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Originally Posted by Nobleprofessor View Post

I'm thinking about going to a local pick and pull for parts my car, my wife's car and maybe even for parts to buy and resell. I do not have a lot of tools, but I have too many too many to take everything.

Anybody have experience doing this? I want to get a toolbox together that I can carry (i.e. Handheld) with me. Any thoughts on what tools would work for most jobs?

I'm thinking socket/ratchet set, screwdrivers a couple adjustable wrenches and a hammer.

Won't this cover most items?

Any other tips? Specific things to buy to resell? I'm fairly handy, but by no means a mechanic.

Tools?

A 3/8 Socket ratchet, preferably with a articulated neck. like this one:


from Snap-on. worth paying up for this one. you can save money on your sockets. and extensions. to go with it, you will need:

a imperial socket set, a Metric socket set,(deep sockets, trust me, with common sizes you can add odd extra ones) a torx set, and a hex key set. with various length extensions.

making this one tool able to do almost anything.

 

A wrench set, both imperial, and metric. adding ratchet wrenches in the sizes you use most often later.but a quality set to start with will save you plenty of struggle. for some jobs, you will need 2 of the same size, so get good first, and cheapies for backup.

Square tip pliers, long nose pliers, and a wire cutter.

 

both long and stubby screw drivers in + and - , (often stubby's are great for rear speakers for example)

 

A hammer. a breaker bar, a cheap floor jack, (you can use the tube handle as a breaker bar extension, or to pry ball joints). masking tape and sharpie (labeling as you go),electrical tape, and a electrical circuit tester. the battery suggestion was a good call too, keep in your trunk for times of need.

 

oh!, also a plastic interior trim tool,and a metal plastic pop clip tool.

 

these will all fit in a smallish toolbox, so you don't look like a shark walking the aisles. seriously, that is a slim tool kit. but well on it's way to seeing you through most adventures under a car.

i know you said you had plenty, but this is how i would start to fill the box.

 

Parts to sell? you will need to get an idea of the market for a particular marque, and see what is always needing fixing. some used parts sell for more than OEM parts. which is strange, but true.

:)

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Originally Posted by jcman311 View Post

Did you try swapping sides? Wont hurt to try.

this. why not?

 

 

Also, Welcome to the fold GF.


Edited by Thrift Vader - 2/22/16 at 4:39am
post #272 of 545
I considered it but decided against it because I wasn't 100% confident they are interchangeable like that. All the parts i saw online specified the sensors down to the right / left side in addition to front / rear.

Edit: also, the wires are held down by plastic tabs that are understandably brittle after 14 years. Didn't want to have to attempt unlocking and potentially snapping them on a side that doesn't warrant any replacing (yet lol8[1].gif )
post #273 of 545
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

I considered it but decided against it because I wasn't 100% confident they are interchangeable like that. All the parts i saw online specified the sensors down to the right / left side in addition to front / rear.

Edit: also, the wires are held down by plastic tabs that are understandably brittle after 14 years. Didn't want to have to attempt unlocking and potentially snapping them on a side that doesn't warrant any replacing (yet lol8[1].gif )

I think front/rear is an issue, right/left shouldn't be if you reset the TPMS.

My only experience on that comes from when I had a bad set of luck with my wheels/tires over the last month. I had a flat on the rear left of my Tesla - fixable and the guy explained the process to me (in that case no re-coding needed). Then there was the rotor backing plate issue on the M and then an unrelated blowout at Willow and eventually replacing both rears on the M. They explained that basically all they had to do was reset the TPMS. If you swap the wheels (and keep the original sensors), I'd suggest resetting the TPMS just via the car and doing the usual give it time to reset thing and then read, but not clear the error codes.
post #274 of 545
I was surprised to see that reaoem does in fact show different left/right parts for e46 front sensors. Rear sensors are the same part left/right.

E46 M3 doesn't have sensors for tire pressure. It just uses the abs sensors to make a WAG that a tire is low/flat.
post #275 of 545

The Story of my Cars: 

 

I know I have forgotten a few. This is most of the 42 cars I have had. I tried to show these in order.  Most pics are not of my actual car, but are representative.  A few are my actual car. 

 

 

My first Car: 


 

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1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88  (the Living Room on Wheels) 

 

 

 

1987 Honda Civic DX 

 

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1982 Nissan Sentra Wagon (SO SLOW!) Hated this car

 

 

1988 Mercury Tracer Wagon (mine was the 5 door hatchback version).  I blew up the transmission when I got stuck in snow. 

 

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1985 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Smoking Lounge- It had 5 or 6 cigarette lighters and crushed velvet interior) 

 

 

 

 

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais International Series -- actually a fairly sporty car with the Quad 4 Engine

 

 

 

1981 Oldsmobile 98 Regency "The Spoonmobile" It had been my brothers car and was stolen.  When we recovered it, I had to use a Spoon to Start it.  Had 199,000 miles on it when I crashed into a fire hydrant when I left a party at college and should not have been driving. 

