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birthdaycar1946 09-16-2012 08:35 AM

1946 ford
I am looking at a somewhat but no rust 1946 4 door ford There is a lot of rust in the floor on both drivers side and pasangers side. No keys to trunk so no inspection. Engine (flathead V8) I was told will start. Front end has been taken loose (tie rods I was told, so it may be loaded on a flat bed). Interor is a mess and the body (all steel just has to have a sanding and a little rust under drivers side door. All chrome will have to be re-plated and two windows will have to replaced. My question to you all is. What is a fair price? The owners are asking 3000 but I feel 1500 is a fair price.
What can I expecd if I get into this re-do?:welcome:

MARTINSR 09-16-2012 08:59 AM

It is so hard to say what something is worth without seeing it but $3000 seems fair from what I have seen out there. I usually just for the heck of it walk around the swap meets to see what a guy can buy and most any complete car of that age is going to bring over that, at least around here.

What can you expect? A HUGE education. But with the internet, it is SOOOO much easier than it once was. You can get all your answer here. And there is only two differences from building that car or building a model on your dining room table, that would be time and money. You CAN do it, and you will be very happy with yourself when you drive it for the first time.


Cape Cod Bob 09-16-2012 06:56 PM

Have u ever watched overhaulin' ? Thats what to exspect.

birthdaycar1946 09-18-2012 07:14 PM

Cape Cod Bob
Love the show just don't have that kind of money.
I am trying to make up my mind over a 1947 Ford 2 door coup or the 46 4 door.
Any way I will be checking back from time to time of advise.
Thanks for the replies.

WriterDennis 09-18-2012 08:30 PM

two door vs. four door
Do you anticipate having more than two people riding with you when the rod is finished, or is it just going to be you and a friend? Do you still have kids living at home with you? Which would you really rather have, the two door or the four door? I believe that an honest answer to those two questions will help you decide.

Dennis W. Parks
Author of automotive how-to books

John long 09-18-2012 09:18 PM

Don't overlook the value of the car when it comes time to sell it. A '47 4 door built is worth less than half of the coupe in the same condition. I don't want to step on the toes of the 4 door owners but business is business and if you are torn between two cars it makes sense to go with the car that has the best market value down the road. That assumes, of cours, that it suits your needs and your personal likes. If you love a particular style that is what you should build.

Years ago, I was almost given a 57 Olds. I had a real tuff time staying interested in the car...It just wasn't me. After I got past the rust and started to see it come together I really got into it. The problem was, I sold the car for about half what a 2 door would have sold for plus it was a harder build.

John L

birthdaycar1946 10-08-2012 05:56 PM

Well I did it, I got the 47 Ford 2 door. I am now looking at all of the work that has to be done. Things like the windshield wipers are not even there, same goes for the motor that drives them. There is not as much rust as I first expected. Some rust around the bottom of the doors and at the body of the doors. The frame is in great shape, I am looking at a 350 Chevy short block and a auto transmission for starters. But first I have to make some room on my side of our garage. So I have been looking at some storage sheds to put all of my garden stuff in while I re-do the car.
I can't wait to drive if for the first time, although that may be a year or so from now. The real fun starts now.
I will be posting pictures and updates when I start , I will try to post a picture of the car sitting just outside of the garage.
I what to thank everyone so far for all of the support I have gotten so far. :welcome:

John long 10-08-2012 06:43 PM

Congratulations. We will be looking forward to the pictures. The coupes make pretty cars. Come to think of it, they all do.:)

John L

techinspector1 10-08-2012 07:00 PM


Originally Posted by birthdaycar1946 (Post 1597339)
i can't wait to drive if for the first time, although that may be a year or so from now.

hahahahahahahahaha, not if you also have a full-time job.

I agree with your choice of cars though. I have always loved the lines of those '46-'48 coupes. Have you considered leaving the flathead in it? I suspect it would generate more interest than a (ho-hum) SBC.

birthdaycar1946 10-09-2012 06:00 PM

I got the car for a retirement project. I plan on retiring soon. So for now its just gathering information and what parts I can get a hold of. I have a friend with the sbc and he is willing to give it to me. so all I have to do build it and install it. Got the transmission on line also so that will not be a problem. I know its going to take a year or so, but that is what retirement is all about.
John you are right the coupes do make a great looking car. Of all the cars I looked at this one stuck with me.
There is a guy in Ala. rebuilding the same car and has kept up with pictures and information on what he as done so far. He is going back to what it looked like in 47.
Look at AAAC website his name is Scott.

bygddy 10-09-2012 06:33 PM

Google "Fat Jack Robinson" for insperation....the 50's vibe is very cool, but as a child of the 80's and growing up in a street rod family he was an absolute idol.......Pro street in a fat fender coupe....priceless.....Grab your plasic and repeat after me,tci mustang II clip, back halved, narrowed 9", Dart 598BB, Big Chief heads, twins of the 90mm variety, stand alone management for EFI, stage 5 Jakes performance 4L80......oh and don't forget the vintage train done, exterior, don't touch it, dont " de-trim" it, don't paint it, don't do a darn thing except lower over your chassis...steel wheels, ginormous ones of course out back.....and drive the snot out it.....hit the highway and enjoy the OD trans, hit the strip, up the boost, run 7's, drive home......please tell me your secretly independently wealthy and easily suceptable to my idiocy so i can actually see this come to fruition? Please....

bygddy 10-09-2012 06:34 PM

Fine, I got carried away, you need a tube chassis now, lets do that mkay?

Whistler 12-29-2012 04:48 PM

I built a '46 Coupe and it has taken me 10 years and it is not completed yet. Money is more of an issue than time. The easiest and least expensive began with the frame up. The expensive part is the interior and the paint. Just don't give up. This has been one of the most rewarding things of my life. By the way, I was retired when I started this.

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