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03-10-2012, 05:29 PM
While I still have my 6th gen (daily) and my offroader 94 Pickup, I decided I wanted something with a little more muscle and an American flavor. Then driving down a backroad into town the other day I came across a project too good to pass up.

1986 Trans Am, 5.0TPI, 700R4, T-Top, WS6 with 88K original miles! To make a fairly log story short, the owner was the son of the original owner who cherished it but was a bit of a drunk. It sat in his garage for years at a time, the last time going up on jack stands in '98. Dad handed the keys and title to the son, then weeks later put a shotgun in his mouth (no, not in the car)

The son had mixed feelings about the car and dragged it around with him but never registered it. It sat outside the last few years neglected. He decided to sell it for family reasons. My plans are to go through it pretty thoroughly and change out all the fluids including a complete fuel system, brake system, cooling system and trans flush. I did a compression test prior to purchase and it was 170 +/- 5 across the board.

I'll update this as I get a bit deeper into it but here it is before and after a good bath.


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http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/425182_347990791906978_100000881806029_964056_1984 597313_n.jpg

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The really special part of the car is how MINT the interior is. The following pictures speak for themselves, but this is before so much as a vacuum on my part.

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Headlight motors rebuilt
Tuning - its not running right, has a bad lean backfire
A/C recharge (R-12)
Brakes soft - flush may fix em
Hood and hatch struts
Further detailing

03-10-2012, 06:59 PM
Very nice pickup. I tried to own a firebird once. Turns out they dont fit people my size very well lol.

And damn! That interior is clean. Should be an easy cleanup car for you.

03-10-2012, 07:18 PM

03-10-2012, 07:42 PM
Yeah, I liked that generation, and thats in great shape. Congrats man.

03-10-2012, 08:10 PM
As soon as I saw that car, I saw it running through the rolling cornfields in Ohio with 'Bad Moon Rising' playing on atrack.

Eric Barrera
03-10-2012, 09:24 PM
Performance suspension? So does that mean it handles like a cruisliner or a aircraft carrier


Nice find.

03-10-2012, 09:31 PM
Very cool.

03-10-2012, 11:55 PM
Performance suspension? So does that mean it handles like a cruisliner or a aircraft carrier


Nice find.

"Performance suspension" = WS6

The WS6 group of factory-designed modifications substitutes 16x8 Hi-Tech aluminum wheels matched to Goodyear Eagle P245/50VR16 blackwall tires for the standard 15-inch rolling stock and adds disc brakes in the rear. Also included is a special suspension package with stiffer MacPherson struts up front and a thicker 36mm front stabilizer bar. In the rear, specially valved gas-charged shocks are employed, as is a 24mm stabilizer bar. A limited-slip differential was also part of the package

The sway bars are truely massive!

So I already sorted out the main problem and the reason why the previous owner had given up on it. The #1 and #3 spark plug wires were mixed up at the plugs. Probably explained why it was popping and missing. sorted that out, set the timing and took her for a spin...V8 + Posi + wet roads = Fun!

03-11-2012, 12:18 AM
Very nice find. Once it's cleaned up, it will look great.

I had forgotten about the very RED interior options that GM had during this time. With the WS6 suspension, that thing should handle really well.

03-11-2012, 12:21 AM
Ohh, interesting. Not sure I dig the interior color.. but hey, with my burgundy I can't be too judgmental.. :hehe: Decent platform for a project!

03-11-2012, 01:40 AM
I LOVE the interior! Its so appropriate for the era! Would I buy a new car with it, HELL to the NO. But for a car of its generation I kinda dig it. It would look less dated with a black or grey interior, but this give it charactor. A nice compromise might be to put grey carpet in it to tone it down overall. If the original wasnt so damn nice I probably would.

The Captain
03-11-2012, 06:26 PM
I hope Murg puts rainX on his monitor before he looks at the pics.

03-11-2012, 07:04 PM
I hope Murg puts rainX on his monitor before he looks at the pics.

I thought thats what Murg was using for RainX.

03-11-2012, 08:25 PM
I just can't stand the interior. I wouldn't be able to own that.

03-11-2012, 10:02 PM
I dont think its any worse than the blue or burgundy interiors of the 80's Celicas and supras. I think a dark gray carpet would go a long way towards toning it down.

The car runs fantastic now and shifts hard! I still need to look at the brakes and flush the cooling system.

Its cleaning up really nice too!
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/64064_348981978474526_100000881806029_967253_10199 3495_n.jpg

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03-11-2012, 10:38 PM
Hard shifting is good?

03-11-2012, 10:52 PM
on a 700R4? yeah shifts frim enough to slip the tires a little are a good sign! Its either been kitted or prommed.

03-11-2012, 11:29 PM
Damn dude. You really know how to shine an old car up! Want to help me do mine when I bring the lift down there? :hehe: I'm just seriously impressed every time you bring one of these planters back home and make a car out of it again :)

03-12-2012, 12:56 AM

03-12-2012, 01:44 AM
If you pull the carpet let me know. My friends dad collects Trans Am's and has one with red interior that needs new carpet.

03-12-2012, 02:11 AM
Make sure you roll down the windows when you jack the car up.

03-13-2012, 02:07 AM
Got the title/tags done today. I was a little worried as the now deceased former owner had signed the title in the wrong spot...back in '08 I thought they would give me shit about it at the DMV. The lady seemed genuinely interested in the cars story when she read the odometer, but hardly even glanced at the title.

I had a slow leak in one of the tires that had been purchased back in 1998 (only 4K miles ago however) from a regional tire shop (Some of you know of Les Schwab Tires). It was a bead leak. They re-mounted the tire and sent me on my way no charge. Gotta love their corporate customer service model.

All I need now is an REO Speedwagon CD and a sunny day to take the tops off!

03-13-2012, 02:24 AM
It's true, you can't fight these feelings.

The Captain
03-13-2012, 03:02 AM
All I need now is an REO Speedwagon CD and a sunny day to take the tops off!
What's a "speedwagon"? Are they fast?

03-13-2012, 03:11 AM
What's a "speedwagon"? Are they fast?

Come on John, with all the old farts around here, you should have gotten this lecture before.

It's a type of light truck made by the REO Motor Car Company. They were relatively fast for their time.


03-13-2012, 04:41 AM
It's true, you can't fight these feelings.

ya know, Ive forgotten what I started fighting for.

03-13-2012, 05:18 PM
I have been wondering what your damn dirty tree hugging hippy ass was up too.

Nice score, I can't wait to see what you do with it.

I had an `87 GTA, pretty much top of the line, all options with snowflake wheels, leather interior and a five speed. Had a 3.55 posi in it and the TPI 305. That thing was mean.

I always thought white was the prettiest color for Third Gen F-bodies.

Now as much as folks want to bash on `80s era muscle cars, they were great cars at the time. Sure, they still had live axle rear ends, sure, they had anemic power ratings that were often under 200HP. However they livened up real quick with relatively few mods. The 700R4 was a good transmission, still used today in street rods and the life for an automatic. We have one in my S10. With a Hotchkiss supsension package the Third Gen F-body can hang pretty well with whatever it wants to.

03-13-2012, 05:19 PM
I have been wondering what your damn dirty tree hugging hippy ass was up too.

Nice score, I can't wait to see what you do with it.

I had an `87 GTA, pretty much top of the line, all options with snowflake wheels, leather interior and a five speed. Had a 3.55 posi in it and the TPI 305. That thing was mean.

I always thought white was the prettiest color for Third Gen F-bodies.

Now as much as folks want to bash on `80s era muscle cars, they were great cars at the time. Sure, they still had live axle rear ends, sure, they had anemic power ratings that were often under 200HP. However they livened up real quick with relatively few mods. The 700R4 was a good transmission, still used today in street rods and the life for an automatic. We have one in my S10. With a Hotchkiss supsension package the Third Gen F-body can hang pretty well with whatever it wants to.

03-14-2012, 04:37 AM
When Im not hugging trees (with a chainsaw) Ive been playing alot of SWTOR. Now that the weather is promising to get better Im flipping cars again.

I dont have any big plans for this car other than sorting a few creature comfort bugs its got (some lighting issues and no sound system) I plan to make a few suspension upgrades and a couple easy bolt ons (its already chipped) and just slap a rediculous price on it and drive while I try to sell it.

I got my first real good run in it today (50 miles round trip) and it ran and drove fantastic. Definately feels like an F-Body, but it just sounds soooo good. Its about time I had a small block to play with.

03-15-2012, 11:29 PM

My power went out due to a big snow storm (yes, snow in March on the Oregon Coast) on Monday. Today its on and off for short bursts. Ive gotten next to nothing done except sort out the headlight short (bad ground) and the headlight door motors (two bad relays). I finally got the timing set correctly as well but without power tools and only shorts bursts off my air compressor I havent managed to get much else done.

Im very happy with its performance so far though and the magnaflow exhaust sounds pretty sick. Its a nice change from the imports.

03-15-2012, 11:34 PM
It wasn't imported from Michigan? We have a BIG snow storm projected for this weekend in the freaking desert! Snow fall under 2,000 feet expected for Saturday and Sunday. Love the wild weather.

03-16-2012, 12:19 AM
I would love it more if I had power to do the simplest things in life that bring me joy.

03-16-2012, 12:23 AM
Time for a biodiesel generator...

03-16-2012, 01:22 AM
yeah this has certainly opened my eyes and made me realize how underprepared I am. Changes coming for sure.

03-16-2012, 01:32 AM
Woodgas generator
Steam turbine turning generator

Aaron Willis
03-16-2012, 10:51 PM
Nice score. That sure cleaned up well. The red interior is...well...it sure is GM in the '80s, isn't it?

