[Zmagnette] [Thelist] Junk Yard Parts

Steve C. laverda at aol.com
Sun Sep 28 12:44:31 MDT 2014

It might help to have an idea what they pay for cars like that. I know local pick-a-parts advertise they will pay $750 for junk cars. I am guessing they less depending how complete or not a car is. The good thing about cars from pick-a-part is prices are the same no matter what car they came off of.
If there are parts you really need I would grab them now and negotiate what you think they are worth to you. For the rest find out how long before it goes to scrap metal and come back before then and bargain for anything else you may want. By then he should realize it is not gold. Bundle everything together for the best deal usually. A lot may be gone as others may thing it is gold too. 
I once got word of a complete tin top ZA on saturday night, by the time I got there at 10 am the next day many items including the grill I desperately wanted were gone already. 
Steve C.
Sent from my Android phone with mail.com Mail. Please excuse my brevity.

Steve Hanegan <steve at betterwitnesses.com> wrote:

Award for most truthful statement of the day: "True worth-- about a fourth of what he thinks and twice as much as we "old timers" think" - Nicely put Arch!!

Steve H.

On Sep 28, 2014, at 9:32 AM, Arch Boston <arch.boston at twc.com> wrote:

Jon, hate to give a "stock" answer, but, worth nothing until you need it!  Try looking at completed ebay listings and them half that price or less.  You will learn ebay is the big parts house for many of us.  One thing look for chrome bits.  And the brackets for the driving lights.  Look at the chrome tail light piece on trunk lid.  Plastic dome light cover.  Think ... Would it be a bitch to duplicate or if hard to find pricey to ship.  A good center bar on the grill is very desirable.  True worth-- about a fourth of what he thinks and twice as much as we "old timers" think. Arch

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On Sep 28, 2014, at 11:53 AM, Jon Marino via Thelist <thelist at zmgna.org> wrote:

Mea culpa.  I meant gauges (not tachometer): speedo, oil pressure, etc. etc.  Those are the parts about which I am curious in terms of price.


Sorry about the mix up.




From: Steve [mailto:skirby210 at cox.net] 
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 8:30 AM
To: Jon Marino; Magnette List
Subject: Re: [Thelist] Junk Yard Parts


wow, an almost impossible question to answer.  He’d probably sell the whole parts car less than those bits.  You MUST have a parts car!  It’s part of the membership requirements.


Guess I would hit the guy with “ . . . and how many other people have asked you about a Magnette steering wheel or tach?”  Just as a starting point, I would throw out maybe 25 on the steering wheels, and the tach question???  The cars did not come with a tach, so not sure what he’s trying to sell you?  If it really is a tach, it is not a stock Magnette tach, as there were not any.  I ‘spose it might possibly have been dealer installed?  but that’s a real stretch.  More like something added by a PO, or even a DPO.  It could be an “MG” (Smiths, Jaeger) tach, from perhaps an A or B, which makes them fairly common.   I would say check the brand of the tach, and the condition, and if it is something you really want to use, that looks appropriate, maybe try 10 bucks?




From: Jon Marino via Thelist

Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 7:36 AM

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Subject: [Thelist] Junk Yard Parts


Happy Sunday folks!


I have a haggling question. A neighbor found a 1957 ZB at a nearby junkyard and told me about it.  I went down there and checked it out.  It was a total rust bucket with few salvageable items on it.  But, I could redo the steering wheels (there are three in the car, for whatever reason) and the tachometer gadgets.  So, what should I pay? According to my neighbor, this guy thinks he found a gold mine (nope), and I am a novice at haggling at a junk yard.  Perhaps a better question is, what are un-restored steering wheels and tachometer gadgets worth?


Thanks and best,


Jon M.




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