Javelin GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/14/11 4:21 p.m.

Not that I need this headache right now, but...


Javelin GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/14/11 4:24 p.m.

Eh, forget the totalled vanilla Miata, THIS is more like it!!!

Donebrokeit Reader
12/14/11 4:25 p.m.

Not a bad buy in price, might have to look at the frame to see how bad it is bent.

Paul B

noddaz GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/14/11 4:48 p.m.
Javelin wrote: Eh, forget the totalled vanilla Miata, THIS is more like it!!! </blockquote That Mustang is almost likable...
fasted58 SuperDork
12/14/11 4:50 p.m.

buy one of each

Vigo SuperDork
12/14/11 4:58 p.m.

Miata is a lot more interesting.. because the price is low for what it is.

The mustang is just.. right, to a few hundred over priced..

I mean sure it's a stock 5.0 and that's got some kind of rarity factor..

But on the other hand i beat a stock 5.0 just like that from 80-110 mph 3 times in a row in this stock dodge dynasty. That was in like 02. hahah

belteshazzar SuperDork
12/14/11 5:20 p.m.


miataman86 New Reader
12/16/11 1:15 p.m.

Anytime I see a wrecked Miata, its just depresses me a little

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/17/11 8:39 a.m.
Javelin wrote: Not that I need this headache right now, but... http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/2745611422.html

At first that car looked like and easy fix BUT then I started looking closer and it looks like the rocker panels are bowed out. Also look at the rear door gaps. The driver side is a lot smaller than the passenger side. This makes it potentially a much bigger problem to fix. I suspect that that thing is bent a lot worse than the seller knows / is telling you in the add. For $1,500 I would consider it.. . . maybe. In my book the asking price is way to much.

You would be in to it for $1,500-$2,000 just for the fram machien time.

EricM SuperDork
12/17/11 10:04 a.m.

Locust donor?

The_Jed Reader
12/17/11 10:18 a.m.

I'd say the price is a bit high on the Fox.

You'd have to upgrade quite a few things to make a fun toy out of it. It has the roller cam but it also has : (if I remember correctly) 8.4:1 compression, a two-piece rear main seal, a thin wall block, itty bitty brakes, the 10" clutch and worst of all the 7.5" rear.

That being said a guy at work picked up an '83 (I think) Mustang with faded paint, supposedly 50,000 original miles and an aftermarket, rumbly exhaust that gives me a nearly terminal case of the wants.

novaderrik Dork
12/17/11 10:58 a.m.

that mustang is about right for the price- maybe offer $1500 just because that's how it works.. it has nothing but potential with a few easy upgrades that could be done fairly cheap over a period of months without any lengthy downtime..

swap in an 8.8 out of a Thunderbird Turbo Coupe for the durability and better gears, swap in some Ranger 5 lug brake rotors in the front and Aerostar 5 lug axles and drums in the back to open up the wheel choices.. throw the stock exhaust- manifolds to talipipes- in the dumpster and put some full length headers and a Flowmaster kit with an X pipe in it's place. then you move on to engine mods- swap on some lightly ported (AIR bumps removed from the exhaust and gasket match the intakes) E7 heads with an E303 cam, replace the intake with a Performer RPM and the carb with a Holley 3310 and it would be a fun and reliable car with a total investment in the area of $3500 including the purchase price of the car.

one of my friends has the car i just described- except it's an 89 notch that came stock with a 4 cylinder and auto and now has a 302 out of an 88 Marquis with the engine parts i just listed backed by a T5 out of a 95 5.0 Mustang with 4.10 gears.. that thing has a pretty good fun/dollar ratio going on and he hasn't changed a thing on it in the 7 years since we put it together.

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