Turbo Century - Free/Curb Alert? in San Fransisco, CA

JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

Royal Smart Person
Jun 6, 2014
1,225
113
Houston, TX.
I'd Go but my wife would kill me. Adventures like that don't come around too often. I sold my old Diesel Ram, but I have a 2500 Yukon XL for runs like this. Other than the 10 mpg pulling my enclosed trailer, Its great for 1,200 mile days.
But we could talk suspension, and autoX the whole way...
 
UNGN

UNGN

Comic Book Super Hero
Sep 6, 2016
2,670
113
Southlake, TX
But we could talk suspension, and autoX the whole way...
I know. And at some point I have to stop into Jag Specialties in Sacramento to pick up an XK8 LS swap kit, and I have a Miata that could use a 1.8L from one of the california JDM parts warehouses, but my wife works in the front office of an elementary school, dealing with the parents of 660 kids, so I cannot have ANY appearance of having any fun for at least the next 3 months.

I spent a week in the Ozarks 2 week ago, driving the roads with my dad in his AMG V8 Crossfire. That apparently was my fun for the year.
 
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pagrunt

Geezer
Sep 14, 2014
5,814
113
Elderton, Pa
I know. And at some point I have to stop into Jag Specialties in Sacramento to pick up an XK8 LS swap kit, and I have a Miata that could use a 1.8L from one of the california JDM parts warehouses, but my wife works in the front office of an elementary school, dealing with the parents of 660 kids, so I cannot have ANY appearance of having any fun for at least the next 3 months.

I spent a week in the Ozarks 2 week ago, driving the roads with my dad in his AMG V8 Crossfire. That apparently was my fun for the year.
Just use it as a "buisness meeting" trip. There is never any fun one thise trips.
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

Royal Smart Person
Jun 6, 2014
1,225
113
Houston, TX.
So here's the story on this Century Turbo Coupe... Father bought it new in 1979. In 1990 the turbo and/or the motor blew ( nobody is sure ). The father passed away long ago, and the Son has stored the car in the garage since 1990. The turbo was removed, and is now missing. Fast forward 30 years, the Son was in a work related accident, and has been hospitalized for 1 year with a brain injury. He actually comes home today. The house, and garage, have been cleared out to prepare for his return home. The title has been lost over the years, and since the car is not running and needed to be moved, it will be free. I am hoping that he will be well enough to sign a Bill of Sale. Plan B is the Sister that will be caring for him at home, may have become his Power of Attorney, and could sign a Bill of Sale. IDK?? I am printing out (2) Bills of Sale, and taking them with me. Once back in Texas, I am hoping to apply for a Bonded Title, and get the car Titled in my name. I do not know all the details on this (maybe someone here does??). I have not had time to research it, but I do realize this may take months, and several hundred dollars. In the long run, I think it's worth it. The car rolls on it's own, and the brakes work. There is a set of keys, including the trunk key. The correct Turbo Coupe hood, rear spoiler, and wheels are there. The car has the correct original radio, power steering, power brakes, A/C, with manual windows. The dash looks to be pretty nice with no cracks that I can see. The speaker cover is straight, and appears to be crack-free. There is wear on the Dr. side seat bottom. The grill is cracked and peeling, and there is some minor damage on the passenger side door. I went and got the trailer, winch, battery, straps, a few tools, air compressor, and (2) spare wheels this afternoon. I am leaving very early Wednesday morning, in hopes to be in San Francisco Friday morning. I don't know why I do some of the things I do, but I have the time to take off from work, and my wife has not said one word about it, so off I go. This will be the 3rd Aeroback car I own. My plans are to restore it back to it's original state - no modifications. This will be a 1st for me, as I always restomod my cars / trucks. Wish me luck. I will update this thread when I get back home.
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

Royal Smart Person
Jun 6, 2014
1,225
113
Houston, TX.
So cool that you intend to save it! I'm totally envious of your Buttless collection.
Thanks man. It' crazy how I have accumulated these cars... (2) have come directly from Forum Members who have posted them up on here. I have travelled to get all of them Flagstaff, Arizona, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and now San Francisco, California. The cars have gotten better each time....Base model 78 Century daily driver w/ 3,8L v6 w/ very few options ( bench seat) = $1500, then the 78 Salon Brougham running w/ 260 V8 that is pretty loaded ( buckets w/console all power ) = $800, and now this 79 Century Turbo Coupe = Free. As you can see, the deals also got better every time.
 
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pagrunt

Geezer
Sep 14, 2014
5,814
113
Elderton, Pa
Thanks man. It' crazy how I have accumulated these cars... (2) have come directly from Forum Members who have posted them up on here. I have travelled to get all of them Flagstaff, Arizona, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and now San Francisco, California. The cars have gotten better each time....Base model 78 Century daily driver w/ 3,8L v6 w/ very few options ( bench seat) = $1500, then the 78 Salon Brougham running w/ 260 V8 that is pretty loaded ( buckets w/console all power ) = $800, and now this 79 Century Turbo Coupe = Free. As you can see, the deals also got better every time.
"Hello, my name is Jamcar233. I have a fetish for A-bodies with a little more bump on the rump."
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

Royal Smart Person
Jun 6, 2014
1,225
113
Houston, TX.
It will be worth your effort!

Make sure you dig around, once you're there, that turbo may still be nearby
The story is the turbo was not thrown away. It was packed up inside a 40ft. shipping container. The "agent" family friend I have been talking to, will try to find it at some point, but cannot guarantee anything. It wasn't (2) minutes after my last post that the family friend Facetimed me, and I got to see the entire car.
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

Royal Smart Person
Jun 6, 2014
1,225
113
Houston, TX.
"Hello, my name is Jamcar233. I have a fetish for A-bodies with a little more bump on the rump."
That's hilarious!!! Good one! And it's true...
 

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