Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Near Idyllwild, California
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It would be a nightmare getting it smogged in California. You would have to get the VIN number changed on the original vehicle to the one you are putting in. Don't even consider it Emmett.
Buy the Redline, you will like it much better once you drive. It can be fixed, then take your parts off the NA and fix up the Redline.
Pouring more money into the NA is really not a great idea in my mind. Will never be worth more than it is stock. I doubt either of them will be to be honest. But the smog issue you would be opening yourself to would drive you nuts. Of course you might be able to get it licensed in another state.
You would have all the parts, but a lot of work to switch it over. Your mechanic in the past has seemed quite expensive to me. Doing a job like this would be monumental. All the ABS stuff and traction control would have to be switched I think.
Buy the car and fix it up. But be sure you go look at it first. They try to hide everything in their pictures, trust me on that.