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  1. It's a 340 with some mild engine mods to get more revs (balanced, ported, hotter cam, recurved distributor, larger carb). Obviously, a lot of lightening.
  2. Answer #1. - The lightest car, by 15 lbs under the S2000, verified by official scales, is the 'cuda at 2820. The TC weighs hundreds of pounds more. Answer #2. - While the S200 has the highest top end due to its aerodynamics, 6 speed tranny and 9,000 rpm red line; and the 'cuda wins the 1/4 mile due to its 3.91 gears and power, the 0-60 sprint is won by my wife's Infiniti - 328hp, AWD, 7 speed and traction control - it simply erupts off the line.
  3. Since I'm as guilty as any of us as far as flogging a TC (all of it legal, of course), Hemi's comments got me thinking, and I agree. The TC is a wonderful car, having just about every convenience one could want. The driving dynamics and comfort are equal to most modern cars and there is simply no other convertible available in the TC's price range that offers what the TC does. While I thoroughly enjoy beating the hemi Challengers in autocrosses, including a Hellcat (rookie driver, so it doesn't count), one of my friends just got a Civic R, and it is just one example of the amazing group of performance machinery out there now. Even the used market has some incredible vehicles at decent prices, altho they are not convertibles. All that being said, there is one area that prevents the TC from being a bruiser rather than a cruiser - weight. So I've got two, highly unfair, trick questions for you. 1). Which of the cars pictured weighs the least? 2). Which is quickest 0-60? I'll do a separate post with the answers.
  4. Hey Bob - You can add my new toy to the list - it's a triple black 1990 Cal emissions 16v car, VIN: ZC2FR1202LB206510. Thanks. - Nile
  5. It's the little one - about 7& 1/2" long. Any recommendations on where to get one?
  6. That's it. Works great on pine sap, decal residue, pinstripes, etc. Just be careful not to get it on your skin.
  7. In case the cable or internal release are sticking and the safety catch isn't broken, have someone pull the hood release as far out as possible while you pull up on the hood. If that doesn't work, try rapping on the hood with your fist near the catch while someone else pulls on the release. Next attempt would be to spray some penetrant (PB Blaster, WD40) through the grill onto the catch.
  8. Life is rarely this simple, but if your air filter box had a big rodent nest, your car might well behave that way. Good Luck - Nile
  9. I just redid a couple using "Goo Gone". I sprayed some around the edges of the outer port hole and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The porthole easily came loose using a small plastic pryer. Then I sprayed a little more Goo Gone under the outer porthole and it easily came off. Either wear rubber gloves or be very careful as skin and Goo Gone do not get along. The emblem sheet is a decal attached to the outside of the inner porthole. By carefully removing the glob of sealant and using my plastic pryer to keep the decal on the inner port hole it stayed in place.
  10. Just thought of another item - the windshield, especially if it is an original. I bet there are some folks on this forum who could tell you how to remove it without too much trouble.
  11. Brake accumulator, reservoir, etc; leather dash hood that is over the gauges & padded console top; headlights; soft top & motor pull down assembly; seats; trans computer; black plastic pieces that fit into the large moldings by the doors; floor mats; radio & CD player with cable. Except for the first item these are a cinch to remove. Obviously you want them to be in good condition.
  12. Been thinking about this article for a while. A straightforward, upbeat article would not generate as much interest or readers so less ad revenue. I guess he thinks snarkiness sells. But, look at it this way - the title of the column is " You Must Buy, our daily look at the cars you really should be buying instead of that boring commuter sedan." It features a very nice photo of a TC, highlights it selling for a very strong price and mentions that the Chrysler TC by Maserati has a lot of loyal, loving owners. " These points may well be what most people learn from the article. What was that old cliche about there not being such a thing as bad publicity?
  13. One of the tasks in reviving my triple black 16v TC was replacing the front brake hoses and calipers. Parts were readily available and the job seemed to go well, including the bleeding. Then I noticed a leak at the lower left hose connection. Tightened it up as much as I dared and still it leaked. So I checked back on our site and found a post from Reaper about the copper washers supplied with the calipers being too thin. That was the culprit. I installed thicker washers and no more leak. Parts guy said, "Oh yeah, that happens a lot". So Reaper - many thanks. That would not have occurred to me.
  14. Absolutely one of my all-time favorites, and not just because of the Mopar connection. Question - I don't want to be a spoiler for anyone who hasn't seen the movie (if you haven't, make the effort to see it, just make sure you get the original, not the later, somewhat lame remake), but it looks to me like the back half of a 69 Camaro in a certain scene - what do you think?
  15. For BOTH reasons (maturity & end result) you made the right call. If it was a regular WRX he would have known you were there. If it was an STI, maybe not even that. The AWD systems in those cars allow them to use all their power all the time making them very quick off the line. 50 years ago when maturity was not a factor I was waiting at a light in my 69 'cuda 340 when a white Challenger pulled up next to me. I was in the left lane and the road curved slightly to the left after the light. I knew I had two advantages, weight and geography. The light changed and we both nailed it. I took him off the line and into the curve. Just as I grabbed 2nd he blew by me. I looked over and saw 4 2 6 . It wasn't Kowalski.
