Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Saturn (or SE Michigan)
What to Do......
Greetings, everyone! It's been a while.
Eh, what to do….
I’ve had my 1994 Thunderbird since April 15, 1997. Bought it with 28k miles on it. 20 years later, it has over 435,500 miles on it. That number is even more – impressive – when one considers that, over the last 7 years, it has not moved much. The odometer shows 701,xxx, because it’s metric…heh heh.
Rust has taken its toll on this car. Rocker panels, wheel wells, gas cap area, undercarriage (wiring is exposed in various places). The left rear shock mount ripped away from the trunk well, so there’s a gaping hole into the trunk.
Electrical problems became unsolvable to me (not that I try much, at all, any more). After jump starting the car a few weeks ago, and taking it for a drive around the block a few time, the car stalled while parking it, and would not restart or hold a charge. It made me wonder how I was able to get it out and back for a mile or so drive.
I just think the car’s told me “Enough, thank you. It’s been great.”
The car has more value to me than a salvage yard may offer for it, but I’m not sure I have the tolerance to do a Craig’s List advert. Though most everything works, most everything is old. Cloth seats from a 1993 T-bird SC, a J-modded trans with deeper pan and external cooler that has 225,000+ miles on it…I’ve put 90k miles on the replacement engine, and I got it, used, with 70k on it. Old old old.
Conversely, the tires are barely 2 years old, with about 10,000 miles on them. Even the battery is just a couple years old.
Despite the decent condition of some things, the car is no longer drive-able. Because of the amount of usage, I doubt the car would be a good donor-car. This has me leaning towards salvage, just to get it over with.
What to do…