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This ’92 Mazda MPV looks like it’s ready to resume the school run:
and this ’94 Pathfinder XE-V6:
This wild stretched 2+2 Triumph TR6:
One of a kind? Definitely wouldn’t be easy getting replacement parts for the top…
There’s a hot debate raging in my mind over a Honda Fit or a Toyota Vibe/Pontiac Matrix for my next daily.
If I could find a well kept Camry wagon or first gen RAV4 in my ridiculously low price range I’d be all over it.
Corolla Alltrac wagon. its a RAV4 underneath with the centre diff lock included!
They are good choices also consider Suzuki SX4
I recently bought a car that I found on a west coast CL – a BMW E12 that I just road-tripped up the PCH from the Bay Area to Bellingham and then home to Chicago via Glacier National Park – so I’d been spending a fair bit of time on west coast CL. It disappeared within the last few days, but the one I’d been drooling over was the Citroen CX GTi that was on Portland CL. If it had shown up earlier, I might have gone for it.
Ever since I wrote last week’s MMM guest-post ( https://www.theautopian.com/holdens-vans-and-peugeots-oh-my-mercedes-marketplace-madness-straya-edition/ ) I’ve been looking at pannos again.
I wanted one when I sold my R34 Skyline with the idea of travelling around Australia. I already have another project car sitting on the hoist awaiting some parts so I really shouldn’t be looking at yet another car!
This has to be one of the highest-km cars I’ve seen on sale in Australia in some time if it’s accurate, being the old Ford six I’m sure it’s good for another million km:
Looks similar to the mail car on McLeod’s Daughters
Buy them transport them sell them.
This one really gets my gears grinding. Could drive it in parades all summer long.
Hard to believe but I could have had one of these for less than 10 grand back in the early 2000s.
Not so much a car, but still transportation related.
There is a 1957 Lone Star Meteor speed boat for sale here in Alabama that I would love to have to finish restoring.
That boat is super cool!
And very George Barris Batmobile.
I’m drooling over JDM Mitsubishi Diamantes. (AKA Sigmas.) A lot.
See, over there they got the “270HP” (gentleman’s agreement) 6G74 – which is actually 300HPish. They got permanent rear-biased AWD. They got much better interiors. They got a HUD. They got automatic distance-keeping cruise control. The only thing it’s missing that’s on my ‘must have’ list for a year-rounder is a heated steering wheel.
They also got depreciation that would make Mercedes M272 owners who have already replaced their balance shafts with inspection windows jump for joy.
Literally they are so cheap, if I could find a warehouse that wasn’t $30k/year, I would already have bought two. Since Tuesday.
There’s a very solid looking and mostly original 1954 Pontiac Starchief near me that’s quite tempting but it’s just expensive enough to where I wouldn’t feel comfortable impulse buying it. But it does have a straight 8 which might make it all worthwhile
I’ve always been a big fan of 70s custom vans but a few weekends ago, I went to Vanfest in Canada and now I’m convinced that I absolutely need a custom 70s van in my life. There’s this 77 Dodge Tradesman that’s pretty much everything I want in a van but it’s a lot of money too
Last minute edit because I just remembered that I found this last night and it’s probably of interest to most of the staff and readers here. Here’s a 2006 Chevy Aveo that’s converted to some sort of half car, half bayou style fan boat. The seller doesn’t think it will float but it looks like it would work on land
This conversion van. Way out of my price range (by a factor of >4), but holy crap. Gorgeous, 250, tow package, all the headrests and cosmetically amazing.
The skylights and ceiling are so awesome.
I can’t get over it. I’ve been looking to replace my ’97 Econoline I sold in 2019 for a while and none are ever perfect, but for this one, literally the only criticism I can possibly come up with is the 3rd brake light placement, but altogether that’s so minor. Guess I’ll keep dreaming. Maybe 20 years before used conversion E-Transits are in my price range, since these dinosaurs become a worse idea with every passing year…
huh, literally in my neighborhood. I’m not a fan of conversion vans, but you do you man!
Have you ever considered an orange Datsun pickup with a bad engine? Well how about TWO? I have the driveway space…
Two are better than one! Just brought home a 521 and realized I’m going to be broke for a long time, but already checking craigslist for a twin.
Oh gosh, they’re adorable!
Looking to trade my Mercedes w123 wagon for a baby pink BMW e36. Send help.
I want this. I want to make it street legal and drive it around town. Apparently, I have a death wish…
What could possibly go wrong?!?!?!
