Sunday, March 15, 2009

We picked up the car today!

I found this car on Craigslist Madison WI. I contacted the owner who was a nice guy, who said he would hold the car for me until Sunday when we could pick it up. It is a 1986 Volvo 240 DL wagon with a manual trans. These are really tough to find with a MT and with a couple exceptions it is in good shape for a 24 year old car.

Maybe it is because of the great success we had last year with the '93 740 wagon.
I just seem to have a soft spot for these cars, so I was hoping to find one like this. The brakes are toast, but we were going to replace them anyway. There may be a problem with the drivers side front line, but that's an easy fix too. The passenger side door won't open, but who cares? It has a new battery, started up great, and seems to just need a tuneup.

I am pretty sure that we would not be able to build the fastest car out there for $500 so I figured that we better have one that can hope to go the distance. Or at least make it easy to transport tires and tools.

I am going to order some front brake stuff tonight, and maybe some tuneup bits. I will also register it this week and hope to get it out on the road for next weekend.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

We are live!

Like almost anybody that has ever heard of The 24 Hours of LeMons, I and many people I know have wanted to do it. Well this is it. I have $1000 to get this project going. I am now actively looking for a car, so if you know of any sub $600 cars laying around let me know! I guess we need to start officially creating a team, and driver lineup. I hope to update this page very often as a means for all involved to stay up to date, and communicate, as well as keep a detailed and accurate log of the build process. We can probably even use it to help prove our case about staying under budget.

As always you can check out for rules, and stuff.