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Old 06-20-2017, 04:01 PM   #1
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That's a good buy. That's also a pretty good drive back to your place.

I raised my kids on auction money from turning over vehicles in the evenings while working for the state during the day. I lived about a mile from the state surplus.

You're young enough to make a business out of just the auctions. The real money is in heavy equipment. The right $20k purchase can sell for $120k. Do that a couple times a year and your set. Plus if you enjoy traveling around looking at equipment all the better.
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:21 PM   #3
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That's a good buy. That's also a pretty good drive back to your place.

I raised my kids on auction money from turning over vehicles in the evenings while working for the state during the day. I lived about a mile from the state surplus.

You're young enough to make a business out of just the auctions. The real money is in heavy equipment. The right $20k purchase can sell for $120k. Do that a couple times a year and your set. Plus if you enjoy traveling around looking at equipment all the better.
I'm taking a two headed approach- buying/flipping cars, buses etc.
And my bread and butter- the lawn route.
I won't be driving this though. Regular sized vehicles are much cheaper and easier to have shipped. $900 will deliver it to my door. I'd spend that driving it home, and this way I can keep working.
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:42 PM   #4
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That prevents any possible mechanical issues from stranding you on the road too. Google said it was $350 for a flight to Lincoln anyway.

I was hoping that had a 5.9 in it, like some of the pickups.
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That's a good buy. That's also a pretty good drive back to your place.

I raised my kids on auction money from turning over vehicles in the evenings while working for the state during the day. I lived about a mile from the state surplus.

You're young enough to make a business out of just the auctions. The real money is in heavy equipment. The right $20k purchase can sell for $120k. Do that a couple times a year and your set. Plus if you enjoy traveling around looking at equipment all the better.
The market is somewhat slow in Polk county the last few yrs for heavy equipment. I have prepped hundreds of mini's, backhoes, gradalls, etc., for resale by presure washing, new decals, paint, seat, etc. One can usually double their money in Oregon. However, what one buys normally always has to be hauled from half way across the States, then fixed and prepped to look great, -(For example a 2K hour 331 bobcat mini usually ends up having 12k or so in it when it is ready for resale and 18K or so negotiated purchase) Normally one gets a short term bank loan so they can purchase several at a time... Then, it normally takes a couple of months or so on the lot, and advertising in like the equipment trader to sell. It can be a good business, however, occasionally I have seen something sit for 6 months or even more than a year and have to be sold at cost. Beats the odds at the Casino, though.
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Nice score !

Clean van ! Nice styling, too.

these are great bang for buck - aluminum body, diesel engine. Lift gate here.

Too much competition in vehicle flips, you may double or sometimes triple your money, but as Robin said- Niche stuff can bring 10x initial outlay.

I just sold some hydronic boilers that grossed 25x. 300>7500 and they don't require any BS DMV trips, inspections, titles or fees.

That said, my favorite recent purchase is a P71 police interceptor. I'm severely enjoying the politeness of other drivers- nobody cuts me off anymore
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nice lookin van!! ive put lots of miles on vans just like these over the years.. they run like a champ!!

but thats a Heater-Only Dash panel...

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That prevents any possible mechanical issues from stranding you on the road too. Google said it was $350 for a flight to Lincoln anyway.

I was hoping that had a 5.9 in it, like some of the pickups.
naw, but honestly for a cheapo, basic work van the 3.9 will do. Its been meticulously maintained, and I've had one before in a dakota.
Anything will beat towing with my subaru or borrowing the work truck from my buddy.
I hope its as nice and clean as the pics and description make it look. I've never had anything but great purchases on GD and PS, so I'd expect it's a pretty nice lil van.
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nice lookin van!! ive put lots of miles on vans just like these over the years.. they run like a champ!!

but thats a Heater-Only Dash panel...

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You know me and AC- I just don't seem to care I guess. If it made others not bid and kept the price low, then a non-ac van is fine for my purposes. Our work trucks don't have working ac. Guess for a fl boy, I'm a bit of a masochist when it comes to heat.
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Clean van ! Nice styling, too.

these are great bang for buck - aluminum body, diesel engine. Lift gate here.

Too much competition in vehicle flips, you may double or sometimes triple your money, but as Robin said- Niche stuff can bring 10x initial outlay.

I just sold some hydronic boilers that grossed 25x. 300>7500 and they don't require any BS DMV trips, inspections, titles or fees.

