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2019-10-11 10:41:07 PM  
That is fantastic. I'd like to do something like that.
 
2019-10-11 10:48:27 PM  
Barn wars? Did he offer a reasonable price before the owner offered 4 times as much before they settled on 3 times as much?
 
2019-10-12 01:16:48 AM  
That website eats iOS Safari. Did they get something recoverable, or a parts queen?
 
2019-10-12 01:18:40 AM  

jaylectricity: Barn wars? Did he offer a reasonable price before the owner offered 4 times as much before they settled on 3 times as much?


According to the article: he offered 4,000, got a 5,000 counter-offer, and took it.
 
2019-10-12 01:38:32 AM  

wildcardjack: That website eats iOS Safari. Did they get something recoverable, or a parts queen?


All rusted out pan, but he thinks it is restore able.
 
2019-10-12 05:59:40 AM  
There's having a car hobby, and there's having a personality disorder that involves automobiles.
 
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2019-10-12 06:01:29 AM  

jso2897: There's having a car hobby, and there's having a personality disorder that involves automobiles.


I've known plenty of people with the latter.

I suppose my criteria is whether they have more inoperable cars than functional ones.
 
2019-10-12 06:36:46 AM  
this poor jackass is going to eventually sell his 914 and 944 to finance the 911. his wife is a rare woman, bless her soul.
 
2019-10-12 06:41:22 AM  
So this actually happens in real life?

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2019-10-12 06:45:14 AM  

stuartp9: So this actually happens in real life?

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Yes, but in this case, the "barn" is a huge pile of scrap wood, and it's going to take far longer than an hour or so before the car is finished and ready to drive.
 
2019-10-12 08:24:08 AM  
<CSB and long> back in the 80s we lived in California as my dad was posted there for NATO on Navstar. While there my dad got the bug to buy an older car and restore it. He started looking for a TR3 went and kept looking as he couldn't find what he wanted until he came accidentally came across a orange 66 911 that needed a engine rebuild and bought it for $5k. He restored it and drove it for a while but in 2015 he was here in Ottawa and went to local Porsche dealer to look around. He talked to the guy working there and mentioned he still had the 911. When he got back to BC he got a call from some guys out in Vancouver asking if he was willing to sell it as the engine needed to be redone again and brakes all around. He ended up selling it for way more than he paid and they redid the whole thing and sold it for around 100kUS.

The interesting part they found out  was my dad was the third owner. The previous owner only had it a couple years. The original buyer was actually the main architect  Bob Hope used when building his houses.
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2019-10-12 09:13:54 AM  
Oh boy!  The engine runs!  But the entire bottom of the car is gone. 90% chance that car will never see the road again.
 
2019-10-12 10:12:48 AM  

sinko swimo: this poor jackass is going to eventually sell his 914 and 944 to finance the 911. his wife is a rare woman, bless her soul.


The best part is he mentioned he completely emptied his bank account for this, which turned out to be... 5000? Like I get it, everyone has hobbies, but if your bank account has 5000 total in it, maybe owning rare, older models of expensive cars is one you should just let go.
 
2019-10-12 10:25:01 AM  
I used to feel neglected by my father. Urged to find something to bond with him, I found out that he is excited about finally building his dream car: a DeLorean.

My mom encouraged him to include me, so the two of us took a road trip in search of the last piece my dad needed; a passenger side door.

Our trip veered off-track when there was a mad dash across the country to Albuquerque, NM to get a door advertised on Craigslist as "first come, first served".

I soon came to realize that traveling with my father is not all its cracked up to be until I saw another father and son enjoying themselves. Still trying to reach out to my father, I tried to teach him how to blow bubbles with bubble gum and our car ended up wrecked.

Further misadventures resulted in my dad losing his pants and wallet. Just when we began to bond we saw another driver that needed the same door!

My dad and I reached a general store where my dad called in favors from his work at the CIA of having his own DeLorean and replacement pants delivered. When we encountered the other driver we had a race to get the part but were stopped by the police.
When we tried to resume, my dad found out the other driver also stole his gear-shift knob! I recovered the knob during a high-speed chase and we beat the other driver to the door.

My dad decides the bonding is more important than the door and lets the other driver have it.
 
2019-10-12 10:36:53 AM  
A dumbass bought a rotted out junker.
 
