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  1. Flogknaw
    Joined: Nov 25, 2016
    Posts: 204

    from Texas

    so stuff is pretty cheap if you’re good at BSing or if people are just nice, so what’s the cheapest part or Car you’ve managed to get your hands on before someone nabbed it?

    I scored a 283 small block from a cool dude in Houston.[​IMG]

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  2. leadfoot1000
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
    Posts: 31


    I was at a pick n pull wrecking yard about 20 years ago on 1/2 off day and bought an almost perfect 64 Chevelle grill for $15. Sold it for $125 a few weeks later.
  3. A few years ago at a swap meet. This guy was looking at a 3rd member on a blue tarp next to my stuff. He asked the seller what it was and the guy said "I think it's a 55 chevy....I need 50 bux for it." The customer shuffled around a bit and walked off.
    I swooped down on it and bought it right then for $50. It was a 57-64 Pontiac with a 4.88 posi. I put a $500 price tag on it and the customer walked by and when he saw it he came over to talk to me. He said he thought it was a Pontiac but wasn't sure. I sold it to him for $400.
  4. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 22,027

    from Michigan

    My brother in law gave me a genuine Z/28-LT-1 intake manifold for free... Sold it too a buddy of mine for $150 bucks to put on a numbers matching '68 Z/28 that had a Holley Strip Dominator intake on the 302... I did the swap job for him and he gave me the Holley intake... :)
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  5. A guy I worked with years back gave me a good SBC 400 block for free. So I have a spare.:) Cheap is good but free is great.
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  6. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,513

    jim snow

    9 draw Mac tools top box. 40 bucks. Snowman
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  7. Stole that one!

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  8. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,165

    from Minnesota

    Let you know later today after I go look at another dead guys parts stash.
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  9. A few years ago at a swap meet i bought a pair of nice Cragar 5 spoke front runner(skinny) wheels for $75. A few minutes later I sold them for $150. Now they would bring 3x that...
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  10. Papas32
    Joined: Feb 18, 2009
    Posts: 151

    from No.Ia.

    about 1988 or so I bought a 32 Ford frame for $20.
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  11. I bought an almost new polished 2X4 Edelbrock intake for a SBC for 40 bucks. It was only bolted on the engine and removed, never run. Bought a good 348 Chevy short block for 50 bucks. Got a Muncie 4 speed for free from my ex son in law.
    But all in all, I have lost a lot more money than I have saved over the years.
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  12. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,032

    from kansas

    Last year at a garage sale I bought a 70` Chevy LT1 winters snow flake intake for 15 bucks, sold it 3 weeks later for 250.00
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  13. Long story, but worth the read
    Was @ a local real old style flea market.
    Say an old timer havin trouble unloadin his van.
    Offered to help.
    Got to the back of it and there is a full set of REAL Haibrands 15x 4 and 15 x 8 1/2's. Brand new.
    Unloaded them and asked the ole guy what he wanted for them.
    He says how bout 20 bucs since you helped me out?
    Bought em. Came home and polished em up in less than 1 hour, stuck em on EBay the next day for $2500 buy it now and they lasted 2 hrs and gone.
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  14. pastlane
    Joined: Oct 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,064


    A genuine Chrondek christmas tree, two Chrondek spin timers in their original footlockers, handicapper and all related paperwork. Came ESTA Safety Park. Aside from time & fuel to go get it, it was free. Best deal of my life (so far).
  15. Bought a 32 Pines with shell for $150. :eek: Sold it a couple of years later for $1,500o_O What a jerk!:(
    Yes, I am a jerk!:rolleyes:
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  16. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 11,239

    jimmy six

    I bought a 3-2 SBC Edebrock manifold with correct 348 carbs and linkage for $40. Used it for 3 yrs on a 350. Sold it after we took it off for $400. In the mid 60's I bought a 60 Rochester FI unit for $125 and ran it on 4 different cars including my wife's 65 Chevelle for 5 yrs. Sold it in 1974 for $750.
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  17. Dino the weirdo
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 884

    Dino the weirdo

    ..... Out on a limb here.... Remember an old girlfriend in High School ... one beer...but seriuosly original 'paint box' from 1964 at a yard sale for $2. My First Paint Box1964.jpg
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  18. Jimmy six
    Not to throw rain on your parade, today Rochester fuelie units have hit 5 digits. I know, I practically gave one away in the late 60's foolish me.
  19. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 3,092

    from Alabama

    thumbnail (2)
    by Travis Brown, on Flickr
    My brother called me one day and said, "Do you want a old Ford?, a man I work with has a Fairlane do you want it." " How much?" I asked. " He said come get it, his new wife does not like it in the carport and since you like Fords he said you can have it."
    I gave the man $500...just because.... and wrote out a bill of sale....
    It is a 1964 Ford Fairlane 289 Sports Coupe...parked in a covered carport since 1977.
  20. kustomdeluxe
    Joined: Sep 28, 2017
    Posts: 52