Seems like you always have your ear to the ground. I should be following your lead. Apparently there is a lot of good stuff waiting to be picked up in this part of the country.

The Captain
03-17-2012, 02:46 AM
Even though it's a GM. I'm gonna keep on lovin' you.

03-17-2012, 02:57 AM
Nice score. That sure cleaned up well. The red interior is...well...it sure is GM in the '80s, isn't it?

Seems like you always have your ear to the ground. I should be following your lead. Apparently there is a lot of good stuff waiting to be picked up in this part of the country.

You have a bigger market at your fingertips, though I tap that now and then. I actually find I buy better in outlying areas and sell better in places like Eugene and PDX. Its really all about keeping your eye out for a deal, knowing the values of stuff and be willing to take a chance on what may not be a quick turnaround.

Even though it's a GM. I'm gonna keep on lovin' you.

Cause its the ONLY thing that you wanna do?

03-23-2012, 05:38 AM
while the weather still isnt really cooperating Im still managing to make headway on the detail work on the car. The paint was heavily damaged by the lichen/moss growth. Its taken a little more work than I hoped, but every bit as much as I suspected to get to a reasonably defect free finish. Im still working on some spots and have a little touch up painting planned for a chip or two but overall Im kind of amazed at how nice the original paint is after all these years.

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http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/547585_355593201146737_100000881806029_985204_1392 266170_n.jpg

This picture I call: "Snowbird"
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The Captain
03-24-2012, 12:31 AM
This picture I call: "Snowbird"
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Probably had to pull it out of that position with a tow strap. They're soooo good in the snow.

03-24-2012, 01:38 AM
Probably had to pull it out of that position with a tow strap. They're soooo good in the snow.

Southern pansy.

The Captain
03-24-2012, 11:32 AM
Southern pansy.
Somebody doesn't know where I grew up. LOL.

03-24-2012, 08:35 PM
Hes right though, with those big 245-50s up front to push and posi in the rear its an exercise in frustration just to drive in a couple inches of snow on anything but flat ground. The celi with bald ass tires can run circles around it.

03-25-2012, 04:22 AM
That's pretty. It's one of the first 80's Trans Am/Firebirds I've seen that doesn't look like to rednecks tried to make love to it and then left it in the woods to die.

I can't believe you still have snow! it's been absolutely gorgeous (for march) here in Portland. sunny and ~60F

04-23-2012, 10:28 PM
so some recent pics of the T/A. White doesnt really photograph all that well. These pics really dont do the car justice.

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What some of you may or may not know, is I bought the Volvo from David (T-spoon). Bought is something of an overstatment as he pretty much GAVE me the car even though some cash did trade hands. I bounced and rolled my way back from Seattle in the "Sweedish Meatball" and immediately got to work on it. The rear shocks are nivomat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nivomat) and shot, the engine had one REALLY nasty exhaust leak (pre-turbo), and it had a pretty noticable oil leak while running that would stop after shutting off.

The exhaust leak was the first thing as I could barely stand to drive the thing with it popping like it was. It was an embarrasment in town. Checking the exhaust manifold bolts revealed they were all really quite loose. That was at least partially responsible but the good news is that made them quite easy to remove. I was afraid they would give me more trouble. Without really pulling anything else other than a few turbo hoses to provide access, I pulled all the blots and managed to pull the manifold back far enough to work new gaskets into place. The #3 cylinder gasket was just a couple burned and melted peices around the studs and not much else. New gaskets in, bolted everything up and she purred like a sweedish kitten (whatever they sound like). Job done in about 2 hours.

Next up was the oil leak. I managed to get the car in the air and run it and after some cleaning and letting it run I discovered a nice little stready flow coming from the bottom of the turbo oil dump tube where it meets the block. I pulled the tube, resealed with a new o-ring (and a little silicone) and its holding so far.

Im still waiting on shocks to fix the rear. I originally ordered some springs and standard style shocks but discovered the springs were not going to work for me, so I re-ordered and went with air shocks. This ended up being the cheaper easier way to get proper dampning and restore ride height at the same time. They arrive this Wednesday.

In the meantime I got the detailing done and I have to say this car is simply in amazing condition for being 25 years old! Now I know most of you probably arent fans of Volvo. They are boxy as fuck I admit, but they really are a nice daily driver (when maintained and operating correctly).

So, enough talk on to the pics!

Paint work:

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interior work:


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04-23-2012, 10:36 PM

04-23-2012, 11:41 PM
Somebody doesn't know where I grew up. LOL.

Shit, that just dawned on me, I bet you had a mullet and drove a Trans Am, growing up in Jersey and all...

The Captain
04-24-2012, 05:09 AM
I will not confirm nor deny these accusations.

04-24-2012, 09:15 PM
I will not confirm nor deny these accusations.

I feel so close to you right now...

04-24-2012, 09:15 PM
I will not confirm nor deny these accusations.

I feel so close to you right now...

04-25-2012, 04:06 AM
So, after a bit more driving around I found that I was still eaking a little oil. Its wasnt too bad but it was definately from up high and still dropping on the exhaust making it smell and the little puffs of smoke were annoying. So it looked to me like the oil was coming from around the dizzy. Its not too hard of a job to pull but when I took it out I discovered that both o-rings its supposed to have were just simply missing entirely. WTF?

Installed replacements and took it for a good long drive stopping to check occasionally. I had a little burn off initially but by the time I got back to the shop it was much drier looking and not smoking anymore. WOOT!

Also I replaced the mast for the power antenna. The motor and everything was still good and the replacement mast only cost $12. Nice to be able to get a few radio stations now.

After that I put the Trans Am up in the air high enough to drop the tranny pan, replace the filter and fluids and slap the clean pan back on. Had enough time left in the day to go ahead and change out the rear diff fluid and paint the cover as well. The only thing left on the Trans Am to do now is replace the right side headlight motor. Closest one I can find is down in Springfield (1.5 hours away) but I have a friend that is selling a GPZ900 that lives down there so I will run down with the pickup and kill two birds with one stone.

Ive got to sell one of these cars pertty quick, Im running out of parking space.

04-25-2012, 06:19 PM
Great Job on the Resto.

I've ALWAYS loved the late 80's T/A's...

I jelly. I've wanted one in black since I was about 12.

Aaron Willis
04-25-2012, 06:56 PM
The car came out great, but I have ignored the temptation for far too long.


Enjoy your guilty pleasure. I know I would.

04-25-2012, 07:31 PM


04-25-2012, 07:42 PM
actually, this is more my speed anyway!


04-26-2012, 01:47 AM
Freakin' hippie.


Makes me want a bitch in a Camaro now.....

05-16-2012, 01:06 AM
Picked me up another turbo! This thing kicks ass!

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/534209_391440464228677_100000881806029_1083894_174 1684036_n.jpg

more pictures to come later as I get into it.

05-16-2012, 01:39 AM
This thing kicks ass!

Never had that feeling in a station wagon.

05-16-2012, 02:12 AM
have you ever driven a Volvo T5 on 12lbs of boost?

dont be hatin' on the wagon! I have room for several bodies and a shovel in the back.

The Captain
05-16-2012, 02:15 AM
This ought to be interesting.

05-19-2012, 07:04 PM
So mechanically this car is already pretty decent. There is something not quite right in the brakes though. One of them howls like dying whale and they dont stop all that great. The P.O. had them all done including new rotors all the way around. Im guessing the shop didnt rebuild or replace the calipers so thats my next step along with a complete fuild change. Mechanically there is nothing else to do to the car.

The paint was in terrible shape. Completely neglected and it sat under a sappy tree of some sort. Nothing I couldnt handle though so here are the before and afters. The before pictures are actually after it was washed real good. It still looks dirty but its because its got so much sap and pollen just glue to it.


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http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/549330_393257230713667_100000881806029_1088927_179 2245352_n.jpg

All those white spots are pitch that required "goof off" to remove:
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http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/251897_393555634017160_100000881806029_1089842_207 3812924_n.jpg

remember those scratched up doors?
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/552948_393563300683060_100000881806029_1089874_240 47342_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/535823_393563204016403_100000881806029_1089873_212 577912_n.jpg

There is still a bunch of work to do to the interior of this car. The headliner is shot and hanging down and the carpets sat wet under floor mats so they are musty and mildewy and will have to come out. That leaves me pulling almost the entire interior for cleaning and repair. I'll start that Monday.

05-19-2012, 08:00 PM
One day you're gonna have to make a How-To Paint Restore. Thats just amazing!

05-19-2012, 10:49 PM
One day you're gonna have to make a How-To Paint Restore. Thats just amazing!

Passion + Elbow Grease

05-20-2012, 12:05 AM
^^ more like the proper application of the correct tools and chemicals. Yeah, and "elbow grease" ;)

I think what made this one possible is that for some reason it seems lots of factory black paint jobs are single stage. Alot of volvos of this era have clear coat failure, but since this one doesnt have a clear coat it was restorable.

I stopped by the p.o.'s house and he thought I went and had it painted. heh.

05-20-2012, 01:35 AM
So it has no clear coat? I thought that was standard paint procedure.

05-20-2012, 03:27 AM
for non-metallics in the 90's clearcoat was something of a rarity I think. My 94 Celica has no CC (also black) either.

05-20-2012, 08:34 AM
It's why you laugh at shops when they estimate CC when blending paint on body work for most 90's cars.

