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Old 11-01-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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The Beater Thread

In light of the drift in Jason's Black Plague II thread I thought we might want to start a new thread about the beaters we own.

I've owned quite a few, but the ones nearest and dearest to me were my 1989 Toyota 4Runner (22re), 1993 LeBaron Coupe (3.0 SOHC Mitsubishi), and my current 1993 abomination of a Toyota pickup that I use as an offroad rig as seen below.

After the local mud runs/races....


Poseur flexing on a trailer that wasn't tall enough to really work the suspension.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:23 PM   #2
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My current beater is my 98 Crown Vic. I got it cheap because it needed a motor. I was working at a ford dealer as a service writer when it came into the shop. The company that owned it said they didn't want to fix it, so I offered them 100 bucks for it, they came back with $250.. which I was good with.

I've worked in a few dealerships in the service department. Often people will come in with an older car that needs more repairs than the car is worth, these are usually the best beaters you can find.

Since it had 170,000 miles on it I couldn't see buying a new motor for it (at that point I'd never even driven the car) So I looked to eBay... A few days later I found an engine with 140K on it. After winning the auction I called the guy to come and get it and he says "do you want the rest of the car it came in?" So for 170 bucks I got a 93 Mercury Grand Marquis, towed it home and finished removing the motor form it.



I ended up selling the transmission for $100 Intake from the 93 motor for $90 (different than the intake from my 98 motor) and took the car to the scrap yard and got another $110 out of it.

I got this car to replace my 92 Toyota corolla that I bought for $110 about a year earlier (needed a $60 radiator to make it road-ready) My sister really needed a car so I sold that one to her, when I got the crown vic. That was almost 4 years ago now. It's now got almost 232,000 miles on it, and still going strong... Well it does need a headlight now, I'm looking for a good deal on one.





This is sort of a "before" picture, since then, a friend thought it'd be funny to beat the hood with a broom, I thought it'd be a good idea to push a chevy blazer off the side of the highway (hey cop cars can do it... oh yeah they have push bumpers) and most recently I thought it'd be a good idea to tow behind Jason's bus. Now it pretty much looks like a pos... oh well it still runs.
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:46 AM   #3
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HA HA! There isn't enough room in this thread to list all the beaters I've owned! But currently, my favorite beater by far is my 1996 Chevy S-10. I've had it since 2003. It currently has 220,000 miles on the odometer. Everything works. The A/C works better on this truck than any other vehicle I've ever owned. It has the 2.2L engine and 5 speed manual tranny. Still runs like a top and I drive it pretty much every day. I've put 12,000 miles on it since the end of April.

Our next beater is a 1994 Chevy Cavalier. It's not the current body style, but the ugly boxy one before that. I bought it from my wife's cousin. She rear ended somebody with it. I paid her $300 for it and spend another $100 or so in parts from the junk yard to fix it. It has 95,000 miles on it and it runs pretty good. I had to replace a head gasket recently. I'm not real fond of this beater, but it does the job. It's ugly and it sits REALLY low to the ground. My wife drives this one most of the time.

Our third beater is a 1993 Honda Accord SE. We just got this one recently from my cousin. The dealership only offered him $100 on a trade in for it and then the master cylinder went out. He was going to take it to the junk yard, but he let me have it instead! I'm not too familiar with this car yet. I drove it back from Ft. Worth and the torque converter locks and unlocks constantly. It also gets pretty hot. I still need to fix the leaky master cylinder. The radio display doesn't work, but at least the radio does. It has 202,000 miles on it. I'll get some time soon to fix it up.

So basically, I have three cars worth a total of about $1,500. HA!
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My daily driver 1989 Honda Civic base model has 277,000 miles on it and still manages to muster 38 mpg on the highway with a 4 speed direct manual tranny. I think you'll like your Honda.
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I have a Sunbeam Alpine that may never stop smelling like mice.



And a huge Ford Thunderbird with a 460 V8

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i wouldn't put much into than accord, KC. Sounds like the tranny might be on the way out. wonder how tough a 5 speed transplant would be on it. i love my 91 5 speed. drives like a go cart.

steve, you need to put the 460 from the bird into that alpine. that would be one badass alpine.
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'96 Tacoma with 257,000 miles- It is starting to show the miles
'84 bmw 325e- odometer stuck @125, 000 miles over ten years ago
'87 280Z turbo the X left in the driveway

I really need fix up one of soon so I don't to buy another one. Really get used to driving paid for cars quickly!!
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i wouldn't put much into than accord, KC. Sounds like the tranny might be on the way out. wonder how tough a 5 speed transplant would be on it. i love my 91 5 speed. drives like a go cart.
I don't think the tranny is going out. I think it's something a little simpler than that. I'm hoping anyways. It shifts perfectly. I was reading on a Honda forum I found, that for my type of Honda, they're really sensitive to the type of transmission fluid they have in them. They need the Honda brand stuff. My cousin that I bought it from was putting auto part store stuff in there. Some tranny's are just sensitive I guess. He said the torque converter has been doing that for years. Also, a dirty lockup silenoid came up a bunch of times too. I'm going to check it out this weekend and see if I can get it figured out. It's got a few other little problems too like a missing door handle on the passenger side, and the radio display doesn't light up. But those are easy fixes for the most part.
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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.
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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.
It probably is that or the thermostat is locked up. Should be an easy fix. How about that bus? When are you going to get it?
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