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6/21/18 12:30 p.m.

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Story by Norman Garrett • Photos as Credited

Broken cars whisper to me. I’ve owned some 60-odd cars in my life, and fully half of them did not run when I bought them. Of course, most …

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hotchocolate Reader
6/21/18 9:39 p.m.

Great article! I just tried my hand at auctions this week. I missed it by $50. (128i with sport package). This has given me great insight going forward. Thank you for sharing your experience. 

6/22/18 4:42 a.m.

This was a great article. I am going to be using some of this for a non profit organization coming along.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Digital Experience Director
6/22/18 1:18 p.m.

Love this article!

6/22/18 1:52 p.m.

I purchased a 1987 Porsche 924S with 46K miles for $900 as a totaled insurance car.  The car suffered a fuel line leak in the rubber pressure hose going to the injector rail, and the underhood wiring harness, rubber bits, and a spot on the hood were damaged.  I had to replace the bits that burned and repaint the hood - that's it.  I also replaced the front seats with matching power seats from a later 944 just for effect, although it was not needed.

In the end I got a car that was pretty nice.  The photo is from the 70th Birthday of Porsche last week at the dealership in Orlando.  There is a complete writeup on the project at


frenchyd SuperDork
6/22/18 2:45 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard : I’d like to blame you guys for the hours I’ve spent on Co-part and IAA  sites finding pieces of my next race car.  

I’d like to but the truth is I’ve enjoyed the process.  


ckosacranoid SuperDork
6/26/18 1:01 p.m.

damn you for giving me ideas for this. I might have to really start looking on their for the next few rides. i know I think when I read this last time I singed up for copoart....damn you guys for ruining my life when it comes to cars. I can not look at super cars or other high end stuff with out thinking about beating them challenge style.

frenchyd SuperDork
6/26/18 9:03 p.m.

Regardless of the color in the photograph  I’m surprised at how few seem to share my excitement over the chance to buy cars fresh from the wrecking yards.  

I spend far too much time  on those sites selecting, calculating, deciding, occasionally bidding. 

Looking for a particular model but often distracted and dreaming of others.  

I look not just for a car but parts for a car.  If I can buy that one I’ll take the brakes and supercharger off it and still be able to scrap it, or maybe sell the remains to the guy who specializes in that brand.  

Or maybe combine two cars into one whole car?  Take that flood car and that wrecked car use the wiring and soft good from the wreck and the body and other pieces from the flood car to come up with a really cool whole car

hotchocolate Reader
10/6/18 9:29 p.m.

So this happened.  First vehicle i have purchased without an inspection or test drive. 1997 LS400. I bid 275 and forgot about it. I ended up winning. With fees and registration it came to about 675. Not sure what I am going to do with it since i wasnt expecting to win--but I digress. It has 212K miles and moves under its own power. It needs a front fender some brake and exhaust work and a hunting idle issue fixed (iacv?). Timing belt is also due.  Heat works and AC seems to work. Interior is about a 5/10 and it has some rust on the rear wheel arches. Thanks to you all I checked another thing off my car related list. Obligatory craigslist style picture attached. 

AnthonyGS GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/8/18 2:39 a.m.

If I ever go LS1 swap this seems like the best way to get a donor.  Yes it’s a lot of work but you would have all wiring, accessories etc.  

I’ve also dreamed of a hemi charger hellcamino project too using the smyth kit and donor challenger with manual trans.   A 375-707 ish hp 6 speed hellcamino would be a blast.  I bet with airbags in the rear you could tow and move things making it useful too.

dculberson UltimaDork
10/8/18 9:29 a.m.

In reply to hotchocolate :

Dude, enjoy a pimpin' ride, and when it needs more than you're willing to spend on it, you can make good money parting it out.

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/8/18 10:00 a.m.

I deleted my three posts re the photoshopped photo. After reading them they really did not add any content to this thread. 

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