05-21-2012, 07:05 AM
finally bought a bike for the summer:

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/416558_394303843942339_100000881806029_1092304_424 501568_o.jpg

Aaron Willis
05-21-2012, 07:02 PM
One day you're gonna have to make a How-To Paint Restore. Thats just amazing!I'll second that. Might have to budget for some power tools, but if it gets results like that, I'm in.

05-21-2012, 11:28 PM
Wow, I was going to say you have a huge bug on your hood... then I looked again, damn windshield sprayer!

Damn. Do you do mobile detailing? I have 2 black vehicles that would love to look that good.


05-22-2012, 03:38 AM
I dont do mobile work.

The Captain
05-22-2012, 03:58 AM
Weren't those KLR's designed right after the earth cooled?

That'll be fun, just check the "doohickey".

05-22-2012, 04:21 AM
yeah, and remained largely unchanged throughout the run to 2007. There is something to be said for "if its not broken, dont fix it" and yes, "the doohickey" is on my list of stuff to check before I put any kind of miles on it.

This bike did Dust to Dawson back in '01. It would be fun to take it back and do it again (that would be every 12 years of its life).

05-22-2012, 03:15 PM
I dont do mobile work.


Still amazing work, no two ways about it.


05-24-2012, 04:56 AM
on the KLR:

made it 1.8 miles and broke it... :facepalm:

P.O. said he did a little carb cleaning to get the bowl to stop flooding after it had sat for quite a few years. He must not have done a complete teardown and cleaning because it sucked something into the main jet. 3 hours later its all fixed. Supertrapp repacked and poilshed as well. Cable lube and chain cleaning/lube coming up. Stupid rain is irritating me, but its giving me a good excuse to go through this thing before I tear off into the woods somewhere.

Thats a good thing.

edit: lubed cables after repairing them. Found them both to have a fray right where the cable rides on the jacket at the carb end. I caught them soon enough that a little solder did the trick. Should hold up for the season at least. GPS mount is installed, and mounted a gator grip paddle on the throttle, sorted out my basic luggage setup. Had enough time left in the day to ditch the old glass fuse setup and switched to blade holders. I think my chain maintenance is the last thing I have to do. Damn close to being ready to ride.

The Captain
05-24-2012, 03:21 PM
Pics or ban.

05-26-2012, 04:45 AM
Pics or ban.

wouldnt want to risk getting a ban!

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/461108_397116560327734_100000881806029_1101441_161 9475305_o.jpg


http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/148736_397100113662712_100000881806029_1101378_121 0610248_n.jpg

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/484231_397112713661452_100000881806029_1101418_133 4328687_n.jpg

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/534212_397112780328112_100000881806029_1101419_105 9046587_n.jpg

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/551101_397112926994764_100000881806029_1101421_213 6743247_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/547681_397113046994752_100000881806029_1101425_133 467258_n.jpg

05-27-2012, 02:09 AM
Error 404 - Long Haired Hippie Not Found

Looks like a good ride.

05-27-2012, 02:16 AM
lol, Im sportin' a Paul Sr.

The Captain
05-28-2012, 04:26 AM

05-29-2012, 06:48 PM
Did a little adventure riding this weekend.


http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/379254_10150841044571024_542221023_9728106_1554683 949_n.jpg

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/542114_10150841045171024_542221023_9728112_1539604 912_n.jpg

Ordered a new tank bag and tail bag, new brake pads and stainless lines, lowering links and a carb jet kit with an offroad taper needle. I am going to custom shape and recover the seat to fit me better. The goal is to be able to flat foot the bike without loosing too much in the way of clearance or travel. The bike really is a blast to ride and Im having more fun that expected without even having to do any long road trips.

05-31-2012, 04:48 AM
So Ive been working more on the KLR than the Volvo. Im really loving this bike.

One of the first things I did was install my GPS on an inexpensive handbar mount. I also changed out the gauge lights for high power LED's. To get that right it required taking the gauges apart and pullong out the bulb shrouds that normally disperse the incandecent light.

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/470850_396600990379291_100000881806029_1099681_800 664113_o.jpg

in the dark:

These were the bulbs I went with in case anyone is interested

I had to do some carb work, and I modded my airbox but since that is still a work in progress while I wait for my new jets to arrive I'll leave that topic for another post. While I wait for those and some other parts to arrive I decided that the overly tall narrow and soft seat had to go. I debated keeping the blue seat theme but in the end couldnt find a suitable match and decided on a matte black. (Im glad I did now too).

First the old cover came off and I went to work with a carving knife and an angle grinder. I dont have any pics of the first part of the process but I shaved most of the old seat foam out then glue in a new piece of high density medium firmness open cell foam. That then got shaped. My plan was a wider flatter mid section and a narrow nose. After quite a bit of adjusting and testing I ended up with this:

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/536739_399974263375297_100000881806029_1110503_811 434742_n.jpg

This might give you and idea of how much I shaved off in overall height:
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/413954_399974830041907_100000881806029_1110509_288 899077_o.jpg

That then got covered in headliner foam. Its designed to smooth out any imperfections in the shaping, and to provide a layer between the foam and the vinyl to prevent chaffing (leading to foam failure)

Then that was covered in Marine grade matte black vinyl, pulled tight and stapled to the base for the finished product:

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/470345_399974570041933_100000881806029_1110506_172 3244142_o.jpg

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/467188_399974410041949_100000881806029_1110505_549 214779_o.jpg

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/412767_399974656708591_100000881806029_1110507_156 1093216_o.jpg

It came out pretty good for my first ever attempt. It feels better to sit on just in the shop. The proof will come after the next long ride if it was a smart move. Worst case scenario I have to reshape it, but I have more materials if i decide to go that route. I may decide to play with it some more. I considered putting a gel pad in it but no one local sold any so I'll order one if I decide its needed.

my new tail bag came in as well. Id say its a really good fit for the bike and enough room for day rides.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/538951_399974210041969_100000881806029_1110502_549 101289_n.jpg

I got a tank bag as well but Im not sure about it. Its too wide imho and just not a good fit for the bike. It was dirt cheap. I will try it out for a ride but Im likely going to send it back in favor of something smaller.

(bike shown with tank panniers installed too)
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/556171_399993866706670_100000881806029_1110555_801 548254_n.jpg

Ordered and on the way:

new Kevlar brakes and stainless lines coming for both front and rear
brake rotor resurfacer
Jet kit with KLX600 needle

Future plans:

different tires, now leaning towards Shinko 244's
paint and body reconditioning, powdercoat frame?
685 big bore kit?
ceramic coated exhaust header
Vapor stealth gauge setup
twin round headlight upgrade (ala triumph tiger)
additional LED lighting changes

06-01-2012, 05:38 AM
The good:

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/469942_400571953315528_100000881806029_1112775_144 786156_o.jpg

the bad:

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/469844_400551516650905_100000881806029_1112415_130 5130931_o.jpg

the ugly:


06-01-2012, 06:33 PM
But you walked away and are alright though, right?

Any damage to the bike?

The Captain
06-01-2012, 08:03 PM
He's so damn fast and leanin' so far he's draggin his elbow!

Oh, and Bridgestone Trail Wings, don't buy cheap ass tires.

06-02-2012, 12:12 AM
oh damn! hope your alright

Eric Barrera
06-02-2012, 12:26 AM
Ouch, hope your alright.

06-02-2012, 01:01 AM
He musta hit the TURBO BOOST and the wind ripped through his jacket!

06-02-2012, 03:13 AM
Oh, and Bridgestone Trail Wings, don't buy cheap ass tires.

The tires on my bike are Pirelli MT21 Rallycross's. I dont know about cheap but they were on the bike so they are getting run until they are not runable.

I crashed when I tried to cross the center of a deep two track road. The middle was higher and harder than it appeared. The front tire simply didnt bite (doesnt help I was running street pressures). I have a badly sprained thumb and a couple other minor bruises but for being almost 50 and hitting the ground as hard as I did, Id say I made it out ok. Bike was fine, got some new scratches over the old scratches, Im not worried about it. Thats one thing I love about cheap old bikes.

Im just really glad I was wearing good gear.

06-02-2012, 03:33 AM
Gear saves. Simple as that.

06-02-2012, 04:00 AM
on a more positive note, I got my new brakes installed today and my jet kit came so I'll be playing with that tomorrow.

06-23-2012, 02:45 AM

06-26-2012, 07:58 PM


Aaron Willis
06-26-2012, 08:07 PM
http://corvallis.craigslist.org/cto/3095326777.htmlFlagged for removal. Hmm...who'd you anger?

That's almost tempting. I am sure my dear wife would like that more than her Grand Cherokee.

06-26-2012, 08:42 PM
ohh yeah, probably the guy selling the A70 AWD for almost 5K


edit: oh and now its SOLD!

06-28-2012, 08:40 PM
Bought a goldwing. Gonna make a Cafe/bobber out of it

how I found it:

paid $340 for it. 32K original miles.

A real barn find. Project starts...NOW!

this is her bad side, the other is quite a bit better.

her good side:

her first bath in 20+ years:

36yo paint:


Luggage and fairing come off today, Need to drain the tank and soak the cylinders before attempting to roll it over. Im going to assume it will need the carbs at least clean if not completely overhauled. I wont know until I get into it.

If it runs ok its gonna get a either a harley drag bar or a KZ superbike bar, a small GPZ style quarter fairing, a bobbed tail and a shaved solo seat. Should be a fun project.

Aaron Willis
06-28-2012, 09:05 PM
paid $340 for it. 32K original miles.WHERE do you keep finding these deals? Everyone around here wants four figures for less desirable, less complete bikes that haven't run in decades.

Disregard my jealous rage and carry on with the festivities.

