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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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Kettle Custodian (pot stirrer)
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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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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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435537 Sat Jan 01 2022 04:46 PM
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Kettle Custodian (pot stirrer)
While driving through Wyoming, Montana, and a few other northwestern states a few years ago, I saw dozens of "barnyard queen" and "shed sitter" stovebolts that looked like they had been parked and abandoned decades ago. Most of them appeared to need nothing more than some fresh gas and a hot battery to go back on the road. Downside- - - - -virtually all of them were 1 1/2 or 2 tons with big grain hauling bins!
Jerry


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435540 Sat Jan 01 2022 04:50 PM
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MR Smith I would keep looking,body shop costs and the waiting are tremendous. Finding a clean running truck for 6400 $would be more like it. Paid 400$ for my 51 6400 with 90% matching rubber 85% body ,running. Then shortened into the best pick-up i've had out of about 30 trucks since 67.

Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435545 Sat Jan 01 2022 05:01 PM
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Mr Smith Look for fire trucks too.

Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435548 Sat Jan 01 2022 05:16 PM
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MR SMITTH keep looking

Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435753 Sun Jan 02 2022 07:41 PM
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If it needs floor boards, the rust is probably a lot worse than you think. As described, I believe the price is about double or more than it should be. But, that's just my opinion without seeing it.

Good luck

John


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435758 Sun Jan 02 2022 08:23 PM
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Since the only real issue besides a title, is rust, then rust is the issue for any purchase. I have noticed a huge difference in peoples opinion of what is acceptable. If you live in snow country, rain country, salt country, you see even new vehicles rusted up to the windows. All kinds of street sign metal used as floorboards and etc. Those folks say to themselves "I can fix that". Which they can. Some day with a lot of practice, sheet metal panels, space to operate and some filler. They didn't realize how bad the rust was. Some repairs take more than sheet metal, they take structure repair first. Then during a 9 month winter, they don't work on it. They loose interest because they want to drive it. They realize that after they get the rust fixed, if they ever do, it needs all kinds of rubber weather stripping, some glass, upholstery, motor work, suspension, steering and so on. It's all normal but it takes forever.

Where I live in the west. There is no snow, no salt, no rain, not much rust. So if you say "Dosent appear to be much rot, although it does need floorboards" to me it really means it has a lot of rust and rot. You didn't say if you have seen it in person or not. There is one time that you can say the word "always". It always looks better in pictures than it is. Where I live, if it had no floors, I wouldn't look at it more than 5 seconds and say good bye, not good buy. That's where the perspective comes in, depending on where you live and have grown up with. I may look longer than 5 seconds if it was a short bed or a fleetside or a big window or a really complete original truck with something rare about it. So there is another perspective, what kind of truck you like. Are you considering resale value someday, are you going to spend a lot of time and money on a truck that is not as popular as another. Do you care. Do you live in a large populated are where there is a choice of trucks within a reasonable shipping or driving distance. Do you have the time to travel an 8 hour round trip just to see it. Sometimes the search can be enjoyable or "H-ell on wheels".

I think I'm saying pretty much what most of the others are saying. I also say that price sounds really high. None of us can advise on anything without seeing it in person. We also can not tell you what to do with your money. Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, we will help you fix it up. I have "fixed up" a lot of Task Force trucks, suburbans and panels. That is the era i really like. That would be 55.2-59 which you say is your preferred era. So why are you looking at a 1947? Which can either be a AD "Art Deco" or an AD "Advance Design". There is a 47.1 and a 47.2 I believe.
Most of the trucks I sold were to easterners. You may consider that spending $900-$2000 for shipping is a better future life than buying rust. PM if you need help from the wild west. You may be able to buy a TF here, with little rust, and have it shipped and not too much more.


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435762 Sun Jan 02 2022 08:38 PM
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Sometimes the search can be enjoyable or "censored on wheels".

grin grin grin

Personally, I like the search. I once pulled the car trailer on a 900 mile round trip and came home empty. I still consider it a success as I didn't overpay and come home with a truck that wasn't as nice as anticipated. Besides, I had my wife with me and we had a lot of fun just the same.

John


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1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435767 Sun Jan 02 2022 09:08 PM
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I like the stories of how people find there treasures .Looking forward to the new series on tv showing found vehicles in unusual places .for years there used to be a old truck across a lake must have got there in the winter ,it is now gone so someone thought it was worth it .


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1435843 Mon Jan 03 2022 06:37 AM
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If it has a three on the tree it's not a 47.


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Re: Advice on price of a truck.
MR.SMITTH #1436147 Wed Jan 05 2022 02:30 PM
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Mr Smitth Would keep looking.

Re: Advice on price of a truck.
Hotrod Lincoln #1436148 Wed Jan 05 2022 02:41 PM
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Hotrod Lincoln No reason you can't use the big trucks in our hobby,my 51 6400 has been made into a pickup that works fine. Might as well take advantage of the big brakes already there that you can make safe and dependable. There are safe wheels out there too >

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