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#1233941 New to me 1996 Grand Prix SE, need thoughts

Posted by crunkGP96 on 15 March 2017 - 11:14 PM

Welcome! My favorite body style of the GP's. Im on my second one. Running like a champ! I'd add polished wheels, wider tires, tint the windows and just leave it alone but what do I know.. lol 3d2116c7be9d8824351fc051e96f932d.jpg Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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#1225829 Will our cars become classics?

Posted by cdn_olds_94 on 05 October 2016 - 02:38 AM

The comments on that are they way I see public opinion on our chassis, I still say there won't ever be any value to them as collector cars.

Our cars are "accidental" finds for most people and they fall in love or hate with them but the average person only has passing knowledge of them at best.

It's their loss really, the W-Body has so much to offer and so many different directions they can be built.

Everybody has a story about the time they got smacked down by a CamEro or some other "Sports" car: "I ran with it", "I would have had it but...", "That thing wasn't stock", to this day I've never been with a group of guys where somebody admitted having their ass handed to them by a W-Body out of embarrassment. But we all know it happens and with some frequency.

 

I like the term " accidental finds ". That is how I got my 94 Olds Cutlass Convertible. I liked the vert in the Valvoline commercial a few years back, and thought that If I ever came across one at a descent price I'd think about buying it. Well, my son's friend from high school's father pass away suddenly two years ago. He owned a 94 vert. His kids didn't want it so they offered the car to my son for 1000 dollars, and he bought it. This car was in amazing shape. Never winter driven and just a bit of surface rust on the back quarters. But it was in need of a new convertible roof. My son put the car in storage for the winter, and in the spring offered it to me for what he paid for it. Since getting the car, I've fixed the quarters, and replaced the roof. and fixed a couple of other little things on the car. I love this car. It drives great and once on the highway, the 3.4 DOHC really kicks in and she just sails along. Yea, some parts are hard to find, but I haven;t had any problems finding everyday stuff. Body parts are another thing, and I've been thinking about looking for another one for a parts car.  Will these cars be collectors items ? Who knows, maybe, maybe not. But I'm having fun with mine.


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#1227885 LQ1 cam retarded ?

Posted by Nas Escobar on 23 November 2016 - 02:32 AM

The whole LQ1 is special not just the cam lol
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#1218618 replacing wheel bearings - no torque wrench

Posted by Imp558 on 26 May 2016 - 05:44 AM

This thread is beyond asinine, I own a toilet but I don't shit my pants and make a mess out of convenience. Nor do I declare how well my previous pant pooping endeavors worked out to justify my actions.
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#1215146 2016 Hosting Donations Goal Reached!

Posted by LukeZ34 on 31 March 2016 - 04:13 PM

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#1232914 Money Pit Horror Story: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

Posted by digitaloutsider on 27 February 2017 - 01:10 AM

Sounds like this incredibly pointless thread has run it's course.

 

Don't know how I missed this trainwreck before.


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#1230954 Money Pit Horror Story: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

Posted by runt on 27 January 2017 - 01:19 AM

So one "bad egg" and you suddenly swear off all grand prix gtps? With that attitude you'll quickly run out of cars to buy. Sent from tapatalk
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#1230484 Money Pit Horror Story: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

Posted by Nas Escobar on 19 January 2017 - 04:24 AM

I think you're better off leasing a car so you don't have to worry about warranty issues out of warranty or major maintenance repair. 


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#1228267 W-Body.com 2017 Calendar Submissions

Posted by Megavolt-380 on 29 November 2016 - 02:02 PM

Megavolt-380 Pontiac GrandPrix GT-V8   1991year  

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#1226394 Will our cars become classics?

Posted by GnatGoSplat on 18 October 2016 - 09:26 PM

I think in 10-15 years, these cars will be about as sought after as an AMC Matador, Dodge Diplomat, or Ford Granada.  Well, maybe not, those were at least RWD...


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#1225677 Will our cars become classics?

Posted by Imp558 on 01 October 2016 - 08:59 PM

The comments on that are they way I see public opinion on our chassis, I still say there won't ever be any value to them as collector cars.

Our cars are "accidental" finds for most people and they fall in love or hate with them but the average person only has passing knowledge of them at best.

It's their loss really, the W-Body has so much to offer and so many different directions they can be built.

Everybody has a story about the time they got smacked down by a CamEro or some other "Sports" car: "I ran with it", "I would have had it but...", "That thing wasn't stock", to this day I've never been with a group of guys where somebody admitted having their ass handed to them by a W-Body out of embarrassment. But we all know it happens and with some frequency.


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#1220969 Guess what I found...

Posted by cdn_olds_94 on 10 July 2016 - 12:55 AM

A chance meeting with a fellow gear head at the storage place my wife uses, and I'm the new owner of a 0 mileage 3.4 L DOHC crate motor. Price was right, 800 bucks. 

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#1235663 New guy here.

