My recent purchase. Sad I will have to enjoy it in the garage for the next few months till spring.
Damn! That is a sexy car! I have the same year/combo in a coupe, but I dig your vert with the style bar!
Since it was modded awhile back and running well, I can only assume it was modded properly. Having said that, a word of caution: there have been cases with these cars and we have seen some here on the forum where the mods or tune were not done properly and the subsequent owner has hammered on the car only to end up with a blown motor. It’s an expensive mistake. If you don’t have the tuner that came with the car and/or you don’t know the mod history, it is generally recommended that you do one of the following:I'm 3rd owner. The guy I bought from didnt do any mods, it was the original owner who did and nobody knows who or what he did. Part of the reason I'm here, looking for help in learning what's been done. It does have a full Corsa exhaust, but motor wise, I'm in the dark.
All I see is the pulley and intake as mentioned above Keith. The standard basic mod on these cars is the pulley/intake/tune. Like I said, your car is most likely properly set up, but there is the unknown factor. Having it checked or retuned will be confirmation and peace of mind. The fact that the mods were done awhile back would make me feel better than if modded and then sold.Goose17 thanks for your input. I'd like to have it gone through but am not privy to any speed shop/tuner people below Syracuse, NY. Can you confirm by my motor pic the extent it has been modified? The car starts instantly, runs pure with zero hesitation, spits or spudders or knocks.
It most likely is safe given the history, but none of us would know for sure. If it was my car, I would either try to track down the previous owners to ask questions (difficult to do) or do as @69bossnine suggested and use this as an opportunity to slap an upgraded supercharger on it with a new tune. Superchargers just happen to be on sale right now. A bigger blower will make the car crazy fun. I’ve been hammering on my 2.9L Whipple for 7 years now and would do it again in a heartbeat.Thanks everyone for your input. Please keep them coming as I am always learning. So a little more history- the guy I bought it from purchased from a dealer as a recent trade. The 2nd owner put 2500 miles on it without doing anything but a dealer oil change. I drove it back (200mi) from NJ, and have put another 400mi since.
I can only assume the original owner bought it, modded and tuned, enjoyed it for a couple years, then traded on something new, the dealer just turned it over. Again, the guy I bought from was not a car guy, didnt really know what he had or what had been done. Having heard the story, my question is this: being that it has a combined 3000+ miles driven as an unknown, with zero issues, could I safely assume the thing is good to go as a Sunday driver? I'm not a track/strip racer, just cruzing back roads and occasionally tap the boost for a couple seconds (not too much as it just breaks loose and fishtails). I totally get the "insurance" thing with the addtl tune job but given the history and my mechanical know how is next to zero, could I safely just enjoy this thing with peace of mind without doing much else?
Sorry to be so long winded, just want to be transparent. Thank you guys for your time!