I didn't see him yesterday. Most likely will today. What year GT did he get. I had a 94 VR4 for awhile. Nice car, but was expensive to maintain. It was the first year, and had front brake problems, mine went in less than 8K the first time. Really liked the car, twin turbo, all wheel steering, and drive if I remember correctly. Fast and fun. Air Dam and Spoiler worked.
His is a 1992 VR-4...second year first generation. Yours would have been first year, second generation. 1991-93 is first gen, 94-95 is second, 96-99 is third (and last for US production) then 2000-01 is fourth and final year (Japan only).
Was it all wheel drive? Steering yes, but not drive IIRC. Kool car, way ahead of its time. Expensive too. Lot of computers to run
all the Hi-tech stuff. Ton of wiring too. Sort of like the GTR is now, 7 miles of wiring, PS4 features, more stuff to go wrong. Weight
is the killer to fun.
Wheeler Dealer did a show out your way, last year I think. VR4 Yellow with added factory chrome wheels. Purchased used for 6K.
It was ok in yellow I guess but the added factory chrome wheels in the end were imo to much. Like the older wheels on it when purchased but that's just me.
Ant fixed all the aero stuff, then takes it out, and does 120 in it like. Ye Ha.
Heavy car but fun it was when I had my base model. Without the twin turbo set up, kinda doggie with only 227 hp. The twin turbo
had about 320. Nothing wrong with that. Good god help you if both turbos were to go down. Big bucks to fix.
To say nothing of the four wheel steering, the air dam/ wing spoiler. Ant found the solutions, and Mike
sold the car to some young girl for 12K.
I saw over the weekend on Motor Trend one of the old Top Gear shows, and Jeremy had the Lexus LFA model.
Another high tech model way ahead of its time. Costs a fortune too. Formula 1 car with a body on it more or less.
Last night I watched Goblin Works Garage show pretty cool, Did a 65 Mustang, with a new Ford 289 engine.
Clean and Mean. Re-bought this model for 30k, then fixed it, sold to their
painter's daughter who just happen to want a road/ racer for personal use.
Her dad, the painter puts up 40K, and she adds another
$7500 and sold $47500. Think the Goblin crew spent 44k to fix it. Crazy.
He has a 1992 3000GT VR-4. These came stock with:
- 3.0 L V6 twin turbocharged at 300 bhp and 307 ft/lbs. (Later generations would have 320 bhp and 315 ft/lbs but the earlier gens can be tweaked to do the same numbers.)
- All Wheel Drive (AWD)
- All Wheel Steering (AWS)
- Active Aerodynamics
- Active Exhaust
- Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS - that used vehicle speed, g-force sensors and steering angle to actively adjust damping on each corner)
- 4 Piston front brakes and single piston rear (though later years got larger rotors and 2 piston rear brakes...front calipers were still the same)
- 17" wheels. Later years got 18" to clear larger brakes. (In 1992 20" wheels weren't even a thought. 18" was huge. Most were 15-16")
- Power leather seats with driver adjustable power lumbar and side bolster support
- Heated power mirrors
- Driver's side air bag (were not required yet in 1992. Later years had a passenger airbag too.)
- Digital automatic climate control
- Popup headlights (later models were fixed)
He has the controller for the ECS but once we plugged it in there is an error in the system. Could be one of the sensors or the shock controllers. All available and replaceable.
The active exhaust has a broken cable and a frozen exhaust valve but the valve is typical and the new cable is on the way. the valve can be freed up and made operational again in most cases.
Active aero works, but only the rear spoiler. The front was damaged and while the motor and hardware are all there and functioning, the motor mount is bent causing the linkage alignment to be off and the linkage to bind which will cause an error too. Plus there is no lower piece...the part that actually drops down...and that is near impossible to find. We will though. We want to get it functioning again. The rear just needs a lot of lubrication because it's totally dry.
Engine is strong. Has lifter tick but $180 in parts and a couple hours putting them in that's fixed. (don't even have to remove the camshafts or timing belt...damn too easy...getting to the rear bank takes longer than actually changing all 24 of them). Trans and AWD system is also in good order. Steering works as does the AWS which is nice.
AC is out and the digital display is out but the display is common and takes about $1.00 in resistors and some soldering to fix. AC we're converting to R134 since right now it's still the old R12 as far as we know. Probably need a couple hose changes and a recharge. Conversion is $35. Nothing major.
Power mirrors are good, though we haven't tested the defrosters yet. No way to. His driver's side housing was busted and then he got the passenger side backing into the garage. Found two housings in his color (green) and a new passenger side heated mirror for about $80 total. Fixed those.
Body is bloody straight. Not even a single door ding. Paint has some issues on the back bumper which they brushed up against something but a shot of paint will fix all that. Popups even work flawlessly.
Interior...well...there's the project. Back seat isn't bad but cracking along the upper back where it is exposed to the sun. Fronts look like someone housed a tiger in them with a clawing problem. They are trashed. Have a new set on the way for $400 but they need recovering. Dash is padding is shot to hell (all gauges and indicators work though) and picked up a good one for $280 on eBay already. Trunk is missing a couple pieces but I found a bunch of new truck pieces and a few of the interior pieces that were messed up for $100. Still need a new driver's door panel and to have the panels and seats redone to make them look right. At that point, interior will be nicer than new.
Lots of little things but it's not just the first car he ever bought, it's also a learning tool for him. Lots of systems to diagnose on an OBD1 system and we'll get it all done.
When it's finished, it will be a beautiful car.
Best part...we bought it...mechanically sound and perfect body...for $2100. The car does appear to have been apart partially and someone just threw it together to get it to auction. The door panels you can tell came from a Dodge Stealth with cloth interior, things like the clutch and shift linkage were out of adjustment or hitting things...little stuff like that. Pictures attached...but none of the interior. It's bad.
Sorry for going so in the weeds. I'm just a very proud Dad (of a son whose birthday is today)...
As for the thing about that beaded seat cushion thing...I almost know so. You're further spreading out the load on the seat.