Been a new car kinda holiday for everyone here.
Today, out of the blue, my gf went and bought a new car trading in her 98 Mustang Convertible... I liked that car, it was a base 6 but was really peppy. I was getting a little tired getting in/out of it though, I must admit.
Anyway, right before Christmas I bought a sweet little, cherry red, 5 Speed...
2002 Chevy Cavalier with 133k on it.
It was a kid's car that had been for sale up on the hill above my place. It kept going down, and down, and down, and eventually it hit $500 and the inspection was running out. I know his dad, and basically the car needs body work to pass inspection, but in January he was going to junk it and scrap value's just a little less than the $500. It runs/drives perfect, and that little engine those Cavaliers have is a tough one. Not having to worry about an AT f'n up down the road is nice incentive too.
So for the last couple weeks it has sat in our shop getting body work done. Sheet metal and rivets baby! This thing will look like a Rebel A-Wing when it's done.
I honestly have considered painting shark teeth and eyes on it like a P-40. I needed a beater for work... I'm putting my Jeep in the garage to sandblast the frame and protect it. Also taking the bumpers off to sandblast them (they're steel tubes), and I'm taking the front brace/push bar off it that the previous owner used when they towed it incase it bumped into the back of their RV, and I'm going to weld teeth to the tubes of the push bar (seriously I am doing this).
My gf wrecked the Jeep once, which I fixed but the fender's showing its age now from her denting it, and so I'm going to look for a replacement for that as well. I have some other work I want to do... It needs a new heater core and things, and I'm thinking about putting the hardtop on it and fixing the AC. Compressor's fine I just need new lines which aren't cheap.
Also need to find a coolant leak it has going on, but that's the point of the Cavalier... That car has a good 2 or 3 years left in it, maybe more if the body holds and I don't have a ton of miles to put on it, so my Jeep will be babied and much happier to have me beating the hell out of this little red coupe.
Sad thing is, other than the gaping holes in the body, that Cavalier looks really nice. Never wrecked, and the kid only drove it for 15k so he didn't have a long time beating it around. Otherwise his old man drove it and bought it new, and I know he didn't drive it like he stole it. Good little car almost sent to the compactor! These little gems for $500 are getting harder and harder to get.