INSPECTION REPORT

DATE: January 2, 2012

Inspector: Herbie or Ed

Year, Make, Model: 1937 Ford 2-Door Sedan Rod

Test Drive:
Does the vehicle drive straight? Y or N YES
Steering Performance? Tight or Sloppy TIGHT
Brake Performance? Good or Needs Work GOOD
Suspension Noise? Comment BANGING NOISE OVER BUMPS - SEE SUSPENSION SECTION
Bounce Test? Comment OK

Comments: THE TEST DRIVE WAS APPROXIMATELY 2.5 MILES AFTER A 30 MINUTE WARM UP PERIOD / IDLING TIME. THE ODOMETER ONLY SHOWED A ONE TENTH INCREASE AFTER THE ROAD TEST. I THINK THE ODOMETER WAS DISPLAYING THE TRIP MILEAGE, BUT WHEN THE BUTTON WAS DEPRESSED, IT DID NOT CHANGE TO A DIFFERENT DISPLAY.

Engine:
Engine Size:  350 CU. IN. Designation  N/A
Performance:  GOOD Oil Level / Quality  FULL / FAIR
Carburetor (Make, Model)  HOLLEY Engine Smoke  NONE OBSERVED
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE OBSERVED Engine Noise   NONE HEARD

Comments: WHEN THE ENGINE WAS FIRST ATTEMPTED TO BE STARTED IT WAS DIFFICULT TO START AND DID NOT WANT TO STAY RUNNING AT FIRST. I GOT THE IMPRESSION THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN STARTED FOR AWHILE. AFTER THE ENGINE WARMED UP, IT IDLED NICELY. WHEN RESTARTED, THE WARM IT STARTED NICELY. AFTER A 30 MINUTE IDLE TIME (WARMING UP) THE ENGINE RAN WELL ON THE ROAD TEST WITH NO HESITATION ON ACCELERATION.

Transmission:
Transmission Type:  AUTOMATIC TURBO 350 FWD / RWD  RWD
Fluid Level/ Quality:  FULL / FAIR Clutch Operation:  N/A
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  SEE COMMENTS Miss Shifts:  NO
Performance:  GOOD    

Comments: WHEN FIRST LOOKED AT COLD, THE INSPECTOR DID NOT SEE ANY LEAKS - AFTER WARM UP AND THE ROAD TEST, HE OBSERVED A COUPLE OF DROPS OF FLUID ON THE TRANS PAN. THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTED WELL AND NO NOISES WHERE HEARD FROM THE TRANSMISSION DURING THE ROAD TEST. THE DUST COVER OVER THE TORQUE CONVERTER IS MISSING.

Steering:
Steering Type:  MANUAL Performance:  GOOD - SEE REPORT
Fluid Level/ Quality:  N/A  
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE OBSERVED  

Comments: THE STEERING MAY PROVE DIFFICULT FOR A SMALL WOMAN TO OPERATE AT SLOW SPEEDS (LIKE PARKING IN A PARKING LOT - OR PARALLEL PARKING) BUT WHEN MOVING, IT DID NOT FEEL TOO HEAVY. THE STEERING COLUMN IS A GM TILT COLUMN AND THE LOWER HOUSING IS LOOSE. THE WHEEL MOVES UP/DOWN WHEN PUSHED UP/DOWN. THE TILT FEATURE WORKS NORMALLY. THE INSPECTOR OBSERVED THE TURN SIGNAL LEVER IS FLEXING WHEN ATTEMPTING TO ACTIVATE THE SIGNALS (AS IF IT IS READY TO BREAK). THE RIGHT SIDE TURN SIGNAL DOES NOT WORK

Brakes:
Brake Type:  DISC FRONT - DRUM REAR Performance: GOOD
Fluid Level/ Quality:  FULL / FAIR Noises: NONE HEARD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE OBSERVED  

Comments:

Rear End:
U-Joints:  GOOD Performance:  GOOD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE OBSERVED Noises:

Comments: NO UNUSUAL NOISES WERE HEARD FROM THE REAR DIFFERENTIAL AND NO VIBRATIONS WERE FELT DURING THE ROAD TEST.

