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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. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I'd definitely take the wagon option over small SUV if it were my choice. Too bad Americans don't buy wagons anymore so the market is pretty pitiful for them...
     
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  2. Nobleprofessor

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    When I said Explorers were easy and cheap to repair, I didn't mean to suggest that you will need to do much to them. I just meant if you need something just in case AND mostly I was thinking about maintenance items. If you pull up to JimBob's Shade Tree Car Service shop in an Explorer and you need some brakes, it is going to be a lot easier and cheaper for Jim Bob than if you pull in a BMW or Lexus. That doesn't mean I am advocating to avoid BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc. I have two BMWs and I love them. But, I know its going to cost a little more to maintain them than it would if I was driving a Taurus.

    Regarding the Explorer, I had one and it was a great vehicle. I bought it used with about 75,000 miles and drove it to 150,000 miles. The only thing we ever had to do was brakes, 2 sets of tires and right before I sold it, the water pump went out.

    I paid about $6400 for it and we drove it for 3 years. I spent $600 on two sets of tires, $300 on water pump and I had a $100 transmission service (as a maintenance item). So, that's $1000 over three years. I sold it for $3800. So, in 3 years it cost me $3600 to drive that car including purchase price. That's pretty amazing.
     
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    Probably not a lot of will appreciate this car the way I do. I loved the old Big American Broughams. This is an 83 Buick Park Avenue with only 920 miles! It is in incredible shape (obviously with such low miles). But, it is also relatively rare because it is has leather seats. I had the oldsmobile version of this car years ago and it was a great car. But, mine had 200,000 miles. I actually really like these wheels. They are the factory Buick wheels and I always thought they looked great on a lot of cars.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/141934299288?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    I wonder how high this is going to go?
     
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  5. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    That is the swag. [​IMG]

    so, i saw a BMW 735il for under 3k. looks to be 2002 ish. do i forget it? or keep an eye on it?
     
  6. Nobleprofessor

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    The buick is incredible. But, its up to $12K!

    The 735 hasn't been sold in the US since the early 90's. But, I know worldwide BMW makes a lot of models that don't make it to the US. If its a 2002, that means its an E65/66. If it is, then it is the first year for that chassis. If its a 2001, it would be an E38 and it was the last year for the E38. The E38 is, in my opinion, the very best of all BMWs. If its an E65 (E66 if it is really a long wheelbase model), I would avoid the first few years of the E65/66. They had a lot of issues. In the later years, they were much better cars. If you want a 735iL that is dependable and don't mind it being older, the E32s were great cars.
     
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    Sigh, bought an extra set of rims, brabus, for my 08 clk, 245/18 and 255/18. Either they fucked up the balancing or they sold me bent rims, as there is now a vibration between 90 and 120 km/h. Will get it sorted on Thursday at the earliest, and give them a call tomorrow as its too far away to stop by.

    It's just such a hassle, seems that honest good car shops are soooooo rare these days...
     
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    Probably just a balance issue. If it's bent, they'll know when they rebalance.
     
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    Finally pulled the trigger. Not my favorite generation of the Z, but cheaper than the s30 and I like the looks better than the s130. Crazy digital dashboard and lots of 80's goodness. [​IMG]
    I've gotta fire up the ol' Craigslist and get rid of the crap in my garage to make more room to work, but parts are hopefully getting ordered this week. Aside from the the obvious wash/polish/interior detail, the big ticket items are:
    • small coolant leak. Probably bad hose or connection.
    • new shocks (maybe springs) on all 4 corners
    • new subframe mount bushings
    • smoking exhaust. Could be any number of things, but no obvious oil leaks so hopefully not a HG job.
    • General sorting out of the HVAC and Radio. I haven't had time to really fiddle with it, but weird sounds are made and I can't make them stop.
    Other than that, it's really just cleaning and tuning up of normal wear items for a 30-year-old car. There's NO RUST, seals seem pretty good except for a couple that seem a bit melty, and only minor crazing/peeling of the clear coat, so I think it must have been garaged most of its life.

    If nothing major rears its ugly head, then I got it for a complete steal. And partially thrift-funded to boot.
     
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    Sounds like a fun project! 80s imports will have their time in the sun, but it'll take a few more years. Where in Nova are you?
     
