Forgotten Cool Cars of the 90s

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Rogue_Ryder, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    It is in not too bad shape, I do have two BMW fenders for it as it got banged when the PO had it....I bought the car about 6-7 years ago for $600. They had a baby seat in the back and it just ripped to death the center of the back seat....the rest of the back seat looked like it was never sat in.

    Front seats are junk....broke again, I have an entire set of leather insides for it....with the sport seats so hopefully they will not bust again....but I am not a real leather fan, and they are tan....the car is blue.....and I like the blue. Don't want to color change the car, but if I did I would want to go white, and the tan would then just look dirty.

    I did find a good set of standard seats in a junk yard and bought those and the door pannels for it....in blue...that is what is in the car now. I may do some kind of after market seat....but this car is on the back burner now. Have to fix my Scoobie then the wifes car....then over the winter I am starting on a '63 beetle....stay tuned for that restore thread.
  2. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    There is a guy on one or more of the forums who does seat recovering specifically for the E30 and his work is well thought of. It's a lot of work, but worth it. Also, there is a tab that is somewhat notorious for breaking in the Recaros that you have to weld back on after it breaks or replace the whole mechanism. The Recaros can be found very easily for next to nothing, and can be repaired and recovered for not too much more. That's the route I'd go if I were to do it over. I know what you mean about projects too; I need to get started on the G Wagen, but that (and all of this discussion due to the vintage of your E30) belong in the '80s thread...
  3. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    God help you fiscally on that one.
  4. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Believe it or not, it won't be that bad. The OM617 motor is EMP proof it is so good and other parts don't hurt too terribly much. Certain things are painful, but ours is actually is pretty good shape and everything works. The hardest part will be the rust abatement.
  5. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Parts prices must not be as steep as they were in the late '80's.

    I paid $65 for a gas cap and $900 for an axle shaft for my 300GD then, and at that time that was a heap of change.

    This, and its almost complete lack of power were two of the reasons I replaced that G with a Dodge M43.

    Good luck with your project, and post some pix.
  6. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Don't get me wrong, they can still hurt, but as long as you get entrenched in the communities, it's not mortgage payment expensive for stuff. Now over in Germany? :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1 We got a smokin deal for the hard top at 1500 euro. New, the hard tops are 3000 euro plus another 600 euro for hardware. My current debate is going to be panels; do we take the hit and do OEM replacements, find a donor machine, or order aftermarket panels to get rid of rust. Thankfully we live pretty close to 1 of 2 parts suppliers in the US and once we finish getting settled in, I'm going to make a trip up there to look around.

    And yes, it is almost dangerously slow. But it drives like a new car- almost as nice as the new Rubicon we got.

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  7. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    At least it's the 5-cyl diesel! I thought about getting a 240GD several years ago, but when I was told top speed was 55mph :eek1 I decided that was way too slow for something that was selling for $8,000.

    If parts availability wasn't such a big deal, the 280 GE would be pretty liveable, but after my fuel distributor got all F'ed up on my Gray Market 1982 280E, I will never own one of those engines again. The only fuel distributor in existence was in the U.K. for $1,500 :eek1 and I suck at tuning Bosch Jet-tronic and nobody in New Orleans seemed to know how to fix it either :doh
  8. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Cut away rust, install Jeep YJ flares.

    Much cheaper than replacement panels.

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  9. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Oh yeah, forgot about the steel hard top I bought for mine: $3000 in 1990. Free with it was the ride quality you get when the rear axle is sitting on the bump stops.
  10. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    You guys will laugh at this one, the OEM flares on it are AMG. :lol3 I thought AMG was for performance? :huh

    And all my yammering about acceptable parts prices... well ignore that when it comes to those flares. I could probably sell the set for over $1500. So they will be going back on once we determine the plan of action to get rid of the rusty panels.
  11. jfslater98

    jfslater98 Been here awhile

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    :huh

    That's some competition. Hmmm do I prefer my commuting slug to self-immolate or just rot away? :lol3

    Look out, GM!!!!

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  12. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    NECROPOST !!



    Isuzu Impulse...a better driving and looking Geo Storm ... wish I could find one

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  13. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Definitely a cool and forgotten one! I had no idea it shared stuff with the Geo storm.

