The Official Cars Discount / Thrift & DIY Questions and Bragging Thread.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Thrift Vader, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. AlexJ1100

    AlexJ1100 Senior member

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    The seller isn't specific on the smell/look of the smoke but has reason to believe it is fuel related might be a leak hitting a manifold.

    I've assisted in a few engine rebuilds/swaps/etc in the past so I have enough exposure to feel comfortable jumping in. That, and having a father that owned/operated a custom engine machining and import shop gives me access to enough knowledge/resources haha. My understanding is that the V-8sin these models were used heavily in the 80s and early 90s so sourcing parts shouldn't be too bad in the event I would need to. However, if it is the diesel model (which I cannot recall at the moment) that would make things a little tricker as far as access to certain parts.

    What modifications were you asked to do? With 25 years or older cars there's not too many hoops to jump through, unless its state specific regulations that are above and beyond. However, if you were talking under 25 years then I agree, much more rep tape especially with crash safety/emissions controls.
     


  2. Nobleprofessor

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    Actually, the car I looked at was a Grey Market Mercedes and the modifications had already been done. They involved some sort of steel rod inserted into the door for support and changing out the turn signal lenses to a different color. The car was over 20 years old. My point was that the hassle of minor modifications and hoops to jump through were not the problem. The deal breaker for me was getting it to the US.

    When I was in 8th grade, my father and I moved to Scotland. He worked for the US government and he had applied for a 1 year assignment. We thought it would be an adventure. I think it may have actually been his mid-life crisis!

    We ended up not staying for long as the assignment and duties were not fully disclosed to him and it would have been a real problem. The reason I bring this up was while we were there he checked into buying a Volvo and importing it back to the US. The price difference between the price in Scotland and in the US for a new car was very significant at the time. Had he stayed for the assignment, I think one of the perks was that the government would foot the bill to ship the car back. I remember at the time that the shipping cost was the deal breaker.
     


  3. HansderHund

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    Thanks for your input! I may not have clearly described how it first behaved when I said it arced. It was more as if the piston that moves moved or jumped at the wrong time. Just weird enough to notice out of the corner of your eye. I know it's one of the common problems. I already had to swap out the pulley system/motor for the back window, another of the common faults.

    I went ahead and ordered a replacement wiper motor for €27. I think (read: hope) it's as straightforward as I have in my mind. I figured it's not a lot to dump into it if I'm wrong. I do like these cars (the W202) and am thinking about having another around while their price is right just for an "extra" car. Rust is the big problem. My absolute favorite daily driver is one of the W124s. I've watched them go up in price over the last few years. I have plans to buy (or, if I take a few courses, restore) a 350/450 SL.

    I'll try to tackle the windshield wiper this week when the part comes in and let everyone know how it went!
     


  4. Nobleprofessor

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    Ok. Now I understand. Do you know if the motor already has the little gear attached? Its probably smarter to replace the whole motor anyway given the age and the importance of being able to see.

    I have had several Mercedes, but never a 202 chassis. I agree about the 124. I loved my 124 diesel! The only thing that bothered me is it was a tad too small. Of course, Americans always want big cars. I loved my 126 and if I could find a 126 diesel that was in good shape and maintained, I would love one!

    When I was at the car auction a few weeks ago, there was an 83 300CD (the 123 two door) and I almost had my wife convinced to buy it.

    if you are going to restore an SL, bet the 560SL. Great engine, better resale value and the mileage isn't much worse than the smaller engines.
     


  5. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    Quick Project update guys, things are moving along. been Thrifting parts, got the snow tires on, and some foglights to wire up. just waiting on an original fog light switch. but she is looking better.
    [​IMG]

    plenty of work to do still. but i am enjoying it.
     


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    Looking good! Hopefully the snow tires keep that baby out of the snow banks!
     


  7. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    Thanks, I know it's prolly the cheapest car posted on the forum. but i own it. the snow tires help a lot. [​IMG]
     


  8. Nobleprofessor

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    VERY impressive Vader. You have real skills and are saving yourself SERIOUS MONEY doing it yourself.

    Look at this one that is going to be sold at Barrett Jackson:

    http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/2004-SUBARU-WRX-STI-CUSTOM-SEDAN-189663
     


  9. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    haha, Thanks man. it has been a tough ride. but things are coming together. got some sweet parts to install when the weather warms up. and yeah. it is $$$$$ these days. dudes in traffic be looking. even here!! [​IMG]

    That is worth every dollar of 20k. and a steal at that.
     


  10. Fueco

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    Now that our financial situation has settled down after the move to Colorado, I'm still torn between replacing the engine in my '05 Subaru Forester or selling it to make a down payment on a 2016 model.

    When I bought my car in 2006, I swore that my next car would either be a hybrid or an electric car. I'd really like to hold out for an electric AWD SUV. Hopefully something will be available at a reasonable price in the next few years.

    I the meantime, I've pinged a couple of folks selling rebuilt engines to see what I can find. Even if I have to go with a new one, I think $5000 up front is better than making payments for a few extra years.
     


  11. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    @Fueco you could get a straight swap 2.0 turbo with extra's for 5k.
     


  12. Fueco

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    I keep finding people saying this, but cannot figure out where to get this. Of course I'd love to swap in a turbo if it's doable. The local shop quoted me $5000 for a new engine (base model), and I keep seeing rebuilt ones advertised for $1300, but cannot get a response from those places.

    I have found a place that sells remanufactured turbo engines for a 2005 Subaru Forester XT. Can that be swapped out relatively easily?

    Here's the place, which happens to be reasonably local (maybe 30 miles away).

    http://ccrengines.com/?page_id=131

    The turbo engine is $5500, the regular one is $3700. If I can actually get a turbo for only $1800 more, I might jump on that. If it's going to take a whole bunch more parts to do the swap, it may not be worth it.
     
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  13. Fueco

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    I ended up just getting a remanufactured engine from the local shop. My car is in now, and I should be ready to go on Wednesday. I really cannot wait to be back in all AWD vehicle. The van isn't bad, but there's so much ice and snow on the roads this time of year, that I'd rather have my scoobie... I'll just have to reactivate my XM radio once I'm back on the road.
     


  14. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    That's pretty sweet! a fresh engine ready to go. if you keep on top of maintenance. it should last a few more years. Awesome news. [​IMG]
     


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    I'm hoping for 5-7 years... Hopefully Subaru (or someone else) makes a practical electric AWD SUV by then that will go 250+ miles on a charge.
     


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