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    What year is it? 84? I love all the different styles of the Z cars. Obviously, the old Z cars (240 and 280) are super desirable because they were so iconic, but these 80's versions were cool too! How many miles?

    The exhaust smoke and the coolant leak combined would have me a little worried. What color is the smoke? Is it white (possible coolant, i.e. Head Gasket) Or is it Blue (oil -- valve seals or rings), or could be turbo issue.
     
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    Centreville, near where 66 and 28 cross. That's also part of my thought process. I reckon by the time I'm done with it, my sweat equity will have increased the value significantly, as well as 80's nostalgia working its magic on cars of this vintage.

    My bad, forgot to mention the year. 1986. ODO reads 180xxx, but the title says that's not actual. I presume it's had a dash replaced during its life - the digital ones apparently had issues. But 180xxx can't be too far off base because the title report says it had 132xxx in 1998. Clean title, apart from the ODO issue.

    The coolant is leaking on the radiator end, probably a bad fitting or hose - I can't see exactly where it's coming from without taking out a headlight or removing the bumper. It's not coming from the engine. However, the exhaust was smoking grey/white so you may still be right. Or could be bad injectors running rich, could be a bad O2 sensor, vacuum leak, or something else. I'm going to have to do some digging. But I'd rather have to do a HG than rings. So praying for good news. No turbo, it's the N/A version.
     
  13. Thrift Vader

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    you got a great car, time to break out the tool box. [​IMG]
     
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    Parts are slowly rolling in. Going to have to devote a weekend to a shock-absorber install, as I'm learning as I go. I suspect I'll have to do a lot of bushings sooner than later, but they're going to have to wait until I get a little more cash set aside.

    Meanwhile, anyone have any idea WTF this is? It was under the driver seat. It's heavy, aluminum, looks like it bolts onto the licence plate area, but unfolds into a step-looking thing. Spring-loaded so it folds back up if you don't hold it open. Not really sure what it'd be useful for.
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    I can't see any markings on it as far as brand goes. Anyone recognize the star logo?

    Edit: Nevermind. That's exactly what it is. Why i'd have it on a sports car I don't know. But google helped me out. http://uniqueconceptsusa.com/catalog/item/344
     
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  15. Cj52racers

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    Haha I can't possibly imagine why that would be on that car.
     
  16. horndog

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    Haha that is totally weird
     
  17. whiteslashasian

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    That's the most random thing for a car ever. Hah!
     
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    So close to the '84 Olympics logo... Maybe an unlicensed knockoff?

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    long time no see. will fill you all in real soon..... sorry for my absense.
     
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  20. Thrift Vader

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    Hey guys, i started this thread with this car as i found it. now it's time to share the journey from when we last talked. it has been 300+ hours of effort. so let's get into it.
    i spent the last 3 months in a pro workshop. learning the techniques. i might still be a novice. but you can decide from the result if i have earned my stripes as a painter.
    grab a seat. and a drink. it's a long one.

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    the passenger side was not too bad. but had dents from people opening their doors into it,over the course of it's life.
    sanded down,and primed for the last time this side had many small imperfections, and a rusted rear wheel arch.
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    spent 3-4 days on this side, but the other side was the big job. my mentor and i removed the rear window.
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    then got busy on the drivers side. it took a week just to get the doors right. pulling dents, and smoothing them over.
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    and primed.
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    getting the long, shallow dent in the door right was so time consuming, 3 days on this one door. with many supermarket car park door dents in the rear door. next? time to tackle the rear quarter.. .
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    after cutting,
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    time to fit the new quarter.
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    spot welded in the factory spots. Mig welded the C-pillar, and lower sill. then primed it up.

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    can you see the welds? [​IMG] Now, it's time to put this bad boy into the paint booth...
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    ordered pre mixed paint. to get it right first time. and i'm ready to show what i got.
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    it's action time!!!!!!!
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    Are you ready for the reveal??

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    and day time.
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    (left side hood stopper had since been adjusted)
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    with a few more tweaks, trim pieces to swap out, and rear aero parts to go on. do you guys think i can cut it as a painter?

    more work to come. this thing needs to be faster. . . [​IMG]
     
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