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    Thread: Adventures in a Craigslist Nissan Stanza

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      09-06-2012 12:30 AM #1
      This weekend I went to visit my college motorhead buddies in Los Angeles. Among the planned activities, we wanted to go camping in the Mojave Desert Saturday night.

      On Friday night, we were sitting around watching videos on YouTube waiting for more friends to arrive in town. One thing lead to another, and we ended up on videos of rednecks jumping beater cars. Then the conversation....

      "We should buy the cheapest running car on Craigslist and beat the f*ck out of it in the desert!"

      Billy navigates away from YouTube onto Craigslist and found this gem...



      Saturday morning, we pull up to the house outside of Palmdale to this scene - a beat ass Chevy Celebrity trying to jump start an even more thrashed Nissan Stanza.


      The battery was fully charged, but it wouldn't start because it was still in 'drive.' After almost burning the thing down with improperly attached jumper cables, we were ready for a test drive. It ran... kinda. It was firing on 3...sometimes 4 cylinders, and the oil was overfilled by about 2 quarts. After waiting for the guy to drive to his badymama's house to get the title (they had no idea the title was required to sell a car), we exchanged money and were off.

      First stop: gas station. Notice the left rear monster truck tire, which was clearly not the correct spare for the car.


      We stopped in the town of Mojave because the monster spare was rubbing the fender really bad. A hammer and some pliers offered an elegant solution.


      After another 20 miles, we had reached our campsite in the heart of Jawbone Canyon in the Mojave desert.


      We did some off-roading




      Our fender/tire survived the trip without rubbing!


      The next morning, we woke up early to do some shooting.


      Of course, the Stanza wanted to participate!






      In the process of shooting through the doors, we managed to explode the monster spare with some shrapnel.


      Billy took the OEM wheel (which we found in the trunk) back to town to get a spare mounted up. While he was gone, we decided to head out of the canyon on the flat, since we didn't care about the rim itself. It degraded pretty quickly!


      Allllmost out of the canyon


      We made it out of the desert to the Jawbone Canyon general store, where we ate some mediocre food and waited for our new spare to arrive.


      After mounting up the new tire, we drove it 3 hours back to Los Angeles with no problems! Except for another off-roading incident that I forgot to photograph...


      Monday morning, we decided it needed some more work. We pulled it into the garage.


      First we cut the front springs.




      The rear springs were a little more dificult to remove, since the strut and spindle are all one piece. So we cut them in the car.


      While Billy and Jimmy were messing around with the rear suspension, I painted the wheels two-tone


      About 2-1/2" lower!


      Then the real fun began. We taped up the windows to smash them out.


      Myself, Billy, and Jimmy. We're practically coachbuilders.


      After the glass was out, we started cutting.




      Stanza Convertible!


      Racing stripe




      We all piled in for a victory ride around the block.


      We took a cruise to the local In'n'Out on PCH... it attracted quite a crowd!




      I'll leave you with some artsy shots Billy shot after a successful maiden voyage.











      The interior is surprisingly clean.


      And finally, the Lucky Ducky that helped us through the journey. We unloaded 10 magazines on this guy at close range, and nobody managed to hit him. He's invincible.
      Last edited by Afazz; 09-06-2012 at 01:03 PM.

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      09-06-2012 12:44 AM #2
      Ha...

      An uncle had a Stanza like that- it would not die.
      He drove it for years with a broke odo (at 200+k miles) and the key stuck in the ignition.
      Eventually rust killed it off.

      For some reason- your story reminds me of some cartalk callers over the years.
      The guys always started out very cautious and concerned about an old car with issue, then when they found out the caller just wanted a summer beat around car and was going to chop the top off- they always laughed and approved.
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      09-06-2012 12:55 AM #3
      inb4 the old men talking about how you ruined a car.

      good on ya for having fun, that's basically how i live my life.

      i woulda cut the roof off at the base of the c pillar though ;]

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      09-06-2012 01:00 AM #4
      VadGTI had a Stanza once I believe. It was almost as nice as yours ended up.

      That looks like a lot of fun. Did you ever get pulled over? I wonder how they'd react to a homemade 'vert like that.
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      09-06-2012 01:15 AM #5
      Fun. I like those "serious" pictures of it all slammed and shot up.
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      09-06-2012 01:18 AM #6
      great thread

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      09-06-2012 01:25 AM #7
      Future plans?

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      09-06-2012 01:27 AM #8
      Bad. Ass.

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      That's awesome!
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      09-06-2012 02:12 AM #10
      yes. looks like fun
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      09-06-2012 02:52 AM #11
      i've always wanted to do this with some friends

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      09-06-2012 02:56 AM #12
      Looks like fun.
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      09-06-2012 02:59 AM #13
      Murderer! You killed the last remaining Stanza GXE!

      Sincerely,

      VadGTI, whose first car nearly two decades ago was a Stanza GXE (not by choice).



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    14. 09-06-2012 03:21 AM #14
      The stanza seemed to vanilla to me when new, looked somewhat better with JDM slimmer bumpers
      FDM Guise here

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      09-06-2012 03:32 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      The stanza seemed to vanilla to me when new, looked somewhat better with JDM slimmer bumpers
      FDM Guise here
      My dream was to do one up as a Bluebird SSS .







      They look so good with the pillar-less roof:






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      09-06-2012 04:36 AM #16
      Cool story bro, but that is one fugly ass McMansion

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      09-06-2012 06:15 AM #17
      Speed holes.

      I was wondering why someone would want to camp in a desert, but then I saw the toys you guys brought.

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      09-06-2012 08:39 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by caddy 2 dope View Post
      Cool story bro, but that is one fugly ass McMansion
      LOL really? You really just posted that?


      +1 internets to OP for having fun with this thing. I have a mild Bluebird fetish just like VAD and have always liked the Stanzas just because the headlights look like S13 Silvia lights.
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      I'm surprised you didn't get the LEO's attention with the speed holes in the hood.... No Pun intended.
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      09-06-2012 09:35 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Woodski View Post
      i woulda cut the roof off at the base of the c pillar though ;]
      We wanted to preserve the rear seat belts, but didn't have time to make a new upper mount.

      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      That looks like a lot of fun. Did you ever get pulled over? I wonder how they'd react to a homemade 'vert like that.
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      I'm surprised you didn't get the LEO's attention with the speed holes in the hood.... No Pun intended.
      We did get pulled over! We took it to dinner Sunday night - with the bullet holes, but before the roof was cut. They laughed at the bullet holes and let us go after realizing we were well-dressed, sober white adults. I don't think that's what they expected

      Oh, and it's for sale again:
      http://zilvia.net/f/cars-sale/475096...tible-wtf.html
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      09-06-2012 09:42 AM #25
      That was quite awesome
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