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Old 07-01-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Sprite with 1.8 Miata motor in it...nice

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/car/736441939.html

is that awesome or what...but not for $10K
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The guy is out of his ******* mind, if he thinks that is worth $10,000. P.O.S.
I might be tempted to buy it for $1K or 1.2K - You would have to go through the whole thing to find out what all is fucked up with it...
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Wife: You need to sell that damn car. You never use it and it's taking up space.

Husband: I'm trying, hon, I'm trying. I have it advertised. It's just not selling.
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needs more boost and 275s.....
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Wife: You need to sell that damn car. You never use it and it's taking up space.

Husband: I'm trying, hon, I'm trying. I have it advertised. It's just not selling.
I dont think I could marry a woman dumb enough to accept that.

Funny aside: my gf asked me the other day out of the blue (and she didn't really know because I haven't ever discussed it) if I had spent more money fixing up my miata than I paid for it (I bought it new--which she did know).

I told her I'd honestly have to sit down and calculate it because chances are it's at least close to that number. She didn't flinch.
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That's actually not a bad price. Bugeye Sprites have gone up massive in price, and I bet that one is more reliable than most
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It is still a shitbox though, that car is rough. I'd like to have one as a toy someday, but I would not pay $10K for a shitbox that needs a massive rebuild as soon as you get her home.
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Did you hear about the Lucas three-position switch? Off, dim, and flicker.

Why do the British drink warm beer? Lucas refrigerators.

Lucas, inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas, inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
Lucas ignitions: the original anti-theft device.

Did you ever use a Lucas vacuum cleaner? It didn't suck.

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...whats with that shifter? and the back bumper is crooked...
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RPM's are 4300 with the engine off - Just think how fast it goes with the engine on. And what happened to the trunk?
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A sprite is a beautiful car, as are most sporting british cars, but they are just too unreliable to do anything useful with. But someday I will own an all-original mini cooper.....anyone who's been in one will tell you that its the closest thing to a go-kart you will find on-road, classic and new Loti included.
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It is still a shitbox though, that car is rough. I'd like to have one as a toy someday, but I would not pay $10K for a shitbox that needs a massive rebuild as soon as you get her home.
Massive rebuilt? I don't understand. That isn't "rough," it's a driver. This is a rough bugeye. This is cherry. what you posted is a decent, non-show driver with a more reliable motor. Not a steal by any means, but not a rip-off, either.

No love for the classics around here, geez.
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Did you hear about the Lucas three-position switch? Off, dim, and flicker.

Why do the British drink warm beer? Lucas refrigerators.

Lucas, inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas, inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
Lucas ignitions: the original anti-theft device.

Did you ever use a Lucas vacuum cleaner? It didn't suck.

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I've heard them all, and have had my fair share of Lucas let-downs. However, I did drive Detroit to SF to Houston to Boston and back to Detroit in an MG Midget (mechanically the same as the Sprite) several years ago. Not one breakdown.
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I've heard them all, and have had my fair share of Lucas let-downs. However, I did drive Detroit to SF to Houston to Boston and back to Detroit in an MG Midget (mechanically the same as the Sprite) several years ago. Not one breakdown.
The gods were smiling on you.
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Massive rebuilt? I don't understand. That isn't "rough," it's a driver. This is a rough bugeye. This is cherry. what you posted is a decent, non-show driver with a more reliable motor. Not a steal by any means, but not a rip-off, either.

No love for the classics around here, geez.
I do got love for them, I just think there are a lot of question marks with that particular car, that's why I dissagree with the price. For $10K i'd rather buy the rough one you posted and build it myself to my liking.
You are paying a premium for someone elses project that is not near completion, it just doesn't make sense, kind of like buying a half-assed boosted Miata. Only god knows what all you will have to change out after you buy it.
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http://detroit.craigslist.org/car/738135945.html

I'd rather buy this and swap a 1.6 miata engine in.
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http://detroit.craigslist.org/car/738135945.html

I'd rather buy this and swap a 1.6 miata engine in.
That'd work -
A platform that is in much better shape than the sprite
Plus, you would save yourself around 16,000 Bones
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that is an awesome deal!!!
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Dan, I got my first ticket in the US with one of those while going to school in Tampa in 76! A very close friend lent it to me while I was there. Good times.

Thanks
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haha, why am I not surprised?
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