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Old 11-20-2011, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what is a 1970 f100 worth?

I am looking at buying a 1970 F100, but I am afraid when I plan on selling it in a few months that I wont break even. I am living in Idaho for college now and a found this truck for sale and I really would like to buy it, but the price of the truck and title and plates and insurance will add up. I would like to know what the value of this truck would be.
It has a rebuilt 390 bored out 60, and a four on the floor. It has a brand new exhaust and rebuilt carb. I am planing on leaving the paint because it is still original, and just putting the emblems and little things back on. I am also planing on putting the interior back together. If i were to clean it up and put it back together, what would it be worth?
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You better have a stack of receipts if you want to try to convince me that engine was recently rebuilt. I see a bunch of work (money) there to make it a "nice" truck. I see rust in the drivers kick panel which would make me look seriously at the cab mounts (I would look at them anyway) and how bad that rust is. I see manual brakes. Manual steering? Disc brakes or drum up front?

I would not look at a F100 as an investment. You will almost always lose money even if you get them for free. The bumpside is gaining in value but I have yet to see any buyers in the numbers I have seen them valued at. From what I see assuming manual steering & front drum brakes I personally wouldn't go much more than $500 and that is assuming I can drive it in it's present condition.

Assuming the core support is good along with floors and cab mounts you will have roughly another at least $1000 into it to make it presentable. At that point you might break even on investment. Might even make a little money on it. Plates and insurance are on you just as with any vehicle.

That carb doesn't look like it has been touched in a very long time. Seriously doubt it has been rebuilt. Again receipts? No receipts, it is not anything I am even going to consider. In fact I would think the exact opposite. You do know a "new" exhaust will have no heavy rust right? Again receipts?

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Old 11-21-2011, 07:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You better have a stack of receipts if you want to try to convince me that engine was recently rebuilt. I see a bunch of work (money) there to make it a "nice" truck. I see rust in the drivers kick panel which would make me look seriously at the cab mounts (I would look at them anyway) and how bad that rust is. I see manual brakes. Manual steering? Disc brakes or drum up front?

I would not look at a F100 as an investment. You will almost always lose money even if you get them for free. The bumpside is gaining in value but I have yet to see any buyers in the numbers I have seen them valued at. From what I see assuming manual steering & front drum brakes I personally wouldn't go much more than $500 and that is assuming I can drive it in it's present condition.

Assiming the core support is good along with floors and cab mounts you will have roughly another at least $1000 into it to make it presentable. At that point you might break even on investment. Might even make a little money on it. Plates and insurance are on you just as with any vehicle.

That carb doesn't look like it has been touched in a very long time. Seriously doubt it has been rebuilt. Again receipts? No receipts, it is not anything I am even going to consider. In fact I would think the exact opposite. You do know a "new" exhaust will have no heavy rust right? Again receipts?
Yes he has receipts, I just don't own the truck yet so I don't have them. It has manual steering and brakes, but I'm looking at putting power steering on it. I am not planning on a investment, like I said I only want to break even.
I think its worth more then that, the engine itself is worth that. What are you saying about the carb, you cant even see it, the damn distributor is in the way. Its in east idaho, everything rusts there.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Leesten to what I got to tell to joo!

That Truck even with a rebuilt motor is worth about $1200 MAXIMUM.

I can go outside right now and buy 3 of them for that $1200 bucks and one will have a rebuilt motor.

It's a plane jayne steel dash 4 speed no frills light half ton. Not in the best of condition. Don't offer more than $800 and you will be able to get $1200 +- out of it when you sell it next year after a couple hundred dollars in upgrades.

People talk schitt and tell you that they see them listed for this and that and those same trucks are STILL not sold month after month year after year.

There is a nice rebuilt 72 F100 near me with a 390 2V and 4 speed but the idiot wants $2500 for it and it's been for sale AND or trade for over a Year.

That should tell you something. They made a QUADRILLION F100-F250's so there's no shortage of them and the cost is NOT exponential to each individual Effie for sale out there.

Bid with caution and look far and wide before committing yourself.

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Old 11-21-2011, 08:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Dude I just flipped Through about 17 Pages of F100 and F250's in Idaho east adn west and the average price is $800 bucks with a good 10 or so in the $500 dollar range and only a few in the $1500 dollar range.

So......... Whatcha gonna do? How much for the Blue one in your pics???
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Yes he has receipts, I just don't own the truck yet so I don't have them. It has manual steering and brakes, but I'm looking at putting power steering on it. I am not planning on a investment, like I said I only want to break even.
I think its worth more then that, the engine itself is worth that. What are you saying about the carb, you cant even see it, the damn distributor is in the way. Its in east idaho, everything rusts there.
Well it sounds like you have already made up your mind so why even ask? See the oil leakage on the top of both valve covers? That is caused by blowby. Blowby is the result of a worn out engine. See how dirty the intake manifold is? Rebuilt engines are clean. It takes a long time for an engine to get that filthy. I on the other hand have only been owning Ford trucks for the last 30 yrs.

