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PostPosted: October 23, 2007, 5:05 pm 
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A new competition:

Us Locosters are generally talented at looking past first impressions of body and interior, to the true jewel-in-the-poop of running gear. However, sometimes we have to stretch our vision. I'm wondering, who here started with the crappiest looking donor? The only rule to this contest is, it has to be a real live donor car, one you have made (or intend to make) into a Locost.

In the event of duplicate prizes, ties will be awarded.

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PostPosted: October 23, 2007, 5:09 pm 
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I expect I will finish near last place in this contest. :lol: I have actually received a good deal of lip from my Miata friends who insist that I could have / should have fixed the car and sold it for a profit rather than using it for a donor.

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Doesn't get much fancier than 80s Hyundai ...

I didn't end up using the engine like I planned though

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PostPosted: October 23, 2007, 11:01 pm 
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Mine might be the most badly crashed donor:

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1990 Miata totaled. Paid $500 for it. Seller said it had 70k miles and I had to provide my own wheels to tow it home, seller wanted to keep his. When I arrived I found he also wanted to keep (and had removed) the top, the rear decklid and fascia, stereo, and off all things, the shifter knob. It had over 90k miles on it and the seller refused to sign the title to boot, :? but was willing to sign a bill of sale and give me the title. (which was in his name) After driving 300 miles pulling a Uhaul trailer I refused to leave empty handed do I took my lumps and towed it home.

To get it running again it needed:
Crankshaft repair- New woodruff key, crank bolt, Loctite liquid metal- $60
Crank Pulley-bent- $60 (Bought an Underdrive pulley- wrong bolt pattern but I rigged it to fit)
Water pump-bent $45
water pump pulley-$40 :shock: (dealership) plus I paid $15 for one on Ebay and they sent the 1994+ and wouldn't stand by it. So $55
Thermostat housing- broken $35
Transmission (broken tailhousing) $200 Ebay
Diff carrier ($40 Ebay)

So another $500 makes it a $1000 donor. And the only thing I was able to sell was the rear view mirrors for $100.

So, I paid $900 for my wrecked piece of crap Miata donor.


I should have paid $1500 for a nice running car and parted it out. I'd probably be way ahead.

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PostPosted: October 24, 2007, 1:03 am 
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Titus wrote:
<snip> I have actually received a good deal of lip from my Miata friends who insist that I could have / should have fixed the car <snip>

Yeah, people say to me "How could you do that with a perfectly good Miata?" I tell them I don't; I do this to beater Miatas. But this one I got this summer could been a profitable repair...until I started driving self-tapping screws and eye bolts into the body so I could install a roof rack and bring some aircraft parts back from Oshkosh. I hadn't given offense to that many purists since I put the blower scoop on the trunk of my ex's Porsche Carerra Speedster.


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PostPosted: October 24, 2007, 9:19 am 
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This...

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Became this after being tossed down the road at 80mph...
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...and is waiting for me to build the chassis to house it.

96hp
89ft lbs of torque
Drag clutch
and a lot of weight for 1200cc

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PostPosted: October 24, 2007, 11:30 am 
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Didn't someone on this site post something about using an 18-wheeler as a donor? Seems they were a diesel mechanic or something...


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PostPosted: October 24, 2007, 12:29 pm 
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Here's the whip that inspired me to start this thread. I saw it in a parking lot almost a year ago and left a note under the windshield wiper, asking the owner to give me a call if he ever decided to sell it. It was being used as a daily driver and the owner obviously had very little ego attached to his vehicle's appearence. Anyway, in June it had rusted out sufficiently that the roof caved in (you can see headliner through the roof rack) and he decided to upgrade. It runs strong, good brakes and trans, and will give me something to do with one of my CMC frames...or more likely, something for the next school year's autoshop kids to do with same.

Since I dreamed up this competition, it's not appropriate for me to enter, but I'm sure all will agree this vehicle--now named the Corrode Warrior--would be a contender.


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PostPosted: October 24, 2007, 1:19 pm 
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Jack, I think I just vomited a little. I can just imagine what was hiding in the interior. Blech.


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PostPosted: October 27, 2007, 9:52 am 
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Those would't be genuine faux sheepskin seat covers are they?


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Mandurath wrote:
Those would't be genuine faux sheepskin seat covers are they?


Possibly, but more likely a fungus has grown over the seats.

What the hell is that thing?

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M money is a Corolla Wagon, circa early 80's or maybe a cressida.


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I'm not sure if this is fair, but attached is the car where my engine came from.

I decided to save the body panels for another project. All that's left is the floorpan, engine compartment and various interior junk. I had to pay a scrapyard to take this!


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PostPosted: November 5, 2007, 6:36 pm 
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JackMcCornack wrote:
Here's the whip that inspired me to start this thread...


LOL :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I NEVER imagined hearing Jack talk like this! :shock: I can't believe he called it a "whip." Am I the only one shocked by this?

...That was awesome...

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PostPosted: November 5, 2007, 6:38 pm 
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I think it's pretty close between Jack and Chet. I have no doubt that Chet had more work in front of him getting that motor out.

And Jack, was the body still in it when you pulled it up from the bottom of the lake?

Here's a pic of mine - pretty snazzy in it's day to be sure... The bottom of the drivers door flapped pretty good when you closed it. The worst part about it was it had a really bad musty cigarette smoke smell inside. I almost yakked on the drive home. It was kept in a very small one car shed for far too long.


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