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    Done buying new cars

    I will only be owning older used cars and just fix them up. All myself. Been watching a lot of engineering explained and chrisfix videos.. are there any other channels that are really good and instructional to their detail?

    Already bought an e30 that i will fix up and sell when i find a coupe stickshift version.

    My goal is to own a truck from late 80s early 90s, a modded 80s car, and 10 year old SUV.
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    yes it is a car (truck rim 16 incher .. I used a burner from a new turkey cooker I got fleabay here and I removed the burner assembly and welded a small thin plate over the hole in center of rim and drilled a small hole straight through that to mount my burner to , reason I went to this much trouble was the turkey fryer
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    watching youtubers fix up cars and fixing up cars yourself are two different things...just saying.

    also good luck with your manual e30 goals
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    Originally Posted by Jax05 View Post
    watching youtubers fix up cars and fixing up cars yourself are two different things...just saying.

    also good luck with your manual e30 goals
    This. brb.....just gonna do a simple swap here with a TSP 427 and 30k in other sponsored parts, in my pro shop, should take about 3 days.

    I like your idea though OP. That's the route I'm going. Bought an 11 year old wrecked truck for a heck of a deal, repaired it and plan on driving till the wheels fall off. Next on the list is a weekend ripper....just need a decent base then plan on dumping all of my disposable income into it to make it what I want. YouTube has been a good inspiration and source of information but as I near closer to the actual purchase you start to realize how some of these channels throw money around/get parts sponsored and the realism of a project car sitting in my garage and how much time I will need to set aside from work/house projects/family/wife/friends/gym to be able to get anything done on it sets in.
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    Originally Posted by Sidney7 View Post
    yes it is a car (truck rim 16 incher .. I used a burner from a new turkey cooker I got fleabay here and I removed the burner assembly and welded a small thin plate over the hole in center of rim and drilled a small hole straight through that to mount my burner to , reason I went to this much trouble was the turkey fryer
    Wut
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    Just picked up a 98 Z71. Was looking at new f150s/Titans but phuck those prices man. Even with discounts they’re too damn expensive.
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    I have been on that buying used time for the last 20 years... SRS... Never have been the type that needed to keep up with the Jones'. Funny enough the last time I bought anything new it was my "weekend" car back in July 2012... long story on that one but it was paid off quickly and still sitting in my garage fresh AF.
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    All valid points.

    I won't buy a 'total' project car/truck that will sit in a garage majority of the year. Unless of course some serious chit goes wrong, then I have wife's car.

    It will obviously take me triple/quadruple the time to do anything I see on youtube, but at the very least, I plan to be able to diagnose and figure out what needs to be done to fix basic-medium things and have a game plan to do the job.

    One thing I dread is jacking a car up and going under it. Fuk, even going under a car in a shop makes me nervous as well.




    PS. Jax05 Why you hatin my e30 stick goals brah?
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    Beware where you buy your cars from. Cars from your area and north get a lot of salt damage. Growing up in Erie PA, I remember having one car so rusted out there was a hole in one of the floorboards. My buddy from upstate new york had to have some tires put on his car when he got out here to CO. When they started lifting it, the lifter arms sliced right through the frame and the car was totaled
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    Originally Posted by TurkBrah View Post
    One thing I dread is jacking a car up and going under it. Fuk, even going under a car in a shop makes me nervous as well.

    PS. Jax05 Why you hatin my e30 stick goals brah?
    I use 6 jack stands if I need to lift the vehicle completely - 1 on each corner and 2 somewhere in the middle "just in case". Get good jack stands, avoid Harbor Freight ones lol

    Not hating on E30, just saying finding one with manual for reasonable price is very difficult.
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    Do it.

    You can go 3 or so yo and have a great buy and not have to do much for a while or go with something 80 to 100k on it. You'll have more work but as long as its not a crappy brand then you should be fine.

    I've gone the 80k route and as long as you research what will likely go wrong and choose a good option then you should be fine.

    I go a cayenne turbo with 90k and nothing has broke beyond what I expected from research.
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    Originally Posted by Jax05 View Post
    I use 6 jack stands if I need to lift the vehicle completely - 1 on each corner and 2 somewhere in the middle "just in case". Get good jack stands, avoid Harbor Freight ones lol

    Not hating on E30, just saying finding one with manual for reasonable price is very difficult.
    You can buy a lift that isn't that expensive and some are even portable. Be very careful with jackstands. Even the good one's can be sketchy. 20 years or so of using them, I've done it a lot, used good stands and know what I'm doing, but you are holding uneven weight on a single point and although it's been rare, once you have a slip it's an eye opener, just hope it's not while you're under it. I won't get under a car on stands unless it's really nessesary.
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    Originally Posted by dannyg1217 View Post
    Do it.

    You can go 3 or so yo and have a great buy and not have to do much for a while or go with something 80 to 100k on it. You'll have more work but as long as its not a crappy brand then you should be fine.

    I've gone the 80k route and as long as you research what will likely go wrong and choose a good option then you should be fine.

    I go a cayenne turbo with 90k and nothing has broke beyond what I expected from research.
    It'll still depreciate quite a bit. No? What did you pay for it?
    Im thinking of even going older.

    Originally Posted by Jasonw1178 View Post
    You can buy a lift that isn't that expensive and some are even portable. Be very careful with jackstands. Even the good one's can be sketchy. 20 years or so of using them, I've done it a lot, used good stands and know what I'm doing, but you are holding uneven weight on a single point and although it's been rare, once you have a slip it's an eye opener, just hope it's not while you're under it. I won't get under a car on stands unless it's really nessesary.
    You scaring me brah. Im going to have to dig up a trench to work on my car
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    Originally Posted by Jasonw1178 View Post
    You can buy a lift that isn't that expensive and some are even portable. Be very careful with jackstands. Even the good one's can be sketchy. 20 years or so of using them, I've done it a lot, used good stands and know what I'm doing, but you are holding uneven weight on a single point and although it's been rare, once you have a slip it's an eye opener, just hope it's not while you're under it. I won't get under a car on stands unless it's really nessesary.
    placing wheels under the car next to the jackstands is good insurance, I always do it no matter what. Can still get injured if the jacks go but you prob wont die.
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    Originally Posted by TurkBrah View Post
    My goal is to own a truck from late 80s early 90s, a modded 80s car, and 10 year old SUV.
    Your plan is to own a 30 year old truck, 40 year old car, and 10 year old SUV?

    You are doing this why? To save money?

    There is a point where law of diminishing returns comes into play, ESPECIALLY if you aren’t a mechanic who already has all the needed tools / shop / equipment.

    Buying used / low mileage coupe year old vehicles is the safest and easiest way to keep your cost of ownership as low as possible.
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