I was browsing the local craigslist about 4 weeks ago, specifically searching 1980-1993 cars, mostly daydreaming as my wife & I were in between houses at the time. We were living with her mom while waiting to close on our next house. We both finally found a house that has everything she wanted (relatively up to date, big enough yard for a pool) and everything I wanted - oversized garage.
I saw an ad for a crusty 1988 Accord right around the corner from me listed as $500 obo. After a few emails back and forth for an address, I drove over to take a look. It was pretty rough, had tags on the back from 1992 and had been sitting under a bunch of trees. It was complete, fuel injected, a coupe and the body was pretty straight. I held off a week before making an offer to check parts availability (everything is dirt cheap is what I found), namely a fuel pump and fuel tank. I emailed the seller with an offer of $350 and they accepted. We moved into our house on Saturday the 4th. I met the buyer the next day with cash in hand, got the title and had it towed to the new place.
After we got it home, and after I fixed a broken spigot my daughter helped me get most of the heavy dirt off to get a better look at the paint. Sadly it's pretty bad. Lots of spiderwebbing and down to the primer in a couple spots. Only found 2 dings and a minor scrape to the passenger front fender and no rust.
I had her open the doors and trunk each afternoon to hep air it out when it wasn't raining. It was pretty musty inside. The interior is complete and all the seats are in great shape. There is a little mildew on the headliner and visors. Steering wheel is toast from the sun and the windshield is cracked pretty bad.
Today I found my air chuck for the compressor, so I filled the tires up with enough air to roll around and since my son was visiting from San Antonio the 3 of us pushed it into the far stall in the garage.
I'll pick up a couple wheel dollies to put it on so I ca roll it around as needed. It's just kind of shoved in there right now.
Did I mention the garage was oversized? More like just right sized if you ask me. 3 bays wide with an extra 3 feet on each side plus an extra 14 foot easement at the head. Drop down stairs with decking in the rafters for more storage. Once it finally cools down I'm going to install a radiant barrier in the overhead, solar powered vent fan and add some insulation to the walls after I move some of the outlets and plumb in some running water.
That's my daughter's 2000 CRV (also a project). We have some EP3 SI seats waiting to go in. It's going to get some coilovers (haven't bought yet), headers, exhaust and some 16x8 gold BBS wheels w 225/50/16 tires.
This is going to be a slow project as I also have a new house full of projects.