Well I think it is about time to start one for my dear sweet trep..
As most of you know it had a really hard life when I got it and it was worse for the wear. It could of been taken to the scrap yard, but I saw potential in it and it does not look like it is the same car from when I got it.
I acquired the car back in October 2007 for free (only had to buy the fuel to get there to it and back), and there is a very long history behind this car and why it came into my possession.
Mods (if you consider them as mods):
Took a 2000 RAS radio's tape deck (Radio itself was dead) and installed it into my 1997 RAS Radio. (Keeping as backup)
Bought an 1st gen AM / FM / Cassette / CD Player and installed it.
Specs of the car:
1997 Base model
AM / FM / Cassette Radio (Radio connectors was missing)
Candy Apple Red Metallic Paint (PHC)
Manual Front Bench Seats
Parts Bought to Fix it Up:
Headlights, brackets, and Front Turns
Right Front Fender
Front Bumper Cover
Fuel Tank with working Pump
There are still a few things I need to buy and have on order for the car, but that is still going one step at a time.
Parts Still Needed or on order:
New Radiator (The mounting pieces on mine is broke, but Radiator is not leaking)
2 Bolts to hold the front bumper cover on (Can buy those at my local hardware store)
Replace the Passenger side Door
Subframe bushings (On Order)
Well Enough with all the mindless chit chatter, and on with the pics
BEFORE I GOT IT:
AS IT IS TODAY:
There will be more to come in this thread, and there are a few mods that I am wanting to get done to it.
Last edited by jradams350; 09-11-2011 at 12:51 AM..
In January 2007 the original owners of the car did not know that their son let his friend get behind the wheel of the car and drive it. Well from what I gathered, they lost control and slammed it into a tree doing considerable damage to it. The impact was so great, it caused the accessory belts to complete shred (I guess they hit he fan blades), ripped out the battery wires from the battery terminals and killed the fuel pump.
I received a message about this car in October and after seeing the photos of the car, I wanted it. I got down to where the car was at (Small little community just outside a big city with an AIR FORCE BASE) and found out that the true owner was not there but he gave hiss wife POA to give it to me.
It took some time to get it loaded onto the trailer because I had to fight with my truck to get the trailer lined up to load the car on it, but once I got into position, it took little effort to get it loaded (of course having a winch does help). I had to block off the whole street because my truck and trailer was so long, and part of my truck was in the neighbors yard (They did not care at all), and all the cops did that showed up, because they were called, was verify what i was doing and they went on their way. had some mad people, but hey I can not help it because I had a very long truck and my 18 ft trailer attached to it.
Well once it was loaded, I did not worry about strapping it down at first, just moved the truck and trailer to open the road back up, then i strapped it down tight. It made the 124 mile trip on the trailer here to my house without any problems.
From October 2007 to January 2009, I was fiddling with the car on and off, re-timed the engine just in case it was causing a NO-START issue, checked all plugs, and installed a belt on it. Also during that time, I got all the parts to fix the body and it only cost me $200.
Thanks Cean, Dan, and Spencer. This car came a long way from what it was to now. My neighbors saw me driving it to the mailbox and they liked it. Uploading more pics to photobucket but that is taking some time. Of course it has a new fuel filter on it as well which I bought and installed.
Cost of car - $0.00 Free
Current cost of parts and all - S350 ($200 in body parts alone)
I have to admit, at first I did not like the car, but it grew on me quickly. If I get ticked off enough, I may replace the carpet with a new one (Same color).
Here are more pictures as I promised. Breaking it down so that it can easily understood
Here are better pictures of before I got it to get a better picture of the damage:
The Unload of the car:
Body parts and Electrical / Fuel System Parts:
Test Fitting of Parts:
The car was started and moved from that area in late November 2008 / Early December 2008 and is now where it is at.
I am still going through and trying to get all the rebuild pictures sorted out and getting them ready to be uplaoded to photobucket. I have the fog lights here in the house still, and I am going to clean them up and then reinstall them (Had to install new bulbs in them).
Did you do a front clip scab???? Looks like a whole front engine bay sitting on that tarp there.
That was the complete front-end off a donor car at the yard. The yard personnel that I got the parts from, they cut that off, and in the process somehow set the interior on fire.
All the wiring was still in there when I got it, just did not have the cradle on it, but it still had the Air box, Rack, PDC, ABS system, Air Bag sensors, TCM (Still have it), PCM (Sold to a member on here), and a few other items.
I have had this car going on 4 years and it has been my pet project. The previous owners of it actually offered to buy it back when I was finished repairing it (other people have offered to buy it as well), but I declined to sell it.
Still looking into getting a new set of headlamp assemblies to fix a small issue with the ones I currently have with mine. The only major mod that I have done and going to undo is currently have an Eagle Vision TSi leather front drivers seat installed. Going to remove it because it is binding up immediately when you start moving the seat.
Well a semi new mod is fixing to happen to the poor thing. I have been fighting the connectors (Wire end) for the battery and I can wiggle them around and with little effort, I can pull them off the battery.
One of the biggest issues with the connectors is the fact that when I go and try to start the car, it clicks and there is no power at all. I have to wiggle the connector at the battery and then try again. It takes like 2 or 3 times to get it started. Those were brand new connectors I installed, and everything was cleaned / tightened but it still likes doing it. One time when I shut the car down, it clicked once (relay style click) and all power was gone. I tried a different battery and it still does the same thing.
Well the mod will be converting it from Top Post to side post, and I just got the parts today to do the conversion. Tomorrow when I have a chance and it is not raining, I am going to do the conversion so that I finally do not have to worry about the issues it has been giving me and have an easy time starting the car...