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Apr 9, 2016, 12:26 PM

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I have a ’62 Ford Galaxie four door that has been sitting for 10+ years. It also has the optional 390 Thunderbird engine. Recently I have decided to sell it.

Background: I bought the car about 13 or 14 years ago. When I bought it, it was in very good condition. The best way to describe the condition is that it would turn heads. I could probably drive it in a parade or during ‘cruise night’ but it was not show quality. I drove it during the summers but parked it in the garage during the winter. Then the price of gas near me reached 4.50/gal one summer and I just never un-parked the car. Currently it is in the garage and has been for over 10 years.

I originally paid $3,800 for the car. With the current market and condition of the car I doubt I could get that. What I would really like is knowledge. What kind of things would have to be addressed with a car that has been sitting for this long? Here is the list I have so far:


Full brake system replacement… pads, shoes, wheel cylinders, brake lines, master cylinder (am I forgetting anything?)

Remove/replace fuel tank

Replace any rubber hoses… radiator, vacuum, fuel and others

Please add anything else that is important for a vehicle in this situation.

Last year my brother-in-law got the vehicle running by feeding fresh fuel to the carb and turning it over. He said that it actually ran pretty well given the circumstances.

My current plan is to: A) Sell the vehicle ‘as is’ and ask for a fair asking price based on the work that needs to be done or B) Have it repaired and get as much as I can out of the sale. In order to make a decision I need to know if there are other important things that will need to be addressed. From there I’ll do some checking to see what kind of repair prices I’m looking at.

To summarize: What else should I look at regarding a vehicle that has been sitting for over 10 years?

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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Apr 9, 2016, 12:50 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 9, 2016, 10:20 PM

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How has it been stored - indoors and dry or outside to the weather? That will matter and overall functional condition to run as I doubt it has a lot of wild value for what it is unless body and interior are really exceptional.

I can't suggest you pay to fix much of anything as most folk looking for something like it will know what to do or use it for parts for something else.

Didn't double check but usually original cars are the attraction for value and you are talking about an engine I don't think was available for it nor did they make disc brakes for any Fords products in 1962? T-Bird alone began disc brakes in 1964 and the 390 engine but was a unit body this should be a chassis vehicle so IDK if it really has disc brakes what was done?

So issues will be first a battery and get fuel dealt with. Why a NEW tank for just sitting? Bad fuel likely but not the world to clear that out and get it running first. Change oil and sell it running with lots of pics and some accurate details on what parts it has.
Engine for what year, trans type and model - any alterations included.

Check the market now for others for an idea on value or get it appraised.

In short I doubt you'll get more money to cover a lot of work on it just to get rid of it.

All subject to buyer's interest in an old car (very old now) and their abilities now to use it, fix it or part it out.

You made up a list that doesn't suggest you know much about it like brakes in need at all if stored indoors don't or shouldn't need a total redo or did when you parked it.
Just let it go for what it is now even if you lose as it's not getting more valuable just sitting there or just taking up space you could use for something else,



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