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Old 06-18-2012, 12:22 AM
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Rat on a shoestring redone and up on ebay

For you "old timers" who followed the Rat on a Shoestring build here on HR.Com back in 2004/2005 (the build journal is here ) a brief update. I sold the car at the end of April to a dealer in Washington and he did some upgrades on the car and has now put it up for auction on ebay.

Here's a shot of the car after I finished it:



And here is a shot of it after the dealer made his changes:



I really like what they did with the new red interior and they also re-shot the the flat black paint which had a few scuffs and scrapes when I sold it.

It will be interesting to see what kind of reserve the guy has put on the car and whether any of the bidders will come close to it.


I should point out here that I have nothing to do with this auction financially or in any other way. I must also say I do not vouch for the accuracy of anything that is in the written description of the car shown at the above Ebay link.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:33 AM
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So the original air filter was the tool box and coke can? I kinda like that idea. I don't much care for the red firewall, engine detailing and grill mesh, but that's easily enough fixed.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:23 AM
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I think I like the original version better-
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new INTERIOR??OR VINYL SPRAY JOB???
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:36 AM
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That's wild will be interesting to see huh Dewey? I don't like the red personally, but to each is own. I do know one thing, your photo is MUCH better as his make s the front end and wheels look bigger than it is.

It's kinda cool though, it's like an artist selling a painting. Your creation, this car or anything like it didn't exist anywhere in the world until you created it. Now, your creation is going out in the world for others to enjoy, that's pretty cool.

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:02 AM
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So the original air filter was the tool box and coke can? I kinda like that idea. I don't much care for the red firewall, engine detailing and grill mesh, but that's easily enough fixed.
The tool box air cleaner was my little contribution to whimsy and he probably thought it would sell better with something traditional looking rather than something artsy smartsy. Same is probably true with the red detailing. I think that is popular now within a segment of the nostalgia crowd and is probably more eye catching than the original. Plus, a lot of the original engine paint details that I did had already gotten dirt/oil/rust spotted and did need sprucing up. And as you say, those would be easy things for a new buyer to alter.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:19 AM
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new INTERIOR??OR VINYL SPRAY JOB???
They definitely did a new upholstery job. You couldn't really see it from the two photos in my original post. The shot below is a more detailed look at my very crude seats and vinyl:



And here is the new version with full bench seat (rather than two separate seat cushions), and the pleated accents.



I do think the interior work is pretty striking and will be more attractive to potential buyers.
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The new interior is OK. It would look cool w/some tasty pinstriping... nothing over the top, maybe just a piece on the cowl and trunk, white on black suede.
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I think they should have left it alone! Was it hard to sell it?

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Was it hard to sell it?
It was hard to part with, yes. But necessary. We moved from Wisconsin to California at the end or April and I had to whittle down the number of cars I could take with me. First because of the expense of shipping them and second be because we have far less shop space at our new place in CA. So I got to keep two (the '32 pickup and the sedan delivery) and had to sell two (the roadster and a Fiero project car I had in the works).
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:37 PM
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cboy;
your definition of a rat is different than mine.
that is a sweet hot rod
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You built that car from scratch, meaning you built EVERYTHING on that car,, it never seen a ford assembly line,,how can he discribe it as a origional 31 ford, even if its titled as a 31 ford,
I would think that could cause problems with the new buyer when he finds out its home built,, and probably much better built than a 81 y/o origional,
but still thats misrepresation ..
but not your problem,, thats car dealers for you.. my dad was one
and I agree.. I like you're version much better
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:42 PM
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Holy cowabunga that guy is either a total thief con-artist or simply a moron! He calls it a "restored" 31 Ford model A. There isn't any misunderstanding, or I am not interpreting it wrong, he is clearly saying a few different times that this is an Original Ford!

The sad part is this is a hand crafted car and should be sold as such. THAT would get more interest I think. "A one of a kind car, you go somewhere and you will be the only one there with a car like this". I am thinking that would be a damn good way to sell it. Odd, very odd.

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Up for auction for the first time since being restored is our 1931 Model A Roadster. When people think of Hot Rods this is what they picture. This Roadster is Titled as a 1931 Ford Roadster so you know its real. It has a metal body that was taken down and painted with a flat black.
I don't know if the body was hand made or aftermarket or what, but the ad sure makes it sound as though it started life as a gennie '31 Ford to me.

I just reviewed eBay's reasons for reporting an auction (by hitting Report item on the auction site) and nothing accurately states the problem, i.e. the car being represented/sold as an original '31 Ford.

Shame someone's going to be disappointed unless they can tell just by looking it's not a gennie '31.
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cboy's build shows it was clearly all handmade. The seller who owns it presently is a crook.
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