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post Jan 4 2013, 05:57 PM
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A bit of change in my car world...

I had a 2010 STI which was awesome but payments for it were eating up all of my money and it was too modern/nice/expensive for me to A) race it and cool.gif fix things myself when they break and I'm like well shit I am racing a car under warranty. Driving it got to be frustrating since getting anywhere near the limit of the car (the fun part of driving) meant going EXTREMELY fast; I live in a city, ehhhh... So, having gotten over the I NEED A BRAND NEW FAST CAR and karting at a couple AutoX events, my priorities shifted... Plus I wanted/needed to get off my parents insurance plan and onto my own. So my idea was to get something similar but WAY cheaper for daily driving, long trips, and RallyCross. Plus a 2dr RWD convertible something for fun driving on beautiful days and some kind of racing TBD... Progress so far:

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Sold the STI. Paid 33k, got 29k. Awesome lack of depreciation over 2.5 years and 21k miles. dance.gif

Part 1:

Found a 2005 Saab 92x Linear with a frightening 164,000 miles for rather cheap (like 1/10th of the STI). For those not in the know, it is a base 2005 Subaru Impreza with different badges and various mechanical/styling upgrades. Just horrendous cell phone photos for now so see the NetCarShow pic until I get something better (mine is dark blue)...

Need to get emissions inspection done (since where I bought it it's not required), probably fix the exhaust, maybe put together a RallyCross set of wheels/tires, and then going here (Summit Point, WV) in March:

BORKED

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Gotta sell the Tacoma (Dad just got a 2012 Silverado W/T which I can always borrow cool.gif) to free up cash (plus the weather needs to get nicer) before I do this part but I am planning. Thinking about stuff like the MGB/Midget, Spitfire, A-H Sprite, Alfa Spider, ... ?. Thinking MGB these days since they're common/cheap/easy to work on. But I've never even driven a car of this type so we'll see what happens when I start driving things. Any suggestions? I'm looking under $7k. Can need work, I just don't want to have to deal with stupid, stupid rust.

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post Jan 5 2013, 05:53 AM
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Wow...that is pretty good depreciation...either you got it for a steal or there's still lots of demand.
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post Jan 5 2013, 06:54 AM
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I've got a buddy with a MGB-GT. Actually he just bought another one he wants to do a V8 in. He drives his first one to work regularly and also takes it to some autocross events. Generally older cars are easier to work on but also older = rust, as does your area of the country.

Easy to find and cheap parts means they needed to be made for a car that there are millions of or that fit lots of different cars. Mustang, Camaro, Nova, Falcon, Beetle for small cars. Is the goal a fun street car or what? Historically my definition of fun differs greatly from the bulk of auto enthusiasts' because I think big land yachts are a good time.
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post Jan 5 2013, 09:39 AM
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Real photo!



QUOTE(Bjorn @ Jan 5 2013, 08:53 AM) *
Wow...that is pretty good depreciation...either you got it for a steal or there's still lots of demand.


The special editions were a couple grand cheaper than the regular STI, which helped. STIs were very scarce when I bought it but now even though there are a lot more of them out there there still seems to be lots of demand... Here it is if you want to buy it. rishi.gif

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I've got a buddy with a MGB-GT. Actually he just bought another one he wants to do a V8 in. He drives his first one to work regularly and also takes it to some autocross events. Generally older cars are easier to work on but also older = rust, as does your area of the country.

Easy to find and cheap parts means they needed to be made for a car that there are millions of or that fit lots of different cars. Mustang, Camaro, Nova, Falcon, Beetle for small cars. Is the goal a fun street car or what? Historically my definition of fun differs greatly from the bulk of auto enthusiasts' because I think big land yachts are a good time.


Yeah, rust is definitely really bad around here. There seem to be a decent amount of these cars that have been coddled though. I was previously looking with a smaller budget (while I still was paying for the STI) and the situation was bleak. With a more reasonable budget it doesn't seem as bad. By cheap/easy I am comparing the MGB to the Alfa. My idea of fun is the opposite of yours wink.gif, interested in anything small//light and sporty with a convertible top. Doesn't need to be super fast or anything, just looking for a bare-bones driver car, some style is a plus. Fun tootling around down, spirited driving on country roads, and raceable (though again it really doesn't need to be fast).
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post Jan 5 2013, 10:57 AM
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You could do worse than an NA Miata.
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post Jan 5 2013, 05:16 PM
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QUOTE(Bjorn @ Jan 5 2013, 01:57 PM) *
You could do worse than an NA Miata.


