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Projects Name a used part you paid too much for but "just had to have"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by belairbubble, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Just curious to see whats out there for stories on a used part we paid too much for but "just had to have" for a project/completed car.. I can think of a few instances when i've run across parts/accessories that the guy wanted way to much for but at the time couldnt live without or needed right that second to advance the build. Please list prices paid if possible to set the stage..I will list a few examples of items I "had to have" and paid too much for to get things rolling:

    1) Pair of rusted/peeled/bent 15x4 cragars $80---I just had to have for 56 gasser project mock up..

    2) Front fenders for 61' belair totally shot and rusted $250---Could not find any fenders anywhere that had enough metal left in headlight area to make a template from with new metal for my 61 hardtop.. Im in Canada where rust attacked these cars to death!.. This was before repro sheetmetal was available for the headlight area.

    I look forward to seeing your stories
  2. Ter409
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 70

    from NE Oregon

    I bought a pair of long Ram intake manifolds off a Chrysler Big Block!! Just hanging on my garage wall, like art work. Coolest manifolds ever! When I was 15 years old in 1964 my old boss had a 300F Chrysler that I just loved. Always wanted the car but only can afford the manifold. I do have 2 spare 440s and a 413 so someday maybe! :DTer409
  3. carmuts
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 874


    The Tool box assembly for my delivery. Paid $300 plus shipping. Hard to find part for sure, but with the right info I could have made it for about $50. It was in alittle worse condition than what I thought was discribed to me, but still fixable. Good to have original rare parts, but looking back I could have been smarter. Rod
  4. About every part on my 34 five window

  5. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    Just sent a little over $600 off today for a special part.. Keeping it top-secret for now.

    I bought an Offy Chevy-to-Ford trans adapter for $150 or something and spent $100 to have some dude TIG a few cracks. Learning curve.

    $2,000 for a pile of Model A parts - complete Sport coupe body, three extra cowls, all the patch panels for the bottom, all new subrails, a set of '35 wire wheels, set of mismatched Model A wires, a banjo rear end, a '46 Ford front axle set-up, a rolling (frozen rear banjo) A frame which I needed for the hot rod. I kept the patch panels, frame, and sold off most of the rest..

    But it's all paid off as I've scored some real good stuff for cheaper than decent so I guess it all balances out.
  6. rat nasty
    Joined: Jul 22, 2007
    Posts: 683

    rat nasty

    $600 for a "GOOD" "just pulled her outta that ol street rod..." intake - pan 460 w/ c-6 that I changed my mind on and gave to a buddy to use in a OT mud race truck that he took apart to inspect it was perfect used "JUNK"
  7. Poesrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 192

    from Kentucky

    I've bought and sold the same 48 anglia body 3 times. Keeps coming back home.
  8. captmullette
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,929


    my whole car $ 3500.00......only thing i used was the body

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  9. TurboX2
    Joined: Oct 1, 2012
    Posts: 207


    A few years back I bought an aftermarket 34 Ford grill that wouldn't work on my car. So I hung it on the wall for a few years and then cut it down and narrowed it to fit a Dwarf racing car.
  10. xon
    Joined: Jun 29, 2008
    Posts: 251

    from detroit

    a complete 50 olds standard trans set up....i had been looking for ever and one came up on the otherside of the country so with shipping it was way more than i wanted to pay...than it seemed like overnight really good and close ones were falling out of the sky...go figure
  11. I bought a rare carb for my collection and I thought I paid too much but the offers keep going up so I may do okay. I bought a Holley 3 Barrel new in the box a year ago or so and thought it was so cool. On furter inspection I found out it was not the common 930cfm version but the rare 1050cfm version, made for 1969 NASCAR racing for a factory race carb.

