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My GF's bro Tommy calls me up last week and asks if I want to buy an EF hatch w/mpfi conversion for $450. I say what's wrong with it; he says it wont start. So, I grab a couple dizzys and main relays and make the 45min drive. I get there to meet him and his friend Bob who is also interested in the car. Bob don't know jack btw.

Immediately I notice 2 problems with the car: 1) it has no valve cover ground 2) the tranny ground is relocated to the thin sheet metal by the radiator. I turn the ignition and there's one click from the main relay. I cycle the ignition again and now there are 2 clicks. Did compression test and results were, 40,20,40,30. :shock: ...whatever, I knew I had all the spare parts laying in my basement to fix this car. So the guy wants 450. I say I'll give you a hundred bucks 'cause it probably needs an engine, refer to comp. results. We settle on a buck fifty.

I tow it back to Tommy's place and try to figure out the wiring mess of a multi-point conversion to no avail. Got fed up and ripped the whole bird's nest out then I did my own damn conversion. Finished that, replaced main relay, fixed the grounds, and VROOOM.... Good right? Well you'd think but I put it in gear and release the clutch... NOTHING, no go! So now I drop the tranny and find shredded disc material everywhere. No biggie, I've got spare clutches. So I drive home and come back another day with a clutch. Installed it and got the heck out of there. Car actually ran strong despite the initial compression test results. Felt like a high 15 second car.

Yesterday (monday) Bob has Tommy call up and offers me 800 for the car. At first I said no cause I planned to paint it and sell it for ~1200 but then I thought about all the projects I got going on and want to have going on and agreed. That very afternoon, Tommy and Bob come down to Milwaukee to pick up the car. I jacked the iceman intake, front, and rear strut bars btw, hehehe. So Bob hands me 8 one hundred dollar bills and I hand him the title. All good right? Well you'd think but he gets in the car and tries to adjust the seat... no worky. Turns out those seats don't even belong in that car and was bolted through the floorboards in such a way the seat couldn't be adjusted.

Sooo... I pull the seat which was a pita to get out and re-ghetto-fab it so it would adjust. Reinstall, Bob gets in, adjusts seat, we shake hands, they drive off. All good right? Well you'd think but 20 minutes later as I was sitting in my neighbor's front yard having a beer and chatting over a hot grill about this very car, I get a call: "hey we're on the freeway in rush hour traffic and the car is dead." You could imagine by this time I was getting very annoyed by this car.

I get there and turn the key. Main relay clicks twice, good. Then I look at the fuel gauge... hey it was nearly empty when it left my driveway, if Bob put in gas, why didn't he fill it all the way instead just filled it half way? Then I thought, what if this gauge is funky? So I get out, go to the rear of the car, reach under the car, and knock on the gas tank... ting ting ting. :roll:

So in conclusion, though I put $650 in my pocket with extra parts I had laying around, there was alot of BS I had to deal with. Hmmm now what to spend this money on? Oh wait, it's already good as gone. NVM.
 

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Oh, just remembered a REAL sweet deal with no bitterness involved at all: A guy had a 96 Accord that needed a new engine because there was some sort of rod knock. He took it to the shop and that's what they said. He wanted $600 for the car that was in good condition otherwise. I get there and listen to the noise. It sounded a little too metallic to be a rod knock or piston slap. Oh WHATEVER, for $600 I can't go wrong even if I have to buy a short block for another $600.

I get it home and listen real carefully... hey, sounds like it's coming from the AC compressor. So I put a wrench on the pulley nut and started the car with it on. The belt now squeals but the loud tapping is gone. I grab my knife and cut the belt (too lazy to undo it, and I was pretty sure it was the AC compressor) HEHEHE no more noise.

That same day I put out an ad in the classifieds which would hit the press the next day. The next day one guy came to look at it and seemed pretty serious. The day following that, a second guy showed up with $2500 cash and I handed him the title. 2500 minus 600 minus 50 for the ad = 1850 in pocket with a 3day turn around. MUAHAHAHAHA :twisted: :wink:

Man, I should quit my job and just be on the look out for deals huh? Soon as I do that though, there will be none to be found and I'll get evicted.
 

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that's a whole lotta change for 3 days! i love profiting off of people's lack of mechanical knowledge...hells it's what my job is...after all lawnmowers aren't THAT complex. 8)
 

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Hearing about that Accord deal, man that pisses me off. Not at you Heu. You found a deal, and I would've jumped on that too. But the freakin shop that told they guy he needed a new engine, when they should have been able to figure out it's a compressor. They screwed that guy, and you reaped the benefits. The poor dude didn't know any better. Bad on him. This is why I believe everybody who owns a car should know as much (mechanically) about it as possible. And if you don't, at least get a 2nd and 3rd opinion. Geez. :shock:
 

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I4sillypwr said:
That accord deal still makes me go :shock:
To this day it still makes me go :shock: . You know David, I think I remember telling you about it last year when it happened and you were like wtf? Anyway yeah, that deal was pure molases. I felt a little guilty after the guy counted out $2500 in cash but hey man, I'm just capitalizing on what years of playing with cars taught me. Besides, the guy who sold it to me for $600 had a big house on several acres of land; I don't think he was in any financial bind, cared 2 bits about the car, much less wanted to deal with a 9 year old vehicle that had issues. Oh forgot one thing, the car did have a pinhole leak in the B-pipe so I wrapped it with muffler tape. Alright, that's minus another 5 bucks so I actually ONLY put $1845 in my pocket.

And Tom, I feel what you're saying. Some shops are just that incompetent, careless, or scandalous. At the same time, some people are just dumanuff to get taken by those shops. As a consumer you should always do your homework and get multiple opinions.
 

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Hey what the heck, while I'm at it here's a 3rd and final sweet deal. This one was from 10+ years ago....

I worked at an alarm/stereo shop next to an import garage. There was a guy at that garage that was an obvious dope feine and desperately needed money to feed his habit. Well, he had this 85 CRX dx that had faded paint and an overheating problem which he wanted $200 for. I didn't know much about cars back then so all I did was rig the fan to come on constantly with the ignition. That solved the problem. I also bought some turtle wax polishing cream for 4 or 5 bucks and that put a real nice shine on the paint.

35 dollar ad in the classifieds and a few 16 year old kids packing mama's packing bank and BAM, $1300 as is.
You know, I've thought many times to just cruise autotrader looking for dead cars to fix and sell. I know I could make hand over fist whenver I found a good deal. Two things stop me: 1) I'm lazy (i'm actually not a lazy person, just in this particular case) and 2) Good deals are hard to find and most times only show up when you're not looking for them.
 
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