All, I’m considering letting go of the 1973 Checker previously owned by Detroit news reporter Charlie LeDuff, used in Anthony Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown”. It was also in a March 2001 article of New York Times titled “Planes, Trains, and a Vintage Cab” written by LeDuff, about the quickest way to travel around the East Coast. Believe it or not, it was daily driven by LeDuff’s brother until 2016. It always starts up. It needs:
-Power steering pump rebuilt (leaks severely)
-Gas pedal assembly
-New tires
-Header repair (tiny rust hole on the right header, it is LOUD)
-Taillight lenses
There is plenty of surface rust, but the car is solid. The rear fenders have the typical rust. The floors were done by a Checker mechanic in New York (I forget his name, but he was apparently well known for his work on Checkers according to LeDuff).
It has a 350 Chevy and a 3 speed auto. It was originally a taxi – the car has no less than 300,000 miles. The drivetrain is not original. Clean, clear title in my name.
I am considering selling it because I am too busy for all the cars I have. I haven’t had much time to drive it, let alone work on it. I’d rather see it go to someone who will enjoy it than sit in my pole barn. I am only offering it to this group at the moment, no rush to sell. I truly have no idea what it’s worth. It’s a rat rod with a cool story. PM me for more details or to talk about a price.
Located in Newaygo, MI near Grand Rapids. It will drive on a trailer just fine, but I wouldn’t recommend driving it far. I haven’t taken it further than 10 miles due to the gas pedal and lights.
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