The Captain
06-29-2012, 02:10 AM
You're a glutton for punishment. That Vetter stuff is probably worth some coin on some Gold Wing forum.

06-29-2012, 03:26 AM
WHERE do you keep finding these deals? Everyone around here wants four figures for less desirable, less complete bikes that haven't run in decades.

Disregard my jealous rage and carry on with the festivities.

Im persistent, Im always prowling, and Im not afrid to be a an asshole and just lowball someone if the situation warrants it. Mostly I just scour CL and see what's coming and going.

You're a glutton for punishment. That Vetter stuff is probably worth some coin on some Gold Wing forum.

The fairing is minty fresh. no cracks, both covers, both vents. The bags and frames are a bit rougher though. Still, I agree, I think I can make enough to afford a nice exhaust off them.

Tank is crap!

I really like the way they designed this bike. Very innovative for 1975!


bagless...ahhh that took off some weight!


The Captain
06-30-2012, 12:14 AM
I'll warn JCWhitney you're coming.

06-30-2012, 05:30 PM

I havent bought anything from JCWhhitney in decades. Are they even still in business?

I got the bike running on 3. #4 is proving to be stubborn. I do love how simple, and straight forward everything is on this bike. Carbs and points, lol, doesnt get much simpler than that.

The Captain
06-30-2012, 07:25 PM
Yeah, JCWhitney has an amazing inventory of early model Gold Wing parts.

07-01-2012, 03:15 AM
JC Whitney is still one of the best go to places for Old Bugs, Jeeps and several other cult vehicles. You can still order nearly all the body panels for any make of old truck from there.

07-02-2012, 05:58 AM
Ordered new timing belts, a master carb rebuild kit that includes kits for 4 carbs, the plenum gasket, manifold gaskets, air cutoff rebuild kit and a petcock kit. Still need to order master cyclinder kits and stainless brake lines. Im going to wait on caliper kits for now.

Ive decided the tank is just too far gone to bother with and the guy in Portland that FB linked earlier has a good tank, solid exhaust and replacement start/kill switch for me so Im just going to pick those up this week.

The next thing to order will be whatever bars I decide on and some aftermarket signals. I believe I will go custom tail light. Im doing a shortened seat on a custom pan and I think a plastic rear fender out behind that. Im currently leaning towards a tailight incorporated into a plastic dirtbike fender.

Something like this:
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Acerbis-LED-Tail-Light-KTM-WR250F-XR400-XR650-WR450F-WR-/22/!Bmpg!9g!mk~$(KGrHqYOKj4Et18(h!h1BLgYFshQ(!~~_12.J PG

So in lieu of having parts to work with, I instead got really busy with my favorite cleaners and a toothbrush...BEHOLD!!!!












Thats just cleaned. I havent even broke out the wax/polish/buffer yet :D

Sadly, alot of the original powdercoating on the top of the case has deteriorated. I will probably touch it up with high temp paint and poilsh all the non coated surfaces (cam covers, timing covers, manifolds, etc.). It should pass inspection ok ;)

07-02-2012, 05:23 PM
Remind me to never let you near Chaos.

We can't have her looking pretty again.

07-09-2012, 06:27 PM
what I did last week:




07-10-2012, 06:49 PM
what I did yesterday:

Built a motorcycle stand:


put some drag bars on the wing (test fit):

07-12-2012, 06:49 AM
Pics from yesterdays painting:

during painting:

painted and ready for reassembly:

Got some of the polishing done:

Carbs re-rebuilt, and re-reinstalled:


tomorrow I plan to get the cam covers and timing covers polished and a few other details cleaned and ready to go back in. (fuel tank, radiator...). If I bust ass I may be able to get a restart attempt on it. Then it can come back off the table and I can start on the custom seat pan and fender mods.

The plan for the seat is to build my own seat pan from fiberglass mat/resin then form my own pad and cover it in the same vinyl I used for the KLR.
The front fender will be the only thing I actually cut that wont be able to be returned to stock but Ive decided thats ok since the chrome is worn through at the top where I plan to cut it anyway.

07-14-2012, 04:53 AM
I got the timing covers polished allowing me to get the cooling system cleaned and back in. Once I have the bike back on the ground though Im going to do a good flush to make sure all of the old coolant is out. Its likely automotive coolant. I'll pick up a gallon of non-silicate for the refill.

Got the fuel tank flushed and back in as well. Pretty much the only thing stopping me from refiring and going about final tuning is resetting the electrical timing. I think by Monday I could have this thing back on the ground and be ready for cosmetics.



Still need to polish the can covers too, bleh

07-15-2012, 06:49 AM
ok, so I got the oil changed, polished the cam covers, buttoned up the handlebar switches and re-connected all that wiring. I still have to sort out some cable routing but I think I can make that all work without having to buy shorter cables. I decided against drilling the handlebars and instead modded the switches to allow the wires to exit like most everything else on the market. I decided on that route so Im not locked into a certain bar location.

This is the current bar config:

and overall with the polishing almost completely done now:

Im very happy with how it looks now after all this work:

Everything takes me soooo much longer because I cant just bolt stuff back on, every peice needs some amount of restoration and even the bolts and nuts are getting cleaned, polished and threads chased. Every cable is wiped down with a secret rubber rejuvenator product I use, every wire bullet end is polished with a scrubby pad and then everything has to get an appropriate protectant.

With the exception of the engine cases Im avoiding painting anything. I want to leave as much of the original finishes of all factory parts as possible. As an example, here is a before and after picture. Not one piece in this picture is new/replaced, only restored using the tips and tricks Ive learned along the way. (the only thing I painted was the case, which I had no choice)



07-16-2012, 02:15 AM
Looking damn good so far.

07-18-2012, 09:08 PM
Havent been making much progress. Struggling with the brakes a bit. Looks like the rear is going to be ok after cleaning out all the gelatin looking stuff. The front is proving to be more of an issue and Im having a hard time deciding if I should buy a rebuild kit and hope I can make it work or just get a new aftermarket master. Im leaning towards the later.

Also struggled with a few fuel leaks. First it was the petcock, then the drain, and I made several messes before I got it all sealed up. Finally got that sorted, and the timing was still dead on after the belt change so I went ahead and fired her over. Took quite a bit of pumping to get fuel flowing but once it did...


I then ran it up to temp, played with the A/F a little but couldnt do a sync because I dont have the right fittings for the manifolds, but still its running pretty good now:


Aaron Willis
07-18-2012, 09:20 PM
That sounds really good. Those are interesting motorcycles under all the touring stuff!

07-19-2012, 05:06 AM

I got the rear brakes all done and working great. The master and caliper were both completely disassembled and cleaned and polished. I flushed the lines and reassembled and filled and bled it. Success!

I then did the same to the front calipers and lines and ordered a rebuild kit for the master.

The bike then came off the table and I messed around with controls for a while and finally decided that to get the desired cable runs and bar placement and fork lowering, I had to order different bars. I could go with bar risers but they would be the same price as the "Superbike" bar so I just ordered it.

So the only things left to do are deal with fenders, build a seat pan and cover it, sort out the exhaust. Thats a pretty short list.

I rolled her out of the shop for a couple quick photos and to see how she was going to feel sitting on it. I like it ALOT. This is gonna be a fun bike.



07-19-2012, 10:06 PM
Gahh! Who is that ugly fucker having such a good time on your bike?

Looks great man. Makes me wish I hadn't sold my Shadow before I moved so I could bob it.

The Captain
07-20-2012, 06:03 PM
With that motor, you should put Subaru emblems on it. That'll fuck with people!

Aaron Willis
07-24-2012, 06:13 PM
Oh mighty Facime, intrepid leader of all two-wheeled offtopicicity, I implore you: guide us with your wisdom and keep us from doing Really Dumb Things.

Like, V65 dumb.


I know it's ugly, but ugly can be fixed - or not. Doesn't matter. I am growing weak in the knees. That sound, that incredible sound, that JATO thrust...

Tell me this is OK.

07-24-2012, 06:17 PM
I've always wanted a bike, one day I'll get one once I have the room. Until then I'll just have to satisfied with your pictures of all things made shiny again. Nice work!

07-25-2012, 04:18 AM
Oh mighty Facime, intrepid leader of all two-wheeled offtopicicity, I implore you: guide us with your wisdom and keep us from doing Really Dumb Things.

Like, V65 dumb.


I know it's ugly, but ugly can be fixed - or not. Doesn't matter. I am growing weak in the knees. That sound, that incredible sound, that JATO thrust...

Tell me this is OK.

LOL. Nothing wrong with that bike asside from what looks like some unfinished body work and a lumpy seat? (seriously, wtf is up with that seat?, take the cover off and resmooth foam and then use a layer of batting under the cover before re stapling it down, it will look better).

Also, done right, a shake and shoot paint job can be done for cheap and look nice if you have half a clue what you are doing (laying it on thick enough and color sanding at the end is the key)

I have lots of friends in your area Aaron that ride. You should come ride with us sometime!
Check out ride44.com (local to us (Salem, Corvallis, Eugene/Springfield bike forum)

Aaron Willis
07-25-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the encouragement. The bike is at my house now. I paid about a dollar a pound, or if you prefer, five dollars American per theoretical horsepower, and in all honesty it looks no better in person than in the picture. Runs, but needs starter clutch repaired (it sounds like a soup can full of marbles), minor electrical de-bodging, many cosmetic fixes, different mufflers (currently wearing hastily gutted Kawasaki cans of indeterminate provenance) and there's an awful lot of flat black paint to be removed. I do kind of dig the CB1100F ducktail graft and 750 Interceptor bikini fairing, unfortunately also painted over.

