Cheap car/truck challenge

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by jules083, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Bad timing... I just scrapped my old Sidekick a few weeks ago. I'd have sent you the alternator and the near-brand-new belt I put on the week before for the price of postage.
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  2. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    You gotta watch what you say, the weekend before mine broke i saw a car on the side of the road with the wheel laying face down with a broken upper ball joint and ripped on the guy for driving around with a ball joint knocking.

    I'm good on the bus pass, I live in akron, I don't want to get shanked.
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  3. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    :roflOne of my coworkers back then used to speed past the gate/guard shack at work. Got ripped by the guard a few times and ignore it all. That is until the upper ball joint on his POS Fairlane broke right in front of the shack blocking everyone else from going to the parking lot.:wink:

    I was already at work by then....didn't have to walk from the other much farther parking lot but he sure got flack form everyone else over that one.:lol3
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  4. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    I would have needed a week to trace it down. I would do me some good to bicycle for a week but I want it fixed right and right now. Picked it up on lunch hour. Thanks. Sadness on the scrap Tracker.
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  5. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Bumping this thread back up. Lets see some more hoopties.
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  6. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    Can't find a picture but I once bought a 1960's VW microbus with no engine in it for $25. It had apparently been used as a dumpster for a while since it was full of trash up to the windows. I dragged it back to my shop and parked it next to our dumpster and started to clean it out. Under about three feet of trash in the middle of the passenger compartment was the missing engine.

    I pulled the engine apart - put some used pistons and cylinders in it and about $50 worth of new parts and got it running. I think I sold it for around $450.
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  7. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    Still driving the Shaturn.....the other day they had a special sale on tires....$35 a piece for......well, they were the wrong size for the car but close enough.....Goodyears.

    Two new front tires on the beast.....about due for another oil change to. Im about out of my cheap oil.

    Two years ago my local OReillys was going from 4 quart jugs to 5 quart jugs....they were clearancing out 4 quart jugs of Valvoline Syntec for $5 a jug.

    I bought all they had left......over $100 worth. Id say about 25 jugs - Im down to 8 or so.

    Toss in a cheap oil filter and Ive been changing my oil with synthetic for $8. Im gonna shit a brick when I have to pay full price for oil.....fuck.

    Ive really been considering run all my cheap shit on diesel oil.....5w20 Rotella can be had for $12 for a 4 quart jug around here.
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  8. Maritimer

    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    Wow...that is amazing, industrial-grade frugality going on right there!

    What colour is your KLR? :D
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  9. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    .....green, how'd ya know?
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  10. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Holy shit I've never seen rust that bad on a "new" car, old non galvanized junk from before the 90s sure, but damn that is BAD!

    Here's my "cheap" car, it's not nearly as cheap as some; but for whatever reason sub $1,000 cars that run don't exist around here. I paid $1900 for this Subaru (and that's real cheap considering people ASK that for slightly newer ones with blown motors) and have driven it all over this past winter, AWD in this thing is awesome for going up to Summit Co during snow storms. It was supposed to be the old ladies winter beater but somehow I wound up driving it all winter, put nearly 10K miles on it. I did do a Timing belt and waterpump for piece of mind and put a couple axles on it and shocks.
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  11. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Your subie would be a pile of red dust here, Not too many of that era left around here. They seemed to be really susceptible to it. I'd love to have one that clean though.

    I think Jules and i are winning the rust game in this thread. Yay ohio. :huh

    Ever since i moved here I've wanted to start taking pictures of the hilariously rusty junk on the road.

    A guy i work with said his dad never changed oil in a car. Ever. "No point, the car will rust out before the engine goes."
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  12. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    that is some serious rust lol


    in the uk and ireland you are not allowed any holes in the body of a car or any rust that affect the structure. surface rust you can get away with but thats it. you would be doing a serious bit of welding to keep that on the road haha.

    are you worried about that car crumpling like a wet paper bag if you have a crash lol
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  13. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    yeah your car being so rusty that that happens is really safe. could have happened on the freeway?
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  14. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    It depends on the state here. My ranger (post number 1) would have no chance in some states. Here in Ohio it's fine.

    The frame actually isn't that bad, it'd be fine in a crash I'd say. The only rusty part I've found on the frame is the transmission mount. I've owned a few that I wouldn't have wanted to wreck. :lol3

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  15. canoli

    canoli human

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    This was my 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ 60 Diesel. Bought it for $1 as it had not run for 18 months and had 478,000 KM's on it.



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    Fixed the steering, brakes, put a new spare tire under it and put in a new battery ( less then $500 total). Drove it until the head gasket blew on it 3 weeks ago with 490,000 + Km's. Sold it to a mechanic for $1000. When I bought it, my dad told me he had never had a prouder moment in his life :lol3 .
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  16. doorman

    doorman Aimless

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    A few years back I bought a honda crx for 200$. It left a stream of fuel on the ground wherever it went so the guy sold it to me cheap. I put about 10$ into fixing the fuel leak, and sold the car for 1000$ a few days after buying it.
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  17. ~DC~

    ~DC~ An Internet Legend

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    In 1980, bought a 1976 Chevy Malibu Classic. Sister in law of a guy I worked for put it on in our parking lot for $1100. I told her I'd give $900. Two weeks later she told me she'd take $900. I offered $700. Two weeks later, she told me she'd take $700. I offered $600. She was too cheap to buy a battery for it so no one would buy it.

    I drove that car four years and was rear ended by a kid. Collected $1200 from his insurance company, no visible damage to the car, the trailer hitch took all the damage along with a cross member behind the rear axle.

    Three weeks later, I was t-boned hard enough to wrinkle the drivers door and rear quarter. Collected insurance $$$ again and then sold the car for $600.

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  18. canoli

    canoli human

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    Nice!
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  19. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Well my my wonderful focus is going to a new home, The OP.

    In trade, I am getting this glorious piece of machinery.

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    Moving on up!
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  20. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    I was thinking of this thread again the other day.

    Still driving the Shaturn.....still running like a top....almost 130K on her.

    Best $150 I ever spent....and it even doubles as a ladder.

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