OK boys, I will be calling a guy about a '52 Suburban tomorrow. It originally came from the USAF. It has 22,000 miles on it and is all there and is in excellent condition. I know that he paid $2,000 for it about 5 years ago (stole it really). He began to prepare an S-10 chassis to put under it, but he got sidetracked by life. I don't know what I should offer him for it. I don't know if he wants to sell it, but everything is for sale, as they say. I just don't know how high I want to go. Feel free to offer advice as to how to try to work this deal, but I am just sharing with you how excited I am to have a chance at a really fine original AD. Carl
First off make him give you a number. I never like giving another person my offer then having to bid against myself. Check the Old Cars Price Guide for condition and price and then go with your gut feeling.....your wallet and your heart. Basically, it comes down to just how bad you want it. If you don't like it you can sell it to me to haul the grandkids. (I sold my panel)
Carl maybe Phillip will chime in but to me, he is the resident Burb guy. When you say excellent condition, how much rust does it have? That's the scary part when it comes to suburbans because they often have a lot of rust. As far as how much? Well, only you will know. How much you want to spend, how bad you want it, again, the rust factor, etc. If it truely is in that great a shape, buy it! They are only getting harder to find. Some might say I was crazy to spend what I did on the 3800 but for something as original as it is, un-molested and without serious rust all over it, I would have paid more. In fact, I was already offer 2 grand more than I paid for it it. I said NFS, and just smiled!
Billy Old Dominion Stovebolt Society Exotic Animal Division
I agree with Billy! It comes down to, what’s is it you want and what it’s worth to you! I’m not sure and don’t care, if I overpaid for her! I enjoy everything about her, aka, “my girlfriend”! Then, finally, most importantly, without her, I would never have met a group of some of the best folks any one could wish for!
Oh, Billy, A little birdie told me what he actually paid for for your 1-ton, before you picked it up from him. Let’s just say, he is a very profitable salesman! Jim
Hey 52Carl,if it is truly solid find I would be more than happy to pay bigger money up front than purchase a bargain roached out project. Repairing rust takes huge amount of patience and skill, there are many on this site capable of such projects I am not one who is willing to take on such a task. The difference in price between solid and rough project will soon be spent repairing rust. Many such trucks never get finished because the project just takes to long . Just my opinion. Hope you get a deal,Pat66
Aww Pat, Hambone has an excuse about 60 to 66 vintage. His brain has been oxygen depleted multiple times by forgetting to put his mask on at 36,000ft. We just don’t talk publicly about it, as to not hurt his feelings. I was hoping you would come around and see the light, and trade those beautiful trucks in for an AD. Jim
Well, as the saying goes, its only worth what someone is willing to pay. It just depends on if what your willing to pay is enough to get the owner to sell. You have an advantage, you know what he paid for it. JMO
I have been dragging my feet about calling the guy. We have a very sick family member (a dog) which is going to have to be put down by week's end. I'm too bummed to deal with anything like buying another truck right now.
Thanks, all! It does help to hear from you. Tomorrow is the big day, and we are all prepared for it. We are having someone to come to the house to put her down. She hates going to the vet more than God hates Mississippi, so we were not going that route. Thanks again.
Carl, I can commiserate with your dilemma. I also have a decision to make in the near future. As with you, I did ask the vet about a home visit. Their a huge part of the family, and best friend! My thoughts are with you! Jim .
Our 2-1/2 year old German Shepard. Weighed in at 94 pounds last month at the Vet office. His name is Shep, short for German Shepherd. His nickname is Deerslayer! These are pictures I took and found the buck two days later. One how gentle he is and several more on how protective he can be.
Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!
I had to put a dog down named rosy who ruled my life a month before xmas and Santa bought me a pup called Holly oh to be young again well she think s I am yet to tell her I’m going to a homecoming so she will miss me for a couple of weeks but life goes on and stovebolters rule
All is good now. The lady who came by the house last evening to help us take the best dog ever to where she needed to be was absolutely wonderful. We all cried, but the little princess went as peacefully as taking a well deserved nap.
I remember the day Bear died. It was sad but it was also heart-warming. The neighbors buried him for me ... Bear's Grove, down near the creek. A nice spot to contemplate the day: John, beer, Gator, Bear.
We drank a beer which was provided by the wonderful staff at the dental office where my wife works. She went in to work earlier that day, but they all insisted on covering her patients so that she could go home and spend the last day with her baby. To top it off, the beer they gave her was Devil's Backbone! After the princess Chelsea was relieved of all suffering, we drank one of those DB's, and it went down so well that I nearly chugged the whole bottle. I have never enjoyed a beer as much as that one.
Update on the potential new project. I contacted my friend Pink Joe, who knows Buddy who owns the suburban. Pink Joe called Buddy to feel him out about selling the burb, but he said no dice. He has plans to eventually get around to destroying a genuine piece of military memorabilia by pulling the 22,000 mile original chassis/drive train, to replace it with an S-10 chassis. I feel like crying. I will try to make arrangements to speak with Buddy directly and make him an offer he can't refuse. Maybe sharing my enthusiasm about what I want to do with it will help him reconsider.
Boy, that would be a shame. Maybe you can explain to him that the truck is too nice to sacrifice for a chassis swap. Maybe show him this site and tell him all about us handsome passionate enthusiasts Good luck!
Billy Old Dominion Stovebolt Society Exotic Animal Division