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Sea-weed 04-13-2018 02:29 PM

Recommendations For Selling
 

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I have a very nice 1930 Town Sedan that I want to sell. The problem is that it's in my garage and hasn't been started for at least 7 years. Should I try and get it running before I post it up for sale? Or has it sat too long? It does turn over with the crank and I have put MM oil in each cylinder. I pretty much know the drill to get it started just worried that I don't do any damage.
As you well know, it ran when it was parked.
Will try to attach a pic of it.

Thanks, Rich
(located in Cape Cod)

Tacoma Bob 04-13-2018 02:36 PM

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Wish you were closer. Just what I have wanted for a long time.

Charlie Stephens 04-13-2018 02:43 PM

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If I looked at a car that didn't run I would assume if it was easy to start the seller would have done so. Since the seller didn't get it started I would assume it needs a new engine and price it accordingly.

Charlie Stephens

J Franklin 04-13-2018 02:43 PM

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Dump the oil and gasoline and replace with fresh. The battery may need to be replaced. I bet with very little trouble that car will start right up. You may also need to burnish the points as they can get corroded a bit and cause no ignition. It is best to prove to a new prospect that it runs than leave to their imagination all the problems the mind can conjure up.

Sea-weed 04-13-2018 02:50 PM

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Thanks guys. I agree, if I was looking, I'd want it to run. Will go thru the gas, oil, points, etc.

Flathead 04-13-2018 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Charlie Stephens (Post 1617239)
If I looked at a car that didn't run I would assume if it was easy to start the seller would have done so. Since the seller didn't get it started I would assume it needs a new engine and price it accordingly.

Charlie Stephens

This makes a pretty good point about the situation.

Step-down 04-13-2018 07:43 PM

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After you dump oil , pull the dissy and dump oil down the dissy hole into the dip tray , drop dissy back in check timing ....

J Franklin 04-13-2018 08:36 PM

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I say don't mess with any more than it takes to get it running. See how it is and do more if you need to. Don't touch the timing until you see how it is running!

SeaSlugs 04-13-2018 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Charlie Stephens (Post 1617239)
If I looked at a car that didn't run I would assume if it was easy to start the seller would have done so. Since the seller didn't get it started I would assume it needs a new engine and price it accordingly.

Charlie Stephens

Same here - i assume the seller knows theres an issue and they arent telling me and I'm going to assume it needs new bearings. Or the trans is out, or rearend is out. Without the engine not running i would assume everything driveline wise is shot and price accordingly. Hard to test the brakes as well so assume theres work to be done there.

Get it running, even half assed to make it down the block. That way at least the buyer knows the brakes, rearend, trans is good and can hear for major engine problems.

ronn 04-14-2018 05:31 AM

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real nice looking car!

GL with your sale.

WHN 04-14-2018 06:00 AM

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Car looks great.

Why has it not been driven for seven years?

Good luck with the sale.

Sea-weed 04-14-2018 07:15 AM

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Thanks everyone. I guess I knew the answer before I asked the question. I purchased the car because I love old Fords but it gradually got used less and less as I had other "stuff" to do. Now I need the space or a bigger garage.

CapeCod_28A 04-14-2018 09:01 AM

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Nice looking car. I'm a Cape Codder just getting into Model A's.

aford193031 04-14-2018 10:17 AM

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Nice looking car, I would have it running before trying to sell it, as others have said.

heneste 04-14-2018 08:28 PM

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Nice car! It will be easier to sell if the engine is in running condition and you'll probably get a better purchase price too. As long as the engine doesn't need major overhauling/expense and it just needs to be refreshed, I would opt for the time to get it going. As Charlie mentions above, some buyers will be leery or scared from purchasing if they feel something's wrong with the engine. If you're worried about missing something to get it going, check with the local clubs to see if anyone would be willing to help out.

Cape Codder 04-14-2018 09:44 PM

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Just wondering where you are on the Cape. I'm over in Bourne.

burner31 04-14-2018 10:43 PM

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Gorgeous, beautiful; very attractive car you have there SEA-WEED.
Thats the paint combo I'm going to have on mine.
Even if it only just starts...you should get a good price...good luck to you Sir

Hoogah 04-15-2018 05:47 AM

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I'd get it running and change the J to a Y on the number plate. Could attract a whole new class of potential buyer - you know, the ones who like to make a statement with their plate! :o

Seriously, that is one nice looking A! Are you sure you want to sell it? :confused:

Sea-weed 04-15-2018 06:39 AM

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Hi. I'm in Falmouth.

krzewinskibe 04-16-2018 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Sea-weed (Post 1617469)
Now I need the space or a bigger garage.

Go for the bigger garage :D


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