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Hot Rods What's a 52 fleetline worth

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Taylor J onion, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. Taylor J onion
    Joined: Nov 4, 2019
    Posts: 62

    Taylor J onion

    Found a 52 fleetline 2 dr I like just trying to figure out what there worth. Guy claims it will run says very solid other then soft spots on the floor in some places. What's the market on them?

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  2. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,188

    jimmy six

    Without photos we are at a standstill.
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  3. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,946


    I love those! The guy says it "will run" but it's not? If it's not running but will run, then why doesn't he get it running? If the floors are rusty ("soft spots" means rusty) then it is not very solid at all. That's like saying someone is very healthy except for the cancer. Not trying to be a smart aleck; just deciphering the claims of the seller.

    The Old Cars Report Price Guide for Jan/Feb 2020 lists these estimated values according to condition
    1. $23,000
    2. $16,100
    3. $10,350
    4. $ 4,600
    5. $ 2,760
    6. $ 920
    My guess is that not running and with rusty floors (and likely rust elsewhere that he's not aware of or disclosing) the value would be somewhere between No. 5 and No. 6, depending on how badly you want it.
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    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 711

    from okc

    Depends on the body for photos ?

  5. Irvan
    Joined: Mar 9, 2009
    Posts: 142


    I had one 8 or 9 years ago and put it on craigslist in Kansas City. I had 5 responses when i woke up the next day saying they would take it and all from Southern California. I don't know what they are worth but I know where they want them.
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  6. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,580


    Oh and he forgot to mention..."That'll buff out"!:rolleyes:
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  7. Pics p;ease, then we can's only worth what YOU want to pay really.
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  8. Taylor J onion
    Joined: Nov 4, 2019
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    Taylor J onion

    Not the best pics 20200316_103125.jpeg 20200316_103201.jpeg 20200316_103018.jpeg 20200316_103041.jpeg

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  9. Scrapin’Metal
    Joined: Mar 19, 2018
    Posts: 57


    Look over all the info and Vin. Looks to be a 51 by the grill and parking lights. Looking at redoing chrome bumpers and not knowing what lies underneath. Start at $5000.
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  10. Taylor J onion
    Joined: Nov 4, 2019
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    Taylor J onion

    Yeah your right that is a 51 grill

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  11. Taylor J onion
    Joined: Nov 4, 2019
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    Taylor J onion

    Wonder what that's means if vin plates were swapped for a title or something

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  12. If the floors are rusted there is a good chance the floor braces and or body mounts are rusted as well. Common on these cars even when the bodies are still solid, just something to check. Otherwise thats a great looking car, and those stovebolt 6 3speed drivetrains are slow but will run forever. I could see that car selling for anywhere from 6k to 10k depending on who wants it and where they are.

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  13. Also the 51 grill is a bolt in and a common swap. I've got a couple 51/52 grills on the wall. Used to could buy them cheap, not so much now days.

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  14. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    Nice looking car in the pictures - seems to show and honest car that doesn’t appear to be to faked up. Value is hard to determine I would pay nothing for a s@#t car and handsomely overpay for a good car. The more solid the underneath the more I would pay.

    The best advice I could offer is don’t buy the car unless it goes up on a hoist and you can spend a decent amount of time poking around underneath it with a flashlight having a hard look at everything. Also a magnet and a hard look at the side panels could find super thick bondo. Cool looking car !
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  15. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,120


    I don't know the value but from here that is a good looking car
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,694


    Had one
    Great cars cheap to fix, build, hot rod etc.
    Easy n fun to work on.

    bought mine running driving 235 splash engine with 3 speed all original good chrome for 5 grand.

    mom that shape up here I’ve seen em anywhere from 3500 to 7 grand

    all depends on how bad the guy wants to sell it and how bad the other guy wants to buy it.

