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Customs Legit low milage 40 Merc barn find!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blmoore, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Cool car, I hope you get it.
  2. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,276


    $1500? $2500 even, really. What world are you guys living in, at $5000 I'd feel I stole it. It's a complete 40 Merc coupe! How often do they show up in that condition?
    If that was mine and someone offered 15 to 25 I'd be offended. Too bad he doesn't throw a starting number out, I hate it when sellers won't and I generally press them to. He's got to have a number in his mind and maybe it is lower then it worth but at least you won't take a chance at offending him to find out!
  3. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    you cant pay too much for a good car...........and you cant buy a bad one cheap enough....!!
  4. #1 Kawboy
    Joined: Aug 4, 2009
    Posts: 189

    #1 Kawboy
    from Fl

    A friend once told me, You can't pay too much for a car, but you can buy it tooo early." Meaning, one day it'd be worth that and more, you just may have to wait longer....
  5. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    If you lose
  6. hotdamn
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,084


    I always tell people I can't price your stuff and buy it too!
  7. Old Dude
    Joined: May 12, 2006
    Posts: 193

    Old Dude

    That is about right on pricing. Very rare Car to find in this time & day. I used to be able to stiff them out some how. It is getting harder, & harder each year. Very Good Find.
  8. Looks like $4 to $5 thousand right now with all the dust and dirt, but 1 or 2 hours of cleanup and I bet the price would go up maybe double. If the motor is not frozen solid that alone is at least $1K + in these parts.
    Keep us posted and good luck, that will make one great kustom!
  9. Ned_Gob
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 539


    The value of this car ? Pretend to part it out - each piece is worth how much ? Now do the math.
  10. 51Gringo
    Joined: Jul 22, 2006
    Posts: 652

    from Nor Cal

    Well said!

    I'd give you $5,000 just to tell me where abouts in Iowa the car is.:)
  11. That car might be worth 15-25 when it's done but not now. 3000-4000 is a fair price but start by offering 1500.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
  12. I allways tell them I don't want to buy and sell both so give me your bottom $$ price and I will tell you if I can swing it.
  13. I have always been able to get a price from the owner by saying... " I cant be BOTH the buyer AND the seller... Gimme a price!"
  14. 40 & 61 Fords
    Joined: May 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,000

    40 & 61 Fords

    My brother-in-laws do that all the time. They've traded labor for campers, boats, trucks, and other stuff. usually they actually turn out better than if they would have taken the cash!!

    He doesn't want to tell you the price, because he's afraid of low balling YOU! If he's thinking $1500 tops and you're thinking $2500 on the low end, he's just screwed himself! But on the other hand, you just paid $1000 more than you could have because you offered too much! It's a tough dance either way.......
  15. Can we get a video of the negotiation?
  16. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,234


    I think this is really true in negotiations such as these. This is an easy hurdle to overcome. You both just have to get talking.
  17. ...nice find, what about the Chevy truck beside it?
  18. Get off the pot and buy it or it'll be gone!
  19. It ain't rocket surgery. Make him a fair offer and let us know how it goes. That's a really nice find.
  20. Jon1953B4
    Joined: Nov 26, 2010
    Posts: 85

    from MD

    Awesome find, let us know what the outcome is.
  21. I mentioned mice in headliner in an earlier post ,but actually they can even ruin a frame in a car, over a period of setting in a barn like that.seriously worth investigating before investing much money in any old cars from midwest.....
  22. Terrible Tom
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 573

    Terrible Tom

    Some of you guys must have way to much money to spend. It never hurts to make a lower offer. If it's too low, you can start negotiating. Starting out with a top price? WTF???
  23. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,908


    I'd begin at $4 k and see where he goes. Someone has to start it off..........

    I hope you get it....

  24. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    Yup, trading labor for wanted stuff is way better than getting a check. Remember, Uncle Sam doesn't take a cut if you trade labor for merchandise. ;) When you pay for something, it's after-tax money. So it's already de-valued.
  25. 58Lincoln
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 278

    from Chico, CA

    Nice find!

    Start the negotiations by talking to the fellow about himself and his farm, like he was one of your buddies. Soften him up a bit. After a while he will probably volunteer an asking price for the car.

    Good Luck
  26. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,717

    from Nor Cal

    Looks like a good one. I would offer him $4000 and see what he say's. I would go up to 9K if you really want it. They are rare and it's hard to find a solid complete one.
  27. vert1940
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 393


    i agree with sledge...the parts on that car are worth a fortune to some people...check the fog lights and see if they say ford or some form of ford...if so...very high dolar
  28. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Absolutely. How dumb would you be to jump in with a $ 5000 offer and the guy is thinking $ 1500 ?? :rolleyes: Yeah, we all say we hate to take advantage of someone, but in reality most of us would be dancing the good dance if we get a great deal on a car or some part at a swap meet.

    Let's get real here, while it is a 40 Merc it also has been sitting on dirt forever, unprotected. If that motor isn't locked up it will be a miracle, and anyone who takes this car on is going to spend very big money to get it in A1 shape. This will not be a cheap restore. The buyer is taking a huge gamble, not even seeing the car in the daylight.

    I also really don't get this business about "insulting" someone with a low price. If I had something for sale and someone offered me less than I thought it was worth I wouldn't get all huffy about it, I would simply say "No, that isn't enough" and then go on from there in the negotiations.

  29. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,603

    from Ks

    I never let a horse drive my car. Can't trust em.:D
  30. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    No, horses are terrible drivers. Now Monkeys, that is a different story. :D



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