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Reply #40 - 12.11.2011 at 23:52:08
 
Ive got a pile of unrestored trucks in sheds and some restored ones and you know where my buddies enjoy sitting on a milk crate with a box of fizzy's... down the back shed with the old ones....I like having a restored truck but a shiny new one just doesnt have the visual history like the ones in waiting.
Good on yer detective...fizzy for you at my place anytime your going past Wink.

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Reply #41 - 13.11.2011 at 00:24:39
 
Wow, I'm away for a night or so and look how much interest this has generated.
My 2 bobs, it's a hobby, there are no rules. An awfull lot of old truck clubs hold shows and deliberatly don't have prizes. That, to me , is not what it's about (I put the "to me" in there because it's different to a lot of different people). I've got opinions on what I like, but that doesn't mean a thing, if you own it, it's yours to do what you like with.
It's a high horse to be sitting on to be judging other people's efforts, like them or not.
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Reply #42 - 13.11.2011 at 01:42:25
 
G'day LB

Just wundrin....
Did you got to the same school as Swishy ?  Wink

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Reply #43 - 13.11.2011 at 06:20:02
 
jimbo re greedy  a short time ago i was  almost finished a w9  kw  all it needed was a few hours time and about a grand spent wizely on parts then a buddy tells me about a bubble nose pete  ,it was a project some kid got and tore apart sold or lost a lot of stuff off the truck- price a tad over a grand
did i want it=yess
did i need it= no
will i live long enough to build it =no
did i have room for it =no
but i bought it ,the kw is still not finished!  if this deal sounds dumb your  100% correct. so why did i do it  i got GREEDY
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Reply #44 - 13.11.2011 at 06:51:28
 
re info   there,s a couple of things i need  educating on!
1   what is a " HERO TRUCK" ???
2  whats a  abba t shirt look like
3 where can i get one   t shirt not hero truck????
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Reply #45 - 13.11.2011 at 09:57:28
 

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RE:same school as Swishy
he taught me everything I have 4 gotten
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Reply #46 - 13.11.2011 at 10:27:57
 
Hi here is my 2 bobs worth as many people on here would know I have 34 Bedford which I restored from  the ground up and have traveled a few miles in (40000) on drit and tar roads and have loved every minute of it.

I have made some great friends out of my hobby and yes I'm on my 4th restoration right now I like going into the shed and just tinking away  .

And I'm just short of 60 yrs. Dave  Wink Wink
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Reply #47 - 13.11.2011 at 13:29:19
 
g'day ivor and all    because in australia we have had an amalgam of british, japanese, european and american trucks all competing for a long time now that it seems the chaff gets sorted from the wheat and the outcome is that the american trucks are ''revered'' by all and sundry.

that's what gives these big american trucks their hallowed status (at least in australia) and the fact that these trucks were incredibly expensive when new, as compared to other brands.

that gives these trucks hero ''worship'' and hero status....a term that, by the way, has only come along recently.

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Reply #48 - 13.11.2011 at 14:08:38
 
thanks for that Detecta..
Does the ol blue transtar..rate any of that hero status? Undecided
i might have to put me sale price up a bit on the ol buggy..

thanks for that
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Reply #49 - 13.11.2011 at 14:11:50
 
RE: Does the ol blue transtar..rate any of that hero status

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ifn it screeemed

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Reply #50 - 13.11.2011 at 14:24:28
 
re hero truck  thats to me sounds like a very clever marketing ploy  who actually coined this phrase?????
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Reply #51 - 13.11.2011 at 14:46:11
 
GM Diesel wrote on 12.11.2011 at 22:43:34:
Howdy,

It doesnt matter what you got, how its done or how much it cost.....for me its the people. $250,000 doesnt make a fella any better to have a fizzy with than a bloke with a straight out of the paddock gadget and an ABBA T shirt.

As far as how to restore something - If you want to do it bad enough it'll happen. Time you have to make and cash can be made pretty easy with a bit of buy and sell...of legal things Cheesy


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Basil you've pretty much sums up My thoughts. Cool

However,

When I respnded to Swishys' initial post, I was having a bit of a 'dig' a Dave.

Quite frankly, though If you've gotta beg your wife. Every time you want indulge in your Hobby,

You've Got the wrong women.
In My opinion anyway. & NO i don't mean hide everything from her. Your in it together. She indulges in her; things you in, yours.


IVOR; One thing you need to keep in context,(I believe) is here in Australia is. Whilst our land Mass is coparable to the USA, even today our populations only 25 million.

30-40 years ogo when most of us on this forum were going to school the population was only 13-14 million.

Consequestly the available 'pool' of old/ collectible trucks is VERY SMALL.....
As a result we tend to grab what's available WHEN it's available. 'cause if we don't it will be lost  forever!!

Does this make us greedy hoarders????

In my humble opinion NO!!

