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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby commodorejohn » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:43 am

Raion-Fox wrote:That's right, you have a bug right? Pics please! Do you do your own work on it?

Heh :D Here she is. It's a 1969 Beetle with a rebuilt 1971 1.6L engine from the previous owner. Not the prettiest, but under the pockmarks the body's in good shape, and it runs very well. (For being almost fifty years old, it's been the most reliable car I've ever owned :lol: Far better than any of the mid-'90s sedans I drove prior to this.) My dad assists with the maintenance as he cut his teeth on vintage VWs (I'm gradually getting a handle on doing it myself,) though the most involved we've had to get thus far was a carburetor rebuild when I first got it. We replaced the distributor with a Pertronix electronic model, so I don't have to adjust the points; beyond that, regular oil changes and tappet adjustments and the occasional tightening up of the brake drums have given me two years of regular usage without any major issues...by this point, each of my previous cars had started in on their final death-spiral, and they were all thirty years younger.
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:53 am

Very nice. My grandmother had one in the exact same colour.

My 1999 Miata is a rust bucket, it originally came from Ohio so I'm not surprised, but it has been reliable with all new brakes, oil changes and the like it just keeps on chugging. For a near 200k miles car it doesn't burn much oil, doesn't overheat and doesn't have any problems other than it did have some of the filthiest coolant out of any car I have bought in it.

The transmission on the other hand is eventually going to need a rebuild. The previous owners have manhandled the synchros and thus it grinds occasionally going in or out of gear 2. I've been changing the gear oil regularly in an attempt to flush out any crap in the system, and while no big chunks have come out it's a lot of small bits of brass and steel coming​ out.

Inevitably I'm simply considering driving the car until the body goes and swapping the engine into a Miata with a good body.
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sat May 06, 2017 10:17 pm

The Sonic has been sold with it's new engine. My girlfriend has her silver IS300 and is happy and I am happy knowing I won't have to afford to pay for her piece of shit Daewoo rebadge, plus I got to keep the profit on selling the Sonic since I did all the work for her.

The IS300 has 160k on a well maintained engine. No rattles, knocks or anything. The transmission fluid was brown but I replaced it and no metal shavings were on the drain plug so I think we're good. The AC had a leak at the drier so I just popped in a new one and vacuumed it down, charged it up and it blows ice cold.

Now to change my Miata's transmission oil, diff oil, rip out the half assed cruise control and fix the A/C. I'm also in the market for a manual rack but those are expensive so that won't be until after I've recovered some expenses. I mean the PS rack is fine but I prefer fuel economy over light steering.
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sat May 06, 2017 11:29 pm

I've been surprised by how easy plain mechanical steering is to get used to. I don't miss power steering at all - and certainly not what happens when the power steering fails and you're left working up a hernia trying to horse the wheel off to one side or the other because the damn thing wasn't designed to fail gracefully.
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby mopar5150 » Sun May 07, 2017 8:23 am

Well here is my current project... Modified 1955 Dodge truck. Just finishing up the frame and suspension work.

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This is a photo of it 10 years ago.

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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby mopar5150 » Sun May 07, 2017 8:26 am

Raion-Fox wrote:The Sonic has been sold with it's new engine. My girlfriend has her silver IS300 and is happy and I am happy knowing I won't have to afford to pay for her piece of shit Daewoo rebadge, plus I got to keep the profit on selling the Sonic since I did all the work for her.

The IS300 has 160k on a well maintained engine. No rattles, knocks or anything. The transmission fluid was brown but I replaced it and no metal shavings were on the drain plug so I think we're good. The AC had a leak at the drier so I just popped in a new one and vacuumed it down, charged it up and it blows ice cold.

Now to change my Miata's transmission oil, diff oil, rip out the half assed cruise control and fix the A/C. I'm also in the market for a manual rack but those are expensive so that won't be until after I've recovered some expenses. I mean the PS rack is fine but I prefer fuel economy over light steering.


Holy crap, sounds like you have a full blown repair shop going. And we thought you were just a computer nerd. :lol:
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sun May 07, 2017 8:32 am

mopar5150 wrote:Holy crap, sounds like you have a full blown repair shop going. And we thought you were just a computer nerd. :lol:


Not really. I just have a concrete slab behind my house and some nice friends who are willing to help with the bigger jobs. Replacing the Sonic's shortblock took about 3 days. One to pull the engine, one to swap the parts over to the shortblock, and one to put it back in. Biggest pain was reinstallation. The Sonic has a tiny engine bay made for Korean child labor.

