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EFV-8 Club Forum / 1932 Ford Discussion / 1932 B project help

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jim5618
10-19-2010 @ 3:45 PM
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OK I am looking at getting a model B tudor that belonged to may uncle. I know he owned it for about 40 years and used to drive it around on sundays until about 10 years ago. IT has been in his work shop since then. At some point mice got in and chewed the upolstry. This is an estate and I really want to get it but could use some warnings on what to look for. I know the motor still turns over but it did not start (in 5 minutes of messing with it in frigid temps last winter). I do not have pictures to post but am mainly looking for things that indicate major issues. Rust is not one of them I think this has been garage kept since new...literally.

3w2
10-19-2010 @ 8:01 PM
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Jim,

If rust is not a potential issue and you're already aware of the damage upholstery, about the only thing that might give you pause would be a lot of missing parts, as you likely know that '32 parts are getting scarcer by the day and their prices border on the ridiculous for some items. But from what you said, it is likely not missing things like fenders, hood, radiator sh*ll and grille, bumpers, etc.

As a Model B, you avoid the problem of unique-to-'32 V-8 goodies and their attendant scarcity and B engine parts generally remain available and are not that expensive.

While some pictures would be helpful, it sounds like there's not much to hold you back from going for it.

Good luck!

Dave

CharlieStephens
10-20-2010 @ 4:40 AM
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Was the engine properly prepared for storage? If it only had water in it the water may have eaten through the head gasket and rusted the cylinders. Also rust in the cylinders from the lack of an oil film is another problem. Maybe it didn't start because the lifter bores were rusted and when the cam opened the valves they remained open. Did you run a compression test? Worst case rebuild the engine. If it has sentimental value, jump on it since you will never have another chance. We are missing part of the story here and all of the pictures. If the price is $2000 jump on it, if it is $30,000 look real hard. How about some photos? I have had several Model B's over the years and like them as well as the V8's.

Charlie Stephens

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CharlieStephens
10-21-2010 @ 11:57 AM
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Not car related but useful in settling an estate. The Old Cars Price Guide (available from book stores such as Barnes and Noble) will give you a value that you can probably use (ask your lawyer) and save the expense of having the car appraised. If you are trying to sell it outside of the family, or have a bunch of beneficiaries to deal with, you should probably get it appraised.

Charlie Stephens

jim5618
10-29-2010 @ 12:47 PM
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I'm not selling it, I am buying it from my cousin(who inherited it). I have decided to go ahead with it. I have some pictures on the way down, and will post as soon as I get them. In the meantime any suggestions on starting points would be good. I do not think I am up to a frame off restoration (nor do I think the car needs it). So for now I want to get it runnig and get the interior redone. Any guidence on what to do, or not do on the interior is appreciated. Did they have a standard interior? or do I need to research the correct one?

ford38v8
10-29-2010 @ 2:03 PM
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Jim, The first major issue that usually happens when someone gets into the hobby is that they dismantle the car. This is the beginning of the end, as they will never get it put right again.

Before doing anything, take pictures of every detail, and formulate a plan of action. From what you describe, you may very well have a car worthy of a prestigious award from our club just as it is today. This award, named "Rouge", is given a car having original paint, and/or original upholstery, and/or original running gear. Rouge cars needn't be in pristine condition, so your mouse damage is acceptable, as once a car is restored, originality is lost forever.With your car also, you have sentimental issues to consider, as a restored car is no longer the car your Uncle drove for 40 years.

Alan

jim5618
10-29-2010 @ 3:04 PM
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Here are the pictures. not great shots. The car is pretty complete as far as lights chrome etc. I do not recall that the interior was ever completely redone.

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jim5618
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Last one...also I believe the paint is good the pictures have dirt on them and the car is dirty.

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