2019-10-12 10:57:46 AM  

Cluckles: sinko swimo: this poor jackass is going to eventually sell his 914 and 944 to finance the 911. his wife is a rare woman, bless her soul.

The best part is he mentioned he completely emptied his bank account for this, which turned out to be... 5000? Like I get it, everyone has hobbies, but if your bank account has 5000 total in it, maybe owning rare, older models of expensive cars is one you should just let go.


You have to be a car guy to understand.  I'm not saying I disagree with you, which is why I'm building a Miata rather than the 67' Nova, 911/930 or other car I really wish I could afford.
 
2019-10-12 11:12:59 AM  

buntz: I used to feel neglected by my father. Urged to find something to bond with him, I found out that he is excited about finally building his dream car: a DeLorean.

My mom encouraged him to include me, so the two of us took a road trip in search of the last piece my dad needed; a passenger side door.

Our trip veered off-track when there was a mad dash across the country to Albuquerque, NM to get a door advertised on Craigslist as "first come, first served".

I soon came to realize that traveling with my father is not all its cracked up to be until I saw another father and son enjoying themselves. Still trying to reach out to my father, I tried to teach him how to blow bubbles with bubble gum and our car ended up wrecked.

Further misadventures resulted in my dad losing his pants and wallet. Just when we began to bond we saw another driver that needed the same door!

My dad and I reached a general store where my dad called in favors from his work at the CIA of having his own DeLorean and replacement pants delivered. When we encountered the other driver we had a race to get the part but were stopped by the police.
When we tried to resume, my dad found out the other driver also stole his gear-shift knob! I recovered the knob during a high-speed chase and we beat the other driver to the door.

My dad decides the bonding is more important than the door and lets the other driver have it.


I really hate to tell you this....https://www.delorean.com/
 
2019-10-12 12:43:35 PM  
We need to talk about the fact that there are huge swaths of this country in which if you go knock on someone's door there is a good chance they will simply shoot you dead.
 
2019-10-12 01:49:36 PM  

buntz: I used to feel neglected by my father. Urged to find something to bond with him, I found out that he is excited about finally building his dream car: a DeLorean.

My mom encouraged him to include me, so the two of us took a road trip in search of the last piece my dad needed; a passenger side door.

Our trip veered off-track when there was a mad dash across the country to Albuquerque, NM to get a door advertised on Craigslist as "first come, first served".

I soon came to realize that traveling with my father is not all its cracked up to be until I saw another father and son enjoying themselves. Still trying to reach out to my father, I tried to teach him how to blow bubbles with bubble gum and our car ended up wrecked.

Further misadventures resulted in my dad losing his pants and wallet. Just when we began to bond we saw another driver that needed the same door!

My dad and I reached a general store where my dad called in favors from his work at the CIA of having his own DeLorean and replacement pants delivered. When we encountered the other driver we had a race to get the part but were stopped by the police.
When we tried to resume, my dad found out the other driver also stole his gear-shift knob! I recovered the knob during a high-speed chase and we beat the other driver to the door.

My dad decides the bonding is more important than the door and lets the other driver have it.


Drugs are bad, mmm-kay?
 
2019-10-12 02:00:25 PM  

QFarker: Oh boy!  The engine runs!  But the entire bottom of the car is gone. 90% chance that car will never see the road again.


The body seems pretty straight, probably some rust around the headlamps but that's common.

If the 911 was built like the air-cooled VWs of that era, the body can be taken completely off the chassis.  That'll make the underside repair a lot easier.  There are 911 floor pan replacements available, front and rear separate pans ~$200 each, totally complete underside pan replacement kit for $1100.

Labor on a restoration is the real cost.  If he approaches the task seriously and does not skimp on parts for repair, I'm sure this car could be made to be quite beautiful and mechanically sound.

Only thing I read that worries me for him is that he ponders getting it driving (a daily driver implied) and restoring it slowly.  In my experience, you can NEVER restore your daily driver.  It just won't happen.
 
2019-10-12 02:00:53 PM  

Cluckles: The best part is he mentioned he completely emptied his bank account for this, which turned out to be... 5000? Like I get it, everyone has hobbies, but if your bank account has 5000 total in it, maybe owning rare, older models of expensive cars is one you should just let go.


