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snap_understeer
snap_understeer Reader
5/3/12 12:36 p.m.

Immediately, I thought of buying an ECHO. Then, my focus shifted when a friend of mine reported that their 2005 Mazda 3 had thrown a rod. My Idea is to put the 2.3L engine from a junked 3 or 6 into it, along with a manual and correct ECU swap. The car is $300, and it needs to be towed. Should I take it?

aussiesmg
aussiesmg PowerDork
5/3/12 12:37 p.m.

$300 why are you hesitating

one word. hyabusa

mazdeuce
mazdeuce Reader
5/3/12 12:39 p.m.

Buy that car.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
5/3/12 12:39 p.m.

No offense OP, but i don't believe this for a second.

snap_understeer
snap_understeer Reader
5/3/12 12:41 p.m.
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: No offense OP, but i don't believe this for a second.

Next time I see the car, I'll post pics. No engine, Autotragic transmission, and friend discount all factor in the final price. If I wasn't interested, he'd be scrapping it.

mtn
mtn PowerDork
5/3/12 12:42 p.m.
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: No offense OP, but i don't believe this for a second.

Wolf!

snap_understeer
snap_understeer Reader
5/3/12 12:47 p.m.
mtn wrote:
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: No offense OP, but i don't believe this for a second.

Wolf!

No Bull here

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
5/3/12 12:49 p.m.
snap_understeer wrote:
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: No offense OP, but i don't believe this for a second.

Next time I see the car, I'll post pics. No engine, Autotragic transmission, and friend discount all factor in the final price. If I wasn't interested, he'd be scrapping it.

Please post pics of the car with a piece of paper taped to it that says "stop_the_econobox."

alfadriver
alfadriver UberDork
5/3/12 12:51 p.m.

edit2 - never mind. My reading comprehension isn't what it used to be. And even then, it wasn't very good.

go for it.

snap_understeer
snap_understeer Reader
5/3/12 1:03 p.m.

Got a pic emailed to me:

C. June 2011

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
5/3/12 1:06 p.m.

Prosecution rests.

Klayfish
Klayfish Dork
5/3/12 1:08 p.m.

For $300?? Uh, hell yeah you should. You could part it/scrap it if you had to and make money. So there's no risk.

snap_understeer
snap_understeer Reader
5/3/12 1:10 p.m.
Klayfish wrote: For $300?? Uh, hell yeah you should. You could part it/scrap it if you had to and make money. So there's no risk.

sounds good to me. He ticked the boxes for the sport wheels, Moonroof, and leather. Any idea how much I can get off the seats alone?

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
5/3/12 1:23 p.m.

Screw parting it out, that thing is clean! Buy a JY engine/trans for $1000 and swap it all in. You'd have a nearly-new DD for less than Challenge money!

snap_understeer
snap_understeer Reader
5/3/12 1:37 p.m.
Javelin wrote: Screw parting it out, that thing is *clean*! Buy a JY engine/trans for $1000 and swap it all in. You'd have a nearly-new DD for less than Challenge money!

I'm not the best with engine terminology. What car would a JY come out of?

dculberson
dculberson Dork
5/3/12 1:40 p.m.
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: Prosecution rests.

No joke.

jrw1621
jrw1621 PowerDork
5/3/12 1:44 p.m.

JY = Junk Yard
Just pit in another stock engine.

mazdeuce
mazdeuce Reader
5/3/12 1:44 p.m.

In reply to snap_understeer:

A junk yard.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
5/3/12 1:46 p.m.

You guys should spoon feed the troll some more.

jstein77
jstein77 Dork
5/3/12 2:16 p.m.

I think I would find a wrecked manual car and swap it over to a real transmission. That thing looks to be in excellent condition - how the heck did he manage to throw a rod in one of those? They're pretty bulletproof. (Maybe forgot to change the oil, for say, 70,000 miles?)

Here's one source

jstein77
jstein77 Dork
5/3/12 2:20 p.m.
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: You guys should spoon feed the troll some more.

You're such a cynic!

dculberson
dculberson Dork
5/3/12 3:04 p.m.

My friend has some low-production ferrari, so unpopular they only made 400 of them before they realized they couldn't sell any more. The cigarette lighter went out so he wants to sell it to me for $500. Should I buy it?

nocones
nocones HalfDork
5/3/12 3:10 p.m.

If this is real I would buy for $300, Install junkyard engine for $1000 and Sell on market for an easy $6,000 profit. I mean sure a Manual trans 3 is fun and all but you can flip it and buy a lot more fun than a Manual trans Mazda 3

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
5/3/12 3:21 p.m.
dculberson wrote: My friend has some low-production ferrari, so unpopular they only made 400 of them before they realized they couldn't sell any more. The cigarette lighter went out so he wants to sell it to me for $500. Should I buy it?

Yeah man, then swap an Echo motor in it.

dculberson
dculberson Dork
5/3/12 3:26 p.m.
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: Yeah man, then swap an Echo motor in it.

Yeah!! Maybe then it would be worth something, since it would keep running for more than a few days at a time.

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