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Old 03-26-2020, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default Matching Frame and Engine Value?

I more-or-less got out of Model A's a few years ago, but before I did, I saved aside a frame and motor that are numbers matching. I don't think I'll get around to building them into anything more than perhaps a drivable frame and perhaps mounting a cowl on it.


What I'm wondering is what the value might be for numbers matching frame and engines are. I'd like to sell them as a set, but don't have any value I can go off of. There isn't a title, as I bought it as non-running in 2012. I have too many projects in the garage and around my property and house to deal with and this one likely won't get rolling for years.


If anyone has some guidance, or a ballpark idea if there is value over the normal mismatch frame and engine, I'd appreciate some input. Thanks.
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:39 PM   #2
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matching hasnt much meaning- frames go for about 200. engines 100-400. depending

as you said, no title so the matching is pretty much meaningless.......
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:56 PM   #3
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matching hasnt much meaning- frames go for about 200. engines 100-400. depending

as you said, no title so the matching is pretty much meaningless.......
I'm guessing if someone wanted a matching frame and engine it might be good, but that's what I figured. I hate to separate them, so I will wait til someone wants the matching set I guess.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:50 PM   #4
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When engines were replaced at shops they sometimes were re-stamped with the # of the junk engine to match the title and frame.
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:58 PM   #5
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It might be a different story if the frame number wasn't so hidden, out of 4 cars only one of mine matches, probably why they changed the numbering location in 32.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:24 PM   #6
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I believe there is a slight extra value to matching numbers if both are useable and have factory stampings. If I were restoring a car and needed either item, I'd pay extra for both. Most people here build "drivers" and don't care.

I'd keep them together as long as possible. Once they're separated, they're forever seperated.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:37 PM   #7
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I'd keep them together as long as possible. Once they're separated, they're forever seperated.
I agree, My car has matched #s but the engine is on the bench. Replacement in the car.

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Old 03-26-2020, 11:25 PM   #8
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I more-or-less got out of Model A's a few years ago, but before I did, I saved aside a frame and motor that are numbers matching. I don't think I'll get around to building them into anything more than perhaps a drivable frame and perhaps mounting a cowl on it.


What I'm wondering is what the value might be for numbers matching frame and engines are. I'd like to sell them as a set, but don't have any value I can go off of. There isn't a title, as I bought it as non-running in 2012. I have too many projects in the garage and around my property and house to deal with and this one likely won't get rolling for years.


If anyone has some guidance, or a ballpark idea if there is value over the normal mismatch frame and engine, I'd appreciate some input. Thanks.
In my former state (Nebraska) you can request a title search through the DMV via the vin--the frame number. You can get a record of the last registration if it exists, after that, there are a couple of options to possibly obtain a title. Every state has different rules, you'd have to check what your state has regarding antique autos. If you had a title then there could be some added value to what you have.
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:43 AM   #9
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Some States DON'T issue titles to cars over a certain age, CT being one of them.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:45 PM   #10
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I agree, My car has matched #s but the engine is on the bench. Replacement in the car.

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Interesting, the frame and engine are from a Sport Coupe I believe. I can't remember exactly, but I remember for some reason they are linked to one.
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:48 PM   #11
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so Hitman- tell us how much "extra" you'ld really pay?
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:52 PM   #12
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I agree, My car has matched #s but the engine is on the bench. Replacement in the car.

Photo of my car and my fathers when he was young.
I have matching numbers for my cabriolet, dad bought new, but it is running a different engine now.
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:01 PM   #13
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I picked up a 30 Tudor last on the road in 53 original motor, roof still intact and original title from 30.
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so Hitman- tell us how much "extra" you'ld really pay?
Now ronn, we both know several variables factor into this. Your question is not that simple.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:37 PM   #15
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Psrobably worth a couple of bucks to the original restoration folks, and good for them, but not like the 60s-70s muscle car restoration guys.
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Old 03-28-2020, 07:18 AM   #16
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my point Hitman is- the difference is negligible in the end............

I was the only one to even quote numbers.
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Old 03-28-2020, 12:49 PM   #17
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The engine you have may not be rebuildable,a good block can be restamped to match frame number,I would say the parts are not worth any more than just any frame and motor,my opinion.
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