Air Conditioning:
Air Conditioning:  AFTERMARKET SYSTEM Operation Noises:  GOOD - NONE HEARD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE OBSERVED  Blow Cold / Cool / Warm
Temperature Control:  GOOD  

Comments: THE A/C SYSTEM IS AN AFTERMARKET ADD-ON TYPE WHICH WAS INSTALLED BY AN A/S SPECIALTY SHOP. THE NORMAL UNDER DASH UNIT IS NOT PRESENT - THE SHOP PUT IN DASH VENTS WHICH GIVES THE APPEARANCE OF BEING MORE OF A FACTORY UNIT INSTEAD OF AN ADD-ON UNIT. THE A/C GOT COLD WHEN ACTIVATED AND THERE WAS A GOOD AIRFLOW FROM THE VENTS. THE UNDERHOOD COMPONENTS GIVE THE APPEARANCE OF BEING FACTORY TYPE COMPONENTS, WHICH ADD TO THE FACTORY LOOK OF THE INSTALLATION. I WAS UNABLE TO FIND ANY HEATER CONTROLS TO TURN ON THE HEATER

Suspension:
Suspension Type: COIL FRONT - LEAF REAR Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE OBSERVED
Noise/Operation: SEE COMMENTS  
Drive Train Type: RWD Operation / Noise: NONE HEARD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE OBSERVED  

Comments: THERE WAS A BANGING NOISE HEARD FROM THE FRONT END DURING THE ROAD TEST. WHEN QUESTIONED, THE SELLER STATED THE NOISE STARTED AFTER HE INSTALLED HEAVIER FRONT SPRINGS TO RAISE UP THE FRONT END (NOTE: THE FRONT END APPEARS TO BE A CHEVY NOVA FRONT END - IT APPEARS TO BE THE FRONT END USED FROM 1969 TO 1971). THIS CAUSED THE FRONT CONTROL ARMS TO MOVE DOWNWARD AND THEY ARE NOW MAKING CONTACT WITH THE PORTION OF THE FRAME THAT BULGES OUT TO FORM THE UPPER SPRING SEAT. TO ELEVATE THIS PROBLEM IT WOULD REQUIRE THE REINSTALLATION OF THE ORIGINAL SPRINGS (WHICH WOULD LOWER THE FRONT END BACK DOWN) OR INSTALL DIFFERENT CONTROL ARMS TO CLEAR THE SPRING SEAT BULGE.

Cooling Systgem, Radiator:
Temperature / Fan:  TEMPERATURE NORMAL - FAN OPERATION NORMAL
Performance / Noise:  PERFORMANCE GOOD - NOISE - NONE HEARD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks:  NONE OBSERVED

Comments: THE VEHICLE HAS AUXILIARY PUSHER FANS IN FRONT OF THE RADIATOR WHICH CAME ON WHEN THE A/C WAS ACTIVATED.

Wheels / Tires:
Tire Type / Manufacturer: Tires: PERFORMANCE
Tire Size: Front -P215/70R14
Rear - P255/60R15
Tread Depth: ALL FOUR TIRES 10/32
Wheel Type / Manufacturer: Wheels: HALIBRAND
Wheel Size:  

Comments: THE VEHICLE HAS NO JACK OR SPARE TIRE.

Exhaust:
Exhaust Type:  DUAL Headers:  YES
Mufflers: COULD NOT SEE ANY NAME ON MUFFLERS Chrome Tips, etc.: CHROME TIPS ON CENTER OUTLET EXHAUST

Comments:

Electricals: Use "OP" for Operational, use "INOP" for non-operational
Exterior Lighting  OP Interior Lighting   OP Trunk Release  OP Gauges   INOP
Power Windows  OP Power Locks  OP Hood Release  OP Wipers  OP
Power Mirrors  N/A Power Seats  OP Cruise Control  N/A Power Antenna  N/A
Radio  OP Clock  N/A Turn Signals  INOP Heater  N/A
Convertible Top N/A Rear Defrost  N/A Horn  OP Fuel Door  N/A

Comments: THE RADIO IS A JCV. THE RF TURN SIGNAL IS INOPERATIVE. I COULD NOT FIND ANY HEATER CONTROLS. THERE IS NO FUEL DOOR; THE FUEL FILLER IS LOCATED IN THE TRUNK ALONG WITH THE FUEL TANK. THE OIL PRESSURE GAUGE IS INOPERATIVE. THE OTHER GAUGES WORK (SEE NOTE ABOUT ODOMETER).

Interior:
Interior Quality:  APPEARS FAIRLY NEW
Seat Color:  BLACK
Seat Cover Material:  LEATHER
Seat Cover Condition:  GOOD
Headliner / Dash / Carpet:  MOSTLY GOOD
Trunk Area, Under Carpet:  N/A - SEE COMMENTS

Comments: THE DRIVER SEAT IS A POWER SEAT WHILE THE PASSENGER SEAT IS A MANUAL ONE. THE REAR SEAT WOULD BE A SNUG FIT FOR TWO FULL SIZED ADULTS. THE FRONT SEATS ARE NOT THE ORIGINAL ONES NOR DOES THE REAR SEAT APPEAR TO BE THE ORIGINAL ONE. THE INTERIOR APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN REDONE FAIRLY RECENTLY. THE BLACK DASH PAINT SHOWS SOME ORANGE PEEL.

