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Old 04-21-2006, 05:53 AM
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Deal,, or No Deal

No I'm not talking about the TV show

Here's a link to all the pics I have so far of it:'47 Dodge PU

I've driven past this truck for about the last 2 years just sitting in a yard locally and I've considered several times stopping and asking if it was for sale. Well the owner put a for sale sign on it and I heard about it (actually my wife told me about it),,,, and the rest they say is history LOL,,,

It looks better in the pics IMO, but if I were going to give it a rating 1-10 I'll say it's a 6.5 or 7. The seller doesn't know much about it but he has a paper with the only 2 things the prior owner wrote down. The radiator was rebuilt locally and the rear end is out of a 66 GTO. On the phone he said it had a Pontiac Corvair drivetrain,, I was thinking WTH??? When I got there to look at it I figured out why he thought that, the previous owner left a Chiltons manual in the truck for Corvairs.

The motor is a GM inline 6 with a 3 speed auto, I don't know anything more than that about the engine and trans, but that won't be hard to sort out.

The bad:
Brakes need to be pumped up 5-6 times before having any pedal , yes I drove it that way for a trip around the block at about 15 mph

Steering is a little loose, but not bad IMO,,, not nearly as bad as the loose nut behind the wheel

Rust on the wheels, one is broken where the centercap would go on it.

The door latches are just screen door slide latches as you can see in this pic,,, he called them "Georgia" door latches, LOL. Gives new meaning to the term suicide doors, LOL,,,"Georgia" Door Latches

The Good:

Rock solid steel with very, very little rust.

Dual exhaust sounds good

All the lights, gauges, and heater fan work, and the wiring looks decent.

Unknown late model front suspension, but the frame hasn't been clipped (the rear leaf spring hanger is still in place). I really couldn't get under it to see any details, but it drove pretty good with the exception of beeing a little loose IMO.

oh, and it's 3K$ Maybe I'm taking a beating on this deal

So,, did I get a deal,, or no deal?
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All things considered I'd say go for it. You don't find solid Dodge pickups very often and this one appears pretty darn complete. It's already got a good rear and if the front suspension (whatever it is) is solid it'll probably hold the weight of a V8 without any problems. Brakes are a concern and probably just need to be rebuilt with a new or modern dual master cylinder and the slop in the steering can probably be adjusted out.

All in all it sounds like a good deal to me.
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second vote for "go for it"

rare and old steel bodies "ain't gona get cheaper"

heck, looks fine enough to do the mechanicals and just drive it....that "aged patina look" thing
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Old 04-21-2006, 10:45 AM
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Thanks for the input, I appreciate it and I've decided to make it mine for a parts hauler for awhile

I'm kicking myself for not buying a early 50's Chrysler that i had located about 5 months ago with a 331 hemi and auto I was told it sold for 500$,,, I'd love to have that motor in it!!!
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Hard to pass up I think is worth it. So much you could do to it.

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Definitely, go for it! I like it just the way it is.
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Good deal, it has great potential.

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Well I went by and put a deposit on it, it'll be home in a few days In the meantime it's just 6 miles from home in case I need to go by for a visit
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O K, it has been almost a year now how do you feel about your investment in the Mopar!!
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O K, it has been almost a year now how do you feel about your investment in the Mopar!!
i think the photos in his first post say it all. I guess it got updated as he posted in it over time. If that's it, it looks really sweet.
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:52 AM
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O K, it has been almost a year now how do you feel about your investment in the Mopar!!
I'm glad I picked it up I've been working on it a little at a time but still have a lot to do to it. It's actually taken the front seat on my "project priority list". I started getting the engine compartment cleaned up a couple of weeks ago (I'm waiting for the weather to warm up enough to get some bodywork done on it), here's how the engine is looking now Fresh Paint. I probably need to update my project journal with some new pics on how it's coming along
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i think the photos in his first post say it all. I guess it got updated as he posted in it over time. If that's it, it looks really sweet.
It still looks about the same on the outside,, well the interior does too but I've been working on suspension issues (front suspension is Corvair), but I'm getting closer to having that worked out
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