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Its been a while since I have been on the site...good to see all the helpful regulars are still here holding down the fort.

Since I was last here I put the trans from the dead #1 intrepid, bought #5 for my stepson and bought #6 for $200 as a project for me.

The #5 car is a nice green ES with leather interior that just this weekend went into limp mode after we had it for like 3 months. Its on its way to the trans shop to have them pull codes off the TCM, hopefully its minor. I tried swapping input and output sensors but it didn't help.

The #6 car is a pewter sport model with sun roof and the body is in good shape except for a couple tiny rust spots. I picked it up for $200, it had a valvetrain issue and the owner pulled the intake and valve cover and then left if for dead in the driveway. I have a really nice 3.5 with 110K on it in the shed from the RIP #1 car that i'd like to put in it, I am also considering rebuilding the transmission, doing rack and tie rod bushings and such before I put the motor in the car. I may even take a shot at painting it when I'm done. The interior is in really good shape except its NEVER been cleaned, the carpet is filthy. In my head this sounds like a good project but I could see myself dumping a couple grand into this car easy by time I buy wheels and tires.

So am I nuts or what?
 

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Nuts? Probably, but there is a satisfaction that comes from completing a project, that you know is beyond to scope of most people.
We are currently removing the engine and trans from an Aries the had and interior fire, to drop into an old Dodge 600 convertible. Worth all the trouble, probably not, but we'll have a neat little car when we are done.
Myself, I prefer working with the older (pre computer) car. A 66 Valiant being my current project, but I'm starting to get the hang of the ECUs , sensors and such.
It's all good to know, and "Crazy", well I would think crazy is paying a shop $90 per hour to do the things you can handle on your own.
Just keep turning wrenches.
 

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I agree that the older stuff is easier to work on but I would have a hard time making one a daily driver for many reasons. If I do the intrepid it would be just that, a driver. I started putting it down on paper and I'm at $2500 already just in parts and I'm sure I forgot something.
 

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I get your point about not making an older car a daily driver. The Valiant might well be the exception to the rule.
Take a basic, 66 Valiant 2dr, sedan, with a 225 six. Add a super six 2 barrel intake, and electronic ignition from a 76 Aspen, some bucket seats from a Sebring Convert. After market sway bars front and rear, a disc brake conversion from Scarebird up in Seattle and you got a pretty good driver.
Next needs to be some sort of A/C system. Fun driver, and the mileage while not quite up to the Treps, is in the mid 20s.
The Charger on the other hand, stays in the garage except for special occasions. And the 71 Maxi-Van, well at 12 MPG it sits until I need to pull the trailer, but it's great to have it around.
Still have some concerns about how the electronics on our Treps are going to age. Hopefully some new form of auto-nut/geek will emerge to help with aftermarket electronic.
Totally get the fixing the Treps. Cant bring myself to trade for a $20K plus car that only gets 2MPG better than our old, payed for cars.
 

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I think I'd still have an issue driveing a 66 Valiant and leaving it parked at the train station but maybe not.

Cokey11, nice 300
 

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Turns out #5 is going to need a Trans rebuild....never a dull moment
 
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