Body & Paint:
Exterior Body Condition: GOOD Quality of Paint: GOOD TO FAIR SEE COMMENTS
Straight / Waves? APPEARS STRAIGHT Scratches / orange peel? SEE COMMENTS
Color Paint: RED Collision Damage: NONE OBSERVED
Sports Options: NO Condition of glass: GOOD
Any Signs of Bondo?  SEE COMMENTS    
Rust anywhere? SEE COMMENTS Condition of chrome GOOD

Comments: THE PAINT APPEARS TO BE A THICK COAT OF PAINT. IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN APPLIED IN A PAINT BOOTH. THERE ARE VISIBLE CHIPS AS WELL AS SOME SCRATCHES. THERE IS AN AREA IN THE PANEL BELOW THE TRUNK BUT ABOVE AND TO THE SIDES OF THE EXHAUST OUTLET WHICH HAS A LITTLE LIGHT ORANGE PEEL IN IT. IT ALSO HAS SOME SMALL DEPRESSIONS IN IT WHICH MIGHT BE BONDO - HOWEVER, THE MAGNET STILL STUCK TO IT. THE DRIVER DOOR WAS DIFFICULT TO CLOSE - HAS TO BE SLAMMED THERE WAS SOME LIGHT SURFACE RUST UNDER THE VEHICLE ON THE EDGES OF SOME OF THE PANELS (WHERE TWO PANELS JOINED EACH OTHER) - BUT IT WAS VERY LIGHT SURFACE RUST ONLY - THE KIND FOUND ON ALMOST ANY VEHICLE WHICH HAS BEEN DRIVEN ON THE ROADWAYS.

Undercarriage:
Front End Type: COIL SPRING - IS NOT THE ORIGINAL FRONT END Frame Condition GOOD
Floor Pan: Hard or soft? HARD Any rust? NONE VISIBLE
Trunk Pan: Hard or soft? N/A SEE COMMENTS Any rust? N/A SEE COMMENTS

Comments: THE FUEL TANK IS MOUNTED IN THE TRUNK SO THE FLOOR PAN FOR THE TRUNK IS NOT VISIBLE - TO FILL THE TANK REQUIRES THE TRUNK BE OPENED SINCE THE FILLER NECK IS IN THE TRUNK. ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS SHOW SURFACE RUST ON VARIOUS UNDERSIDE COMPONENTS.

Vehicle Modifications:
THE VEHICLE HAS AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF MODIFICATIONS WHICH ARE LISTED IN THE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS.
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Comments:

IS THE TITLE AVAILABLE?
YES

WHAT IS THE VIN NUMBER ON THE TITLE?
332258

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VEHICLE HAS A SALVAGED/RECONDITIONED TITLE. NO VIN FOUND ON VEHICLE. THE FIREWALL WAS REMADE USING SHEET METAL. NO PLACARDS.

NOTE: MANY OLDER VEHICLES BEGIN THEIR "NEW LIVES" FROM SALVAGE YARDS. THIS MAY BE THE CASE FOR THE SUBJECT VEHICLE.

WHAT IS THE VIN # ON THE VEHICLE?
N/A

THE INSPECTOR WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE ANY NUMBERS FOR THE VEHICLE AND WHEN QUESTIONED, THE SELLER STATED HE HAS BEEN UNABLE TO FIND ANY NUMBERS ON THE VEHICLE EITHER. THE INSPECTOR SEARCHED THE FIREWALL, THE FENDERS, THE WINDSHIELD, THE DOOR JAM AND UNDER THE DASH AND FOUND NO NUMBERS. HE LOOKED ON THE ENGINE ON THE TOP OF THE BLOCK BEHIND THE DISTRIBUTOR AND ON THE HEADS ON THE MACHINED PADS AND DID NOT FIND ANY NUMBERS

WHAT IS THE BLOCK NUMBER ON THE ENGINE (IF ACCESSIBLE)?
N/A - SEE ABOVE COMMENT ABOUT NUMBERS

RECORD PLATE INFO (all info on firewall tag, fender tag, door tag or dash tag depending on the car):
N/A - SEE ABOVE COMMENT ABOUT NUMBERS

ARE THE ODOMETER TUMBLERS ALIGNED?
N/A - DIGITAL ODOMETER

CURRENT MILEAGE:
9.5

IS THERE MUCH BRAKE PEDAL WEAR?
NO

CONDITION: CLASS THREE / FOUR- JUDGED AS STREET ROD, NOT ORIGINAL RESTORATION
(See attached breakdown of Classes)

FAIR MARKET VALUE:
NO VALUE REQUIRED; BASED ON PRELIMINARY REPORT AND PHOTOS, BUYER PASSED ON VEHICLE.

