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I'm faced with a heart-wrenching decision to abandon the CRX project and go with a newer platform, or just stick with the CRX and forget about running it this summer. Keeping the CRX isn't without problems, I need to rebuild or replace the engine and paint the car.

I sent the car out for body work a few years ago and got ripped off big time. So now I have to do it again, myself the right way. I also need to replace the moon roof (and I can't believe how much people are selling the OEM versions of this for), so I'm going to get into some money here. I have a B16a1/Y1 combo in it now and I've lost compression in the engine so it needs to be rebuilt. But the 2000.00 price tag is going to push the project out to late summer before I get it back on the road which is why I feel just ordering a long block would be the better plan right now. Since I'm going to be running nitrous through the engine, I want to install an adjustable FPR so I can dial in the A/F a little more. So you can see how the price is getting ugly fast.

My brother is chomping at the bit to get his hands on my car. He wants to shoot it with House of Kolor silver as the base with a subtle tribal design down the side and maybe a tru-fire layer under the tribal. He is going to make me some color panels with a Kandy overlay on the silver base so we can see how that's going to turn out. That parts up in the air right now.

Of course the second option is to move over to the Dodge Neon SRT-4 platform. I found one locally with low miles for a pretty good price though a dealer. Then work on getting a stage-2 kit which would put me right about where I want to be -power wise. Plus the SRT-4 has LSD as a standard option which I've found isn't an option for FWD cars putting over 250hp to the wheels.

After the last wreck in '01 I just can't get into the CRX like I was. I love the car but sometimes it feels like an exercise in futility. Sorry this is so long winded, just need to try and vent a bit.

Sean
 

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Its tough to make the decision to park it completely, especially if you know that it is going to take a while to get the project done... trust me on this one. I know that when the car is finished that I am going to end up happier though than if I had just bailed on it and bought a "new" rex from Florida and just started driving it.
 

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I would say if you have the room, keep the CRX, work on it as you can, and buy the SRT-4. I doubt you owe much, if any, on the CRX, and how much would you get selling it? Probably not too much, so would you regret it? Maybe.

Why don't you keep it, help your bro find another CRX, and work on them together. You can help each other find good deals on parts, and work on them together. It will bring back that brotherly love you know you've missed. hah. Maybe not an option, but just an idea.
 

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You still in Oil City?

I'll come help turn wrenches. Keep in mind I'm a retard under the hood, but I'm fun to watch. lol.

Your dilema is a tough one to be in, but trust me when I say this. Avoid car payments. I got myself into a Jeep payment and I'm miserable. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the Jeep, but the payments suck ass.
 

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2000 for a rebuild isn't that bad considering the following:
Complete bottom end R/R with 10.7 JE slugs, JE rings and .040 over bore and balance (less rods)
Complete head R/R w/stainless valves (less cams)
Engine will be good for up to a 300 shot of nitrous (acording to the builder). The biggest downside is having to trailer it down to Butler to get it on a dyno for tuning.

mithuth: Yea, I'm still in Oil City. I need to get a turbo heater before I do anything...kinda nippy in the garage.

Its me DUB: My brother doesn't want a CRX, he just wants to paint mine (that's one of the things he does).

I bought the CRX out right in 2001 from someone in Pittsburgh so there aren't any payments. I just am going to have a lot of money in fixing it back to what it was two years ago. The wife gave me a greenlight to look into how much we would be into for the SRT-4 (the only reason it even became an issue). I don't know, I'll probably just keep the CRX and build the engine that's in it now later on. By then I might be able to swing a Y1 w/factory LSD.
 

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The wife gave me a greenlight to look into how much we would be into for the SRT-4 (the only reason it even became an issue). I don't know, I'll probably just keep the CRX and build the engine that's in it now later on. By then I might be able to swing a Y1 w/factory LSD.
That's a sign to keep the rex. if the wife supports it, you know there's osmething wrong... lol. (I know, I'm married.) LOL.

Let your brother paint the rex, what could it hurt. 8)
Infact if he wants to paint mine, I'm all for it too. LOL.
 

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I wasn't prepared to replace the engine this year. I could just drive it and stay off the track, but then I risk finishing off the engine anyways and be in the same position I'm in now except I would have a junk core. Oh well, back to the drawing board...again.
 

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Interceptor said:
2000 for a rebuild isn't that bad considering the following:
Complete bottom end R/R with 10.7 JE slugs, JE rings and .040 over bore and balance (less rods)
Complete head R/R w/stainless valves (less cams)
Engine will be good for up to a 300 shot of nitrous (acording to the builder). The biggest downside is having to trailer it down to Butler to get it on a dyno for tuning.
That's a build not a rebuild.
 
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