In amongst some other vehicle projects and trades, the past few months have been spent parting out two Mustangs. The first one was a complete, running 1999 Mustang with an additional set of donor parts. It was a 3.8L coupe with minimal rust (for Ohio) and a drivetrain in excellent used condition. It was repainted at some point with a beige primer. The engine and transmission are still up for sale as of this posting (Here is a video of the car in action here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHfBT05tayU)
The second Mustang was a 1996 convertible with a blown motor.
Somebody had tried to put it back together, but mothballed the project and never got back around to it. The manual transmission appeared to be in good shape, so we pulled that, along with any of the engine parts and accessories we could get to. You can find all of the parts for sale here: http://stores.ebay.com/sportscarsalvage
We still have many parts left for sale, including body panels, interior trim, seats, wiring, and more. Check out our eBay store for more.
Our next projects involve getting a 1976 Corvette ready for paint and doing some work on a 1989 Chrysler LeBaron convertible. The LeBaron was initially bought to be parted out, but after doing a little investigating and tweaking, it will be repaired and then sold.
While you’re here, enjoy the baby goat picture! This is Abe, our first baby goat. He is almost a month old and is SUPER cute and cuddly 🙂
We’re parting out a 1977 Corvette. Lots of useful parts on this one! This one suffered a passenger front corner hit, and then sat in a barn for several years afterward. The front clip is (as expected) a basket case and the interior is rough, but with it having originally been a southern car, doesn’t have a whole lot of rust. I’ll be listing parts on eBay as they come off the car.
What can I say, my floor jack is oh so thankful that we didn’t bring in another 4 wheel drive vehicle or an 18 foot long land yacht. 🙂 While we originally had planned to make this into a restoration project, it had more significant damage that we noticed once we dug into things further.
When asked “Can you be comfortable with being uncomfortable?” in the context of entrepreneurship, I don’t think this is what most people have in mind:
As for me, I find my comfort in these situations knowing that whatever car part I’ve gotten myself into a pretzel shape to deal with will be worth the hassle in the long run.
If that’s not why we’ve had a larger than average sale volume over the past week or so, it’s because of my awesome Internet marketing skills. That’s one of the things I do when I’m not in the garage – SEO, social media outreach, email marketing, web development, and more. (Have I mentioned that I’m as talented as I am humble?) 😀
I’m supposed to follow up about the 2003 Mustang we have for sale tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed…there is a 1981 Corvette parts car that I have my eye on. The 1974 Vette that we got back in November has paid for itself and then some. Whatever we don’t need for our 77 restoration project is being listed on eBay. Plus, being a C3, I don’t have to bounce back and forth between the metric and standard socket set.
On Facebook, I asked our fans to ‘Like’ a post if they had planned to use their tax refunds on their car projects. Taking stuff out of winter storage may be out of the question for some of us for at least a month or two, but planning ahead is always a good thing. Besides, how many “five minute” car projects have ended up taking MUCH longer than expected? 🙂
A lot of folks like to hear what we’re up to, and a picture is worth a thousand words, right? In the foreground is a 1974 Corvette we bought to strip the remaining parts off of… It had the two WORKING headlight buckets we needed for our Project77. Behind that is a 1985 Mercury Capri 5.0L. Classic case of started project, ran out of money. Since the car was dealer undercoated, everything underneath is pristine. The original doors and hatch were rusty but the owner had sourced replacements and they came with the car… We got basically everything except for the heads and intake. This one will likely go back together for sale. Too hard to find a nice fox body that is affordable. My husband has some evil plan for it, we’ll see. And then WAY in the back is a 2003 Mustang Premium Coupe that was my husband’s ex-wife’s car. It need a bunch of little stuff. We’re doing that stuff and then selling it.
Oh… Husband… Yeah, Jerod and I got married on December 15th after a little over 5 years together. I decided that if I drop a car on my head I want him to be the one to be there to make sure my wishes are respected. Not that I don’t love my family, I just KNOW that he will do what *I* want. The same goes in reverse. He’s stood by me during this crazy dream, provided finances, countless hours of instruction, and backs me up 100%, all day, every day. He’s kinda cute, too.