It runs.

We can do this.

Sorry to derail. I got all excited and had to share. Back to you.

The Captain
07-25-2012, 09:22 AM
Oh mighty Facime, intrepid leader of all two-wheeled offtopicicity, I implore you: guide us with your wisdom and keep us from doing Really Dumb Things.

Like, V65 dumb.


I know it's ugly, but ugly can be fixed - or not. Doesn't matter. I am growing weak in the knees. That sound, that incredible sound, that JATO thrust...

Tell me this is OK.
Mad Max would totally rock that.

07-25-2012, 08:17 PM
For me, I would HAVE to tear that down to the frame and start from there, but alot depends on your expectations. Picking up a cheap bike like that to enjoy not only the process but the fruits of your labor at the end is rewarding. Unfortunately, they can also be money holes. If you want a safe ride in the end you HAVE to at least take apart and inspect everything critical, and on a bike, pretty much everything is critical.

Some recommendations to just plan to have to do:
stainless brake lines to replace the old rubber ones. Over 6 years old = dangerous.
If its been sitting for a while, pull every single brake component apart (masters, calipers, distribution), flush, clean and replace as needed
Steering head, at least take it apart and relube it. but going taper bearings is worth it.
Tires. Check the date codes and look for micro cracks. You can tube them in most cases, but new rubber is a good idea as well
Carbs, obviously have to be done, but dont forget the fuel feed o-rings and consider the butterfly shaft seals (test for vac leaks before rebuild), Also gonna have to sync them and tune A/F somehow (colortune or plug chop)
cables, flush em with blaster and compressed air, then relube. might save you from a fray.
Forks, rebuild at minimum, get progressive springs if its in the budget.

The rest is just labor and tedium, taking everything apart, cleaning and polishing or painting and putting it back together.

speaking of putting it back together, my wing is ALMOST finished. I had to change the handlebars for clearance reasons. I went with the classic "superbike" bend and its perfect. Not quite as agressive looking, but I think it suits the seating position. Also got my headlight trim in and now have a working headlight.


My turn signals arrived and I installed the fronts off the headlight mounts. They look FAB! and are real alloy not some cheap plastic parts.


I also got all the brakes done and working. The rear was just a gelatinous mess and didnt require any parts to make it work, but the front had plugged hoses, bad cups in the master, and stuck caliper pistons. A master rebuild kit, hose flush and grease pump trick on the calipers did the trick. I will be replacing the lines once I measure everything out and get some custom ones made up.

I then started on the final piece of the puzzle for this thing to be street legal and ready to ride, the seat pan/rear cowl/tail light housing. Im making it custom out of fiberglass over a cardboard mockup (which gets pressure washed out before laying inner layers). Here are some recent pics of that progress.



Ive got a couple more layers on since that last pic and its ready to come off the bike and get glass mat fill inside now. The tail light is on its way, its a CBR600 light modded to LED's with integrated turns.

I also have my exhaust on the way. With any luck I will make the local Bike Night next wednesday.

07-26-2012, 05:02 AM
So I mounted my rear signals, pulled the seat pan off and got all the form material off the bottom side and got 2 more layers done to the inside. This thing is really starting to feel solid enough to sit on now.


I also got the sub fender mostly mounted and Im pretty happy with the results.

(you might have to use a little imagination to see what this will liik like in the end with a tail light on top of it. )




I still have to fab some mounts but I had those planned from the start, so shouldnt be too hard.

Tomorrow I will be laying one more layer of cloth on the inside and then kitty hair on the top side and start final shaping. The tail light I ordered is supposed to arrive Friday. Then I can whip up a seat pad and cover, and the last piece of the puzzle is waiting on exhaust.

07-29-2012, 04:45 AM
so Ive been busting ass and my fingers are a tad raw from sanding and working with fiberglass, but I finished all but tyhe final finish on the tail/seat. I'll let the pics do the talking, as my fingertips are to raw to type.

p.s. if you are wondering where the lobster tail fender came from its the bottom of the front fender that I bobbed. I decided to recycle the scrap into the tail.

tail done:


first attempt at a seat done:




08-02-2012, 12:14 AM
DONE! (besides a little paint work on the tail). But Im out riding her and shes a blast!


The Captain
08-03-2012, 01:14 PM

09-13-2012, 08:36 PM
I felt like it was time for an update:

So I sold the Goldwing a month ago. The guy I sold the Goldwing to has remained in touch and says pretty much every time he takes it out he gets asked about it and is loving owning it. Thats some bonus payoff for my hard work right there.

I have been looking for my next projects. The market here is pretty slim pickins right now, and Im not sure why. People dont seem as desperate for cash as they did last year, maybe thats a good sign for the economy or maybe everyone is just holding their breath until the election is over. Whatever the reason Im having a hard time finding good flips.

THIS however did pop up a couple weeks ago and I jumped on it. I got it for a steal because the shift solenoids werent working quite right and they were of course quoted a complete rebuid in the range of $2500-3000. Simple replacement parts and a days work shes good as new. Truck has 138K miles and is mint condition. Well...after a bit of my special magic it is:

From the craigslist ad before I bought it:

Before I touched it:







Its already up for sale as well.

I still have my KLR650 and Im probably going to buy another older ninja this week. My chevy pickup is doing DD duty (dont want to get the mazda dirty or covered in dog hair).

I have a new girlfriend/shop monkey. Shes young (20 years younger than me) and wants to learn the business. She rides a sportbike and drives for FedEx. Its kinda nice to have sort of a regular thing now and then.

Thats it for now. Im hoping I have an update i the next day or two saying I have a new Ninja 750!

09-13-2012, 09:16 PM
Nice work sir! I really need to take the time to detail my cars to that level some day.z

20 years younger than me

Atta boy!

09-13-2012, 11:03 PM
Picks of chick or ban

Aaron Willis
09-13-2012, 11:11 PM
Picks of chick or banCan do! In fact, let's spice it up a little...


Read into that what you will.

The Captain
09-13-2012, 11:46 PM
Need to find me a cheap camper shell...

09-14-2012, 08:00 AM
This is not the Top Gun bike I was thinking about doing, so this one gets the second seat. This is a GPX750 so Goose, Project X seems fitting.

1988 GPX750R with 11K on the clock. Its been down a couple times and sat for god knows how long, but I rode it and it starts and runs fine (Im sure I can get better). Was kinda odd for me to look at a bike that was actually ridable and I forgot to bring my helmet, lol. So I only did a block out and back. It definately needs some maintenance and I will be doing the body and paint myself. I have some decisions to make regarding that but I have an even SMALLER budget than last time with this one so it will be tight as hell, but at least Im starting with a running rolling bike.

Starting point:

09-18-2012, 06:57 AM
tore down and refreshed the brake and clutch hydraulics. Dirty and the fluid was bad but overall a real nice starting point. Im really beginning to believe this bike has the 11K thats on the clock. I drained and refilled the forks, but the seals took this opportunity to stat leaking so the plan is to rebuild them with cartridge emulators, some aftermarket springs and slightly longer spacers to raise the spring rate.

The motor is awesome! Damn this thing is quick. I've ordered some new tires, and I will need to pull the carbs (slight off idle stumble), but Its a REALLY nice start compared to some of the stuff Ive started with.

10-25-2012, 08:16 PM
I realized I havent updated this in a while (not that anyone really cares) so since riding is season is over I'll take the time to post a few pics of the bike.

new tires front and back. These made a world of difference on handling:


Tore down to the carbs and rebuilt them and sync'd them. Before spring I will be adding airbox mods, modifying the stock exhaust and rejetting these carbs.


This is the side with the fiaring damage:

The previous owner started to try to rpair the cracks and ground out the cracks in a haphazard way. this is not my doing:

using a product called Plastifix I have been working to correct the previous owners blunders and get the plastics back to a paintable condition. This stuff is wierd. Its a 2 part product with a dry powder and an activator. There are various ways to apply it. This was one of the suggested ways. Lay on a layer of powder then "wet it" with the activator and it hardens VERY fast.


after some sanding it had a few pin holes that I needed to fill:

The original method outlined with the product involves dropping a couple drops of liquid via a syringe type needle into a cup of the powder and then picking up the resulting dry ball, transfering it to the piece and washing it down with more solution. It works really well for well defined cracks. The cracks are gouged out first to provide a little channel to fill. this is what it looks like after this method is employed:

This spot was done in the same way:

Then after a little sanding, good as new and stronger than ever!:

The kit also comes with some molding plastic that gets like silly putty after being boiled. I formed a tab from a good section and essentially transferred that tab to this location, filled the mold with plastifix and:

after a little trimming and finish sanding, I had a new tab to replace the broken one.

Ive now decided that instead of a multi-color repaint Im going to wrap the bike in vinyl. So I bought a sample of some 3D style carbon fiber and wrapped these knee panels. They will be matched to the cabon fiber look marine vinyl Im going to re-wrap the seat in.

I havent decided what to do for the bike itself but Im going to be using gloss pearl black and matte pewter gray vinyl in a stockish looking theme with gloss red graphics and pinstripes. The goal is to hint the original era of the bike, with a slighly more modern look. I change my mind alot on this though so what I actually end up with is anyones guess.

10-25-2012, 11:16 PM
not to said retarded but i know nothing bout bikes, is the motor some kind of sohc 4cylinder? good job on the tab repair, i like the carbon fiber look

10-25-2012, 11:23 PM
Yes, it is an inline 4.

