I wish I had posted this 3 weeks ago when I first got the car, but holy moley I did not think this would be such an interesting saga. Also, this is an SR post, so if you aren't a fan of SR's as I'm very aware some of you aren't, just look away now.
So I got into a car accident about a month ago now (RIP my 04 SR), and almost immediately went into a hunt for a Sonic blue SR. I wanted one in auto (because of my back) with fairly low miles. It just so happens that a friend of mine just happened to know of a blue one that was rotting in the back of a lot, that the owner was asking WAY to much for. It only had 89,000 miles. Score. This is how we found her. Buried in some unknown lot left to rot.
I had to save it. It is everything I was looking for. So we got the keys, and fired it up. Oh boy, every single issue a R could have.
Misfire on 3/5 cylinders, only firing on 3/5. (3rd one sometimes wasn't firing, it was so bad).
Transmission shift quality poor.
No communication with the DEM.
Bought it anyway. No regrets.
I drive it off, barely, now time for a bath (was on the way back to my buddies shop).
Ah, much better. Now back to the shop.
Now to dive into the issues. First off, we have the misfire. Ended up being bad coils, replaced them all with known good ones laying around the shop. Fixed it temporarily. Wtf. Further investigation resulted in the lovely discovery that on -every- single coil, the wiring about an inch before the plug the wires were melted together and shorting. Wiring replaced, problem gone. Awesome.
I go to drive it, runes smooth. Awesome! To hell with the rest of the codes or the unknown oil quality. TIME FOR A PULL! Ut oh, first time over 5,000RPM. -NO OIL PRESSURE, STOP ENGINE-. FFS. Now WHAT. We (me and a couple buddies at the shop) thought that it was just bad oil. Changed oil. No metal stuff in the oil. Good news. Take the car for another spin. As soon as 5k RPM is reached. -NO OIL PRESSURE, STOP ENGINE-.... Sigh, come on engine, gimme a break. So the pan is pulled, sump seals replaced and oil pickup tube replaced, along with a timing belt and an OEM oil pump (just to be safe). Car fires up. Runes great, no more oil pressure issues. So WHAT caused the issue.... Well... I'll let the pictures below do the talking. This is what the Oil pump looked like when we took it apart. Ouch.
No idea how the engine survived. But it did.
Now, with the mechanical issues solved, the interior must be attended to. It was bad. Like real bad. Not the worst I have ever seen. But there was POTTING SOIL all over the place. And it smelled. EW.
I really really really really really wanted Nordkap, and it just so happens my buddy had a whole set of Nordkap that's in pretty good shape! GOBI BE GOOOONE!!!!!
With the interior done and nice (well, good enough). I could start daily driving it. So I did! I also added some little interior goodies like the Viva silver knobs and the IPD door locks/little rings that go around the door locks. Lookin good!
So that's where the car is at right now. (Washed the mats and put them in the car from the Gobi interior until I can get black all weather mats).
Currently it needs.
-New front seats. My current ones are hard and hurt my back a little because the old leather is hard from sun damage (I'm assuming).
-AWD repair. Need to send the DEM out for repair, but as I don't currently have a spare, I'm stuck in FWD mode .
-Front control arm replacement.
-Valve body (like every other TF80 ever). 2-3 flares like crazy and just general wacky behavior with shifts.
-Do88 intercooler swapped from my wrecked 04(other insurance still hasn't come to take a look at it so I can keep it, uhg).
-IPD front/rear sway bars swapped from wrecked 04 car.
-Snabb 3" catless downpipe.
-Hilton Stage 2+ tune.
Also, a HUGE shoutout to my buddies who helped me (well... did everything for me) with this car. My back is FUBAR from the accident (ntm my other 3 accidents) and I couldn't do anything myself with this car. I'm so happy to have such awesome friends who are willing to help bring a mans dream car to life.