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Support environment for a motor... 2005 in condition, 12 years old but 2 in the driveway licking its wounds.

Water into intake so motor is blown. Bent piston rods, probable cylinder damage, possibly bad head, valves. Drop in a long block or UPGRADE!

Only body damage is hood, driver side near headlight
Steering wheel outside layer peeled off in places, same on shift boot.
 

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This is the way I have it on Craigslist Houston asking $2500 OBO:

2005 project shell in very good condition, 12 years old but 2 in the driveway licking its wounds.

Water into intake so motor is blown. Drop in a long block or UPGRADE!
Having to get bonded title, paperwork is done should be here n a week or two.

Only body damage is hood on driver side near headlight
Crack in windshield

Steering wheel outside layer peeled off in places, shift boot peeling
moon roof , 5 speed manual, Electric Windows, Locks, AC

Kenwood KAC-9102D Amplifier and 1Farad Capacitor
 

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I have/had a $1500 offer not sure where that will end up. I am $182 short of getting a title in my name, all he DMV letter writing and bonding is done. They say I will have my title in hand in 5 to 7 business days but I am in a bigger hurry than that Being without a ob sucks, folks.
 

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This is about the bottom price for a car with a great interior for its age and only the dent in the hood.

Add a short or long block and it is worth $7000-10,000 depending on what motor you build. There is an enthusiast culture that loves these cars mostly for their performance although this one has not been extensively modified. Only the cold air intake low enough to catch water.
 

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OK, I am dropping to $1500 obo, BUT, it is pretty dang firm.

It is simply too much good car that just needs a short block or upgrade. The interior is far better than most of this age. The paint and body except for the hood dent is also exceptional for its age.
 

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I have to keep the price at $1500 OBO based on the quality of the interior and body, it is worth more, imo. Plus, I am out of work and need the capital badly!

The same guy who made an offer earlier that fell through made another, lower offer that I accepted and is now afraid of a bonded title. I understand, in retrospect I was uncertain about it as well. Now that I understand I am all good with it.

A bonded title is basically insurance of ownership. To get the bond we had to show proof to satisfy the DMV in Houston and get a letter from them and take that to a bonding/insurance company. The bonding company sold us a 3 year policy/bond so that if somehow the original or other owner could prove their ownership claiming it was stolen or something (not likely since we have the original title and aforementioned documents and he would have to have a stolen vehicle police report) that "claimant"/owner would get the value of the bond which is $4,500, and the current owner still keeps the car and title. It insures us and whoever buys the car at several times the value of the car in this case, against such a claim. 

We have the original title, bill of sale from second owner (who did not register in his name thus the need for a bonded title), and we have all signatures and addresses so bonding was easy enough. We would have to pay $183 (if we had it) for the title from the state which as I understand says nothing of the bond anyway. The bond is good for 3 years and is transferable to the buyer so that he is protected too. I am not sure but understand that at the end of those three years a clear title can be applied for by the owner. As soon as we sell, we already have the paperwork in hand to pay the $183 to complete the process for the bonded title.  The paper title will be in-hand in 5 to 7 business days per the County Representative at the registration/tax office. 

I am pretty confident!
 
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