Good Riddance, You Rotten Motherfucker

Some weasely old Gypsy looking dude came up to the door a bit ago and asked the Wifely Unit if my Bronco was for sale.

She came out in the garage and got me to go talk to the guy.

Fuck yes that thing is for sale. I told him about the low oil pressure issue and started it up for him.

He tried low balling me for $600.

Not happening, I can part it out for more than that. He starts waving around a big wad of bills. I told him to save it, I ain’t hurting for money and I’m into it 3 grand as it sits.

Back and forth with the low ball offers. I held firm at a grand.

I am losing my ass no matter what I get for the fucker but I ain’t going less than a grand.

Period.

It took a while but it’s a Done Deal.

Say Goodbye to the fucker,

 

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God works in mysterious ways. He knew that this little issue has been bothering me for a long time. I can’t afford to put an engine in it, wouldn’t even get scrap price for it if the engine did shit the bed.

Thank you Lord for taking this mistake of my own making away, never to trouble me again.

I gotta go clean my crap out of it, throw a couple extra tires in it and we will arrange it making it’s farewell journey tomorrow.

He asked about the Caballero and the Sprite too.

It’s all for sale pal. $3500 for the Caballero, $5500 for the Sprite, no lower. I’d be losing my ass on that Sprite too but at this point I will be happy to see it go if you pay cash.

Updated;

It’s gooooooone.

His brother came by, I got my crap out of it and drove it about a mile to their place and handed them the keys. The old guy already has the title.

I got a ride back and it’s done.

Thank you again Lord!

35 thoughts on “Good Riddance, You Rotten Motherfucker

    • I’m serious, good luck to the guy that just bought that fucker.
      I just left a comment over at your place.
      You are the Master.
      That was completely outstanding.

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  1. Phil, ya just can’t sell it or the Sprite, what else do Phil’s blog old fart buddies have to laugh at you and snicker behind your back? Ya will have to go out and make a stupendous truck purchase again so we have our frolicking fun at your expense. Man, you are so selfish…. snicker.

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  2. Congratulations Phil! With a bit more tail wind maybe the other two will go at full price too.

    I have a 64 Mercedes 220Sb fintail that is fast approaching the same decision point. Parked for 30 years, have to drop the tank, clean it, blow out the lines, rebuild the carbs. Once running will see if anyone will take it for 3G. Needs a new interior and minor body work. Did get most of the squirrel and mouse deposits cleaned out. Could part it out for more, but who has time.

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    • Actually, that was a typo and I fixed it. $5500 for it and literally almost enough parts to build another one. It has been gone through with a brand new engine and a ton of other new parts.
      Bring cash, a truck, a friend and be prepared to dig and sort out a hundred parts to put in the truck.

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  3. Same thing happened with my 4-door “no-post” ’57 Chev, a guy walked up and offered me 2K for it, so I waved bye-bye with a tear in my eye… He came back 6 months later, the car was fully restored and he said it had a rare 283 Corvette block in it. Yeah, right – I was the second owner of it and it was all original. He was happy, I got a good set of photos of it, and we were both tickled.

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  4. We’re kind of the same spirit, except mine started out with old shotguns. I call it my antique, oddball and orphan collection. A lot of the damn things end up having some sort of problem where I have to find parts and replace them. Gets pretty hard when you are talking about things that are 100 – 150 years old. Then about two months ago I saw a really cool, pre Civil War revolver and had to have it. Naturally the ammo is obsolete, so I have to fabricate special casings and dies to form and reload them. Since I went through all that trouble I bought a second one of the same caliber. Then I saw another cool, little revolver of another obsolete caliber and bought it and then another. Same deal making ammo. Figures that I wouldn’t have the correct size drill bits to ream out the holes for the primers. Had to order a 5.6mm for one and a 6.7mm for the other. Then I had to order three different size flat nose end mills. I don’t have a little lathe either, so I had to mount a second Jacobs chuck on the table my drill press. Kinda sorta works okay, but the initial alignment is a bitch when you need a tolerance of about +/- .001 or .002. Now since I’m putting myself through all this grief making ammo, I had to order a 120 year old rifle in one of the calibers. Won’t someone please help me with this addiction? I think both you and I need an intervention………………

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    • Oof, you really went out into the weeds!
      Start scouring Craigslist and find you a cheap Atlas lathe.
      Screw these Chinesium ones.
      They are out there and they can be had fairly reasonable.
      I have to admit I feel a bit better now, I’m not the only one…
      Lol!

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      • Yeah, I could find a little lathe, but first I have to get rid of the old DJ equipment and sell a big ass, two tier propane burner and the 10 and 15 gallon stainless steel kettles for home brewing and a bunch of other stuff to make room for it. Or I could make the lovely missus park outside from now on. Nah, that last one ain’t gonna happen……………….

