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post #2566 of 9498
Did you see this one?
http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=SC0513-153296

This is about as interesting a mod as I have ever seen - bizarre - but I like the way this guy thinks:
http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=SC0513-154128

This would make an interesting starting point to a mod truck.
http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=SC0513-152915

This would probably be the most useful to you - but it's also ugly as sin.
http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=SC0513-153108

I was looking for a Willys pickup from the 40's, but I didn't see any listed - I think darn near all of them have been converted into drag racers! The early 40's Willys frontend is gorgeous:
post #2567 of 9498
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

It's all steel, nose to tail w/ stainless exhaust, it'll handle a beating better than modern trucks, I'd wager. The frame and body are the only original things to it, and even 50% of the body has been recently fabbed. I guess I want the slick looks but with modern performance (brand new FI 302, 350hp crate under the hood). I figure on just getting a nice bed liner and driving it. Mileage doesn't matter and no one can take care of dings and dents like we can. IMO, it would make someone's day to see it parked outside Lowe's and Home Depot, and I really enjoy watching faces light up over seeing a pretty car. redface.gif

Bling/curb-appeal is one thing, but I'm very skeptical of the whole "they don't build'em like they used to - old things are always sturdier" jag. Modern trucks can take a lot of abuse (but everything has a limit and has to be considered within reason - that Ford will get just as destroyed on a legitimate job-site as a modern Ford will (it may actually end up worse, because of how low it rides), the difference is a modern Ford will cost <$10k), and I guess my perspective is that it's kind of ridiculous to bang up a historical vehicle (that has been fairly well restored) hauling around mulch or pavers or whatever else. redface.gif

For $40k you should have no problems getting into a stakeside 350 or 450, that will carry more weight and have a bigger box (and handle that weight better - just for giggles, whats the rear GAWR like on that little fella?), and be better set-up for the day-to-day grinding. I think the resto-Ford is cool, but I think it's the wrong tool for the job.
Like this:

(that specific truck is actually going for $22k, but it's quite a ways from you - its probably cheaper to shop locally for one of these vs shipping that monster)

I mean, for $40k you could even get a legitimate commercial chassis, like an F-650 or a Durastar. I doubt that's something you want to deal with garaging, servicing, driving, etc but it's within the realm of plausibility. redface.gif

And finally, for much more than $40k, you could always get ridiculous:
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Alternate random idea:


No idea what modern pricing is like (but $40-70k is probably not an unreasonable starting point), but it'd certainly go anywhere and do anything, turn a lot of heads, and accomplish your hauling goals as well. cool.gif

Again, the resto-Ford is very cool, I'm just thinking more practically - it's on the small side for hauling anything serious, it rides a little low (and is probably a nightmare in snow/mud), and it's nothing I'd want to be responsible for banging the bejeezus out of by hauling stuff with it. ph34r.gif

EDIT

Billy - I dig that car hauler. Question I'd have is, would ground clearance be an issue for that vehicle + modern sports cars (I know it'll drop rails for them to "drive up" but even still)...

I think if it were re-painted it'd look less like a beached whale too...redface.gif
Edited by obobskivich - 4/7/13 at 12:23pm
post #2568 of 9498
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I understand, but my needs are pretty modest; grab some things at Sam's, topsoil from Lowe's, a printer from Office Depot, maybe some firewood, etc.. Not for hauling masonry or running off road, just a general "stuff hauler", traveling on paved roads. To me the clearance and low bed are a bonus, due to my shoulders and having trouble lifting things into and out of it. I'm not a big fan of large modern trucks, to me they aren't attractive, and I'd like to get an old Ford (though that Stude is nice too, I can dig a manual column shift). The clean vintage looks, basic trouble-free operation, and cloth bench seat are all very appealing to me.
Edited by Magick Man - 4/7/13 at 1:04pm
post #2569 of 9498
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Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) is on, sexy Eleanor action will be on display. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2570 of 9498
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I understand, but my needs are pretty modest; grab some things at Sam's, topsoil from Lowe's, a printer from Office Depot, maybe some firewood, etc.. Not for hauling masonry or running off road, just a general "stuff hauler", traveling on paved roads. To me the clearance and low bed are a bonus, due to my shoulders and having trouble lifting things into and out of it. I'm not a big fan of large modern trucks, to me they aren't attractive, and I'd like to get an old Ford (though that Stude is nice too, I can dig a manual column shift). The clean vintage looks, basic trouble-free operation, and cloth bench seat are all very appealing to me.

