Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Model A (1928-31)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-16-2019, 12:11 PM   #1
robert shreveport
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Shreveport,La.
Posts: 280
Default Head value

Friend of mine called said he has one bare block and three model a heads that he wants a value for to put in an estate sale. They are in a building and not really clean. Told him that the heads maybe $15.00 each and didnít offer him a value of the block. Told him the heads might be cracked who knows if they are or not without being cleaned and magnafluxed. The heads are stock heads with no C on them. Did I tell him to high. I have a feeling the block and heads only worth 30-40 dollars. I know itís a broad question but thatís all he gave me to go on. What do you all think.
robert shreveport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 12:37 PM   #2
Charlie Stephens
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 6,176
Default Re: Head value

If you put a tape across the bore and it looks standard (3 7/8, 3.875) and has no visible cracks it might be worth $200 but more likely he will unfortunately have to scrap it. He might call a local Model A club and see if he can get any interest. If those are the only Model A parts he probably won't draw much of a Model A crowd.

Charlie Stephens
Charlie Stephens is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 10-16-2019, 12:55 PM   #3
alexiskai
Senior Member
 
alexiskai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Mebane NC
Posts: 306
Default Re: Head value

I stopped by James Rogers' "Dreamwerks" shop last week, he literally has a pile of stock heads sitting on the shop floor from customers who've upgraded to HC heads. Value on those is probably low because so many people have an old head in good condition sitting around.

He might want to call up any restoration shops in his area to see whether they would buy the block to have as a spare.
alexiskai is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 01:51 PM   #4
Ranchero50
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Hagerstown MD
Posts: 90
Default Re: Head value

I saw a "C" head up at Hershey, cow pasture fresh and they guy was asking $100 for it. Told him it was a good deal if he got rid of the rust pits on the machined surfaces and had the water pump to go with it..

Kind of like the guy with the mildly corroded Winfield head that wanted $850. Ask a premium and the part should reflect it.
Ranchero50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 02:21 PM   #5
J Franklin
Senior Member
 
J Franklin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: oregon
Posts: 3,905
Default Re: Head value

$35. is fair for a good head. A rebuildable bare block $100.
J Franklin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 02:24 PM   #6
Joe K
Senior Member
 
Joe K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cow Hampshire
Posts: 3,378
Default Re: Head value

Two weeks ago I bought a standard head at Epping, NH Antique auto flea market for $20. It looks good and sounds uncracked.

About two months ago I responded to an ad on Craigslist for "Model A Motor and late Model V8 block for sale $50."

On my arrival I found the blocks in a storage container, a friendly octogenarian woman, and willingness to dicker.

We settled on $40 for the block ONLY if I take the V8 too. Which I did.

The V8 was never inspected and got dropped off at the local scrapyard without my even stopping at home.

Meanwhile, after disassembly, the Model A block has issues with the rear main, looks good for refitting at .010 (ring ridges are VERY small) and was probably set aside because of the rear main leak - which it MUST have had.

Joe K
__________________
Shudda kept the horse.
Joe K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 03:48 PM   #7
jak
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Mt. Airy Md
Posts: 65
Default Re: Head value

I've got 4 stripped out block here for $25 each and cannot get any interest.
jak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 03:51 PM   #8
Charlie Stephens
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 6,176
Default Re: Head value

Quote:
Originally Posted by jak View Post
I've got 4 stripped out block here for $25 each and cannot get any interest.
A lot of the problem is probably that no one knows where you are located. Add your general location to your profile and I, or someone else, might be interested.

Charlie Stephens
Charlie Stephens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 03:56 PM   #9
denis4x4
Senior Member
 
denis4x4's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Durango CO
Posts: 1,085
Default Re: Head value

Took 3 blocks to Bert’s...all no good. According to most engine builders, you can get one out of ten A blocks that can be rebuilt.
__________________
No restorable Model A's were harmed in the building of this truck!
denis4x4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 04:22 PM   #10
J Franklin
Senior Member
 
J Franklin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: oregon
Posts: 3,905
Default Re: Head value

Quote:
Originally Posted by denis4x4 View Post
Took 3 blocks to Bertís...all no good. According to most engine builders, you can get one out of ten A blocks that can be rebuilt.
That is why I noted "rebuildable" in my above post.
J Franklin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 08:12 PM   #11
robert shreveport
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Shreveport,La.
Posts: 280
Default Re: Head value

My location is North Louisiana, if it helps determine the value.
robert shreveport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2019, 10:48 AM   #12
Ranchero50
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Hagerstown MD
Posts: 90
Default Re: Head value

Quote:
Originally Posted by jak View Post
I've got 4 stripped out block here for $25 each and cannot get any interest.
Jak, you have any B parts?
Ranchero50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:47 PM.