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Old 05-12-2019, 01:49 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. It's really been helpful. It has been what I needed to hear/read to really come to a better conclusion.


I guess I'll just have to keep my eye out for a nice rust-free Z24.

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Thanks for all the replies. It's really been helpful. It has been what I needed to hear/read to really come to a better conclusion.


I guess I'll just have to keep my eye out for a nice rust-free Z24.
A Z24 wont be any more reliable.
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:42 PM
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Well my '96 (auto, 2.4l) lasted me 12 years, with only an alternator and starter replace in all that time, which I did the engine work myself.

That car made me a Chevy guy for life
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I daily drive mine throughout the summer and love it, buy one and enjoy each day, life’s to short not to
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I see LT1 Z28s go for $5-$7k with well under 100k miles. LS1 cars are slightly more with similar miles.

They are not a Vette but parts are everywhere, cheap, and they look and run great.
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I see LT1 Z28s go for $5-$7k with well under 100k miles. LS1 cars are slightly more with similar miles.

They are not a Vette but parts are everywhere, cheap, and they look and run great.
What parts? Engine and transmission, sure. The rest is only obtained by dumpster diving.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by ZR80 View Post
Thanks for all the replies. It's really been helpful. It has been what I needed to hear/read to really come to a better conclusion.


I guess I'll just have to keep my eye out for a nice rust-free Z24.
Have I got just the car for you.




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Old 05-14-2019, 09:20 AM
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Have I got just the car for you.



Not sure if you're joking or not...
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What parts? Engine and transmission, sure. The rest is only obtained by dumpster diving.
Dumpster diving? Hardly so.

There are companies who do reproduction of body panels, interior.....etc

There are also places that strip cars and sell the pieces others need. I wouldn't say that is dumpster diving at all.

The same can be said for C4's but most in his price range are piles, sorry, that's the truth and I wouldn't want to DD one from that price range for the things others in this thread have also mentioned. But when I see a 6 speed Z28 with 60k miles sell for $6,500 and it's bone stock? Hell yeah. The only scary thing is that glass jaw rear but driven normally they usually never fail.

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Old 05-14-2019, 10:15 AM
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I met a guy with a 89 and it had 500,000 miles on it
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There are companies who do reproduction of body panels, interior.....etc

There are also places that strip cars and sell the pieces others need. I wouldn't say that is dumpster diving at all.
Yes. They reproduced my power steering hoses. Took 2 companies 3 months to make a run.

BTDT. ABS sensors. Brake cable hardware. Again, at the mercy of what they are doing that day or you wait for them to get the car that has your part, if ever. Some of the offerings for ABS sensors were worse looking than mine. Junkyard stuff is not something you can count on, IMO. It shows up when it does. I want the option to buy it from the dealership if I need it now as opposed to "in the fullness of time"
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I met a guy with a 89 and it had 500,000 miles on it
That's impressive. What engine?
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Yes. They reproduced my power steering hoses. Took 2 companies 3 months to make a run.

BTDT. ABS sensors. Brake cable hardware. Again, at the mercy of what they are doing that day or you wait for them to get the car that has your part, if ever. Some of the offerings for ABS sensors were worse looking than mine. Junkyard stuff is not something you can count on, IMO. It shows up when it does. I want the option to buy it from the dealership if I need it now as opposed to "in the fullness of time"
Good points. Good thing my SS was ordered without traction control so that can't go bad


A mid 90s car is much easier to find than a mid 80s as far as replacement stuff. I get your issue about the power steering hose but your mechanic wasn't able to make or modify another?
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Good points. Good thing my SS was ordered without traction control so that can't go bad


A mid 90s car is much easier to find than a mid 80s as far as replacement stuff. I get your issue about the power steering hose but your mechanic wasn't able to make or modify another?
Yes but the wife also drives it so all cars have ABS so neither of us have to alter the way we break. I wish my car had traction control that I can switch on or off. Our 2 daily drivers do.

He wasn't interested in doing mix and match so I had to source it and have him check it out. Many do not want to get involved in the mix and match and I can't blame them. That or they charge more.
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I hear you on all accounts. Making a power steering line should take minimal effort. But if people want to wait weeks and they don't mind I can see that route, too.

The ability to turn off and on traction control at will should be in all cars so equiped. I think GM didn't allow it off on. Few models in the late 90s early 2000s.

I do have a legitimate question though regarding ABS. Why do you have to change how you drive? From having both since I was a teen I don't alter my way of driving with either. Is it that people stab their foot at the brake pedal?
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Sorry, OP. Not trying to muddy your thread. lol
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I hear you on all accounts. Making a power steering line should take minimal effort. But if people want to wait weeks and they don't mind I can see that route, too.

The ability to turn off and on traction control at will should be in all cars so equiped. I think GM didn't allow it off on. Few models in the late 90s early 2000s.

I do have a legitimate question though regarding ABS. Why do you have to change how you drive? From having both since I was a teen I don't alter my way of driving with either. Is it that people stab their foot at the brake pedal?
He would not do it for free so you would have to pay for him to attempt whether successful or not.

Don't know. I know on my 99 and 04 S-classes you can.

For normal braking there is no difference. In emergency braking, you have to not lock up the brakes so lots of practice which we don't on all the other cars
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Originally Posted by Patsgarage View Post
Have I got just the car for you.



Very cool 86. I had 2, 87 Z24 coupes. Loved those cars. Lots of fun for what they were.
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He would not do it for free so you would have to pay for him to attempt whether successful or not.

Don't know. I know on my 99 and 04 S-classes you can.

For normal braking there is no difference. In emergency braking, you have to not lock up the brakes so lots of practice which we don't on all the other cars
Your car is an L98, right? The C4 didnt get TCS until the later years, 92 may have been first year. My car has it and a button to turn it off easily. And it actually goes off, unlike my newer stuff that just says off.
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Your car is an L98, right? The C4 didnt get TCS until the later years, 92 may have been first year. My car has it and a button to turn it off easily. And it actually goes off, unlike my newer stuff that just says off.
I wish I did have it just like my other cars.

In what way does it turn off in the newer stuff but does not? Wonder why it does have an off switch but stay on?
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