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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bueller, Jan 3, 2013.
$457,000, if memory serves. It weighs 8500 pounds :eek1
Here's a general question, and one I may post as a new thread too. I am getting ready to go to Korea for a couple or three years. I have an almost brand-new truck and my wife has an almost brand-new car, (see my earlier post in this thread) and we won't bring them with us. Apparently the Koreans are crazy drivers. While it was all well and good to do bumper cars when I was driving a HMMWV in the ME, I'd rather not do it with my truck or my wife's car.
So, what would be a good solution to store the two vehicles for a year or more? Or would it be better to just sell them and buy again when we return? What say ye, automobilophiles?
I hope you're storing inside and not on a DoD lot.
Put the vehicles up on jackstands, with the suspensions drooped. If you can get to the shock/strut shafts, spray them with WD-40, or some other type of spray oil. Fresh oil changes, so that you don't have acids and moisture sitting in the engine. Full tanks of fuel, to reduce condensation in the fuel tanks. I'd put at least a full can (maybe 2) of Sea Foam in each tank, when you top off. If your storage unit has power, hook Battery Tender Juniors (you don't need anything larger than the Jr) to each vehicle. When you return, plan on another oil change, brake system flush, trans fluid and filter change, gear lube change, and flat/low tires. The fluid changes are due to moisture accumulation. You want to get it out ASAP. Be sure the paint is clean and waxed. Cover them with a cover or bed sheets/blankets. You'll lose too much money on these vehicles to sell them and replace upon return.
Korea used to be cheap, in the late 80's, when I was there. But, my friend retired out of gov't service (based in Soeul), ~2yrs ago, and said it's way way more expensive to live there, compared to when he and I were there before. I used public transportation and cabs. He had his vehicle over there, this last time. Every metro area is crazy, no matter the country. Korean drivers have a system that you'll pick up. I'm not sure of your situation, but, if you have to pay for parking (can be stupidly expensive), it may be easier to just use public transit. Otherwise, I'd take your personal car, if the gov't is paying for transport. The truck's mileage is worse and will, obviously, cost more to operate, and I'm not sure what gas prices are like over there, these days. I enjoyed Korea, but, that was long before their modernization.
The first time I have to change a rotor, I go aftermarket. I put slotted rotors on our Subaru, and haven't had any problems or pulsing for something like 6 years. I think they were made by Power Slot.
Woohooo the 85 Supra is moving back towards being in running shape!!
Need to get a new power steering pump pulley (don't ask), throw the front of the engine back together, put in the radiator, and hook up the throttle and intake. Should be an hour of work or so, then we'll be doing drifts and donuts in no time
I don't know yet where we will store it, but not on a DoD lot, that's for sure. I will probably leave it in FL with my family - not necessarily at their house, but somewhere they can check up on it. I'll probably let my wife use it next winter while I'm gone, and then come home on leave to put the cars up and bring her back with me.
What you're suggesting sounds pretty much like what I do with my track bike over the winter - it's on some stands, plugged into a tender, with Sta-Bil in the tank. So that's no problem. I guess the tires will be ok for a couple of years?
Korea's quite expensive apparently, but they give us a good allowance for housing, and strangely, it exactly covers the average cost of an apartment.
And by the way, OMFG awesome:
A Lamborghini-powered (Gallardo engine) AWD car with electronically-adjustable ground clearance from 210 to 330 cm.
^ Hmmm. First thought that springs to mind is a modern DeTomaso Pantera for flat billers.
It depends upon what you want to do with them when you get back. Are you the kind of guy that buys a vehicle, and drives it until the wheels fall off? If so, then store it.
If you tend to trade vehicles in at some point, you might seriously want to consider selling them. I know it's a financial hit. But, you'll be storing a depreciating asset. Doesn't matter if it has 500 miles on it. When you bring it back out, it will be a 2-3 year old vehicle, and most of the depreciation happens in the first 5 years. The warranties will likely be over, or close, for both vehicles. This says nothing of the cost of storage. One of those self store places will charge you at least a couple hundred dollars a month.
Look up the values of 2-3 year old versions of your vehicles, then factor in the cost of storage. The real question is, are you OK with what that number comes out to be?
Well, I try to keep vehicles until they die or aren't worth repairing. My wife, not so much. Those are some good points though, about factoring in the cost of storage. I need to look into some places to find out how much it will be.
The numbers will be big and the worry about something 1000's of miles away would not be worth it. If they mean nothing to you but $ as it seems sell it and move on.
Anybody follow Troy Trepanier? This guy is only a few hours, from me. When I started building my pro street '67 Camaro, in '87, Troy debuted his second car, which dated what everybody else was building. I was like, "Whoa!".
This is his latest project.
Twin turbo (driver's side turbo is just peeking out, behind the wheelwell), Nailhead Buick. Look at the trim! Gorgeous!
The Torino project, before the Buick.
His attention to detail is incredible.
Impressive! Not just the build, but that it's got 30,000 miles on it.
Pantera was the first thing I thought when I saw the pic.
I'm still tore up about Dimebag Darrell.
I think you've got your metric confused. 210cm is six or so feet
Kinda looks like a modern Lancia Stratos-ish idea. It'd make an awesome supercar for those of us who live where there's real winter and gravel roads.
Yeah, he's pretty much been the stud of the custom car world since the late '80s. I can remember being in college, opening a Hot Rod Magazine and seeing some of his early work. I was just blown away that a guy the same age as me could be creating this stuff whilst I couldn't even weld.