I wanted to get a placeholder for my 84' SE project. The plan is to replace/refurbish every component to like new with the goal of good handling and great mileage. Goal is to create a clean car that would appear to be an optional appearance package Pontiac may have offered, reminiscent of the 60's era GT racer/Lamborghini's.
Still have some minor bugs to work out for now before I begin, see what I am working with engine wise, plan to do a compression test this weekend, also have an oil test kit that can be tested for metallic’s (paid for it to use on my Fiat, never used it might as well) Also need to line the coffers to a healthy tune.
Below is a list of what I intend to do over the next few years in order:
1. Custom SS exhaust system more for longevity and appearance. Rebuild TBI, work through methodically testing/replacing sensors after compression/health is verified. (This will be within the coming month)
2. Pull all suspension mounts/components, blast and coat. Replace every suspension/steering component with a mix of Rodney wares and, Eibach, Moog. Still debating Monroe's, Koni's or Gabriel. Replace with 15x7 steel wheels (silver) with chrome trim ring, Pontiac center caps (custom if I can't source a good fit), BF Goodrich radial T/A's (within the next 3-5 months)
3. Drop engine, blast/coat cradle, replace mounts with Rodney wares. Replace 3 speed with
M19 5 speed w/Rodney goodies, if determine prior, rebuild engine though I am told it’s a low mileage swap from recall in 93' (still need to determine if it's later 2.5) port match, sand/coat header/intake. May shoot for the 120HP mod if I can source parts; most likely will leave it stock with the exception of freshening & port matching. New oil pump, water pump, cam shaft gear set, new gaskets. Clean and paint engine, Replace radiator, sensors (though many will most likely have been replaced by this phase), refurbish A/C. (within the next 6-9 months)
4. Pull panels for prep and paint in high gloss black, replace any bodywork missing/broken/aged and powder coat silver the rear metal deck lid/vent components. Most of the major interior will have been addressed by this point since it's in good shape to begin with and I have acquired the parts beforehand. I plan to clean, polish, replace and repair all interior components to like new. Polish all glass to like new. (within 1 years to 1.5 years)
I want something to enjoy building, driving on my 100 mile daily commute and have something nice to leave to one of my kids. I know I will never recoup nor want to recoup my money. To me it's an expression of art, some paint, some sculpt, I build bikes and cars. Ultimately it's about the love of learning, reaping the rewards every time you're behind the wheel of a car you built yourself.
[This message has been edited by mckaymotoworks (edited 04-05-2014).]