I'm starting to think about what big things I will be taking to Hershey (less than 2 months away) and I have an early TT rear end (the one with the big flanges) that I'm contemplating taking, but might not because its big and heavy and I'm not sure its worth much. The questions are
1) Do you think there's enough interest that someone would buy this thing?
2) What do you think it would be worth (no wheels, springs or radius rods, but probably a good drive shaft)?
As a related question, I have a big pile of later TT rears (like 10 of them, I may need counseling) and don't value them too highly. I may disassemble them and scrap the housings. Am I correct that these are of little to no value (not counting possible good internal parts for saving)? I feel bad scrapping good parts, but these seem to be so common that I just can't visualize anyone wanting them for anything other than boat anchor or large counterweight for something.
I can't speak to value or desirability, but I deeply regret scrapping many cars back in the day that had no hot following or cash value that today would be of great interest and perhaps even substantial value.
I am not a money-driven guy and see it more in terms of "once it's gone, it's gone forever". You can't UNring the bell. My own choice would be to find an interested party who would preserve them, if I could not do so myself. Practical ? No. But then no one EVER accused me of being practical !
A good used High speed ring gear and worm are worth at least $250. Someone just sold a set at that price in the classifieds not long ago.
If I were going I would buy it. If I were closer I would buy all 10; and you thought you need counseling!
Generally a whole TT rear axle is around $20-30. I did buy one at Chickasha last year for $25.
I give a average of 10 to 75 for them. I have 8 or so here. 1 I paid even more for but it was because a salvage yard took the time to contact the Tarheel T's and ask if someone would want it instead of feeding it to the grinder. I wanted to let them know it is appreciated when they try to help preserve stuff.
I think it was 125. It did have most of a chassis that was bent but good rear crossmember and springs. Some wheel parts.But the rings on the wheels were rusted thru darn it. Respokebale wheels to.
Another thing. If the driveshaft is inside the tube that is good and hard to find as everybody made rock pokers with them and pry bars.
I need a good 1 myself for a future C cab project..
Jeff, I PM'd you!
After some thought, maybe after I get the good parts out, including drive shafts, and use them as axles for heavy duty wagons or something. I'll feel better about that then scrapping them.
Jeff I'm always looking for good axles and bearings. I'm looking for several sets now. Please don't scrap them.
oh no, I was just thinking of scrapping the housings. All the good parts like bearings, gears, washers, etc. would be saved.
If you throw away parts then i can't use them. And i don't know how to make housings. There may be other ppl like me out there, it is possible.
I believe the interest in TT's is growing as we speak. I have one restored and enough parts for another chassis as well. The scrap yard is not an option for me. Someone, somewhere will be looking for those housings someday.