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What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
#483304 Wed Dec 17 2008 05:16 PM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 630
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This is purely for fun and curiosity. Obviously the cash you fork over is usually a confidential matter and based on many factors. Not everyone is willing to relate their negotiated price. My thought is that getting the truck is the cheap part, fixing it up to any level needs a part time job to feed it. That being said...

I really anticipate the new gallery pictures and stories that come out each month. Ocassionally someone will describe the deal they made. Those are usually my favorite parts to read. I'd like to hear more of those stories.

Mine was extremely fortunate but I was prepared to walk away empty handed. Can't hurt to ask, right?

I discovered my truck in the back yard of an auto shop. By all appearences it had been there for ten years and hadn't run in twice that. Overall the tin was good and nothing had been modified. The shop owner gave me the owners number, a call was made, and a message left. A week later the owner calls and said he needed to get rid of it since the shop was closing and he had no interest. Finally price was brought up. He asked what I thought. I said I had no idea and returned the question by asking him what he expected to get for it. He paused and said "How does $75 sound?" Not trying to sound to excited I said that would be just fine. Truthfully I had no idea of its worth but was willing to part upto $1200. In hindsight he probably would have had to spend a few hundred to get it towed and stored somewhere else so my showing up saved him some dough and some hassles.

Granted this example is a rarity, I'd be interested in hearing some other stories, fortunate or not.

1941 G506

1946 3800

1946 3600

1924 Ford Model T Fordor
Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
641Workmaster #483308 Wed Dec 17 2008 05:42 PM
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Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
641Workmaster #483310 Wed Dec 17 2008 05:56 PM
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 155
Hi 641. I used to live in St. Peters, Mo. Worked in O'Fallon, MO.just behind that furnature store on the north side side of the interstate. I bought my 51 when I was living down there. A guy at work told me about the truck. Went to see it and it was in pieces. The motor was supposed to be rebuilt and was back in the truck, but there was not much else done except that it was dismanteled. I asked why he was selling it and he said it was his brother-in-laws truck and he was getting married and didn't have room for it.I then asked what his bottom dollar was and he replied $500.00. I thought for a minute and said ok. Cost me $60.00 to have a rollback bring it home, and so the saga begins.(still working it)

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Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
641Workmaster #483329 Wed Dec 17 2008 06:47 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 7,000
in 1983 i paid $1200.00 for my 54/3100. it came from southern indiana where they use much less salt. after a 2 year project i spent more than enough to buy a top of the line new truck. click here to see the orginal and now

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Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
WE b OLD #483333 Wed Dec 17 2008 06:58 PM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 52
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I thought I was getting a deal when I handed over 3 g's for my '49 GMC. It was driving, had no major rust, and seemed to have most of the trim. Driving it home to OC from Hollywood the wiring for the headlights caught fire, the clutch squealed from a main seal leak and the timing gear went out pushing the stock driveline to a wopping 50 mph on the highway 3 months later. When I started my driveline swap I was saving reciepts cause I thought I'd want to know how much I spent. Shortly after I was ready to cry everytime I looked at the growing stack so I quickly threw them all away. I'm much happier not knowing but I am pretty confident that between parts and garage rental it is way more than the $3000 I paid for the truck (which at this point only has about 1/2 of the parts that orginal $3000 bought)

Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
vik morgan #483346 Wed Dec 17 2008 07:50 PM
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Posts: 405
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Well I recieved my 62 from my dad. He knew I liked the truck and had many a fun time in it. One day I was home he drove up in the truck and said here is the keys to the Chevy take me home it yours. My Dad and Mom towed a 22' trailer with it all over Calif. during their retirement camping and fishing. I rebuilt the 261 and it lasted 18 years until I retired. Then drove it a few more months until I got my new SUV-truck and picked up all the parts I needed for it. Then got started in 9/06 tearing it down to bare bones frame to start my rebuild. Now so far a rolling chassie. I guess not to bad for just one man rebuilding it. I did have two fellows help me remove the engine and body as I had messed up my back at the time. Thanks Jason & Danial.

Last edited by Don G.; Wed Dec 17 2008 07:52 PM.

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Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
Don G. #483351 Wed Dec 17 2008 08:25 PM
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,847
Bought 1950 3600 from original owners family for $500...Have bought two additional trucks for parts.

Dissassembled 1954 3600 Stake bed (brand new rebuilt HP 235)$1800 made all my money back on parts engine free!

1949 Old Navy 3100 for parts $100 got it all stripped took what I need rest will go on Ebay after the holidays.

Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
Brad Allen #483368 Wed Dec 17 2008 09:42 PM
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I paid $200 for mine. Cost me nothing to get home and I gained a friend(from here) who got it home for me. I have since got it running and drivable except for needing some floor patching and brakes. I've had 5 offers and all were for more than I paid for the truck. Thanks to WE b Old(who has the same truck type as me) I now probably have over a thousand dollars worth in spare parts to add to the $200 if I ever would sell it(not going to happen). There was a little "adventure" if you want to read my gallery submission at the link below.

Jordan D. Long

1954 Chevrolet 3100 1/2-Ton

And some more pictures

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Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
jdl #483380 Wed Dec 17 2008 10:12 PM
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Posts: 1,570
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Too darn much

Re: What did you fork over for your 'bolt?
dale937 #483405 Wed Dec 17 2008 10:58 PM
Joined: Feb 2006
Posts: 444
My brother had the truck. He had bought it several years ago for 4500$. He has a Karmen Ghia that he drives, but it needed work. Here is where it gets long winded. On the 4th of July I suggested that I find a 56 get it running, and then swap trucks. That way we would each have a truck built in the year we were born. He called back a few days later and said he would rather have the money to fix up the Ghia. So I grabbed the checkbook and had my wife drive me over to his house, and drove "Shasta" my new truck home. And I have been thinking about a part time job to feed the restoration.

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