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  1. If more people spent some time doing the menial jobs before they become rich and elitist then society could perhaps be better equipped and we could get along with each other.
     
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  2. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
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    oldiron 440
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    My first ex-wife, cool cheap and didn't cost much to get rid of.
     
  3. I think my favorite was at an estate auction. A tray of mixed mostly crap, I wasn't paying attention until the auctioneer was having trouble getting a dollar for it. I waved my hand and got it.

    Among the things in it was a 1936 Reo fender parking light that brought $250 on eBay. I think that's the box that had a bunch of obsolete Slant 6 rotors that sold for $15 or $20 a shot too.

    Toward the end of it another guy I know got a set of '72 Challenger headlight bezels, NOS in the box. No one else wanted to bid, auctioneer tried to get me to bid, I knew what they were, I knew the guy who wanted them, knew he had deep pockets, and just walked away. He got them for $5 each.
     
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  4. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,947

    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    Ain't that the truth..... :(
     
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  5. 0ldracer
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 513

    0ldracer
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    In November 1962, after months of searching for one, I found this old car in a field in Southern Maryland.
    Paid $25.00 for it. Yep....TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS!!
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    Made it into this...
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  6. lilmann
    Joined: Apr 13, 2017
    Posts: 109

    lilmann

    A decent driving 1969 Chevelle...the gentlemen was the original owner, drive it to Woodstock etc. but nobody in his family cared and his wife wanted it gone. We still keep in touch...it pays to ask and be respectful


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  7. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,498

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    Just a few months ago on eBay for $52.00 a rebuilt 1936 LB Flathead engine. [​IMG]


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  8. Flogknaw
    Joined: Nov 25, 2016
    Posts: 186

    Flogknaw
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    from Texas

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  9. 97
    Joined: May 18, 2005
    Posts: 1,506

    97
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    I got a 63 T bird with the motor in the trunk and a few bits missing for NZ$104 on the local trading site.
     
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  10. scrubby2009
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 188

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    Sold them on the HAMB. Lovely pair of earliest Fenton headers for 235 Chevy. Found while on a wrecking yard crawl. 1954 Chev "short bus" , four windows down the sides. Scrap operator sold them to me for $20.
     
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  11. I'll share two of my "freebee's", one good, one bad.

    Complete J-2 intake and carbs. I was about 16 at the time and didn't know what I had. Sold the 3 2's to a buddy.

    Complete 350 chevy that had been bored .030. I got heads, crank, and the tin from a guy who's brother owned it, but had passed. Was going to build a stroker until I found out that someone had honed the bores too much and they were no longer round.
     
  12. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
    Posts: 424

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    Driving over to a motorhead buddy of mine to show him my supercharged four speed car I just purchased. Walking up the sidewalk I spot this shiney thing sticking out of the mud and grit. Omen DSCN4025.JPG DSCN4024.JPG
     
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  13. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,947

    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    A man!!!!!.....
     
  14. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    Found a 1/4 carrot diamond on the ground at work..... IMG_20171108_084659.jpg
     
  15. Stopped at a garage sale, saw a Mac top box full of tools. It was late and I figured it was overpriced but I asked anyway. Lady says it was her husbands who left her for another lady.....125.00...and she even took a check :)......
     
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  16. sawzall
    Joined: Jul 15, 2002
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    this took some time.. but a few weeks ago I found the last grill bar I needed.. this is a COMPLETE NEW OLD STOCK 48 oldsmobile grill.. thanks to the internet, I was able to buy ONE bar at a time CHEAP BECAUSE who the hell buys one part of something.. .. total investment.. less than the price to chrome one of these bars!!!
     

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  17. I got this 57 New Yorker for free!. I had to pay 700.00 to get it shipped to me here in Montana. A perfectly running hemi...... IMG_0212.jpg
    It finished up real nice!
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  18. tofords
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 920

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    Went to a model T,A swap meet in Long Beach in the mid 90's. Walkin around I saw an old porcelain neon budweiser sign skin. There were 3 other guys standin there, I asked how much for the bud sign ? They all just looked at me then one said we are all waiting for the owner to come back to find out. One by one they walked off . The owner came back and said $50. I was offered $1000. walkin out to my car. Still have it. And built a bar to hang it on. IMG_0136.jpg Frank
     
  19. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,870

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    In 2015 I bought a set of 5 original 1953 Cad Wire wheels for my Coupe Deville , which were restored by Dayton Wire Wheel in 1992 with repo caps , still in the boxes for $1,000.oo
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  20. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,229

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    from norcal

    78E72C5F-FEE3-475F-BB06-ABF4D95A26B4.jpeg This thing, I got it from Dad “ the hard way”....thanks dad
     
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  21. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
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    from norcal

    I found one stuck to a wax ring, don’t ask
     
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  22. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    from Michigan

    I also found a rock with micro diamonds imbedded (sp) in it..... :confused::) IMG_20170522_174402.jpg IMG_20170522_174455.jpg IMG_20170522_174414.jpg
     
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  23. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,342

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    from Oregon

    My cheapest was a new '31 Model A hood. There used to be a huge gravel parking lot that everybody parked in on Friday/Saturday nights. Had my 31 parked face road. Two undercover police officers pulled up in an unmarked car. Officer walks up and said nice car. Asked if I wanted a hood. Being 20 years old I said thank you but I didn't have any money. He said , I didn't ask you if you had money. I said sure thank you. He left and came back in 20 minutes and said here you go. I thanked him. Moved the seat up and stuck the hood sticking up behind the seat. Got some looks cruising back home.:D
     
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  24. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,168

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    from Denver Co

    If you consider Christmas, My toolboxes full of tools. Since I was 8 my dad has gotten me a few tools each year for Christmas. Now I've got damned near anything I ever need, and sometimes 2 or 3 of them. They'll never leave my family if I have anything to do about it.
     
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  25. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,199

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    A set of Corvette aluminum valve covers and a set of early T-bird valve covers from a really nice old man, whose granddaughter looked like a hotter version of Cameron Diaz :)
     
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  26. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,751

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  27. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,930

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    I got this 1933 Ford Pickup for $500.00 with title, extra roof, extra door, extra grill shell, 40 ford dash, 32 dash, extra fenders and a bunch of misc parts. After selling off some of the stuff I have nothing into and way ahead.[​IMG]
     
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  28. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
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    My friend called me up and said a friend of his passed away that was into Model A's and he was helping the widow get rid of some things because she had sold the house and if I knew what a Riley head was. I said hold on I'll be there right away. I took a look at it and put all the together and I asked her what she wanted it for it, she said $1,500 that she needed money to put carpet in the house. I told her it's worth more than that. She said she was happy with $1,500. I ended getting the Riley 4 Port head, side cover, push rods, intake, 2 Stromberg 81's, Mallory dual point distributor and model b engine.[​IMG]
     
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  29. 63unibodyfan
    Joined: Dec 3, 2016
    Posts: 59

    63unibodyfan

    When I decided I wanted to build a truck and chatting with my boss he offered me a 63 F100 unibody for free . Friend with tow truck delivered to my driveway free of charge


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  30. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,199

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    Of the girl or the valve covers? ;)
     
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