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Old 02-13-2006, 01:16 PM   #1
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Text says: The tractor was a Phoenix Airport Fuel truck and never left the tarmac (this is why it has so few miles). It was professionally maintained by the airport. Tank was replaced with the rear end of a Volvo Donor whose front end was totaled in an accident.

It's starting to sound like the Johnny Cash song, "One piece at a time" where he works on an auto assembly line and over a period of years he secretly removes car parts and eventually puts them all together building one car. There is a video on the song. It's a great video and song. Sort of goes like this: "Well, It's a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56
'57, '58' 59' automobile.
It's a '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '67
'68, '69, '70 automobile."

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Toterhome-Car-Hauler-Enc...tem#ebayphotohosting

Lyrics:

Well, I left Kentucky back in '49
An' went to Detroit workin' on a 'sembly line
The first year they had me puttin' wheels on cadillacs

Every day I'd watch them beauties roll by
And sometimes I'd hang my head and cry
'Cause I always wanted me one that was long and black.

One day I devised myself a plan
That should be the envy of most any man
I'd sneak it out of there in a lunchbox in my hand
Now gettin' caught meant gettin' fired
But I figured I'd have it all by the time I retired
I'd have me a car worth at least a hundred grand.

CHORUS
I'd get it one piece at a time
And it wouldn't cost me a dime
You'll know it's me when I come through your town
I'm gonna ride around in style
I'm gonna drive everybody wild
'Cause I'll have the only one there is a round.

So the very next day when I punched in
With my big lunchbox and with help from my friends
I left that day with a lunch box full of gears
Now, I never considered myself a thief
GM wouldn't miss just one little piece
Especially if I strung it out over several years.

The first day I got me a fuel pump
And the next day I got me an engine and a trunk
Then I got me a transmission and all of the chrome
The little things I could get in my big lunchbox
Like nuts, an' bolts, and all four shocks
But the big stuff we snuck out in my buddy's mobile home.

Now, up to now my plan went all right
'Til we tried to put it all together one night
And that's when we noticed that something was definitely wrong.

The transmission was a '53
And the motor turned out to be a '73
And when we tried to put in the bolts all the holes were gone.

So we drilled it out so that it would fit
And with a little bit of help with an A-daptor kit
We had that engine runnin' just like a song
Now the headlight' was another sight
We had two on the left and one on the right
But when we pulled out the switch all three of 'em come on.

The back end looked kinda funny too
But we put it together and when we got thru
Well, that's when we noticed that we only had one tail-fin
About that time my wife walked out
And I could see in her eyes that she had her doubts
But she opened the door and said "Honey, take me for a spin."

So we drove up town just to get the tags
And I headed her right on down main drag
I could hear everybody laughin' for blocks around
But up there at the court house they didn't laugh
'Cause to type it up it took the whole staff
And when they got through the title weighed sixty pounds.

CHORUS
I got it one piece at a time
And it didn't cost me a dime
You'll know it's me when I come through your town
I'm gonna ride around in style
I'm gonna drive everybody wild
'Cause I'll have the only one there is around.

(Spoken) Ugh! Yow, RED RYDER
This is the COTTON MOUTH
In the PSYCHO-BILLY CADILLAC Come on

Huh, This is the COTTON MOUTH
And negatory on the cost of this mow-chine there RED RYDER
You might say I went right up to the factory
And picked it up, it's cheaper that way
Ugh!, what model is it?

Well, It's a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56
'57, '58' 59' automobile
It's a '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '67
'68, '69, '70 automobile.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:54 PM   #2
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Bravestdog, Heck you went that far,
You should be able to download a audio clip of it. Whats your thoughts on that conversion? Is it even considered one? I see several drawbacks.

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Old 02-13-2006, 08:08 PM   #3
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That 18,000 lb front axle would be another reason it would have so few miles. that has got to be rough.

Are Ebay buyers insane? They have that up to $65,000 !

Dang I have seen way better on for that kind of money.
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Old 02-13-2006, 09:07 PM   #4
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$65k is the opening bid and there are 0 bids at this time.

It would make a nice car hauler...

I think it just has a sleeper couch in it. No toilet, shower, kitchen...

I couldn't find the video but I did find the audio of the song if anyone wants to listen:
http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/music/artist/listenwatc...,00.html#artist_name
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:12 PM   #5
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......miles low- ok!....but how about hours ideling or pto driven fuel pumping?.....when MAXX[my cadaver dog] and I were at the CVG I never shut off the VW....it's on high Idle all the time we are there.....many hours on the engine that does not show on the speedo.......geofkaye
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Old 02-14-2006, 09:45 PM   #6
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I talked to the owner of this today, It sold for that price. He sent me a real nice adobe file on it. A very nice
foundation for a full blown conversion. It did have a few drawbacks IMO. The motor would have made a great Boat anchor,I never liked DD after owning one just like it. Couldn't pull a fat lady out of a donut shop. Although it was a Allison automatic it was a older 400 series. My estimate was $15,000.00 for good rebuild Big Block Cat or Cummins and a newer rebuild Allison 700 series. $40,000.00 To do the inside,remove the back door,redo the side entrance with a stairwell, install a 10K diesel genset,add a real good hitch assembly to tow a 38' stacker. Throw in another $6,000.00 for screw-ups and I forgots. That adds up to $126,000.00 for a no name morphadite. That sits on a 26yr.old molested chassis. Now if you could have owned it for $10,000.00???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????
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Oh Yeah I forgot it only had the truck cab heat & air. MO-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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.....DD are like Harleys they mark their spot on the driveway everyday- all day......I never missed mine as I smelled like burned oil all the time even after they steamed the engine....my White 9000 was the same way....dripping and burning.....I don't miss those POS one bit.....geofkaye
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Old 02-19-2006, 10:21 PM   #9
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For a Chevy fan hauling some collectable cars it probably is not a bad start if the price were lower. The DD can be worked to make more power if you want. I am not a fan but would say they are OK just not preferred. Probably not a bad choice for a RV pulling a trailer. If I could find a good Ford tractor, it might be a decent choice for my hauler someday. Some of the later ones look decent and they seem to hold their value surprisingly well. They are uncommon out west. I have heard they were decent rigs but have nothing to back that up.
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