In the meantime Iíve had the opportunity to expand my collection. Rapidly. Enter the stereotype:
Just over a month ago another 924 enthusiast who lives in Vancouver gave me a call about a red car for sale in Edmonton and if I was in contact with the seller as he had gotten the old standby ďIíve got a bunch of calls coming in on this carĒ line. Long story short, he bought the car sight unseen in another province, fourteen hours away from him. Except now he had a problem, the car runs but it smokes bad and who knows what the rest of the maintenance was like. So he waffled on driving it back or renting a trailer or plan after plan after plan until we decided that heís going to take some of the more expensive higher dollar value items from it and Iíll buy the rolling chassis from him as I should have what I need to put it all back together and put it on the road again.
So I pulled a trailer up to Edmonton and after about six hours of wrenching and $700.00 later I was pulling an early ďanniversaryĒ present home for my girlfriend although, I was likely more excited about it than she was. So that put me up to three of these cars in my possession.
But I have a sickness in me now much like you see guys with AE86ís get. I found a twin to my original car, it didnít live such a nice life:
Now, every car in every enthusiast group has its holy grail. These cars have a couple depending on who you talk to and I feel like I hit the jackpot in buying this car.
Back in the 80ís plenty of cars were produced that had solid moveable or removable roof panels. This was seen from high end marques such as Ferrari and Porsche and was imitated by Mazda on its RX7 Targa edition. However the 80ís also saw the rise in popularity of the glass sunroof which opened up a market for a company called Saratoga Sunroof corp. They made glass and lexan replacements for pretty well every Porsche, Ferrari and some other cars although it doesnít seem like anybody else cares as much as the 924/944 guys do.
That wasnít the only win for me though, the cam and followers look awesome and although there is significant carbon buildup on the chamber side of the head itís nothing a cleaning canít take care of.
Suffice to say, this car is getting dismantled and its sacrifice will allow others to continue living. It did puke itís guts out all over the shop floor and Iím afraid at this point itís terminal.
So thatís my update, there will be more to come as Iím not quite done telling the story of my parts car and there will be much news on the red car.