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    now Ive found that yard sales are a great place to find occasional parts for sale or tools
    the trick is to always ask if they have tools or auto related parts, because guys frequently don,t think to place some larger items they want to get rid of or make some money from at those yard sales even if its just taking up room in their yard or garage

    IVE gotten some excellent deals at yard sales, you never know what youll find, I purchased several well used but fully functional timing lights and compression gauges and V.O.M. meters for under $15, boxes full of assorted sockets and wrenches for under $1 for each socket or wrench.
    I purchased a 396 BBC that was missing the oil pan and intake for $50
    a 429 ford BBF for $100
    several 350 sbc engine and partial engines
    several Pontiac v8 engines
    a car trailer, some engine cranes, engine stands,electrical wiring, drop lights
    fender mats
    easily 16-20 aluminum intake manifolds, dozens of carburetors,that needed rebuilding,
    numerous assorted valve covers for under $4 each
    a good fully functioning 230 volt 250 amp arc welder, for $100,
    an acetylene torch that looked NEW for $40
    a hobart 175 amp 220 volt MIG WELDER for $175
    a LINCOLN 110 volt MIG for $250

    what have you gentlemen found??

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    I always think about going around to garage sales but never have. So I've missed out on a lot things I know.
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    sometimes its the cheaper stuff that turns out to be the jewel in disguise, I picked op a shop vacuum for $10 that had an obviously defective power cord back in about 1970 and it lasted until last year .
    I picked up a set of cast M/T BBC valve covers that looked nasty, for $5 IM sure the guy was going to pitch in the dumpster if they failed to sell, and I cleaned , bead blasted and powder coated, then baked those and they looked great on my 1968 corvette.
    I picked up about 400 assorted taps and drill bits from a machinist, widow who was cleaning out the garage for $40 and Ive used those for 30 plus years

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    Used doesn't mean bad, it just means already proven.

    Nice post Grump, as always. You are a true asset to the site.

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    I found a 460 BB Ford and a C6 tranny at a yard sale. I paid $150 for both. They sat in my garage for a couple of years, then I sold them both for $250.

    I've also found tools and other odds an ends at garage sales. Swap meets can also be a good place to find stuff, especially on the last day of the meet.
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    I was recently asked about a Lincoln ARC welder a guy found at a yard sale for only $200,
    the answer to which welder you'll want depends on what your intended use for the welder is, most guys understandably want to get into welding as cheaply as they can, and they see a 220volt 230 amp arc welder for less than $400 and think thats a great idea, but you mention auto body work, that generally involves thin sheet steel and an ARC welder like your talking about is a rather poor choice for that, that welder is fine for welding up car trailers or brackets on rear differentials or most things made from 3/16-3/8" steel but it will be a P.I.T.A, on thin 24-20 gauge sheet steel fenders and doors etc. compared to a decent MIG or TIG
    Id suggest you take the class BEFORE you buy a welder
    and if its body work your intending to do a small MIG or TIG is a far better choice

    read thru these

    http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/....php?f=60&t=72


    http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...hp?f=60&t=1669

    since your looking for a basically do everything auto body and frame welder, Id suggest this, as a great choice


    http://www.welders-direct.com/mercha...ct_Code=907422

    if your ONLY doing sheet metal body work and on a limited budget

    http://www.welders-direct.com/mercha...ct_Code=907335

    btw
    if you check your local bargain trader and Craig,s list or EBAY theres a good chance you can find a used miller,Lincoln or HTP TIG WELDER that would do an even better job that would normally cost several thousand dollar$ for a similar cash out lay
    something like these used TIGS can be less than 1/2 price and a screaming deal, keep in mind a decent TIG can also do aluminum
    just stick to name brands LINCOLN,MILLER,HTP and do the research to verify its still got parts availability (LESS THAN 10 years old usually)


    its a great idea to take a welding class before buying a welder
    pay attention when they start talking and TIG welding,water cooled vs air cooled,torches, shield gas,,ceramic gas shields,selection,electrode selection,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfOqyqKR0IU


    and MIG welding about shield gas,wire size,,wire speeds, etc. because those will become important to your results


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpBFUrpUGZg

    http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...php?f=60&t=530

    http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/....php?f=60&t=72


    a good quality MIG will work ok,on thin body panels
    BUT a good quality TIG is even better!
    giving better heat control and better weld quality

    I can,t see how you can get by without at least one decent welder in your shop,
    Ive got 4 welders, arc,mig,tig,and a gas torch, but I could easily get by with just both a good 300 amp TIG and an OXY-ACETYLENE welders, the migs faster and easier but not as versatile in my opinion, the arc welders fine for frames and heavy steel but its not much good on the delicate things


    look around your area for a deal with a complete used 250-300 amp tig system like this with water cooled torch,pump,welder and your thousand$ ahead of buying new in come cases

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    Found an L-88 427 intake for $15.
    & a set of 66 427 Vette fender emblems for $5

    Found a 69 Z28 factory Holley Carb for $20


    The local flea market is also a great place as most people are selling clothes & fake jewelry.

    Got a set of 4.33 gears that fit my 442 for $25. Not bad considering they were not available anywhere at the time.

    Also got a coffee can full (literally to the top) of various taps for $10.
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    one source many guys over look is buying a set of used tools and tool chests
    yes you NEED to know EXACTLY what your looking at and be able to judge condition and accurately calculate the true value
    keep looking on craigs list and the bargain trader and specifically ask about tools at yard sales, you may be surprised occasionally at the deals that are occasionally to be had, yes easily 70% of the (DEALS) are junk, cheap crappy tools , and tool chests but there are bargains to be had, on, name brand, MAC, and CRAFTSMAN, and SNAP-ON TOOL CHESTS
    because every so often,some guys widow or ex-wife unloads a ton of tools and tool boxes for a decent price, now IM not suggesting they will be dirt cheap, but a bargain, price, I had a friend recently pay $5000, to acquire two fully loaded with tools ,large snap on boxes, from a recently widowed gal and both party's felt they got a good deal
    remember tools are expensive and darn few guys want to cough up $3-$4,$5-$10K for a fully loaded set of mechanics tools that were purchased over many years mostly in $30-$80 purchases, that may easily have totaled three to four times that cost over the 30-40 years they took to accumulate
    he did a quick estimate and found if the same tool chests and tools were purchased at current prices he would pay at LEAST $25K
    look, good tools last more than a few years, it only makes sense to buy used if the price is right, its not like quality mechanics tools are a tuna sandwich that's going to go bad in a few days at most

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    Especiially true for older tools. The older quality cannot be beat.
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    Especially true with older tools. The pre-china quality cannot be beat.

    I have tons of my Dads old Craftsman tools that I hope never break, because they are 10x better than the junk Sears sells now.
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