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Hot Rods The very best trade you ever made

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hepme, Nov 20, 2023.

  1. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 12,561

    from Missouri

    I traded a Kennedy top machinist tool chest for a Snap-On wire welder with the 75/25 tank, then traded the welder and tank for body work and a crappy paint job on my 65 Chevelle, oh wait never mind.
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  2. Not sure if this is the best, but we both were happy. I traded a rusty, incomplete 58 Ford convertible for a 35 Dodge pickup missing only engine and trans. Straight up one for one trade.
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  3. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 6,392


    I don’t know if this was my best trade or not, but it was the most complicated and fun trade! I bought one 1965 Ford 427 long tube cast iron exhaust manifold in Pennsylvania at the FE reunion, hoping to find the other side.
    I found a complete set in Illinois a year later! To pay for them I had to sell a Columbia rear end that I had purchased thirty years ago for $10. I sold it to a guy in Australia, but had to deliver it to a guy in Indiana for shipment!
    So I got my money from Australia, loaded the Columbia and the one manifold in my mini van and the wife and I went on a road trip to Indianapolis on Memorial day. I delivered the rear end, went by and traded my one manifold in on the complete set, as that guy actually had one missing on another set and came home with my treasures and a mini vacation! But missed the race, as it was sold out!

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  4. Bigjake
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 286


    I took a bag of crushed cans to the recycling yard and while waiting for my weigh ticket I spotted a small block Ford performer intake on the ground that someone brought in for scrap. The scrap guy was happy to trade my cans for the intake. Three months later I traded that intake and an Edelbrock 4 barrel for a 1940's Snap-On roll cart full of tools.
  5. CAVEMAN_1960
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 74

    from Michigan

    How about a Honda CB750K2 4-cyl motorcycle that I bought for $1400 (brand spankin' new) traded to one of my room mates back in college daze for his slighly ailing 1970 Chevelle Malibu SS 454? The bike had about 5k miles on it. The Chevelle had about 60k and needed a few things like flywheel and starter and exhaust work. My buddy replaced the 450 HP LS6 M22 4-speed equipped Chevelle with a brandy new 1973 Vega GT station wagon. WHAT WAS HE THINKING? I fixed the SS454 and took it down to Woodward Ave a few nights... This was during one of the gas crisis times and I needed bucks to buy a mobile home for a place to live and finish out my college edumacation. Sold the car for a whopping $2650! It was fun while it lasted.
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  6. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,513

    dan c

    i was chatting with a guy who drove a '50 merc with a pontiac engine, and i happened to mention i was working on a flathead. he said, " like flatheads? i have two in my back yard. they're yours if you haul them away!"
  7. Cowtown Speed Shop
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,192

    Cowtown Speed Shop
    from KC

    Way too many good trades to really be able to call just one the best. But one that comes to mind is I traded 3 model A coupe body's and some labor for enough cash to buy my first 32 five window. It was an all original 4 cylinder car that had been in the same family its whole life and had not been out of the garage since 1954. I got it in 2008 and hot-rodded it in 2010
  8. My best trade: traded an 8' pram/sailboat for a pretty decent (minus engine and transmission) '40 Ford Sedan Delivery.
    Worst trade: Whatever the hell I swapped the '40 for (don't remember, that's how insignificant it was)!
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  9. I traded a 1959 Gibson 225 electric guitar for a 53 Buick Skylark convertible.
    The 2nd best trade was a 4 poster bed I had for a 40 Ponitac with a 57 Olds engine and trans.
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  10. CME1
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 297


    While in high school, I traded two fairly good sawdust snow tires and 15" wheels for a 1946 Ford Coupe. The '46 was in good shape. The flat head v8 was tired, but I drove it for a year or so!
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  11. SkyDriver
    Joined: Apr 13, 2013
    Posts: 25


    Back in 1977 I traded four beat up '30 Model A fenders for a real clean, unmolested, '32 frame. I then mounted the left-over Model A roadster body on the deuce frame and built a nice hiboy for my wife.
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  12. tguptill
    Joined: Aug 12, 2012
    Posts: 72

    from Maine

    When I was 16 I traded a broken marlin lever action rifle for a 53 studebaker champion. Should never of sold that car but needed the money.
  13. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 6,201


    Back in 65 I traded my v8 60 Falcon for a nice 62 galaxy 375 hp 390 4 speed even I only had it or 8 months It kept eating T10s
  14. Traded my ‘60 BSA 650 Super Rocket for my ‘40 Olds with a 350/th350 combo with a 12 bolt rear… B5585A02-1C4F-42F7-8D7A-41B75CF516EF.jpeg 769CB749-15F3-41F2-983B-55EFA998995B.jpeg
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  15. Kevin Ardinger
    Joined: Aug 31, 2019
    Posts: 769

    Kevin Ardinger

    Traded a fifty dollar bill for a Boss 429 block
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  16. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,799

    from California

    the only trade I ever made was the worst trade I ever made even though I made money on the deal. traded a steel 23 T body, V8 60 axle, suspension and hubs, T rear spring, T grille, cool brass or copper gas tank and misc other parts for a 53 Chevrolet 1/2 ton. the T was a Hot Rod in the 60's and I bought it from the builders daughter.

    I traded it because the truck ran before I got it and the T was a project I did not have time to mess with. plus the guy I traded with had built 2 "T bucket" kind of cars and i thought he would put it together but he just parted it out. :mad:
    turned out the truck had something wrong with it where it would idle fine and run in first gear but cough and sputter in second. sold the truck for more than I paid for the T and made money but a real 60's built T was lost forever :(

    the V8 60 axle ended up on Von Franco's Lightnin' Bug.

    someone here has the T body but I can't remember who it was.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2023
  17. Kreepea_1
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 501


    Traded 4 new WWW Tires for a '55 Chevy 2dr. Local appliance repairman had gotten the '55 as partial payment on a job. One day he was riding by my place as I was cleaning out a '47 Hudson and he saw the tires and had to have them for his '48 Chevy Fleetline project.
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  18. GlassThamesDoug
    Joined: May 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,503


    I Traded $$ for a 12 bolt out of a 69SS396 Chevelle in scrap yard. Asked guy how much for the 12 bolt posi. He said it's not a posi. I said, how much for the "it's not a posi" rear-end......$25.

    4.11 12 BOLT..... ON MY LUNCH BREAK.

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