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  5. If you feel the need for a replacement, there’s a guy on St. Rte. 3 about 3 miles north of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, that specializes in Broncos. A couple miles farther north, and you’ll find another guy who specializes in Subarus.

    All nice and old. Some might even run. Lots of fodder for car stories.

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  6. Sounds like the ’02 Durango I somehow got in my son’s divorce. It took $5000 to stabilize it and it’s been good for 2 1/2 years. Reminds me of the first car I ever bought with my own money: a ’55 Ford Ranch Wagon. Love that V8 rumble, a real cruiser on the road and looks good but if anything engine or transmission-wise goes, it’ll be decision time. I’m already under water by about four thousand but I’m too old to buy or lease anything. Like my dog, I hope it lasts as long as I do.

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  7. A grand way to get rid of the headache.

    OT, I get both an early lay-off and quarantine.
    Broke my right foot yesterday.
    Not going to work and really not getting around.
    At least the doc gave me some codeine, and I get paid to go on medical leave.
    Time to figure out all of the paperwork for that.

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    • You hit the trifecta rightwing! Milk that Workman’s Comp and never, ever sign anything they put to ya with out a lawyer agreeing with it too!

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      • Nah, not quite.
        I broke my foot at home. Ingloriously, I fell getting out of the shower. No Workman’s Comp for me. I do have a Union gig, so I will have to apply for medical leave, take that until the actual lay-off comes then transition to that. In the meantime I’m crippled up, which sucks.

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  8. I’d love the Sprite but I don’t have the budget for it now. I used to own an MG
    Midget and a Triumph Spitfire so I have a thing for British poor man’s sports
    cars. If I ever wanted an ass-engined Nazi slot care, it would be the lowly
    Porsche 914. I feel a rant coming on. The two Limey cars I owned were both
    fun to drive. Give it up guys, when was the last time you drove a car just for
    the fun of it?

    Adulthood got in the way back in the middle seventies. I had to choose an
    actual profession (in my case in the mechanical trades) in the Los Angeles
    area. You get up every fucking morning and take a 40-mile commute to work
    only to jump into a service truck and drive all over 5 counties doing field
    service work. You then bring the truck back to the shop, jump your car
    and head home (repeat 5 or more days a week) while year after year, the
    traffic conditions get worse and driver courtesy is so far in the distant past,
    you cannot even remember it!

    Over the course of 40 years, I went from taking pleasure drives to nowhere
    to hating the thought of getting behind the steering wheel. I just received
    a book I ordered from eBay. I had to replace a book I lost long ago. PJ
    O’Rourke is the greatest humorist on earth. He is also a gearhead who
    has tested every GT and supercar for Rolling Stone Magazine. The title
    is Driving Like Crazy.

    Do you remember what it was like to be a young car owner?

    http://www.heretical.com/miscella/reptile.html

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  9. You got rid of the Bronco, nice. Earlier you posted how afraid you were of economic depression and I tried to dial down the fear. I was wrong, considering the way Trump has destroyed the international opinion of American Competence, America is pretty well fucked. Not to worry, Trump has gone through two bankruptcies so he knows the drill. As for you, I suggest that you take the money from the Bronco sale and start buying precious metals. Unlike dollars, the Fed can’t print more gold or silver.

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    • Um, way way way too late to buy physical gold or silver. There isn’t any gold in the retail pipeline around here anywhere, and if it comes up there is a huge premium over spot. Silver, at least in junk coins and various bar forms is the same story.

      n

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      • Correctamundo! The whole idea behind precious metals is the
        mistaken idea belief that they will grow in value forever. In times
        of crisis, people panic and buy gold. Gold (like any other commodity)
        only benefits those who buy low and sell high. Investing in gold at
        the current price is like hoarders selling shit paper at 5 dollars a
        roll. Any gains you realize will be marginal because the economy
        will always recover from a crisis.

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  10. My Dad passed back in ’94 and left his ’71 T-Top Corvette in the garage. I offered my Mom what he paid for it and she said she couldn’t part with it. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY was allowed to even touch it. Well, Mom passed back in July ’19 and while I was getting a new transmission put in my Tahoe I happened to mention the car to the owner of the shop. Now the thing has been sitting since ’94 and also hasn’t been run. I’m the executor of the place and listed it as “salvage” with valuation at $100 in the inventory as it’s a massive POS and I want the garage space. Shop owner’s friend shows up and offers me a nice chunk of change and comes back the next day with his rollback and we extricate said POS outta there. Win-Win-Win, and I didn’t feel the least bit sad either.

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    • I hate you. I’d have been there in a shot. Had a ’67 two-top I had to get rid of (needed the money!) and I love restoring old Corvettes!

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