Another Question for Maxpower

Crunch time...I'm trading SOMETHING for a Scion tomorrow morning.
They are giving me $600 for a '94 LHS. The car is in good shape but needs: Front Axle
All Shocks/Struts Front wheel bearing (1) Exhaust Rear Trans mount New tires (all) Timing Belt Valve Cover Gaskets
I also have my 'infamous' 1992 Plymouth Gr Vger van. IT needs: Brakes (all) Rear Shocks Windshield Front Struts (maybe) Inner Tie Rod end New Motor
I can get the motor for about 200, out of a Dynasty with 78,000 miles. I can do more work on the van than I can on the LHS by myself.
I like both equally for different reasons. The LHS is a Boulevard Cruiser, and I think the most Comfortable car I have ever owned. It looks good and everyone thinks it's a nice car.
The van is by all accounts a POS, the motor has a bad head and ticks like a time bomb but always gets there. It has AWD and I have a set of four studded sonow tires. I play in a band so it is more useful than the LHS, but let's face it...it's a Caravan!
If I do ALL the work at once on both vehicles, the cost is only about $175 apart. I think the van, according to KBB is actually worth more than the LHS. The van is also much more versatile than the Chrysler, but I can carry my amps and instruments in the LHS.
The real question here is, how tough it is to replace the Inner Tie Rod end? I can do everything else but the struts, the motor and the windshield. I can get a cheap rebuilt rack for $125 if I have to replace the entire rack, and an ITE for $28.
I dno't think they'll take the van, so I may end up chewing this. I don't mind because the AWD is good in the winter.
Any ideas, suggestions or advice?
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Acually the real question here is what car are we putting tie rods in?????? you mention a Caravan and an LHS.

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On Sat, 09 Sep 2006 06:45:37 -0400, maxpower wrote:

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inner tie rods?
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On Sat, 09 Sep 2006 10:23:32 -0400, maxpower wrote:

THe guy who doesw the state inspections is a friend of a friend, and has inspected my cars for the past 5 years. He knows if he says something needs to be done that I will get it done pronto, and when he looked at the van he said the inner tie rod end was on the way out.
Sooooo....I traded the LHS and am now 'stuck' with the van...The LHS was a much better car, but most of the work it needed was something I would have to pay someone else to do. Most of the stuff that needs replacing on the van is stuff I can do, for the most part. What I traded in depepnded on how much of a biotch it was to replace the tie rod! ;)
But, even though I don't use the van that much, I live in New England and work in Vermont, and the van is AWD, and the only GOOD thing about the van is, of all things, the transmission! So, I decided to keep the van, and now need to get down to the business of getting it road ready. Winter's a comin'!!!
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Their probably not actually giving you anything for the LHS. You could probably get $600 knocked off the purchase price without the trade in
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On Sun, 10 Sep 2006 03:22:00 -0400, sqdancerLynn wrote:

LOL...I know...before I got my current job evaluating software, I sold Used Cars...
But, I have: The LHS (Had...) a Grand Voyager an '85 Celica an '85 Corolla GTS an '88 Supra with a Targa top Now a Scion tC
The LHS was a 'gift' from a customer when I used to sell cars. He bought it and then didn't have time for it. I used to give him deals on cars because he bought 2-4 cars a year from me. I put about $150 into the LHS, and it now needs about $1200, so just getting rid of it was worth the '$600'! That's what I was going to sell it for anyway.
Surprisingly, the tC was UNDER book, anyway, so I don't think they would have flexed at all...SHOOT! THey didn't even want to give me floor mats!!!
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