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#1 pulltilbroke OFFLINE  

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 04:40 PM

Don't know if this is in the right section but...



Any one know what somthing like this is worth?

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 05:22 PM

I just checked an auction site that had a couple of these listed and the starting bid price was between $250.00 and $450.00. I hope this helps you out.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 05:54 PM

They still make and sell a version of that. The new ones are about $1500. We have a couple of those at work...newer ones, but they're a great machine. If it works, and you could get it for $250 you'd be doing REALLY good!

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 06:07 PM

We have 3 of that exact machine at school. Built like a tank and you almost need one to move it. It's probably worth that in scrap as heavy as it is. They'll run forever and have seen some hard use with all of the beginners ours have been through.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 06:53 PM

Tractormike, I've been find the same price range.

caseguy, I've been doing some reading and I found that it is an excelent basic machine.

The reason I was asking is cause I got an old chevy 327 on CL and this guy offered to trade. Thing is there are no leads or power cable so I cant "Test Drive" it.

Supposedly the were in a training facility and they were sent out for a checkup and were never put back in service because they upgraded machines after these were givin a clean bill of health.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 07:23 PM

I'd want to be able to give it a try welding with it before sealing the deal. They might be fine but without trying it first I'd pass on swapping for now. If you need a good basic arc welder the old 225 amp Lincoln "tombstone" welders are a good heavy duty welder that can be found selling for around $100.00 and up. The idealarc will go up to 300 amps I believe but even at 225 amps you use that mainly for cutting steel. For most welding you use between 100 and 150 amps depending on the thickness of the material and what rods you are using.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 07:43 PM

...The reason I was asking is cause I got an old chevy 327 on CL and this guy offered to trade.


I don't have any idea what that's worth. Sorry.

Thing is there are no leads or power cable so I cant "Test Drive" it.


It looks like it just takes a lead with a ring terminal on the end. If he's got a place to plug it in, maybe you could borrow a couple of leads from someone?

Supposedly the were in a training facility and they were sent out for a checkup and were never put back in service because they upgraded machines after these were givin a clean bill of health.


That's like buying a tractor with a fresh rebuilt engine! Except there's no break in period! I'd see what I could do to "test drive" it before I walked away. Just my $.02.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 07:56 PM

It that 327 is a 4-bolt main, it's worth more than the welder! Especially if it has a forged steel crankshaft!

Edited by olcowhand, December 04, 2010 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted December 04, 2010 - 11:57 PM

It that 327 is a 4-bolt main, it's worth more than the welder! Especially if it has a forged steel crankshaft!


There was never a 327 built with a 4 bolt main. But it does have a steel crank and is a factory 300hp motor.

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Posted December 05, 2010 - 08:25 AM

Maybe he'd give you both welders and you could turn around and sell one of them?

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Posted December 05, 2010 - 08:39 AM

There was never a 327 built with a 4 bolt main. But it does have a steel crank and is a factory 300hp motor.


I was never really into the engines, so I was misled/lied to then. A guy down the road several years ago tried to sell me one claiming it was 4 bolt main.:wallbanging: Glad to know different....finally! Then the 350 could be 4 bolt?

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Posted December 05, 2010 - 03:35 PM

Yes a 350 could be 4 bolt, and in all actuality somone could put together a 4bolt 327 using a 350 block and a large journal 327 crank and rods.

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Posted December 05, 2010 - 10:11 PM

Well I ended up with em, Traded an old 327 Chevy I had for the pair then sold one to MF10DIESEL. When we got Jeffs unloaded we pulled the covers and its like brand new inside!!! They were both built in 1975 and havn't seen much use.
These things are heavy!!!

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Posted December 06, 2010 - 09:44 AM

Great deal for BOTH of them! :thumbs:

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Posted December 06, 2010 - 06:09 PM

Well I ended up with em, Traded an old 327 Chevy I had for the pair then sold one to MF10DIESEL. When we got Jeffs unloaded we pulled the covers and its like brand new inside!!! They were both built in 1975 and havn't seen much use.
These things are heavy!!!

That's great! Glad that it all worked out for you!




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