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Christmas is comin early this year :)

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Christmas is comin early this year :)

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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: November 12, 2016 11:00AM

The bigger the kid, the bigger the toys. Pickin it up this weekend Woohooooo smiling
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pulse Report This Comment
Date: November 13, 2016 05:03AM

Cool, you'll have to do a bit of a build update here when you get it the way you want it smiling

I need a new project car...
woberto Report This Comment
Date: November 13, 2016 06:51AM

You wrote in the other post "spirited driving" and "twisty/hilly bits".
I didn't know Americans knew how to use a manual transmission.
Please don't tell me it's got an auto...
pulse Report This Comment
Date: November 13, 2016 07:42AM

At least my Cruze is manual smiling
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: November 13, 2016 09:14AM

An automatic tranny in a sports car is about like a submarine with screen doors! No way I'd own a DSM with an automatic. I once test drove one and even with a turbo it was pretty pathetic. As a matter of fact I once top ended a buddy of mines AWD turbo-auto DSM playin on the freeway one night in my old NA Talon rock on

My oldest daughter (with my newest grand daughter in tow) came out yesterdee and let me pilot her Kia the hour and 1/2 out to pick up the new "Black Steele", which of course meant I was able to give it a sweet hour and 1/2 shake down cruise on the way back home last night. What I can say with certainty is DAMN I MISSED HAVIN ONE OF THESE TOYS!!!!

I never could get the complete story about how the cat I bought it from wound up with this car, but evidently the previous owner had brought it to his dads shop after it having sat in storage for 7 yrs and he did a 4 wheel brake job and replaced the fuel pump on it, after which it had one of those nasty timing belt events that often lead owners to throw their hands up when they find out what the repairs are gonna cost. Evidently that happened with this one and he then said to hell with it and just walked away from this one, leaving it with the kids dad who then had the head rebuilt and did a timing belt/water pump replacement on it.

To the mechs credit it seems he got the timing belt on and correctly tensioned, which on these engines is a double barrelled nightmare [] <- a lengthy how to I penned some years back.

On the down side, in my exuberated state when I test drove the car last mundee night I never bothered to look at the oil pressure gauge while I was hammerin on the car, I mean hell, why should I with a car w/only 69k on it, right ... come on, please someone agree with me ... PLEASE? Well, I should have!

On the shake down cruise home I realized the oil pressure is pathetically low, which now makes me feel like a total dumbass sad smiley

Drivin along with my mind runnin through every mechanical possibility of how this could be presenting itself in a car w/this little mileage I concluded it problee came from the very oil dry start up when it was 1st fired up after its 7yr nap. More than likely this led to an instant shearing away of precious layers of crank and rod bearing material (I surmise it likely did the same to the rings) and this led to an instant loss of the engines ability to develop good oil pressure, since the crank and rods are the 1st place the oil flows to from the oil pump.

I'm gonna do an oil change on it today and will be inspecting the waste oil for metal particles to confirm my diagnosis but my guess is I'll be droppin the pan and changin out the main and rod bearings next weekend while hoping there's no scoring of the crank itself disappointed smiley

Billy Watmore Report This Comment
Date: November 14, 2016 06:21AM

Needs a Roo bar and spotty's on the roof :-)
And 12 gauge of course
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: November 20, 2016 10:59PM

Pilgrims Progress:

I dropped some Seafoam in the engine just to see if the flagging oil pressure was something gummed up, but it dudn seem so. The oil pressure's Ok, just not what I wish it was. Since it's not low enough to cause any real harm at the moment I've decided to back burner that issue

The 25yr old stock suspension has really been effecting the fun factor so I dropped in a fresh set of KYB AGXs, lowering springs and Energy Suspension polyurethane control arm bushings for the front end this weekend. Then I removed the skinny (non stock) 205-55-15" wheel and tires it had and slapped on a set of Hankook 235-45-17s w/some decent lookin American Racing wheels I had layin around gatherin dust.

Next weeks a short one so I'm hopin to get the new AGXs and lowering springs on the back along w/the rear polyurethane track arm bushings over the coming long weekend, then start focussing on a few performance mods ...finally smiling
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woberto Report This Comment
Date: November 22, 2016 01:18AM

I never skimp on tyres but they are getting fucken expensive these days if you are not in the "passenger vehicle" category.
My P-Zero 255/45 R17's are $388 each!
It's not for performance, it's for all 'round wear and tear. Pirelli's are consistent all the way until they are trashed. Whereas others are good for the first half of their life then scary for the the second half, then they just explode.
Then there's the noise if you have an SUV (which I had a few years back). Tyre noise was ridiculous but I didn't notice when I bought it. Changed to Pirellis (Actally cheaper than the Hancocks) and it was a ninja after that.
woberto Report This Comment
Date: November 22, 2016 01:21AM

Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: November 22, 2016 07:15AM

I've been happy w/these Hankooks so far but yeah Pirellis are an awesome tire. I managed to snag 'em from a lil one man tire shop in east Texas before I moved here for $520 mounted and balanced for the set, which was pretty sweet. I wish I could go wider than the 235s but that's all I can stuff in the wheel wells and they only clear the front struts by like 1/2 an inch.

On a lil '74 Ford Capri I had like 30yrs ago I went from the stock 185-70-13s to a set of Pirelli P7 205-50-15s and paid $184 each for those puppies but they were an awesome street/race tire, sticky in the corners, just like I like 'em.

With our 4 day weekend off this week I'm gonna replace the rear suspension and slap in some new rear hatch struts that just came in yesterdee so I can finally throw out the stick I've been usin to hold the rear hatch open and also get a new set of 6-1/2" Polks in the doors to replace the shot stock speakers, then if I get lucky maybe get the back ones changed out too so I can finally hear some tunes without havin to listen to the BUZZ of the shot speaker cones.

After gettin all the suspension and creature comfort stuff done I'll finally be able to start on the performance end of things. I have a sweet 2 row aluminum radiator and dual 12" slim fans comin to replace the stock skinny single core radiator and bulky (heavy) stock fans. Already snagged new hoses to replace the radiator and heater hoses too. Can't trust 25yr old rubber, specially not when blowin just a damned heater hose can lead to a major melt down.

Have my feelers out in hopes I can find another 4-1 SS header like I had on my old NA Talon as exhaust work will be my 1st real step forward grinning