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My new car (Thread now, pics later)

Discussion in 'Other Vehicle Discussions' started by Celerity, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    yeah yeah... ttiwop.

    Ever have bologne and cheese sandwiches every day for lunch ? One day you're eating it, and you just stop. The thought of another bologne and cheese sandwich makes your stomach turn. You don't hate it, but you're just sick of it.

    Well I was wrenching on what must be my 1000th D series engine, when I just dropped the tool and couldn't do it anymore. I mean, I don't mind the engine, but It's gotten stagnant. I needed a break. Something different. If you only do one thing forever, you wind up just... you know... stagnant.


    Anyway I was trying for a Lotus about a month ago. I was looking at 1987 Lotus Esprit turbos. I found a few on Ebay and bid away.

    I found one in Rhode Island, good mileage, ok shape - good price (So far). I called him up and asked to look at it. He agreed and I told him I would go that weekend.

    Well I call Friday night and he says "My friend listing the ad said it was a bad idea to have someone look at it from Ebay." He then told me that it was reserved at 12,000. So I just went ahead and dropped 12k on the bid.

    Nothing. 12,001. Nothing. 12,200. Nothing. Lied.

    Oh well, but hey, I figure, since I got the bug up my ass to buy a new, lemme look around at some C4 vettes.

    I find a few that I like, and two or so that I Want to look at. They aren't great prices, but they are decent. $8000 or so for cheap, $12,000 for ones with low miles. Rare 6 speed or 4+3. But I'm looking through the bargain news (Connecticut Used Cars for Sale and CT Classified Ads from the Bargain News) and I find "1976 Cosworth Vega".

    A few months I almost bought a Cosworth that was in pieces. I was going to do it, but I thought better of it because I had no clue what a Cosworth engine was like, and didn't want to put all that effort into building a potentially garbage motor. But lemme call up and go test drive this.

    So I showed up and test drove it - no intention on buying. But I bought it anyway.

    No pics of mine yet, but here are some pics of like cars on the web:

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    I expect none of you to appreciate this car, but I really don't care :)

    It's a 1976, with 25,000 original miles on it. It's been sitting in a garage for 25 years, and the guy I bought it off of bought it, redid the seals, gas tank, brakes and suspension with the hopes of keeping it. But he walks with 2 canes and can't handle the 100lbs clutch and the 120lbs brake. So he had to sell it in favor of an automatic. So he did the hard stuff, I get to finish up the body. The body is rust free but it's scratched to shit from people shuffling things around the garage and putting boxes on the paint. The interior is white (Which I hate) but it's all mint. It's # 2561, and it's the 10th to last one to ever be made.

    And I will make it a daily driver. The car is much like a fully laden 240SX with an un-built SR20DET under the hood. It handles VERY well (Like, third gen supra well) and it's a bear to drive. It's got a reverse H shifter (1,2,3,4,5,r = r,1,2,3,4,5) and manual everything. It's got the smell of muscle car, and the long hood of one too. But that's my roots, that's the kind of car I can drive.

    And drive this car does. Hoooooly shit. Unleash the anger of a Cosworth 4 banger sometime.. you'll be glad you did.

    The engine may seem a bit outdated (It's a 1976 electronic fuel injection, and instead of a computer it has a few small tubes and is tuned using an oscilloscope) but it's the same exact engine that's used in the Cosworth Fords from the racing program. 2.0 liters of handmade, high toleranced fun. It gets about 25 mpg from what I can tell so far, and it's a real barn burner.

    As a hint of what it's capable of, this engine is the precursor of the same engine in the GIS 2 Escort, sans turbo.

    Pics of mine will be going up this weekend, when I take them. Right now I've been too busy wrenching on it and undoing the stupid shit that the guy before me did. Like cracking the brand new fucking gas tank.

    Plans ? Resto mod. lowered with lakewood springs and struts. Lakewood brakes and the Camaro / S-10 hub upgrade. Points distributor converted to HEI converted to MSD via Mallory. Fan removal and installation of dual 24" electric fans on dual-core radiator. Oil cooler and air intake upgrades (It's got dual throttle bodies, so I'll do some motorcycle tricks). HID Headlight conversion, complete dashboard re-arrangment and new sound system. Followup with a new center console, some chrome lighting and a PDA stealth mounted somewhere. I may consider fiberglass body parts to address it's piggy 3500 lbs fat ass.

    And maybe I'll grow a Mullet :)

    -> Steve
     
  2. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    There we go.
     
  3. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    Looks neat, way to do something different!

    however, I would have held out for a lotus. =)
    in fact I was talking to be about them last night =)
     
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    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    this was my excuse for cheating on my girlfriend 2 exes ago. "you know, i'm just stagnant. I need something different."
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    Last night I climbed the really steep drifting hill by house, got the temps up to 220. Coasted down the other side. I successfully cooled it back to 200, but I SMOKED the brakes. I gotta get used to 1970's technology again.

