as a joke, my friend built one out of a costco sized box of corndogs. Liv'n the low budget life!
here is one he made for his wifes '66. this one was just slapped together quickly for a car show hence the exposed self tapping screws and ugly speakers.
Last edited by Carl Miller; 06-24-2012 at 09:52 PM.
I just got back from checking out a 1941 Dodge Kingsway sedan -- the Canadian equivalent of a Plymouth P-11 with the only difference being the nameplate and the hood ornament. I wasn't able to take it out on the road because the plates weren't current, but it seemed awfully stiff driving it around the yard -- the owner put it into storage when he went off to war four years ago, and other than the occasional move around the driveway it's been sitting ever since.
What sort of special problems ought I to look for in a situation like this? The hoses and fan belt all seem OK, and I didn't notice any leaky seals or drippage anywhere. It started right up and ran fine, but there was a molassesy sort of feeling in the shifting, like the grease has set up from not moving for so long. Or could it be something more significantly wrong?
This is the car -- it had a repaint/interior restoration in the mid-eighties, and is showing a bit of wear, but for a Northern car it's very solid. They're asking $7200, but there's a lot of piddly stuff that needs to be dealt with -- one of the windshield wipers doesn't work, the horn doesn't work, the brake light seems to be out -- and the clutch seems slippy. I'm thinking of offering $6000 in view of all that, but we'll see.
Last edited by LizzieMaine; 07-09-2012 at 03:02 PM.
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Last edited by Talbot; 07-09-2012 at 06:05 PM.
A word about haggling: there is a TV series on Discovery Velocity called Wheeler Dealers. Watch how the host (Mike Brewer) haggles over cars, and take notes. Finally, be prepared to "nudge up" a bit from your $6,000 offer. I've bought more cars for 8% less than the asking price than 10% less than the asking price. When you make your offer, tell the seller you are talking cash, right now, and don't be bashful about pointing out (and over stating) any problems pointed out by the mechanic.It's always a good idea to bring cash, or at least a cashier's cheque, for what you are offering. I usually bring a cheque for $200 less than my offer, and enough cash to "top it up" if I have to go over my first offer. Why the cash? It's a psychological ploy-- a couple of hundred cash in the hand always seems like a lot more money than numbers on a cheque. I usually close with the suggestion that the seller take the cash and take his wife to dinner...
Good luck! and keep us posted.
One other thing. Make sure the car has a valid US registration, or it will have to be returned to Canada and officially imported. Not a major expense, but a definite pain in the butt to have to mess around with.