What Car Have You Really Wanted To Save But Couldn't?

Two BMW E30s rusting away. Photo Credit: Kristian Sharon

If you’re a car enthusiast, you’ve likely experienced the sad scenario of the old relic stashed away in a corner, collecting dust. When you ask the owner to buy it, he says “Not for sale!” with enough vigor that you know that he’ll die before he turns a wrench on the poor car. What cars have you tried to revive but couldn’t?

I’ll start this off by mentioning the car I wanted to save wasn’t mine, nor did I want to own it, but I did actually manage to turn a wrench on it. Unfortunately, my efforts were ultimately all for naught. The car in question was an ‘60s International Scout that Andrew Collins bought as a project that never took because of time and budget constraints. The car was a rusty mess and every mechanical component was utterly screwed, but it had the charm of a limping puppy - you earnestly felt bad for it but knew that it was just as happy as it had ever been.

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Take a gander below and see what Andrew and I did to attempt to get the truck running, and witness the disappointment in our faces when we were forced to inevitably face the music.

So now, I turn this over to my loyal commentariat - what cars have you tried to save, but couldn’t?

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Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez

Tavarish writes and makes videos about fixing and modifying cars on the internet. Sometimes they actually run.