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#1 bigcountry48 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 10:44 PM

I was watching American Restoration, and wanted to know if any body else saw him quotes $7500 to restore that David Bradley!?! After the guy said no the restorer guy bought it from him for $700!!! Is he crazy or was I missing something?
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Posted January 30, 2013 - 10:50 PM

That whole show is so far from reality, it's funny. I haven't seen that one yet.



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 04:15 AM

For $700 he could buy a trailer load of DB's. I've got 7 now and probably 10 implements, and spent less that for all on them combined.

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Posted January 31, 2013 - 05:20 AM

I haven't seen that episode yet.



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 08:01 AM

I must have been asleep at the keyboard when that came on last night. I saw him quote 6500 to restore a Maytag washer. I've seen real nice originals with the gas engine sell for 6000 less. On the other hand, I'd like to have enough customers willing to spend the big bucks for restorations. I'd do it full time!



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 08:56 AM

that show is so stupid. everything is overpriced and junk. They dont even do that nice of a job. 



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 10:44 AM

I quit watching that show because his prices were pissing me off when you hear him clearly say later to the camera " I have no idea what it will cost to restore it but I know I will make money at the price I just quoted."

It's when the client tells him to do it is what gets me... Idiots is all. I feel sorry for anyone watching the show that believes that is the market value of the items on the show or the real costs associated with restoring them.

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Posted January 31, 2013 - 11:25 AM

Paying 7k to have a DB restored? Some folks just have too much money!



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Missed that one... Was it a rider or walkbehind?

 

With the prices he quotes I would expect a better job on some of the stuff like that Bantam tractor he "Restored". In the ending segment it shows the owner driving on it and its blowing blue smoke out the exaust. The other thing that bothered me is when he charged a guy a bunch of $$ to restore a stove and he used rattle cans to paint it.



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 03:45 PM

Missed that one... Was it a rider or walkbehind?
 
With the prices he quotes I would expect a better job on some of the stuff like that Bantam tractor he "Restored". In the ending segment it shows the owner driving on it and its blowing blue smoke out the exaust. The other thing that bothered me is when he charged a guy a bunch of $$ to restore a stove and he used rattle cans to paint it.

It was a walk behind, even worse!
I may not do as good of a job, but all I have in my restoration is about $100 and its comparable to what his would have come out like, maybe I need a restoring operation of my own!
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Posted January 31, 2013 - 04:45 PM

I don't know. Maybe I don't pay that much attention to the show anymore since they changed the opening theme. In the beginning of the series, it seemed like a cool idea. Then the annoying chick got a terrible boob job, the kids got cocky, that moron "kowboy" is just that, a moron, and half the staff seem like idiots.

 

I understand he has a business to run, staff to pay, health insurance to pay, etc, but I agree, most of his prices are insane. I'll stick to watching American Pickers, as at least that to me anyway feels less staged.


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 07:34 PM

I just remember the "Bantum" they "restored a year or so ago.  When they finished with it, "skeeters" wouldn't be a problem, but the oil bill might! ~~  Lowell



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 07:47 PM

One that blew me away was the IH pedal tractor they did for a guy.  Charged him $2500 to do the job and then he painted it fire engine red.  Must be hard to get the right IH paint.  Most original unrestored pedals of that vintage in good shape are worth about half that.  An they had the wheels on backwards when they were done.  PLus all the parts are readily available for them for not much money at all. 



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Posted January 31, 2013 - 07:54 PM

I stay away from that show when ever possible, for all of the reasons above.

One thing that was not pointed out yet is a strong box they did they had to use a cut off wheel on some bolts to get it apart. After they "restored" it the cut marks where they missed the bolt (several times) were still there! They did not even try to get rid of them!

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Posted January 31, 2013 - 09:54 PM

I cant watch that show. I get mad everytime they rip some one off. The crazy prices he quotes for restored this and that are driving up prices on all of our stuff too. Everybody thinks they have a "diamond in the rough now" because they saw one just like it on that show.


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