 

 

 

1971 Mercedes 250 (my first MB. It was beautiful. Red with white Interior. 

 

 

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I was rear-ended in the MB and bought this next car.  1984 Oldsmobile 88 

 

 

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1982 Honda Accord -- Mr. Putt.  The first car I ever bought to flip.  Bought it for $188 and sold it for $600. 

 

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1985 Oldsmobile 98 Regency actually a fantastic car

 

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Kept the Olds 98 above and bought a few others to either restore or flip

 

 

1982 Mercedes 300D had 325,000 miles on it when I bought it.  Ended up driving it to over 475,000 miles before selling it to a friend.  He got to 525,000 miles and his neighbor totalled it with a RV. 

 

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1986 Olds Cutlass Supreme WITH the T-tops and Rallye Wheels!  I loved this car! Paid $1500 and sold it to a guy who paid $3500 in cash and drove it straight to LA.  

 

 

 

1979 Jeep Grand Waggoneer.   Had the big V8 and the great 4X4 with Granny Low.  It was a beast.  

 

 

 

 

1990 Oldsmobile 88 Regency Amazing car.  Bought it when I worked at the dealership for $1500 sold it for $3400. 

 

 

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1990 Mazda 626  bought it wholesale when I worked at the Dealership.  

 

Found, $200 in cash, six tubes of new tennis balls, a radar detector, and a dozen condoms in the trunk.  

 

 

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1988 Buick LeSabre bought it to sell.  

 

 

1997 Honda Accord Coupe 

 

 

 

 

 

1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera bought it wholesale when I left the dealership to finish school and then law school. 

 

 

 

Bought this next one at the Dealership for my wife 

 

1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue.  Bought it when it was only a year old and before everyone learned they weren't very good cars. 

 

 

 

1982 Mercedes 280E (Euro Model) 

 

 

 

1990 Mercedes 300D 2.5  I LOVED THIS CAR sold it to a friend with 285,000 and he drove it to 400,000 miles. It got 35 MPG and was one of the cleanest cars I have ever had. When diesel got really high, I ran it on Soybean Oil during the summer.  It cost less to buy 5 gallon containers of the Oil than diesel.  

 

 

1990 Mercedes 300SEL (the LWB 126).  I always wanted one of these.  I should have waited until I could find a 560SEL.  The 3.0 6 Cylinder was too underpowered.  I bought this from a guy on ebay and flew to Tampa from Kansas and drove it back. 

 

 

 

Traded off the 300SEL for: 

 

2001 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer -- this thing was a beast and my wife claimed it from me and I got her car  

 

 

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Her car that i got stuck with 

 

1997 Ford Explorer XLT 

 

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Sold the Explorer and bought a 

 

1990 Buick LeSabre (for $900) and sold it to my Neighbor for $1500 after fixing a few things and cleaning it up. 

 

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1990 Volvo 240 (The Brick) 

 

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1991 Oldsmobile 98 Regency

 

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Sold the 98 above and got this 1993 Cadillac Sedan Deville.  It was one of the most comfortable highway cruisers I have had.  This is my actual car and my wife's Expedition is in the background.  

 

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I sold the Caddy and I thought I wanted a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis.  

 

I bought this one on ebay and flew to Chicago and drove it back. 

 

 

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It had the exploding intake manifold that blew up on me a month later.  Had it fixed and traded it to my friend who has a small lot. 

 

Next was my First BMW: 1997 BMW 740iL  

 

 

While I still had the 7 series, I also bought a 

 

2000 BMW 528i 

 

 

I really wanted to keep the 5 series, but I had to sell the 7 series.  So, I parked both of them at a friend's lot hoping the older 7 series would sell.  They BOTH sold the same day! 

 

Without a car, I looked at what my friend had and bought a 

 

1993 Cadillac STS

 

 

I decided to flip it almost immediately and bought a 

 

1995 Mercedes E320 (the last and best year for the 124 Chassis) 

 

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I loved the E320, but it was just a little too small for me, so I sold it and bought

 

 2000 BMW 740iL 

 

I LOVED this car (in fact, I bought it back later),  but my stepmother died and I inherited the following: 

 

2003 Lexus ES300 (a perfectly nice reliable and totally boring car). 

 

 

 

I was rear-ended and it totalled the car.  I took the $ and the car (I bought it back from the Insurance Co) and bought 

 

 

2004 Jaguar XJR. 

 

holy shit!  I had wanted one of these for a LONG TIME.  The XJR is much different than the standard XJ.  It had the 4.2 V8 SUPERCHARGED engine and the Racing suspension and ALL the options.   This thing was sex and power on wheels.  I LOVED IT.   But, it is was CRAZY fast.  I mean dangerously fast.  

