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Hot Rods Trading hot rods and customs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. I would love to trade my '47 Ford for a 35-36 Ford coupe. I've made a lot of trades over the years.
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  2. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 952

    3W JOHN

    A few years ago I traded my chopped top 41 custom for a T Bird.


  3. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,698


    I traded straight up a 31 Ford tudor shell on a completed chassis for a 55 Chevy 3600 on a completed/lowered chassis. Both parties were very happy.
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  4. John, when did you trade the 41? HRP
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  5. poco
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 513

    from oklahoma

    I would like to trade a 1946 ford 2 door for a station wagon or a 1954 or first 1955 pickup. See posting in cars for sale here on hamb.
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  6. oddrod46
    Joined: May 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,063

    from Georgia

    I have traded several over the years some of which I met here on the HAMB.
    I like to trade actually because when I sell a car I just end up buying another car anyway.
    I have my 40 Ford coupe in the classifieds as we speak for 46k or trade.

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    I Traded A Unrestored 1940 Ford Convertible For This Finished Delivery And Was Happy With The Deal.. 23669117_1931293880528217_9082159085019307768_o.jpg
  8. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,988



    When my wife and I were going all over So Cal and longer road trips, the 327 powered 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery worked just fine for the two of us. But, as life throws curves, a bump in the road caused us to re-evaluate the ability of our sedan delivery to carry the three of us around safely. I tried for several months to see what I could do to create a safe environment for the third car seat somewhere in the rear, hollow chamber.
    A safety strap could have put the safety car seat anywhere in the roomy rear area. But, easy access from the passenger seat was not going to happen anytime soon. Sure, the seat folded and access would have been ok. That just put more stress on us and that was a total hassle, if an emergency happened.

    So, the options were to trade the 40 Ford Sedan Delivery for a station wagon/woody. We liked and disliked the woody wagons for sale. The only one we liked was a 1940 Ford Woody Wagon. But that version was priced out of our range, even with a trade in plus cash. We disliked all of the other woody wagons, so we looked at sedans. There was no room for my surfboard in most Model A sedans or even larger 40 Ford sedans. The early racks were not the best for holding surfboards and were scratch prone on the pristine paint jobs. It wasn’t until much later that racks were made with scratching not in the picture.


    So, our last effort was to trade the sedan delivery for a more modern station wagon, 65 Chevelle wagon or even a 56 Chevy wagon. But they were priced out of our range for what was available and time was the essence. We had to sell the 40 Ford Sedan Delivery first, as no one wanted to trade plus cash on any deal. We finally sold the sedan delivery to a young couple and in essence, bought the station wagon for the same amount, literally, making it a trade of sorts. But, it was not a 56 or 65 Chevy wagon, but a small reliable, foreign sporty type wagon.
    We found out that it is in the “eye of the beholder,” as far as trades are concerned. One has a hot rod for sale for various reasons. But, does not want another one in trade, because he/she has an eye on a different hot rod and needs the cash to buy it. So goes the long stories of… “I need cash to buy… etc.” Plus, it is difficult to gauge the value of your own hot rod versus the one you want to trade for it. YRMV
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  9. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,474


    Back in the day as a kid I traded/bought/sold cars with great success, in later years I had my highboy roadster for sale/trade and swapped for a unfinished 32 coupe, a good trade IMO. Of late I have my Mercury for sale, would trade for right car, but today it's a unusual market again IMO, I think trades are always tough to get 2 men together to agree on mutual value and car type desired. I had a few I thought about, but paint or interior killed the deal as paint and interior work is very pricey today, mechanics/engine/driveline stuff is inexpensive IMO as I can do that myself, although at my age now not interested in a lot of work. Happy it worked for you HRP. In hindsight (mines perfect 100%) da34guy on here had a car for sale/trade that I was interested in, he offered me a fair deal and I thought about it for a few days and he made a deal with that car to someone else and I missed out. So.......... like so many things, when the right deal comes along, Jump on it. snooze and you loose.
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  10. Years ago I traded my mildly wrecked 76 Corvette for real nice original paint 70 Torino GT
  11. Bloody Hell
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 209

    Bloody Hell
    from Spring, TX

  12. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,020


    I think it's hard to trade, especially with no cash going back or forth one way or another. People get rid of cars for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it's a thinning of the herd, at which point a trade doesn't make sense since they're taking a car back. Other times it's just working out a deal where you both like the other's car enough to get a deal done. I've been offered plenty of cars in trade for various cars I've owned over the years, and even for offers that would have been fair from a value standpoint, I just didn't want the vehicles being offered or like them enough to let go of mine. Usually it's offers of boats and Harleys (I don't ride anymore and I can't swim), but occasionally it's a 4 door classic or a less desirable year or model that I don't have much interest in. I'm also wary of folks who are too quick to give up a car, there is usually a reason as to why they want to get rid of it. I take the attitude that the devil that I know is better than the one I don't know, and trading what is a sorted, roadworthy car, even with flaws, for what may or may not be a polished turd or hot-potato ticking time bomb is not a move I want to make.

