If it\’s got an engine. . .

Dorri probably likes it

For fun and profit

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on March 27, 2005

When I was making plans for returning to civilian life after ten years in the Navy, one of my top priorities was to determine just how much money I would need to make to maintain the standard of living I was used to. This was not as simple a task as it seems. There was government housing, various tax breaks, meal allowances, etc.

One of the benefits I forgot to consider was the free cars.

That’s right, free cars. You see, people give me cars. I’m not sure why, but they do. Or did, rather; I haven’t been given a car in over a year now. I chalk it up to Sailors getting transferred and only being paid to move one car. If they didn’t want to pay to have them moved, they would make a half-hearted attempt to sell. As the transfer date grew near, they gave them away. And I would always take them.

Here is a partial list of cars I have been given.

1993 Oldsmobile Achieva (the underAchieva) – given to me partially disassembled with a cracked head. The most expensive free car (in repairs), but also the one I put the most miles on. Sold on Ebay for a couple of hundred dollars.

1985 Ford Bronco II – Absolutely horrible condition, but it ran. I drove it until it wouldn’t run anymore (about 2 months) then sold it on Ebay for the new tires that were on it.
1989 Ford Bronco II – Excellent body and interior, ran fair. All power options, etc. Sold this one for $800 on Ebay.

1990 Chevy Beretta – Nothing wrong with this car except that the legal owner was dead and his son didn’t want to deal with the paperwork of getting the title in his name. I drove it for many miles with a tag from another car. I got lucky. Sold on Ebay as a parts car.

1985 Jeep Grand Wagoneer – 33″ tires, huge truck. Ran well, needed transmission. Sold to a neighbor for $500.

1972 MGB Roadster – Beautiful car. Far and away the best free car I’ve ever had. Very good interior. Engine had a death rattle. I drove it for 6 months anyway. I wish I had kept this one and rebuilt the engine. Sold on Ebay for $1800.
There were more, that’s all I can think of right now. If you have a car you’d like to give away, drop me a line at dorri732 at gmail dot com.

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