Any Mechanics Here , Help,we Need Advice

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  1. Marie Mallery

    Marie Mallery Very Well-Known Member
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    Please give me advice if I should just ignore, it or raise hell and insist he doesn't put another dime in this piece of crap. It is a 1986 Nissan XE King Cab.2,4 engine.
    We bought a truck off Craigs List about 4 years ago for $500 knowing hubby could make a good truck out of it in time. We drove it around short distance ' less than 100 mile' till he could fix it.All parts are new including all engine parts he just put on in to find out it has a cracked head!!!!! [ I'm in a panic attack and I hate this piece of crap.]
    Basically, he has changed almost everything on it. Now he wants to order a head includes head, Cam shadt,valves ,etc,
    He just bought new valves ,pistons,bearings,,etc,etc,etc.
    New brskes, tires,$, 700.00 carbonator, battery, basically everything.

    he found a head for $281.56 and $158.91 shipping, total $440.47.
     
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    Well, Marie, you don't want to know how much money we have put into our 2005 Dodge Durango and our 1992 20ft Celebrity 200 Cuddy Cabin boat. Bought the Durango in 2005, it now has 176,000 miles on it and we just spend $512 on a full rear brake job and next Monday, another $350 for new spark plugs that last some 100,000 miles. Bought the boat in 2009 and, again, have replaced a number of things, including the block.

    Quite a bit of money on both, but we can't afford a better boat or newer Durango.
     
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    Cody we won't get in dept for a new vehicle and older models are almost nonexistent down here.
    We had a 20' Larson cuddy cabin had lots of fun on it back in the 80s,90s.
    I am so disgusted with this truck but my daughter has a Lexus and its in the shop more than my old van is worked on by hubby. He repairs all our old autos and boats for years. Last time he took our vehicle to get one tuned they rimmed the threads on a plug, hubby had to drill it out an re-thread it.

    Anyway, I guess nobody here is a mechanic. We can't be stuck out in here in these woods.Last time someone called an ambulance the person was gone 45 minutes before they got here. That was about 20 years ago.
     
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    I'm not sure this is a mechanic's answer or what you're asking, but for what you paid for the thing, if your husband can do the work, he should go ahead and repair it. It's not as though you have much money in it. And used trucks are non-existent everywhere, and they always have been my entire adult life. The only downside is a question of reliability, but it doesn't sound like the truck is the main transportation of the house.

    As an aside, back in 2018 my younger brother was looking to buy a used truck. He had been a mechanic in the region for well over 45 years and owned his own large repair shop...so he knew people and he had decades of connections. He ended up buying a new truck because even he could not find a used one. If you guys can keep it on the road for a reasonable amount of money, you will not be able to replace it for the little you've got in it, and you'll always get your money out of it.
     
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    Thanks John, that's what he says too. He is really good with this kind of work but this time he has got hold of a real piece of work so to speak. he works on old boats and old vehicles, and I make trials and clear vines.
    I just hope it gets done soon.
     
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    I always paid cash for my cars, drove them for a period of time, sold them, then paid cash for the next one. I got lucky living in the DC region in that I was able to go to night classes to get a degree and have access to a strong job market where eventually I bought a new vehicle, but until then it was 100% Cash-on-the-Barrel head, baby, often selling the existing car for more than I originally paid for it (we're talking 100s of dollars, not 1,000s). I actually don't know why I even bought a new car, since used were cheap enough back then, as were property taxes & insurances.

    I bought a 1959 Austin Healey and hit every junkyard between DC and Richmond scavenging parts "just in case." I drove 100 south on I-95 and then back north on Route 1 filling up the car with boxes & boxes of stuff. I dropped in a later model drive train (went from 948cc to 1098cc) and converted the front brakes to disc. It had a mechanical cable-driven tach and a dynamo (not an alternator) with relays you adjusted for your kick-in/kick-out charging voltages. Good stuff. I'm a swapper, not a mechanic.
     
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