Mr.Yuck wrote: TWB503 wrote: Lemon_Newton-Metre wrote:
You said you've already acquired the car for zero dollar purchase price. Several experienced builders here have already addressed your question; they've said you can't go _below_ zero by selling off additional parts. You'll be able to find those threads by selecting the Lemons Newcomers sub-header and browsing the thread subjects for additional details. I lurked here for over a year before signing up for an account; I still had questions, though.
You can spend as much as you want on _safety_ needs - safety doesn't count toward the budget.
Welcome, and good luck on your build.
The issue is the car was aquired not running for free, so I've had to spend some money trying to get it fixed, which costs towards the $500
I don't think that counts, many cars in Lemons were not running when they were acquired.
As far as I know, the cost to get the car running does count against the budget. There is a lot more leeway once the car has raced, you'll generally be given a pass to replace a blown engine and stuff like that.
"2.1 Vehicle Eligibility: Entry limited to mass-produced, four-wheeled vehicles legal for U.S. highway use at the time of their manufacture. Vehicles must be acquired and prepared for a maximum of $500 (exclusive of safety gear) as described in Section 4 ".
The applicable parts of section 4.
4.2 Safety Equipment DOES NOT Count Toward $500 Total: Safety equipment described in Section 3 DOES NOT count toward the $500 total. “Safety” refers to things that can save the driver—not things that can save the car.
4.2.1 In addition to the items and processes listed in Section 3, the following are considered safety-related and are therefore exempt:
Wheels, tires, wheel bearings, ball joints, and brake components
Exhaust systems downstream of the header/exhaust manifold (NOTE: Turbos and related components are NOT exempt from the $500 limit. Nice try.)
Windshields and wipers
Driver comfort & information (steering wheel, shifter, gauges, pedals, cool suits, vents, heaters, radio)
All fuel hoses, fuel fittings, fuel filters, and related mounts; and
All fuel-system components upstream of the fuel pump, including fuel tanks, fuel cells, mounts, fillers, vents, etc. (NOTE: Fuel pumps, carburetors, injection pumps, computers, and individual injectors are NOT exempt from the $500 limit.)
1992 Saturn SL2 (retired) - Elmo's Revenge - Class B winner, Heroic Fix winner x2
1969 Rover P6B 3500S(sold) - Super G-Rover - I.O.E Winner, Class C Winner
1996 Saturn SW2 - Elmo's Revenge (reborn!), Saturn SL1 Dazzleshipm Class C winner
1974 AMC Javelin - Oscar's Trash heap - IOE,”Organizer's Choice" and "I got Screwed" award winner