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Old 05-06-2020, 08:57 PM   #1
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The 'Black Pearl'

My wife always names our cars. This one is called "Black Pearl".





Its a Basalt Black Metallic 2000 base model that I just purchased from a forum member in Texas. It's a very nice, well cared for car that recently had the AOS go bad and the top get stuck in the up position. 'CraigM' was moving and didn't have time to fix it or deal with tire-kicking buyers.

I was stuck at work the weekend that it was for sale. RedTele58 (Rick) offered to get a trailer and pick it up for me (a 3+ hour drive each way). I went to his place and picked it up as soon as I had a day off and towed it home.
I gave him a hard top for his trouble. -I knew he wanted it and what better time to deliver it? I don't think I would have been able to get this car without his help.




I'll post more details of the maintenance and my plans for the car soon.
Video of the car after replacing the AOS: https://youtu.be/MCxLwMm0AMI

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Old 05-07-2020, 06:29 AM   #2
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Very nice, Craig is a good guy, enjoy
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Here's a video I made to highlight a few things about replacing the AOS.

https://youtu.be/WCJ24UCLpZA

Not a full DIY, but some notes.

Disconnect the oil filler tube.
Unbolt the O2 sensor connector from the head.
2002 and earlier models have a rubber hose on the bottom; Position the clamp in an easy place to reach. Use cable style hose clamp pliers.
Clean the intake and throttle body.
Drive the car at highway speed to heat up the catalytic converters and burn out the oil residue.


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Old 05-12-2020, 08:18 PM   #4
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So now I have a quandary: Should I take this car to the Grassroots Motorsports $2,000 Challenge ( https://2000challenge.com/ ) as a $0 budget car? My wife and I are seriously considering it. I don't think it would be a serious competitor, but it would be a fun and novel way to compete. We could drive the car to Florida and back in comfort rather than towing a car all the way from Oklahoma.

Under the rules I can recoup up to $1,000 of my budget. I bought the car for $1,000 and it came with enough extra parts that I can put their fair market value at about $1,000. Additionally I can trade parts from the car for other parts, including self-trading at documented fair market value. An example of how a self-trade would work is that I could trade myself the custom 'GT Collection' headlights ($1,000) for a set of halogens ($300), a new Pierberg water pump ($200) and AOS ($130) and still have $370 left for incidentals. That would cover any regular maintenance items the car needs and still leave my official budget at $0. It would be so easy it feels like cheating, but that's the rules.

There should be some really cool cars there this year (AngryCorvair's, Robbie's, and more...) that will blow away anything I can build, so this would put me as a front row spectator with a shot at finishing in the top 1/3 at best. Last year my '01 Boxster with a dying 2.5L finished 18th out of over 50 cars and we had a great time.
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Old 05-30-2020, 04:21 AM   #5
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Scored a deal on that one! I personally would keep it as is only because you already have another challenge car. Why do you want two?
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Old 05-30-2020, 08:04 AM   #6
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Scored a deal on that one! I personally would keep it as is only because you already have another challenge car. Why do you want two?
I have a problem... Too many cars and a busy life. Last year's Challenge car has hardly had anything done to it since the Challenge and I'm not sure I'll have time to get it done for this year. This car is beautiful and pretty much ready to go other than working a budget spreadsheet to set it's 'cost' to zero.
I don't want to do anything to harm it in any way. My thoughts on bringing it to the Challenge this year are to temporarily swap in some cheap halogen lights and pull the soft top off. I can drive it to Florida with a hardtop on it and go topless for the event. Upon return, put a new glass window top to replace the original.

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