Whenever you sell a project car, your hope is that it will go to a "good home." There's something valuable in knowing that the new owner of your former project is going to appreciate the work you've done, by giving the vehicle the same TLC you once did. During the sales process, some of us consider a potential buyer's "good home" a dealmaker, even when the buyer comes up short of your asking price. On the flip side, you may have used your own "good home" as a bargaining chip when negotiating the purchase of a classic Ford. I have.
Two old Fords got good homes this week.
The first went to Andy Wegman of North Chili, NY when he bought my 1978 Ford F250 (aka FordMuscle's Project Redneck) during an Ebay auction. Clearly, a "dentside" enthusiast, Andy was thrilled to score a rust-free '78 from the West Coast. Project Redneck will be replacing his former '78 that he has had for the past 30 years. Buffalo winters are brutal, and salt had taken its toll on the old Ford.
Last week, Jim from Truly Vintage Trailers
hauled Project Redneck from Northern Nevada to Cleveland, Ohio. Andy made the remainder of the trip to New York under the Ford's own power. For those of you who have been following all the mods documented on Project Redneck
since 2006, this is the final "formal" chapter. Andy intends to have the truck painted and is contemplating a snow plow attachment for those Buffalo winters. Here are a few pics during the transport and new owner transfer. Let's hope he keeps his promise to update FordMuscle on his own mods.
Jim from Truly Vintage Trailers
loading up Project Redneck for a cross-country delivery along with an old Dodge sold by a member of The H.A.M.B.
(aka Jalopy Journal). Kudos to Jim for working the popular message boards to drive his auto-transport business!
A pit stop in Wyoming.
Andy Wegman, the new owner of Project Redneck taking it home in Cleveland. I think you'll agree, Andy is better suited for a Hi-Boy than me!
The second old Ford that got a "Good Home" this week was my new 1979 Ranchero. A true "California car", this Ranchero spent its life near Santa Barabara, CA. Orginally listed at $4500, I'd like to think my "good home" proposition helped drive the price down to $3,000. This new project, which will be the subject of future FordMuscle Tech Exchange
articles, has 126,000 miles on a 351M running over 70 pounds of oil pressure at idle. Rebuilt already? Perhaps. I was sold on the paint, stance, and story. Once home I discovered the Ranchero was formerly black and was a "GT", not a "Brougham" as I originally believed. Didn't take long before I tossed the trailer wheels and added Magnum 500's. What a difference! Still contemplating what I'll do with it, in the meatime the Ranchero occupies the only garage space in my "Good Home" and has served a daily commute trip.
The new Ranchero "garaged". FordMuscle badge added to the tailgate.
The Ranchero treated with the "right" wheels, right away. How's that for TLC? See this post for the pre-purchase look.
The father of the previous owner had his intials painted discretely on the door sill. His wife's on the passenger sill. Unique touch. Leave it?
In a strange way, the multi-brown interior was appealing to me.
It runs, drives, doesn't leak oil, and has started everytime. I WILL resist my temptation to tear out the smog gear and AC. Besides, with all those slithering vacuum lines, the motor compartment on this car is literally AND figuratively... a can of worms.
This badge and maybe the sporty mirrors are just about all that Ford meant by "GT" in '79.