10-26-2012, 12:57 AM
not to said retarded but i know nothing bout bikes, is the motor some kind of sohc 4cylinder? good job on the tab repair, i like the carbon fiber look

DOHC 16V to be exact. With a 12.5K redline. Stock spec is 105CHP

The Captain
10-26-2012, 01:46 PM
not to said retarded but i know nothing bout bikes, is the motor some kind of sohc 4cylinder? good job on the tab repair, i like the carbon fiber look
Yes children. We had Japanese DOHC engines as far back as the 70's on motorcycles. LOL!

10-26-2012, 08:14 PM
Yes children. We had Japanese DOHC engines as far back as the 70's on motorcycles. LOL!

John, you have to remember, very few of us were alive back in the 70s.

Or the 80s for that matter.

10-27-2012, 07:31 AM
ok so I was messing around in Photoshop trying to get an idea how I want to wrap the bike. Ive pretty much settled on doing a stock looking scheme but with non-stock colors.

First choice: Gloss Red/ Metallic Black, white pinstripes
(Im actually tempted to use a red chrome for the red with a Matte black. Since its vinyl if I didnt like it I could just redo that part.)

Second option: a Graphite/metallic black, red pins
(for this option, I could use a matte gray, a gloss metallic silver or even an anthracite carbon fiber)

Last option: Pearl white/metallic black, red stripes
(Thinking a matte white would look good for this option as well)

*Cost difference is negligible. *



Example of Chrome red:

Anthracite carbon fiber:

10-27-2012, 04:00 PM
I like the chrome red a lot. But for an old guy it might kinda flashy.

The anthracite looks really good and isn't as 'look at me' as the red.

The white just looks too plain.

Aaron Willis
10-27-2012, 05:07 PM
Seconded. Black/graphite combo is the most restrained and the prettiest. Personally, I am not a fan of metallic or pearl black or white effects - solid is best in those colors, to my eye.

10-27-2012, 05:16 PM
2nd pic looks the best to me but i also like the white one as a really close 2nd.

10-27-2012, 08:21 PM
I like the chrome red a lot. But for an old guy it might kinda flashy.

The anthracite looks really good and isn't as 'look at me' as the red.

The white just looks too plain.

Yes I love the idea of the chrome red but it might just end up being too in your face for me. But Im really leaning that way. Fast bikes and a young girlfriend kind of screams mid-life crisis, but Im ok with that.

Seconded. Black/graphite combo is the most restrained and the prettiest.

Sportbikes arent about "restrained" though. ;)

Personally, I am not a fan of metallic or pearl black or white effects - solid is best in those colors, to my eye.

The white currently on the bike is pearl white and honestly its beautiful. I also like the Toyota pearl white like the mk3 supras. It can look dirty when not in the sun, but in direct sunlight its georgous.

Anyway, Im leaning towards chrome red and matte or semi-gloss black and I already have most of the accessory pieces done in black CF, and the seat will match that pattern.

10-27-2012, 10:15 PM
i like option 1 :)

10-28-2012, 04:34 AM
I like the chrome red a lot. But for an old guy it might kinda flashy.

The anthracite looks really good and isn't as 'look at me' as the red.

The white just looks too plain.

Agreed, but you've got a bike and a young girlfriend already, so go for it. If you're going to do something do it right, midlife crisis' re no exception.

10-29-2012, 08:18 AM
So the repairs I did to the fairings and the straightening I did to the support frame paid off. Here is just one example. The left seam under the headlight is now closed and the gaps of the fairing around the headlight are way better.

you can also just see the fork brace that i wrapped in the CF vinyl.

The windshield I thought was terribly crazed. There were all kinds of micro cracks in the surface. Well today quite by accident I discovered that it was actually covered in a clearcoat of some description that was actually the bad part. I managed to remove the clear and polish the windscreen and it looks WAY better. I was considering buying a new one until now. I still plan to smoke wrap this one.


Thanks to RickRick who had these laying around I added in bar risers. I prefer the riding position this way quite a bit. Much more sport-touring, like I was looking for.


this is what the cockpit looks like now. I actually managed to move the guages back over to center and can now see the fuel gauge.


key on:


key on in the dark:


This piece will probably be removed in the end when I put the solo seat on, but I wrapped it anyway


I will be ordering the vinyl to wrap the bike tomorrow. Ive decided to go with red chrome and matte black with white double pinstripe.

10-30-2012, 12:18 AM
Whos the squid on the green bike
And Mike's Hard Lemonade.... Cmon

10-30-2012, 03:46 AM
LOL, thats my girlfriend watching me work from the saddle of her own bike, and those are her PJ's. we have a casual work attire policy ;)

10-30-2012, 05:45 PM
Haha nice

11-07-2012, 03:05 AM
So, I bought this today for a flip.

Has been sitting a while, has a mouse problem, and #4 cylinder was dead, and the transmission has no reverse or low. Plan is to clean it up, fix the motor (hoping to just only need a top end), swap to 5spd, and sell on for a nice profit. More pics and details will be coming soon!


Aaron Willis
11-07-2012, 07:15 PM
Dammit. I do need one of those.



11-08-2012, 12:57 AM
So after limping home on 5 cylinders and 1 forward gear, this was what she looked like in the morning:



Paint looks flat and dead, but I know better!


looks like Im going to need to source a replacement bumper here:


I think I can get this black stuff off the fake chrome, but if not, I'll just go satin black again:


tint is toast, that will come off:


These may be beyond saving, but nevertheless I'll give it a try. I may opt for a full floor vinyl mat to hide it though or a new vinyl floor altogether.


I will be going with an aftermarket factory style replacement seatcover with a more modern updated fabric:


The bed is at least Line-X'd:


not too awful bad under here for an '88. I'll see what I can do about sprucing it up a little:


the dreaded 3VZ. more on that following the picture:


So I pulled the truck into the shop and did a compression test and found pretty much what I was hoping for. Acceptable compression #'s on all but #4 hole. The others were all over 160 and under 180, but #4 had around 30lbs. With a squirt of oil that barely jumped up to about 35. Thats promising because as far as I can tell worst case scenario I will have to pull that head (would probably just do both at that point though anyway). Im actually hopeful its something more along the lines of a bad shim or flat cam lobe as I do have a pretty obvious single tick from that location, and I dont actually notice lots of smoke or smell coing out the back. The CEL doesnt even come on. I'll be pulling that cam cover off tomorrow and taking a look. Im hopeful.

After that I decided to do a little test on the paint restoration and this was just with my Meguiars Microfiber Polishing system (a 2 step process):




The weather is headed back to rain so she didnt get a bath today or any further work. I pushed her back out of the shop for a quick pic before dark.


The transmission is complete junk and while the easy way out would be to just swap in a replacement, with T/C they arent exactly cheap from a reputable yard. Even doing that Im still stuck with an automatic and I know the resale value is a little better with the 5spd. Ive actually already located a trans and t/c from a 3.0 for only $100 and may move on that. I will then need to source all the ancillary componets to swap it over.

The only other mechanical issue I know of at this time is both front half shafts have bad boots so those will have to be replaced.

I found reciepts in the glovebox for a complete engine rebuild including new heads done back in July of '04 but no one listed the miles at that time. There are 24X, XXX on it now. At that time they also rebuilt the rear axle and some orther stuff like a new radiator and converted to R134. Im fairly confident this will be a solid rig after I give it the attention it deserves.

Stay tuned!

11-08-2012, 01:47 AM
Your skill at reviving paint never ceases to amaze me.

11-08-2012, 04:32 AM
Thanks Murg. Gonna probably buy a quart of SuperRedII in single stage urethane and do the flares and front valance all at the same time to bring them in line to the rest of the body. Most of the time around here I see these trucks beat to shit. This one doesnt appear to have done much offroad. In fact I found that someone was running underglows on it, lol.

The Captain
11-08-2012, 06:01 PM
Don't let Andy see it.

11-14-2012, 06:29 PM
1uz or nothing

The Captain
11-16-2012, 01:05 AM
Too late.

01-12-2013, 02:37 AM
Havent done much with the pickup. Did a little paint work and promptly lost interest for now. I did manage to pick up a replacement trans/tc, but thats just sitting in the bed right now.

In the meantime I kind of needed an easy project to make a little cash and cut my fuel bill as my C-10 became my only warm reliable transpo. I'll be driving this as I fix it up a bit and undo the years of neglect its recieved. Its only got 135K on the clock but has obviously just been someones driver/beater.

As usual I started with what would make the most impact and wanted to show off the difference. Its amazing what some people will simply give up and what the right chemicals and skills can correct.

What I started with:


Taped off a section to show there are no tricks going on here. Just good old fashioned paint buffing.




Un fortunately someone decided to repaint and clearcoat the front half of the car and its peeling, so there is very little I can do there. Im just going to clean it up for now and decide what to do from there. Most likely I will end up doing nothing major and just make the best of whats there. As with many of these older Celicas, the beauty is under the skin anyway. She seems like she'll be a good runner.

01-12-2013, 06:01 AM
Thats just amazing...

01-12-2013, 09:43 AM
Always impressed sir.

01-14-2013, 01:57 PM
That's a flashback to mine when I first got it, but the front was the bad fade. I wish I had known how to restore it like that, nicely done.

02-11-2013, 08:23 AM
Pulled the motor to do the timing belt, and clutch.



02-11-2013, 08:41 AM
Before pulling the battery so I could pull the motor, I wanted to ensure that I didnt lose access to the system 10 deck. I dont have the code and just didnt want to have to deal with it so I used a motorcycle battery and a couple jumper wires to provide a source of power to the head unit. The red wire with the silver bands is constant (+) and the white wire with no stripe is the ground. Simply strip back some insulation, add power source, then disconnect the battery up front. I reversed the connections after a couple minutes to double check it was going to work and the head unit works fine.

