TeamSwift

Home of the Suzuki mini-compacts ! Your Home for all things Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Holden Barina, Chevy Sprint, Pontiac Firefly, and Suzuki Cultus. TeamSwift is a technical performance oriented community!
It is currently Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:17 am

Underbody braces, turbos and more!

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: 1987 Chevy Sprint Turbo
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:59 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:49 pm
Posts: 74
Location: Southern California
Hate to see it go, but the wife said she's no longer ok with riding shotgun in El Sprintolero. Been in the family for nearly 20 years, my Dad used it to commute, when he retired I took it over to use as a commuter as my 12-14 mpg truck was killing me.

I did a complete rebuild on her when I first got her. That included:
-New main and rod bearings
-Rings
-Full Turbo rebuild by TurboCity
-Valves (all 6 of 'em!)
-Head to block surfaces ground flat, block and head hot tanked and dye checked for cracks (all checked out ok)
-Plugs, wires, and coil pack
-Fuel filter
-Air filter
-Water pump
-Radiator hoses
-Thermostat
-Serpentine belt
-Timing belt & tensioner
-Main output bearing and seal
-Engine and transmission mounts
-Reverse light switch
-All 3 temperature switches replaced
-Full clutch rebuild
-New front rotors and pads
-New front and rear wheel bearings and seals
-Both front half shafts
-New tires all around
-Replaced the rear floor panel/spare tire cover
-New wipers, replaced vacuum lines, some other stuff I'm sure I'm forgetting. It was basically a new car when I was done with it.

I had planned on keeping this car for a long time, which is why I put all the time and money into it. All this work was done at 145k miles, It currently has 179k on it. So about 34k on the new engine. Highlights:
-A/C blows cold and holds pressure with no issues
-Column mounted cruise control
-Sony CD player with 4X Pyle 6.5" speakers mounted in the side and rear, and 2X Pyle 3" (if I remember right) speakers in the dash.
-Power and component hookups underneath passenger seat for a small subwoofer. I had an 8" Pioneer under there, it sounded great, filled out the range. Necessary for commuting... Also had a SiriusXM system but removed that and placed it in my new car.
-Includes original owner's manual!

Only issues with it are cosmetic. The driver's side seat has some tearing where the metal frame is (common on these cars). Passenger side also has it, but not as bad. I had seat covers on the car while I owned it. The dashboard is cracked from the summer heat. Upside: was always in inland Southern CA, so no rust. There are some small dents and scrapes visible in the photos.

The car drives great, the suspension is still tight, it has plenty of power and it's been very reliable. In normal Southern CA stop and go traffic, I was averaging 43mpg. Cruising on the highway I could get close to 50mpg. I replaced the catalytic converter last year to pass smog, since then it tests clean. A fun car to drive, and I'm sad to see it go. :(

$3200

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

_________________
Buy the ticket, take the ride...


Last edited by spazstic on Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:12 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:19 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 10:43 am
Posts: 1113
Location: Philly PA
That's a nice ride you got there man. I would love to take it off your hands but I can't right now.

Good luck with the sale though.

_________________
Find me on Facebook
My eBay link
Check out my videos


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:44 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:49 pm
Posts: 74
Location: Southern California
Thanks, I'm pretty sad to see her go. I bought a 2009 Lancer Ralliart (kinda a baby Evo). It's AWD and turbo, and a lot of fun to drive.... But it's given me a lot of trouble already, and there's nothing like the Turbo Sprint. :cry:

_________________
Buy the ticket, take the ride...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:36 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 10:43 am
Posts: 1113
Location: Philly PA
What kind of trouble?

_________________
Find me on Facebook
My eBay link
Check out my videos


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:55 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:49 pm
Posts: 74
Location: Southern California
When I bought the Lancer, it had a cracked manifold. There isn't any aftermarket supply, despite it being a common problem with the Lancer Ralliarts, so I had to buy OEM ($600). And working on the Lancer RA is a nightmare. Bolts are placed in the most inconvenient locations imaginable. It also has a "fuel system too lean" code that comes and goes, along with a rough idle I can't trace down. The only transmission offered on the Lancer RA is the TS-SST, a really neat dual clutch automatic (semi-automatic it's usually referred to). It shifts like a manual, very quick shifts and very abrupt unlike a slushbox. BUT... they are known for having issues and parts are really expensive for them. It sounds like a Ducati at idle because it rattles. From what I've read that's normal. I just dread the day it craps out on me. It has a torque damper inside that's known for having the internal springs break. Guess who only sells it? The dealer. And it's $2200.

It's definitely a far cry from the cheap, easy maintenance of the Sprint. But I guess that's progress... Or something like that. :huh:

_________________
Buy the ticket, take the ride...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:40 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:49 pm
Posts: 74
Location: Southern California
Kinda surprised this hasn't been sold yet. Is the price too high, or is this the wrong time of year? :huh:

_________________
Buy the ticket, take the ride...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:00 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:23 pm
Posts: 212
Location: chicagoland
Seems like a great deal, just shipping that's a killer for me, at least 1200.
Turbo is all stock? No mods?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:58 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:49 pm
Posts: 74
Location: Southern California
Yep, all stock. Figured if it ain't broke, why fix it? :D

_________________
Buy the ticket, take the ride...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:47 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:49 pm
Posts: 74
Location: Southern California
Price reduced to $3800 obo

_________________
Buy the ticket, take the ride...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:13 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:49 pm
Posts: 74
Location: Southern California
Price reduced to $3200. Will be gone by this weekend unless someone takes it for that price.

_________________
Buy the ticket, take the ride...


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group