So you think maybe I should give up my chimpanzee and tiger until I get back on my feet?

I"m training them, then I"ll be rich.
 
2019-10-12 02:06:34 PM  

Hollie Maea: We need to talk about the fact that there are huge swaths of this country in which if you go knock on someone's door there is a good chance they will simply shoot you dead.


Yeah, yeah. But I think you should tread carefully any place in the world where the following conditions are true:

- Single man living alone in a camper
- In a rural location
- With a burned-down house
- And a collapsed barn with a classic car underneath

It's like that Gary Larson strip "Natures way of way of saying 'Don't Touch'"
 
2019-10-12 02:07:16 PM  

cryinoutloud: Cluckles: The best part is he mentioned he completely emptied his bank account for this, which turned out to be... 5000? Like I get it, everyone has hobbies, but if your bank account has 5000 total in it, maybe owning rare, older models of expensive cars is one you should just let go.

So you think maybe I should give up my chimpanzee and tiger until I get back on my feet?

I"m training them, then I"ll be rich.


Mmmm, cats are OK but that chimp'll tear your face off.
 
2019-10-12 02:27:19 PM  
Cool things can be found in barns, at reasonable prices. They also tend to need a lot of work.
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2019-10-12 02:40:56 PM  

SansNeural: QFarker: Oh boy!  The engine runs!  But the entire bottom of the car is gone. 90% chance that car will never see the road again.

The body seems pretty straight, probably some rust around the headlamps but that's common.

If the 911 was built like the air-cooled VWs of that era, the body can be taken completely off the chassis.  That'll make the underside repair a lot easier.  There are 911 floor pan replacements available, front and rear separate pans ~$200 each, totally complete underside pan replacement kit for $1100.

Labor on a restoration is the real cost.  If he approaches the task seriously and does not skimp on parts for repair, I'm sure this car could be made to be quite beautiful and mechanically sound.

Only thing I read that worries me for him is that he ponders getting it driving (a daily driver implied) and restoring it slowly.  In my experience, you can NEVER restore your daily driver.  It just won't happen.


Unfortunately, you don't have a clue what you are talking about.  This aint at all like a VW.  I have done VW floor pans.  They are easy.

The Porsche is a unibody car.  Nope, nope, nope ... not at all like a Volkswagen.  Rust repair on a Porsche is stupid expensive.  There is a reason most Porsche people run as fast as they can from a rusty car.  This guy didn't run.  It might be worth the effort it it had been an "S" model, like he originally thought.
 
2019-10-12 03:23:58 PM  

Cluckles: sinko swimo: this poor jackass is going to eventually sell his 914 and 944 to finance the 911. his wife is a rare woman, bless her soul.

The best part is he mentioned he completely emptied his bank account for this, which turned out to be... 5000? Like I get it, everyone has hobbies, but if your bank account has 5000 total in it, maybe owning rare, older models of expensive cars is one you should just let go.


LoL. You are def *not* a motor head. Which is most excellently fine. I get it, gear heads are... different. But we usually like beer and ribald tales, so there's that.

Had two 944's, one of which turned into a 044 Cup car for three years (7th, 6th, and 7th, out of about 32 for those years).

Porsche owners who do HPDE or class racing, or series racing, are the most friendly, least class conscious people I have ever met. This may not apply to Porsche owners who do not track their cars, LoL.
 
2019-10-12 04:09:52 PM  

QFarker: Unfortunately, you don't have a clue what you are talking about. This aint at all like a VW.


Well, I did predicate my statements with that "If".  But you're right, while I've worked on VWs I know next to nothing about actual Porsche cars.   I still cry and scream a little inside when I'm reminded of my '69 Karmann-Ghia that got burned up in a grass fire.

/cries
//screams
///just a little
 
2019-10-12 07:01:32 PM  

Hollie Maea: We need to talk about the fact that there are huge swaths of this country in which if you go knock on someone's door there is a good chance they will simply shoot you dead.


We need to talk about why some people think they can just walk up to my door and knock on it without assuming the risk of getting shot. This entitlement thing extends to knocking on doors now? I suppose you'll be expecting to be paid in candy for your wanton knocking this Oct 31st?
 
2019-10-12 08:53:49 PM  

FlippityFlap: buntz: I used to feel neglected by my father. Urged to find something to bond with him, I found out that he is excited about finally building his dream car: a DeLorean.

