I visit repair shops all day long. One shop I visit is a place owned by a guy in his 70's. Let me set up the story about the shop and the owner-
The place was opened in 1954 by his father and the guy has worked there all his life. He took the place over after his father passed away 15 years ago. Really old repair shop. Its like a time capsule. Nothing has changed in that place since the 60's. The place is dilapidated. It honestly should be condemned. There are holes in the ceiling. Out front are junk cars and crap. It looks like a junkyard. Inside is packed from floor to ceiling with more crap. The guy is a hoarder. I suspect that his father was because Im sure it took decades for the place to look like that. 4 bay shop and you even cant fit a car in there. The place has pathways. Whatever car he fixes has to be done outside. He goes out and garbage picks at night. 99% of the stuff is dumpster fodder but in all that stuff are a few gems like an old Crosley and a Willys Jeep that have been in there for God knows how long. You can hardly see them. Not even sure how you would even get them out
Anyway, the guy has almost no business. No person in their right mind would ever bring their late model car there for anything. He spends his day leaning against one of the junkers out front drinking a beer. His only revenue he has is from other repair shops driving cars over there after they have repaired them for an inspection sticker. What I refer to as "run thoughs". Which BTW, hes gotten in trouble for with the state when the other shops haven't done the right thing as far as repairs. So the inspection machine is his only revenue stream at this point and Im not sure how many hes really doing.
Now the building dept is breathing down his neck about the place and he was lamenting that he's really fallen on hard times and has almost no money. He says that he's burning pallets in his house for heat. I felt a little bad for the guy
So In the back office of the place half hidden on a shelf I see an old Fenton aluminum 3x2 manifold for a Ford 312. Its got three carbs on it, linkage and little chrome scoops. Neat. Its been sitting on that shelf for probably 40 years. I looked them up on Ebay and they go for around $700 all fixed up. And by fixed up I mean intake bead blasted, carbs done over and gone through. I bet I'd have $300 in it by the time it went up on Ebay
Another cool item I spied was a large wall mounted automotive vacuum gauge. Pretty neat item from what I can see of it because its covered in filth. Never seen one before and frankly, I really dont know what something like that is worth
So I say, tell you what Bob, I'll give you $300 for the manifold and $100 for the vacuum gauge. What I honestly think is fair market value. I take out 4 crisp $100 bills out of my pocket and offer it to him. He wouldn't take it. He said that someone offered him much more for the manifold. When? 30 years ago? Im here now with the money in my hand! Who else is going to offer him anything for it? Who else even knows its there?
So the guy refused $400 as he cried about having no money and scrapping copper for pocket money. Can you figure it out?