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Old 05-13-2018, 04:46 PM
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Hello, I am a newby,I have never owned a ford truck so i don't know much about them, I recently bought a 47 ford fire truck at the Pomona swap meet, brought it home and my wife through a fit .I think she is going thru a phaze called " angry all the time". it has a Flathead V8 , manual tranny, hydrolic brakes, all work . the truck will drive and stop but i am afraid to take it out on the street , I live in a high population area and no insurance , or plates . so i am going to sell it , I just listed it on ebay if you suggest a better way to advertise it , please do i am listening
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:19 PM
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Truck looks to be in OK shape especially the grill bars but you don't say anything about a title. Fire trucks are usually a limited market/hard sell especially if it has to be shipped due to their size. That said, your asking price is too high but that's JMO. Judging by the arrowhead decal on the door its an ex San Bernardino County truck so it should have been well maintained but who knows how long ago it was surveyed out by the county if it even was an ex county truck.
 
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:55 PM
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thanks for the reply, yes i did get a new clean California title in my name,. and if you look at the ebay link I put a detailed description of the truck. and as for the asking price ,it is better to start high than low , it always seems to work out better. how much do you think this baby weights as sitting ? thank you, Terry
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:29 PM
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so please can , anybody estimate what this truck weighs
 
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:26 AM
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Here is some info on the weight of a similar truck:
https://www.uship.com/shipment/1947-...uck/512313864/
I think that if you reduce the price by a factor of 10 you may get some buyer interest.
 
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:38 PM
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The low miles is cool, but engines that sit a lot aren't always better. The trans, king pins, u-joints are probably great shape, but it will need brakes, at least the hydraulic parts. If you pulled all the fire stuff off and made it a clean cab/chassis, it may sell at some point. I paid 2000 for one like that, but a friend wanted it's dump hoist, so we split the cost and I got the cab/chassis for a grand. Then I put a nice scrip stakebed on it, 6 really nice used tires, did all the brakes, replaced a cab corner, installed a strong 8ba flathead with new clutch etc. 12 v conversion with alternator, stainless steel marine fuel tank under the bed, installed new king pins and then stuck it in my shed and have driven it about twice a year in the last 5. If I should sell it, I seriously doubt I could get 3 grand for it. I hate to bear the bad news, but the bigger the truck, the less it's worth. There's a Thornton equipped, Marmon Herrington flatbed on CL Bellingham that is all rebuilt and immaculate and he can't get the ten grand he's asking. Been advertised for maybe 6 mo. on and off. But then you could find just the right guy and there you go. Just giving you some heads up.
 
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...There's a Thornton equipped, Marmon Herrington flatbed on CL Bellingham that is all rebuilt and immaculate and he can't get the ten grand he's asking...
Makes you wonderwhat soon to be divorced speculator paid out that he thinks 14K is good starting point for unrestored.
 
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Originally Posted by Terrio
I recently bought a 1947 ford fire truck at the Pomona swap meet, brought it home and my wife threw a fit. I think she is going thru a phaze called "angry all the time".
Wow that IS weird. I wonder what it could be?
 
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To OP, the guys here are giving you very solid advice. I've edited your post as links to sale ads are not permitted.

These big trucks, especially fire trucks, have little value compared to half tons. Many of these trucks become parts trucks.

I'm a few cities from you in Orange County, and understand why this truck is impractical here. And that is one of the factors that makes these trucks a tough sell, they are large and slow.

Good luck
 
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thanks for all your input, keep it coming in,
 
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