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Old 01-15-2006, 12:35 PM
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"Lipstick Job on a Pig"

This phrase was borrowed from Soap in this thread

I guess I've always been a "If you're gonna do something, do it right" kind of guy and finding someone else's "patch job" crap drives me nuts.

On the other hand ... I have a hard time just "letting go"...
I have an 86 Tempo that we bought brand new ... which is currently "nickel and diming" me to death!

1.) CV boot torn ... ahh, heck replace the whole axle ... nah let's do both.
2.) Well, you have to remove the lower control arms to do that job. Let's replace both of those, too.
3.) Oh yeah ... that means it will need an alignment.
4.) The alignment shop calls, can't align cuz inner tie-rods are worn out.
5.) OK ... I'll order them ... might as well do the outer ones too, right?
6.) Have one inner t/r on the rack, and I notice that there is some weepage on the rack ... and it's not from hoses. Crap. It's 2.8 hrs to replace t/r's and 3.2 to repace the whole (long) rack. Oh hell ... order the rack.
7.) Damaged the P/S hose removing it, as well as stripping the threads on the rack attaching hardware <sigh> order that suff too.
8.) Now realizing that I have now more than "doubled the value" of this 20 year-old POS ... and wondering what happens next!
9.) Stay tuned for more.

I'm gonna be stuck with this beater forever, aint I?
I'd feel a whole lot better about this if it was at least a 90 T-Bird Super Coupe or sumpthin' ... but an 86 Tempo! What am I thinking???
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Old 01-15-2006, 06:20 PM
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You must really love that car...
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:59 PM
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Yup, you're nuts.

I've decided to only keep cars I wouldn't feel bad about sinking $1000 into a repair. It sucks to fix something you don't really like.

But hey, who knows, maybe an 86 Tempo just like yours will fetch big bucks at the Barrett-Jackson Auction this week and validate your insanity!!!!
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Old 01-16-2006, 03:31 PM
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I feel for you.
I have an 87 Stanza here with the same type of problem, but it's not mine. It needs about $1500 parts and labor by me (serious deal) to make it a fairly nice car again, but the trade in on it is only $150. It is not driveable due to the clutch. She went out and bought a Ford Escape, and here sits the car.

The clutch parts would cost about $150. It also could use axles, rack&pump, radiator, and struts. I even told her she could pay the labor in installments.

It has a tail light bulb sensor that went out, costs $75. About a year ago I jumpered that to get the brake lights to work, and the light in the dash is on claiming there is a bulb out. Oh, and the dash is cracked. Nice car though. Plush seats, power everything.... Ugly as sin.
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Its a 86 tempo drive it till the wheels fall off & then leave it where it sits.

But if my old lady was driving it I might have to fix it
reman axles are cheaper than rebuilding or re booting
same thing with the rack.

I thought the lowers just bolt in I must be thinking of a different car


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Been there, and done that.

However, I'd probably do it again.

To keep your sanity, just take a look at what the payments and full coverage insurance would be on one of the new econoboxes. Dropping a couple thousand doesn't sound so bad anymore. If you only get another year out of it, you're still ahead.
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Old 01-17-2006, 09:42 PM
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To keep your sanity, just take a look at what the payments and full coverage insurance would be on one of the new econoboxes. Dropping a couple thousand doesn't sound so bad anymore. If you only get another year out of it, you're still ahead.
Well, yeah there's some truth to that all right. Right now it's got 190,000 km on it. I'm driving it approx 40-50 km/day ... so rounding that to 20,000 km/yr, I'm figuring that the engine will wear out at about the same time the floor rusts away ... 3 years/250,000 km

I guess the other thing that I haven't said yet is that I'm having it fixed at the Ford dealership that I work at, so I'm not paying retail prices. (One of the few perks of being a partsman )

You know what's funny is that they gave me a service loaner to use for the weekend while we waited for parts. It was a 98 Escort with about the same (193,000 km) mileage. It had better paint and less rust, but other than that it really wasn't much "better" than the old Tempo.
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I saw this movie on TV one night. A guy had a car just like this one, and he parked it on a wooden dock. Of course you know what happened, the dock collapsed, and the car got totaled, and he got wet and some money out of it.
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