I'll give you all my story, just to be cool
Senario: December 2004, 2 weeks before christmas. One normal day at work... when a long time customer calls us saying her son was having car troubles. Won't shift out of 1st gear. We say "sure bring it over". She arrives... and i see my soon (yet, unknown to me) beauty. Or should i say a diamond in the rough. 1987 Bonneville LE, 204k miles, interior covered in coffee stains, dog hair and slobber, and cigarette butts. Front tires have the steel belts coming out. Brakes are shot. Transmission fluid is burnt to a crisp. Passenger caliper is locked up. Both rear springs are broken. Radio is an old 2-**** hack-job. One of the rear speaker boxes are hanging by their wiring.
Well needless to say she didn't want to fix it. Her son had pretty much run her dry, so she offered it to me. Discussed with the authority figures (parents, keep in mind i was 15 then). They said if it'* what i want, go for it. Pull car inside shop, begin transmission tear-down. Two weeks and $150 in parts later, she'* good to go.
Next up: Front brakes. Needless to say, because of that caliper the passenger side rotor had grooves like the rocky mountains in it. Cheapo pads: $25. 2 cheapie rotors: $35. One used caliper: Free
Next: Rear brakes. Just as bad as the front. Cheapie shoes: $23. Assorted springs: Free.
Next: Rear springs. Car sagged like it had the italian mafia in the trunk. 2 new springs: $55. <----- Labor was a biotch.
After that, full interior and exterior cleaning. Thing was FILTHY. Spent about 3 hours on both the interior and exterior. Full shampooing of interior. Replaced radio with my Pioneer unit. Finally got it looking like a decent car. Sanded and primed rust from body. Painted with general gloss white.
Total cost: car- Free. Parts to make it road safe- ~$400.
Is that the end of the story? Oh no... I had it sold once. The woman took it to her mechanic after she bought it... made up loads of BS about how it needed a waterpump and headgaskets and the transmission slipped (my 1k mile rebuilt, mind you). She asked for her money back. I regretfully gave it to her. Know what it was? Ignition module took a crap. Not even MENTIONED on her estimate. Spare part from shop + 1hr labor, she was good to go.
Bout 2 months later, i'm leaving for school in the morning. I glance over my shoulder to see my baby, what do i see? An empty outline in the street. ****. Report stolen, found 2 days later. After 4 months i have car back again. Junkyard steering column: $45. More interior cleaning: my time. Car sits a few more weeks, i finally sell it for $700, meaning a measly $350 dollar profit after all my work.
Is this the end? Oh no, the white curse lives on. The lady i sell it to, she'* the parent of a friend. Trustworthy (i think). She pays in cash, i give her title, all is good. About 2 weeks later i get a call from a gas station saying my plates were recorded stealing gasoline. EIGHT DOLLARS. Jesus. I call her up, get it settled, she pays the fine. I warn her to transfer the title now. She says fine. 1 1/2 weeks later, another call. Another gas station. Another theft. I call her one last time and snap. I tell her she has till Monday to transfer the title or i will come reposses the vehicle. Remember, title'* still in my name. I check on tuesday: titles been transferred. I am finally free...
Wow what a story huh? But it didn't turn me off of bonne'*, oooh no. I'm invigorated. I can't wait to purchase my next one.