The 94 T'Bird:
I drove past it every day to and from work for close to a month. They had a For Sale sign, but no price. And I thought it was a V6 (one side didn't have the badge). Then one day they put the price of $4000 on it and the same day I noticed the V8 emblem on the other side. I got it for $3700 the next day.
The 97 LSC:
I accidentally bought it!!! It was on eBay and had hardly any bids on it. It had one day to go and was at $4800. It was a nice car and they had usually been going for over $10K, so it was well out of my price range. But being such a nice car, I thought I would help the guy out so I bid $6500, never expecting to be the winner. A few days after the auction ended I check to see what it closed at and saw $6400 as the final bid. I thought, “Why didn’t it take my bid of $6500”… OH CRAP IT DID!!!! I just bought a car!!! I hadn’t checked ANYTHING on the car, just looked at the photos. I hadn’t checked into financing, insurance, plane fare…. Nothing, nada. Flew to Dallas, paid for it, and drove it home.
The 95 Cougar:
I was looking for a “decent” car for about $500 for my girlfriend *cough* biatch *cough* at the time and was having absolutely NO luck locally! So I started looking for T’birds on eBay and most of them were easily breaking $1000. So I thought, “Well hey, the Cougar is the same as the T’bird” and I searched on Cougars. I found one with just 4 hours to go with the high bid of $200!!! Nice body (except the roof), Limited Edition wheels, Hypertech chip, new brakes, new shocks, new tires, remote start/alarm system… BUT, no second gear, check engine light and an engine miss. And it was in NJ. My Dad lives in NJ, so I checked his location and the location of the car and they were 20 miles apart. I found out I could fly to NJ on Southwest out of B’ham for $100 to Philadelphia, which is also 20 miles from my Dad’s house. I bid $750 on the car not expecting to win the auction, but hoping. The auction closed at…. $213!!! I flew up there, scanned the EEC, replaced the plugs/wires/MAF and drove it 14 hours home! Took it to a transmission shop and paid $800 for the new transmission and full custom exhaust (It helps when a good friend owns an AAMCO shop…right across the street from an exhaust shop…)
So I’ve been pretty “lucky” to say the least.
97 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC (Chip'd, 3.73 T/L... so far... )
97 Ford Aspire (Slow, but getting 36 mpg (f'n Ethenol!!
84 F250 Dually w/6.9L Diesel (7.3L IDI pending)
73 Mercury Cougar Convertible w/351C 4V (Partially Restored)
69 F100 LWB w/460 Engine
76 Glastron Carlson 23' Jet Boat w/460 CJ Engine