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BangShift Question Of The Day: How Much Fun Have You Had With Rolling Garbage?

BangShift Question Of The Day: How Much Fun Have You Had With Rolling Garbage?

In the grand scheme of things, what does a few hundred bucks buy you? Be fair now…no family deals, no wink-wink-nudge-nudge “trades” with your friends. You’ve got a couple hundred dollars in your pocket, you’ve got to buy another car (because something is seriously wrong in your head, apparently) and Craigslist has suddenly bumped your favorite…um…art film site from the top of the roster. In that scenario, you are probably dragging home some fresh, hot garbage that may or may not be wearing license plates. Look, I’m not looking down on you at all if you’ve done this. If anything, you’re in fantastic company. Look at my history, including the current Rough Start Fox project and the 1981 Dodge Mirada CMX I scored for $650 over a decade ago with the intent of beating the stars out of it’s eyes.

In the annals of my automotive tastes, I’ve only had three project vehicles with a buy-in over $5,000 and only two cost me over $10,000 to purchase (those two being the Angry Grandpa Chrysler and the 2005 Ford Mustang GT that I refer to as the “Mock One” Mustang.) Everything else is below that mark, usually well below that mark. I’ve had some amazing cars that cost less than two thousand dollars. And I’ve had more than my fair share of cars that cost less than a dinner for four in Vegas that ran, drove, and were fun in the disposable kind of way.

So, we want to know the kind of shenanigans you’ve gotten up to with a car that was the epitome of dirt cheap. Did it live for years longer than it should have, or did you channel your inner stuntman and try to see how far an $800 crapcan could fly?

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3 thoughts on “BangShift Question Of The Day: How Much Fun Have You Had With Rolling Garbage?

  1. 71C10SWB

    Bought a 1980 Subaru Justy…special edition “Fun Justy” (No kidding) for $75. Adapted an ebay alternator and got it running. Drove it 76 miles every day for about a year, 35-40 mpg out of the 3 cyl/5 speed. Covered it with racing decals. The previous owner had installed a Supertrap muffler from a dirt bike. My kids found a magnetic “STUDENT DRIVER” sign along side the road that fit perfectly on the hood.
    Backed it out of the driveway one day, transmission popped, no forward gears. Put it on a Justy owners website for sale and got $200 out of it!
    Most fun I ever had for that little money!

  2. Matt Cramer

    I bought a $500 Ford Probe GT a while ago, emptied a couple gallons of Febreeze into the extremely gross upholstery, put $600 worth of race tires on it, and entered it in the $2014 Challenge. A shot clutch and hurt motor meant it didn’t do too well in the drags, but it was in the top third of the autocross entries. Sold it a little later instead of dealing with the problems.

    I also may have jumped a railroad crossing or two with that car.

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