    5 grand is fair in both ends if it does run and drive.
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  17. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
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    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    I was told you never buy a car at night or in the rain. Hows it look dry?

    chrome and interior need done, and thats not cheap. How many sins is the body hiding?
  18. uncleandy 65
    Joined: Jan 14, 2013
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    uncleandy 65

    What's that they say, The girls all look prettier at closing time.
  19. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 614

    Rusty Heaps

    Good looking car ( I may be a little biased). Parts are cheap and plentiful, new or used. Also, on the subject of floor boards, I have been told that you can use '55-'57 floor panels with a little modification for about half the price of the correct years. I say if the price is right and the car feels right , then do it!
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  20. I love those cars. It's hard to put a price on love. I'd probably pay to much. Your only 20 something. If can drive it and do the work as needed. Go for it. If your just wanting to flip and make some cash. You should probably pass. I'd go 5 or 6 K. Don't forget Love is blind. Ron.......
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  21. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,860

    from California

    when you go on an international forum and ask what a car is worth you are asking how much would you pay for it where you live.

    minimum of 5 g's where I live no matter what else is wrong with it. that's a selling price. I wouldn't pay that much.
  22. Taylor J onion
    Joined: Nov 4, 2019
    Posts: 62

    Taylor J onion

    Not looking to flip, looking to invest some time and love into it. From talking to the guy the car came from NC hopefully underside looks clean

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  23. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,585

    from Quincy, IL

    The 5000 & up suggestions seem high to me, given the admitted rusty floors and ?? How much more. There is a lengthy thread on the HAMB lamenting the soft prices and lower demand for H.A.M.B. friendly cars. The price recommendations seem to me out of sync with that popular notion. Further, when it come to body work, paint, upholstery.....these are no cheaper to fix than more valuable models.....labor and material is the same.

    Now, just for the record, I like these cars, years ago had one. A close friend recently bought one. Nonetheless, in my mind, 3500 would be a reasonable amount to consider. But the tired old cliche’, “it’s worth whatever someone will pay” is and always will be the most accurate answer.

  24. Taylor J onion
    Joined: Nov 4, 2019
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    Taylor J onion

    I was trying to find similar cars to compare with and not having much luck the car is listed under 5k as it is so I'm trying to aim closer to 4k if it checks out planning on going Wednesday with a trailer and try to make a deal would go today but it's a 2 hr 1 way trip

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  25. Taylor J onion
    Joined: Nov 4, 2019
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    Taylor J onion

    So I questioned the grill and the year of the car

    "Car was checked over by North Carolina DMV it was a South Carolina car and had to verified by NC.NC issues a NC vin and attaches it to the car title matches that.Car was at one time a Pa car.It now has a Pa title.Car could be a 51 that was Sold in 52 and titled that way,That's all I know about.The Pa title matches the VIN on the car"

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  26. 52HardTop
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 915


    If that car is listed under 5k, I'd be taking that with me. Look it over well. No doubt, as it's been said, you're probably going to find rust under that car and in the floor braces. All parts are made and available today. I had a 51 back in the early 70s. It was a great car and wished I had it today. It sat in a driveway for years until I bought it. It took very little work to get the 216 running and driving again. It looks to me it is pretty stock and original car in pretty good shape. The Fleetline is highly desirable and you're not going to come across a nice evry day of the week. I wouldn't want to leave without it if it is just for a few extras bucks.
  27. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,279

    Jalopy Joker

    with how much work?

    all of the rust damage that can not be seen

    not a time for hope but, true facts

    not if he is already admitting that there is rusted areas


    Rust -- if you have very good skills with rust repair, and know that you will have to gut most of interior to replace floors, likely bottom of doors and fenders - and new paint, chrome work, unknown drive train repair than go for it - would not pay $5k here in California
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  28. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,269

    from Idaho

    '51 grille in a '52 was SOP … nobody wanted a rusty, grayish black colored grille in their '52. Next step - find a pair of chromed 1 piece bumpers.
  29. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,078


    Make sure the title matches the vin on the door pillar and not the engine number, unless you want to run that engine forever. BTDT.

    Otherwise, rust is rust. Regardless of the car, if the floor is rusty, then the trunk will be too, as will the supports more than likely. I spent a bit more cash than is being suggested to buy a car that came from south Texas because I am just tired of chasing rust. It has been worth every penny. Mine ran/drove/was lowered/ had nicer wheels, was sbc swapped as well. 51/52 are really neat cars to play with... good luck!!
  30. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,222


    I'm going with 3800. Bringing a trailer...
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