Context: Oh god how did I get here
Just thought I'd start to document my foolish application of cash toward a chassis which was close to being better for parts. I started with a barely-driving $1000 '90 owned by a teenage kid with swagger. He advised me I'd need a trailer to get it from Dubuque to Madison, I said F that noise and loaded up a friend, and the WRX full of tools.
Pissing coolant everywhere: fix = swagpaste. Got us home. Ultimately bought an OEM-style Koyorad.
"It overheats easily" oh god no please don't say that you ran it out of coolant. Yeah, he did.
Top is fucked. "It will hold rain". No it wont.
He locked his key in the trunk. Good. Now the trunklid is bent and wont close, the filler panel is now half a filler panel.
Paint is half single stage, half base plus clear. Single is faded to ****, clear coat is trashed.
Front bumper is held together with swag stickerbomb.
Holy what the **** is this suspension I don't even.
Pissing brake fluid from the reservoir.
The "hey this isn't so bad":
Wow, no rocker rust.
It runs (really well actually), drives and stops.
It's not that dented up.
**** it, it's a grand.
Initial consultation pics:
Oh yeah, this is definitely assembled properly
Check out dat paint! And those sweet dry-rotted 13" Farm and Fleet tires.
I really wish I had a pic of the front bumper held with stickerbomb. It had clearly uh, "tapped" a large pole.
Initial expenditures went toward obtaining a non-cracked tail lamp, a straight front bumper, and replacing those horrible 13" wheels. Sold the wheels for a hundo, bought some daisies, an okay front bumper in red, and some tail lights. Spent about 10 hours making the paint look much better. Decided I ultimately wanted some different wheels.
Got lucky, found a fantastic condition hard top for dirt cheap. Too bad its purple
Ran an autox, and it held up but started making funny noises. Found it!
Loose bolt in the timing tract, sweet
Remedied that. Ran another autox. Car is mechanically sound enough. Fun! Not much cash dumped. Then I got stupid.