    Then on the way home, from the overheat the oil sprayed on the front of the motor, and I smoked and charred the belt. Argh.

    I was thinking I could do this as a daily, in replacement of the Civic - But I think there are a few more bugs to work out.
     
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    my dad had one of those. crazy car. From the pictures i saw of his car...it had a 3.0 Ferrari V8 with custom headers and a new scoop. Random stuff, looked pretty hot until someone ran a red light. those pics sucked.
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying your father had a Ferrari engine in his Chevy vega ?
     
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    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    thats what im saying. he has the pics to back it up. the story is "He was in guam at an air force base and he found a rear and side wrecked 308 on the base. He bought the car for $1,500 bucks and swapped the engine into his vega."

    Pretty sweet car. Looked pretty similar to you pic. Black with gold accents. Really hot. Random red engine under the hood. I would have rocked it. Whats really sad is he only did 3k worth of work....in 1980.

    that woulda been a good hand-me-down.
     
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    It's actually a crap motor, when it comes down to it. I'm sure it ran really well for a few miles, then it's time for a tune up. Then repeat the next day. the 308 engines are sucky for getting any daily performance outof them.

    Because I considered that as well for a daily driver (I was a ferrari mechanic for some time) Not even I can afford the parts with my connections.
     
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    yeah thats what he said. it was better than the stock engine, and it gave him a reason to "get away from his ex-wife" for a little while.
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    That's why god invented the Garage. It's a big room, one of the walls opens up to the outside, and women can't stand being in them.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Wow, I sure dont want to question your thinking, but Lotus to Vette to Vega.. I mean, the vet was 30 steps down from the lotus...

    Hell, its your car, you love it.. Way to go.

    What did you pay for it?
     
  14. Celerity

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    That's the funny thing. Keep in mind, a mint one will go for $8000 all day long. This was inspected by me to be in great running order, needing some body massaging to bring it back to life. Turns out I was wrong on several key issues, but I still got it for a "good" price. No bargains, no rip off.

    $4500 into it so far, with new tires and gas tank restoration. The tank was installed too tightly and cracked. I'm working out who is going to cover that one.

    And I'm financing it. I am the only person in the world right now financing a 1976 Chevy Vega. I looked into loans to cover some of my personal shit (I had fines to the DMV, taxes, and Chris) and I wasn't getting any closer to paying them. So I found loans that I was approved for in the 12-18% categories. But an auto loan I could get for 8.3%.. So I went that route. Left over money is going into the Vega for it's "resto-modding", new suspension and shit like that. I just don't know where to start now.

    I understand I can swap in the 5 lug Blazer axles (Right into my posi rear) and the front spindles also from a Blazer. That will cure my rare sized wheel problem, but I am still doing the math to see what it will do to the steering geometry. I am considering fabbing up my own dropped spindles from the Vega components, and my own axle shafts for the rear. This will be a "this winter" kind of thing.

    I am still bedlining the Brat and trying to work out it's body issues. When that's done, the Vega can hibernate for a bit while I remove the rear axle for blasting / modification, front spindles for modification / replacement and then work out the suspension math on my own time. I am also trying to track down a set of gaskets for the car so I can remove the intake plenum to address the oil leak.

    -> S
     
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    thats clean...nice find dude.
     
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    It's really interesting to drive too. I would say it's like a detuned V8 (like a fox body stang or 77 Camaro 305), but it keeps climbing.

    That oil leak is almost solved, the radiator is ordered and apparently K&N will make you an aircleaner housing from your specification. I got an oil filter relocator (A Celerity trademark item) and ordered the purple magic oil for when I Get the leak solved. Then the fan is coming off (Its not even clutched, it's solid mounted) and mounting a push and a pull fan on the radiator. As god as my witness - and Celerity as my name - I will never overheat again !

    For the K&N to be installed the EGR stuff is coming off and going in a box. Emissions exempt (Eat your hearts out) means I can start to play. California Red glasspack is going in next month when I get the rest of the exhaust redone (3") and then it's time to tackle the suspension / new spindles.

    I saw a restomod 1973 Trans Am today and my heart fluttered. This will look SO good with some modern tires on it, aggressive front airdam and some sort of wing.

    I'm thinking of a roof wing or a modified Camaro wing on the trunk (Roof wing:
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    As seen on this model.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Wow, that thing is in incredible shape for the year.

    Nice find!
     
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    your name isnt celerity :p

    its steveo
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    That EGR system is crazy. Glad you're removing it.. you can't see the motor under there, lol.
     
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