Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday Twister: In Over Your Head


For this week's Thursday Twister, I am going to ask you to do a little digging on your local craigslist/autotrader/eBay classifieds.  What we are looking for are projects where the owner is in over his head.  Why?  Because the first rule of business is that leverage is king, and if the seller is a colorblind dude who has pulled the wiring harness from his Jaguar, or anybody who has tried to pull the turbos from a 2.7T Audi without a 4-post lift...well..those guys are on the short side of the fulcrum. 


Take this next seller -- here is a Volkswagen Bus Fiberglass Body with Project Go Kart offered for $600 in Los Angeles, CA...except that it's just a fiberglass mold sitting next to a steel go kart frame.  This guy is throwing in the towel because he has realized that getting this thing complete is going to require significant fabrication and some dough.  


Take a look around (keyword project works great!) and see if you can find something that the seller needs even less than you do.  Comments below.

27 comments:

  1. Well, how about a Porsche for $350 US ($500 Cdn)?

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/oakville-halton-region/1982-porsche/1139558089?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    When was the last time you saw a Porsche on steelies?

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    1. "Does not run since the transmission and head are out". Haha!

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  2. The bus is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. So awesome.

    How about this Benz? I saw it and thought of all the cool motors that could be put into it
    c250

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  3. Behold, a classified ad for the ages. Restoration is 80% complete guyz!!! This one really needs to be on Best of Craigslist.

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00707_fDUbKWnQetP_600x450.jpg[/img]

    You gotta love a used car ad that casually throws in the old "Also, not 100 percent sure if I have the title." Friend, I'm not 100 percent sure you even have a car there.

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    1. 80% restored? There's not even 80% of a car there!

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    2. Maybe it means that the 10% of the car that is still there has been about 80% restored. Now all you need to do is finish the last 20% of that 10% and move on to the other 90% of the car that will need 100% restoration.

      Can't decide on my favorite part of the ad. It's between "missing... a few miscellaneous things" and "this may turn out to be a parts only car"

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  4. When you're dead and the project isn't completed, that qualifies as in over head, no?

    http://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/5441043733.html
    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00C0C_6CaQCp6LatA_600x450.jpg[/img]

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    1. Park it on the grave and pretend it's a headstone.

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    2. @Whippeteer - Thanks for posting that. It is absolutely amazing!

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  5. Not so much as overhead, but manual, awd, supercharged Xterra? Just needs head-gasket?
    http://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/5398449940.html

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    1. That is cool, cheap, supercharged, manual

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  6. How about this Dodge/VW freakshow?

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    1. My, the interior in the camper portion is LOVELY!

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    2. Woah. If anyone is filming a cheap horror movie and needs a vehicle for the bad guy just check out the interior shots of this thing

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    3. Woah. If anyone is filming a cheap horror movie and needs a vehicle for the bad guy just check out the interior shots of this thing

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    4. Tie down strap for restraining luggage or passengers?

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    5. That is in some ways way better than expected, like the body does seem to fit together surprisingly well.

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    6. I sent that one to DT tips yesterday morning, probably fits better here :-)

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  7. This guy might not be in over his head, but he's definitely upside down on it.

    1975/1998 Porsche 911/993 V8

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    1. Besides the rear wheels not being wide enough that "thing" look pretty much like a 993. Pretty impressed.
      Very strange though. I think the new owner would have to re-do the drivetrain. The engine looks like what I had in a Chevelle in hight school.

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  8. I never realized the treasure trove that results from a "project" CL search. My favorite two:

    With the effort

    Shaggin wagon


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  9. Trans am pro touring project - $40k at least in value, but I doubt they'll get close to $40k out of it. http://madison.craigslist.org/cto/5400175539.html

    This '64 Caddy Coupe De Ville seems nice at $12,500: http://madison.craigslist.org/cto/5437707234.html


    '32 Ford Delux with lots done at $7200: http://madison.craigslist.org/cto/5427362355.html

    Two MGs for $2300: http://madison.craigslist.org/cto/5378900765.html

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