I believe Jim is the name of the gentleman who hauls enclosed loads (cars). If anyone has his contact information, would you please PM me?
Here ya' go Rob:
Hope that works for you.
Oops! You said to PM you. Sorry. I really need to read these posts more carefully. It's early.
He posts his location and phone number in the classifieds often.
Thanks guys. I have a friend trying to move a car from the east coast to western IL.
This fellow will only haul "from where he's at", not from where you want, so you'll have to wait until he ends up on the east coast near the car to be hauled.
I am in FL and wanted a car taken west and was told that FL was a "dead zone"...no cars in, so no cars out.
From what I gather, he has a good reputation, so was sorry that he never anticipated a time that he would be near me...
Scott, I know how you feel, I wanted him to haul a 41 Olds from Northern NY to Trenton NJ and was told it wasnt worth his time because the distance was to short. He kinda lost me permanently as a customer at that point. I do find it funny that when he does post he's sorta advertizing on the forum instead of the classifieds. Iv had Horseless Carriage do my hauling when needed and they do just fine.
I reached Jim by phone, and was told the location on the east coast was "a dead zone" and the place along I-80 was the same way because it was in the center of the U.S. and not likely to have another load nearby ready. He was very direct and forthright, and I do appreciate that..
When requesting (paying) for a service, my preference is to deal with people who tend to "make things happen," not tell me it isn't going to happen (at least the way I would like).
Oh well, plenty of carriers out there, it was just a thought.
Thanks for the responses,
I can understand the "too short" issue. All I wanted was a quote based on mileage, with pick-up at any time in any month. The "never get to FL" issue was what surprised me, but hauling isn't my business, and if few cars are coming to FL, and lots are trying to leave, I suppose he would know.
Try Intercity Lines. I used them to transport my T from Arizona to Georgia and was very pleased with their service.
Here's a site where you can post your need and get offers to evaluate from various transporters:
I will be in Florida the first part of December with my enclosed trailer that I pull my 1919 Touring car and lots of free time on my hands, Just an FYI
So Rob you bought the car
I always use either Intercity Lines or Passport Transport. If you do use a "small guy" please make sure you actually see valid proof of insurance. Your insurance will not cover you if you car is damaged while being transported by a "for hire" car hauler.
Rob...I'll PM you with a guy out of NJ that I've used, very reasonable, he should be able to accomodate.
He also lost me as a customer to. asked if he would haul a car and he told me to buy a car closer.
I wouldn't be looking for a Car Hauler if I had found the car I had been searching for a l-o-n-g time that was closer.
I got someone else.
Must be nice to be an "Independent" businessman. Although I can see his point. Deadheading several hundred miles to move a load only a short distance is a losing deal. He could be a little more diplomatic however. You never know when the next time a customer calls he may have a lucrative job available.
Same experience as Rob when I called him about transport of a vehicle from Ohio to Massachusetts.
I give Jim 12 points out of 10. He did a great job for me and even helped me push a TT chassis almost a block from where we unloaded to my garage. He was very upfront about cost and communicated very well.
Yes you might have to wait until he is in the area, but it will save you a ton of cash by doing it that way.
Everybody here is missing the most important thing here, and am I one of only two to pick up on it?
Rob what is your new car?......
pics to follow?.......
I, too, have had negative contact with "said" hauler. I won't go into details, but if anyone wants the details, PM me.
Having bought and sold many, many, many cars over the years, I find that there really is no price difference between the large guys such as Passport, Reliable and Intercity versus the small independent guys. The large companies do not charge a "dead head" fee, they have satelite tracking so you know where your car is at any moment and, as I stated before, they carry more than enough insurance.Since they have multiple trucks on the road at any given time, they also tend to pick up and drop off faster than the one haulers. The one time I did have a problem occured when something fell on a convertible top and put a small hole in the material. The car was being transported by Reliable. I was going to replace the top anyway (it was old, tired and faded), but when I pointed this out to the driver, he quickly filled out a claim report and by the end of the day, the office had called me. They asked what I thought the cost of a brand new top plus installation/labor would be. I gave them a price which I felt was way too high because I assumed they were going to give me a counter offer. Instead, the person on the phone said "that's more than reasonable" and the next day an overnight letter came with a check.
Covered carrier service from CT to WA priced out at between $1650 (Reliable) and $3425 (Passport), so let's not be so
certain in our proclamations that they all price out the same.
Reliable never called me back on three calls to them.
I hired Andrew Auto Transport, but after 3 weeks of no action and too many excuses, I got ...
Autotransport123 on the job. Comms have been excellent to both myself and the seller and if all goes as they say, it
will be picked up tomorrow.
I too have shipped a lot of cars and some think their service is solid gold, but there is a middle group that are priced
within reason AND get the job done with good comms and timely pickup/delivery.
