I have decided that I probably will sell this car.
I'm still in the process of fixing everything that needs fixing. I'd like it to be right, for my own satisfaction if nothing else.
It runs and drives now. Goes like a bat out of hell.
I had to replace the clutch hydraulics and bleed the brakes. Not a huge deal, really.
I still have to get the header rebuilt or replaced. It's cracked (and ghetto patched) in a bunch of places. Don't want to drive it that way. Aside from the fire hazard, it's loud as hell. (My exhaust guy told me to call him in a week and a half. That's what I'm going to do, unless a replacement header falls into my lap.)
The carbs need to be adjusted or at least seafoamed. Maybe rebuilt. No biggie.
Needs the tranny oil changed. Grinds third just a bit.
And it needs to be cleaned up and detailed. That's about it.
I figure there are several options...
1. I can fix everything that needs fixing, and sell it as a complete runner.
2. I can sell it like it is, dust and all, at a substantial savings. (The custom made header is going to be a chunk.)
3. I can remove the engine and tranny, and sell it as a roller. This is really what I would prefer to do.
As I mentioned, I bought this to help out a friend who needed the funds. I don't really care anything about having a droptop, OR the earlier chassis. Everything I have is "88", including all my skill sets AND my spare parts collection. I would, OTOH, like to have the SD4 to play with.
4. I can remove the engine and tranny and swap the car, as a roller, for an 88 roller.
The 88 would have to be very nice, however. This is
an Automoda. It has less than 20K on the odo. It looks like a 20K car. The interior is very
nice. It has carpet and/or leather just about everywhere
I will not even consider parting it out. It's way too nice for that.
Edit - And if I don't sell it, I'll keep it and enjoy it. Maybe make some minor changes.
2nd edit - I had thought about swapping in a different engine. This car needs to be a cruiser. Not a pavement ripper. But I have no idea what to swap in. My 1st thought is a 4.9, but that puts it back into yet a different category of pavement ripper.
[This message has been edited by Raydar (edited 02-13-2015).]