Now I did work as a low end mechanic at one job and learned a lot of shit, that's how I know to do what I do.
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:28 pm

Still haven't got around to reinstalling the A/C in the Miata. Waiting to see if I can find a non-power steering rack that fits my '99.

In the meantime, met up with a guy in Virginia Beach who had a front bumper from a 2001, two door panels and a 3 spoke Nardi wheel and airbag. The bumper will be living downstairs for a while.

In other news, I broke up with the girl about 2 weeks ago (we're still friends). She had asked back when her Sonic broke why I didn't pay for her new car since I insisted on it - this is why. I still have $1300 from selling the Sonic, and she has a car she's happy with. If I had paid for it, I'd have another IS300 and she'd have a car payment from a buy here pay here because she's shit broke. Only tangentially related to the discussion, but I'm officially single so I have room in my driveway to fix up a 1995 Cabrio that was given to me - I get to sell it and split the profit with my brother once it's sell-able.

Also hoping to move to Southern VA again so I can get away from the worst of the winters - my Miata with it's rusty rockers doesn't need anymore holes!
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:54 pm

Here's my newest project.

1994 Green Mitsubishi 3000GT (Jade Fox)

84k miles (branded not-actual-mileage due to a DMV transcription error, not my fault)

Automatic/FWD

It's not perfect. It has a hacked up alarm system that needs to be yanked, the transmission may need to be replaced, there's an exhaust leak and there's problems abound.

But I've wanted one of these for decades.
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby johnnym » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:00 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:Here's my newest project.

1994 Green Mitsubishi 3000GT (Jade Fox)

84k miles (branded not-actual-mileage due to a DMV transcription error, not my fault)

Automatic/FWD


Do you have all-wheel steering in it and will you paint it red later? :)
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby jpstewart » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:34 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:Here's my newest project.

1994 Green Mitsubishi 3000GT (Jade Fox)
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But I've wanted one of these for decades.

Congratulations on getting an awesome car! I think everyone I knew wanted one of those (well, actually it's Dodge Stealth twin) back in the day.

Good luck with the project, and I hope you have lots of fun with the car!
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby guardian452 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:04 pm

johnnym wrote:
Raion-Fox wrote:Here's my newest project.

1994 Green Mitsubishi 3000GT (Jade Fox)

84k miles (branded not-actual-mileage due to a DMV transcription error, not my fault)

Automatic/FWD


Do you have all-wheel steering in it and will you paint it red later? :)

Why? It looks like great shape, and that green is totally 90's :)

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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:00 pm

johnnym wrote:Do you have all-wheel steering in it and will you paint it red later? :)


Jade Fox does not have AWD/4WS. That is the VR4 only.

The car does have some problems, namely a car alarm I need to rip out, a repair to the radio harness, and the transmission is acting funny (either the solenoids are bad or the linkage is out of whack), and the passenger sideskirt is cracked/loose.

The car alarm has been disabled but I hate leaving hacked up wiring in a car so I'm going to probably have a shop remove it if it's sliced up a bunch of wiring.

The car's engine does appear in good shape as it's original to the car, doesn't knock or tick and it doesn't leak much either. Just
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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby guardian452 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:13 pm

Careful with those alarms. I thought I had mine competely out of the eclipse, but there was a kill relay on the B+... so I was driving home on a dark and rainy night and the car died, I had no lights, no hazards, no horn, took a good whack on the dash pad to get it working. Happened twice but was perfectly fine every other time. After the second time was when we traded it for the escape (kuga/maverick to the euros out there ;) )

I learned my lesson to never buy a used car if you see any "aftermarket" wiring but a nice project like that is an exception :)

Also this eclipse had a bunch of other stuff, custom leather, custom fiberglass interior with "sub" holders :roll: probably very nice back in the day but I guess the 2nd owner didnt take much care of it.
We got a good deal on it but I wouldnt do it again.

Does it have one of those sirens that sounds like a toy space blaster? :lol:

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Re: Car Talk

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:26 pm

I didn't hear the alarm because I disconnected it's power the first thing I got the car towed home. It had a loud looking siren, though. I kept that for obvious reasons, I could potentially use that elsewhere.

I plan to have the dash out of the car at least once, so I'll make it a priority to survey the wiring and fuse panel then.

One possible upgrade is to get the VR4 climate control and drivetrain in it one day, but for now, I just want to get it driving well, nice and clean and take care of the immediate issues.

If the transmission is shot and the shop that did the work for the previous owner (It's all under warranty) refuses to fix it I'll simply either get a junkyard AT or put a 5-speed in it. We'll see what happens there.
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