Thinking about buying my old car back

usaf_branham

10 Year Member
Oct 30, 2008
926
134
74
Vegas
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.
 
  • Sponsors(?)


stormsedge

Active Member
Jun 17, 2018
304
89
38
Here
Each of your paragraphs suggest reasons to me for avoiding this project. It's an old car. Let it go. My 2 cents.
 
  • Agree
Reactions: Ranger
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

Is there a trick , or does my wife just hold it
Mar 7, 2019
1,075
352
93
56
Sarasota Florida
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

10 Year Member
Oct 30, 2008
926
134
74
Vegas
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

10 Year Member
Oct 30, 2008
926
134
74
Vegas
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
Mod Dude
Aug 25, 2016
17,170
5,491
193
polk county florida
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

10 Year Member
Oct 30, 2008
926
134
74
Vegas
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
 
  • Sad
Reactions: General karthief

Yellasnake

New Member
Jul 24, 2019
1
0
1
44
1
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.
 

Coldsweep

Member
Aug 4, 2019
1
1
13
64
Mountain Green, UT
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: usaf_branham
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
W Hi All, Just got a 2002 mustang. It has 16 inch wheels and tires on it. Thinking about buying 18x9 front and 18x10 rear, any advice? 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 2
K Thinking of buying a 1990 mustang LX as a parts car 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 2
D Thinking About Buying A Mustang SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 4
T Thinking About Buying A V6 Mustang 2005 - 2014 Specific V6 Tech 1
FoxMustangLvr Engine Thinking About Buying A Used Engine, Need Advice Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech 10
I Thinking About Buying A 5.0 Would Gears Help Mileage...... 2010 - 2014 Specific Tech 16
F Thinking Of Buying A Gt -a Few Questions 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 5
deftsound Thinking Of Buying This Car, Advice Please! Pics! Classic Mustang Specific Tech 9
Lazza Advice Please: Thinking about buying 09 GT Premium 2005 - 2009 Specific Tech 1
The_Dude Any one own a KwikLift? I'm thinking about buying one. 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 12
1 Thinking about buying a 94-95 5.0 and need some help 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 8
S Thinking about buying this intake. want some opinions! 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 30
T Looking into buying this mustang. What do you guys think? SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 9
9 Thinking of buying my first 4.6.... 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 1
S Thinking of buying a 99 GT 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 29
S 35th Anniv Thinking of buying a 99 GT Special Production 2
Shiroelex Thinking about buying a bike... 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 39
R thinking of buying a new car... quick question 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 4
9 Thinking about buying a '98 Mustang... Can somebody help me out? 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 4
streetstang67 Brakes, thinking about Brembo Blanks, where to buy? 2005 - 2009 Specific Tech 1
L THINKING ABOUT BUYING MUSTANG TO STORE... 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 13
1 Thinking of Buying 96 gt convertible, Help please 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 2
Cory281 Thinking of buying a 03-04 Cobra SVT Tech Forum 4
90mustangGT Thinking of buying this 88GT 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 14
R I'm thinking about buying a Mustang Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech 8
G Newbie here thinking of buying a 95 Mustang, need advice! 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 1
Manewaymja2 Help, Trying to Buy a Built Motor, 351W, What do U guys Think???? Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech 1
W Tell me what u think notch buy.. 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 9
K Thinking about buying a coupe.. NEED HELP! Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech 3
Shiroelex Thinking about buying smack... 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 15
6SpeedLX Buying an 89 GT for $600. Think its worth it? 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 14
P Thinking of buying 2003 Cobra... SVT Tech Forum 4
EXTRPR50 Thinking of buying a 97 Cobra SVT Tech Forum 5
ScortLX Thinking about buying a Porter Cable polisher.... 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 8
G Thinking of buying 1974 Mustang II - Help determine value 1974 - 1978 Mustang II Talk & Tech 6
gtcobra302 Thinking about buying it 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 7
B Thinking about buying a new coupe 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 11
1 For anyone thinking about buying Patriot heads.... Classic Mustang Specific Tech 17
OutLawSE Thinking of buying a 2001 GT, few ?? SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 14
P THINKING OF BUYING A WRECK IS IT WORTH IT?? 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 12
C Hi, new need help thinking of buying 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 6
Z Mach 1 Who used to own this Mach1? Thinking of buying.. Special Production 2
9 thinking about buying some used tires/wheels 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 3
dlaul01 Thinking of Buying 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 0
R Thinking about buying these heads 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 1
Night Shifter Thinking about buying a 97 cobra 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 13
89OctaneStang Thinking about buying a 96 Cobra, Suggestions Please! Regional Forums and Event Information 18
jdium I think I'm going to buy a Focus for a daily driver. Regional Forums and Event Information 22
parchisi Thinking about buying a Cobra 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 36
0 Think I'm going to have to turn down option to buy Shelby Cobra kit car. 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 8
Similar threads