 

It also had the firmest seats which were great on twisty roads or when I really thrashed it around.  But, on long road trips the seats were painful.  Seriously, after an hour my legs and bag would ache.   

 

I ended up selling the Jag and buying back my previous 2000 BMW 740iL.  I sold it to a friend and got it back! 

 

So, it is one of my current cars.  

 

When I really got into thrifting and estate sales, I realized I needed a truck!  

 

So, I bought this 1992 Ford F-150! 

 

 

 

Then, last summer I found a 2001 BMW 740iL Sport (super rare) in amazing condition.  

 

Bought it on ebay and Flew to Nashville and drove it back.  

 

 

So, now I have three vehicles -- which is Too many! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #276 of 545
Holy shit. I loved reading your history. You've owned and sold a ton of cars! I've only gone through a small handful in comparison.

You really do love big old American boats dont you? I remember driving my dad's 1991 super cab F250. That thing was loooooooong.
post #277 of 545
Damn... I've only owned two cars in 22 years of driving. The first image clearly illustrates why I bought the second car...



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post #279 of 545
Bring a trailer is a fantastic place.
post #280 of 545
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Holy shit. I loved reading your history. You've owned and sold a ton of cars! I've only gone through a small handful in comparison.

You really do love big old American boats dont you? I remember driving my dad's 1991 super cab F250. That thing was loooooooong.

 

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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

Damn... I've only owned two cars in 22 years of driving. The first image clearly illustrates why I bought the second car...



 

Thanks!  I have been driving for 27 years.  A lot of the cars were bought just to sell.  A few I kept.  I drove several big oldsmobiles because I worked at an Oldsmobile and Honda Dealership and access to the cars traded in and sold as wholesale cars.  At one point, my Uncle got a little pissed at me for buying so many of the wholesale cars.  He had a small used car lot (usually about 10-15 cars) and he said I was competing with him for the cars!   

 

For a while I was buying and selling a car every six months (or more often).  In fact, the Missouri Department of Revenue told me I couldn't register any more cars during one particular prolific calendar year unless I got a dealer's license.  I'm still doing essentially the same thing with thrifting and reselling.  Its a lot smaller investment per item and consequently a lot smaller profit. 

post #281 of 545
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Originally Posted by Nobleprofessor View Post

 

Thanks!  I have been driving for 27 years.  A lot of the cars were bought just to sell.  A few I kept.  I drove several big oldsmobiles because I worked at an Oldsmobile and Honda Dealership and access to the cars traded in and sold as wholesale cars.  At one point, my Uncle got a little pissed at me for buying so many of the wholesale cars.  He had a small used car lot (usually about 10-15 cars) and he said I was competing with him for the cars!   

 

For a while I was buying and selling a car every six months (or more often).  In fact, the Missouri Department of Revenue told me I couldn't register any more cars during one particular prolific calendar year unless I got a dealer's license.  I'm still doing essentially the same thing with thrifting and reselling.  Its a lot smaller investment per item and consequently a lot smaller profit. 

You should start your own "Wheeler Dealers" USA version tv show.  I always liked the British version but always hated the haggling and lowballing they did along with the unrealistic "profit" they spouted off.  But the cars they have on there are awesome!  They are some other similar shows in the US but none go after those really cool cars and focus on 1 for the whole show.

post #282 of 545
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You should start your own "Wheeler Dealers" USA version tv show.  I always liked the British version but always hated the haggling and lowballing they did along with the unrealistic "profit" they spouted off.  But the cars they have on there are awesome!  They are some other similar shows in the US but none go after those really cool cars and focus on 1 for the whole show.


love that show, and must confess Ed China is my Idol. seeing his approach to bringing cars back to life is a huge influence on how i entered the trade. i can only hope to maintain the same attitude to cars. and be at least half as good.

 

@Nobleprofessor. he has a point. you could even do it as a youtube channel to start. - "Whip Flippers"tm   where you teach us about the cars you search for, while focusing on the transition to new owners. ie: rescue the cars, and find an enthusiast owner.

 

would subscribe.

post #283 of 545

Hey guys, might be in the market for a new car soon. Currently drive a 2013 hyundai elantra but it falls in neither the sporty or luxury category that I'm used to driving so I'm looking for an upgrade.

 

If you had 30k to spend what would you get?

 

I'm looking for a sedan.

 

Doesn't have to be brand new but I'm looking for something to keep long term.

 

Thanks in advance my thrifty bros!

post #284 of 545
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Get a Subaru mang. 30k can get you the best of most years. for the best bang for buck.

post #285 of 545
I'd say get a nicely optioned Mazda 6 or a cherry e90 with an extended warranty.
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