    In the mid 90s when I was in High School a dude had a Storm, actually bought it over a CRX, at the time the marginal performance difference wasn't big enough to justify the Honda premium, but I still see tons CRXs and haven't seen and Impulse or Storm in YEARS. I think the Storm was ridiculously cheap like buy it for $129/mo back in the 90s, of course Isuzu didn't get quite the same marketing as the Geo.
  14. Sancho Panza

    Sancho Panza Super Black Eagle

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    I lovred min but couldn't afford to keep fixing it, what a ride a true german missle, was great in the snow
  15. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Ugly but cool :deal

    Having that car in HS was a lot of fun, it was about as fast as 3rd gen F-bodies/Fox Mustangs which were the other cars kids had. It could out handle any of them and was rated one of the best handling cars in 1992. T-tops :clap. And with the intake/exhaust it got 40 MPG....back when gas was under a buck a gallon. When we wanted to go on a road trip we'd just look under a couch or 2 and the change was usually enough.

    Plus with the back seats folded we could get 2 snowboards in no problem.....and with them up fit 5 people back there :lol3
  16. (none)

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    totally. still miss that thing.
  17. KF7GTH

    KF7GTH Been here awhile

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    Mom still, as far as I know, has a pearl white 91 Audi Quattro coupe- 5 speed sitting in the yard at her house. Electrical problems I think- hasn't been driven in 5-6 years. I told her not to buy the stupid thing used back in about '98 unless she was prepared to spend $$$ on upkeep and parts. She didn't listen tho':lol3
  18. 99Bandit

    99Bandit Been here awhile

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    I was lucky enough to work at a couple of dealerships and detail shops in the early 90's fresh out of HS. I got to drive damn near every "new" car on the market. My favorite at the time was the 91 ZR1Corvette. That car was crazy fast in the hands of a stupid 19 year old kid. :evil

    In 1994, I was 21 and desperate for a new Z28 Camaro. I got lucky and found a 93 with only 5K miles on it. All black, auto, hard top with the Bose sound system. Picked it up for 19K which was crazy for a kid my age at the time.

    I took that car to the drag strip just about every weekend. Bone stock it ran 14.50ish. By the time I had to let her go after having kids, it was running 12.90's @ 109MPH.

    That is the only vehicle that I still regret getting rid of. :cry
  19. Nophix

    Nophix Been here awhile

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    That one was good, as long as it was the turbo. But, the original was far better in the handling department, thanks to Lotus.

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  20. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer

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    Okay, so I'm back. I bought the car above, and after way too much communication, I managed to get the paperwork from PA to FL to get it titled and registered. I went up and got it in February, and in March took it down to a regional high-performance shop to get it looked at. My instructions were that we needed to confirm that the car was basically sound - I was willing to cut my losses if the car was fundamentally screwed up.

    They gave the car a thorough going over, and declared the car basically sound, but in need of some work. First, the previous owner (hereinafter PO) cut a lot of corners to make the car look pretty. The interior in particular needs to have a thorough going-over, including replacing the headliner and all the seals; the door panels look like cheap Chinese knock-offs, and will likely need to be replaced as well. The radio/CD player is junk and needs to go as well. No biggie, and I accounted for that.

    As far as the rest of the car, some problems were found, including a leaking fuel tank seal, corroded brake and fuel lines, and minor unseen body issues. However, the car was unmolested, and basically sound. Here are some photos.

    Here's the car up on the lift. The drive shaft, rear axle, and fuel tank have been removed.

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    Here you can see some of the surface rust hidden by the axle and fuel tank:

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    We will take care of that with careful prep work and application of POR-15.

    Here's another view of the rear underside:

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    Here's a close-up of the rear underbody, showing the exhaust removed, and a little better detail on the corrosion issue:

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    This shot shows the first item installed, a Stiffler's brace and subframe connector kit - very comprehensive (the ladders that connect the subframe connectors to the outside frame braces have not been installed yet)

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    Here's a closer shot of the outside braces, and how the sub-frame connectors are the new jacking points:

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    The frame braces not only considerably stiffen the otherwise flimsy uni-body, the they also provide much sturdier jacking points (as shown).

    Once the underside is treated with the complete POR-15 process, the updated rear suspension will be installed, the drive-train removed, and the new front suspension installed.

    More to follow!