We’re working on getting more items up on the eBay store . We’re also actively posting on our Facebook page and we’re on twitter as fastwrecks.
We hope all is well for you!
Happy new year from the folks at SportsCarSalvage.us!
Now that we are all over the death virus and have wrapped up the Christmas festivities, I’ve been busy pulling parts off of a 1974 C3 Corvette donor car. What we don’t use for our 1977 restoration project will be listed on eBay here: http://stores.ebay.com/sportscarsalvage/ in the “1974 C3 Corvette” category. Let’s just say that I bought the donor car for what I would have paid for two complete headlight assemblies.
We had our Summit Racing gift card giveaway when our Facebook page reached 500 ‘Likes’ last month. Congrats to Jessica Posa for winning the $50 gift card! When we reach 1000 ‘Likes,’ we will give away a $100 Summit Racing gift card. Like us on Facebook for a chance of winning.
Yesterday was very busy and very productive all at the same time. We (yes, three of us in a truck meant for two grown adults) made a big loop across the northern part of Ohio and picked up a few diamonds in the rough. One is a 1974 Corvette for parts that we bought as a donor for our 1977 Corvette restoration project.
The other is a 1985 Mercury Capri. It definitely has possibilities! We have yet to dig into it, but already, people have oohed and aahed from afar. It’s one of those cars that people remember because they had one back in the day.
Special thanks to those who helped us out yesterday. As much as I’d like to be Superwoman, a Godzilla-sized cherry picker and ambition from one person only goes so far. I look forward to our new projects and will definitely be keeping everyone posted 🙂
This is what road salt can do to a car. This was the 1984 we were planning to put back together – Not anymore. I tried to lift the car from the side frame rail and kept hearing crackling. So, I slid the jack underneath the rear end and found….Large quantities of rust. Ugh.
I dug deeper and found even more rust. I was in the process of removing plastic panels to have the car painted. That is when I found rust holes so big that I could stick my fist through. I cannot in good conscience sell this as a running car with as much structural damage as it has, and fully restoring it is out of our budget.
So….This one is going to be parted out and sold on eBay. It runs great, in fact, I have blogged several times about taking it for a drive in our parking lot. It has the original Crossfire motor, manual transmission, PCM, and new headers we recently bought. We don’t have much of the interior for it, except for carpets and some smaller trim pieces. It has the complete Dana 44 rear end. The glass hatch is in great shape and we have new struts for it. We have some wiring harnesses from a 1986 and a 1987 Corvette that we were going to use to splice in where there were sections missing. Plus, there is much more. The hood is in great shape, plus we have a new hood release kit we bought for it. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before we put it on eBay if you are interested in anything. We do ship overseas, and have sent quite a few pieces to the United Kingdom and Australia.
It was nice out, so I had a little fun in the driveway 😀 It drives nicely for the most part, other than the power steering not working. Glad that the brakes work, though. This is what I do on rare sunny days in February!
We wanted to get some quick cash through the business, so we picked up an Acura Integra for $350 and are going to finish taking it apart over the next day or two. The engine, transmission, and wiring harness are spoken for, but the car is complete otherwise. NICE interior…other than smelling of Axe Body Spray 🙂 Body is mostly in good shape. We started listing the items we’ve taken off on eBay. Best of all, I don’t have to switch between metric and standard tools. Those of you dealing with C4 Corvettes can feel my pain, I’m sure.
Still working at the 1984 Corvette and the 1985 Rx-7. Have I mentioned how much I can’t stand half-assed “fixes” lately? If not, here it is. If I reached for a sawzall, torches, or a drill every time I couldn’t immediately figure out how to get something in or around something else, I’d have cars that looked like Swiss cheese. It may be the easy way at the time, but I’ve seen these decidedly non-factory cuts and holes get rusty and start falling apart, or wiring harnesses that look like a fire waiting to happen. These kinds of repairs can make things suck worse in the long run. Let’s not get started on not paying attention to mundane but necessary details, like, oh, I dunno….tightening up lug nuts before moving a car around. Grrrr.