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Old 03-21-2023, 11:04 AM   #21
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As you can see, my inexperience with the Model A is driving my questions. I'm just thinking about things i can check out to determine if my $7K hobby could turn into a $15K hobby. I love the comments and opinions!
You’ll be lucky if you can keep it under $15,000.00.

It all depends on how “safe” and complete you want the truck to be.

Front end, springs, shocks, brakes, tires, do the math.

There great cars.

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Old 03-21-2023, 11:32 AM   #22
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As you can see, my inexperience with the Model A is driving my questions. I'm just thinking about things i can check out to determine if my $7K hobby could turn into a $15K hobby. I love the comments and opinions!
I do think it would be a good deal for that truck. I am 5'10" and 200 lbs and I can drive my 28 closed cab all day. I fit in it just fine. Your $7k purchase could easily turn into $15,000 over time. lol Leaving it as it is, just enjoying, repairing/ replacing as you go. If it needed tires, that's roughly $1000. I would definitely get it if I were you. You will have a great time with it.
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Old 03-21-2023, 11:39 AM   #23
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If you do a compression check, just make sure all spark plugs are removed so it's easier on the starter and open the throttle so the intake isn't restricted. You'll get more accurate readings. There are plenty of people on this forum who are thinking "if he doesn't but that truck, I will". 7k is a fantastic price from what we've seen.
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Old 03-21-2023, 12:44 PM   #24
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Truly, the purchase price will be just a start, but damn that’s a good start if you want to end up with a nice model A. I got lucky and scored an inexpensive complete chassis out from under a body that was going on a traditional hot rod build, and a barnyard truck that was really cheap but completely thrashed. Then I spent about what you’re looking at and countless hours just to end up with a p.o.s. compared to the restored model A’s around. I like mine scruffy, and running (thanks Brad!) but continually try to improve them and always have to spend money on them. None of us have seen the truck in question in person but obviously some people with model A experience are shocked at what you’d be getting for the price. I see model A’s for sale in excess of fifteen all the time. There will surely be some expense in its future and it depends entirely on what has already been done, could be a lot or a little. If you get it roadworthy for just the purchase price it will be a legendary tale for sure, but it’s happened. It’s easy to argue both sides but the less you can do yourself the more it will cost is a basic guideline. Do you have tools and a garage or will someone else have to work on it? Good parking spot at home at least? You know, stuff like that to consider. Really the sky’s the limit with spending on it. Maybe it’s a “futzin’ around car” (to quote Dan) and barely needs anything. Maybe everything’s been done totally half assed, and it just looks good in the pics but you have to redo everything. I’m not sure I’m helping, haha… Id just fire it up and see what it does. Good luck! -Chris
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Old 03-21-2023, 01:45 PM   #25
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Honestly Grover,
As others have said it's wise for you to be sure you are making a good investment. You should do your checks...nobody likes throwing 7k into the wind. Make sure you have the right spark plug adapter for the compression check, these are big plugs. Look for rusted through body sheet metal, especially in the bed. This is costly to repair. Use a good flashlight if you need to. Look for milky oil on the dipstick. If it all works out, we're looking forward to having a new member and helping you along the way.
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Old 03-21-2023, 06:27 PM   #26
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Riverside Auto Group plate in bed, Escanaba, Marquette Iron Mt. Maybe itís a Yooper truck. Judging from pictures body looks solid. Like the commercial shell and headlamps, many like to convert to chrome to fancy it up. Pictures can be deceiving and the mechanicals can be atrocious but it sure looks like a fair shake from here. Good Luck and hope it works out for you.
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Old 03-21-2023, 07:24 PM   #27
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I think you might be in the wrong hobby if you have set a limit like that!
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Old 03-22-2023, 04:56 AM   #28
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I would crank it and if it turns over then pay him, trailer it home, be proud of a good truck for a good price.

Then take your time at home, change the oil, change the points, plugs, condenser. Then you can start it up, sit back and see what else it might need to get it road worthy. Does it need tires, battery, brakes etc.

Be prepared to spend at least $1,000 before you go nuts with paint, chrome, upholstery, Bertz engine.

Most important, enjoy the truck, the fix up process and the hobby.
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Old 03-22-2023, 07:29 AM   #29
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Riverside Auto Group plate in bed, Escanaba, Marquette Iron Mt. Maybe itís a Yooper truck. Judging from pictures body looks solid. Like the commercial shell and headlamps, many like to convert to chrome to fancy it up. Pictures can be deceiving and the mechanicals can be atrocious but it sure looks like a fair shake from here. Good Luck and hope it works out for you.
Yes this is a Yooper truck. Getting excited to go see it, comments are a great help. If this purchase happens, I expect to be putting money into it. Iím taking on another hobby and want to limit how much I spend on this one. I have a home shop and my brother has a lift in his shop so we would be doing most of required repairs. This truck would like great sitting next to my Fairlane! Any of you on this forum go to the car show in Iola?
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as stated several times above, that body at that price is a deal.
free-turning engine will be a bonus.
it has the perfect look- not shiny but not ragged out.

Don't start it until you have removed and cleaned the oil pan and peeked inside the valve chamber......
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as stated several times above, that body at that price is a deal.
free-turning engine will be a bonus.
it has the perfect look- not shiny but not ragged out.

Don't start it until you have removed and cleaned the oil pan and peeked inside the valve chamber......
I agree, best to inspect before trying to run. As long as it spins free, I will take advice of commenters and pay the man.
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Old 03-22-2023, 08:24 PM   #32
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If it was in my neck of the woods and the body is what it appears to be. It'd be mine and I already have a banger pickup I'm getting carried away with.
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Old 03-23-2023, 10:31 AM   #33
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If you't buy it I will GUARANTEE you will regret it. If I had space enough I woud buy it!!
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Old 03-28-2023, 05:05 PM   #34
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Well the deal was made and it’s in my possession. It was a little rougher shape than I was hoping , and the seller agreed, so the price dropped a couple grand. The body is solid, looks like the bottom of one door may have a little bondo and one small rust hole below driver door, both minor issues. My friend was happy that the goal is to just make a reliable driver, not a hot rod. I’ll have to go through everything before starting it up, he says the engine was run a little last summer, but was not driven on the road since 2020. I’ll have a lot of questions on the forum this summer when I get started!
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You got the price down...Bravo! We're all looking forward to your future posts, and help out a new member. Hopefully the engine just needs a little cleaning up. We'll see.
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Grover,
So glad that worked out for you and you wonít regret it. Parts are easy to come by if you need them. Also great advice on this forum and may consider joining an A club in your region.
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So glad that worked out for you and you wonít regret it. Parts are easy to come by if you need them. Also great advice on this forum and may consider joining an A club in your region.
Is there an A club in our area?? NE WI or the UP?
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There's a few not too far away:

https://www.mafca.com/chapters/WI.html
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great deal and if you ever tire of it, you will easily get your $ back and then some.
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