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My aunt and uncle who live in Atlanta, called me the other night and said they have a friend selling his, as he described it "junk heap" 34' Ford Model B he had as a project.

He said he restored the chassis but the body needs a good amount of work, (removing the rust, dent and holes), but needs bloody loads of work and time to get her going again. It has no engine, no interior etc Its basically just a restored chassis with a crap body work.

He would sell it to me for $400, overall cost to ship it here (from the companies I called) range from 2000-2500 dollars (I was advised to use stateside companies by my mate...he said they're cheaper).

My main concern is would customs in both the states and here not allow the car in this condition to pass through?

Hence why I ask if its even possible to ship it?
 

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I can't see any reason why you would be stopped from bringing in a project car. One word of warning though, make sure you know what you are getting. A model B is a four cylinder 1932 Ford, although the Deuce sedans continued in production in England through to 1934, they didn't in the States. If it really is a restored 32 model B 'Deuce' chassis it is worth way more than $400 and Deuce sheetmetal, no matter how bad fetches a pretty penny too. If it is a 34, it will be a model C if it's a four cylinder car or a model 40 if it had a flathead eight. Again a restored chassis is worth more than $400 and 34 sheetmetal ain't cheap either. Do some more checking to see exactly what it is you are buying. The biggest problem you may have is if the car has no title, which could be a stumbling block to getting it registered over here. If it has a chassis number the Pre 50's AAC should be able to provide you with proof of its age.

Good luck, it sounds interesting.
 

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The biggest problem you may have is if the car has no title
US customs won't let the car be exported from the US if the title is missing if our recent experience is anything to go by; we had a '49 Ford truck stuck in a US shipper's yard for more than a year until title issues were eventually sorted.
 

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US customs won't let the car be exported from the US if the title is missing if our recent experience is anything to go by; we had a '49 Ford truck stuck in a US shipper's yard for more than a year until title issues were eventually sorted.
I thought I remembered someone having a problem getting something out without a title, must have been your tale of woe.
 

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i just paid $1500 to ship from los angeles in a shared container,,it all depends where the car has to be picked up from,spokane to la was $850,have you called kingstown shipping in hull,they will give you a great service ,
 

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Just got off the phone with the dude, (nice bloke).

It has its chassis number/papers etc
It is a 1933 Model B Ford...not a 34 like my uncle said
It is broken into individual parts most of them, apart from the chassis, are covered in rust, holes and dents.

It was his late grandfathers car and has been part of his family since his grandpa bought it back in 1943. Unfortunately it his dad didn't look after it when it was passed down in the will and left it in his barn for over 40 years, his dad was into muscle cars rather than rods and forgot he had it. Chickens had made it their home, the barn was in bad shape too as pieces of wood fell on the car and it was exposed to the elements for over 40 years. He found it there only 8 months ago and had the chassis restored by a specialist.

He is torn on whether or not to sell it or continue the project, since it has sentimental value. He said he'd let me know by this time next week, after he discusses it with his family as his wife doesn't want the garage and garden filled with rusted car parts lol
 

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If it's a B, it should still be a 32 but I suppose many were later registered in early 33 before the Model C/40 was introduced. If it has paperwork and the price is right, go for it, I doubt you will lose on the deal. Find out what body it is. Fordor, Tudor, Sedan Delivery, Panel, Pickup, Victoria, 3 Window Coupe, 5 Window Coupe, Cabriolet, Roadster, Phaeton. Value increases with rarity and some body styles are rare as the proverbial these days.
 

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH B0LL0CKS,

Dude just gave me a call, and said he's keeping the car as its sentimental and because more importantly he said.....he achieved the rare feat of convincing his wife to allow him to keep it lol.

Oh well guess I'll have to wait a little longer for my rod :sniff:
 
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