That said, my favorite recent purchase is a P71 police interceptor. I'm severely enjoying the politeness of other drivers- nobody cuts me off anymore
Yeah we've bought a couple p71's now. Roxy is waiting for a pristine "cheif's car" and we're gonna get her one for a daily driver.
I've fallen TOTALLY in love with the P71's. Such a great car!
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the P71s are a much better car than the 9C1's ever were.. well at least the 9C1's from 91 up were JUNK.. i loved my boxy 9C1. the county just sold a couple P71s, not sure what year but were the "newer" style that had the squared off horn button in the steering wheel instead of the rounded style.. (2007+?), they didnt last long by the side of the road at the main HQ.. talked to my neighbor on the school board and asked again about those aging DT-466's bluebird shorties.. his response is with trump in, they are hanging onto ALL good running busses as he feels the budgets for new ones will be slashed .. I guess the mandate is that they want all special-ed (short) busses to have seatbelts, tinted windows and A/C if they buy new but are allowed to run their old ones as long as the state inspector doesnt fail them. .. so id say you did good to get you a van!, as im sure by the time these shorties go they will be RUST buckets..
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Bought wiffy a new P71 "Commanders" car in 2002. The P71 was an exact duplicate of my then "work" car. After 15 years the clear coat was beginning to give up so I suggested replacing the CV. Based on the response to that suggestion I figured I'd never get back from sleeping on the couch so I'm presently in the throws of repainting the P71. In the 80,000 miles she has driven it, it has required one set of tires, and a new fuel pump (PITA in the gas tank). I did replace the plastic intake manifold as a precaution but probably didn't need to. Jack
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The market is somewhat slow in Polk county the last few yrs for heavy equipment. I have prepped hundreds of mini's, backhoes, gradalls, etc., for resale by presure washing, new decals, paint, seat, etc. One can usually double their money in Oregon. However, what one buys normally always has to be hauled from half way across the States, then fixed and prepped to look great, -(For example a 2K hour 331 bobcat mini usually ends up having 12k or so in it when it is ready for resale and 18K or so negotiated purchase) Normally one gets a short term bank loan so they can purchase several at a time... Then, it normally takes a couple of months or so on the lot, and advertising in like the equipment trader to sell. It can be a good business, however, occasionally I have seen something sit for 6 months or even more than a year and have to be sold at cost. Beats the odds at the Casino, though.
I write a response, and the screen flashes and the response is gone before I finish it. Grrrrr is the right term?

I haven't been buying equipment for the past eight years but enjoyed being about a mile from the state surplus barn for about 20 years while in town. Now that I'm 40 miles out of Salem hauling things has become a problem. Now I only buy things I can drive home, like buses. I live in the coastal mountains now so it's nearly impossible to sell things. While in town I made good extra money working the Oregon surplus and Ft Lewis auctions. And yes, I have yard art. It happens.
Some things are sure with equipment. There's always a shortage of dump trucks in the spring when a $4k winter dumptruck will bring $10-12K.
I was already working a state job at DOR so I couldn't get real involved in equipment, but the big money is usually in CA. Especially now that they've got to get rid of the non carb compliant machinery.
You live closer than I thought. We were probably bidding on the same equipment.
Good to hear from you.
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Do not bid on any of the post office vans in Cincinnati ohio, I work there, all those vans are completely worn out, our field maintenance guys had them
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Do not bid on any of the post office vans in Cincinnati ohio, I work there, all those vans are completely worn out, our field maintenance guys had them
Thanks for heads-up. I got 3, lowest milage was 26K, but odometers/cluster are easy to replace and the post office reports to no one.

They don't really wear-out till the frame is rusted, just keep swapping motors and trans. Post office is clueless about diesels, I've found.

They are short for food trucks, but they go back to Pittsburg to be food trucks. Cheesesteak mobiles !
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This is the same place Dredman got his bus.
Paid GovDeals last night, got a few bids on shipping I'll iron out today.
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I'd really like to get my hands on one of the newer Caprice ppv's.

the bubble caprice from the 90s? or the "remake" caprice which was really an impala rebadged as a police package? (i think in the early to mid 00's)

the buibble caprices were junk except they were easily buildable into Hotrods since they had slightly De-tuned corvette LT1 engines and 4L60E transmissions in them. I bought a flipped over one for 1500 bucks and harvested a 20k miles drivetrain for a hotrod project.. the cops hated them because they had a tendency to flip over or go airborne on road impoerfections in pursuits. around here most of those got sniped up and DONKed with 28" rims and wierd green and gold metal flake paint jobs..

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