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My journey across the continent and back for a 91 red/saddle ZR-1

 
Old 05-14-2019, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by ccmano View Post
Congrats again, if itís running good now you should be ok. There greatest likelihood of an issue is with the fuel/injection system. Ultimately you just donít know until you drive it. I drove my first one almost 1000 miles from purchase to home without issue and it was pretty ratty at first. If the tires are old (over 6 years) keep a close eye on them along the way for cracks and separating. My tires were falling apart by the time I got home.
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Thanks Hans. Any other advice out there? I bought wifi on the plane. Another hour to go.

Tbh i would never have done this if the current owner hadnt driven it 1000miles from PEI to Toronto. That was a good ďtestĒ and if it craps out on me well i upgraded to 350klm of towing.

That said, do keep watching this thread as who knows i might run into issues.!!! Thanks.
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Call me if you have any issues. You should still have my number. Iíll pm it if you need it.
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Default deal is done and I own a zr1 now.

update!

Seller was very nice and met me at the airport and we drove to the closest registry where I am now standing in line.

This car has 80k miles, and was bought for a great price that allows my wife and I to drive it guilt free.
more pics to come but here a few.


first sight!

seller was a great sport.

excited

red with saddle, the colour i was looking for






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Old 05-14-2019, 01:43 PM
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We know the car has been resprayed as the door jam stickers are mia. Funny thing is you really cant tell.

If anybody knows where i can get a set of door stickers thatís be great.

Ive read they are not available.

Worst case ill ask another 91 owner for a quality picture and i will recreate a set.
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very nice.
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I did pop the hood and the PO did tell me the ac has a leak in the fittings by the rad. All the oil has leaked out.

No problem thats easy likely a set of orings and i have the ac equipment to pull a good long vac and replace.
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I did pop the hood and the PO did tell me the ac has a leak in the fittings by the rad. All the oil has leaked out.

No problem thats easy likely a set of orings and i have the ac equipment to pull a good long vac and replace.
Im going to guess the 91 has different AC system from the 85. If it happens to be the same, Iíve got a mostly complete AC system from my 85 I think sitting at home. It was holding pressure 9 months after my wreck when I took it apart, si I think itís still good. If you want it let me know.
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Congrats very nice..... I cant help but notice how your car stands out among the bland white, grey & black cookie cutter cars around it!

Speaking of stickers, Id like to have the 24 hour endurance champ one on the hatch glass. I wonder if those are available someplace...

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holy lightning. this powerband. and this 6 spd.

needs a wheel balance.
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any reason why the zr1 would run hotter in 6th than 5th?

highway speed.

waterpp?
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any reason why the zr1 would run hotter in 6th than 5th?

highway speed.

waterpp?

yes. waterpump slows down enough that the system runs a bit hotter. first thing when you get home clean the radiator out (it will be full of junk I betcha).

the zr-1 runs hot around 220-230 range much hotter than that I get nervous (and have a blow HG to back that up)

keep it down around 205 and it will be happier. the big achilles heal of the LT5 is a well cycled stock HG that's been overheated a few too many times.

don't let it overheat, and that engine might outlast YOU.

I have many of my buddies from the Registry that are in the 100k plus or 200k plus miles

80k is NOTHING for this engine. I think you can tear down at 200k and put fresh rings in it (if you could find them) and keep going

the stock nikasil liners are tough stuff

you got a great deal on the car. Do yourself a favor and go wear it out!! not as easy as you think The LT5 is an anvil and will survive much longer than your old small block chevy ever thought of.

very durable platform.
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holy lightning. this powerband. and this 6 spd.

needs a wheel balance.
the big gum ***** tend to flat spot pretty bad and shake the car like a british nanny if it's been sitting too long.

fresh rubber may be in order to cure the wheel shimmy stufff.

I fought a shakey front end for a long time and finally took the rim tire for a "load balance" and they showed me that it was badly out of balance and out of round.

if the rubber date is over 6 years old, don't even think twice!!!
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Thank you so much for the tips. By my calculations I can tell the vehicle is running at 200į on the nose. Fahrenheit that is. My gauges in Celsius.

It is an absolutely gorgeous day here. As a geologist one of my favorite areas of the country is the Canadian Shield. It is bright and sunny and the red hood looks amazing!


lottle less space on the mirror

love the color combo

happy guy

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91 has auto detecting headlights?

turn that off how?
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I don't have a ZR1 but I love looking out the drivers side mirror and seeing my *** up high!
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Looks like your on your way... what RKreigh said is spot on. Keep in mind that unless the chip has been changed the cooling fans don’t even come on till ~232 degrees. If it doesn’t already have one get a Haibeck chip ASAP, it will run cooler and stronger.
Experiencing the ZR-1 power band all the way to 7k rpm for the first time is a blast!

Have fun.
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Default Calgary to Toronto to Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie

coming up on Sault Ste. Marie on the Canadian side.

Will put the new Z down to bed for the night here.


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109!!!! Not MPH, I know.

Following your thread. Awesome memory you are creating for yourself and a great story to tell.

I don't think you could have a more genuinely happy smile.
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Only another 3 days of driving by my calculations. How is she running so far?
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If your checking the oil, remember to check and fill only when stone cold in the morning. If you check and fill immediately after shutdown you will read low and overfill.
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