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Sort of a barn find, 1931 in original condition

Discussion in 'Old Iron!' started by old-iron-habit, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. old-iron-habit

    old-iron-habit Senior Member

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    When out of town at the end of last month I stumbled across this on Facebook. I have been looking for an unrestored original runner for more than 20 years. The add said 99% original and then under the heading in BOLD it said automatic. I expected to hear it had a small block with an auto tranny. I called anyway and to my surprise it was all original except for the tires and wheels on it. It was still available last Tuesday when we got back so I went to look at it and ended up purchasing it. I have 4 original wheels now so only need two more for the spares. Today in the snow, and with the wife watching football, I went and retrieved it and stuck it in the shed. I will use the still on the books Minnesota law to explain it. In Minnesota if you have it for more than 48 hours without hiding it and it goes un-noticed you can legally say, "Oh, that old thing, its been here forever". It was in a barn for near 55 years until the person I got it from found it 5 years ago. It runs nice and readily started today in 33 degree weather.
     

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    old-iron-habit Senior Member

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    A few more.
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    Okay are you going to tell us how much you stole it for?
     
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    old-iron-habit Senior Member

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    They did not give it away. I paid what my research showed to be a fair $5700.00. Originals Model A pickups are tough to find. I had wanted a pickup and went to two auctions at great distance in the last 10 years chasing a couple. One was junk but complete and original. It sold for 8K with a decent body. The other ran, had a 1940 after market box, accordioned front fenders from running into something, and went for over $11,000. Water pump and oil leaks galore but it did run OK.
     
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    That looks like a keeper, glad you found it after a long search. Price on things like that are all over the map- but I don't think the $5,700 is out of line at all for running and driving.
     
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    Not a bad deal in that condition. I'd stick with the radial tires for freeway use. :D
     
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    I do not think it will ever drive on the freeway. Local runs to the coffee shop and maybe hauled to a event here and there.
     
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    That’s awesome. Not many around. Fair price too!
     
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    In the 60's my grandparents still had the Model A coupe they had when they were married in the 40's, we used to go for rides in the country all the time back then. I remember the rumble seat well. My brother has the car now, it runs but needs some serious restoration work.
     
  10. Graham1

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    Looks a great find. I’m sure you will have lots of fun with it. Sounds a good price for what it is, i can’t imagine you could lose money on it if you ever had to sell it.
    Graham
     
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    Nice find.It looks like a barn full of interesting goodies.
     
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    Help! I have a addiction. Moving things around, getting the junk out, and loading for winter. I need two more 54 X 80s to match.
     
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    I had a '29 Tudor, same color, that my Mom drove to high school. Mine didn't have the high class spare in the fender.