Telluride Patrol

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Postby plateaucal » Tue May 19, 2020 4:52 pm

I finally met the owner of this Patrol, today. It was her deceased husband's car and he used it in the mountains around Telluride. She was amenable to selling it but also likes where it is for sake of memories. I asked her if it had the original tool box and jack. She didn't know but said I could have them if they were in there. And guess what!!!! They were....not there. So close. I did not want to nit pic here regarding the one remaining hubcap or locking gas cap, but left my contact information.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Tue May 19, 2020 6:01 pm

Original soft top.
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Postby plateaucal » Tue May 19, 2020 7:47 pm

RiverPatrol wrote:Original soft top.


I got the phone number from the son and texted him a picture of my Patrol and thanked them for their indulgence. Very nice people. I also asked if there were any parts stashed away.

Anyway, regarding this vehicle there is nothing of value to me, but I hate to see it rot, but some people do. Maybe there is something worth chasing down...or not.
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Postby zed » Tue May 19, 2020 11:01 pm

If she is agreeable to sell the hubcap(s), please let her know they would be well cared for, mounted on my family's lovingly restored Patrol.
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Postby jwgreen » Wed May 20, 2020 4:40 pm

I could use the front passenger seat if someone parts this thing out, even though I hate to seem them parted out.. :doh: :doh:
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Postby RiverPatrol » Wed May 20, 2020 4:45 pm

jwgreen wrote:I could use the front passenger seat if someone parts this thing out, even though I hate to seem them parted out.. :doh: :doh:

Wrong year.
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Postby moore_rb » Wed May 20, 2020 8:36 pm

I spy rust on the rear corner... How badly is the front end crunched? and does the engine turn over?

lots of questions.

Would it be worth a 15 hour round trip to this salty old junk-miner? Maybe- After all, I once drove all the way to El Paso Texas and back for what eventually became the blue bondo bucket (triple B) parked out in my side yard right now - But, I got REALLY lucky with my 66- I bought it as a non-running parts truck and all it ended up needing was a wave of the magic wand.... and a new suspension, and some serious frame surgery, and a body-off rebuild and paintjob, and, and...

Wait, just HOW lucky did I get????? :think:

Yeah, I don't think there are any round trips to Telluride in my car-hauler's immediate future... :lol:

But then again- I also did two 12 hour round trips to California to gather up my 62 Ramona-Zona softtop Patrol, and the 65 hardtop scrapper, turned numbers matching resto-mod candidate... so maybe.... :think:

Yeah, NO. No trips to Colorado.

No, no, no, no, no.....










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Postby moore_rb » Wed May 20, 2020 8:48 pm

jwgreen wrote:I could use the front passenger seat if someone parts this thing out, even though I hate to seem them parted out.. :doh: :doh:


Sometimes parting them out is the best tribute you can pay to the long life and years of service they put in...

But this one- if it's still got all it's original numbers, along with known/documented ownership history (old family photos, etc) Who knows- It could still maintain more value than the sum of its parts, to the right buyer....


Who, we have clearly established, isn't me :)
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Postby plateaucal » Thu May 21, 2020 9:18 am

Well, that is kind of where I was going with this. It would not take much to go up and get it. Just an afternoon. And god knows, I love taking stuff apart and not putting it back together. Problem is I don't have any personal incentive to do so other than help my bro's and sis on 60Patrol. And that is good enough. If there was a professional assessment that it would be worth the effort than I might give it a go as long as I can break even or close.

The question is; what is it worth? $500, $1000. It couldn't be much more.

Robert, buy that one in Pagosa. I think it is still available. I accidentally texted the seller and the price is still $7600 and it needs to be gone! That's about 9 hours from Phoenix.
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Postby plateaucal » Thu May 21, 2020 9:52 am

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Postby plateaucal » Thu May 21, 2020 9:58 am

Let's assume that the vehicle was just parked there for no other reason than the owner stopped using it. Or maybe it was a small issue that cannot be readily fixed in a mountain town back in the seventies or eighties. Could it still run and maybe....well you know.
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Postby moore_rb » Thu May 21, 2020 10:18 am

plateaucal wrote:The question is; what is it worth? $500, $1000. It couldn't be much more.


It's "worth" whatever the right buyer is willing to pay, matched up to whatever the current owner is willing to accept...

"Value" depends on the condition of the powertrain - 2 minutes would determine if the engine turns, and if it does, one additional hour to pull plugs and check for compression in all 6...

If the engine makes compression, then it can be made to run. That's the difference between a Patrol that might be worth maybe 750-1000 as it sits (my armchair estimate), versus one that could be worth 1800-2000.

From what I see, this one has little going for it besides the rarity of being an early softtop, and the number of rare parts still present (mirrors, seats, early door handles (if they work) wheels, one hubcap, one glass turn signal, etc...

But, I will reflect on the philosophy I repeat over and over again with my nephews every time they text me a photo of something they find sitting out in the desert under a tree... "Just because it's old and rare, doesn't mean its valuable..." Value returns when it can once again regain it's primary purpose as an operational machine, and a driveable motor-vehicle."

There probably isn't much value sitting there, body-wise. The tub is a yellow flag- Visible rust holes are like small portals looking into a much nastier alternate Universe. Once I see rust-through anywhere on the body, I immediately go for the frame- body rust is all cosmetic. Frame and chassis rust are legitimate danger-signals.

The tub rust probably indicates that the firewall is also cancerous-That's an iffy proposition as well.

If you are hemming and hawing about whether you really want to buy it- Then start hemming and hawing on whether or not you want to SAVE it. Don't buy it on the off chance that someone else might come along some day to take it off your hands and save it... Instead, just keep the owner's contact info to pass along to them when that day comes... JMHO ;)

plateaucal wrote:Robert, buy that one in Pagosa. I think it is still available. I accidentally texted the seller and the price is still $7600 and it needs to be gone! That's about 9 hours from Phoenix.



Yeah, no.

No, no, no, no no....


















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Postby plateaucal » Thu May 21, 2020 8:58 pm

Yep, no. Rather go catfishing.
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Postby Daner » Thu May 21, 2020 10:36 pm

Great pics, thanks for posting. Looks like it needs a rescue. Hopefully it will find a home!
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