I recently purchased this car on eBay (pics from the auction): PHOTOS HERE
About 2.5 years ago I sold my 1986 Starion, and a 1985 motorcycle to make room for a nicer daily driver / road trip car. That was successful, and once it was paid off I swore I wasn't going to buy anything, and then this one popped up, and I bought it. At least I'm aware I have a problem.
I pulled the trigger for several reasons:
- Red on black, my favorite color combo, even if it is the most common.
- 1986. I despise the auto seat belts, and the seat leather is the nicest and most durable.
- California car. No rusty undercarriage bolts.
- Complete car. Besides a couple under the hood things, everything is there.
- Original owner car. (Actually original owner and his son, but same household).
- Low miles. Most of the chassis components should be serviceable for a while.
- Straight body. Everything about these cars is pretty simple, with the exception of body work, that's where the $$$ is. I aim to do as little as possible.
- Turbo door handles. Because come on... they're turbo door handles!
My goals with this car are to refresh any of the mechanicals and interior that need work, and then use it as a summer / weekend driver while using some sweat equity to appreciate the value over the next few years. I have no specific timetable for this work, this car is going to be my hobby for a little while and I hope to take a moderately professional and thorough approach to any projects I do on this car, and share the progress in this thread. I can't guarantee that I won't be slightly modifying the car, but I will be looking to take a quality approach to any modifications made. The original owner's son said that many years ago the car had been worked on by TEP, and also *DM at one point. It did at one point have hard pipes on it, but they were removed a while ago. The IAT sensor on the OVCP is blocked off, and the injector clips look new. I'm not sure what happened to that. In any case, any damage done looks to be fairly reversible. Calling this a project car I think is selling it short, it does seem to be a nice example.
That said, based on what I know, here's my initial maintenance / project list:
- Replace oil / filter
- Replace coolant, remove / inspect radiator.
- Replace accessory belts
- Replace radiator hoses
- Replace fusible links
- Replace fuel pump relays
- Replace spark plugs / wires
- Replace vacuum lines
- Replace fuel filters
- Replace fuel pressure regulator
- Replace air filter
- Inspect turbocharger for shaft play (also determine model, it may not be a 12a)
- Gut pre-cat on downpipe
- Inspect any additional modifications done to the car.
- Replace silicone hose couplers with nicer units.
- Service / lubricate any electrical motors (antenna, windows, mirrors, wipers, etc...
- Bleed brakes, maybe do pads / rotors based on condition.
- Fix idle circuit, maybe do a TB refresh.
- Paint grill black
- Paint foglight shrouds black
- Paint / Plastidip wheels back to stock configuration
- Refinish / restore tail-light center section and tail lights.
- Yellow fogs (maybe)
- Full detail, including removing spoiler trim and mirrors
- Fix driver's seat (I have a set of 1G DSM cloth buckets that I might install while I'm doing that work)
- Replace Steering Wheel (had a nice Nardi on the old one, might go back to something like that)
- Remove and clean carpet.
- Upgrade the speakers / stereo system (no subs, don't worry)
This is just the list for what I know about the car now, obviously the mechanical stuff is going to come first, but I'm sure the list will get longer and branch out into new areas of the car as I discover things. But that's OK, we all need a hobby. I'm looking forward to taking care of this one and keeping it a nice example that the community can be proud of! If I'm missing anything on my lists, please let me know. I think I know a little bit about this platform now compared to when I bought my first one, but I am far from master-level. I just want to obtain a quality result.