Thinking about buying my old car back

usaf_branham

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In 2015, I sold my ‘04 Sonic Blue GT with a Kenne Bell, blower cams, and a slew of other parts that I built. It was my 1st mustang and I have always kind of regretted letting it go. I lost track of it, and out of pure chance, I found it is for sale.

Here’s the wag... it would be a logistical nightmare for me to buy it and I would have to fly to get it and then drive it across the country... I would also have to (at a minimum) put a catted mid-pipe on it and get it retuned to make it emissions legal for the great state of Nevada.

I am going to call the bank tomorrow and find out how much they will let me refinance the wife’s car for. If they will give me enough over what I owe, I may just pull the trigger.

If I don’t, I’m probably going to lose track of it forever and will regret it the rest of my life.
 
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stormsedge

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Each of your paragraphs suggest reasons to me for avoiding this project. It's an old car. Let it go. My 2 cents.
 
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I was in the same boat just recently. The 2001 Bullitt that we owned previously, was sold to my dad around 2006. He then sold it in 2012 to my brother, who is now looking to get rid of it. It has had a rough life being a daily driver, and currently can't drive over 35 mph without sputtering. Thinking of logistics of flying out, renting a truck and trailer to tow it back, plus having to replace the gutted cats to make it smog legal in CA.

But, ultimately I did pull the trigger and bought the car. Too much family sentimental value, and my plan is to fully restore the car with a few mods and have a fun track/autocross car. I looked into shipping the car, and when it came down to it that was a much better value to ship it. It gets shipped out to me next week. I'm excited to finally have the car back, even though I know it's gonna be a lot of work ahead of me.

If you do pull the trigger, definitely look into having it shipped to you.
 

Potomus Pete

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Cant be that much to ship. My father had a car shipped from halfway down Florida to Mass. for $550.00. six cars on the truck..
 

usaf_branham

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I’ll drive it back. The way I see it, it’s my car, I know everything done to it, I took care of it, and I miss it. I will be PCSing within the next 8 months, hopefully back to Ohio or close to it, so I am going to need something that’s good in the snow. My GT350 does not fit that bill... also, it’s getting another motor, I don’t trust it, and I can’t/won’t mod it because of the warranty... so I am prolly going to trade it in on a new Ranger 4x4 with the tow package. Use it to tow my ‘04 cross country and to the race track. I love tinkering, so my old ‘04 fits that bill perfectly. If I can scrape up the cash to get the 04, I’m going to do it.

I’ll have the responsible adult DD and an old race car to toy with and not have to worry about warranty or if it’s down for a while during maintenance.
 

usaf_branham

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Still on the fence... If I were still in SC, I would have already bought it. But... Driving a car across the country that I am fairly positive was abused for about 15k miles is a scary thought... even if the current owner made the repairs he knows about, that doesn’t mean it might have some issues just waiting to rear their ugly head.

I can afford to get it here, get it emissions legal, and that’s about it... if I ship it, it lives in the garage until tax time... no $ to get it legal. If it breaks down on the way, I’m [email protected]$&ed.

I wish this all came to light about a year from now. I’m hopefully going to be somewhere on the east coast then.
 

General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
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How bout a trusted friend to pick it up and hold it for ya till you get closer to the right side of the continent?
where is it at? :ohoh:
 

usaf_branham

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It’s not going to happen. Too much hassle and cost involved to get it. Unless the guy decides he wants to lower to price to well below what it’s worth Or drive it out here himself, it is too financially irresponsible.

The trade quote on my 350 is the straw that broke the camels back. I would be in it for the cost of a terminator.

I gave the guy my number/Info and asked he pass that along to the next guy. And get the persons info for me.

sad day
 
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I agree with Stormsedge. the logistics and financial hurdles tell me this is a bad buy. Nostalgia is great, but don't go our of your way or in the hole for it.
 

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My high school/college era 67 Cougar came back to me 43 years after I sold it to a fellow in my home town. I always regretted selling it and told him as much every time I ran into him.

I guess his grandson started a restoration project in Grandpa's garage that didn't go any where and when Grandpa needed his garage back he called us to see if we would be interested in getting the car back. My wife had never seen the car back in the day, but she had heard all the stories and said that she knew I'd be interested. When she asked how much? The fellow said you don't understand, I just need it gone. I drove 200 miles the next day to get my baby back

Everything was in boxes and piles, but they are my boxes and piles now!

I couldn't be happier. Putting the frame on a rotisserie this weekend and had the block bored and honed for a 331 stroker kit. Found a T-5 tranny and bell housing to replace the automatic, also planning on a mild cam, aluminum heads and a 4 barrel carb.
 
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