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#1 techboy

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:47 PM

So, 2 years ago, in August of 2011, I got stupid lucky and found this 88 SHP Starion hiding out in NJ.

Here's what I know about the history of the car:
The seller claimed he was the 2nd to own the car.  He said he bought it off the original owner after it had sat not running for several years in a garage.  It has a documented mere 59K on it.  Not knowing anything about cars mechanically he bought it for nostalgic reasons and figured his mechanic could get it running.  Wrong.  His mechanic discovered the motor was totally shot and so he abandoned the project and put it up for sale.  Enter me.  I bought the car as a shell, grabbed the rollback and  hauled it back to my house.

These are some photos from the day I brought it home:
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1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:53 PM

When I bought the car, it had been sideswiped on the rear drivers side.  So, my plan was to have my uncle who owns a body shop do the body work and have it repainted.  Then, using my Conquest as a donor car, rebuild the motor and swap it into the Starion.

Here's the rear quarter:
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1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

Then, October 31st of 2011 happened.

The freak East Coast early season snow storm that landed a massive branch on the car and smashed the roof.  Some of you may remember posts I made from when this originally happened.


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1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
Feeback Thread | Motor rebuild thread | Restoration thread

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

After a whole lot of thinking, decision making, and conversation with people here on the board (particularly Burton) I decide against scrapping the car and trying to repair it.  I had a few challenges though.  My uncle was no longer willing to do this kind of work - so I had to find a shop that could do the necessary work at a reasonable cost, and I had to find the necessary pieces.

After some searching and some help from members here on the board I was able to land a hatch, roof, and rear quarter.  Funny thing is ... they're all red, but all came from different people ... :P

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Edited by techboy, 05 April 2013 - 09:13 PM.

1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
Feeback Thread | Motor rebuild thread | Restoration thread

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

So that brings us all the way to the present:  I'm very excited to say that after storing the car (safely!!) for last 9 months I found a shop willing and qualified to the work and this past week and the Starion was dropped off to FINALLY get this project under way.

Picking the car up at storage in Quakertown PA:
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And .... dropping the car off at the body shop (my favorite two pictures :wub: ):
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It's been a heck of ride so far, but my hope is that someday this will be a beautiful car again w/ a crazy story to tell people ...... we'll see.  I look forward to sharing the progress with you guys.

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1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
Feeback Thread | Motor rebuild thread | Restoration thread

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 09:25 PM

Love the interior

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 09:31 PM

Im real excited to see this come back alive. Oh by the way, your old red car has been coming along VERY slowly, but it has been coming along.

Edited by ColdScrip, 07 April 2013 - 09:35 PM.

Follow my '87 restore here.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:23 PM

Updates?

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:58 PM

Thanks for asking and showing interest .... only update I have is the shop gave me a call on Friday and said the windshield came out in one piece, which I was nervous about. (I'm already spending enough money, I was hoping to not have to replace more glass).  They said it should be done in about a week. I would expect to hear from them sometime this week.  I want to call back and ask them to take some pictures along the way, I don't know if they will, but I'd love to have some documented photos of the work done for the future.

Coldscrip .... post up some pics of the red 87 on this thread, I'd love to see how it's coming along!
1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
Feeback Thread | Motor rebuild thread | Restoration thread

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:55 PM

I bet if you show up and take the pics yourself, they'd be ok with it.

Good news to hear about that poor car, I remember the tree incident from years ago and am glad to see you've stuck with it!!

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:03 PM

Wow I forgot about this car! So sad when I saw the original post but I'm very glad it's coming along despite the traumatic damage the car recieved. Keep us updated man.
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:55 PM

Good to hear.  Cant wait to see it all done.  Such a tragedy to happen on that color combo.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

yes can not wait to see the finished product!

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:08 PM

Picked the car up last night with the rollback, it's back safe and sound in my new garage. Can't believe it, I still have to pinch myself.  The shop is supposed to be sending me 20 some pictures of the work done ... when they do I'll post them up.   Stay tuned .....
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1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
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1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:02 PM

Great news!  glad you saved it. cant wait for the pics

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Black 87 Starion ~ Mess SOLD!!!
Proud New 89 slightly Rusted Fiji Owner !!!

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:39 PM

AWESOME!  

I'm glad you fixed her up.  Kind of funny...about 18-19 years ago I looked at an 87 LE in Quakertown area (actually it may not have been as far as Qtown...maybe Center Valley) that was crushed just like yours.  Guy wanted $1500 for it at the time and it was similar; low mileage, original owner, great condition with exception to the roof caved in, lol.  

That car looks so familiar though...the full beige rear seats...I know I've seen it before.   Where are u in the valley?  I grew up in Whitehall.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:50 PM

Can't wait to see the progress photos.
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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Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:50 PM

View Postkev, on 25 April 2013 - 01:39 PM, said:

AWESOME!  

I'm glad you fixed her up.  Kind of funny...about 18-19 years ago I looked at an 87 LE in Quakertown area (actually it may not have been as far as Qtown...maybe Center Valley) that was crushed just like yours.  Guy wanted $1500 for it at the time and it was similar; low mileage, original owner, great condition with exception to the roof caved in, lol.  

That car looks so familiar though...the full beige rear seats...I know I've seen it before.   Where are u in the valley?  I grew up in Whitehall.

kev

Wow ... that's a really weird post to read for me .... You couldn't have gotten any close to home for me than the towns you listed.  I grew up in Quakertown and I now live in Center Valley.  Work in Allentown.  You still in the area?
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1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:36 AM

No, live near pittsburgh now...but my family is still in valley (Catty, Whitehall, and Allentown).  I don't get back too often anymore...only about once or twice a year.  



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:19 AM

I go to those shops in center valley all the time.  Will probably go to that theater to see Iron Man 3 next week.  In August I usually go to the ford car show in coopersburg.  I can't wait to see the progress pics of this rebuild.

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