Just needed a car, since I'm not sure how many more miles my Corsica can deliver.
I called a friend and asked if he knew of a good cheap car for sale. He took me down to see the '94 Tbird, and I fell in love with it. V8, RWD, swoopy body style, V8, RWD, comfy interior, V8, RWD.....
The guy wanted $1200 for it, so I took it for a test drive. While it started up fine and ran smooth as silk, it wouldn't go any faster than 25 mph due to some major slipping in the tranny. I told the guy the trans was shot, and we checked the dipstick (the one for the tranny fluid.....not the seller) and it was up to par. So he takes it for a drive, realizes the trans was indeed shot and dropped the price to $800. Then he asks if I want the stereo in it, because it had the typical Big Bang stereo with amp and subs in the trunk. I said nope, I have my own CD player head unit, and no need for all the extra rattling. So he drops the price to $500 and gets to keep all his pounding bass for some other ride. Sold.
Trailered the car to another friends place who owns his own shop business who offered to change the tranny for me since I don't have a lift. I tracked down a reman'd tranny for $500, had it delivered to my workplace, then took it to the shop. The tranny switchout cost me $300 (fluid and labor) total. So I have into the car about what I was willing to pay in the first place.
Then the fun began.....some minor bodywork and paint (coming up), stripes and a scoop, modded the intake tube underneath for a ram air setup, J-Mod soon, etc.
I feel the car is worth it. Trying to make it somewhat
unique though, hence the "Thunderbird XX" badging. We'll go from there, mostly cosmetics. Until I find another MN12, this one has to stay within my Daily Driver specs. Otherwise......I could get into an awful lot of trouble with it and spend a ton of $$ modding everything else to accomodate that 428CJ I've been eyeballin'
I'd never be able to keep the halfshafts intact....