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Projects To start or not to start? Selling a barn find...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Big A, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Fire it up!

    35 vote(s)
  2. Let a buyer deal with it.

    0 vote(s)
  1. toolz
    Joined: Dec 4, 2010
    Posts: 40


  2. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    This reminds me of those Craigslist ads that start with............"Just Testing The Waters"
    Tell us what it is and post a damn pic.
    arkiehotrods likes this.
  3. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,223


    In the last 2 1/2 years, I have sold five cars, two HAMB friendly, 3 OT. I sold all of them for asking price to the first person who came to look. I cleaned them inside and out, spotless. I had them all running well. It amazes me the number of people who put cars for sale (especially on craigslist) that are dirty, filthy, dusty, filled with fast food wrappers and say "ran when parked," etc. A clean, running car will bring much more than a dirty, non-running car any day. As a car dealer friend of mine says, "Why should I buy a pig in a poke?" A little effort is worth a lot of money.
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  4. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 5,635


    This is the key...runs fine is one thing, running and driving and stopping, is $$another, plus time.

    I've learned that many people think "help me get it running"...means to them "It's ready to go cross country".

    But plus one to those who say get it cleaned up, fired up-even from a remote fuel source, can be explained to anyone that the car was restored 10/15 years ago and been sitting and the time to go through everything else isn't in the cards, hence why it's being sold.

    Does your friend have the fathers receipts for the work, or any documentation, like pics, notes, etc?
  5. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,774

    from Zoar, Ohio

    What the heck??
    A car setting for ten years in climate controlled storage is not a barn find.
    Dust and not being started for a long period is not a prerequisite.
    Clean it and fire it up.
    BigA. You've been here longer than I.
    Are you pulling our leg?
    clunker likes this.
  6. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,514

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Everything Pete joe said. "Barn find"? Please
  7. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,757


    I've go a question, I won't tell you what it's about, or show you any pictures, but I need your expert opinion. What should I do? :p:D
  8. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,612

    from Boston MA


    But the fact all the mechanicals are an unknown might cancel the fact that the car was completely restored ten years ago as a selling point to certain buyers. "North American" we are all curious.

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    Last edited: Sep 30, 2017
  9. pics of the daughter please....and maybe with the car
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  10. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,693

    from Berry, AL

    Is it a find if somebody already knew it was there?:rolleyes:
  11. I'll send 1$ US for it sight unseen, today, right now, even to a Walmart nearest you. Import fees taxes and all considered.
  12. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,253


    You know the answer to this. Not your first rodeo.

    Unless you want an informed answer.

    This is were it gets dicey. Wide range of N. American cars. Some way more desirable than others...

    If you're gonna go fishin', at least put some bait on the line...:confused:
  13. e z i
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 565

    e z i

    Here's an example for you, see it wasn't hard. you can do it!
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  14. 58 Yeoman
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 463

    58 Yeoman
    from Lacon, IL

    THAT'S THE CAR! And the daughter is standing next to it...70 years ago.
  15. e z i
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 565

    e z i

    Just like the friendly folks over to the Helping Hand sperm bank, we're all pulling for ya!
    BJR likes this.
  16. You guys are cracking' me up. I needed that today.

    My father surprised me when he said don't try to start it. Just thought I'd see if anyone was in the same camp.

    Looks like we'll be pulling it out of the barn (no, really... it's in a 100+ year old barn, tractors and hay and everything :D. I didn't know it was there... someone did, someone always does... it's not King Tut's tomb... thus, barn find) on Monday or Tuesday.

    It's a '48 Pontiac Sport Coupe. Straight 6, Canadian made. Nice car, ugly colour. Not really hot rod material.



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  17. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,253


    Damn nice example right there. I'd still clean'r'up & start it though. To get top $, I'd detail it even.
  18. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,762


    What do you mean "Not hot rod material"? It's a coupe and has chrome garnish mouldings. All it needs is some horsepower and some wheels.
  19. We're getting trolled
    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  20. bobd1976
    Joined: Sep 24, 2010
    Posts: 50

    from Illinois

    Trolled exactly. Climate controlled and rodent free barn?
    Scooterville likes this.
  21. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,590

    from Idaho

    Ever heard a Pontiac 6 with a split manifold & a couple 22'' steelpacks ?
    And yellow don't look that bad, either ... HPIM9235.JPG
  22. ctew
    Joined: Mar 18, 2017
    Posts: 2


    The term barn find,your right ,it's only to describe the occurrence when someone finds it in the depths of dim sunlight and webs of covered time,it's that ahhh cool euphoric feeling.....

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  23. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,757


    Can't we just go back to 7 pages of the guy who can't get into his truck cuz the door is stuck. That made more sense then this does.
  24. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,495


    Looks good from here where a bone stock '48 chev coupe lasted over 6 months on Kijiji and priced at $7000 CERTIFIED. Your location should fetch more I would think.
  25. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,600


    Paint the roof and fenders black... Tijuana taxi. Sell it in the bario in a New York minute!!!

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  26. My car sits in the garage for a month and it doesn't look that good. I'm with 31Vicky.
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  28. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,612

    from Boston MA

    Also, that barn looks way cleaner than my house. My wife and kids are real slobs though.

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