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Street/Strip/Junkyard hoodrat "build"..

Year
1990
Model/Trim
Eagle Talon TSi AWD

blackbetty

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45
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Mar 5, 2006
Portland, Texas
So yeah, this thing had been sitting for a while and she was in pretty bad shape. I spent a solid week with the car and a case of wasp killer trying to evict the previous tenants.

Victory was eventually mine. The car still runs. Old gas, an ancient battery, and a metric ton of wasp carcasses couldn't stop it.. she started without issue and moved out to the back yard into the shade under her own power.
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After all these years, all she needed was a nice coolant flush and a new radiator cap. :talon:

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blackbetty

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Mar 5, 2006
Portland, Texas
The car ran and drove.. for a few miles.

I was able to take a little shakedown drive for about 15 minutes.. Other than that and a little groaning from a wheel bearing, the car ran great for it's first time out in 5 or 6 years.

I popped the hood as soon as I got back to the house, and I could see that the timing belt was extremely loose.. just flapping around between the cam gears. Perfect.

That was the last day she ran.. A few hours later, my dad flat towed me from his driveway to mine.. about ten miles away. I'm sure he would've done just about anything to get rid of that car and free up some space.

Let the tear-down begin :talon:

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blackbetty

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Mar 5, 2006
Portland, Texas
Forgot about this due to all of the craziness.. I guess it's time for a couple of updates.

Pretty normal disappointing stuff for a car that has sat for years. I dug into it, got the engine ripped out and discovered that the timing tensioner pivot arm was completely seized up.. causing the timing belt to have a bit of slack in it.

The car drove fine, but was down on power.. I blame the timing belt and the fact that the turbo was nearly locked up by carbon. :talon:

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