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Some part value questions
« on: January 24, 2016, 06:34:09 AM »
I am a hobby seller on Ebay
I ran across a Cruising wagon in a local yard it was a rust bucket the side panels were rusted out so I grabbed the port holes and trim, the 3 gauge panel, the factory rear window louvers, and I puled the rear window with defroster with all the wiring and switch and relay, I left the glass because they wanted $80 for it and I was not sure what it was worth also I did not have a meter with me to check to see it it had an open circuit or not.

Okay now for the questions

 (1) is the rear heated window conversion a desirable option? lets say worth $225 shipped to the lower 48 or $175-200 for a local pick up

(2) the factory Carlite portals with seals and plastic trim how hard to come by are they? Is $150 shipped a fair price?

(3) The Factory wagon rear window louvers were they held on at the bottom with allen head screws and nutserts  how rare are they and what is the value of a set in decent shape needing repainted?

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Re: Some part value questions
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2016, 12:04:04 PM »
I'm no expert on the Cruise Wagons, but seeing 60 people have read this and no replies.... .

I frequent self serve yards about 25 times a year.  I have only ever seen one cruise wagon since 2007. Ironically it was when I flew to No. Cal. to get my Pinto and stopped at a Pick N' Pull in Sacramento.  One of the round windows was broken and I recall the interior pieces not looking too good. Thus, to me they seem quite rare. That said a while back someone was looking for panels and a member here said he had three sets and I'd assume they included the glass. So, maybe not as rare as I think.  I have a very vague recollection they were asking about $250 for a set (steel and interior panels with windows - plus shipping).

The three gauge panel set ,when found, were going for about $35 in the yards.  Somehow I got a set in the last few years for about $15. Every yard and even every cashier is different.

The louvers I couldn't begin to guess their value. The heated glass I doubt has much interest. At this point the car probably wouldn't be out on the road in foul weather and its functional value might not be there. Now if someone was looking for a full option features then maybe there is that rare buyer.  Most Pinto owners just seem to be interested in either keeping them running, or making them go faster.

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Re: Some part value questions
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2016, 03:14:18 PM »
Biggest thing on the gauge panels is to look at the white plastic back of them. They dry out and crumble into dust.

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Re: Some part value questions
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2016, 09:56:12 PM »
Thanks for the replies

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Re: Some part value questions
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2016, 09:43:00 AM »
if you get the gauge cluster - get the harness with it!!!
cruising panels are not as rare as the hardware that holds them on - the glass is not that hard to find! if it has the front lower spoiler under the front bumper that is a wanted part!!!

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Re: Some part value questions
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2016, 09:10:30 PM »
I am a hobby seller on Ebay
I ran across a Cruising wagon in a local yard it was a rust bucket the side panels were rusted out so I grabbed the port holes and trim, the 3 gauge panel, the factory rear window louvers, and I puled the rear window with defroster with all the wiring and switch and relay, I left the glass because they wanted $80 for it and I was not sure what it was worth also I did not have a meter with me to check to see it it had an open circuit or not.

Okay now for the questions

 (1) is the rear heated window conversion a desirable option? lets say worth $225 shipped to the lower 48 or $175-200 for a local pick up

(2) the factory Carlite portals with seals and plastic trim how hard to come by are they? Is $150 shipped a fair price?

(3) The Factory wagon rear window louvers were they held on at the bottom with allen head screws and nutserts  how rare are they and what is the value of a set in decent shape needing repainted?

 I have parted out my fair share of Pinto's in the last 10 years so this is all based on my experience with that and ebay.  It is hard to sell large pieces of glass, especially on ebay.  First of all nobody wants to pay for shipping.  Second it needs to be packaged properly for it to survive the ride.  I have never been successful in getting rid of all the glass from a Pinto I have parted.  There is really not a lot of demand.  I have a lot of it and I am going to keep what I need for my personal cars and get rid of the rest as I am tired of storing it. 

With that being said, I am not sure if you ended up with the rear window glass or not?  It sounds like you left it.  Unfortunately the rear window defogger wiring / assembly is not very desirable based on my experience.  I yanked a few complete assemblies and tried to sell them off and on but nobody bit.  This has been 3-4 years now.  So maybe things have changed.  I was trying to sell the complete wiring for like $40.

The port holes you will sell.  I think I sold my last set of glass and seals for like $40.  The trim rings depend on color and condition.  The last set I had were red and faded.  I think I got $25 for the pair.  Black is what everyone wants.  If they are black and in good shape id say $40-$60. 

The louvers are a good find.  My cruising wagon had them at one time because I saw the holes in the hatch but I never found a set in the 8 years I owned it.  Again it depends on condition.  The nicer they are the more they are worth.  I found a rough set a couple years after I sold my car.  They needed refinishing and a little straightening and it was missing some of the prop rod things.  I got like $175 for them.  If they were in nicer shape I think I could have got $250 easy.  I have seen one set go for $400.  This was years ago though.

So if you make it back to the wrecking yard, as mentioned before the chin spoiler and brake ducts are worth grabbing.  The side panels are hard to sell even if they were in good shape due the shipping cost.  Grab the gauges, the sport steering wheel if it is in good shape.  The sport door mirrors.  The screw covers for the side panels are a nice find as well as they are usually missing.  The rubber ones are by the front doors and the metal ones by the rear hatch.  The AC jockey box thing that is near the shifter.  Anything black interior that is good, dome light, visors, kick panels, arm rests, door panels, if they are in good shape they will all sell.  The shifter boot if a 4spd and in good shape.

Again, this is all based on my experience.  Good luck to you sir.
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Re: Some part value questions
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2016, 06:39:53 AM »
Thanks Tigger
I usually pull just about any and all sport mirrors, as well as good condition sport wheels both horn and non horn style  but both items on this one was not even worth pulling, no chin spoiler on it either,  Yes I left the glass, for the reasons you mentioned but the wiring switch and relay I did pull it can always use that kinda of stuff on other projects