Thanks for the advice. I was really interested in the 78 tranny because of
the low miles supposedly on it. As for the rest of the car, there wasn't
much usable stuff, really. I didn't want to get into a situation where I
paid to haul someone else's junk away. But, again, I don't know what the
going rate is for a used tranny.
I'll probably pass on that one. I'm a little more interested in the other
77 if I can get them to come down in price a bit. That one actually has
more usable body panels as well as motor and tranny. I'll see what a little
old fashioned dickering can achieve.
(now also affectionately known as the Bumble B)
From: Mark and kathy LaPierre [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2001 9:07 AM
To: Will Brien; MGS
Subject: Re: Evaluating parts cars
You really need to open up the tranys to be sure your not just buying
somebodyelses junk pile. Total waste of your money in that case. There are
too many good, dry parts cars available to waste money on rust problems on
You need to look inside to see if water has seeped into the trany and
pitted any of the shafts or gears. Since the one trany is out already this
shouldn't "B" a problem unless the owner won't let you and that is a
definite signal to turn and walk away. Your in the drivers seat on this
one, you've got the check book and they want your check. Its your play.
Take your wrenches over and get to work.
Any pitting or deep rust is extremely difficult to fix and expensive.
Many of us have bought COMPLETE cars for 300 to $500. They are out
there. Patience , patience, patience.
My wife keeps reminding me that I don't have to bring every car that I
find home and of course she is ri..;;;gh.....;;;;t. (that was hard to get
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From: Will Brien <email@example.com>
To: MGS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2001 6:10 AM
Subject: Evaluating parts cars
> Hi, listers -
> I've located 2 parts cars, another 77 and a 78 sans motor. The 78 tranny
> there but sitting open ended with its nose on the ground. The tranny is
> supposed to have approx. 54k on it and I would be interested in acquiring
> to replace my ailing one. However, there is surface rust on the splines
> the main shaft and I'm not sure how easy that would be to clean off.
> Besides the tranny, it's got a few serviceable wheels and a trunk lid.
> Price is $300. Given the prices for new replacement stuff, that doesn't
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