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Old 05-05-2010, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Serious Inquiries Only

Finally, I get it. After seeing "Serious Inquiries Only" used in auto classifieds for as long as I can remember, I always knew what the phrase meant, but now that I've lived it, I can really say... "I get it".

For the past few months I had my '78 F250 up for sale locally on Craig's List while in search of a '72-'79 Ranchero to replace the 4WD. I've sold a few classics on Ebay, but I usually save auctioning for vehicles that have a narrow market appeal. Markets that demand the wide reach of the online powerhouse. Besides, if you're lucky, Craig's List can yield a quick sale and you don't have to deal with fees, cashiers checks, shipping arrangements, tracking numbers, buyer's feedback scores, etc.

Those of you who have been following may have seen the number of articles I documented here on FM with my '78 F250. If so, you know it's a solid truck with plenty of sensible upgrades. While all of us know that our project vehicles are not worth the sum of the parts, we do expect tasteful mods to help the sale along... like granite countertops instead of tile. We also expect that when selling a 30 year old vehicle, that the pool of possible buyers do have an idea of what they are getting in to. Not with trucks, at least not judging by my recent experiences.

During the 2 months I had my truck on Craig's List locally, I fielded more half-hearted inquiries and "showings" than I could handle. So many that fees, cashiers checks, shipping arrangements, tracking numbers, and buyer's feedback scores, all became worthwhile. Next week I take delivery on a 1979 Ranchero and say good-bye to a great truck which I auctioned on Ebay to a good home near Buffalo, NY. Certainly, there are a few of you who have had bum experiences with Ebay, for me however, the transactional nature and community aspect of it has worked perfectly four times. Four times I never had to write "Serious Inquiries Only" in the vehicle description.

Arriving: 1979 Ranchero Brougham


Departing: 1978 F250 4WD
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Serious Inquiries Only

Dang I enjoyed all the articals about the F250. It was the only classic pick up in the project cars section, I have a classic 4x4 also and it brought alot of ideas that I could do on mine
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I feel ya Jon, but I don't bother to even LOOK at CL ads that have Serious Inquiries Only written on them...
They're usually someone that has a hugely over inflated idea of what their stuff is worth...
I hate tire kickers and I can usually feel them out on the phone and encourage them not to come over. I DO take trades in part for the car's or items I'm selling and when someone offers a trade PLUS cash I ALWAYS come out on top

But Tire kickers bug me. I get 100 people per month call my business (my cell) and ask me question after question on how to fix their cars or who much to paint or restore their cars... Those are the times when I feel just like you and would rather go to E-bay and Sell a Restoration for a set price with no haggling or silly questions abotu the shape of a butt weld versus a lap weld... etc....

The Effie was a cool truck, and the sic little Chero will be cool for a while too As long as you put Smoothies on the back
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What are the plans for the Ranchero?
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What are the plans for the Ranchero?
Well, I've learned my lesson about spec'ing plans on my cars since most of them are used as material for the site. So my first plan is to take some broken tile and an old bench seat to the dump. The rest will just be surprises over the next 3 or 4 years. Definitely throwing some magnum 500's on it right away.

Otherwise, as the pics below show... dump, dump, dump, think about my 1/2 built 400 motor.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have made plenty a dump runs with my truck
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Too bad you already sold it, I would have liked to come by to have a look. LOL
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