[V8] the new guy
jpburns3 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 10:31:03 PDT 2008
Just a note about the exhaust manifold. My bone stock 90 V8 does not
have cast iron manifolds but rather individual tubes that are about as
close to a "header" I have ever seen in a stock application.
On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 5:10 PM, Seamus O'Carey
<cheshirecatsbox at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey, everyone. I just bought an '90 auto V8 with 119k miles for $850. It
> has a few issues, but I'm able to drive it. The body and interior are in
> pretty good shape, except for the headliner was falling down and there are
> scratches on the hood (looks like they might have been storing boxes on it
> while they weren't driving it). Nothing I can't fix there, though.
> I had to rebuild the rear brakes (po had let the pads wear down so
> completely that it spit the ds caliper piston out) and the PS pump needs to
> be replaced. I got a ds caliper and a PS pump for about $150 shipped, but
> it still has a few other issues that thought maybe some of you might have
> some insight on.
> First of all, the "ABS OFF" light stays on continually. I hit the ABS
> button, but it doesn't seem to do anything. In fact, none of those buttons
> do anything. I noticed last night that the lights behind the buttons were
> on, but I pressed one of them and the light went out and would only come
> back on if I turned the car off and back on.
> The CAT light flashes constantly. I'm guessing that means the catalytic
> converter is bad and I'll probably need a new O2 sensor as well (the car
> was missing the owner's manual).
> The AIRBAG light is usually on. I have no idea what this means.
> The CHECK ENGINE light sometimes comes on when I'm idling, but I can make it
> go out just by hitting the gas. I figure it probably has something to do
> with either the problem with the cat or the PS pump.
> The thing that concerns me the most is there seems to be an almost grinding
> noise from underneath the car upon acceleration. It's not constant and
> sometimes it doesn't do it at all. I'm hoping maybe a driveline bearing or
> u-joint or something. I'm hoping it's not the transmission.
> I think that's pretty much everything. I figure for $850, though, I'm still
> not doing too badly. If I have to I figure I can sell the interior and the
> engine/drivetrain for what I have into it so far and still break even. I
> was also considering maybe buying that grey manual V8 someone posted about
> yesterday, then swapping my black interior into it so I can just sell my
> pearl with grey interior. Grey with black interior would be sweet! =D
> By the way, do these cars come with headers from the factory? This car
> appears to be completely stock, so I was surprised to not see clean,
> individual tubes instead of rusty cast iron exhaust manifolds.
> Anyway, I'm open to any thoughts, suggestions, comments, etc...
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