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#1 pcristquester

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 05:14 PM

Bought this nice running and driving 88 Starion several months ago. Got it smogged, registered, insured and drove it a bit (a couple of weeks max) before I started breaking her down for some needed TLC, cleaning, mild mods (at this point), and bringing back it to original Palermo Gray. It has about 138k on the clock, but supposedly rebuilt at some point previous to the guy I bought it from. I would have paid much more, if not for this alligator skin feeling blue paint. Don't know if this was an attempt at Fiji or not, definitely a failure if so. No major body, rust or mechanical issues that I have found besides power steering box dumping huge puddles of fluid below it. Here are a few pics in chronological order to start this topic of my progress. Thanks to this community and having my other 88 to refer to, this thing will be looking and driving better, sooner than later. My goal is less than a year from time of purchase. Any helpful criticism/advice is welcome and expected. Thanks for visiting. Parker Posted ImagePosted Image[/URLPosted Image][URL=http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/pcrist/media/018_zps02b23d5e.jpg.html]Posted Image
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Posted 09 December 2014 - 05:23 PM

A couple more how I received her.      Posted Image Posted Image
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Posted 09 December 2014 - 06:21 PM

hey parker  ..is that my header panel and chrome hard pipe???? :o :o :D :D :D

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 07:10 PM

If I had another of each, they'd be yours Mark. You can borrow the hard pipe if you'd like
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Posted 09 December 2014 - 07:33 PM

Good lord why the previous owner respray it another color than pretty Palermo. Needs some TLC for sure, looks original and untouched almost.
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

Yeah, I told the guy it was going back original color. He was like, uh good luck, have fun....and I am! Scored a very decent OEM airdam and pair of 87 front seats in the deal, too. More progress pics tomorrow
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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:01 AM

This one at Mitsufest sold me on going back to Palermo instead of silver (my favorite flavor on these). Super clean car almost bone stock besides the springs. I forgot the owners' name, sorry.Posted Image
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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:33 AM

Some wet sanding and pressure washing off the blue. Got too close on the spoiler...oh well, no metal to rust therePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:43 AM

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 10:03 AM

looks better already.....when I saw it on craigs list  I couldn" t tell if it was blue or green??

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 10:20 AM

Sweet bent GNT short shifter installed and driven a bit before taken down for restore Posted ImagePosted Image
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Posted 10 December 2014 - 11:32 AM

Very Nice! i like the Fiji color. so your going to the original color.
cant wait to get my GNT Shorty installed.

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 11:41 AM

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Very Nice! i like the Fiji color. so your going to the original color.
cant wait to get my GNT Shorty installed.
Yeah, L83 Palermo Gray @ $350/gal at paintscratch.com....ouch! Anywhere else for less $? I can't get myself to pull the shifter to put in my black quest, but can't afford another one yet either
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Posted 10 December 2014 - 03:14 PM

Engine bay clean up and exhaust manifold removed...that was a test of patience. Of course it was cracked, but have one that I stress relieved, ported and surfaced. Just waiting to get it back from ceramic coating to reinstall. Posted Image Posted ImagePosted Image
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Posted 10 December 2014 - 07:59 PM

Keep up the good work man. Yes great choice using Gates belts!
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 08:12 PM

Thanks TX.Those belts were on there when I bought it. They look pretty new
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Posted 11 December 2014 - 10:30 AM

A few removed items were cleaned up and rattle canned. The heat shields got primed, sprayed with a high heat coat, then finished off with a hammer toned finish. Did the same on my quest and has held up nicely for a decade now. Bolted up my 3" DP to the stock turbo which has plenty off life left in it. Need to figure out how to approach finishing the exhaust downstream of it, while being able to swap it back with the stock pre-cat for smog every 2 years with minimal effort. Any suggestions there?Posted ImagePosted Image
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Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:20 PM

Is it a Mookeh down pipe? If so the has a complete system for the car.
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Zoom clutch, Fidanza flywheel, Stedebani shifter, KYB's, ST springs, ST swaybars, abs delete, a/c delete, cruise delete, JVE, BSEK, TEP steel brake lines, LSP braided cooler lines, CX Racing radiator,  MK1 silicone hoses, MK1 pullies, *DM hard pipes & intercooler,14G turbo, ported exh. manifold, MAF Translator, 3.5" GM maf, Turbo XS RFL bov, *DM 3" exhaust, Cusco front strut bar, TEP rear strut bar, Enkei 92's, HKS turbo timer, AEM wideband, AEM boost gauge, AEM oil pressure gauge, Hallman boost controller
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:37 PM

View PostTexasQuest, on 11 December 2014 - 07:20 PM, said:

Is it a Mookeh down pipe? If so the has a complete system for the car.
Yes it is. Does he make an adapter flange on the 3" b-pipe to bolt up to the stock pre-cat?
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Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:56 PM

I don't think so. He makes a test pipe with mid-pipe and 2.5" or 3" system.

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88 Fiji Blue -Tsi
Zoom clutch, Fidanza flywheel, Stedebani shifter, KYB's, ST springs, ST swaybars, abs delete, a/c delete, cruise delete, JVE, BSEK, TEP steel brake lines, LSP braided cooler lines, CX Racing radiator,  MK1 silicone hoses, MK1 pullies, *DM hard pipes & intercooler,14G turbo, ported exh. manifold, MAF Translator, 3.5" GM maf, Turbo XS RFL bov, *DM 3" exhaust, Cusco front strut bar, TEP rear strut bar, Enkei 92's, HKS turbo timer, AEM wideband, AEM boost gauge, AEM oil pressure gauge, Hallman boost controller
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.




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