(the extra clamps is my battery tender)


02-11-2013, 04:28 PM
Thank you for posting that, gives me a heads-up when I got to put mine back together. What kind of code are we talking about here?

02-12-2013, 04:11 AM
the plate, creating a little lip on the edge of the disk (like the ridge on a brake rotor when the pads dont reach the edge), and wearing into the pressure place outside the friction surface. I'll try to get some more pics tomorrow.


Got the engine bay cleaned up to my satisfaction:


and the motor on the stand. I should have it cleaned and torn down (what little Im doing to it) tomorrow.

02-12-2013, 05:39 AM
Good work sir! Wanna come cleanup my engine bay when the motor comes out?

What are you using for paint restro? Running compile.d and an orbital or polishing compound? The back half of my Celica looks identical

02-12-2013, 08:05 AM
no sir! Clean up your own shit! ;)

For paint resto Im using the Mequiars Microfiber Correction system (http://www.meguiars.com/en/professional/products/dmckit6-da-microfiber-correction-system-kit-6/). It takes care of most things aside from really deep gouges or bad surface defects like chips, checking, or orange peel. For that I use a Meguiars M105 on a cutting pad (red). The microfiber stuff is super fast and easy and doesnt require me to mask trim. Clean up is retardedly single wipe and the stuff smells nice too.

02-25-2013, 06:54 AM










02-25-2013, 01:27 PM
That wouldn't be half as impressive without the before pics...

03-01-2013, 04:15 AM
Finally went back to working on the 88 4x4. Doing a complete strip down on the interior, including the headliner. I'll let the pictures do the talking.








Carpets after a bit of work:


Oh and I found this lovely little house of horrors up in the headliner. GROSS!


03-01-2013, 04:33 AM
Egad man! What a horrifying corpse!

03-04-2013, 11:11 PM
is that a moldy sub box?

03-05-2013, 04:18 AM
yes, that is indeed mold on that speaker box.

I'll have some new pictures up soon but I stipped the entire interior, cleaned and bleached everything and have it almost completely back in the truck. I would like to replace the seat upholstery but cant justify the cost of brand new. Im going to try to find something serviceable in a yard. Thats pretty much the last piece of the interior restoration puzzle. Then I can move on to the mechanicals.

03-06-2013, 08:08 AM

Decided to just pull the dash and clean all behind it. I pulled all the ducts as well and washed them inside and out. What a difference!



dash out and all back in in about 4 hours

package tray is cleaned and reinstalled

REally the only thing left on the interior is the door panels, stereo system and seat.

03-08-2013, 09:47 PM
Your paint and interior restoration skills are insane. Well done!

03-10-2013, 12:50 AM

Teaser of how the outside of this truck if coming along:


03-22-2013, 07:10 PM






I put the truck up for sale "AS IS" with the motor/trans issues and got some response, some offers to trade for running 2WD toyota trucks and a couple other vehicles but turned em all down. I sat on it for a week then decided to stop being such and Nancy Boy and just fix the damn thing. The motor is now out and on a stand and Im going to start tear down on it tomorrow.

Before pulling the motor though I did manage to get the cam cover off and get the shim out of the one bad valve. There was zero clearance initially and when I measured the shim it was a 2.4mm. The thinnest shim available is a 2.2 so there was no way to get that valve back in spec.

To save money the plan is to only pull the one head and rebuild/replace it, set the valve lash for ALL the valves, flush the fuel system and backflow the injectors and button it all back up. I'll also drop the pan and take a look at the bearings just to be safe.

more pics soon!

03-22-2013, 07:15 PM
Hot damn that turned out great! That's some serious motivation to try something similar on the Prelude, it's all kinds of different shades of red right now.

03-27-2013, 08:55 AM
Stupid 3VZ...

So the previous rebuilder used some kind of shitty fly by night machine shop or cylinder head exchange. So much mismatch. Valves. head bolts. gaskets? who uses two different head gaskets?

Anyway, I was hoping to make this cheap and easy but my conscience wont let me half-ass the repairs that it needs to be right. Im going to pick up two new (used) heads and have them gone through at a trusted machine shop. Its getting new timing components and all new gaskets and seals. The good news is that the bottom end is in good shape. I pulled the bearings and they are all in excellent shape. The cylinder walls look great so I wont have to do anything at that end.

There were a few other issues I found only upon tearing it down (like a bad knock sensor pigtail) but overall I expect to be able to get this thing cleaned up and all back together in a couple weeks.

03-27-2013, 03:21 PM
I might be remembering wrong (or it was on the 5vz?) but at one point I think only one side head gaskets were the wrong part number or put in backwards at the factory so that they were failing/developing leaks so a bunch of them had just one side replaced. If that's the case, maybe they did just one side at some point (or did just one side for a different reason).

03-27-2013, 06:59 PM
well that certainly could have something to do with it. I was making the assumption that the current state of the motor was from its documented full rebuild, but its certainly possible someone had to make some repairs after that. That doest quite explain though why one of the headbolts on the "good" side was a different head configuration (12mm 12pt, instead of 14mm 12pt like all the other bolts) and why one of the valves on the bad side was actually too small to fit the seat properly. All told between the two heads at least 3 different sets of valves were mixed and matched. That wouldnt be that unusual if it werent for all the other inconsistencies.

Last night I ordered a new head set that includes graphite head gaskets and new head bolts, and a timing set. Now I just have the tedious part of cleaning everything up before assembly.

03-31-2013, 03:45 AM
Deeper down the rabbit hole...

Turns out this motor was pretty substantially overheated at some point. (Maybe clues to why the different head gaskets?). Several of the piston had nearly siezed in the bores according to my machine shop guy. He mic'd everything out though and its savable without boring. The problem with that is that Im still looking at a new set of pistons.

Instead I managed to find a local guy with several dismantled 3VZE's and picked up a low miles block with a matched set of good factory toyota pistons and rods, and a good looking set of heads. The plan is to hone it and re-ring it, use my old crank, slap the heads on it and put it all back together as cheap as possible.



03-31-2013, 02:50 PM
Typical 3vze, they we're common for HG failure(even a recall from Toyota) and over heating. Good luck man

04-09-2013, 08:05 PM
update: The block and heads I bought were really no better off than what I already had. Everything was rebuildable but everything also had an issue that drove the price of that rebuild up. In the end I decided to work with what I originally had and use some donor parts off the heads to fix mine. I used the best set of valves and hand lapped them in and between the two sets managed to get the lash in spec for each.

The block I salvaged by ordering an appropriate flex-hone (took two tries, as they sent the wrong one the first time around costing me a week) and put a nice cross-hatch in to seat a new set of rings which I will install on the old .020" pistons. New bearings, new water pump, all new timing components and all new seals/gaskets throughout should have me back in business. I havent taken many pics, but I'll try to load some new ones soon.

04-09-2013, 08:23 PM

04-10-2013, 04:50 AM
only made it this far today but it felt like an accomplishment to be putting it back together rather than taking it apart.


The Captain
04-10-2013, 01:25 PM
Red is good for at least 20hp!

04-10-2013, 03:03 PM
Red is good for at least 20hp!

That's the consensus from traffic cops for exterior color.

I want time to rebuild my V6 :(

04-11-2013, 05:08 AM
...the red matches the truck.



The Captain
04-11-2013, 10:42 AM
Looking good.

04-12-2013, 05:38 AM
Todays inner dialoge:
Inner me: What are you doing?
Me: cleaning stuff?
Inner me: Dude, thats the inside of the timing cover, no one will EVER see that...EVAR!
Me: yeah I know. I just like to be thorough.
Inner me: you really should stop that and get this thing done!
Me: yeah, you're right.

15 minutes later...
Inner me: NOW what are you doing?
Me: Im polishing the exhaust!
Inner me: /facepalm


04-12-2013, 10:04 AM
It's okay, the rest of us marvel at your superior cleaning abilities.

04-12-2013, 11:37 AM
I like how you act like your cleaning isn't the difference between a $1500 truck and a $5000 truck...

04-12-2013, 06:28 PM
well thats the whole inner dialoge though. One part of me wants to just keep doing it like Im doing it, and the other part just wants me to get it finished so I CAN sell it. Half of me enjoys the payoff of the build itself, and the other half just wants the payoff that comes at the end.

anyway, here are some reference pictures of where this motor started:



Think this knock sensor was working correctly?

04-14-2013, 06:34 PM

04-15-2013, 11:10 PM
good job man, that looks great. that should be a 1uzfe going in there though.

04-18-2013, 06:38 PM
yeah, in hindsight, it probably would have been cheaper anyway. This started with me just pulling one head off to fix a bad valve. Mistakes were made along the way but its done now and I can move on.





The ugly step bumper and the obligatory "back off" mud flaps need to go!

04-18-2013, 08:30 PM
Looks Good.

04-24-2013, 11:07 PM
from my customers Yukon Denali:


Note the gear oil coating the ebrake drum *

04-24-2013, 11:44 PM
I have seen worse.

05-03-2013, 01:52 AM
new paint scheme on the bike, matte white and matte black (still working on the black portions)


05-03-2013, 02:00 AM
What happened to the carbon fiber graphics plan? I was excited to see that.

05-03-2013, 04:45 AM
meh. The only carbon fiber that I like is way too hard to work with.

05-16-2013, 06:54 PM
Yukon Yuck off!

