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03-17-2013, 08:21 PM #1
The Art of Bringing that Ol' Heap Back to Life
Ever fixed up an old car or truck that you liked? Maybe in the process of it now? That nearly everyone else would probably have just crushed? Not willing to spend the time or money (in some cases I can understand the money part though, depending on circumstances) to repair it. In my opinion, the time spent working on it counts just as much, if not more, than money. One has to know how to make repairs and that takes training (time involved with learning). Some people just want what's new. However, a great vehicle can be found and made if time is invested to make repairs. Ever have someone ask you... "Why don't you just junk that car/truck?" And you look that person right square in the eyes and tell them your reason, whatever it may be...
03-17-2013, 08:29 PM #2
My '01 Silverado is by no means a heap, beater or clunker, but at 12 years old, it is starting to show its age. I plan on getting into a new car by the end of this year. With that, I'll still keep my Silverado as a second vehicle and as a project truck. There are plenty of things that need to be done to it to keep it running as well as plenty of things I want to do it. Once I get a new car I can really start to tear into it and work on it simply because I want to.
03-20-2013, 12:13 PM #3
Which is fine, but I prefer to at least attempt to make repairs before just trading it in or crushing it. It really is amazing how vehicles operate given how so much has to be just right.
Vehicles are very finicky as I am sure goes without saying.
03-21-2013, 12:13 PM #4
03-21-2013, 12:35 PM #5
some days I get frustrated with the fixing of this and that on my wifes car (2002 Altima with 188,xxx miles). She is getting a new car in a couple months but I will commute in her car and get rid of my saturn.
I also have a 1960 land rover series II. Needs a clutch and every summer I say I am going to get to work on it, but time and money never seem to be there at that point. But I also could have spent the 220 on the clutch instead of 750 on my nav system in my truck. Always seems that whenever I want to work on it something gets in the way. Would I ever get rid of it, Not a chance. Its my only family heirloom and I love the thing. Grandfather bought it new, went to my dad and then he gave it to me when I turned 18. my father and I had already done a lot of things to it, and some things since. But as any project vehicle goes it gets bumped down the priority list in life as compared to the other vehicles that are more often driven.David
2004 Silverado 2500 Crew Cab 4x4, AMSOIL EA air filter, Granatelli MAF sensor, Throttle body spacer, Magnaflow exhaust (true dual to 2 in 1 out muffler), 6" ProComp lift (add a leaf and 5" superlift rear block), Bilstein shocks, 35's (Cooper Disoverer ST) and 4.10 gears, Rhino Liner, EGRUSA fender Flares and widow visors, extended stainless steel brake lines, firestone airbags w/onboard air compressor, Pioneer Avic X940BT navigation, Accel backup camera.
1960 Land Rover Series II 88
2002 Nissan Altima (My Commuter)
2013 Toyota Avalon Limited (Wife's Car)
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03-24-2013, 06:42 PM #6
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