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Hey Chumpers,

 

Looking for an entry level racecar to get us on the race track. Not picky about the brand, model or drivetrain at this point. Just a low budget starter car. Any teams out there looking to level up and need someone to take your old car off your hands? 

 

I'm in the Orlando Florida area. Obviously the closer the better but I'm willing to travel a bit for the right deal. 

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19 hours ago, Shoestring Motorsport said:

ive got the integra for sale. the trans needs a rebuild, and it needs a motor and harness. comes with trans, seat, and 11gal cell not installed. has full 2017 legal cage

 

Thanks. I sent you a message

 

17 hours ago, unkn4m3d said:

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/cto/d/1990-spec-miata-race-ready/6245277114.html

 

Check it out and give me a shout if your interested.

 

Car looks good but it's outside of our budget. GLWS

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Not to knock the guys with cars for sale in this thread (but I think its clear you wont buy those anyways, even if they are decent cars), but if you are patient, you can find some REALLY cheap cars that would be a good base to start from.  They may not be winners out of the box, but decently sorted and nearly ready to race.  Used oddball cars (as in not E30s, Miatas, etc) can be had for $1500. 

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On 01/09/2017 at 10:16 AM, thewheelerZ said:

Not to knock the guys with cars for sale in this thread (but I think its clear you wont buy those anyways, even if they are decent cars), but if you are patient, you can find some REALLY cheap cars that would be a good base to start from.  They may not be winners out of the box, but decently sorted and nearly ready to race.  Used oddball cars (as in not E30s, Miatas, etc) can be had for $1500. 

 

 

$1500 Bases to start?

.minus all the safety equipment? It'll still be a hefty build cost.

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57 minutes ago, KSRD said:

$1500 Bases to start?

.minus all the safety equipment? It'll still be a hefty build cost.

 

Agreed. 

 

I'm not a Miata guy, but those prices 8-12k for fully prepped & sorted cars with safety gear and nice cages aren't terrible. Nothing says you can't offer less.

 

Start adding in the cost for mid-level harnesses, nice seat, fire system, etc etc....  

 

All depends on how much work you can do yourself and how fast you want to hit the track. If you have the skills & time and aren't in a hurry, then going cheaper and spreading out the costs aren't terrible either. 

 

If you do the majority of the build yourself, don't forget to add in the entry fee cost (and frustration) of a race or two just to sort the car out when stuff starts falling off or failing after 6 hours. Of course nothing says that can't happen with any car, but generally there are "bugs" to be worked out with a new build/rebuild with an unfamiliar platform. 

 

If you end up buying something "cheap", revisit this thread in 2 years and see if 8k for a turn-key car is still too expensive lol.

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It seems that people have a different impression of "turn key". For some, it's ready to be on the grid and race. For others, it's literally that you can turn the key and start the car and it needs fire suppression, comm gear, etc., etc.. For others, it's that the car is "turn key" except for a blown head gasket, or a bad tranny. 

I think the $1500 cars will end up needing a few thousand dollars of stuff to be legal. 

And even the more expensive cars may need more money into them. 

We have ~$7000+ into a $1000 car that we got with a bad engine. More if you want to include consumable costs like tires, fluids and race registration costs. And that doesn't include the cost of a skilled mechanic working on the car. 

S. 

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IMO you are going to pay decent money for a quality SAFE race car.

 

Three years ago I purchased a already complete chump car, it was quite a good deal.  I purchased the car sight unseen (quite a few pictures).  Unfortinatley there were so many things wrong with the car, without going on a 30 minute rant the moral of my story is expect to get what you pay for.

 

$3,000 is typically going to get you a terribly designed cage with sub par welds, cheap seat, harness.  The car may pass tech from multiple groups however IMO the bare minimum is NOT enough!

 

Coming from a guy who attempted to buy a complete cheap race car, I just had a baby and didn't have the time to build a car.  Which turned into over a year long process to cut out the cage and replace most parts on the car and a very unhappy wife.

Many many  dollars later we have IMO a very safe, quality race car!

 

 

 

EDIT: whoops just read you purchased a car, hope it works out for you guys!

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