My mom encouraged him to include me, so the two of us took a road trip in search of the last piece my dad needed; a passenger side door.

Our trip veered off-track when there was a mad dash across the country to Albuquerque, NM to get a door advertised on Craigslist as "first come, first served".

I soon came to realize that traveling with my father is not all its cracked up to be until I saw another father and son enjoying themselves. Still trying to reach out to my father, I tried to teach him how to blow bubbles with bubble gum and our car ended up wrecked.

Further misadventures resulted in my dad losing his pants and wallet. Just when we began to bond we saw another driver that needed the same door!

My dad and I reached a general store where my dad called in favors from his work at the CIA of having his own DeLorean and replacement pants delivered. When we encountered the other driver we had a race to get the part but were stopped by the police.
When we tried to resume, my dad found out the other driver also stole his gear-shift knob! I recovered the knob during a high-speed chase and we beat the other driver to the door.

My dad decides the bonding is more important than the door and lets the other driver have it.

I really hate to tell you this....https://www.delorean.com/


The flux capacitor is always backordered with those guys.
 
2019-10-12 09:49:54 PM  

Hollie Maea: We need to talk about the fact that there are huge swaths of this country in which if you go knock on someone's door there is a good chance they will simply shoot you dead.


You don't think that description is hyperbole tossed around too often?
 
2019-10-12 10:34:08 PM  

buntz: I used to feel neglected by my father. Urged to find something to bond with him, I found out that he is excited about finally building his dream car: a DeLorean.

My mom encouraged him to include me, so the two of us took a road trip in search of the last piece my dad needed; a passenger side door.

Our trip veered off-track when there was a mad dash across the country to Albuquerque, NM to get a door advertised on Craigslist as "first come, first served".

I soon came to realize that traveling with my father is not all its cracked up to be until I saw another father and son enjoying themselves. Still trying to reach out to my father, I tried to teach him how to blow bubbles with bubble gum and our car ended up wrecked.

Further misadventures resulted in my dad losing his pants and wallet. Just when we began to bond we saw another driver that needed the same door!

My dad and I reached a general store where my dad called in favors from his work at the CIA of having his own DeLorean and replacement pants delivered. When we encountered the other driver we had a race to get the part but were stopped by the police.
When we tried to resume, my dad found out the other driver also stole his gear-shift knob! I recovered the knob during a high-speed chase and we beat the other driver to the door.

My dad decides the bonding is more important than the door and lets the other driver have it.


I liked that episode too.
 
2019-10-13 12:27:19 AM  

buntz: I used to feel neglected by my father. Urged to find something to bond with him, I found out that he is excited about finally building his dream car: a DeLorean.

My mom encouraged him to include me, so the two of us took a road trip in search of the last piece my dad needed; a passenger side door.

Our trip veered off-track when there was a mad dash across the country to Albuquerque, NM to get a door advertised on Craigslist as "first come, first served".

I soon came to realize that traveling with my father is not all its cracked up to be until I saw another father and son enjoying themselves. Still trying to reach out to my father, I tried to teach him how to blow bubbles with bubble gum and our car ended up wrecked.

Further misadventures resulted in my dad losing his pants and wallet. Just when we began to bond we saw another driver that needed the same door!

My dad and I reached a general store where my dad called in favors from his work at the CIA of having his own DeLorean and replacement pants delivered. When we encountered the other driver we had a race to get the part but were stopped by the police.
When we tried to resume, my dad found out the other driver also stole his gear-shift knob! I recovered the knob during a high-speed chase and we beat the other driver to the door.

My dad decides the bonding is more important than the door and lets the other driver have it.



AKA American Dad, Season 4 Episode 16
https://americandad.fandom.com/wiki/D​e​lorean_Story-an
 
2019-10-13 10:55:05 AM  
Excelsior:

AKA American Dad, Season 4 Episode 16
https://americandad.fandom.com/wiki/De​lorean_Story-an


I bet you're a hoot at parties
 
2019-10-13 01:39:38 PM  
Those are some beautiful photos in the article, they almost look like perfect graphics of a video game.
 
2019-10-13 02:38:57 PM  
The one thing is the rims are wrong. It should have the moon style. The 5 spoke didn't come out until years later.
 
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