View Full Version : Can a decent car be had for $500?

Justin Fox
06-12-06, 11:56 AM
So? If a car's available for that price I'd go beserk on it. DIY frenzy!!!

Bunnings Warehouse intake, custom paint job, Ignition-X ricer parts (neons yo!) and of-course massive JDMST vinyls all over the car :)

I am being serious btw.

06-12-06, 12:08 PM
I've always thought a f&ck-around car would be awesome...just something to tink with...i guess at the end of the day the same question remains...what do you want it for?

Get you to the station and back...bit of bush bashing on the weekends? Sure no problems! Project car! Definately! Obviously you're not getting a luxurious/performance car so lets not go there.

My idea has always been to buy one for a track day...spend $200 on oil, tyres or whatever to get it up to speed and then use it as a control car. Get everyone to punt around a track in it and see who can wring out the fastest time in it! It's an equal (if sh!t) platform that everyone can have a thrash in...and the winner can take the car, or ceremoniously burn it...

Yes...i get bored alot! hehehe

06-12-06, 12:18 PM
Lol - me and my mate are actually currently doing up an AUDM 1982 (old as me!) Toyota Corolla. Bought it for $300. We are whacking a Hilux engine (paid $100) into it with custom mounts and we are thinking about grabbing a custom ebay crap turbo kit for it.

Whole thing has cost us about $500 so far and we are having a lot of fun. Cut the whole front end out of it and everything. Bush basher with oversize radiator ftw.... :)

06-12-06, 12:24 PM
Yeah I wanna do this with a Charade for a hectic Station Banger! ahaha !

06-12-06, 01:03 PM
My brother bought an N12 Pulsar about 3 years ago for $400. It came with almost a years' rego on it (!) and it hasn't missed a beat!

Justin Fox
06-12-06, 01:09 PM
Carsales seems to have exxy cars. A few to be had with some rego on it for about $1k... $500 with rego for 6 months would be great!

06-12-06, 01:13 PM
A much better possibility is a motorkhana car. My car club did this a few yrs ago, we got an old late 70's Civic, and basically everyone donated a few things like oil filters, duct tape :) etc and in the end we had a driveable car. So overall cost was free.

It was then entered in motorkhanas as a "club" car, for any member to use. It lasted for quite a long time :D

06-12-06, 02:16 PM
Cheap cars are best found on the side of the road! Cannt go past KE55s / KE70s / Coronas, etc :P Old charades, barinas, Pulsars are all worthy too if u dont care if its FWD/RWD :P

06-12-06, 02:18 PM
Shane's selling his Corona for $450 :)


06-12-06, 02:49 PM
yeah, and Im not wanting to sell it now!

06-12-06, 02:54 PM

06-12-06, 03:17 PM
corona FTW!! guys i know are on thier 2nd one.. they have had the 2.4L ones with the IRS in the rear. Been using them as hack/thrash/drift cars. Spray can matte black spray job and ryobi tuned suspension aswell :P

06-12-06, 04:47 PM
My 76 VW Golf.

4 door, resprayed dark red, decent interior, sports wheel, shift knob, full exhaust (very loud), VW mags, rolled guards, GTi flares, GTi front grill, GTi 1.8 engine with modified carby.


Someone buy it please!

Thrasher cars are awesome, but here in Vic you need roadworthies to transfer the rego, if they have any at all, which if there a cheap thrasher car, they aint gonna get a roady.

06-12-06, 04:51 PM
My 76 VW Golf.

4 door, resprayed dark red, decent interior, sports wheel, shift knob, full exhaust (very loud), VW mags, rolled guards, GTi flares, GTi front grill, GTi 1.8 engine with modified carby.


PICS ???

06-12-06, 05:30 PM
A mate of mine has an old 85 (i think) hilux, goes well, strong motor, so we thought this motor is healthy, lets install a NOS kit, so this weekend hopefully we will install the kit, should make for good laughs

06-12-06, 05:43 PM
We are whacking a Hilux engine (paid $100) into it with custom mounts and we are thinking about grabbing a custom ebay crap turbo kit for it. I got a T28 for sale if you want [/shamless plug] :P

But seriously i found this on ebay justin......

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/TOYOTA-COROLLA-TWIN-CAM-AE82-MANUAL-WHITE_W0QQitemZ120061345403QQihZ002QQcategoryZ1828 7QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

06-12-06, 06:19 PM
iv been wanting to purchase a car like that to get to uni and back in. so this threads a real winner:)
i dont want to be parking my car at uni:(

would also be alot of fun to tinker with as i love getting my hands dirty and fooling around with cars hheheh.

06-12-06, 07:22 PM
PICS ???


Here ya go speedy. Theres some pics in there.

Probably all the info your going to want to need to.

06-12-06, 08:44 PM
My mate scored a ke70 off ebay for about 400 bananas.

Hes now spent about a few grand on it.

Roll cage
Bucket seat
various engine conversion parts
some nice ssr reverse mesh wheels

All DIY too!

Good learning experience, its awesome. Haha

Nutter he is!

06-12-06, 11:17 PM
That Golf is a bargain as hell !!

07-12-06, 02:30 AM
I have a old suzuki sweift as a daily car. I bought it for around 600 € mroe then one year ago. Originaly it was just thought to drive it a half year because I changed my working office for that time and tehre was no train connection. But it staid intact until now and I guess I will keep it. Uses around 5 litre gas on 100km, low insurance and low taxes (0,9l engine). So what do you want more?