You have to be very careful going in if you want to come out even at the end of it. You are not going to put PS in it for free. I too have been watching a very nice '72 LWB F100 here in Indianapolis. It started at $2500 a couple months ago and is still at $2500 now unsold. It is an automatic 2 tone truck. 2 Tone paint is a sign of a higher end pickup from the factory. I remember it has factory AC & auto.

I bought my V8/auto SWB with tilt, disc brakes up front, chrome wheels & virtually no rust for $1500. I am now just over $6000 in it. I am telling you that rust in the bottom of the kick panel is a pretty good indicator there may be a serious rust problem structurally. I can go through craigslist for KY & TN looking for bumps & come away with a bunch for $1500 or less.

By the way if you zoom the pic you can see the carb. I specifically looked for it before I made the post.

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Old 11-21-2011, 02:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Rebuilt engine completely restored $3000
1968 Ranger

'71 LWB reduced to $2200. I thought it was listed as a '72
1971 Ford F-100 Ranger XLT

'72 SWB nice clean body $2500
1972 f100

'69 LWB 2 tone truck with a long list of new parts 85K miles original $1300
69 F100 Ranger

'67 LWB $900
1967 Ford F100

'67 asking $1500
1967 Ford F100

'68 $1250
1968 Ford F100 Truck

'67 long list of new parts $800
1967 Ford F100

'70 $1200
1970 Ford F100

'69 factory AC $800
1969 ford F100

'70 SWB $900
ford f-100

'69 $900
Ford F100 1969

'68 $2500
1968 Ford F-100

I checked 1 city in each state IN, KY & TN
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Boise, Idaho

Nice looking '72 with a clean engine asking $2800
72 Ford F100 Fun Truck Best Offer

'68 4WD $500
'68 Ford F100, 4wd

Nice looking '71 $2550
1971 Ford Pickup

'70 360/auto $1400
*** 1970 Ford F100 Custom - $1400 OBO

'72 $2500
1972 Ford F-100

'71 $800
1971 ford f100

'70 $1800
1970 ford f100

'69 SWB $2300
1969 Ford F100

'70 needs doghouse $600
1970 Ranger XLT Project truck.

'69 $1500
1969 Ford F-100

'67 4WD $800
1967 FORD F100 4X4

Take a look at some of these and figure out how much you will have to spend to get the one you are looking at to their condition. Keep in mind these trucks haven't sold. Just out there for sale.
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I wouldn't get on a forum that goes all over the world and ask how much something is worth,I see someone told you not to pay more than 500 for it I know where I'm from they are paying 350 for complete junk cars so I know they are making more but 1000 miles from me they might not be worth half that.What I'm saying things are worth more or less depending on where your at I would look in the area where your at and compare also if you are from a different state look at that area to see if you might be able to make your money back,you never know you might be able to double your money or you might go bust.I'm not knocking anyones opinion but I wouldn't want someone from Texas telling me what a car is worth in Ohio values vary.

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Im not looking for alot, you make it sound like I'm asking for your first born child. 1,500 would be nice but I would be fine going lower then that. I guess I just know never to sell anything to FE, since everything he deals with obviously ain't worth nothin. Yeah when I get around to selling it im not gonna ask for much, I will probly put it at 1,200 and let people offer.
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I wouldn't get on a forum that goes all over the world and ask how much something is worth,I see someone told you not to pay more than 500 for it I know where I'm from they are paying 350 for complete junk cars so I know they are making more but 1000 miles from me they might not be worth half that.What I'm saying things are worth more or less depending on where your at I would look in the area where your at and compare also if you are from a different state look at that area to see if you might be able to make your money back,you never know you might be able to double your money or you might go bust.I'm not knocking anyones opinion but I wouldn't want someone from Texas telling me what a car is worth in Ohio values vary.
I agree which is why I posted some craigslist ads from Idaho. I am in Indianapolis and drove to GA to get my truck. Prices were comparable with the exception of the farther north you go the more rust you get. I also wanted a SWB and thee seemed to be more available (more available usually means lower price) the further south I searched.

There are things in plain sight that someone with less experience may not understand what they are looking at. The blowby on the engine and the rust on the kick panel are the two largest items I see. I would also be curious as to why the instrument cluster is out. Given the overall condition of the truck it smells like wiring problem to me. Look at the seat. If you were looking to buy a truck with a seat like that and the cluster was out what would you think?

Not trying to let the air out of anyone's balloon but buying at $500 I see having $1200 into it easy to have a daily driver. What do the tires look like? If it needs tires you are looking at $500 by the time they are mounted, balanced & disposal fee for the old. That's a cheap set of tires. He has stated he wants to swap to pwr steering. That will be at least $100 if he uses used parts. Tires and steering plus a $500 purchase price is $1100.

I think the OP has his plan and will try to convince himself it is a great deal instead of seeing what he really is buying. Looking at it as a business deal instead of being emotionally attached. "Yeah it needs tires but that's no big deal". Swapping in "PS won't cost $100 more like $25" $100 is a low estimate.

I would look around for comparable trucks and check prices. The OP never did say what the seller was asking for the truck. The truck had AC at some time in it's life. Missing most of it now.

