OK, so my crx is a rust bucket and im tired of looking at it. REALLY tired of it the body work needed to make it straight would be very expensive as ive got rust on the doors, front fenders, and rear pass fender and is battered with small dents.
now a friend of mine has a crx with absolutely straight body, no rust, paint is a tad faded. car has a a sohc vtec swap, CAI, tokico blues and eibach pro spring kit. 180k on chassis, 40k on motor. like i said NO rust, which is a rare find in a CRX, crx owners wil know what i mean. hes asking 3k, but said he can knock off a few hundred for me.
IF (big if) i got this, this would be my plan. swap everything from my crx into the new crx, and everything from the new crx to my crx. motor, suspension(lcas, front crossmember and ta's and all because i have poly bushings and a traction bar), and interior. and then sell the rust bucket with all the new crx's parts. then use that money to pay back the majority of the loan discussed below
now the problem, i dont exactly have the cash, but then theres the option of a loan. but that poses a problem in itself becasue ive never gotten a loan before, dont know how it works, and honestly really dont know how my credit is. i dont have any credit cards, soley in my name. the only one i have is my debit card, and then i have a credit card of my moms, although it does have my name on it. how hard would it be to get a 3k loan? time is also a bit of a problem. im currently at college, 250 miles away from anywhere that i could work on it. so that means id have to come back on the weekends to work on it and would be confined to working on it on the weekends.
now for the decision, what should i do?
deal with the rust bucket?
or take on the massive challenge of switching everything to a better chassis?
Here's what I say... if you don't have the money to get the other car, then make the most of the car you have. (ie: If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with. LOL).
Besides, you'll learn a ton of stuff by doing all the hardcore work on your own car. It doesn't have to be expensive. Body repairs can be done for cheap with time and patience to learn the necessary skills.
Another option is to do *nothing* to the rust bucket and start saving up your money for the next nice CRX that comes along. Or, if you feel like you can handle paying back a loan, go into your bank and ask about it. Getting a loan isn't all that hard, and I'm sure they'll be willing to talk you through the process (because they make money off of loans!!)
the second option isnt a choice, ive already got tons of money in the car. at least 1k in the suspension, gsr engine that inline for a full rebuild, and plenty more, i just dont want a ****ty body anymore. im tired of seeing everyone elses crx look beter then mine and basically its an eyesore.
and i dont trust myself doing bodywork. cause if i did it, id want it done right. along with having to buy all new trim etc, it gets expensive real fast. im not turning my car into a pile of bondo, i would want everything straightened and replaced with sheetmetal. and i dont have ANY of the required tools or a welder, nor any skills.
Go to a local "CREDIT UNION" they just treat you better,or your bank if you have to.
Get that loan and get that other rex.I dont know how many times I've regretted not doing what my gut feeling told me to do in the first place.
If that other rex is as clean as you say,then go get er mang!
my .02(hops off soapbox)