As the title states, my late night CL browsing turned up a red 97 R estate in decent shape for 500 dollars. The owner couldn't get it to pass emissions, and just basically drove the car around and differed maintenance for the year he had it, then parked it. After getting to his house and jumping the fuel pump relay, it fired right up. Drove like crap (lower control arm bushings gone, front tires destroyed) Paid the man and brought the car home. I'm a mechanic and car dealer so the work isn't an issue. I've owned everything under the sun, and always loved these cars. Even driving it in its current state I'm in love.
The car pulls pretty strong to be completely stock, but of course it cant stay like that. The goal is to make the most reliable power with three things in mind...spool...has to be bolt on.....and TORQUE. Its my daily so the goal is to make it feel as punchy as possible. As of now the list of maintenance is:
Timing belt and serp belt
Pcv kit (any other things I should do when the manifold is off?)
Ipd tune up kit
Full engine and trans mount set
302's and some kind've performance pads
That should make it a strong stage 0. Ill let you guys chime in on what the performance route should be. The car will see track duty a few times a year, so tell me how they are on track, and what is a cost effective suspension setup would be.
Not sure how to post pics but ill get to it soon, but its your typical faded red/grey estate.