Can't the RR do most/all of this? redface.gif

Still - it is a kewl truck...
post #2571 of 9498
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Can't the RR do most/all of this? redface.gif

Still - it is a kewl truck...

The Rover isn't ideal for hauling dirt and fertilizer, the carpets are a real ***** to get clean. I shot over an offer but they had probably left the offices by then. I guess I'll have to wait til morning.

I think I found the wife a ringer. `60 A-H Sprite Roadster, w/ a huge 45bhp. It's a monster! eek.gif



It's somewhat sort of famous, it's won quite a few micro sports car concours events. I have to admit, it's as cute as cars can get.
post #2572 of 9498
Just remember, with a Sprite or Midget, the fire extinguisher is not just for show - it's an essential part of daily operation... tongue.gif

As a counterpoint to the Sprite, here's a blast from the past: http://www.flemingsultimategarage.com/1979-chevrolet-corvette-greenwood-daytona-c-1499.htm

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post #2573 of 9498
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Just remember, with a Sprite or Midget, the fire extinguisher is not just for show - it's an essential part of daily operation... tongue.gif

As a counterpoint to the Sprite, here's a blast from the past: http://www.flemingsultimategarage.com/1979-chevrolet-corvette-greenwood-daytona-c-1499.htm

wink.gif

Ha!...one year unlimited powertrain warranty! Sounds like a challenge to me....very_evil_smiley.gif

post #2574 of 9498
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The Rover isn't ideal for hauling dirt and fertilizer, the carpets are a real ***** to get clean.

Sadly I've actually seen a number of snowflakes loading fertilizer, mulch, etc into the back of a Rover or Disco...rolleyes.gif
post #2575 of 9498
Thread Starter 
Oh, it has new electricals and wiring, and if it didn't, I'd do it. One thing about old Brit and Euro cars, they sure do like to combust at the worst possible times. My MGB caught on fire once, I was just sitting at a light when smoke started coming out from under the hood. I popped the bonnet, grabbed the extinguisher, and dowsed it right in the middle of East Broadway during rush hour. Then I pushed off the road and called for a tow. People were like, "OMFG, how can you be calm?" I said, "it's getting old and it's British, that's what they do. They believe that it's better to burn out than to fade away."

I really do like that Bugeye, it looks like it's smiling with dimples. It's more than current book @$35k, but it's in A-1 and 100% original, plus it's the last of the S1 Sprites, literally. It's the very last S1 they built, and was special ordered with a larger cam from the factory.

That vette is wild. The scissor doors look kind of funky on it.
post #2576 of 9498
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

Sadly I've actually seen a number of snowflakes loading fertilizer, mulch, etc into the back of a Rover or Disco...rolleyes.gif

I wouldn't mind, but those are real wool carpets, and they can't be cleaned with a wet-vac at the car wash (though I've seen some morons try). confused.gif
post #2577 of 9498
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I wouldn't mind, but those are real wool carpets, and they can't be cleaned with a wet-vac at the car wash (though I've seen some morons try). confused.gif

The things people do to vehicles...ph34r.gif

Random thought; Lincoln Blackwood?
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The things people do to vehicles...ph34r.gif

Random thought; Lincoln Blackwood?

The Ford Escalade? lol

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

The things people do to vehicles...ph34r.gif

Random thought; Lincoln Blackwood?

I just want my little truck. frown.gif
post #2580 of 9498
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I just want my little truck. frown.gif

I hope you end up with it....I think it's an absolute gem.

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