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Advice on price of a truck.
#1435461 Fri Dec 31 2021 11:43 PM
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'Bolter
I'm looking to purchase my first old truck. I have my eye on a 1947 Chevy 3600 for sale about 4 hours away. I'm curious if it's a fair asking price or not. Info on the truck is as follows.


Origional 216, runs, needs brake work. 3 on the tree. 3 window long bed.
The truck has alot of patina. Some rust, some primer, and some paint, not particularly pretty. . Dosent appear to be much rot, although it does need floorboards and there may be other issues as I havent seen it yet. Needs glass and probably tires, dosent look as it's been road worthy for awhile. Asking $6,400.

You all think it's a fair asking price.

Thank you all and happy new year!!!

Last edited by MR.SMITTH; Fri Dec 31 2021 11:44 PM.
Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435462 Sat Jan 01 2022 12:03 AM
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I've seen running, driving trucks sell for less here in Tennessee. It sounds like the asking price needs to be a little more realistic, or there needs to be some serious bargaining done. My mostly rust-free "running when I parked it" (20 years ago) 59 Suburban with a 307 V8 and a 4 speed will be going up for sale soon, and I believe I'd be lucky to get $8K for it unless I choose to get it back into driving shape.

The Huck brake parts on that 3600 are scarce and spendy, particularly the brake drums, which simply aren't available new, to the best of my knowledge.
Jerry


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435465 Sat Jan 01 2022 12:11 AM
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'Bolter
I've been looking for a stock runner, as this is my first truck I dont want to get in over my head. The 3600s seem more affordable

Re: Advice on price of a truck.
Hotrod Lincoln #1435466 Sat Jan 01 2022 12:11 AM
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'Bolter
Thank you!!

Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435467 Sat Jan 01 2022 12:14 AM
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I know the prices on Advance Design Trucks has been going up recently, but the 3600 3 window is no where near as valuable as the 3100 5 window. The 3600 is harder to get certain parts for. I believe the asking price is rather high for a rusted out truck needing repairs. Around my part of the country that truck is more like $3500 or less. I know there are those on this forum that like the 3/4 ton 3 window trucks but I’m not one of them.


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435525 Sat Jan 01 2022 03:20 PM
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'Bolter
I'd say "Keep Looking". Now it was 7 years ago but I gave less for my (then) 43,000 mile, '51 truck that's also a 3600 5 window. It came from a small museum in Indiana. Zero rust. It was a driver but in need of much minor detail stuff. It's been a 7 year project while being pretty much a daily driver. Keep looking.

Good Luck,

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435526 Sat Jan 01 2022 03:34 PM
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'Bolter
Main thing to look for is good bodywork. Mechanical parts are all over, but rust r and r can get expensive, might want look somewhere out of the rust belt, even if it means a trip farther west. Money saved on lack of rust repair will pay for transportation.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435527 Sat Jan 01 2022 03:56 PM
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My truck was a 8-9 hour drive but was were they did not use much salt so there were more of the vehicles available and they were cheaper than my area as the ones in my area were at that time almost non existent or very expensive .if you have the means to get one from a area were they don’t rust it may be a benefit .If it cost 1500 dollars to get it home you have to think about the cost down the road for replacing the rusted out areas of a truck that is closer .In my area I see often trucks cars from the west loaded on trailers going down the highway.


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435529 Sat Jan 01 2022 04:05 PM
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'Bolter
What Ed said. Rust can seem like a small issue while taking in the new cool truck and imaging how much fun you'll have cruising the back roads in it. Thought process goes, OK, it's not perfect but I'll weld in new floor pans, new cab corners and deal with the bottom of the doors and fenders. That morphs into a project that's Years long. Meanwhile the checkbook and family time suffers. Some of our members have had projects on and off the front burner for many many years.

With the above said, a 1,000 mile drive to retrieve a near rust free truck seems like a deal killer. But fact is a 2 or 3 day road trip will pay returns that are hard to imagine. Look south and west for the best body, most complete truck you can find that with a stretch, fits your budget.

For me, it's always better to buy a driver and make improvements as needed and time permits while driving and enjoying it.

You can thank me later.

RonR

Ps, the local truck that may be a deal might be on the old farm if it's been sitting in the barn and not behind it. That was the story on my truck.


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435532 Sat Jan 01 2022 04:26 PM
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'Bolter
I have a 54 3600 sitting out back that has rust issues and needs glass and quite a bit of bodywork but it's all there. I could probably get it running and driving in a couple of days for a few bucks. I have never been offered more than $1500 for it in Indiana. I bought it 4 years ago for $300 with a clean title and it's family history. The 3600's just aren't as popular. I know a guy with a 53 3600 restored original truck and it's super cool.


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