Thanks guys, an interesting and informative thread on haulers. I too have had a fair number of cars hauled over the last ten or so years, and for the most part thought the prices fair (or I wouldn't have chosen them) and the service good. I thought I'd look at something different and had seen this hauler mentioned on the forum several times. Maybe another time....although I think my car buying days are about over.
Mike and Jerry,
Yes, something may be up. This is a three or four way deal (trading, buying, and exchanging), so a lot of moving pieces. As a result, a few cars (not just mine) must be moved around and a few T's crossed (that's a pun) and i's dotted before it will happen, if it does.
Thanks again for all the experiences and insights on shipping,
Jim's advice last summer saved me a bunch of money. Jim said get someone from a club to haul the thing to someone else in a club. (combonation machine) So I put out a request on Fordbarn. It worked out very well.
I have also moved a item or too for Form members.
Im thinking that I might get into the car hauling trade. As I mentioned, The first part of December I will be in central Florida with my enclosed trailer and I see the largest mistake that appears to happen is either a lack of consummation or the distance is to short. So here's my question, If you as a customer would you be willing to a dead head fee from me to come to your pick up point and haul your toy from point to point? I know there are a large number of folks that would rather pay a little more for there toy to be the haulers only responsibility rather than a dozen cars on there rig.
The negative comments concerning Jim are unwarranted. He is a business man trying to make it in a tough trade and was honest and truthful when replying that he couldn't make a haul. I'm sure he could have done the job for a price, but chose instead not to rip you off charging a huge amount. He has delivered several vehicles to the MTFCA museum, done so with care and his help has been greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend his services. Jerry
Jerry, I appreciated Jim's direct approach. I suspect had the cars we need moved been in a path he was taking it would have worked out well. However, I have never had a problem finding "rides" for cars I've had hauled before, and don't think I'll have a problem is this case. Had Jim been available I would have enlisted his services. That was the reason for the thread in the first place.
Rob, no beef here Jim just last week brought a car her to Hays for a friend.
I do not remember Ford making a Model I.......lol
I would second the motion that Jim is strong on comms and this is a plus, not a minus, even if it is blunt or not what we want to hear.
Lots of outfits out there who will string you along with promises and excuses. I'd rather hear it up front and push on to the next step than
get a line of Bravo-Sierra.
BTW - the TT was picked up this AM and is en route, AS PROMISED, by AT123. A clean drop, and I will give them an extra slice of raisin
pie for a perfect job done.
Jerry H., I should have wrote "Jerry K" on my last post. BTW, I have a neat truck radiator if you know of anyone looking for one.
Jim must be busy.... And he wants to keep it simple. I wanted an engine moved from WI to southern CA at any time it was convenient for him. I would pick it up anywhere in SOuthern CA.
He was not interested.
In the end, a friend and I drove up there, took a week for the trip, cost almost as much as the parts were worth, but we had a great time..
Saw this early in the morning as I am leaving Winnemucca, NV for Medford, OR to drop off ...
Anyone who calls me - I give them the best advice regarding the logistics of transport.
I can't haul from the East Coast when I am on the West Coast.
And - if I have no scheduled loads going to a location a car needs to be hauled out of - I cannot give a date when I will be in that area.
To me - that is common sense ....
I do not subsidize the transport of vehicles ...
I do donate unloaded miles and reduce my rate for the MTFCA Museum because I have a great respect for Barbara & Jay along with all the guys who show up when I unload .....
Everyone I haul for pays the unloaded miles from the closest drop off location I can get to - to their pick up location.
Some folks wait for connecting loads - some folks do not want to pay unloaded miles.
Most folks are realistic & reasonable when it comes to having their Model T or other vehicle hauled.
Some folks went out to lunch years ago & never came back ...
I will add this ....
Winter is almost here & according to the 2015 Old Farmers Almanac - it will be as bad or perhaps worse than last year ...
A man should be prepared to go after what he bought if he chooses to buy a vehicle or a part at a distance from where he lives.
If he cannot or will not do that ..
He should be prepared to pay a fair price that reflects the operating cost of equipment - the price of #2 diesel fuel ...
Along with the labor involved - to have someone else do it with same care & consideration he would exercise ...
At the end of the year - I am lucky if I break even ...
But - I like to travel & enjoy folks and the cars I am fortunate enough to haul ...
Whine only goes good with Cheese ....
Freighter Jim, can you post your business name and address? The BBB can not locate you in Ohio. Your telephone comes back to a different State. I tried Jim Jarzabek and truly vintage transport. Respectfully, charlie
His web address is in his profile
He has a northern Indiana cell phone no.
