I have been a lurker here for quite some time but I never bothered to register; please allow me to explain why.
Many years ago I bought a 2000 LS White (Bone stock, Clean). I loved that car. Sadly after less than 8 months of ownership it was totaled. Apparently this guy in his Chevy Impala decided that stop signs
were too "conformist" for him that day. This was the result:
Someone got a LOT of nice spare parts. I didn't have the know-how to deal with repairs, it was bank-owned at the time, so I just said whatever and let his insurance pay for it....I got a decent check out of the whole
ordeal...but it didn't resolve the matter.
I ended up buying a 2009 Civic Si. Good car, but after owning it a few years I started to realize that it just didn't pull at my heart-strings.
This is when I should introduce a little car known as: Road Warrior
My buddy bought this car from "Some Old Guy" for $700. The guy said it didn't run and made weird noises...my friend put a battery in it and drove it home. He spent a lot of time freshening things up,
doing some TLC, doing some not-so-TLC (it spent some time plasti-dipped purple). Once he had it running good he was using it as his DD. Then he got bored and slapped a Greddy Kit on it!
He had some head gasket issues so I helped him swap in a new and totally-refreshed motor into it. Here's the car just before finishing up that work.
Time went on, Road Warrior spent some time at the local Auto-X, and some time pounding through the snow. Then we discovered a small crack in the head that only showed up under boost. My friend decided to drive it like it was
for a while. But that lead to a perfect storm...You see Road Warrior had a leaking FPR...barely leaking. As in Fumes. Well, that's not such a big deal if you're driving down the road, but it IS a big deal if you're sitting in your
driveway. It is also a REALLY big deal if that head crack you've recently discoverd happens to make coolant puddle up on your #2 and #3 spark plug wells, which causes a lot of resistance...which causes spark plug wires to arc
onto a valve cover, which causes a large fire.
Since fires are no big deal, my friend decided to snap a pic before he tried to battle the blaze
That's about the same time my friend decided that this car was cursed, and so he let the car sit a few weeks and didn't try to repair the fire damage.
This is also about the same time that the Car gods would decide that I needed to drive a Miata once more, because my Civic was rear-ended while parked and totaled.
I bought Road Warrior from my buddy for what he paid for it spare parts and all. (a "smoking" friend-only deal)
And thus began the rebuild! I'm a few weeks into it now, it's all together and just troubleshooting a few weird starting issues. I've come to the forum for help and hopefully to make some new friends in the area to go to Auto-X or cruising, or modding cars!
Here's a few extra pics!
My buddy's new ride
Urban Camo layered body filler fender