07-12-06, 05:11 AM
my city has no motor, i ripped it out.

just waiting for the right d-series and a bit more cash to come my way.

so far it is stripped and i've got 15's for it hahhaha

07-12-06, 09:40 AM
My 76 VW Golf.

THECK YOUR PMs !!!! It could be gone this weekend. !

07-12-06, 09:47 AM
Can a decent car be had for $500?
How about $100?? i cleaned it up a little with some JDM styling

07-12-06, 11:30 AM
100$ damn thats a bargain,
please excuse my noobness but what car is that gimic?

07-12-06, 11:36 AM
Datsun Bluebird ..... or 910 Sedan from memory.

Justin Fox
07-12-06, 11:45 AM
I'm huntin!

07-12-06, 12:10 PM
Honda City ftw!!
I have access to a pair of them, still in good running order... :twisted:

07-12-06, 01:43 PM
yep, speedy's right. 910 bluebird.
but i have to say, rodents on the money, Honda City FTW, slammed, 14" watanabes!!

07-12-06, 01:55 PM
CIty turbo II ftw :)

08-12-06, 12:30 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/DATSUN-NISSAN-STANZA-LOWERED-WITH-KINGS-SPRINGS_W0QQitemZ250058137451QQihZ015QQcategoryZ10 2220QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


08-12-06, 12:57 PM
Aww alfadog .. i saw Datsun and was hoping it was a 120Y, or 200b :P

08-12-06, 10:05 PM

KE series corolla.....

We got ours for $450

Drift damage in first week of ownership (mate was driving, came in too hard into a corner and mounted a gutter)

Note how the front steel bumper bar is crooked in the first two pics...

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6656/179rz5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

We tied it to a tree with industrial strength tow cables and reversed it to pull the chassis straight again...ahh good old times.

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/9326/2st6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

After a few cans of beer and a few spray cans from the local Bunnings....its BACK IN BLACK !

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/964/3cm5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Note how the bumper is no longer crooked !!! cables and strong tree roots FTW :D

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/4199/4va2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

08-12-06, 10:54 PM
[email protected] mods

But damn, that ta22 is looking quite teh hotness there.

Justin Fox
08-12-06, 11:41 PM
LOL awesome!!!

09-12-06, 12:02 AM
hahaah.. that is ghetto!

geez this sounds interesting

hmm honda city hmmm lol

09-12-06, 12:22 AM
DIY sprayjob FTW!!!!

city turbo ftw, saw a really nice modded one up the coast one year. front mount wing was like the go go mobile. my ultimate tho would be the ali g mobile from his movie hahah. wickeddd

09-12-06, 07:40 AM
hehe here is a vid of the mighty KE !!!

Open wheel burnout in reverse hahaha.....

The chassis was pulled and straightened at this point...but I decided to have a little fun......


09-12-06, 09:41 AM

10-12-06, 05:49 PM
I Scored a '76Toyota crown for $200, 6mnts rego and one owner since new!!!!!!! so far ive spent $6.45 on it......fuzzy dice and a lepard skin dash mat!!!!!!! its slowly getting the pimpin treatment!

11-12-06, 12:56 AM
Holy crap - good bargain there mate.


11-12-06, 07:36 PM
yeah i would, but i cant seem to add pics?

12-12-06, 02:22 PM
85 Civic $350


12-12-06, 08:55 PM
Why is it that i cant add pictures?

from memory i was able to do it ages ago, but i havent been on here for a while and everythings changed nd stuff?

13-12-06, 02:26 AM
what u do is upload to imageshack.us

and then just click the bit where it says "HOTLINK FOR FORUMS"

and paste it into the message box

13-12-06, 11:23 AM
just spend that money on the gtr justin, and drive the 6.5 daily :D

Justin Fox
13-12-06, 11:57 AM
I do drive the 6.5 daily!

13-12-06, 03:51 PM
lol pwn3d

13-12-06, 10:03 PM
The following pics are of my crown, its a nice ride too, comfy seats, and a manul, im also adding some pimpalicious items to it (I already have fuzzy dice and a lepord skin dash mat!!!!

http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/1158/clipboard01wh8.png (http://imageshack.us)

And its a wagon! :?

14-12-06, 03:56 AM
pretty gangster man

14-12-06, 04:15 AM

15-12-06, 07:54 PM
series 1 rx7? with no muffler hehehehe....i've been told that the sound of a unmuffled rotary engine can burst ear drums. :mrgreen:

16-12-06, 12:44 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Datsun-Blubird-82-model_W0QQitemZ130059371117QQihZ003QQcategoryZ1023 36QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

16-12-06, 01:00 PM
Hahaha awesome.

16-12-06, 01:18 PM
Yeah, I had a Suby Leone for a little while. Put around $200 towards it (for new tyres... all four of them hahahah) and needed a little bit of exterior TLC (which was fixed with a sanding block, bog and spray cans) but the engine was an absolute champ, never missed a beat, gearbox was still in good nick, working (and still cold) aircon and tape deck :lol:

All up the car cost me $300! Until it got hell vandalised :( I miss that car. Got me from Botany to Burwood on empty, doot doot!!!

06-01-07, 08:07 PM
Just spotted this one...

Comes in slightly over the $500 mark but still aint bad


07-01-07, 12:16 PM
That is cheap!

09-01-07, 08:08 PM
KE70/AE71 ftw!

if i had spare time Id definately hunt one down and turn it into the ultimate drift n/a pig. Find a corolla sx wreck, buy the engine for $400, swap, strip, matt black/or galvo paint.

4age powerrrrrrr