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  1. They wouldn’t be comfortable for a long trip back there, but they actually LOVED a quick blast around town with windows and sunroof open. For reference, they’re 9 (twins) and my daughter (tallest) is 4’10”.
  2. List of major work done by previous owners The car came with extensive records back to new. It's been well maintained over the years. Here's a list of recent major maintenance: Transmission totally rebuilt 40k miles ago - new synchros, dog teeth, clutch, flywheel resurfaced Engine: New engine and trans mounts, new axles, Wevo shift coupler, new shifter linkages, Steve Wong performance chip installed, New engine position and reference sensors, CHT sensor, fresh valve adjustment and turbo valve covers, new valve gaskets, new wires, injectors Suspension/wheels/tires/brakes: New rotors, pads, brake hoses, new Bilstein front and rear shocks, new front ball joints, spring plate bushings, front and rear wheel bearings, front and rear Elephant swing arm and front A frame bushings, turbo tie rods, 22 MM sway bars front (slightly stiffer), lowered slightly, new tires, alignment Exterior: H4 headlights and relays, re-gasketed seals on both front and rear windows, engine compartment lid, front spoiler, lower rocker panels repainted Interior: 993 front seats, recovered dash, headliner replaced, sunroof rebuilt
  3. After a lifetime of wishing and a year of researching and scouring the forums, I'm grateful to introduce my new ride: an ‘85 911 Carrera Coupe in Prussian blue with 119k miles purchased from a retired Porsche mechanic. This was the car I fell in love with 30 years ago when I first became aware of sports cars. Grateful for the opportunity to own it. Many projects and country drives ahead! First up... AC! Also needs new rear tires, some bulbs replaced, paint detail, seat electric switch fixed, brake fluid flush... lots of fun stuff!
  4. All loaded up in New York. Four days to Texas. Patience, my son, patience.
  5. Signing bill of sale and prepping shipping tomorrow 🙂
  6. I’ve seen shops where the back third has a loft on top of an area with work benches and tools. The rest of the shop is full height for the cars and lift. That combination seems to work well because it provides significant extra storage as well as bringing the ceiling and lighting closer to the workbench area in that back space. Could be a way to maximize the room you have. Just a thought.
  7. My first thought is that your plan is awesome and I am crazy jealous! What an incredible place to work. The only two ideas I'd add, which you may already have in mind, is (1) to have some way to section off a part of the space for dirtier work such as grinding, sanding, and painting. I hate having to cover everything in my garage when I do tasks like that. And (2) include more storage than you think you need. You can really never have enough!
  8. There's a story with that one! I contacted him 2 weeks ago, pulled the carfax, and discovered it was salvaged in Oklahoma, then the title was "washed" in N Carolina (2nd worst state in country for title washing), then easily received a clean TX title. I don't think the seller knew any of that. Had clean title when he bought it. But will never lose the "salvage" branding. I'm talking seriously with the guy in NY about that Prussian Blue '85 today or tomorrow. About ready to purchase.
  9. Already tried that one a couple weeks ago. His price was firm. Nice guy, though, and a cool car. The aesthetic issues don't bother me.
  10. I’m actually corresponding with this seller, who’s also in NY, and will sell it in my price range. http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-cars-sale/1026130-sale-1985-prussian-blue-carrera.html
  11. Maybe 0 to 30, but 0 to 60 is an easy win for the 997s - 4.3s manual, 3.9 pdk according to Motor Trend. I do really like the 997s, especially the later ones that avoid IMS scares. I do worry a bit about driving up to my church in one, though, as it still looks too new and shiny to most people. An 80’s 911 wont trigger those thoughts. Who knows - I’ll just have to wait and see what comes my way. I’m praying daily to find a good car, and not do something stupid with our money 🙂
  12. I actually do agree with you about that. I think it may be hard to really have fun with a Cayman on the street b/c it's just too capable and poised. It would always feel like it's just puttering down the street. To really experience it's potential, it would have to be on track. I feel that way about 997+ 911's too. How can one enjoy such a car on the street w/o breaking lots of laws?! That's part of the appeal of an older air-cooled car - have to really work for the speed. It would be engaging even at 50mph.
  13. Said the man with the homicidal 964!
  14. All good points. I’m starting by looking for the car I’ve dreamed of. If that doesn’t pan out in my budget, I’ll move to other options. I’ve actually thought an ‘09+ cayman s would be the 2nd choice over the 997. I don’t need backseats since I’ve got the e46 for kid duty. Caymans seem pretty dynamite at the limit. And the 09+ are fairly bullet proof from what I’ve read. Im curios to know what you think of Caymans.
  15. BUY IT, my friend! It would make an amazing second 911, especially on track. I'm really not able (permitted might be a better word ;-)) to go above $35k. Plus, no AC, heat, or blowers would make a rough car for the street in Texas. And he says the blinkers and wipers don't work. That plus no street-legal seat belts means some work and money will be needed for this to pass inspection and be street legal. This car needs to go to someone who'll get it on track often. Maybe in another 10 years when my kids move out! I'm keeping an eye on Targa's, too. While I prefer a coupe, you're probably right about a Targa being closer to my price range. Let me know if you see anything I should check out!
