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Posted 12-09-2011 at 04:12 PM by That89GTGuy

The title of this entry requires explanation, I know. So here is an explanation:

Sometimes, just when you think your on the bottom rung, you realize someone else is not even on the ladder anymore.

I went to look at a car up on craigslist. Roller, no engine or transmission or engine wiring harness. It was almost PERFECT for what I needed. Same model year and everything! Just swap my stuff over and job done. Should have been cake. The paint was a ton better too! "My god it's going to be awesome" I thought, so I get ahold of the guy and go to see it a few days later.

I get there, he opens the door to the garage, and there it sits. Wonderful black paint, hardtop with no stupid window holes in the roof, and no broken glass. I was pretty pumped. So he opens the door, and the interior is at least as good as the one I have in my car, maybe better! Still pumped. Get on the ground and.... oh dear.

Floor = garbage. Rust EVERYWHERE and not that light surface stuff. It's cancer and it's in deep. Even the rockers look rusty. Torque boxes? Meh they're okay, but also really rusty. And where they connect to the floor pan? Ultra rusty. Oh god. This isn't going well. Things that I didn't even know COULD rust where rusted. But then, we moved to the engine bay...

For some reference, picture this: In my car, the drivers side "frame rail" where it connects to the strut tower has a reenforcement plate due to rust. It's quite thick. Looks like a caveman welded it but it's solid. The passenger side has some light surface rust in the same spot.

This car though... it didn't even HAVE the frame rails anymore. Just straight up air where they should have been. I had to call it a night shortly after. The car looked so nice, but considering the amount of work it needed, it was not worth it. Sad, but probably for the best.

At this point, I'm going to finish removing that tar from my car, see how many more holes I can dig up, and then get a welder at some point. I think MIG welding would be a good skill to pick up, though I don't plan to become proficient I'd at least like to become functional at it. The only REAL "issue" is the small stress crack on the driveshaft tunnel and that should be a 5 minute fix once I have the welder. Everything else will be for fun. Maybe I'll try some seam welding to fix the holes and strengthen the car, or maybe I won't. I just want to get on the track and enjoy the car. The expectation that this car will someday be ultra nice seems unrealistic at this point, so I'm just going to keep trying to learn what I can on it and enjoy as much as possible for what it's worth.

On the flip side, I CANNOT wait until the track day season. I've been wanting to test out the brake system I put on this April for ever now!
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