Thanks for all the replies guys. I've been doing a little more research and looking at other builds, and I think the right way to proceed would be getting the thing working properly as an FWD automatic R, and then going down the rabbit hole of manual swaps, fixing AWD, etc. That ought to be easier on the wallet and the wrenching side of things.
The seller has sent me a bunch of photos, and based on the overall condition I thinking of dropping the price down to the 300-400CAD range. The rationale is that depending on what's missing on the brakes, it's going to need at least 300 to get it out of deathtrap-mode. Salvage turbo is another >500, and then everything needed to get it to "stage 0" would be at least
another 500, depending on how far gone it is.
One more question. The thing has no turbo. I'm assuming this means the guy removed the turbo and all associated plumbing (calling tomorrow to double check). Would driving it ~120km like that—given that everything else is safe—cause any damage or should I just tow it?
abscate wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:25 am
Restoring one of these from neglect On a 5000 CAD budget sounds doable. It won’t be worth more than this, so it’s viable if you want to drive it only.
Depending on how it's been taken care of, I think it could be done for <3000CAD (famous last words). I wouldn't be reselling it for the foreseeable future if all goes according to plan, it would just be an occasional driver for me.
oragex wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:32 am
It's a car for the scrap yard, I think they give him something like 2-$300 for it if I'm not wrong. So you should be good to buy it for around this amount.
The manual swap it's a big headache, I believe it also needs a ECU swap or alike.
That's what I've been thinking (wrote about it above). The guy either tries to part it out or scrap it. Hopefully he sympathizes with my desire to get the thing rolling again and takes my offer
I've been doing a lot of research on the swap for the '99-'00 models and it seems to be a crapshoot in terms of compatibility, ECU swaps, tunes etc. Like I said above, I'll focus on getting it working before starting the hardcore stuff.
scot850 wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:46 am
Depending on your determination then anything is possible. Owning a V70R that has 270,000km on it, I spent $6500 just on replacing the cracked rear sub-frame (check it for corrosion around the mounting bolts inside of each rear wheel). Rear brakes are a 1 year option, so calipers are no longer available, and even rotors are hard to find. Spare parts are not available to re-build the calipers either. Many parts for the rear of the car (including the clips holding the rear parking brake cables) are obsolete, and some of the rear suspension bushes are not available.
personally I would not recommend any non-running AWD P80 to anyone. Sure trans can be changed and all that stuff, but be prepared for the big costs (I am into mine for over $25,000 CDN!!).
Yikes! 25k is a lot more than I'd like to spend! Thanks for the tip on the subframe. Are there any other things I should look for on the P80 Rs? There doesn't seem to be a good "buyer's guide" for the P80s like there is for the P2s
wizechatmgr wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:54 pm
The "no front brakes" worries me. Is it just they let the pads go and you need rotors and pads or are the calipers frozen as well?
That's what I'm worried about too. I'm giving the guy a call tomorrow to check. I figure if it's just the rotors and pads, then it's ~300CAD worth of parts and I'm good to go. If it's anything beyond that.... different story.