  12. A headlight bucket for my 32 Chevy.Paid too much and then had to have it rechromed on top of it.Oh well...If you need it you need it.
  13. 54nomore
    Joined: Nov 5, 2012
    Posts: 137

    from illinois

    Several years ago, I bought a C-4 trans. from a first generation econoline. Bought it online from a salvage yard in Ohio. $150 plus $150 freight. Never made the conversion and have since sold the '62 that it was going to go in. I ended up giving it to a freind who will most likely also, NEVER use it!
  14. A factory AM/FM radio for my '65 GTO. Saw one for $150.00 at Carlisle back in 1983 and thought it was crazy priced. Finally bought one in 1999 for $1000.00

    Hey, like the thread's titled, I had to have it!
  15. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,118

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I second that Rocky! And mine's full fendered, though I did make out 'okay' on the steel fenders and a set of repro running boards.
    I really rolled the dice on the boards as I just couldn't step up to a $1000 set of repro running boards. Found and bought a drivers side new in the box, then looked for about 2 years and lucked out and found/bought a new in box passenger side!
  16. Tommy454
    Joined: Sep 6, 2010
    Posts: 85


    A few years ago I paid $750 for a NOS Offy Crossram for a big block Chevy.
  17. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    A 1958 Chevrolet Impala steering wheel, the one with the chrome completely circular horn ring, which then had to be painted in red metal flake, and a custom centre emblem…….Well, you get the idea.
  18. fullsizejohn
    Joined: Aug 14, 2011
    Posts: 53


    I just paid $150 for a 56 ford grill, cat eye parking lights and hood support. Didnt really need them but just felt like i should have them as a backup (lotsa deer out this way).
  19. ctfordguy
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 98


    1936 Ford Club Cabriolet and every virtually part I've bought for it's restoration.
    BUT I knew this when I bought it.
    Had to, had to, had to have it.....and had to restore it.....Yes, I must be crazy!!
    Dr. Bruce/CT
  20. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,971

    from Burton, MI

    '40 Lincoln Zephyr dash.....Sold it later and actually made a few bucks!
  21. For my '57 Ford..back a few years ago I paid 360. for a set of new forged upper control arm shafts from a biggie in repro parts for our '57's. Later found out Kanter will add them to a front end rebuild kit for around 100. for the pair. Still pisses me off.
  22. V4F
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,147

    from middle ca.

    i would say ... bumper to bumper !!!
  23. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,088

    from Oregon

    An old late 60's-early 70's Holley Pro Dominator all polished out. Paid $450, and could have gotten a new modern tunnel ram for the same, or less for used. But just had to have this for the 327 in my gasser!
  24. tikiwagon13
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 371


    Bought a complete dash for a 1961 Chrysler 300 (the bubble dash), sectioning it for my daughter's truck, paid $500 for it, but they are hard to find and she LOVES it. The things we do for our kids.
  25. 1954Bill
    Joined: Feb 26, 2009
    Posts: 180

    from Long Beach

    800.00 dollars for driver side front fender for my 1958 ford fairlane with rusted out bottom. but i needed it!!
  26. Any part for a 55-57 T Bird is overpriced :mad:

  27. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    Turn sig. stalk for a 1969 Lincoln Mk3 I'm restoring to original.
    Was looking for 3 years for a NOS, found one, $500.00 !
    Still looking.
  28. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,638


    Jimmy Jones skirts
    Original Dan Post books
    Edelbrock Y block stuff
    The list goes on and on...
    Don't regret any of it. Stuff is more fun than money...
  29. 60 Belair
    Joined: Feb 19, 2006
    Posts: 747

    60 Belair

    Weiand W671 6X2 blower adapter, But I just had to have it! if the wife ever finds out how much I paid I will be in sheepdip

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  30. I never think I gave too much for a part because I only give what I can afford but I am sure that i can think of a couple of gotta have parts were probably not such a good diea.

    just off the top of my head I did by an oddball intake for a Boss 302 once. I probably didn't give too much for it but I didn't own a Boss 302 at the time nor have I owned one since. :eek:

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