Well here is the story. a bit over 4 years ago I started having overheating issues with my 93 3000GT SL, Diagnosed as the water pump. Was shortly after highschool and I didn't have the money to do it(and as it was not my DD it was not a priority). saved up the money got it fixed and the same day my transmission went (Manual trans fyi), well now that I have totaled my DD(hit a deer doing 35mph, car has 214k on it so not worth much) I have made the decision to use the insurance money to bring my 93 SL back to life.
After over 4 years, what steps should I take in making sure the car is good to go to be Daily Driven again.
I know I will need a new Transmission, which I have lined up. I am doing the clutch/flywheel at the same time.
I am aware I will need to flush the gas tank and do an oil change, and potentially new tires.
But what other things should I look into to make sure the car is in good running condition?
It will need tires too... I wouldn't trust 4 year old tires lol...
Good luck with bringing it back, nice to see that people do rather then send it to the scrap yard...which i have been guilty of considering and doing..i sent a vr4 to its death...however it was a bare shell, and had been wrecked.. i saved what good parts it had..
I would flush/change all fluids. Make sure your timing belt is still in good shape. How did your tranny "go" ?
Ditto on ALL fluids. If you have access to an air compressor, a brake bleeder is a real time saver and will suck out most of the fluids like brake, clutch, radiator overflow, power steering, and windshield washer bottle. Any other way is just really messy, time consuming, or both.
I would still be tempted to remove the overflow bottle and clean it with a bottle brush. I would also take the radiator out too and flush it with a garden hose. After four years, the sediment will have settled in all of your fluid reservoirs.
Ride of the Month-March 2013, Original Owner, Highest WHP N/A 2013 - 198 FWHP / 192 TRQ, My Garage
One last thing. You really need to be careful with fuel. The gas tank can rust sitting that long and lunch everything fuel related. Fuel pump, fuel filter, injectors, and fuel lines. A fine dust can be generated and it will get by everything except the injectors. Will clog everything beyond repair.
Even taking the fuel tank out and "cleaning" it is no guarantee that it will be safe. I suggest taking it to a professional and let them clean and inspect it. A lot cheaper than having to replace your entire fuel system.
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