Every rod/mod owner I've ever met (that sold or was selling their ride) has
said that they have so much more in it than what they had to sell it for. I
would definitely say "buy the rod" vs. "build the rod". The only reasons
that I can think to NOT buy one already completed are: 1. You have to really
trust that the builder knew what he was doing (welding clips, etc.) & didn't
take any shortcuts in getting the project finished & 2. that the builder
kept (& will provide you) with detailed notes on what you have so that when
you go to your FLAPS you order the right maintenance parts (all different
year components from all different models or even manufacturers).
49 3104 216 5-window
----- Original Message -----
From: "tcape" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Bill Broadway" <email@example.com>; "Ole Trucks"
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2001 10:14 PM
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Project Book
> I keep all the expenses for my truck in an Excel spreadsheet......like
> several people have mentioned. I look at the total quite often to remind
> that my truck is still worth more than I have in it. Since I've owned the
> truck, I've spent about $1,800 on it (in 3.5 years). During that time,
> value of the truck has gone up by over $2,000 according to two of the
> classic car price guides. I try to keep track of the expenses just so
> know if I still have a good investment. However, I fully realize that I
> might well cross that line one day where I'll have more in the truck than
> it's worth.
> And that brings me to an issue I've wrestled with for quite a while. My
> truck is in very good condition, but certainly not a show truck. I've
> thought a lot about doing a frame-off restoration on it one day, but the
> dollars I'd have to spend would be more than the truck is worth. Isn't it
> better to just find one that someone else has fully restored or rodded and
> buy it for what it's worth.....rather than spend more than it's worth
> it up?? I'd sure like to hear from some of you guys who have done a
> complete restoration or rod project. Why did you do it rather than just
> buying one that was already fixed like you wanted? My guess is that (a)
> truck is very special to you (eg, family history ....like Emory's), or (b)
> you just wanted to do the work yourself because of the personal rewards of
> doing it. Either way makes perfect sense. After all, there's a LOT more
> owning an oletruck than just looking at it as an investment. If
> was the key issue, I guess most of us wouldn't be oletruck owners. Like I
> mentioned, the complete restoration/rod issue is one I've struggled with
> a while. Just wondering what some of you think..........
> Tom Caperton
> 47-2nd 3100....in Whiteville, NC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Broadway" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Ole Trucks" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2001 3:51 PM
> Subject: [oletrucks] Project Book
> > Has anyone else here kept a book with all the purchases and work done on
> > their vehicle?
> > I just started mine today, took a 3 ring binder, made a nice cover sheet
> > with a picture of a 55 and slid it in. I've got receipts from years
> > have to dig them out and put them in the book.
> > Not sure I really want to know how much money I have in it!
> > Bill
> > oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959