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The Merkur Club of America Forums • Sold My XR
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Sold My XR

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:56 pm
by thebronze
Well a few weeks ago I sold My XR.... Been slowly selling My extra parts....

Bought something more reliable and easier to find parts for.......

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1988 VW Cabriolet... 1.8liter... Almost 1/2 again better on gas
Paid $700... Bought the Centerlines and almost new tires for $200 and sold the original snowflakes and shot tires for $150
Been warm and sunny around here lately.... The girlies love it.... LOL

So when all My parts are gone I'll be saying adios

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:33 am
by Maxwell
Are you the same guy thats on Passionford uk with the same username and lives in Canada?

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:24 am
by thebronze
Can't get anything by You

:cheers

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:57 am
by Maxwell
Well to be fair, you have the same username and signature as passionford lol

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:59 am
by John Brennan
You'll be back. :wink:

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:42 pm
by itking
I agree, John. Kevin will be back. Merkurs are a terminal addiction.

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:57 pm
by John Brennan
Well, whether you have an XR or not, you're always welcome to drop by and offer some "color commentary" form time to time, yeah?

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:02 pm
by thebronze
No.... I don't think I will be.... Tired of a car that I have to park for weeks on end because I can't find parts... eg. right rear hub nut.... Some stuff is getting too hard to find and I need a car as a daily driver.... The Dub is cheap for parts (rotors $15 bucks each, I can get all 4 motor mounts for less than what it costs for the XR... if You can find em)... Selling what little parts I have left and I'm exit stage right :cheers

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 9:22 am
by xrdoc
Sad to see another one go, but understandable.

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:05 pm
by saleen322
thebronze wrote:No.... I don't think I will be.... Tired of a car that I have to park for weeks on end because I can't find parts... eg. right rear hub nut.... Some stuff is getting too hard to find and I need a car as a daily driver.... The Dub is cheap for parts (rotors $15 bucks each, I can get all 4 motor mounts for less than what it costs for the XR... if You can find em)... Selling what little parts I have left and I'm exit stage right :cheers
I too understand what you are saying. I am new to the XRs and while I really enjoy mine, the lack of Merkur specific parts support concerns me. It sees just light use because I am always concerned about breaking something. I have no plans to sell it but I would likely jump at the chance to work some trade for a SVO Mustang because they have parts available. Fun car, not a lot of money in it but the lack of parts creates limitations. Best of luck with the VW.

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Sat May 10, 2014 6:27 am
by Mike McCreight
Guys who are in for the duration have parts, or know where to get 'em.
There's 5 windshields stashed away under the stairs in my garage. Local guys can always come to me for that hub nut, bearing kit, or turn signal switch.
Nice knowin' ya Kevin, be sure to tell the new owner about us!

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 2:53 pm
by DAReese
Saleen,

You just have to know where to get the parts. The engine parts are easy, though sometimes you need to change a few things to make it work, like the older valve covers to a newer one.

Most of the interior parts can be bought from Jeff or Mike if you don't want to try across the pond. Of course, a parts car is always a good idea if you can swing it.

But sometimes a small part can shut you down for a week while you can get the same part for other cars pretty much anywhere by the next day at the latest.

It could be worse, it could be a Scorpio, or a Karma.

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 2:42 am
by thebronze
My Cabby and Me in Stanley Park, Vancouver.... :headbang


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Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 11:05 am
by John Brennan
Well, it looks like a fun car, and of course the aftermarket is immense, so no problem getting it to handle and such as you like. Best of luck with it, enjoy the sunshine. Have been to where you are, and look forward to going back sometime. It's a great town.

Re: Sold My XR

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 1:36 pm
by saleen322
DAReese wrote:Saleen,

You just have to know where to get the parts. The engine parts are easy, though sometimes you need to change a few things to make it work, like the older valve covers to a newer one.

Most of the interior parts can be bought from Jeff or Mike if you don't want to try across the pond. Of course, a parts car is always a good idea if you can swing it.

But sometimes a small part can shut you down for a week while you can get the same part for other cars pretty much anywhere by the next day at the latest.

It could be worse, it could be a Scorpio, or a Karma.
Thanks for the response. I have sort of been in this boat before and groups like this are great. Two rebuilds ago I did a formal roof 69 Cobra that was a drag pack car. I love Fords but they always seem to start with a clean sheet of paper when they build something so that nothing else fits. The original 4-speed had been replaced by an automatic to drag race in the 70s and I needed to find a big in-big out top loader because even 390s did not use the same transmission. Then remember a 428 is externally balanced so the 428 CJ uses a different flywheel than a 428 SCJ to offset the Lemans rods, etc. I found one at Carlisle but they are rare because that engine was only around about 3 years and the drag pack option (SCJ) made it even rarer. My Saleen is one of only 20 (12 convertibles and 8 coupes) in 1999 that were based on a Cobra not the more common GT Mustang but even being that rare parts can be had because they are popular and most of the Racecrafters suspension stuff was also sold over the counter so things can be found, etc.

I appreciate all of the help folks here have been and look forward to seeing you all at Carlisle this year.