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

Thrift Vader

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Time for a long overdue Darkness post.

For the last 2 months, the car has been stripped of bumpers,handles,side windows,and all the other bits. i have been working hard on it. with some of Japan's finest craftsmen lending a hand. (of course Thrift prices) it has been holding up space in a friends workshop until now.
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having creases ironed out,dents filled, made smooth as an egg. but after a mishap with the clearcoat? i can't part time this in my friends shop. I need to bring it home.
it is all back to smooth now. i got a paint gun. paint, and now? a Thrifted Compressor.
time to have some fun with this. and try out some old school techniques.
stay tuned. its still a build in progress. :-D

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Planning to take a 14 hour road trip at the end of next month, maybe I'll document what i do to my 400k mile wagon to get it ready for the trip (this will be the second time it's completed the trip).
 

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Well, @Thrift Vader I got my xmas present finally. Unfortunately, I think it is headed back because I can't get any of the drawers open on the top box. Sucks. :( Why doesnt anyone make a quality tool chest that is less than $5k?
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Anybody still checking out this thread?
 

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Since @Thrift Vader asked me about my BMWs, I'll update the status on here. I had 2 E38 BMW 7 series. One was a 2000 740iL and it was my daily driver. I have had it for 7 years. The other was a 2001 740iL Sport. It was beautiful in "RoyalRot Red" with sand interior and M-Par wheels. But, I decided to sell it. After I sold it, I saw a 99 740iL with only 94,000 miles advertised on Craigslist. I called the guy and I was the first caller and immediately went to look at it. He wanted $3500. It had a book of service records and was a one owner car. I knew the shop that had worked on it. I ended up buying it. SO, I replaced the Red one with this much lower mileage version and pocketed $2000 difference from selling the other and buying the new one. My trusty old car (the 2000) was still my daily driver. It was starting to show its age. But, it was the best car I ever owned. Unfortunately, back in January, it experienced a catastrophic failure. The timing chain guides crashed. It had 255,000 miles on it so it served me well. that is also very high mileage for the guides to have lasted. It is now parked at my house and is a parts car. I am glad it can live on by donating its various organs. I already used the radiator in it when I needed one in my other car. Here is it on its last ride. as it was driving away, I could hear Taps playing mournfully in my head.

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The timing chain guides crashed.
I assume valves were bent?

Funny story, I had to replace a timing belt once on an old Eagle Vision. As I was at multiple parts store looking for a new tensioner and idler, every parts guy was like “Um, thats an interference engine which means you more or less broke valves”. Except I am still not aware of a manufacturer that would put a timing belt on an interference engine due to the fact that they all fail at around 100k miles. With warranties extended out, no manufacturer would risk engine replacement at that few miles.
 

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I assume valves were bent?

Funny story, I had to replace a timing belt once on an old Eagle Vision. As I was at multiple parts store looking for a new tensioner and idler, every parts guy was like “Um, thats an interference engine which means you more or less broke valves”. Except I am still not aware of a manufacturer that would put a timing belt on an interference engine due to the fact that they all fail at around 100k miles. With warranties extended out, no manufacturer would risk engine replacement at that few miles.
The chain didn't break. So, it didn't jump time. BUT, all the little plastic bits break off start circulating around. I got it shut off before any heavy engine damage. BUT, the timing chain guide replacement is a HUGE job. Its at least $1200 in parts and HOURS of labor. People who have had shops do the work have spent $3500-$6000. That kind of $ FAR exceeds the value of the car.
 

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Okay Car Thrift Experts, my old truck 92 Ford F-150 has a bad power steering leak. I have had two mechanics that I have used in the past and that I trust. Neither one can find the problem. I had to drive it this weekend and this morning to haul I ladder I rented. I added ATF (because Ford Recommended either Power Steering Fluid or ATF) on Friday. I drove it a few miles. By this morning, it leaked out again. I have done some research and its usually the pump or the high pressure line. Both shops looked at it and can't narrow down the leak. So, do I just buy the high pressure line and the pump and fix them both? If either is original, it could probably use both of them. I have a hard time imagining the leak isn't obvious. But, I know I haven't been able to tell either.
 

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