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  1. A friend used to put two hose clamps on the driveshaft while it was on the car and make tiny adjustments after driving it to remove vibration. Seemed kinda crazy but it actually worked really well. I think your way may be more accepted. 🙂
  2. Ask if some if the back fees can be reduced. They don't do it like they used to but when I registered my '51 GMC it had years of back fees. I asked if anything could be done and the supervisor took off $350 worth, leaving $200. Never hurts to ask (politely). It's been stored in a garage the whole time, never on the street, yada yada.
  3. But it feels awesome when you're temporarily not full of shit. Wow, this thread went down hill fast...
  4. I'm not a painter, I just shoot some paint on cars every once and awhile. When I go to the paint stores I always talk with the painters in line and pick their brains. I also have a very good friend who's been painting professionally for over 30 years so I bounce stuff off him all the time. Sometimes it goes on awesome, sometimes not so much, but I expect to put extra time in the "clean up" to make it look good. I buy Pro Spray clear by the gallon for around $210 and PCL hi-fill polyester primer by the gallon for around $110. They both last me for several cars. Base varies obviously. The single-stage I used for the E3 is Lucid Technologies Northstar 777. I like the way it sprays and based on how these older cars get used it should last a long time. Based on most of my projects I'm worth about $1.12/hr. 8-)
  5. Yes, I'm full of shit. I forgot.
  6. I disagree with some of the comments here about paint quality and cost. There are plenty of mid to higher quality "production" paints that will work just fine for our application. The first thing to remember is, 2002's are rarely used like "production" vehicles, or never see the same amount of ultra-violets that daily drivers see. I use single-stage for cars that came that way from the factory. My '69 2800 (E3) cost me around $220 in paint plus supplies (Chamonix). There's no reason the paint shouldn't last 20 years based on how much it will be getting used. I've also painted family and friend's vehicles with mid-range two-stage paints, which means the clear coat is good quality (Pro Spray), and they've all held up very good being used as daily drivers. Several paint jobs are about 8-10 years old. Extra time spent on prep, making sure you follow mixtures and application correctly and you can paint your own car for under $1000.
  7. Are you looking for an estimate to help with your negotiation? I wouldn't count on it helping much. Also, your location can factor into the cost.
  8. Although I doubt yours is a major problem, we got in a Mercedes to our yard one time that the owner said had a bad head gasket. We cranked it over and the filler cap blew off, put a dent in the hood and flew about 50 feet. We were lucky no one was standing in it's path. My guess is cylinder pressure over an explosion.
  9. When I drive a 2002 people smile and check it out at the gas station and in parking lots. When I drive my coupe people say, "Hey, is that a Corvair?".
  10. Funny you say that. When we camped at the Historics at Laguna Seca in 2017 there was a Father/Son camping below us in a Bora and a late-model Maserati.
  11. Supercar's are born supercars. They don't become supercars. Edit: IMO
  12. While dealing with the starter make sure the positive cable doesn't show signs of corrosion (swelling). High resistance in the wires can sometimes make a starter seem bad but it's an easy fix since you're already in there.
  13. If you're set on a turbo setup I'd pull all the tii specific parts out of the engine compartment and put them in storage, build a different M10 for a turbo, do the conversion without cutting any sheet metal, have fun for a while, realize you shouldn't have changed a nice tii, then put everything back.
  14. I'd stay away from Acetone. Since it's "new" it seems logical that it would take more effort/time. Be patient, you'll be looking at that spot for years to come. 8-)
  15. I moved my next project to my shop. '73 tii Golf/Black.
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