    Scored a chrome 97 , original Crager blower plate and beautiful Mc Cullock supercharger boost gauge for a hundred bucks. I'd say a good deal!
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  21. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 4,242


    Yeah, I know all about being a jerk. In 1970 I bought my ‘32 5W as a channeled roller for $300. In the trunk was a Pines, but no grille shell. A local biker had a few ‘32’s over the years so I went to see him and traded the Pines straight across for a really nice ‘32 insert. Clearly not my brightest moment, but in 1970 who wanted a Pines except a restorer? I think maybe Chris felt guilty about that deal because he threw in a 2” widened ‘32 shell for free:eek:
    The same guy sold me a clean ‘32 frame in 1973 for $90. The rear horns had been cut off at some point and welded back on, but it’s a nice straight frame complete with K member.
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  22. 33grille.jpg 34insideheaderpanel.jpg 'nother one....a guy I worked with street rodded his original, complete 33, 3 window and GAVE me all his cast offs. That's how I got my wishbone, windshield frame, extra grill, inside header panel and many dollars of swap meet stuff.
  23. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,490

    Barn Hunter

    In the 80's I was dealing first gen Camaros. Every couple of months I would stop by and ask about a 69 SS sitting in a front yard. Guy said he was going to use the 350 for one of his pickups, but I could have the rest. After over a year I stopped by again and he said "I'm never going to do it. Follow me to the tag office." He grabbed the title and I followed. He transferred it over to me and gave me the car....FREE. I drove it home.
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  24. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,250


    I bought a 4 way drill chuck for 6 bucks. Pretty cool until the cheap set in. It broke the first time I used it.
  25. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,310


    In the 80s, an original, chrome, dual snorkel L79 complete air cleaner from a '66 Nova, $20. Carried it into the Canfield swap meet a few weeks later and had $400 in my pocket within 20 minutes. Didn't feel like carrying it around all day, could have done a little better if I had....:rolleyes:
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  26. And you shared with the old man, Didn't you?

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  27. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,363


    In 1969 I bought a 57 Corvette from the second owner. The deal was I had to either give him my fresh hopped up 327 and $200.00, or I had to pull the original 283 2x4 motor and give him the $200. I showed my usual brilliant decision acumen and opted to pull the motor. I was smart enough to do the deal on the spot. As word got around the neighborhood he was besieged with multitudes of propositions to make more lucrative deals with others. He was a man of his word and stood by our agreement.
  28. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 1,218


    Years ago, a friend asked me to take a look an old car that had turned up in a garage. Turned out to be a ’49 Cadillac Fleetwood. She asked if I wanted it, and I said sure, but she could sell it for far more than I was prepared to pay. She gave it to me. Turned out she’d inherited the house and contents from her childhood piano teacher; she’d had no idea she was even in the will, let alone sole beneficiary. I guess she felt karma dictated passing some of that good fortune along.

    Subsequent research of the 331 engine is what led me to the Hamb, so it was a double-score for me.

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  29. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,845

    Atwater Mike

    1966 the Mercury News ran an ad, a Model A frame on the East side San Jose, $5.
    I took the address and swooped over in my immaculate '54 Ford Coupe.
    The guy opened the side gate, said "there it is..." but it wasn't. It was a DEUCE!
    Complete, with original K member, I didn't attempt to ding him down...Paid him cash money.
    I laid 2 moving blankets on the roof, he helped me lift Deuce frame (upside down) and we tied it front, back, and after I got in, he ran the rope over and through both doors to secure it, essentially 'tying me in'!
    Drove into the back yard, honked the horn, first wife untied me and we unloaded the "MORE JUNK!" (her words)
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  30. 10685rusty
    Joined: Dec 4, 2016
    Posts: 12


    Can top it all , went deer hunting and while in the blind the sun came up and I could see a 58 impala 348 block only on its side , I walk over there and hanging from a limb is the three deuces will linkage and manifold on ground , and air cleaner and top / filter element all in tac , forgot about deer hunting and ask the guy hey how much for parts he said $50

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