Thinking of purchasing my first car, '91 Ford Taurus SHO

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  1. Jacob Shepherd

    Jacob Shepherd New Member

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    Hey, I'm new here, and thought I'd ask some people who know a lot more than I do about these cars, I know a decent bit about these cars, but I've been doing extensive research on them for about a year now, I found a $500 '91 SHO with 92k miles that has had a front end collision that's has been structurally repaired, but it still looks a little rough. I looked at it extensively, and all body panels look very straight. It's mechanically sound other than needing a clutch (still drivable, just needs replaced in near future), and a strut (got bent), and I'm really excited, but nervous that it's going to be super super expensive to repair.
     

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    rubydist SHO Member Staff Member

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    I would move along, that is not the SHO you are looking for.

    Seriously, there are plenty of decent cars out there that are not wrecked.
     
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    i don't know what your economic situation is. these early cars are cheap to buy, but usually not cheap to keep on the road. My general rule of thumb is, whatever you think it's going to cost (in either money or time spent)..triple that number
     
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    The temptation is great, I can tell you that. To this day, I miss driving my SHOs. To me they were irreplaceable. But I was constantly modding this or that, so even though they ran fine, I wanted that little extra anyway :D

    But listen to what the guys have said. They will keep you out of trouble.
     
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    pjtoledo 'ol man in the SHO

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    significant damage to the passenger side frame rail/crush zone. you will probably find the distance between the firewall and strut tower is also screwed up.
     
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    I am never against saving a Gen I SHO, so that sentiment stays intact.

    However, that is not a $500.00 car. If you got it for free, it still might not be worth it.

    A clutch is at least $200.00 to buy and $600.00 to install, however that install usually means a lot of money to swap out the manifold studs and re-do the sub frame bolts.
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    I am always amazed at the claims of under 100,000 miles on a 25 year old car........ 4000 miles a year, really!

    Bring it back from the dead if you must, but the same amount of money, by the time you are done, would put you in a nice example with some extras and no major work requirements.
     
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    Even before you attempt to address any of that damage, that car will be a huge money pit. For what it world take to get that car road worth you could buy a really nice SHO(or something else). If anything, buy it as a parts car and look for something better.
     
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