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The neighbor directly behind me is selling this 1929 Ford Sedan. He first said I could have it for $29k, but as I walked away, he said he was really hungry and offered it to me for $25K. It has a 350 Chevy engine, very low mileage, and a Turbo 400 trans. Interior alone was $5k. No dents, dings, and showroom quality. Is it worth it?

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I would say it is depending on the quality of the work and it looks like it was well done. Something like that is worth whatever two people agree on. If you had to go find the car and make it into that had the equipment and valued your labor at min wage you would have way more than that in it. There is only one like it I vote for buying it.

Some guys the fun is in building the car and they run out of storage places for them and funds. So they sell one and build another.

If I haven’t convinced you yet it sounds like it will go pretty good but not so out there you wont want to drive it. If you pay 25 for it and have fun with it for a few years and sell it you will get your money back. cant do that with a showroom car.
 

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You are exactly right. He has two '56 chevys being built right now. One hard top, one soft top. He claims $85k each for those toys, and is why he is getting rid of the '29.
 

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If you have the money to spare and want it. Give yourself a gift after a life of giving others what they need. You will have a blast going to car shows and meeting others.

I have a friend that did the exact same thing he loves cars and has no skills to do a car from scratch. He is so proud of his car. It’s a great hobby.
 

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I always wondered if you could get a car like that but put an efficient modern engine in it, exhaust, suspension etc. and make it a daily driver. I'm sure you can't otherwise more people would have done it.
 

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Figuring your labor parts materials and time that's a steal. Just think of all the fun you will have cruising the strip this summer.:trophy:
 

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I always wondered if you could get a car like that but put an efficient modern engine in it, exhaust, suspension etc. and make it a daily driver. I'm sure you can't otherwise more people would have done it.
Lots of people build such cars up. They are mostly kit cars with the smaller motors and such. Something like this if the cam isn’t to wild or the gearing to low you could drive it anyplace you would like to go. I would keep it for fun though and out of the weather.
 

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I just saw a red 29 at Barret Jackson. All red, front discs, rear drums, all steel. Went for 30K. Not sure if there is a 10% buyer's premium on top of that.

No way to know if its an apples to apples comparison without knowing the details and quality of both.
 

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I always wondered if you could get a car like that but put an efficient modern engine in it, exhaust, suspension etc. and make it a daily driver. I'm sure you can't otherwise more people would have done it.
Brings back memories of my younger days. I built this 40 Chevy panel truck, with modern engine, trans, rear end and hand built suspension. We drove the wheels off it, traveling all over the country to rod runs, where other builers showed off their vehicles. Fun times. NSRA events would draw thousands of street rods from all over the country.

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We even got some ink in a magazine once during a National Event.

BTW: I'd buy the 29 Ford Sedan, if I had the opportunity. If you take care of it, it will hold it's value and you'll have some fun to go with it.

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I talked to an antique car specialist today. he said the Model A's have lost value recently and the market is flooded with them. He suggested I offer $20k, which is a more realistic price. I do know the interior was a $5k upholstery job, so I don;t think he will ever get that hungry.
 

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I'm certain of that! The guy who spends countless hours on the build is the true loser on the deal.
 

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You didn't mention if it was original steel or glass.
 

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it is not a kit car, it is a real steel car.
 

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It is not an antique as well it is a custom street rod made from bits and pieces of old Detroit steel.

Some people go wild with the power plant and drive train building a drag car that is street legal. Others build a milder but still fast road worthy rod.

That’s what this looks like to me and would be a great car for taking out to car shows and tweaking here and there to suit your tastes. Around here they have dozens of cruise-ins every summer and some are at an ice cream shop or around the town square in some little town. Everyone drives to them parks and open the hood and all the folks like me that wish they had a car go and look and talk. They all go home after and spend the next 2 days cleaning the car up for the next one.

Just a really nice hobby if you are into cars and getting to know others that are also. My guess is that 75% of the people with street rods didn’t build them from scratch around here. We have several rod shops that do work for people or even build a whole car.

I’m surprised its not in your garage yet.

Have you taken it for a ride?
 

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I agree that most of the fun is in the build, and how you want to build it. Unfortunately, that gets very pricey.
 

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That is a beautiful car.
 

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The owner is doing a huge ADA apartment build for the next month about 8 hours away. I'll talk to him when he returns.
 

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