Jim hauled my 27 Roadster from Ohio to New Jersey. Yes I did pay for unloaded miles to the pickup point. From the time I first contacted Jim til when the car was delivered to my driveway was less then two weeks. Jim's price was at least a third lower then anyone else's price. He kept in closed contact with me and delivered right on time.
I am self employed and understand just how difficult it is to run a small business. The bottom line is Jim came thru with what he promised.
He changed his profile name from "Jim" to "Freighter Jim"
"Jim hauled my 27 Roadster from Ohio to New Jersey. Yes I did pay for unloaded miles to the pickup point. From the time I first contacted Jim til when the car was delivered to my driveway was less then two weeks. Jim's price was at least a third lower then anyone else's price. He kept in closed contact with me and delivered right on time.
I am self employed and understand just how difficult it is to run a small business. The bottom line is Jim came thru with what he promised.
So, let me get this straight ... we got someone here who tells it like it is, even if it isn't what we might want to hear,
and then has the audacity to perform as promised, stay in close contact with the client, AND does it at a good price ?
Wassamatta this guy ?
I don't know about anyone else, but I prefer a sweet talkin' non-performer who hits me with a big surprise bill.
I will be in Spokane the 26th picking up a car headed to San Jose, CA ....
Thanks for the kind words ....
Long day driving from Winnemucca, NV to Medford, OR to drop off this nicely restored 1931 Model A wide bed steel roof pick up ....
a person who loads, receives, or forwards goods for transport.
In ' Dances With Wolves ' .....
Robert Pastorelli played ' Timmons ' the Freighter who took supplies on a buckboard to Lieutenant Dunbars' outpost on the prairie ....
One of my favorite characters in that movie & my inspiration for ' Freighter Jim ' .....
I sometimes think I was born 100 plus years too late ...
I tend to favor the road less traveled ...
Call the truck and trailer "Jake and Jim"?? ws
I like that ....
Freighter Jim, Because you are a straight shooter i am sure you just missed my question. Can you post your business name and address? Perhaps someone that tells us how great he is knows His business address and will post it for Him. respectfully, charlie
Folks who I do actual business with ....
I share information with.
freighter Jim, thank you for your honesty. For others every day it is posted on this forum to do your homework before you spend your money. You can not check with the BBB if you do not have the name and address of the business. I wanted to have a car transported Jim is one of the people i contacted. How did the rest of you check before spending your money? Some might answer they checked on the internet but there is too much misinformation. There are pages of complaints if you use telephone numbers,names or addresses,but most can not be verified. respectfully,charlie
I think the many testimonials from many forum members should suffice. I have dealt with Jim several times for several pricy loads ( not model t) and he did a flawless job, and I saved a lot of money over the big boys bids. I can also state I could not have done it cheaper by myself. I believe he is doing it for the love of seeing the country. He certainly isn't getting wealthy or waiting to steal just your car. Some forget when contacting him that this is a big country. I have reached out to him a couple of times and he could not help. It didn't offend me or make me mad, I just went elsewhere. If he is not in the area or not planning on being in the area, he will not be able to help and will tell you that. If you flunked patience in school, and have deep pockets, you should probably go somewhere else to start with. I can say he is an honest and reputable guy , and that from first hand experience.
Deal directly with who hauls your vehicle.
Give no credit card number.
Be prepared to pay a fair price that reflects the
cost of operating equipment.
I used to be a member of the BBB for years - but the BBB has proven to me to be useless in resolving customer complaints and I have a low opinion of them.
The first trailer I bought literally broke apart less than (6) months after I bought it.
The manufacturer & the dealer I bought from were both BBB members.
After (3) months my complaint(s) were closed - my trailer was not repaired - I took a significant loss that amounted to thousands of dollars.
Personally - I have been a paying member of the MTFCA for several years & I have and will continue donating my time and services as needed.
I have hauled for several MTFCA Members and non members of Model T vehicles - well over a hundred to date over many years.
I should add that Jim advertises on nearly every old car website that I have ever checked out. He has for many , many years now. If there has ever been a problem with him it would be plastered everywhere instantly. I have never seen a complaint posted except he couldn't help someone with a haul. (Which really isn't a valid complaint)
Why someone would start this thread with such an inquiry is bizarre to me. A very simple search would provide any info needed.
The reason I asked for the contact information was because I knew of a few friends with a couple of different load needs, have seen Jim's posts over the years, and thought I would check with him. However, other than "Jim", I had no other contact info.
I've seen others posters "advertise" parts on these threads, and certainly didn't think it "bizarre" to ask (by pm, if you bother to read the original post) for contact info.
Unfortunately, it was not going to work out so we are looking elsewhere. It sounds as though Jim has hauled many cars for MTFCA members, with good results. That seems like a good thing to know (although not what I was asking about at the beginning of the thread). If that's "bizarre," so be it.
