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Old 10-18-2010, 09:08 PM
Rondog Rondog is offline
 
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Here awhile back I mentioned an '03 I saw in a gun shop in Atwood, Kansas, absolutely caked with cosmoline and priced at $1700. It really was a gooey mess. I was in there again recently, and he'd swabbed some of the cosmo off and marked it down. It was only $1500 this time. Blows my mind.

My theory is that it was probably a DCM purchase way back when, and whoever the farmer or local was that bought it was so turned off by the cosmo, he just stuck it in the closet and never messed with it. Then it was recently uncovered by his heirs and sold at this gun shop. Somewhere along the line someone must have decided it's a priceless antique.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:43 PM
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One of the red flags here is the missing sights, etc. The barrel weld is buried under the wood. Bolt faces were/were not welded. (in my experience)(yes, CMP drill rifles). Front sights were often absent (less points to stick to and cut up the drill-ees). Stocks often beat up (from banging around). Rear sights often missing (03) or stripped (03a3). Many other points of difference in the drill rifles. As these are 03's there's no point in thinking "rebuild" or "restore" - unless it would be to make a better looking wall hanger of them. 03a3 is debatable (see "Val" comment above), but it still isn't worth the time and money for us ordinary mortals. Cheaper and way more effective to put our time and $$$ to use buying a better one. Now the improve appearance for wall hanging and the like is something to consider. Oh, returning to the restore thing... I actually would consider building one into a 22 --- maybe a 22 hornet. I don't see how anyone can argue "unsafe" for that conversion. -- Make a good gallery practice gun for the CMP games.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:11 AM
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What the old timers always forget to tell you about the 16.00 dollar 1903"s is that in 1965 most guys were lucky to make 2 bucks an hour,and were feeding 3 kids on it.You were lucky to have 16 dollars of mad money back then.If you were a G.I. in the 60"s, pay started at 78.00 a month!BEFORE taxes!
I was making minimum wage which just went up to $1.25 per hour and where I lived in 65 the price of gasoline was 19 cents per gallon. In 68 my base pay as an E-2 just out of basic training was $102.30 per month. I would put the 27.30 in my pocket when I cashed my check and put the $75.00 in my credit union account. I saved up for a car and got it in no time. It was surprising how far that 27.30 went back then. If any was left over I just bumped up my savings deposit. Wouldn't it be great to be back there again knowing what we know now. I'd have bought more guns and gold.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:40 AM
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3300-4000 bucks got you a pretty loaded Pontiac GTO in 68. cheapest entry-level new auto was likely Nova, Comet, Falcon. Price would likely be around 2000 new. Around 3 years at PV2, but just a couple at CPL/SPC4.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:10 PM
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3300-4000 bucks got you a pretty loaded Pontiac GTO in 68. cheapest entry-level new auto was likely Nova, Comet, Falcon. Price would likely be around 2000 new. Around 3 years at PV2, but just a couple at CPL/SPC4.
Don't forget the Maverick and Pinto. Yeah, I wanted a 67 SS 396 Chevelle but missed the model year and wasn't that thrilled with the 68 so ended up getting a 63 Le Mans (Lemons) on what I could afford. The monthly car payment was $42 per month.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:49 PM
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maverick and pinto are 70's cars. pinto 70, maverick 73.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:15 PM
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what no mopar guys here? 68 was a good year. super bee, road runner were both cheap starter cars and a BB dart was about 3k or so. My 70 challenger r/t with a 383 4spd with a bunch of options sold new for 3100.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:56 AM
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I worked in a cannery in 1963. Made $1.45 an hour for hard, physical labor. I had a friend lose his arm in a mean accident at that cannery. A high number '03 cost $39.95 from Klein's and was an entire weeks wage. Gas was cheap and I walked whenever I could.
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