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Old 02-23-2004, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
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biggrin New beast for the Troutman

It started out as a pretty ordinary day, from a minor parking accident smashing one of my Laser's indicators to my trip to Tullamarine being marred by the woeful early morning traffic. The original plan was to check out EFs and ELs at the damaged auctions, but based on early indications I didn't expect to get anything desirable at all.

For example, a reasonably complete XF GL went for $75, while an auto EL XR6 with minor front and rear damage kept climbing to $7700! A relatively high km EF Futura went for $2400, and the only cheap EL was a $750 wreck with basically no workable parts whatsoever.

After sitting through 280 auctions, I did bid on a '97 GLi which was located all the way in Wangaratta - I offered only $1300 knowing towing costs would be ridiculous, and it went for $1400.

Just when I was expecting to walk away empty handed, I won the bid for a comparatively local EL in Warragul. It was a stroke of luck because while it has pretty significant front and rear damage, the many components that will still be good should be in excellent nick.

A few details about the car: it is a very late model '98 EL Futura wagon, and in fact is one of the limited edition 'Sapphire II' packages that were coming out in light of impending arrival of the all-important AU. Its kms are 125k, which is about as low as any of the cars there were. Other features include dual fuel and alloy wheels. I suspect the radiator and thermos will be fubar, but I've already worked out alternatives anyway.

The big problem is trying to get the thing to my place - here's hoping the tow guys are feeling generous.

Anywho, lots of parts (including the AU hybrid motor and full interior ) will soon be available. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 02-23-2004, 21:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: New beast for the Troutman

yeah but, "TELL EM THE PRICE SON"

What ya pay for it.

So what the plans for it.
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Old 02-23-2004, 21:10   #3 (permalink)
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For now, that matter is between me and my good friends at Visa.

I'll be upgrading a few bits here and there (have a long list of unexciting parts - starter motors, fuel pumps etc) and probably keeping the wheels and transmission for myself. We'll see how we go...
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Re: New beast for the Troutman

i might be interested in some of the LPG parts
keep us updated, glad to hear you picked up something, these auctions are a god send for us E-Series owners :D

the price these cars go for show its a matter of being there on the right day to get what you want.
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Old 02-23-2004, 21:14   #5 (permalink)
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Re: New beast for the Troutman

Well list the parts up when ya ready, I may be in-line for some odds and ends, pending price of course :0)
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Old 02-23-2004, 21:42   #6 (permalink)
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Hire a car trailer Jack and tow it back yourself! Easily done and will cost you maybe $100 (50 for the trailer, 50 for fuel)

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Old 02-23-2004, 21:48   #7 (permalink)
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I think Jack's cars in pieces ATM, so it might be easier said than done...
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Old 02-23-2004, 22:20   #8 (permalink)
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hey jack what did the ef xr6 go for? I was going to go today but CBF after work in the morning.
Good stuff with your purchace too.
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Old 02-23-2004, 22:50   #9 (permalink)
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I think Jack's cars in pieces ATM, so it might be easier said than done...
Not to mention the fact that he has no towbar anymore.

Nice pickup Jack! I'm sure you'll have some fun pulling it apart!


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Old 02-23-2004, 22:53   #10 (permalink)
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Hmm, I'm sure there is someone with towbar willing to help? I mean it'd be absolutely rediculously priced to get it towed here by truck.

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