I've been guilty of 'preserving' a fair few old things over the years. But I'vew never been afraid to seell/swap/trade them over the years. As a result I'd like to think My 'collection' is a lot better quality than 25yrs ago when I firsts got greedy and started 'saving' a few old things....
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Reply #52 - 13.11.2011 at 15:31:47
 
hayseed  regardless of population ect the old truck deal is no different in the u.s the so called  hero trucks in the states would be the factory :muscle trucks:   12v71 , kta 600 , 3408 powered trucks which bring crazy prices and hold no interest for me . as for [if i don,t buy it now it will dissappear forever] that is not the case it  it just goes to someone that will do something with it not squ irrle it away  in the hope of makin a buck in retirement which i do not think is the case with you but i dont have a great deal of simpathy for guys with a dozen trucks tucked away in  there shop bitchin about the global economy. to me that sounds like someone turnin a hobby into a retirement plan
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Reply #53 - 13.11.2011 at 16:08:08
 
Ivor, it is true a few blokes make a bit of cion out of dealing in old trucks, but there are plenty more that would make more cion out of renting out the space the things take up in a shed.
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Reply #54 - 13.11.2011 at 16:25:49
 
Ivor, you're quite right. I'm not doing it for the Money.
In fact My wife would probably tell you our respective hobbies keep us poor(but Happy) Shocked
But as I often tell her.
you never grow up, the toys just get bigger Wink

I have absulutly no idea how the Scrap metal industry, operates in the States.

But I can tell you with 100% certaintity,That there are things in My collection, both currently & in the past. That if I didn't 'save' them, were destined for the Scrap Metal shear. *Without fail*
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Reply #55 - 13.11.2011 at 16:59:09
 
ivor project wrote on 13.11.2011 at 14:24:28:
re hero truck  thats to me sounds like a very clever marketing ploy  who actually coined this phrase?????

I used it for trucks but others may have also - it is a bit of slang from my school days in the 1970's referring to production car racing when people looked at the GTHO Falcons, GTR, SLR, or A9X Toranas winning the races and went and bought the standard versions of those same cars - usually with a smaller motor to try and share the image. The old "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday'. The 'Hero Cars' where the versions that were continually in front on the racetrack

Today the street legal versions of those racing cars (required under the homologation rules of the time) are worth a lot of money while the lesser versions are not and often have problems giving them away (4 cylinder Torana or Commodore anybody?)

The same applies tor Trucks, Why is a B-Model Mack selling for so much more than a R190?  Why are either of them worth more than smaller, cheaper to run trucks on the hobby scene?  Why are Macks, Kenworths, Peterbilts etc. of them worth more than an Dodge, Ford or Inter of similar capability?

The answer is the same as the cars - it is the image and desirability rating when people were younger which we want to relive now.  Luckily people have different tastes or reasons for owning these vehicles or our shows would be very boring
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Reply #56 - 13.11.2011 at 17:01:29
 
ivor project wrote on 13.11.2011 at 15:31:47:
as for [if i don,t buy it now it will dissappear forever] that is not the case it  it just goes to someone that will do something with it not squ irrle it away  in the hope of makin a buck in retirement which i do not think is the case with you but i dont have a great deal of simpathy for guys with a dozen trucks tucked away in  there shop bitchin about the global economy. to me that sounds like someone turnin a hobby into a retirement plan


1. That's good in theory but the bloke who'd do something with it might not always be in the right place at the right time, with cash, time or space available.

2. What's wrong with turning a hobby into a retirement plan, sounds like the best of all worlds to me.

3. Having trucks tucked away and bitching about the global economy seem to be mutually exclusive issues - are you actually suggesting that if everyone got rid off every truck except their current project it would solve the world's financial problems.

4. You're starting to sound like a bloke who wants something someone else has and they won't play ball your way!
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Reply #57 - 13.11.2011 at 17:20:25
 
But I can tell you with 100% certaintity,That there are things in My collection, both currently & in the past. That if I didn't 'save' them, were destined for the Scrap Metal shear. *Without fail*

as for [if i don,t buy it now it will dissappear forever] that is not the case it
THAT IS THE CASE
Hi Ivor
         A year ago plus ‘ONE STEEL Australia’ had a campaign called ‘Clean up Australia’ and the deal was that they would donate a percentage of money to your local fire station
The amount of Trucks, Tractors, Cars, Bikes, Engines and machinery that they collected was amazing, People up my end of the country North Queensland Australia were over collecting in an effort to stop it going to scrap, I even tried to buy some items of them but NO they had contracts to fill (CHINA) and I saw some really nice machinery go to scrap
Here in Australia if you don’t find a home for it CHINA will
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Reply #58 - 13.11.2011 at 17:25:46
 
bigcam i agree  the few vehicles ihave reluctantly sold over the years have just covered costs .if my labour was included no one could afford them!even  in todays depressed market the only real money i have made in a lifetime of hard work is the small amount of real estate i own
hayseed first it seems your are blessed with a understanding wife like me which is a large bonus!!!!
second the scrappers are the same in the states as elsewere  i see rare trucks going to china  every week!  .  if i had the $ to buy 1 in 10 i still  do not have the time or resourses to do them justice so for me its one at a time and enjoy the experiance as for the basket case coe pete i have wanted one for as long as i can remember. greed is probably not the  best word to discribe the perchase but  its close but i really don,t regret it .the w9 isnt gonna run away
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Reply #59 - 13.11.2011 at 17:33:21
 
g'day ivor and all again....the big hero american trucks stateside (12V71, 3408 cat, etc) are to you, what a six inline GM or an 8V71 or a big lazy old 250 cummins is to us.

we are very proud people in australia... especially for what we asked just about ANY truck to do, in its sometimes short lifespan.

i reckon i can defy anyone saying they are not ''bitchin'' about the state of the world economy.....which comes home straight into our own backyards but still want to enjoy, in their own way, what they love to relax with at the end of a hard working day..be that dusty trucks, happy family or for that matter even stamp collecting!!!

ps    there's something not quite right going on here, i feel.  i would like ivor to 'fess up on something that's bugging the crap out of him.

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