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#25139 of 25733 Re: I"m thinkin' about it [tjc78]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 15, 2013 (3:44 pm)
I'd just get it safe and running tcj, and use it for hauling stuff to the dump, or garden work, etc. Of course, "safe and running" could be a big deal in itself!
But I've found that once an old heap actually runs, and can be driven around the block, however badly, that this greatly improves its value to a "dreamer".
50s pickups, to their credit, are generally much easier to restore than equivalent era cars.
#25140 of 25733 Re: CL deals today [andre1969]
Feb 15, 2013 (4:13 pm)
Wow, funny how a picture can bring back a rush of childhood memories, thanks for that. I remember many a Saturday afternoon washing that thing. As a little kid next to such a big car, I felt like I was cleaning a battleship.
#25141 of 25733 Re: I"m thinkin' about it [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 15, 2013 (5:48 pm)
It doesn't sound as though it would be worth buying it for its utility, since you could rent a truck for the occasional times you need to haul something to the dump, etc. If you would enjoy owning it, or see profit potential in restoring it, or just bringing it back to life, then it could well be worth the investment.
#25142 of 25733 Re: I"m thinkin' about it [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 16, 2013 (8:19 am)
Yeah, it would be kind of a hobby car. I have no interest whatsoever in an authentic or correct restoration, but I wouldn't chop anything or discard anything original on it. Maybe I'll just drive it through a Starbuck's some night on my way to the nursing home.
#25143 of 25733 Re: I"m thinkin' about it [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 16, 2013 (12:46 pm)
I always thought GMC's were good looking trucks back in that era. Even though trucks were viewed as mainly utilitarian things back then, with very little prestige, I always thought the GMC looked like a nice step up from a Chevy.
When I was a kid, one of my grandparents' neighbors had a '53 GMC, but it was a fairly large, medium duty truck. By the time I can remember it, it was junk. Just a cab and chassis, with the rear axle pulled off so the rear of it was resting on the ground. It might have been a flatbed truck or something similar at one time, but whatever bed it had was stripped off.
I used to like sitting up in it as a little kid and playing truck driver.
#25144 of 25733 Re: I"m thinkin' about it [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 16, 2013 (1:54 pm)
Well, if that's the ride that turns you on for transportation to the nursing home, by all means go for it. Just go light on the caffeine at Starbucks, though.
Feb 17, 2013 (11:21 am)
Seems like about $1000 over market for the condition but being an SE, and kept original, and an automatic, and with zero rust (if that is to be believed) then I can see this bid being "reasonable".
Any good restoration is off to a great start if the project has "good bones". If you don't have "good bones" on which to build, you got all kinda problems facing you.
I could make that car look 2X as good in a week with soap, water, some varnish, upholstery cleaner and new carpets via UPS.
The seats are problematic, but that's the next stage.
#25147 of 25733 Re: . [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 17, 2013 (6:39 pm)
Yeah, a 100% rust free fintail, I'd like to see that. Maybe if the dents could be popped out, it would be less hard on the eyes.
Sometimes bones don't matter too much when you're going to sink 40K into something and get 15K back, as this car could manage.
Feb 18, 2013 (7:29 am)
I was thinking more of a "sympathetic restoration" as we call it in the appraisal biz---that is, body filler, steam clean under and in engine bay, cheap paint job, safety check and incorrect re-upholstering. We also call these a "30-30 car" ---From 30 feet away at 30 mph, nobody would know.