    Of course other times there is a legit reason as to why a deal may make sense. Examples I can think of immediately are trading a 2 seater or rod for a full-size classic to accommodate a growing family, or trading a valuable but unfinished project for a less desirable but running and driving vehicle. Then maybe the circumstances can work out.

    More often than not though, I'd rather simply liquidate, and then trade cash for vehicle if I so desire.
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  13. Recently I offered my T in trade for a '64 Ford Galaxy 500 hardtop in running and driving condition. The owner seriously considered it, but had two interested guys showing up with cash that weekend. I am always interested in something different, and looking for my next toy... anyone have a '61-'63 T bird for trade? T for a T??
  14. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 494


    I have made quite a few trades - most recently traded my 23 T bucket for this 59 Ranchero. I had tried selling the T but they are not easy to sell -- let alone get value out of a sale. I had it sold to a guy in CA, but he backed out when he became concerned about getting it titled in CA since it is a glass body and not titled as a 1923 Ford. It was registered in WI but he was still scared. So I pulled the trigger on a trade instead.
  15. When I was young and poor I did a lot of trading - 4 post bed for a 40 Pontiac coupe with an Olds engine, the Pontiac for an upholstery job in my 53 Buick Skylark, which I got by trading a Gibson electric Guitar, 53 Skylark for 2 Cords, one of the Cords for a 61 Jag Sedan, a 46 Chevy 4 Dr bump trunk for a Graham Hollywood. Right now I'd trade a 50's Triumph for Nailhead Buick speed parts.
  16. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 494


    Also traded this 60 Olds for this 55 Chevy -- then about 5 years later traded the Chevy for this 29 Roadster. All 3 were really nice cars, just depends on what your life is missing at the moment.
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  17. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 776


    That '29 is one sweet ride but I would have had a real hard time letting that '55 go. Great taste.
  18. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 494


    Thanks. My problem is I like a lot of different kinds of cars but can't afford to have them all at once. It would be a 20 car collection. So I experience one for awhile, then exchange it for something different. There have been a few keepers over time -- and yes, I do miss that 55. Had a 5 speed on the floor too.
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  19. old32
    Joined: Oct 11, 2020
    Posts: 382


    my 55 chevy in 1985 55-1 - Copy.jpg a1 (14).jpg Capturetgytyytytytyt - Copy (2).GIF
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  20. Ron Emerson
    Joined: Feb 1, 2017
    Posts: 178

    Ron Emerson

    I am looking to swap for a completed done car. ( getting to old to bend and wiggle ) -
    1) 1935 Ford 2 door slantback, 327 /400 56 Chevy 3:70 posi rear, Super Bell front axle with disc brakes, the body and fenders are very, very nice, have all the interior panels and seats for patterns. power steering runs drives and stops, Caddy tilt and telescopic column. I have had this 35 since 1970 and has always been in a garage or in my shop now.

    I can send pics to your e-mail or phone.
    I am looking for a done 35-40 ford coupe or a done 55-57 Chevy ( no 4 doors unless they are wagons ) a plus would be a 2 door wagon or a Nomad. Even if they need a little work.
    Or a cash offer . The 35 is in my shop in Clearwater Florida.
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  21. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,969

    from Minnesota

    Just a suggestion. Your location could aid in finding a trading partner.
  22. pkhammer
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 668


    I've been wanting to sell two and would certainly consider trades for either or both up or down.
    The first is a '35 Dodge pickup that has a super solid body but otherwise needs everything.
    The second is a 1964 Ford Falcon 2 dr. hardtop with fresh professional paint, no rust ever, 91k original miles with 260 V8 4-speed. Needs minor odds and ends to be road ready.
    I like pickup trucks, panels, and sedan deliveries. I love '39/'40 Ford coupes and Model A's. Definitely NOT looking for projects, only finished cars/trucks. 102_4103.JPG 102_5469.JPG
  23. Ron Emerson
    Joined: Feb 1, 2017
    Posts: 178

    Ron Emerson

  24. Ron Emerson
    Joined: Feb 1, 2017
    Posts: 178

    Ron Emerson

  25. bob b.
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 152

    bob b.
    from peoria az.

    I would trade my 34 pickup running driving chevy powered for try 5 ford or chevy or?
  26. 2021 40 tudor l side in da weeds.jpg 2021 black brookville left side.jpg This happened yesterday. Traded the 40 for the Brookville 32
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