I've always wanted to do a build thread but was always too lazy or didn't think I had enough **** going on to have frequent posts.
Well here it is!
As some of you guy's might know, my MSM a few months ago was hit by a deer on the passenger side and pretty much fuxored the whole side and windshield.
Got to work soon after cleaning and removing the windshield.
Insurance didn't total the car, but sent me a check for $4300 to get it fixed. With the rust on the lower rockers and pinch welds as well as other miscellaneous body damage areas etc I decided to source a clean shell to swap all the nice MSM parts over too.
Fast forward to last weekend, I sourced a mint 99 nb base for $2950 off ebay! 116k on the odo and this thing was clean! Had a local friend take a peak at it for me before I planned my 2000miles trip to pick it up. He gave it the thumbs up so I threw down a deposit and bought some plane tickets.
Flew to Vegas on Friday to pick up the new car. Seriously impressed with it. Totally worth it, I really got a deal! Drove it back across Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois with no issues what so ever. It even made it all the way up Pike's Peak and back down with no issues other than the fact at 8,000ft-15,000ft elevation it makes all of 30-50hp.
So the only things wrong with it are as follows:
Needs a new softtop.
Window motors in both doors are iffy at best, need to replace more then likely.
Paint blemish on the driver's side rear quarter... Basically it probably need a paint job. There's no dings or scratches but just wear and tear from a 16 year old car.
One tire has a slow leak.
Alignment is slightly off.
Trunk lights either don't work or just bulbs need replacing.
Ebrake needs adjustment.
When I first picked up the car it was missing the rubber bushings on the radiator brackets but I already knew this and swapped them with my MSM ones before the trip.
Otherwise the car is pristine. Seriously had not one issue with it the entire 2000 miles. I was worried for a bit it might have low compression but as soon as I got into Nebraska quickly realized the car was just down on power from either extreme heat in Nevada or elevation in Utah/Colorado. Seriously don't know how people own cars in those areas cars make no horsepower there! All the way up Pike's Peak had to keep it in 1st-2nd and really ring it our to get going. But I think we had a much easier time then the big 4000lb suv's crowding the roads to the top. Once we got back to normal-ish elevation in Nebraska suddenly the car felt like it had power. Now driving it here in Chicago it feels quite peppy and decently fast. At one point somewhere in Colorado there was a 6 1/2% decline that went on for 7 miles! We got to just put the car in neutral and coast the entire time. Reached speed of almost 95mph by just coasting.
Overall I would rate the trip 10/10 would do again. All though if we could just omit all of the state of Nebraska I'd be ok. What a boring drive.
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