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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:11 PM   #1
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I found a 1978 F150 4x4, std cab, long bed, 351m...it is a one owner truck it has about 19,000 original miles and has been sitting since 1982 in a garage. There is some surface rust(inside the wheel wells and some other very minor spots) but no actual holes in the body and the paint is very clean and clear coat still intact and the tailgate looks like its never seen anything but some dust. It is brown and has orange pin striping on it, stock steel wheels in a cream color with the stock radial tires that came from the factory.

I know its hard to say without pictures and i will try to get some but from that what would you pay for it???
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$1,400
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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Pretty hard to price 'survivor' cars. Its all in what someone is willing to pay for them.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:17 PM   #4
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Probably pay no more than say $5k less is better, closer to $5K if the motor is free spinning with a good battery. Depending on what you think it needs mechanically start deducting money.

Sounds like it will be a mechaincal check, fluids, wiring check, and tune up type fixer up

After getting it running and driving, and cleaned up you could get $8-10K
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:24 PM   #5
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I know its extremely hard to price, motor does not turn by hand but I have free'd up sitting motors before. It still has the stickers on the valve covers with the white background and red lettering that look new i cant imagine i will have to much trouble with it.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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Maybe $1000

Maybe $2000

Maybe $3000

What do want to pay for it?
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #7
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I think abour 2K is reasonable....but im cheap and id rather just give him 500 for it
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #8
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Well in that case it should be free. Don't get caught up by the good looks. Something that has set that long will more than likely need brakes, seals, bushings, fuel tank and lines, etc. Things just don't work the same when you park them for 30 years.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:37 PM   #9
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The owner said he had started it up every so often until 2000 when he had a stroke and was put in a wheelchair
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I know its extremely hard to price, motor does not turn by hand but I have free'd up sitting motors before. It still has the stickers on the valve covers with the white background and red lettering that look new i cant imagine i will have to much trouble with it.
well shit, why had you not said so earlier?

This thing is easily worth $14,000 now.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #11
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Haha, I the valve covers themselves are prolly worth 14,000 by themselves!!
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Old March 24th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #12
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Go to the bank and try to get a loan. They will be happy to tell you what it's worth
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If you don't buy it I'd like to look at it.

My old man had one, I'm still bent i didn't end up with it
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Old March 24th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #14
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I would be very interested as well. Put me in line.
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A few years ago someone on this site was trying to sell a similar truck he claimed was original. I believe he started at over $3k,It was a 300-6, it had a sketchy title, holes rusted thru the frame and torched holes in the bed. Plan on taking everything apart, replacing pretty much every seal, repacking bearings and a whole lot more before you drive it.
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post some damn pictures dan!
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http://www.rustfreeclassics.com/Ford...rown_White.htm

For reference, this is from a dealer that specilizes in rust free trucks and it is currently for sale priced at $6950 (reduced from $7450) it is a 250 and has Air...
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Pretty hard to price 'survivor' cars. Its all in what someone is willing to pay for them.
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There is just not enough comparables to establish a trending "market price" for something like that.

I will say it is worth more than I would want to pay for it.

It depends on what the owner THINKS it is worth, and what you think it's worth. It's value falls in between that.

The fact that it has sat in a garage since 1982 will impact it negatively compared with one that was old man owned, garaged every time it wasn't driven, but WAS driven at least occasionally.
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Yup. Depending on what type of barn or facility the vehicle was stored in and what the vehicle is, a barn find can be a really great thing. Half the time, especially in MI, it's just best to have driven the vehicle like it was designed for instead of storing it in your wet barn.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 07:04 PM   #20
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Why would someone park a 4 year old, 19,000 mile pickup truck in their garage for 32 years?
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