PHOTOS: Click each of the numbered links below to see inspection photos.

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OVERALL COMMENTS:
1. OVERALL THE VEHICLE FEELS SOUND AND DRIVES WELL.
2. THERE IS STILL MORE WORK TO BE DONE TO BRING THE VEHICLE UP TO FULL SHOW CONDITION TO BE JUDGED IN A STREET ROD SHOW, BUT THE VEHICLE APPEARS TO BE WORTH THE EFFORT.
3. THERE HAS BEEN A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF RESTORATION WORK DONE WITH MORE TO GO.
4. THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN DONE IN A FAIRLY WORKMAN LIKE MANNER.
5. THE STEERING MAY PROVE DIFFICULT FOR A SMALL WOMAN TO OPERATE AT SLOW SPEEDS (LIKE PARKING IN A PARKING LOT - OR PARALLEL PARKING) BUT WHEN MOVING, IT DID NOT FEEL TOO HEAVY.



DISCLAIMER: This inspection and the opinions expressed are exactly that, opinions. Many parts perform perfectly until the moment of failure. Failure may occur suddenly and without warning. The inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report cannot accept liability for failures, which may occur after the inspection is completed. By accepting this report, the consumer acknowledges that the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report, cannot be held responsible for any and all alleged vehicle defects, and further, the consumer releases and holds harmless the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report from any and all further claims on this vehicle. No warranty for this vehicle is implied or given by the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report. In each case, the owner has the opportunity to see the car in person before he or she buys the car. Buying this car based on this report alone is completely at the consumers’ own risk.

 

CONDITION CLASSES

Class One (Excellent):
Almost always a “body off” restoration, or an untouched, factory-perfect, piece that is very close to perfect. All components are either original or appear as new and are fully operational. This car is a top show winner and is not driven, but transported to shows by trailer. This car is almost “one of a kind”. This particular class of vehicle is very rare. The vehicle is completely detailed, including the engine compartment, interior trim, wiring, suspension, paint, and frame. Ideally, this vehicle has been judged with other vehicles in its class and achieved the highest point ratings.

Class Two (Very Good):
This car is well restored with an eye for detail, or is a well preserved original, possibly with such low mileage that it remains in showroom condition. The interior and exterior show well, and it runs and rides smoothly. The car is driven very little (maybe 800 to 1,000 miles per year). This class is a slight grade below Class One. A Class Two has not been detailed to the extent that a Class One has been. This class (Class Two) has some evidence of use, although not very much. It is considered “cherry” or “mint”. This vehicle might appear as a Class One until judged against one. It would not qualify as a 95, or better, “point” vehicle. (This class should have no rust on the undercarriage, not even surface rust.)

Class Three (Good):
This is a functional, drivable vehicle in good overall condition needing no, or only minor work. Most vehicles at car shows reflect this condition. This car is what is termed a “10 footer”. From 10 feet, it may look very good. Close inspection, however, would reveal some worn interior trim, and less than perfect paint (worn, and perhaps faded). You may even see some early evidence that surface rust is beginning in the body panels. This car is completely operational and could be termed an “older restoration”. It is driven fairly often, runs great, and is enjoyed by its owner. It is probably a candidate for a full restoration. The undercarriage may display limited amounts of surface rust, and may be in need of detailing. Chrome and trim may be less than show quality.

Class Four (Fair):
This type of car is a fun “driver” with a solid frame and is structurally sound. This car is in need of considerable work. It needs work in and out. Cosmetics, body, and mechanical components all need work, to some degree. It is not a serious collector candidate. Soft floors, isolated areas where rust has eaten through (but not structural), excessive use of Bondo, lots of pitted chrome, glass repairs are symptoms of this condition. Badly soiled headliners, badly soiled and ripped upholstery, rusted out trunks are also signs.

Class Five (Poor):
This type of car is in need of complete restoration and may, or may not, be able to be driven. The exterior body panels have significant areas of rust-through. The floor and structural components may, or may not, be intact. This car is usually the first project for layman’s attempt at restoration.

Class Six (Parts Car):
This type of car is good for parts only.