Introducing... Project $300

Hello everyone! It's new project time for me, specifically a new winter car project.

The car I've ended up with is a badly-beaten orphan that was left for dead, but I'm going to nurse it back to health and give it a good home.

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Introducing Project $300 - a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE coupe, with a 3400 V6 and automatic. The car has 204k miles, and got fresh head gaskets at 160k. It's damaged all along the right side from a deer hit (it's Wisconsin, naturally), and has quarter panel rust. Surprisingly, no serious rocker panel rust. Also surprisingly, it's a California emissions car. Also also surprisingly, it came with $400 worth of almost brand-new tires on it.

The reason it's called Project $300 is that I bought the car for $300 - pretty simple, really. Well, that and the roommate said calling it Project Abused Orphan was in bad taste.

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Over the next couple weeks, I'm going to document what happens when you buy a car for less than a new video game console and try to bring it back to daily driver use.

Without further ado, pictures of the project:

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(Strap across the hood is to keep trailer fenders from rubbing on tires. Little bastard is heavier than it looks.)

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(Dog is not included in project. Sorry, Skeeter.)

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(I haven't had a cruise control car in 3 years. I have a radio to put in it, if I feel like it.)

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(Rusty rusty rust. Why do I live in a state that salts the roads again?)

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(More steel cancer.)

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(Deer body hit here.)

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(Deer head hit here. Luckily for it, deer keep nothing essential in their heads so it was unharmed.)

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(Deer ass hit here.)

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(Taillight tape has to go.)

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(Must've been sold by Bruce Wayne's unambitious cousin Greg.)

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(Spiffy tires. They're Fuzion brand, not too familiar with them.)

The following goals are set for the project:

1. Replace fuel pump and filter (The failed fuel pump is what took it off the road.)

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2. Replace both exterior mirrors (Driver's side has broken mounts.)

3. Replace left taillight

4. Complete cleaning of interior and exterior.

5. Rust preventative treatment on quarter panels.

6. Replace windshield, eventually.

Feel free to weigh in on how buying this was a stupid decision in the comments below!

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