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53k
03-16-2009, 02:47 PM
Today I took a closer look at Torrey's 2R wrecker. I think it would be an easy save. He says it runs even though it may have a cracked block. It really doesn't have much rust- bottoms of the doors are bad, but the cab corners are pretty good as is the floor). I guess being a one-ton with good ground clearance kept it from getting so badly rusted. He says he would consider selling it[?].

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This is a he-man wrecker- hand cranked crane[8D].

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Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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silverhawk
03-16-2009, 04:07 PM
That would be a way cool truck! Its a good thing it is far away from me and my dad, cause we would be really tempted. Not that it is a bad thing of course.:)

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

N8N
03-16-2009, 04:08 PM
Oh dear God I would so be sleeping in the garage if I brought that thing home. And yet, it might be worth it :)

nate

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bams50
03-16-2009, 04:28 PM
Worst thing for me is I'm generally not up for trying to convince somebody to let me give them money. Without fail, when you ask for a price, the first thing they say is some version of "what's it worth to ya?"[xx(] The ideal for me is when a price is given, which gives me the chance to decide if it's in my range. Then I can buy, make a counter offer, or move on, without hurting any feelings.

This is not in any way a dig at Mr. Kirby; and I'm sure deals are made that start this way. But if I hear someone "might consider" selling something, that tells me they really would rather not... and probably will be above market[|)]

Hopefully somebody can get that burly-looking old truck and bring it back to life. That and that 61 Lark I like;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

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Roscomacaw
03-16-2009, 04:47 PM
I always tell folks it isn't my business to price THEIR stuff. You wanna sell it, throw out a figure and we'll go from there.[}:)]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

studegary
03-16-2009, 04:51 PM
I think that that wrecker unit came out of a truck much older than the one that it is now in.

I agree with Bob A. on "priceless" vehicle sales. Of course he would sell it for what he considers to be the right price, but what is that number? At least give a starting point. I believe that it is up to the seller, not the buyer, to give the opening price (except in an auction).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

jimmijim8
03-16-2009, 05:15 PM
What Biggs said sounds good. In my opinion. When some announce a vehicle for sale with no price being stated. Says. What is it worth to you? Even if I am interested,I am not about to tell him as he may either be or pretend to be insulted if I announce a figure too low i I really don't want to hurt someones feelings. Sometimes the seller is just checking to see if you are stupid enough to give him more than he was willing to part with it for in the first place. I say, Put it on e-bay with no reserve and see what the Stude nuts think it to be worth. That seems to work properly if a seller can't come up with a figure. Put a reserve on it if it is precious to you. jimmijim

buggboy
03-24-2009, 07:08 AM
That's a Manley Auto-Crane, and probably is right for the vintage. May have come off an older unit though, with the homemade "crash plate" on the back. I'd really like to have that for our towing business, as an advertisement, especially since our shop was Heishman's Garage, a Stude dealer.

Regards

Jase
www.b26marauder.com/toybox

53k
03-24-2009, 08:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by buggboy

That's a Manley Auto-Crane, and probably is right for the vintage. May have come off an older unit though, with the homemade "crash plate" on the back. I'd really like to have that for our towing business, as an advertisement, especially since our shop was Heishman's Garage, a Stude dealer.

Go for it. You are only about 50 miles from it. And, Torrey would probably rather sell it to someone with your planned use.
What ever happened to the 2R wrecker that sat in Heishman's yard for a long time? (I bought most of Heishman's part in about 1974- neat stash).


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