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I was going to add to the thread I had started, but this is more of a post purchase, just got it looked over well, review. Here's a few pics (sorry about the size) to get it started and I'll jot down my initial comments afterwards.

Just got her thawed out and began cleaning the garbage out.


Busted rear wiper arm. It spins 360* and of ccourse doesn't wipe worth a turd.


A few of the engine bay. notice the sexy DPFI ... LOL.


And what do we have here? A SNAKE! ... nope just the alternator belt. (more below)


A nice pic of a siezed up alternator, hence the snapped belt.


Here's a few pros:
uncracked heater cluster:


Mint 89 Si seats, I sold him a while ago for $200 (half the price of what I paid for hte car, lol)


ViS Carbon Fiber ZC style USDM hood:


I know, I know, it needs washed.


OK, here's my initial assessment. I put in $5 in gas, a bottle of dry gas, and a new battery, and she fired right up. There was a horrible smoke cloud and a squeel like a stuck pig, but then it stopped... snapped the alternator belt. Luckly the battery was new, and brought me home no problem.

It has a seriously erratic idle and pulse when you drive it. I'm thinking maybe a TPS, but Im going to start with the easy stuff first. I bought new NGK plugs and wires, a dist cap and rotor, and plan to install them in a few days. I have to wait for hte wire set to come in on the truck @ advanced auto. Hopefully that fixes it. If that does not fix it, I'll try the TPS.

The body needs some TLC, but for what I paid, I dont care what it looks like, I plan to drive the snot out of it. I already did the rust free, conditional driver for 4 years and hated every minute of it. It's time to rip some pavement and leave a trail of rust... lol.

The good thing is I'm not getting any codes. That made me pretty happy. But on the back side of all that, I know i need a clutch, exhaust, and I have to figure out what the heck is wrong iwth the ebrake. I pull it up and it hold, but whe nI release it, the handle is sloppy. I'm guessing there's just corrosion in the cables and they need removed and some PB blaster or WD-40 in them to free them up.

If I can get it restored and inspected for under $1000, I'll be so happy.

I'll try to remember to take lots of pics as I do all yhese things to submit tech articles. I forget that kind of stuff sometimes. lol

Anyhow, not a bad grab for $400.

Oh yeah, the rockers I was so concerned about are in great shape. I jacked it up by them today to make sure this project was worth putting money into. So far, it is.
 

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16x7 Konig Tuner

He's coming to pick them up and give me some stockie 13" 5 spokers. I'll post pics of them too once htey get here.

I'm having issues with the laternator .. how the hell do you get it out? out ht etop, out the bottom, drill into the side, what?!!? lol... arg! I'll do a search here in a minute.
 

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lessonsinspeed said:
The hood, seats, and climate control unit are worth $400, so looks like you practically got a car for free!
Until you add up the undone maintainance cost. lol

Alternator, alt' belt, cap, rotor, plugs, wires, thermostat, air filter, water pump, clutch, battery, I'm sure there's a list a mile long, but I'm going to tackle it little by little. I'll get a few of the majors now, and work my wat down to the small stuff.

Btw, when I got it drug out to the road after 4 hours of "drag it 4ft, shovel 4 more ft, drag it, shovel, etc.." up a 400ft driveway, the driver's side tire was flat ... no pump, nothing to change the spare with, etc.. So I drove it 15 miles to my house on the stiff/frozen sidewall of a Kuhmo 712, hehe. Heck, it even got up to 65 with little effort... :lol:
 

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Nice find. . is there any chance that he would want to sell those wheels? I could drive up and pick them up....

I have some 17's that are chrome and nice ( need tires) and cash I would trade for them. . if he is up for getting rid of them . . . i have pics. . .

nice find on that car. . . i def would have bought it for that price. .

Chris
 

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jfrolang said:
All that rust under the hood makes me cringe, but I guess you can't beat the price.
It's surface rust at this point. The plan is to drive it til it wont pass inspection anymore and then part it out.

I may throw some rust inhibitor on it like POR15 or something, but I think if i get a few years out of it, I'll be happy.
 

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zulued said:
at least you didnt wreck it while driving home from that guys house.

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Shush you. hehehe. :lol: That's not even funny ... much.

Also, rather than beg people to help me, I'm determined to attempt the repairs myself on this one. :oops: If I can't get something, I'll cry out for some help, but I've decided it's time to DO all these things I've been reading about.

BTW- since you're such a smarty pants, got a passenger fender laying around? lol
 

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I'm thinking down the road once it gets in better shape, I MAY sell it or trade it for a decient 88-91 Hatch Dx (or Si if one comes up)

In the mean time, I'll rock it semi stock. wewt.

Also, I just found a reciept for ES bushings and installation. I'll have to look around a bit and see if it's just the motor mount bushngs or suspension bushings, or what. Unfortunately is just says Energy Susp. Bushing install $xxx

It also has some good condition OEM floor mats too. Bonus! I've got to get the 1.5 year stink out of it. It smells like stale air in the car, nothing bad, jsut a scent I dn't want to smell every time I get in it.

I've got a mile long bought and waiting to do list. Here it is so far:
dist cap, rotor, plugs, clutch kit (waiting on delivery), oil change, coolant flush, 2 sets 5 1/4 speaker install... lots more that needs cleaned up.

The to buy list:
Exhaust components(header, high flow cat, cherry bomb for resonator, OEM looking 2"-2.5" inlet with dual outlet muffler, and have custom 2" piping bent to install), find and order some misc clips and screws for the bumpers and bumper lights, repair sloppy shifter(possibly jsut the bushing), get an OEM AM/FM cd player or tape deck, repair stock radio harness plugs, possible TPS sensor, struts if I can't squeak them past inspection, find a good cargo cover and divider with trunk carpet, get 96-00 Civic center console and a ford cupholder set, then MAYBE start some rust repair.

I'm sure there's TONS more to do as time goes on, but I am trying not to overwhelm myself like I did with my list for sinful (sold to mattminerDOTcom), and become frustrated with the project and sell it off.
 

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*update*
Waiting for install: The NGK plugs and wire set, cap rotor, thermostat, OEM rotors and pads, Exedy Clutch is here. And the ceramic header, high flow cat, carbon fiber cup holder, and a set of 4 OEM mudflaps is in route.

I still have quite a bit of odds and ends I want to pick up, but for the most part she's about ready for inspection. I do have to figure a quick fix for the fender's rust hole. I may just rivet some tin over it until I can get another fender, even though it will look like crap.

Here's the OEM 13" wheels he gave me when he came to pick up the 16s. I'm not sure what Honda they came off of, but they're definately 80s style. lol.

 

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mithuth said:
Here's the OEM 13" wheels he gave me when he came to pick up the 16s. I'm not sure what Honda they came off of, but they're definately 80s style. lol.

Don't beleive those are any sort of OEM Honda wheels Looks to me like some sort of aftermarket rim w/the Honda center cap plugged in there.
 
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