You're talking about the for-fun car? Yeah, I've been seriously considering it. There's a lot of them and they are cheap. The insurance is killer though... I am 25 and I am paying $1300 per year on the Saab, can't imagine adding a Miata to that. Classic car insurance, at least from the quotes I've gotten from Hagerty, is waaaaaay cheaper... Plus, I really want an old car I can tool around on myself.
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post Jan 6 2013, 04:46 AM
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Alfa Spider. Do it.
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post Jan 7 2013, 12:12 PM
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QUOTE(moe @ Jan 6 2013, 07:46 AM) *
Alfa Spider. Do it.


I could swing this: http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsfo...er/1509159.html

The lure of the Alfa is strong...

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post Mar 30 2013, 12:54 PM
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So you bought an MGB? Pix or it didn't happen.
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post Mar 30 2013, 07:05 PM
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Went to my first rallycross, it was awesome biggrin.gif



QUOTE(moe @ Mar 30 2013, 04:54 PM) *
So you bought an MGB? Pix or it didn't happen.


You'll have to take my word for now........ I have the title but not the car
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post May 6 2013, 03:52 PM
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After several annoying hurdles like getting the car running, insurance, plates, here she is...



Making a good point to go for a gooood drive every weekend. Awesome! For now I basically just need to get some random lights working and clean up the interior.
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post May 7 2013, 03:50 AM
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I require more pics.
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post May 8 2013, 03:54 PM
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To get it running "simply" required a fuel pump, which I was really happy about since the car had been sitting for 2 years. I had the shop do that for me so I could drive it home, so no pics of that project. Going to try my damnedest to do everything else my self. Fixing up some wiring this weekend... will have to take some pics of that! Or did you want to see something specific? tongue.gif
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post May 8 2013, 05:34 PM
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Maybe a profile shot of the car.
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post May 9 2013, 02:38 PM
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Post more pics! Congrats on the purchase and I think you made a unique, and fun choice.

My grandfather, who gave me the Karmann Ghia, nearly bought one in '65 but opted for the Ghia because he distrusted MG reliability. Hard call, but I would've gone with the MG.
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post Jun 4 2013, 09:32 AM
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Are you rallyXing at summit point?
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post Jun 4 2013, 05:13 PM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ May 8 2013, 09:34 PM) *
Maybe a profile shot of the car.


Total lack of pictures is lame, haha... hope to have some pretty ones soon. Here she sits in the garage, working on the rear brakes, want to get them done before driving around more since the right rear is leaking fluid...



Planning wheel painting project.



Interior is probably what needs the most work, but no big deal, focusing on driving-related things. Maybe a better wheel and seats/belts are in order though.




QUOTE(UserDrew @ May 9 2013, 06:38 PM) *
Post more pics! Congrats on the purchase and I think you made a unique, and fun choice.

My grandfather, who gave me the Karmann Ghia, nearly bought one in '65 but opted for the Ghia because he distrusted MG reliability. Hard call, but I would've gone with the MG.



Ghias are cool, you're doing awesome work to it. Reliability, haha... I hear it a lot. It's hard to find a car like this that is cheap and reliable. Even the expensive cars aren't reliable!

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Are you rallyXing at summit point?


Yeah I went to the first event. You been? Haven't been back, really want to. sad.gif Spun a bearing in the Saabaru engine at autoX so I'm kind of f-ed right now. Will probably cool it with that car for a while...

EDIT: stricken Saabaru...

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post Jul 4 2013, 08:45 PM
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Yeah dude, I've been to every event this year. They're having one next weekend at a new venue that will be for practice that I will not be attending. The next real one is a two day event in september.

Some rad pics of the the 30

http://squaredawayphotography.smugmug.com/...5&k=2nwj4jP

Sorry to head the saab went down, bet you wish you got that 318i huh?
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post Jul 12 2013, 04:13 PM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Jul 5 2013, 12:45 AM) *
Yeah dude, I've been to every event this year. They're having one next weekend at a new venue that will be for practice that I will not be attending. The next real one is a two day event in september.

Some rad pics of the the 30

http://squaredawayphotography.smugmug.com/...5&k=2nwj4jP

Sorry to head the saab went down, bet you wish you got that 318i huh?


Awesome, I will have to remember to ping you next time I head out there. Saabaru has a new engine, she purrs again. Hopefully this one doesn't CONSUME 4.5 DAMN QUARTS OF OIL IN 3 MONTHS. Good start, no consumption at all and no weird ticks. I'd take a 4wd 3-series wagon if you've got one of those... wink.gif
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post Jul 12 2013, 04:17 PM
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In other news I am making the rear brakes nice. Some sexy paint:



No pic pre-sandblasting, they looked grody. But, measured and didn't have to re-cut which was ncie.

Been off the road too long...

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