Lot of bizarre things on this thread - but your initial question wasn't one of them Rob.
If you hit his name you can PM him, or see his website. Sounds like a roundabout way to reach the guy, IMO. You either aren't very smart or just want everybody to know your business. You have been on this site for years, so has Jim. Now it's just a long thread to rehash complaints by people that have never used him, and attaboys for ones that have.
Good thing I have you to tell me I'm not very smart. Otherwise I might not have known, thanks. And coming from a class act, it really hits home. I'll try to do better......
There were two choices there
Who peed in your Wheaties, Tim?
Thank you very much for your comments ....
I honestly do appreciate them.
Thanks to everyone I have hauled for in the past & those I have yet to meet.
Thanks to Barbara & Jay and the MTFCA Museum which is the absolute finest member supported institution I have set foot in ....
I have the absolute best job in the world.
I get to travel the lower 48 states & meet nice folks in the course of providing a service that is needed.
I think this thread has ran its' course so we can all move on to other matters .....
By Freighter Jim on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:29 pm:
I will be in Spokane the 26th picking up a car headed to San Jose, CA ....
Give me a call and I'll buy you lunch (if you have time). five-0-nine, nine-five-three, forty-one, fifty.
I'm surprised some of the forum detectives/searchers haven't picked up on the name "Jim" Jarzabek as printed in the last Vintage Ford.
Google it and draw your own conclusions.
I didn't have a last name, so no opportunity to check google. Turns out there is a lot of information out there.
"not so smart" Rob
Fred, I found the VF piece to be a haunting story....
You also need to remember the the BBB sells good ratings to businesses who are willing to pay. The BBB is the last place I would go to get information about transporting a T, this forum is the first,and Jim would be at the top of my list.
The best quote from Dances with Wolves was "Why don't he write?"
Interesting, indeed - 28 of them...
Google, et al sure beats the "information please" telephone operators we spoke with in years past.
The fact is ...
The person who started this thread ...
Did not even own a vehicle that needs to be transported.
Folks are entitled to their own opinions - not their own facts.
I live and do business every day in the real world.
IF what some clearly disturbed individuals purported to be factual was actual true - that would not be possible.
In the reality of day to day business I am frank - direct - honest in my dealings and some people do not like that.
Some people who transport vehicles for a living believe it to be effective to actively attack what they perceive to be " the competition ".
Some people believe their personal opinion of a fellow man to be factual - they sometimes go to extreme means to have other folks share their opinion.
To the point of creating - posting - maintaining lies on the internet in hopes of dissuading others in doing business with someone they do not like.
Other folks seem to sit in front of a computer all day - that is their reality - and they appear to take great pride in regurgitating cyber vomit ....
There is no defense needed against gossip - lies - slander.
The person who started this thread, that would be me, does need a vehicle moved (and one for a friend). However, it is complicated, and I thought a "non traditional" hauler might be in order because there are several moving pieces (cars and parts) and I was hopeful it might work out with an independent owner/operator. I did not choose to put all the information on this site because, as one of your satisfied customers suggested, I'm either stupid or wish everyone to know my business. It must be the former.
Do not blame me for the bad reports, nor pass along any thanks for good reports, I was only looking for a way to move several items. I immediately called after getting your number, and was informed that it would cost for any dead heading (not a surprise) and that moving something from Virginia to eastern Iowa along I-80 was a difficult proposition. I was also told that because the Farmers Almanac was calling for a severe winter, it would be difficult to move cars. As a farmer, I personally place no stock in the Almanac's weather forecasting, but that's neither here nor there, if the weather turns bad, obviously moving items stops for the time being. I've since found a private hauler and should be moving the cars/parts the first part of next week.
I've had several car moved over the years and never had a carrier tell me a pickup or drop off location was too difficult. If my schedule allowed, I'd move the parts/cars myself, but that wasn't an option.
I did not have a name, other than "Jim," and since you've advertised on this forum, I certainly didn't think it inappropriate to request contact information (you've put it on the forum before, evidently on several forums). I'm glad to hear several forum members are happy with the results and wish you nothing but the best in the future.
I'll not be coming back to this thread to learn how stupid I am, nor that I don't even have a car too haul.
Facts are: the person who started this thread was looking for information and suggested that it be sent to him via PM. Other people who were looking for information on this thread were told that information was provided only to those who you "do business with." Facts. Check them above.
All these requests for information went to a vendor of services who regularly solicits business on this forum. While much has been said of his "straight shooting" I saw only snark in his replies above. Cannot imagine that sort of attitude from any of the other vendors who associate with this hobby. Write opinions off if you want to, but they impact business. I know the one I formed while watching this unfold above.