed between incredibly happy for ya and thinking you're a dick!

    I say with all due brotherhood and affection...for the car...seriously, not like that...the car.


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