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    Csx vnt #497

    I picked this up last weekend with the intention of making it a daily driver. It has some rust underneath it, but nothing crazy at all. I'll be undercoating it to beat the band and driving it until it rots to nothing. That should be a long time from now in these parts. All of the Shelby specific items are on the car with the exception of the original shocks/struts, and the air dam. That's just as well since the struts would have seen their best days gone by, and I don't need to run a snow plow into school. As a matter of fact, I can barely get over the speed bumps at school when I take #42 there.
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    When I Picked it up, the driver's window had popped off of the track, and wouldn't roll up. That was for the best as there isn't an exhaust on the car right now. The exhaust manifold has been converted to a T3 bolt pattern and it has a T4 60 trim wheel in an E cover. I'm unsure of the exhaust wheel trim, and turbine housing size. I do know that it has a Turbosmart external waste gate on it which was welded to the top of the turbine housing. For an outlet, the previous owner reused the original VNT elbow. Unfortunately, that clocks the exhaust outlet preventing the stock down pipe from being used. There were some fumes which got into the car, but the open window allowed for adequate ventilation. In all, the car ran very well, and I was able to make it home with the only worry being about the fuel gauge. I thought it might be broken, but we were actually just getting amazing mileage. Huge thanks to my father-in-law for looking at it with me, and to my father for heading out the next weekend to bring it back.

    Another issue which was actually preventing me from driving the car home was a bad brake hose which kept the pressure in the L/F caliper. The owner of the vehicle went above and beyond helping me bring this car back. I shipped him a hose, and he actually changed it out in his shop before my father and I arrived. He helped me bleed the brakes, inspect the fluids and saw us off. I really appreciate all of the help. You can tell he has a great respect for the cars and is a great guy.

    I have already fixed the window. The problem was an aftermarket JL audio speaker which was too deep for the door. The window had been hitting it and didn't have the strength any longer to push past, and that in turn popped it out of the track. I have removed the speaker, and replaced the window clips. If you have a problem with your window tilting forward as many of our cars do, just buy the 25 pack from Clips and Fasteners, make sure to install it with the locking part facing toward the interior. Use the brass pieces along with some cobra head pliers to press it together. It's quite simple, and makes all the difference.
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    I only took one shot of the door, but much like everything else on the car, it shows that someone drove, but really loved this car throughout its life. Everything is there, and it went back together nicely. The door skin looks nicer in the photo than it is, but I suspect it will clean up really well.
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    The horn button and steering wheel are well worn. I may leave the button alone, but I'm tempted to pull the cover off of the wheel. They're all the fake wood grain underneath right? I've done that with a wheel before, but I know there is some argument about if they're all the same underneath or not.
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    Under the hood, things are not very stock looking any longer. While it looks nice, I'm thinking that I may convert everything over to the 90 VNT stuff I have. I think it looks cleaner than the 89 pieces, and I know it performs better. I think I'll put the S60 VNT I have in my basement on this car. It will just be much less work than to make the current turbo function, and I'm not out for performance with this one anyway. I think if I do it with the one piece intake, and a restrictive exhaust, I should be able to keep the S60 VNT under control. To start the process, I pulled off the half 89 airbox and replaced it with the NOS VNT upper hose I had in the basement. I'm pretty sure that this engine was rebuilt very recently, and that head studs were used. I'll pull the head, and get everything in order before putting it back on. I would really like to finish out the school year driving this bad lad.
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    The fiberrides are in decent shape. I've seen way worse. I don't think that any of them are perfect, but they are all better than average. I'm not sure if they'll stay on the car for the long haul or not. The tires on them are new and were over $600 installed. That makes up a very decent chunk of the purchase price, so I've got that going for me; which is nice.
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    Re: Csx vnt #497

    I'm going to dump the photos I received from the seller here for historical purposes.

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    Re: Csx vnt #497

    I approve, gonna show us the rust?
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    Re: Csx vnt #497

    Cool! Looks like a fun project. Dang, I'm starting to want an '89 CSX now!
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    Re: Csx vnt #497

    Quote Originally Posted by raccoon View Post
    I approve, gonna show us the rust?
    I'll have to get under the car. The fuel lines don't look the best, and the driver's floor has been patched, but there isn't any bubbly rust on the top side. I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by iTurbo View Post
    Cool! Looks like a fun project. Dang, I'm starting to want an '89 CSX now!
    Do it. There are some good drivers out there these days. I love P body cars for many reasons. The only real problem with the 89 CSX that I have is they cheaped out and didn't use a tilt column. Those are a must for me. I could feel the 4 hour drive home in my right knee for a couple days afterward.

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    Re: Csx vnt #497

    I know what you mean. I used to have an '89 Shadow ES 4-door, and I absolutely loved that car. It was so fun to drive with the 2.5L TI/A520, and then I upgraded it with the TII turbo/intercooler and 3" exhaust. Sadly it got totalled by a drunk driver though. I kinda prefer the 4-door versions of all our cars now that I think about it. I used to have an '87 CSX; still really kicking myself for selling it.

    Your #497....did it come from the Denver area at one point?
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    Re: Csx vnt #497

    If I'm not mistaken, #497 has spent its life in IA.

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    Re: Csx vnt #497

    Drove the car to the front of the house and noticed there was not much brake fluid in it. The car stopped, but a leak is evident. Will be investigating this one soon...

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