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You won't find any good older cars in MA. Or anywhere in New England for that matter. Trust me on this.

Anything good has long since rusted away to nothing.
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Kurt, these really have no heat?
They have heat, but just not very good heat. And I bet the car you are looking at has rusted out heater ducts.
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Modified GEO Metro's are hot -



Or look for a GEO Rura"L" suv -

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1st gen GTi, 1st gen MR2, 240Z, 260Z, 924, 944, RX7, BMW E30, Saab 900. All can be had for under $5k easily, many for much less.
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My neighbor has a Saab 900 turbo. Great car generally and solid, but one thing to watch out for is the main wiring harness. Apparently his went bad and the part is (you guessed it) "NLA" from Saab. He had to have a new one created at a cost of almost $2,000. Other than that though, he swears it's an awesome car and pretty quick with the turbo.
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Modified GEO Metro's are hot -

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Actually.... have you ever driven a Suzuki Swift GTi with the g13b DOHC 16 valve? 1.liters, ~100hp, 8000rpm redline.

They are really fun, light cars. I'll don my flame suit and admit that I find them more fun to drive that a VW GTI



No-one will accuse them of being pretty, but they are cheap, reliable, go like stink and are wonderful rorty little beasts
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good thoughts all around, thanks.

let me add that it must be "classic" meaning 1973 is the last year, much prefer 60s. I'll be dating with the car, so in the obvious absence of money, it must say "quirky" and maybe, cute. And that's the kind of woman I want to date anyway, rare that they may be. I could probably sell something and get a nice car, but I don't care much for nice cars, though I did put some new 325is heated leather seats in the 4Runner. No reason not to at least drive in comfort. Finally, it just has to get me through the winter, the E will be done this spring.

As to rust driving through the winter, one of the first things I'll do is break out a quart of POR15 and the HPLV and have at it. I redid the entire front suspension and frame rails of the 4Runner last January, drove through 4 months of salt, never washed it, and still looks brand new, so the stuff works.
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As to rust driving through the winter, one of the first things I'll do is break out a quart of POR15 and the HPLV and have at it. I redid the entire front suspension and frame rails of the 4Runner last January, drove through 4 months of salt, never washed it, and still looks brand new, so the stuff works.
[HIJACK] I just bought a 1990 4runner for an upcoming diesel swap. Frame & suspension are solid but has surface rust over everything. What did you do to prep? I take it you didn't have the frame off?[/HIJACK]
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[HIJACK] I just bought a 1990 4runner for an upcoming diesel swap. Frame & suspension are solid but has surface rust over everything. What did you do to prep? I take it you didn't have the frame off?[/HIJACK]
Jake, same technique as here: Project 73 911 R/RS -- Week 3

Grinder, wire brushes, and then lots of POR15 prep, a lot more than the directions say. After it was washed off, let dry, then went at it with the gun.

the entire front end of my truck was virtually gone, the A-arms were missing probably a full 25% of their metal. One was so bad that I'm sure a pothole at speed would have collapsed it and sent the truck tumbling.

Any pics of your 4Runner? great trucks! just dog slow and bad on gas.
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Ha! I admire your hard work, but I assure you that is more work than I'll be going through on my '90 4runner!

Pics of my 4runner, replaced my Samurai:
It's better to burn out, than to fade away
Needs brakes & and suspension bushings. Have a VW 1.9turbodiesel going in, unless I can get a swap kit for a MB 5cyl diesel.

As for a classic, I'd be looking at MGBs, but hard to imagine what you'll find for <2k.
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AMC Eagle wagon. It's platform dates to 1970. Plus it makes a super cool snow car.

Bonus points for finding a clean non-wood paneled-look 1988 model. You can't kill the AMC 6.

Demerits for the iron duke 4, tho.
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My '86 944 gets 30mpg, and you can get one needing a new head or tranny for not so much at all. If it must be older maybe a 924? How about a Chevy LUV?
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I tried to return to days of yore and recall the cars I thought were cool and might now still be cool and affordable. The list is short:

Ford Cortina. Friend of mine had one with, I think, an Abarth exhaust on it. Great sound.

VW Beetle. I love seeing them on the road.

1970's Celica's were great.

2002...if you're looking to drive the car in the winter in Mass, you can find beater 2002's.

Some of the old Datsun's were very cool.
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Ha! I admire your hard work, but I assure you that is more work than I'll be going through on my '90 4runner!

Pics of my 4runner, replaced my Samurai:
It's better to burn out, than to fade away
Needs brakes & and suspension bushings. Have a VW 1.9turbodiesel going in, unless I can get a swap kit for a MB 5cyl diesel.

As for a classic, I'd be looking at MGBs, but hard to imagine what you'll find for <2k.
Jake, how much is a turbo diesel and swap kit? My truck still runs strong with 190K on it, maybe I just need better mileage.

On your brakes, they're probably the same as my 95, if not, see if you can get 95 brakes. they are bigger than 993TT and stop the truck faster than any Porsche I've ever owned. I sometimes worry someone will rear-end me.

So far I've gutted the interior, painted the dash facia "stainless steel", dyed the dash and all vinyl black, put in a new instrument cluster window and various controls and made all the instrumentation lights red instead of the sickly green. Also put in an Irmscher (Momo) thick rimmed steering wheel which was probably the single greatest mod I've done so far. I drive this thing like my old 84 Targa!

hoping to bond on new rear quarters I got on eBay before winter, lay down some fatmat and then put the new carpet set in. Should be a brand new truck.

Some process pics.







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