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  1. Seeing "needs brakes serviced" tells me all I need to know...…………….
  2. A car this nice should easily, easily, sell for your price on E-bay. I have sold cars of lesser quality for more money there.
  3. I want to give a special shout and THANK-YOU to Garnet & Gold for supplying me with the part I needed at No Cost! Exact fit and color, makes my TC look new again! It's great people like this that make our club so special, and keep our cars running. Thank you, thank you THANK YOU!!!!
  4. I recently posted about how my 16v's convertible top had not been up in over 30 years, boasting how great shape it was in, etc. Karma came around and killed my pride and hubris. Less than 48 hrs after posting, a hurricane came up the east coast where I live. There was no flooding, but a lot of wind. One of those gusts detached a tree limb of sizeable proportions, which fell on my TC. Not just anywhere, it fell perfectly parallel to the body, slicing off the drivers side mirror with surgical precision. No other areas were damaged, a few inches to the inside and I would be looking for a new top, windshield, or maybe a total. Guess I was real lucky!! Anyone got a spare mirror they can part with??
  5. A (long)while ago I purchased a 89 16V from the original owner, a now elderly woman in her 90's. In immaculate shape, ( the car, not her) she stated that the hard top had never been off, except for the day she bought it because '"it's just too damn hard to take it on and off!". This was verified by her husband and her son, who both said they had never seen it with the hard top off and the convertible on. And, I drove it with the hard top on for quite a while, all the while wondering what the top looked like, and the color. So, today is the day that will finally see the light after over 30 years! The first pictures show where a rodent apparently called it home at some time, afterwards, how it unfolds. In the end, this is how they all looked new!
  6. You, or anyone, can bid on this car, online at probably wont bring over $300
  7. Imagine being out for a drive in your TC with the top down on a beautiful day, and stopping for a light behind someone. Then BAM!-some jerk plows Into you so hard that you crash into the car in front of you hard enough to push you under that car, all the while destroying the back-end of your car. That appears to be what happened to this car in Wheeling Il.. Located at Copart, it came in without a top, indicating it was being driven without. The middle of the car looks great, including a pristine looking interior. The rest didn't fare so well. Could be a great opportunity for someone looking for a super clean interior though. Check it out here--
  8. Just got a notice that there is a Getrag 284 manual tranny available with all the goodies attached for only $400 on eBay. check it out here
  9. Try a different inspection station. Really. There is no law that says that you have to use any specific station, at least here in Va. Different inspectors have varied interpretations of the inspection laws. Unless it is a blatant and dangerous fault, some inspectors may seem it as trivial and pass it. And even if you get a rejection sticker, you do not have to take it back to that same station to get it re-inspected. Just scrape that "stinky-pinky" off and take it to another station. Worked for me multiple times. BUT, if you have a 1989, you can get antique plates, which DONT NEED an inspection sticker. I believe that cars 25 yrs old and older qualify for antique plates. I am assuming that by your location RVA you live here in the commonwealth.
  10. Came cross this on E bay, fellow is selling four TC's for one price, No Reserve, and at $1,000 seems like a bargain. I'd buy them, but don't have a place to put them all.
  11. While searching on the local Craigslist, I came across on what may, and I say May, be a 16v car for parts or salvage. I say that because of the badge on the side front fender. No pics of vin were provided, but the seller wants 2k or offers. Could be a great parts car/ Located in Waldorf Md.
  12. I am in need of various interior parts--Royal cabernet color. Anyone have a parts car??
  13. Cruising thru Craigslist I found a dealer with three TC's for sale, at really cheap prices. Check them out DEALER RETIRING - ALL INVENTORY MUST BE SOLD BY JUNE 22nd. Reasonable offers will be taken and unreasonable offers will be considered.
  14. Great!! Can you post some good pics of it? Also, tell us what it needed, and other info.
  15. This is called good marketing. Some of the parts are a good deal, some are not. Before ordering, double check the prices vrs eBay. Sometimes Ebay is a lot cheaper. Also, make SURE that the parts are definitely a fit for your year and model. Just because they say it will fit doesn't mean it really will. I wrote a article about this on this forum earlier in the year, check it out for the full story.
  16. Ok, I took your advice, and it is now listed on E-Bay. Take a look!
  17. One of the best things about our cars being nearly 30 years old is that you can register them as antiques ( in my state) and pay very little regarding insurance and taxes, However, this comes at a cost, in that you can only legally drive them a limited # of miles per year. That said, mine are left sitting a lot. How much of todays formula gas should be left in the tank to prevent problems? Should we keep it full to avoid condensation, or keep as little as possible in to keep it from going bad? I personally keep less than 1/8 full, and add fresh gas every time I use them. What do you think?
  18. There is one on ebay for sale that is running, #204067, add that one to the list..........
  19. Is there any way to glean thru the various states DMV files to locate how many are left? Searching for the particular year or engine code?
  20. Nice looking 89 TC at the Bakersfield Calif Co part auction. Interior looks great, 89k on odometer. Red! Sale is 4-27 Could be a great deal for someone
  21. I have two that are running, but the like button only registered one.....
  22. Spring is here, and it's time for me to thin out the fleet. The wife wants the garage back, and I want ( not need) to sell my '89 TC with only 16k miles. Thought it was a keeper, but I found two 16v's that I like better. I have had good luck, and some bad luck, with E-bay, but a site such as Bring-a-trailer seems to have some merit. Not looking for astronomical top prices, but somewhere around 5K. The car really is a garage queen, all original with some of the carpet protector still unremoved. How would you sell this car if you owned it? I want a clean sale, without a lot of hassle and haggling.
  23. Wish I'd known about removing the air box and throttle body--it would have saved me a bunch of frustration and scraped forearms! Hemi, you are a wealth of good information. Glad you are around!!!
  24. Just did this job. If you have a lift, you got it made. If not, use a jack and follow the procedure below. 1-chock all the wheels 2-loosen up the left front wheels lug nuts 3-jack up the left side of the car-high as possible 4-remove the wheel and tire 5-contort your body so you can reach underneath thru the suspension, and manipulate your arm up to the fittings 6-this is where a crows-foot wrench or stubbys are worth their weight in gold. 7-there are two sizes of fittings, I believe 11 and 13mm With a little luck, and finesse, you should be able to loosen all three fittings and remove them. A WORD TO The WISE-- be very careful with how you move and handle the brake lines, in that if you get them out of alignment, they are a beach to get started again. Ask me how I know this.
  25. I agree, Rock has some great prices on select items BUT- I would like to add my two cents worth based on my experiences 1- Make sure that the part is the correct part for your vehicle. A lot of times the parts are listed by an interchange chart or something like that, and they will not fit. Example- spark plug wires for a 16v. There are 27 items listed, but none of them will fit the 16v engine. When in doubt, check the part numbers with other sources. Yes, Rock allows returns, but what are the savings if you pay $13.99 to have it shipped to you, and have to pay 13.99 to ship it back ( 28 bucks for shipping total) to get a refund on a part that is a "real-Deal" at 7.99?? Which brings me to no. 2-- While you are ordering parts online, open another screen and check prices at Ebay or Amazon. I have found this to be an ideal resource for price comparisons, and in a lot of cases the same, identical OEM or compatible parts are a lot cheaper than Rocks closeouts, and many offer free shipping. Just because they are closeouts at Rock doesn't mean that they are a great deal, although I have gotten some great bargains at the site.