|Originally posted by Alex4mula:|
Over the last 12yrs I have had my lows where I didn't care much about my red car. Then the love re-surges. Funny that I see over and over people put a lot of effort on a 3.4 just to be disappointed later. Being there done that. Get that 3800 done and you will want to drive it every day
I will admit to being only mildly disappointed with my 3.4 swap, but I think thats mainly because I kept the old T125C 3 speed automatic when I should have upgraded to a 4 speed overdrive like the 4T60 at the time I did the swap.
You are correct that the 3800sc with it's auto trans would be an ideal swap for me, and should fortune once again smile upon me, that is precisely what I have in mind. As you can see from my thread, that swap was actually *almost* underway until circumstances changed.
All of that is history now though. The GOOD NEWS
is that this past weekend Tangerine Dream got a replacement Optima Battery, (under warranty), and she was freed from her garage prison and treated a "A Day at the Spa"...( a complete car wash, clay bar treatment and glass polish)
Her tire presures were checked and she was started and run up to operating temp. (The old stale fuel smells awful but she seemed to run ok on it, just not "snappy")
Amazingly she runs almost precisely like she did when I last turned the key (except for the stale fuel), and has no obvious leaks or other problems after such long storage. Even the A/C seems to still be fully charged and blows nice and cold !!
The last bit of business I was tinkering with before I "abandoned" the car was the 7730 ECU swap that failed , (I think due to a bad ECU). I found the *new* ECU I purchased way back then and installed the chip from Ryan at Sinister Performance in it and will try the "adapter harness" I bought one more time. ( The adapter harness could also be the problem but the forum member I bought it from swore to me that he checked all his work and had not had any problems before)
I would MUCH prefer to repin the existing harness into the new 7730 connectors, but I'm afraid my confidence (and eyesight) might not be up to the task now.
SO!...I thank everyone for their concern and their prodding and wishes for me to regain interest and get back to the car again.
I'm trying the best I can and figure maybe a little more every day might get me going again back at the pace I once was at.
.....then there's that Fi355 nose STILL to be installed and cut & buffed......
[This message has been edited by randye (edited 05-10-2012).]