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Old 04-13-2018, 02:29 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 04-13-2018, 02:36 PM   #2
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Wish you were closer. Just what I have wanted for a long time.
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Old 04-13-2018, 02:43 PM   #3
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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.

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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.
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Old 04-13-2018, 02:50 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:39 PM   #6
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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.

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This makes a pretty good point about the situation.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:43 PM   #7
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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 ....
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:36 PM   #8
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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!
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:52 PM   #9
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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.

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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.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:31 AM   #10
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real nice looking car!

GL with your sale.
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:00 AM   #11
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Car looks great.

Why has it not been driven for seven years?

Good luck with the sale.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:15 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:01 AM   #13
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Nice looking car. I'm a Cape Codder just getting into Model A's.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:17 AM   #14
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Nice looking car, I would have it running before trying to sell it, as others have said.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:28 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:44 PM   #16
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Just wondering where you are on the Cape. I'm over in Bourne.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:43 PM   #17
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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
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:47 AM   #18
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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!

Seriously, that is one nice looking A! Are you sure you want to sell it?
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:39 AM   #19
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Hi. I'm in Falmouth.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:19 AM   #20
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Now I need the space or a bigger garage.
Go for the bigger garage
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:27 AM   #21
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Sea-Weed,
Your car is an absolute twin to mine, except for the trunk on the back. I'll bet that after you get it running you'll think twice about selling.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:58 PM   #22
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I agree with all of the previous posts. I would recommend you advertise
your Model A in the MAFCA Restorer and their web site. You will be marketing to folks who are interested in buying a Model A. I know folks who advertised their Model A's on Craig's List and Ebay without success. They placed an ad with MAFCA sold their car within 2 weeks. JMO
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:22 PM   #23
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Thanks everyone. I may start a new thread on what I go thru to get her running.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:01 PM   #24
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I would also recommend listing on Hemmings website, with lots of good quality photos. Many serious buyers scan through there.
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