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I agree which is why I posted some craigslist ads from Idaho. I am in Indianapolis and drove to GA to get my truck. Prices were comparable with the exception of the farther north you go the more rust you get. I also wanted a SWB and thee seemed to be more available (more available usually means lower price) the further south I searched.

There are things in plain sight that someone with less experience may not understand what they are looking at. The blowby on the engine and the rust on the kick panel are the two largest items I see. I would also be curious as to why the instrument cluster is out. Given the overall condition of the truck it smells like wiring problem to me. Look at the seat. If you were looking to buy a truck with a seat like that and the cluster was out what would you think?

Not trying to let the air out of anyone's balloon but buying at $500 I see having $1200 into it easy to have a daily driver. What do the tires look like? If it needs tires you are looking at $500 by the time they are mounted, balanced & disposal fee for the old. That's a cheap set of tires. He has stated he wants to swap to pwr steering. That will be at least $100 if he uses used parts. Tires and steering plus a $500 purchase price is $1100.

I think the OP has his plan and will try to convince himself it is a great deal instead of seeing what he really is buying. Looking at it as a business deal instead of being emotionally attached. "Yeah it needs tires but that's no big deal". Swapping in "PS won't cost $100 more like $25" $100 is a low estimate.

I would look around for comparable trucks and check prices. The OP never did say what the seller was asking for the truck.
Yeah, I admit I am not the most experienced. I do like to think I know quite a bit though. The cluster is out because the owner was putting the original stereo back in and was going to repaint the interior. That is also why it has that seat in it. It was going to be temporarily.
I love how you talk about me like im not reading it, but i am. Also I never said that it was going to be cheap. I never said anything about the ps being cheap, I know it wont. I am not some idot fool, I have been working on cars as long as I can remember, and i have worked at a shop for 8 years, i know the cost this will be.
I told you my plans and what i want out of it and asked if you think i would be able to get it. I guess i have been told what all you guys think.
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Yeah, I admit I am not the most experienced. I do like to think I know quite a bit though. The cluster is out because the owner was putting the original stereo back in and was going to repaint the interior. That is also why it has that seat in it. It was going to be temporarily.
I love how you talk about me like im not reading it, but i am. Also I never said that it was going to be cheap. I never said anything about the ps being cheap, I know it wont. I am not some idot fool, I have been working on cars as long as I can remember, and i have worked at a shop for 8 years, i know the cost this will be.
I told you my plans and what i want out of it and asked if you think i would be able to get it. I guess i have been told what all you guys think.
Well when one quotes something that is generally who they are aiming the comments at. You asked if you could get in the $1200 range and at least break even on your investment. All I am saying from what I see the answer would be no unless you keep the purchase price at $500 or less. A few pics of the truck looking straight at the side would tell a bit about it as well.

Everytime I look at the pics I see more and more. The collar on the column. Not sure if they are still available. If not your probably won't find anyone who will part a column out to get it. You will have to buy the whole column.

One plus is the top loader trans. There is nobody here trying to do you any harm. It appears to me you have sold yourself on this truck and refuse to "hear" the answers to your questions. You have decided this is a wonderful truck and anyone who says otherwise gets you all wound up. I would be worried about the seller if they pulled the cluster to do the radio. It is small things like that I am hearing/seeing. I know that rust in the kick panel & what it could mean. After all how happy would you be if right after buying it the cab layed down on the rails putting the column in a bind making the truck undrivable unless you fix the car mounts? Cab mounts are $86/each plus labor to change them.

When you look at the truck from the side look carefully at the gap between the door and the rear of the fender. Uneven top to bottom is an indicator the cab or the core support is sinking. How much effort does it take to get under it and look? Could save you tons of money and if nothing more you will know what you are working with. Did they put a clutch in it when the engine was out? Receipts? If you find yourself needing a clutch you are talking some healthy money when your budget for everything including purchase price is $1200.

Are you aware of the Ford truck forums? Fordification.com and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Make a post on both of them concerning your questions. They are filled with wealth of knowledge concerning Ford trucks.

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Im not looking for alot, you make it sound like I'm asking for your first born child. 1,500 would be nice but I would be fine going lower then that. I guess I just know never to sell anything to FE, since everything he deals with obviously ain't worth nothin. Yeah when I get around to selling it im not gonna ask for much, I will probly put it at 1,200 and let people offer.
If I buy something, it sure as hell is worth what I am paying. And often, twice what I pay for it.

But I don't try to make money off vehicles I buy. If I buy one cheap, and it is in excellent condition, like Black Betty, I sell it for what I have into it. Which is generally $100 for title and tag.

Listen to what has been said to you, time and time again, I have proven to people, that I am never far off the mark.
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Alright, so if I want to make money/break even avoid it like the plague. No I understand what you all are saying and I am thinking more about some of the things to check out and see if it is really worth my time to get. We will see, but with some of what you said, its looking like it isn't, so it's looking less and less like i will get it.
And FE hope you didn't mind my joke. I do like my jokes.
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