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Broken cars for sale

Whenever the topic of timing belts come up, we're reminded that cars with broken t-belts go for ~$500. Where are these cars, because I'd like to get ahold of a cheap body, hopefully one with a halfway decent transmisison.

If you have a 944 graveyard and know of an über-cheap 944 I can resurrect, let me know! I'm going to be looking for a project car in the next few months, since I'm thinking really hard about building an autox car.
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Re: Broken cars for sale

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Whenever the topic of timing belts come up, we're reminded that cars with broken t-belts go for ~$500.
how much is the repair bill for all bent valves? while the market price for a mint 944 might push $7000 the math doesnt add up for me...

wasnt there just a thread where 2.5L engines go for about $500?

lets assume that a majority of us have invested a coupla thou in their car. obviously you've more spent on the car than its market value. one would be out more money by letting it go for $500 from t-belt damage than by buying a parted engine for $500, and swapping.

unless the belt going is "the last straw", or a reason to trade up to a nice 951.
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I should add... I'd prefer it to be an 83 or 84.
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When my belt broke, the bill was a little over $2k, which is what I paid for the car. I can see why some people might take that as the last straw and just eat their loss and let the car go.
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I bought my 924S for $350, with a broken t-belt. If it weren't for bad rings from sitting so long till I got all the work done, it would have been on the road for under $800, including the purchase. That was doing all the work, other than the valves, myself, of course. I got a good engine for $700, and spent another $700 to have it installed, as I don't have shop space at the moment.
I also swallowed the $150 core charge so I can have an engine to mod if I feel like it,or to use for parts if I need to.
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84 in Des Moines, Iowa

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Have a 84 944 with seized motor and good tranny. Non-sunroof model, so it will be perfect for autoX!!!

Located less than 1-1/2 hrs from you!!
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Re: Re: Broken cars for sale

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You were one of the slide victims, ouch. If you need help with anything, let me know.
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IIRC (from Excellence) the sunroof equipped cars are actually stronger due to the extra frame work required for the sunroof. Not that I could see it making a real difference...

That's one ugly 944, FR. Sorry to hear about your real estate problems. Hope you get things straightened out.
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well just think of the extra weight of the sunroof and re-enforcing material

edit: WooT! post 944!
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Yes, they are stronger, but the non sunroof cars are lighter.
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None of the Firehawk series cars and "race" cars where ordered with sunroofs. hmmmmm....

It's also a safety issue, no huge hole to "pop" open in a crash.

Yeppers, lighter. Want to stiffen it, add a full roll cage/frame set-up.

The guy is in my area and looking to build a race car. Hopefully it's what he's looking for. There is a nice track not too far from us that holds several Porsche and open track day events. I have never took my 944S2 there but have done several open track days on my motorcycle. Fun!!

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Capri, thanks for the PM, i got back to you.

I'll be out of town for most of June, but I'll try to catch the board when I can. I'm leaving tomorrow for WWDC in San Francisco, then I'm helping to teach a video production class, so my time will really be soaked up.
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Consider it yours when you return. Have a good trip. Talk at ya when you get get back.

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I think the broke cars fetch so much less because it speaks of neglect.

It takes a lot to make up for neglect if you know what you are doing.

If you don't it takes $$$$ especially at the dealer.
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