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    Dealer Pricing

    This is a post card sent to a customer from the local Ford dealer about maintenance of his Model T in 1928 North Dakota.

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    That is better than priceless Dan!!
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    Gad, I love it. I was only 3 years old in 1928 however, I was well aware of automobiles and other machinery. My dad did a bit of automobile and motorcycle racing so there were frequently dissembled vehicles. At age 3 I was not aware of finances however. I did get my first airplane ride when age 4 in his Eaglerock biplane. I wonder what that plane cost; a dollar ninety-five?

    Hey, I paid a whole $25 for my first car; it was a Chevy.

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    Even taking into account inflation, those are pretty good prices. The $5.00 fender would be roughly equivalent to a $68.00 fender today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Hey, I paid a whole $25 for my first car; it was a Chevy.
    That's what Dad paid for my first car, a '60 Ford Frontenac (only in Canada).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Thomas View Post
    That's what Dad paid for my first car, a '60 Ford Frontenac (only in Canada).
    I had to look that one up!, like the U.S. Falcon with a different Grill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    I had to look that one up!, like the U.S. Falcon with a different Grill.
    Yeah like a Falcon with a Maple Leaf emblem on the grill (?), hub caps, and steering wheel. Also only auto transmission, IIRC only the Falcon came with a standard tranny (again maybe only in Canada?).

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    Average annual income in 1928 was around $6,000

    In 2013 - the measuring stick is ENTIRELY DIFFERENT - but comparatively - somewhere around $50,000

    in 1928 - probably one family member working
    in 2013 - probably two family members and we squeeze the kids, the dogs and cats - and work on the side, too.

    Sorry guys but my head is all numbers ---------------------

    In 1928 the $25 is about .004 of the annual income or about 1/2 a percent
    In 2013 the same .004 would be $208.

    I hardly believe any mechanic in the USA is even going to THINK about an entire engine overhaul for $208.

    It may cost TWICE the $208 JUST for a diagnosis then cost at least $1500 - LABOR ONLY for the overhaul
    So - my guess at labor cost for the overhaul is 1,708 - JUST labor - compared to the 1928 labor of $25.
    It's probably worst than that.

    So - 2013 - percentage comparison - = .034 or about 3-1/2 percent

    Either our wages have gone down (yes) - or auto repairs cost more (yes).

    Again - sorry for being so numerically anal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    I had to look that one up!, like the U.S. Falcon with a different Grill.

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    Canadian Falcon ????

    Canadian Goose ???

    I remember when you opened the hood - you could CLEARLY see the ground.

    Heck - you could stand inside the engine compartment with feet on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Thomas View Post
    Yeah like a Falcon with a Maple Leaf emblem on the grill (?), hub caps, and steering wheel. Also only auto transmission, IIRC only the Falcon came with a standard tranny (again maybe only in Canada?).
    We had a '62 or '63 Falcon convertible with a 4-speed. I remember being impressed that dad could leave rubber upshifting into 2nd and 3rd gears. It was purchased for my sisters to drive, but was replaced with a '67 Mustang not too much later.
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