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Is this some kind of joke?

Post by Steve Jelf » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:36 pm

I was looking for something else and came across this picture from Hershey a couple of years ago. What?

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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by TFan » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:36 pm

Steve, Must have been "new old stock", that is a Hershey price for sure. ;) Jim
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Post by Burger in Spokane » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:48 am

Those are old, and therefore, really rare. Must be worth a lot.
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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by schwabd1 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:49 am

Hey, it didn't sell, so gives them a reason to go back the next year to try and sell it again....


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Post by Mindless Automaton » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:52 am

That's nearly what some people list them on trademe for.


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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by Hal » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:23 am

It didn't say dollars. :lol:


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Post by Mark Osterman » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:48 am

That is strange. Clearly been priced and laid out on tables for years. Every year my wife and I have a yard sale and I always put the model T in the yard with a crossed out $1500 price sign and the word “sold” on the windshield. It’s amazing how angry people get that I let it go for so little. 😀 But they soon look through our junk more carefully thinking I don’t know how to price things.

Actually I’ve found many many pieces at Hershey for really cheap. Last year found a U&J carburetor for $25.


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Post by Terry_007 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:15 am

You think that's bad, try evil-bay - you'll find rotten wood wheels for $250, Ford wrenches for $100 and just the other day I saw an old printers plate with Ford script on it for over $6000.00! Wish I'd have saved the link! Does anybody remember the tire pump for
$700 that drew loads of comment here on the forum?
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Post by Terry_007 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:18 am

Here is the ebay item - don't laugh too hard, and be sure to clean the barf off your keyboard before it dries.
Item number is 202627281235 in case the link doesn't work.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1910-1918-FORD ... SwNURbUMB6


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Post by Jim Eubanks » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:39 am

There is an old N Georgia saying, "a fool and his money are easily parted".

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Post by DanTreace » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:52 am

Since I usually question the mysterious, might only be chalk mark from auction lot #, instead of a price ;)
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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by Ruxstel24 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:23 am

Looks like the whole pile is worth less than $165--

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Post by Charlie B in N.J. » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:43 am

You know I'd expect that kind of price at a regular flea market but putting that price on it at Hershey is just nuts mainly because folks are expected to know better. Reminds me of the guy that wanted $50.00 for a coil out here a while back. " I was offered that for it" says he. "You missed a great deal" says I.
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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by John kuehn » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:50 am

Just for ID isn’t the carb a straight thru NH?

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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by RajoRacer » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:54 am

Yes, it is an early straight bore - has both cast throttle & choke levers.

If it didn't have the "cents" slash next to the 165, that could be a possible explanation Dan.


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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by Jerry VanOoteghem » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:57 am

O.K. then, what do you guys buy straight through NH carbs for? I paid $150 for mine, then rebuilt it. Haven't really seen one for less.

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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by Bob McDaniel » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:47 pm

Maybe its for a 16 and the price is 5- :?
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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by John kuehn » Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:27 pm

A straight thru NH carb can be overlooked in box or bucket of common NH carbs.
As I remember about 10 years ago a seller at Chickasha had a box of rusted up NH carbs and among them was a straight thru marked 50.00. The rest were 10-15 each.
At the time I didn’t know the difference in the carb until I asked the seller. Went by the space again and the straight thru was gone.
Now I know why and he still had the other carbs.
Haven’t seen another one in the carb piles again since going back to the meet.


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Post by Daniel828 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:06 pm

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I found this in the garbage can at Hershey this year
This is after I cleaned it up It was bad shape when I found it but unfortunatly I cant find the original pics

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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:25 am

Regular NH bodies often sell for $20 or less. Is the straight-through so much better that it's worth more than eight times as much?
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Post by Scott_Conger » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:15 am

Not really
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Post by ewdysar » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:48 pm

But objective performance isn’t the only factor in pricing. We all know that correct early parts, like DB spindles or 6 rivet axle housings are worth more even though they are not necessarily better parts. Therefore, originality comes at a premium.

But we also deal with plenty of “improvements” that also command higher prices. A Stromberg OF is definately better and reasonably hard to find in good shape, they are priced higher but worth it for those who buy them. It’s my understanding that a straight thru NH is somewhat better than a regular NH, but apparently, the rarity is a bigger cost factor. I’m pretty sure that there are plenty of period “improvements” that cost more than the stock part today that actually perform worse than the stock equivalent.

So if the “cool” factor is worth it to you, then you get to pay the going rate.

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Post by Burger in Spokane » Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:12 pm

Putting on my Philosophosophy hat, I would like to engage the group in a discussion
about "What things are worth ?".

Now, it doesn't require explanation that few people have so much money laying around
that they need or desire to thin it out by paying way above "the going rate" just to gain
some space on the work bench. So, the desire for a lower price doesn't need explaining.

But how many people consider the efficiency of time in getting a project done, or just
the simple happiness factor of getting that car/part/object and moving on to the next thing ?
If I needed/wanted a particular carb, just how hard is it to set aside $165 ? Is this really
a hard thing for people, or is it just being "cheap", or is it more about a self-imposed principle
of not paying "too much" ???

Most people on this list are old. Myself included. Not a day goes by that I don't think about
how many years I might have left and that I better "get along" with my projects, or I will never
get to enjoy them as finished fun things. Time simply cannot be bought. The clock is ticking
down to zero for all of us. How much is having say, a straight-thru NH spunking up my T pleasure
time, as opposed to keeping that $165 in my pocket ? Some would still have that $165 in their
pocket when the family finds their body.

What determines what we are willing to pay for an item ?
More people are doing it today than ever before !


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Re: Is this some kind of joke?

Post by Jerry VanOoteghem » Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:21 pm

Steve Jelf wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:25 am
Regular NH bodies often sell for $20 or less. Is the straight-through so much better that it's worth more than eight times as much?
Steve,

After rebuilding mine, I lent it to a friend of mine to use on his T for a while. He loved it. Said it was great, and ended up buying one of his own. Since he returned it to me, it's been hanging on a hook in my basement. So, the "joke" here is on me, since I bought it, restored it, let someone else use it for a year, and never, ( at least not yet), used it myself. So, to answer your question, my buddy says they're great!**

**I suspect that just having a freshly rebuilt carb, (of any style), was the greatest part of the experience.

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