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Old 10-07-2004, 09:44 AM
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Shipping a 54 Chevy Truck from Iowa to LA

I sold my 1954 Chevy 5700 Cabover truck to a guy in Australia and I have been on the internet and the phone all morning trying to arrange shipment from Iowa to Los Angeles. And here I thought that I would have it all arranged with a couple of phone calls, not a couple of hundred. This is rapidly becoming a headache. I am glad that the buyer is picking it up in LA and I do not have to arrange shipping to Australia.


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Try this link from an antique tractor board, this may help. http://www.yesterdaystractors.com/cgi-bin/haulquery.pl
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Crash,

I feel your pain. With the explosion of national and international sales of automobiles due to the web, one would think that the car shipping industry would have become quite sophisticated by now. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Still lots of bad apples out there and a seeming lack of professionalism. One of the greatest services an outfit like the Goodguys or NSRA or Hemmings could provide would be some sort of consumer rating guide to the various shippers. It's just a crapshoot at the moment. There are some good operators out there - but finding out who they are is not easy.
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Old 10-08-2004, 03:46 PM
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Thanks for the link and the advice but it is begining to look like I might have to haul this to California myself. Maybe I could pick something up for the trip home. A nice rust-free body, OH YEAH!
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I just got back two weeks ago from delivering a couple of cars to a friend of mine in MD. I came all the way back to AZ with an empty trailer. I can look around in the papers for ya for something to haul back just let me know. I live close to vegas(90 miles) off of I-40.

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Old 10-13-2004, 04:21 PM
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WooHoo! I just checked with the bank and I got paid for the truck. Now all I have to worry about is getting it to LA
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Shipping a car is easy, shipping a large truck is not. I was about to buy a sweet looking '57 Ford F-750 Big Job for a great price.....until I tried to find out how much it would have cost to ship it to me. I was left with two options, A)- hire a flat bed semi to ship it from CA to NJ for $2600, or B)- have it shipped by rail from LA to NJ for $2400. Either way it would be a HUGE PITA. If the vehicle runs, rail is cheaper and easier if both the pick up and drop off points are near a rail stop.
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Old 10-14-2004, 07:20 AM
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I have shipping quotes ranging from $925.00 up to almost 2000.00 dollars. It is about 1700 miles from here to LA so $925.00 is around 54 cents a mile and I do not think that is a bad rate. The truck is a little over 19 feet long and 7.5 feet high and I am guessing it weighs about 5000-6000 lbs with the box removed. I know my 72 Ford weighs 9000 lbs empty and the Chevy has a six so the engine is lighter than the FE. Anyhow I will be pulling the box off today and I should take it somewhere to weigh.

My brother thought I should drive it to LA but it would be a long trip in an old truck that has been sitting a while.

I kind of hate to see it go but you all know how that is.
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54 cents a mile is quite good, especially for that size truck. Make sure they have full insurance from pick up to drop off. I'm going to say your truck weighs in at close to 6k lbs. without the box. It's a 1 1/2 ton right?
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Yes, it is a 1 1/2 ton.
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"stepping large & laughing easy" ahahaha

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LOL I have been waiting for someone to notice. I havent tried it just love the commercials.

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Old 10-15-2004, 06:30 PM
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I took the box off today, man that was a lot of fun, I kept pulling all the stuff off that I hooked my winch to. I began to wonder if I was going to just pull it off one piece at a time, rotten old box. Now I wonder how easy it is going to be to get the box off of my flatbed.

The old Chevy is leaving Sunday night or Monday. It is almost ready, I still have to pull off the hydraulics but that should not be too hard.
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