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Got any project cars?

Alex Snyder

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May 1, 2006
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Talking about cars we're working on is usually fun. I put usually in italics because those projects always have their down days, but the overall idea and end results are mostly fun.

I've had a few over the years and just took on another one recently. I like to define project vehicles as ones where they are specifically bought to restore and/or modify with more than cosmetics.

  • 1975 Jeep CJ5 was my first
  • 1981 BMW 325 was a Spec E30 racecar
  • 1994 Toyota Landcruiser
  • 2001 Honda S2000
  • 2002 BMW M3
  • 2007 Lincoln Mark LT is the current one

Bought the Lincoln with the dreaded 5.4L tick from the left cam for 40% of book. I think it has a lifter issue and will be either replacing the engine or doing some hefty parts replacements under the hood. I hope to have it ready for mods and mountain duty before March.
 

craigh

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May 19, 2011
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I've always had a project car and a daily driver.
Sadly, they've always been the same car. After 5 years of running on hopes and dreams, I finally bought a car that starts every morning and requires nearly no maintenance.

Once the shop is done in a couple years, we'll get a Grand National and do things properly.
For now, I need to get to work and back in comfort.

If the Grand National goes well, the real dream is to LS swap a 944 so that I can have a tight car with a loud V8.
This old turd video has been my dream for years:

 

Mike Rod

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Aug 27, 2019
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I had a 1993 RX-7, but I sold it to help fund my dealership.

That car ment more than the wife realizes. Multiple SCCA track events, comfy on long rides, it looked amazingly different, it had the cleanest curves of any car since it didn't have any unnecessary openings here and there, was an easy 170+mph car (not exactly stock), and god so much more. It was almost always in some type of project status like any 20+ yr old car would be. I had it for about 23 years.

I regret selling it every single day. I say to myself every week "I can't believe I sold the RX-7." I will need to get another one someday Thankfully, I sold it to a car guy I still keep in touch with! At least I know it won't be abused more than what a sports car should be.

No project cars at this time, though. Not until I get another RX-7 or a CTS-V wagon.
 

ChrisR

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I have a 2007 Subaru WRX Wagon that I had a full sedan wide body conversion, and SAAB 9-2X rear "clip" conversion on. Of course, once I got it back from the body shop (2 years later), and noticed a lot of things wrong, I am debating just selling it, or put some more money into it, and make it what I intended.
 
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