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Old 11-04-2007, 03:44 PM   #11
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I just bought a new car tonight. a 90 eagle talon tsi turbo all wheel drive. got it for $1K but it's not circulating coolant....i hope it's just a water pump.

Pictures Lapeer! We want lots of pictures!
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Old 11-04-2007, 05:24 PM   #12
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Re: The Beater Thread

How many miles on that TSi? I guess a person would call that a DSM. Didja check it for crankwalk?

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Old 11-04-2007, 08:01 PM   #13
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I intercepted my roommates junkyard bound 94 Plymouth Acclaim last week. It blew a head gasket on his way home from work, and he bought a new car. The junkyard offered him 200 bucks for it, but I decided to fix it and give him the $200. I spent a few hours a day for the past few days workin on it and it's done, I've spent about $100 total in parts... I figure if I sell it for 800, I'll make $500. Not bad for about 8 hours work.

Here's the add I just put on craigs list.

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The add's been up for about 3 hours now, and I've already had 2 calls and one email on it.
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Old 11-04-2007, 10:36 PM   #14
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You'll sell that Plymouth quick. Craigslist is great! You know, you can upload your photos to photobucket, and then copy the HTML link and paste it in the Craigslist ad. Then, you'll have big high resolution photos for your ad. As many as you want too! Af course, always post one photo the traditional way into Craigslist so that the little "pic" symbol shows up in the ad title. Just a tip!
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:38 AM   #15
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Yeah I've posted photos like that before on there, but I just wanted to throw up a quick add.

Craigs list is great since it's free to post and search, however it does attract a less serious crowd (both buyer and seller) I tend to get a lot of low ball offers and almost everything I list gets several scam offers from foreigners offering to "purchase my item I have for sale on internet" I guess it's worth it though, since I'm a cheap ass.
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:09 AM   #16
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You mean like this?


Hello,

Just my first time of checking throug the listings on craigs list for my needs,and i came through you advert and it what i have being looking forward to buy,i will like you to tell me you asking price and the condition about it,i want you to confirm for me. i will not want any mistake to occur in the price,so i will wait to read from you now as soon as you get this message so that i can email you about the payment and shippment arrangement on it.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:08 AM   #17
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I used to get those scam E-mails too. Now, when I post an ad, I simply state that I don't fall for E-mail scams and not to bother trying. Maybe it's a coincidence, but I haven't had one of those stupid E-mails since. A while back though, I was selling a Mazda B2200. I bought it for $200, fixed the blown head gasket and sold it for $1,200. Anyways, I got one of those scam E-mails from some guy. I kept him going for over a month with a bunch of nonsense. I was trying to get him to send me a picture holding some stupid sign or something but he wouldn't buy it. He sent me a check for like $3000. I was supposed to cash the check, take out my money and send him the rest of it Western Union. This his "partner" was going to arrange to have a piece of crap truck shipped overseas. Right. That's the classic scam they try to pull. I just happened to find a picture on Google of a Mazda B2200 totally engulfed in flames. So, I told him that I had cashed the check and put the money in my glove box. On the way to Western union, the truck caught fire and all I had time to save was my camera. I sent him the photos. HA! He was pretty irate. Gave me a lecture about going to hell and what not. Then I told him that I had been screwing with him this whole time whenever I was bored. He sent a few more angry E-mails and kept saying that I like to eat cheese burgers. HA! That was his primary insult.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:35 AM   #18
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Oh yeah, here's some pictures of my beaters. This one is my 1993 Honda Accord I recently acquired from my cousin. It needs some work, but I think it will turn out to be a decent car. My wife is already planning to steal it from me. She likes it for some reason. It has 202,000 miles on it.



We have a 1994 Cavalier that I paid $300 for. My wife's cousin rear ended somebody, but not too bad. All I really had to replace was the hood and the headlights. Cost me $100 for everything I needed at a junk yard. I noticed the head gasket was leaking after I bought it so I replaced that too. It runs really good. It's an ugly car though. It sits REALLY low to the ground too. That's how they came stock. It has 95,000 miles on it. The A/C works great and it gets good gas mileage. I don't have any pictures of it and my wife has it at work right now.

This is my 1996 Chevy S-10. I bought it back in 2003 for $1,200. A few months earlier, my dad had bought a brand new 2003 Chevy S-10. He paid for it in cash and figured that he had never had a wreck in his life and he dropped the insurance to liability only. Three days later, a tornado slammed it into the side of the GM plant about 30 times. HA! That truck had about 1,000 miles on it. The body and frame were trashed. He had it towed out to his barn. He bought another S-10 and had to finance that one! HA! Anyways, he told me that if I could find an S-10 that needed a motor, to buy it and I could use the motor out of his 2003. I looked for a few months and couldn't find anything. Finally, I found my 96 S-10 in Tulsa. The guy was asking $2,000 for it. He told me that it ran great, but had high miles (175,000). The grille was busted up too. I called him back the next day and offered him $1,000. He said he would take $1,200. I was pretty skeptical. But it ran great and drove great. It has yet to need the motor or tranny I have waiting for it if it needs one. I replaced the grille with a brand new one from Certi-fit. Brand new and painted it was $15. If you have a certi-fit in your area, they sell body parts. It's a fantastic place. The truck has 220,000 miles on it now. I drive it every day. I drove it from Oklahoma City to Oregon and back in April. That was about 4,500 miles round trip. It never missed a beat! I have used a few parts off of my dads 2003 tornado truck. Things like the A/C compressor, alternator, and the starter. I haven't needed much else thankfully! The tornado truck had one good wheel on it and I used that for my full size spare! I love this truck. I'm going to drive it until it breaks in half I think. Here's some pictures I took on my way to Oregon. I was taking my dad up there so he could ride his bicycle across the country.
Slapout, Oklahoma. It's in the panhandle.


On the beach in Oregon! WOO HOO!


Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. That's actual snowfall.


Driving across US50 in Nevada. Also known as the "Loneliest Road in America". Don't drive across here if you don't trust your vehicle!



By the way, my dad made it across the country in less than three months on his bicycle. Check out his website at http://www.grandpalosthismind.com
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:18 PM   #19
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good news on the tsi.....coolant was leaking out of a hole in the radiator....but the car came with a slew of parts, including a new (used) radiator.

took her out playing in the mud yesterday. She has about zero ground clearance, but the awd is very impressive. She has a limited slip rear diff too.

I think my turbo is shot. First she only made about 5psi, but i found a good sized leak in the neck of the intercooler. Fixed that, now It's still only making about 7 psi of boost at 6K rpm according to the aftermarket gauge. I wired the wastegate closed, and crimped off the gizmo that returns air to the airbox in case of too much pressure (not sure what that's called) and still only get 7psi. I did a leak test and she goes from 20 psi to 0 over about 30 seconds. sounds like it's leakign somewhere inside the exhaust manifold.

I'm pretty sure either my waste gate is bad or more likely the turbo is failing.

can't wait for the snow!!!! she's an excellent winter beater.
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Thanks Matt, now I just spent 6 hours reading your Dad's story. Makes me wanna sattle my bike and go somewhere.
Say hello for me and tell him that he is a real inspiration to me.
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