So, you own a car that you want to keep until you die, but it’s not a an easy car to get parts for the older it gets.

I was already worried since I own a 40+ yo Corolla and there are some bits you simply cannot find anymore. Then I read Torch’s article about his Nissan Pao’s vent window rusting out and how hard it was to find a replacement and I started panicking a bit and wondering.

There are still several, cheap-ish ($1K-$3k USD) similar Corollas for sale around here. This window of opportunity will surely not last long and those cars will either rust out or be restored and significantly increase in price.


I can buy one of those and gradually take it apart if I need to. I have where to park it but it will surely not be aesthetically pleasing since it’d be in my front yard, outdoors.

Then there is the fact that I know myself and I’ll get attached to the donor car and start restoring it, effectively doubling my problems.

Do you still pull the trigger and buy a donor car or do you take your chances and figure it out as you go?

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