  16. Now that the S2K has shipped to its new owner, I'm actively looking for what's next for a fun weekend car. I would love to find a reasonable condition, air-cooled 911 coupe since that's been the dream since the mid 80's. Has to be a manual. I can afford up to $35k, but at that price, it would need to be in pretty good shape mechanically (IOW, I can't afford $35k + a top-end rebuild). If any of you happen to hear of one, especially from a seller you trust, let me know. Thanks everyone!
  17. The bidding process requires live participation. IOW, there's no automated routines to do last minute bids. Furthermore, any bid in the last 2 minutes automatically resets the clock to 2 minutes, which can significantly extend the auction if bids keep coming in. From my experience, bidders do like to wait till the last 10 seconds. I don't really know why since the clock's going to reset on them anyways. But it's how most people do it. Yes, you can link to the BaT ad anywhere you want. BaT wants you to do that since it drives traffic to the auction which is good for them. Any publicity that drives people to their site is encouraged. Tell me more about your 1M! That car's always intrigued me. I thought it might make it onto my list one day once depreciation kicked in... but it never did! They're still to expensive. What are you hoping to get for yours? As for the mods, yes, that can hurt the price you get on BaT. The issue is that people are bidding on a car they haven't seen from a buyer they haven't met. So anything that's not factory stock is unknown, and therefore presents increased risk. A PPI might help, and perhaps a Blackstone oil analysis given the particular engine issues some BMW's suffer from. But make sure to include lots of pictures (like 100+) and a couple videos (walk around and driving are useful).
  18. Oh dear, you had to bring Osteen into this! Yes, that's a fair point. There are some in my profession who could afford a 6-figure RUF. There are others of us who's personal ethics prevent that particular approach. I am grateful for the generous church I get to serve, but they wisely pay me around what the average person in our church makes, and that won't afford a RUF 😉
  19. Ha ha ha! You clearly don’t know what pastors earn! $65k is already way out of my price range and there’s still six days left. This might be 6 figures when bidding is done. But sure would be nice.
  20. A few thoughts on BaT selling now that the sale is complete: The BaT interface is excellent, easy, and intuitive. You can always add pictures automatically, but they do have to be screened by your auction specialist before they add. Mine missed the pics until I brought it to his attention. So don't assume your specialist is always watching out for you. I'm assuming each specialist probably has quite a few active listings. Moral: follow the online submission of additional photos with an email to your specialist letting him/her know you've just uploaded. Videos have to be linked by BaT - they can't be done automatically like photos. I think it's worth posting videos though. Commenting in an active, kind, and informative way seems to really help. Resist the urge to blast people for hijacking your auction thread with ridiculous comments about their own car they think is prettier than yours. I was not excited to see that after listing my S2k, they posted 3 more within 5 days. That meant there were 4 active S2k's at the time mine was closing. I don't know if that reduced my sale price, but it was a bit disappointing. It lists with 7 days. Day 1 is fun - lots of comments and some bids. Days 2-6 are excruciating. It's like watching paint dry. Nothing's happening. Day 7 is stressful, but exciting, especially in the last 15 minutes. Lots of bidders seem to wait till 10 seconds is left, which is annoying but understandable. Fortunately, BaT automatically adds 2 minutes to the clock when a last minute bid happens. All in all, I'd do it again. So kudos to BaT.
  21. I think it's pretty good. I was hoping for closer to $25 after that number was thrown around in the comments, but that was probably unrealistic. $22k is better than the best offer I had locally (around $21), so BaT came through on boosting my return. Now to figure out what's next. I'd still love to find an air-cooled 911 I can afford with this plus the ~10k I've saved, but that's not likely to happen. May need to redirect.
  22. Man, waiting for the last hour of your own auction on BaT is quite stressful! Hard to get any work done today 😳
  23. For those interested in the BaT process, here's my impressions thus far (through listing day 1): Submitting the ad is surprisingly easy. You can upload pictures in bulk. No reason not to include a very large number. You can't upload video, but can link to it. You should host any videos you want shared on YouTube or a similar hosting site and then have links ready to post in the ad submission process. They were quick to respond to the ad. We negotiated on the reserve (they wanted it lower than I did, but not outrageously low). We emailed back and forth about details and I submitted a few more pictures as they came to my mind. This process was confidence-building. They got me the proposed ad in about 3 business days for review. It was, IMO, well-written and accurate. It wasn't exactly as I would have wanted, but it was close. Ultimately, I know that they want what I want: as high a sale price as possible since they get a % from the buyer. So I trusted their judgment in creating the ad. I was a bit disappointed in the scheduling process... in that there was none! I accepted the ad, expecting that the next step would be to inform me about when they would be scheduling the ad so I could be ready to respond to bidder's questions. Instead, I was simply notified via email after it was already live. Unfortunately, I was on the road and unable to respond to bidders for a while. Lesson: don't hit "approve" on the ad until you're ready to go! It might not list that day, but you need to be prepared for it. More analysis to come as the auction continues.
  24. No, I'm offering both the BY rails (installed) and stock rails in the BaT sale. I figure anything that sets mine apart from the 1000 other S2k's sold on BaT will help the sale price :-)
  25. Here goes nothing! Just went live on BaT. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2002-honda-s2000-42/
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