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  1. Another plus would be better air flow around the brakes.
  2. There's a competing site to BringATrailer called Cars&Bids. I don't know anything about them, but was looking over their site and they seem to have a lot of unusual, low production vehicles from the 80's & 90's, especially European.
  3. Hey Rick - Thanks to you, too. Probably the best reaction I got was at a track day at Watkins Glen. A young guy in a 318 who couldn't keep up wanted to know "When did they put a V8 in a LeBaron?" I thought for a few seconds about all the things I could say and then said "1989".
  4. Looks like a good buy if the car checks out. Typical concerns - odometer - no change in 20 years and ABS issue. No mention or pic of the soft top. Are there any oil leaks? Might be a flipper.
  5. Not sure which TC you have - if it's a 16v car the Getrag can handle any extra power with no problem. If you've got an 8v or a v6 - I'm not sure about the AT being able to cope, but there are many knowledgeable folks on this forum who will know. I would also be wary about making a change just in the boost without commensurate adjustments to ignition timing and advance, air/fuel ratios, etc. At the very least you might be confusing the heck out of your engine controller. Will the engine now run hotter, will you need different plugs, how about premium fuel? I installed Rick D's p
  6. I agree. A big question, "Is the vehicle titled in your name?" If he has an open title, meaning a previous owner signed the title and the car has not been reregistered in a while, that could be a huge problem when you go to register it in your state. For example, in New York, you need specific documentation from the owner (name on the title) to you, which is not possible if the title is open. You might want to check with your local Dept of Motor Vehicles to make sure. The car looks nice, and may or may not be ok, but the paperwork could be an issue.
  7. I happened to see an 87 Monte Carlo LS the other day, and being the kind of person I am, my reaction wasn't "Neat old Chevy", it was "Those headlights might fit a TC". I did a little research and the 1986-88 LS (not SS) Monte Carlo headlights look like they might be workable. Has anyone ever checked them out?
  8. Car looks great - were I in the market for a third yellow 16v car, we'd be talking. Over the years I've found that minor, but obvious details can matter a lot. With that in mind I think adding the fender badges, installing correct plug wires and losing the "Maserati" script on the trunk would increase your chance of selling the car, particularly to a non-TC person. It's the right time of year to be selling a convertible and the TC is on a lot of folks' radar as a "future collectible". I really think you'll get your price, or very close to it.
  9. Only thing I can think of is mileage - a lot of the vehicles BaT sells have real or even unreal low mileage. I think the TC they sold in August had very low mileage, but an odometer issue, which is normal for a TC and was sold "true mileage unknown". From the standpoint of someone who likes to actually use his toys, I'd much rather buy a 30 year old car that has been driven a couple of thousand miles a year than one that has sat idle most of the time.
  10. If BaT will "accept" your car, which they should, you could crack 5 figures. EBay can be a real ordeal. I think our TC's are finally starting to move up in value, especially the 16v cars, so you could justify keeping it as an investment. As far as what it's worth I agree that less than $8,000 would be close to fire sale territory. You never know what this post will stir up, as a club member might be interested. I'd say a fair price would be in the $9,000-$10,000 range. - Nile
  11. Since it's not April 1st, I'll go for it. I'll buy a set for the $25 plus shipping. Cheapest way is fine. My zip is 14870. Send me a pm so we can arrange $ and shipping. Thanks Marty - Nile
  12. I agree with everything above and use Mobil 1 in all my 16v TCs except one. For some reason, I'm assuming better lubricity, my 89 oozes Mobil 1, but if I use the same viscosity regular oil it does not leak. At least it wasn't as bad as a buddy who switched his new Subaru to a 0 weight synthetic - had quite the puddle on the garage floor the next morning.
  13. Currently on Copart is this TC which actually looks worse than the pink one.
  14. I noticed your car had the hard top on. For whatever it's worth - on all of my TC's the hardtops leak and the soft tops do not. I don't know whether that's due to a design or manufacturing flaw (that the hard tops leak, not that the soft tops don't). The soft tops are easy to adjust which may help the situation. Now if I could only adjust the soft top on my S200 I wouldn't have to have a rag handy!
  15. That "winning" bid doesn't vibrate right to me. No one who's into TC's would bid that much for that car given the color, miles, wheels, seats, etc. I also doubt someone not into TC's would open an Ebay auction that high on that car. It's located in Montana and it's winter. Lots of times people have a buddy open bidding on a "No Reserve" auction to get other bidders into the bidding process. They can claim it's sold, but it really isn't. I bet we'll see it again.
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