  16. Thanks for the reminder. They appeared ok so I didn't have their replacement on my immediate to-do list. Needless to say, fuel hoses are one item where "appearing ok" is not good enough. I'll get right on it. Hardtop had not been off the car in 14 years; turns out it is in very nice shape, dirty, but it cleaned up just fine. For a car that sat a while, some of the usual problem areas like brakes, power antenna and odometer work great, altho the leather has pulled back from the top of the gauge cluster, the portholes are a mess and the wiper arm bushings are toast.
  17. The three most dreaded words in the car collector universe. For the last couple of years I've been trying without success to convince one of my friends to sell me his 90 triple black 16v Cali TC. Recently it became necessary for him to sell the car. He provided what turned out to be a very honest description of the car and it's readiness to be loaded onto my trailer - one or more flat tires, stuck brakes, ran when parked last July. All we needed to do was move the car about 15' so it could be maneuvered onto my trailer. Plan A - Put on a spare tire, but it somehow went flat between the time I put it in the truck the day before and got to the TC. No problem, proceed to . . . Plan B - I brought a couple of air tanks, but couldn't fill the tires because the TC valve stems are "inside" the wheel spokes and my air chuck was too large (yeah, I know I should have remembered that). . Plan C - Start the car, hope the brakes will come free and the car will move on one flat and three close to flat tires. Hey it's a TC, what could go wrong? Actually, nothing! It fired right up; after a couple of rocks back and forth the one brake that was stuck came loose and I backed the car to the rear of my trailer, from which point the winch took over. The drivetrain is fine and the brakes all work!
  18. Thanks for your kind comment. Got 4th.
  19. Hey Reaper. - I'm wondering if your shift cable connections are tight enough and/or adjusted properly as my Getrag handles my ham-handed high rev gear changes with aplomb. https://vimeo.com/440180904 and https://vimeo.com/440180182 . Another advantage of the 16v is the sound! - Nile
  20. Reaper - I have no idea if this will help, but a few years back I bought a TC that had been started regularly, but not driven. The prior owner was very open about a brake problem and had replaced all the calipers, rotors, & pads. When I drove it, the engine & trans were sweet, but the brakes were horrible - the right front was dragging and was the ONLY one that worked, meaning a stab of the brake pedal produced a dramatic pull to the right and smoke from the brake. Turned out the LEFT front brake hose was plugged. Replacing that hose, which was an inexpensive and straightforward job solved the problem. I now had functioning 4 wheel brakes. Naturally I replaced the other side hose and bled the system. The brakes have been fine ever since. I hope your fix is similarly easy.
  21. This little guy/gal is about 4-6 days old. He's got quite a bump on the head , but can walk normally. After 5 hours he & Mom reunited. Sure hope he makes it as we've got a lot of predators.
  22. That same motor was used as a trunk closing motor in some full size GM sedans a few years back. If you can find one, it's an easy part to replace. There may be some posts providing more specifics.
  23. I purchased American Racing AR919 16" wheels, 7" width with 225/50x16 tires and have been very pleased . The wheels have held up well and are easy to clean. They look very similar to the T8-2 wheels you showed. I also like the way the 16" wheels fill the wheel well. If you want 16" wheels remember to go with a slightly lower profile tire, say a 50 rather than 60,; that way the tire diameter will be about the same so you will not have clearance issues. Double check the diameter of any tires you are considering to make sure they're within a tenth of an inch or two of stock. Offset is also crucial, and as I recall, 30-40mm is an acceptable range. I know 7" wide rims will fit; wider ones might, but I'm not sure. I bought Bridgestone Potenza RE71-R's with a 200 UTAG (treadwear index) because they simply transform the car's handling and I run an occasional autocross. They cost about $136 apiece. There are a bunch of 200 UTAG tires, both cheaper and more expensive - all are excellent. The difference they make in everyday driving is amazing, but they do wear more quickly depending on your driving style. However, if you only drive about 3,000 miles a year and you purchase tires with a predicted tread life of 40,000 miles, you would probably need to replace them due to weather checking or dry rot well before the tread wore down, so longevity would not be much different. The 200's do not like cold weather so if you're going to be driving in freezing temps, don't get them. One last reminder - as good as Tire Rack is, they will probably wonder why you want mag wheels for a minivan (Chrysler T&C). They will have no data on whether or not any rims or tires will fit whatever a TC is , meaning you have to do all the homework. Also, ask them to throw in an extra wheel lock "key" as they can break. Good luck!
  24. Given Hemi's comments, there is probably not a problem with your clutch, but since you've had the car for 7 seven years and it feels different, there is a problem somewhere. I'd check to make sure all the large hoses connected to the intercooler and turbo are tight, actually make that VERY tight. I experienced the same phenomenon (easily rev to redline, but feels down on power) on one of my 90 16v cars and found a loose hose clamp at the intercooler. I tightened the clamp and the car immediately felt the way it had previously until the problem reoccurred. Sure enough, the same clamp had come loose. I replaced that clamp, and all others, and the car has been fine since.
  25. Had something very similar happen with my 90 16v car - the culprit was a loose cable at the transmission. It may take a couple of tries to get it adjusted exactly right. If the cable actually came off the trans it could very well be touching the exhaust which would cause the smell.
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