Not really interested in buying it but I figured I’d post for DT.
This is awesome
And speaking of terrible ideas
1982 Rolls-Royce silver
2006 Jaguar s-type R
The classiest way to bankrupt yourself
No “big” cars at the moment, but I am jonesing for a new RC model in the worst way. Never mind that I have several unfinished ones already. I’m fighting the urge, but I’ll probably end up buying something else soon…
Did I know I wanted an old Olds before seeing the ad? No. Do I now? Very much so.
That IS my father’s Oldsmobile, or one very much like it anyway. Dad loved that car.
https://bloomington.craigslist.org/ctd/d/bloomington-1969-ford-cobra-jet-miles/7640282269.html because my first car was 69 Ranger. This one has the end result that I wanted except for a manual transmission.
Or if I wanted top design the build https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3519094705031797/?ref=search&referral_code=null&referral_story_type=post&tracking=browse_serp%3Af28aec71-40a1-4185-93c1-63080bbbd1c2
’98 Durango SLT Magnum, stupidly clean, though the miles alarm me.
It’s got the 5.9! $2400 feels like scam pricing to me.
There is this other example, though lowering the chance of getting mugged is replaced by a 4.7, rather than a 5.9. https://joplin.craigslist.org/cto/d/strafford-2001-dodge-durango-slt/7640612201.html
160k on a 5.9 Magnum?
Literally nothing. You’re probably due a transfer case chain. Being a 5.9, it’s equipped with the 46RE TorqueFlite. Which is literally the easiest transmission there is to rebuild as long as you can follow basic instructions. These 46RE’s are so utterly bulletproof, that nobody offers non-upgraded hard parts. There’s no point in it. And if you’d rather, a reman with the Sonnax upgrades is $1500.
Worst, worst case is that it’s a 98 and you have coolant sludging. Again, this is minor. Flush like hell, flush like hell some more, install fresh HOAT, and away you go.
Do not go within 50 miles of 4.7’s, they’re all boat anchors in waiting. And never attempt to rebuild a 545RFE yourself.
I normally look for motorcycles, but that CJ-5 is very interesting… And the racing stripe on the postal Jeep is objectively pretty sweet.
I seem to collect vintage old Japanese bikes – even joined a club for it – and if asked would have said I am definitely not a Harley person. However, for the past couple days I’ve been eyeing an early 1970s Sportster that has been sitting for about 15 years. It’s so old that it shifts on the right and brakes on the left. (British bikes were like that up to about 1974-75 but I was not aware H-D ever did that.)
It’s rough but for some reason it is very compelling. Maybe it’s the rear fender from a who-knows-what with the hand-cut clearance for the drive chain. Maybe it’s the very old look with a modern drilled front disc brake. Maybe it’s the really low price. Anyway, I’m sitting here fidgeting over whether to contact the seller.
Mail jeeps, you say? https://littlerock.craigslist.org/cto/d/north-little-rock-postal-jeep-kaiser/7642878892.html
I was very tempted to buy a 2001 (ULEZ-exempt!) Cherokee that was listed for only £2,000 not too far from me. It needed a bit of work, but nothing I haven’t done before. This would have required (according to my wife) me to sell the Saab, which would have been at a loss (which is another story). Fortunately, someone else bought it, so the temptation is gone.
So are only 2001s exempt?
Yes, but only some of the “Y” registration models. It’s hit or miss. There’s a website where you can check the license plate to see if it’s exempt or not. This one was. The only reason 2000 models (and earlier) aren’t exempt is because Transport for London doesn’t have the emissions data in their database for pre-2001 cars.
But just being newer than 2000 and having a gasoline engine doesn’t always help. Check out this 2004 TJ with the 4.0L and a manual in good shape for only £4,200. This is not exempt from the ULEZ charge, according to TFL: Check your vehicle (tfl.gov.uk).
I’m trying to convince myself that it’s perfectly reasonable to commit to the resurrection and maintenance of a one-off student-built thermophotovoltaic system:
I’m also tempted to embrace the notion that simpler is, in fact, better, although I’d need to do something about the seat:
WWU Vehicle Research Institute strikes again! You could get away with swapping in used LEAF modules I’m sure and have a very strange little runabout.
1950 Studebaker coupe for $3075 on Marketplace.
With 20 cars already it’s getting real hard to find room to put them and the agreement with my wife is they must ALL fit inside.
Need to do a Fozzie bear tribute car