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post #6316 of 7849
Thread Starter 
Car salesman speak:

"5 year restoration project" means "The seller ran out of money and let it sit, half done with a tarp over it, for a few years".


Here we go, think it'll do 0-60 in 4 sec? Will it do 0-60 at all? I'll find out. For only $5700, I think it's a good buy. It's worth that much just for the hardwood.
post #6317 of 7849
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Car salesman speak:

"5 year restoration project" means "The seller ran out of money and let it sit, half done with a tarp over it, for a few years".

Here we go, think it'll do 0-60 in 4 sec? Will it do 0-60 at all? I'll find out. For only $5700, I think it's a good buy. It's worth that much just for the hardwood.


Not going to save you money for the Mangusta to keep the Pantera company?

post #6318 of 7849
That was my Dad's dream car. He wanted a Model T pickup to drive around in 4th of July & Veteran's Day parades. And, NO, 0-60 ain't gonna happen in a Model T. Top speed is probably more like 35 or 40, downhill, with a tailwind. And 40 in a Model T would feel like a 160 MPH in an MG Midget.

If they don't specifically say the car runs, does that mean it doesn't?
Edited by billybob_jcv - 3/16/14 at 12:03pm
post #6319 of 7849
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I'm assuming it doesn't. When I texted it to Richard telling him I bought it, he replied, "you suck". biggrin.gif The wood looks great, however.
post #6320 of 7849
Thread Starter 
muddy frakers... nothing is ever simple.
post #6321 of 7849
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post #6322 of 7849

Must be serious. 3 hours have gone by.

 

Model T made of Balsa or something?

post #6323 of 7849
Thread Starter 
Oh, I was eating dinner and doing family stuff.

The seller wants 60k for that `48 Allard L-type and I don't believe it's worth that. The bidding stalled at 48k and I think that's about right, given its condition, which is around a 3+.
Edited by Magick Man - 3/16/14 at 3:54pm
post #6324 of 7849
Well, you can't win 'em all - and if you do, you're paying too much...

We finally pulled the trigger on a car for my son. It's not the car I wanted, my son isn't entirely happy, and I think we paid too much, but it's done, and we spent less than we planned.

It's a 2006 Ford Focus ZX5 SE. 132K miles. That's considerably more miles than I wanted, but the car seems tight and it tracks well under accel & braking. We drove 4 or 5 similar Foci and this one was the best. It has a nice Kenwood head unit with an aux port on the face, so he can plug-in his ipod for tunes. The A/C gets nice & cold - it was amazing how many used cars we saw that had luke warm A/C. It needs to have the rear hatch struts replaced, but that's pretty common on a Focus hatchback. Should be able to get them for ~$25/ea.


post #6325 of 7849
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What's not to like? It was wheels and goes, and the color is male friendly, that's a hell of a lot nicer than my first car (though I didn't keep that car long and bought the Mustang). Kids are too picky.

I'm not worried about the Allard, I'm going to go with my first inclination and get a J2. There are several available, like this one that includes 2 additional engines/gearboxes:

post #6326 of 7849
I agree - the J2 is one of my personal favorites from one of my favorite race car eras.

Kids *are* picky and spoiled. Here's what he said after he test drove the car: "You and Mom set my expectations too high. I'm never going *love* any of these cars, but I can settle for it."

I almost screamed - so I told him to go talk to his mother.

Why can't kids just freaking commit?? Make a decision - ANY DECISION!! Say yes or no - not "sort of" and "not really". How many cars did he bring to us as possibles? ZERO. No accountability, no commitment. Drives me crazy. the only reason we bought this car is because the pile of junk he's driving now should have been scrapped 3 years ago. He was either going to hurt himself, hurt someone else or (at best) be stranded out on a freeway. Does any of that motivate him? Nope.

I should have worn a condom.
post #6327 of 7849
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I agree - the J2 is one of my personal favorites from one of my favorite race car eras.

Kids *are* picky and spoiled. Here's what he said after he test drove the car: "You and Mom set my expectations too high. I'm never going *love* any of these cars, but I can settle for it."

I almost screamed - so I told him to go talk to his mother.

Why can't kids just freaking commit?? Make a decision - ANY DECISION!! Say yes or no - not "sort of" and "not really". How many cars did he bring to us as possibles? ZERO. No accountability, no commitment. Drives me crazy. the only reason we bought this car is because the pile of junk he's driving now should have been scrapped 3 years ago. He was either going to hurt himself, hurt someone else or (at best) be stranded out on a freeway. Does any of that motivate him? Nope.

I should have worn a condom.


Ouch!

 

Let him in on the awful truth of life. Kid you are a lucky member of the first generation that will grow up poorer than your parents. How about a nice 1999 Civic to start you on your way:)

 

Half of me feels bad for these kids in that they honestly don't know any better. Twitter, sms MTV, FB and all that other crap has taught them that life is a series of 15 second advertisements from friends, most of which theyve never met. Generation ADD had no concept at all on how to manage information.

 

Which of course, leads to the fact that you'll be doing your job, Billy until your grandkids are old enough to take over from their mentally impared parents. Thats the generation I actually feel sorry for.

post #6328 of 7849
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My very first car was a crappy Chevette, that my dad made me pay for ($400), that I traded within 3 months, for another car I had to pay for. Kids today are rotten. Sheesh.

Speaking of kids, I lost my bidding assistant during the auction. My wife came in and Emma was running around saying "thirty-thirty-forty-thirty-forty" mimicking the auctioneer, and I was accused of "corrupting her vocabulary" and she took her away from me. I swear, I can't win. rolleyes.gif


Oh, as a special treat I get to drive a Ford GT42 (a 40 with a bubble roof) continuation tomorrow, that should be a lot of fun.
post #6329 of 7849
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Well, you can't win 'em all - and if you do, you're paying too much...

We finally pulled the trigger on a car for my son. It's not the car I wanted, my son isn't entirely happy, and I think we paid too much, but it's done, and we spent less than we planned.

It's a 2006 Ford Focus ZX5 SE. 132K miles. That's considerably more miles than I wanted, but the car seems tight and it tracks well under accel & braking. We drove 4 or 5 similar Foci and this one was the best. It has a nice Kenwood head unit with an aux port on the face, so he can plug-in his ipod for tunes. The A/C gets nice & cold - it was amazing how many used cars we saw that had luke warm A/C. It needs to have the rear hatch struts replaced, but that's pretty common on a Focus hatchback. Should be able to get them for ~$25/ea.


Much nicer than my first car was.....1987 carbureted automatic 4 door Nissan Sentra.....with rear window held in place by black roofing compound instead of the proper gasket that I couldn't afford. Top speed, 86mph downhill on the Interstate. :D And the stereo system was equally ghetto.....lol.

post #6330 of 7849
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I agree - the J2 is one of my personal favorites from one of my favorite race car eras.

Kids *are* picky and spoiled. Here's what he said after he test drove the car: "You and Mom set my expectations too high. I'm never going *love* any of these cars, but I can settle for it."

I almost screamed - so I told him to go talk to his mother.

Why can't kids just freaking commit?? Make a decision - ANY DECISION!! Say yes or no - not "sort of" and "not really". How many cars did he bring to us as possibles? ZERO. No accountability, no commitment. Drives me crazy. the only reason we bought this car is because the pile of junk he's driving now should have been scrapped 3 years ago. He was either going to hurt himself, hurt someone else or (at best) be stranded out on a freeway. Does any of that motivate him? Nope.

I should have worn a condom.

You should have found him an old Subaru Justy 3 cylinder with CVT. :D

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