This is a customer of mine's Yukon. Ive done quite a bit of work to it over the years and I have been bugging her to let me have a crack at detailing it, because, quite frankly, its disgusting. I didnt even want to drive it into the shop without putting on gloves and a mask. Shes a mother of 4, two teens and two elementary age twins. This truck is a 2001 and already has 280K on it. So for Mother's Day her hubby agreed to let me do it. I told him, "just so you know, this wont be cheap!"

Anyway, here are some pics of the horror.







Note the color difference from what has been covered by the console all this time:



Hang drying:

Current state of the interior:



The husband is a wood cutter and has had to use this rig occasionally on the job. It shows it! This thing looks likes its been driven through 100 miles of blackberries and pine forest. Its one of the worst paint conditions Ive ever seen, and of course being black, this wont be easy.

(mind you, this is AFTER a good wash)




A little "after" preview from a test panel. (The graininess of the photo is from the low light conditions)


This job has to go out Friday so I'll be updating this soon with final results.

05-16-2013, 06:57 PM
Reminds me of the guy that brought me one of his floor mats to get new ones. I ordered him tan, turned out the interior was gray.

05-17-2013, 05:29 AM







The Captain
05-17-2013, 03:58 PM
What's the bill going to be?

05-17-2013, 04:13 PM

05-17-2013, 08:05 PM
You know, if I didn't hate hippies so much, it would almost be worthwhile to fly you out here and let you have at my wife's Explorer...

05-17-2013, 11:01 PM
Ah, I don't miss my days of detailing used cars. As with most people on here, I'd rather put the effort into my car. Damn fine work though.

05-17-2013, 11:12 PM
You know, if I didn't hate hippies so much, it would almost be worthwhile to fly you out here and let you have at my wife's Explorer...

just. LAWLZ! :loser:

Ah, I don't miss my days of detailing used cars. As with most people on here, I'd rather put the effort into my car. Damn fine work though.

I can appreciate that, but I look at it as more than just a job at this point. I think of it as cleaning up a dirty world, one car at a time. On the cars that I flip I think of it as a service to my community to save cars that are not far from being abandonded and winding up in junk yards. Its not a "green" thing, just that I hate to see perfectly good things go to waste.

Besides, I dont actually own any of my own vehicles really (aside from my bike), my flips are like "foster vehicles" and all get the same treatment. ;)

05-17-2013, 11:26 PM
Besides, I dont actually own any of my own vehicles really (aside from my bike), my flips are like "foster vehicles" and all get the same treatment. ;)
You sick bastard.

I was brought up in the foster homes... I know what kind of treatment that is.

05-18-2013, 12:32 AM
just. LAWLZ! :loser:

I can appreciate that, but I look at it as more than just a job at this point. I think of it as cleaning up a dirty world, one car at a time. On the cars that I flip I think of it as a service to my community to save cars that are not far from being abandonded and winding up in junk yards. Its not a "green" thing, just that I hate to see perfectly good things go to waste.

Besides, I dont actually own any of my own vehicles really (aside from my bike), my flips are like "foster vehicles" and all get the same treatment. ;)

Coming from that aspect of it, I hear you. Keep fighting the freshly polished and clean fight.

05-19-2013, 07:09 PM
finished photos:










I also have a new bike in the shop. I think you redneck 'Muricans will like this one!

Aaron Willis
05-19-2013, 07:35 PM
I also have a new bike in the shop. I think you redneck 'Muricans will like this one!Shovelhead or ironhead?

05-20-2013, 05:04 AM
Ironhead bagger

05-21-2013, 07:15 PM
I also aquired this yesterday...


05-21-2013, 10:25 PM
does it go to anything?

05-22-2013, 01:33 AM
It came attached to this SC400!


05-22-2013, 05:07 AM
that truck looks brand new! thats amazing work sir.

05-22-2013, 05:38 AM
That Denali looks damn effing new.

05-22-2013, 05:49 AM
Nice work on the Denali.

Aaron Willis
05-22-2013, 05:49 AM
Ironhead baggerYou seem to have misspelled "bobber"...

05-28-2013, 07:38 AM
cant wait to see what u do to that sc400, i love those cars

05-28-2013, 07:29 PM
So the Lexus got a detail while I wait on ordered parts (stupid holidays). I need to replace a noisy timing belt idler so Im just doing the whole front of the motor. In the meantime its just noisy for a little while after startup so Im driving it as is. Since I have to do some work under the hood I havent bothered to take pictures since its got all the beauty covers off.

It detailed up nicely and I really like this color combo, but the pictures dont really do it justice. This is one of those colors thats hard to photograph.







05-31-2013, 02:30 AM
I have joined the darkside, but no sissy sportster for me.


05-31-2013, 02:31 AM
Wow, you got old, but not rich old, otherwise you would have a shiny Goldwing.

Are you gonna bob it? Tell me you are gonna do something awesome with it?

05-31-2013, 04:29 AM
now, why in God's name (said the athiest) would I do THAT to a perfectly good electraglide?

05-31-2013, 04:38 AM
I dunno, I see the value of a bagger, I truly do, but as someone concerned more with aesthetics than usefulness, I can see a bobber screaming to get out.

Something like the old Goldwing you did.

05-31-2013, 05:06 AM
nope, detailed, fixed (wont turn over with the switch) and sold...thats my plans.

06-01-2013, 03:16 AM
starter fixed and bike detailed. Ready for sale already:








07-27-2013, 06:14 AM
Sold the Lexus and bought this:


07-27-2013, 06:56 AM
Great car!

The Captain
07-27-2013, 03:32 PM
It's the right color!

I had one in dark blue back in the day. Great car.

07-27-2013, 07:21 PM
how have I missed all of these updates?!?!... I like the SC400 that you "fostered" there. I pointed one out to the wife and told her I wanted one... she said ya, ok old man.... lol I dont want one any more :p .. but great work on it! :D

07-27-2013, 07:43 PM
INB4 Andy suggests a 1UZ swap! ;)

I pointed one out to the wife and told her I wanted one

yeah, I enjoyed the short ownership of the Lexus. It had been on my "always wanted one" list and now I can check that off. I didnt really make anything on the car but it was good experience.

ohh and I might as well come clean about the Harley. It was just a detail job that I did for a customer. I posted that up specifically to toss a jab at Bruce and his "sporty"...and now that makes me kinda sad :( Anyway, it was a job for a local independent bike repair shop that Ive gotten in good with so Im hoping to get a bit more work out of that connection.

Also, my GF (now a member here) is still really enjoying her 92GT and I'll be doing a bit more work on it soon. We are considering doing a vinyl wrap for the roof where the clear coat has peeled amd are keeping our eyes out for some used 7G GTS wheels to put on it. She is DD'ing it and its already proving to be the best $600 car Ive ever bought.

07-27-2013, 08:42 PM
Glad to see your gf joined with a Celica. I always forget how great they are as a daily, until I buy another.

Now I just have to get my girl to join with her ride...

07-28-2013, 02:05 AM
I am digging the Supra, but I have to know, is it a flip, or are you finally going to get a car to keep?

07-28-2013, 02:31 AM
The way I approach all my flips is that if they speak to me and I find I just cant part with them, then I consider keeping them. I never go into it planning to keep anything. So far my Bike (Lana) and my C10 pickup (Tawney) have stood the test of time, both of which Ive owned for over a year now.

There is good profit potential in this car. It will get a minimal out of the frame engine refresh (wont know how much I do until I get into it) an end to end detail, wheel polish, window tint and a slight stance adjustment. I expect to be able to sell it for ballpark $3500

07-30-2013, 05:42 AM
So I picked up the Supra. I paid $700 for this car. Its had 2 previous owners, both females. 187K on the odo with a blown headgasket (coolant out the exhaust). It has excellent potential as a flip car to the right buyer being original paint, low (relatively) miles, and all original minus a slightly awkward reupholstery job on the seats (its vinyl, NOT leather...bleh).

Im flipping between pulling the motor and doing a proper mini-rebuild and just doing a top end in the car. I'll probably pull the head and evaluate from there. The oil and coolant still look ok so Im guessing its not going to be to terribly bad inside.

The interior is the jem of this car. The dash is perfect, the doors and panels and carpets are all in restorable shape, and the paint, while blemished in spots will shine up enough to make an impact for any potential buyer.

My budget for repairs is $1000. The lions share of that will be invested in new tires though, unless I can get lucky and fone some runners used. stupid 14's.

this is it untouched the way I got it:





Showing the dead neglected paint as I recieved it:

First pass with Meguiars Correction Compound, no polish yet:

Thats what Im starting with...What do you guys think?

07-30-2013, 05:50 AM
I dig it

07-30-2013, 07:28 AM
I'm not sure what things are like around your parts, but those two Supra rims in that good of shape would get a decent chunk of cash from a drifter/AE86 Corolla lover around here, that might help you get some used rubber on rims.

07-30-2013, 01:47 PM
Such a beautiful car!!!Looks a lot better after the Meguiars Correction Compound!

07-30-2013, 01:52 PM
Maybe a dumb question, but I know very little about paint correction... Did you clay bar that paint first?

That's an incredible difference...

07-30-2013, 06:07 PM
Hell, I didnt even wash it.

07-30-2013, 07:39 PM
hahahhaah wow. That's some good stuff then :)

07-30-2013, 11:11 PM
Car looks good. You don't see these much any more and that one looks really good, especially the interior.

08-01-2013, 02:01 AM
added this project car to the stable. Needs fuel pump and steering rack, but otherwise should be a quick flip


08-01-2013, 03:44 PM
Quick flip? Yes, hopefully you won't have to look at that sitting at your place for very long. :hehe: