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#27 of 56 Re: I was wrong [texases]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 24, 2012 (3:21 pm)
eBay is a good way to appraise a car presuming you have enough points of sale. The bidders are voting with their wallets, not their opinions.
#28 of 56 Re: I need some expert opinions here... [isellhondas]
Jun 24, 2012 (4:43 pm)
I don't like it when "low mileage original" cars have new paint and sometimes new interior. If I am looking for low miles, I want nice original cosmetics. If I can't get those, might as well just get a restored car, which will probably be easier to live with in the long run anyway.
#29 of 56 Re: I need some expert opinions here... [isellhondas]
Jun 24, 2012 (9:01 pm)
I agree with you. Vague answers don't encourage you to crack out the old wallet. I saw what the bidding was up to as well. My 48 supposedly had a rebuilt engine and tranny when I bought it. Her rear main seal drips oil and her tranny leaks gear lube as well. After rummaging through the Chevy forums for advice, I decided my best course of action was just to refill things as needed and stick a kitty litter pan under her when she's in my garage. Keep looking - you'll find what you're looking for. Took me two years of looking before I found the 48 and pulled the trigger on it. Last Summer I ran across a beautiful restored early 50's 2 door Chevy with dual carbs and fenton headers on it at a cruise-in. The guy wanted $12K for it then. If I run across it again, and its still for sale, I'll give you a heads up - if you're interested. The one I mentioned in my earlier post at $9500 IMO was very overpriced and needed a lot of restoration.
#30 of 56 Re: I need some expert opinions here... [fintail]
Jun 25, 2012 (8:11 am)
I totally agree with you. A couple of things scared me about that Chevy.
The fact it had been repainted..." a long time ago".. OK, paint wasn't as good 60 years ago so I guess I can accept that.
The entire engine had been painted black...WHY, on a 16,000 mile car??
Maybe I was just looking for reasons not to buy it cheapskate that I am.
#31 of 56 Re: I need some expert opinions here... [oldbearcat]
Jun 25, 2012 (8:16 am)
I don't doubt that engine and transmission have been rebuilt. Back in those days, 50,000 miles was a lot of miles.
Those also had the old babbetted bearings and splash lubrication. Those bearings need to be adjusted and shimmed once in awhil before the rods start knocking. Hopefully there is someone in your area that knows how to do this.
And, as I said before, it is nearly impossible to find an old Chevy that doesn't leak oil and that "dog turd" rear main "rope" is usually the source. Until it gets real bad, I would live with it.
DO NOT let that engine get low on oil and try not to wind it out too hard in the lower gears. These weren't bad engines but they don't like high RPM's.
#32 of 56 Re: I need some expert opinions here... [isellhondas]
Jun 25, 2012 (9:44 am)
Nah, that's a lot of money, You could have found a nicely restored driver for the same, without the same inflated claims and issues.
I know a lot of low mileage cars were stored poorly and suffered with bad paint and rotted interiors, but I would rather that be left for me to deal with. The market is different now than even 10 years ago though, now "patina" is very desirable and people like old and original - where before they wanted to erase it at all costs.
#33 of 56 Re: I need some expert opinions here... [isellhondas]
Jun 25, 2012 (10:01 am)
"DO NOT let that engine get low on oil and try not to wind it out too hard in the lower gears. These weren't bad engines but they don't like high RPM's. "
While one wouldn't want to swap a new(er) 250 cid Chevy 6 into a 'low mile original' '52, is that an option for a less 'special' one? Would seem to really improve the drivability factor.
#34 of 56 Re: I need some expert opinions here... [texases]
Jun 25, 2012 (11:35 am)
Then the car is no longer original.
Those old 216's and early 235's weren't that bad PROVIDING you treated it well. They can easily cruise all day at 65-70 MPH. they can get up to 95 too (trust me) but they don't like that.
#35 of 56 Here's another one
Jun 27, 2012 (1:14 pm)
15 minutes from where we live.
He tried selling it on CL last summer. I remember I actaully called him and he didn't return my message for two weeks.
If it drove by 50 feet away, I would probably think..." That's a nice '48 Plymouth"
The harder you look, the worse it gets!
#36 of 56 Re: Here's another one [isellhondas]
Jun 27, 2012 (6:10 pm)
Photographs well but isn't exactly concours up close...my fintail can relate
Looks like the seller is trying to show off that Viper too...not impressed.