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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:54 pm 
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After looking for ages I found my “new” Turbo. It’s white on white and needs some work cosmetically but that’s all part of the fun. There’s 125K on the Chassis but the engine was rebuilt 3000 miles ago, add to that a new turbo, new clutch and hoses and she runs like a champ. All I’ve done so far are a basic Wash and wax but I plan to build on the solid foundation laid by the last owner (thanks Skip!!) I’ll post new updates as I go.

Next step will be replacing the instrument cluster bezel and switches with one in great condition that I pulled off of a non turbo 87 Sprint at PickNPull. I also went and picked up matching paint and supplies to re-spray the mirrors and a couple little problem areas.

I’ll post some engine photos tomorrow

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:59 am 
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8) very nice '87

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:19 am 
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Good to see some stock-looking "fresh" 87 sprint turbos..kudos to you!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:42 pm 
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mxmikie is jealous!

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Nice find. :D


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:36 pm 
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Thanks for the comments :D

Here’s a shot of the engine bay

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Took it to get smogged today and it failed :cry: To be more precise it passed everything except the idle speed hydrocarbon emissions and it just missed those. Max allowed is 120PPM, the Sprint had 189PPM, sooo close. I found the culprit though, a faulty Thermal/ported vacuum switch. Now the hunt begins. Might have to go back to the wrecking yard sooner then I thought :) Anyway if anyone has a spare Thermal/ported vacuum switch let me know!!

The offending part

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Almost made it!!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:29 pm 
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Hard to believe The Coast, where there is supposed to be more 'restrictive' smog testing has the old 4 gas test, while out here in the middle of nowhere (ye ole desert) we have the 5 gas test (which is more difficult to pass).

She almost squeaked through, except for the low speed HC.
What pre-smog preparation was done (oil and filter changes etc) and how 'hot' was the engine when it was tested (did you warm it up by driving on the highway)?

If your CO2 was 14.7, it would have passed. If you just crossed your fingers and gave it to the tech, not a bad first blow; that engine is in pretty decent shape.

That's my 2 cents.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:25 pm 
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Hard to believe The Coast, where there is supposed to be more 'restrictive' smog testing has the old 4 gas test, while out here in the middle of nowhere (ye ole desert) we have the 5 gas test (which is more difficult to pass).


HaHa, I had a Thunderbird SC back when I was going to college in Orange County. It was still registered to my parents address in the Bay Area. I had to have it smogged in Mission Viejo. It failed the enhanced 5 gas test, but because it was registered up north, the smog shop was able to do the basic 4 gas test and it passed.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:25 pm 
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Today I was able to replace the existing instrument cluster/ gauge bezel with a new one. The existing bezel looked like crap and the low speed wiper button didn’t like to click into place, suffice it to say that holding it down in the rain was very annoying. The replacement functions like new and looks like it’s just out of the box. Not bad for a 25 year old part.

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The original bezel
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Gone
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Side by side, difference is tremendous
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Fully installed
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Tomorrow I’ll post photos of the mirror re-spray


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:32 pm 
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I was able to Re-spray the mirrors today using a 2 step base then clear product by SEM.

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The mobile/hi-tech spray booth :)

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Sanding and cleaning completed

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Fully taped and ready to paint

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About half way through the application

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The completed mirrors

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Installed, makes a huge difference

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A thing of beauty is a joy forever...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:21 am 
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Looking good! Keep up the good work :mrgreen:

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Very nice :P


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looking good :worship: :worship:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:17 am 
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Thanks again for the comments!!

Next repair will depend on what parts come in the soonest. Re-spray the wheels and the interior plastic components, find the rear interior trim panels and restore them, put on an original turbo steering wheel, center console, decals… etc.

Question? On the wheel covers, was the Chevrolet logo in the center of the cover originally painted red? Mine look as if that was the case but I don’t see any that way online?


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wizewun wrote:
Question? On the wheel covers, was the Chevrolet logo in the center of the cover originally painted red? Mine look as if that was the case but I don’t see any that way online?


nope, they are all white from the factory :shock:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:39 pm 
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I will be following this thread very closely. I too need to restore everything back to stock. Managed to get hold of a side mirror, so once that gets shipped to me I'll need to respray it like you did. Next up, looking for the bezels :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:47 am 
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Hey meenhaj, I checked out your album....nice!! Post some interior photos. I’m still on the lookout for a new wrecking yard sprint to feast on, and when I do find one I’ll hit you up to see what u need.

In case anyone reading this has something I need, I’ll list what I’m looking for below:
The Thermal Vacuum Switch
The trim panels that go around the driver side and passenger side rear window
The center console
Red Turbo Decals
Any info on repairing the stock seats, or in the alternative, other seats that look good and fit or can be made to fit.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:02 am 
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I have a spare center console, not perfect but pretty darn good. I can bring it to you before I leave this weekend to get to LA (work, got a gymnastics meet to go take my girls to.) When are you around?

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Smog update: Had everything checked out and the easiest fix was to replace the catalytic converter. Once that was done the Sprint passed with flying colors!! I've attached a pic below to show the difference a new catalytic converter can make.

Also, apparently Santa Barbara County has a different test then Sonoma County. I went down to the DMV and did the transfer of title in-between the two tests, hence the different testing requirements.

I ordered a wheel cover from Ebay, as soon as that gets here I'll Rehab the 4 and post some photos.

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This Squirrel was skinny before he discovered the feeder :D I guess i'm contributing to squirrel obesity
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The second test station did a better job, especially on the rpms in the first test.
(Hard to do 844 rpms at 15 mph, I'd have to either flunk the machine or the tech... :shock: )
Your CO2 of 15.2 is excellent, and the new cat shows how clean these cars can burn.
Your HC is outstanding; whoever you are getting to work on the car earns his keep.
That's some cat. What brand did you install?
Are you sure he put the sniffer in your tailpipe when he put it on the dyno? :razz:
That Turbo Sprint engine gets an A+++
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That's some cat. What brand did you install?


It's a Magnaflow :)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:56 pm 
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Sorry for the lack of updates as of late, I have a 2000 Hyundai Elantra that I ordered a replacement leather interior for. That kit came in so I’ve been removing the interior, dynamating, putting in new speakers, cleaning the carpet, etc. while the seats and the panels were off being re-upholstered. Now that that’s done I’m back to the Sprint.

Since the last post its developed a vacuum leak that I’m in the process of tracking down (hopefully tomorrow) After that’s done, I’ll be installing the factory Turbo Steering wheel that I now have. After that it’s paint time. I’ll take it down to the paint shop for a white re-spray on the body and a matching re-spray on the wheel covers. I was going to do the wheel covers myself but prep was just too time consuming and with the shops professional sprayers they’ll come out looking much better.

Also I’m having a custom graphics shop remake the stock turbo decals. If anyone wants a set it should be about $50 shipped. I’ll post photos of those when I get the set printed out. If anyone has the stock decals and can send me the measurements of each, that would help save some time.

I’ll post more photos as the process continues

For now, a shot of the valves after checking for proper adjustment.
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