Posted by panman54 on 07 April 2017 - 09:38 PM

Always been a TA guy and just bought my first 91 GP GTP.
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#1231520 F Body Brake Upgrade

Posted by 94 olds vert on 05 February 2017 - 04:54 PM

Get the 06 impala dual piston brakes, they should bolt right up

Yup, and then get GM rotors. GM Part number is 18021015 . You will need different caliper brackets,GM P/N 18029829. That is a cheaper, and just as effective brake upgrade. Edit: that is all 12 inch stuff from GM on the same platform so it bolts up. The Fbody swap requires drilling, threading, and who knows what else.
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#1231060 Money Pit Horror Story: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

Posted by Heartbeat1991 on 28 January 2017 - 11:28 PM

Glad it's gone.  And so nice of you to screw the next guy to buy it by hiding a massive problem with it.


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#1229191 Money Pit Horror Story: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

Posted by Imp558 on 18 December 2016 - 03:28 AM

Stat and an ect is a really easy job. At about any skill level and basic tools you could do it at home in an hour.
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#1224739 How difficult would it be...

Posted by Luke94vert on 13 September 2016 - 07:16 AM

How does this suddenly happen? Just wondering for reference on what to look out for :-D And Hopefully you'll be able to get the car up and running again.

Long story but I became the guardian of my nephews and niece. Their mom and boyfriend got into some trouble. It was either I take them or they went into foster care. Well that's not an option in my book. They need family. And I'm the only family that's related to all three. So I now have a 12 year old boy, 10 year old girl, and a 17 month old boy.
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#1224090 3800 oil pressure

Posted by Psych0matt on 01 September 2016 - 02:44 PM

Yes. Oil. Cars.
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#1217342 Junk Yard Thread, Never ending

Posted by Psych0matt on 04 May 2016 - 06:00 PM

I would love to those GTX wheels.

Burn? Use? Fornicate with?
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#1209134 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix (Polished and Nano Glass Paint Coating)

Posted by The Guz on 23 December 2015 - 06:41 AM

I did this about a month ago.  Figured I would share it here.

 

A few months ago I did a full correction on my brothers car.  I posted that in the following thread.  The sealant/wax combo lasted about 8 months. http://www.w-body.co...rection-detail/ It was time to move on to the next level of protection with a coating.   He was intrigued by it and decided to have that applied.    I did not take to many before photos.  He did a good job in maintaining  it.  He was not looking to have a show car finish as this is his daily  driver. Here's a video of the initial pass I made with a polishing pad and some  M205.  A few more passes left the surface in very good shape for the  next polishing step using Menzerna SF3800.

                 

50/50 on the pillars using M205 on a 3" Lake Country Tangerine Hydrotech pad.

 

 

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The hood is not OEM and thus the paint is not OEM.  It is on the hard  side and my test spot with M205 on a Meguiar's thin yellow polishing pad was not giving me the result I wanted.  I moved to a Meguiar's thin burgundy pad  with some Meguiar's M100 compound.  It did finish LSP (last step product) ready.  I followed up with M205 on a  Meguiar's polishing pad followed by a final step of Menzerna SF3800 on a Meguiar's thin black finishing pad.   The remainder of the car was a 2 step with M205 and SF3800.  The car was then coated with Ameriarmour which is a 2 year semi permanent glass paint coating.   A couple photos as soon as I pulled it out of the garage.

 

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We ended up taking a ride to another place to take a few photos.  This  is the location for the old CSI Miami TV show headquarters.

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Wouldn't be So Cal without the palm trees.  

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The sun was shifting and this is the last shot before we left.  

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Products used:

Wash: Foam Gun, Meguiar's D110 Hyper Wash, Iron X (As always I use this wash method http://www.autogeeko....shing-car.html)

Paint decon: Meguiar's D155 Last Touch, Clay Magic Fine Grade Clay bar

Compound: Meguiar's M100 + Meguiar's DFC5 Thin Burgundy Cutting Pad  (hood only), Meguiar's 3" Microfiber Cutting Disk + M100 for spot  correction

Polish: Meguiar's M205 + Meguiar's DFP5 Thin Yellow Polishing Pad, Menzerna SF3800 + Meguiar's DFF5 Thin Black Finishing pad

Coating prep: CarPro eraser

Coating: Ameriarmour (2 coats 1 hour apart)

Wheels: Meguiar's DUB wheel cleaner, Pinnacle Black Label Diamond  Coating Booster to boost Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Wheel Coating

Wheel Wells: Meguiar's D160 All Season Dressing

Tires: Meguiar's D143 Non-Acid Wheel & Tire Cleaner, Pinnacle Black Onyx Tire Gel (2 coats)

Grilles: Meguiar's D103 All Purpose Cleaner+, Meguiar's Ultimate Black Aerosol Trim Restorer (done off the car)

Exhaust tips: Pinnacle Exhaust Cleaner & Brightener

Glass: Meguiar's D120, Detailer's Pro Glass Coating still going strong

Trim: Mothers Back to Black Heavy Duty Trim Cleaner, Blackfire Total Trim & Tire Sealant

Interior: Vacuum, Meguiar's Upholstery Cleaner, 303 Fabric Guard,  Meguiar's Natural Shine, Meguiar's Leather Sealer System, Meguiar's New  Car Scent Air-Refresher

Tool: Meguiar's MT300 dual action polisher, Porter Cable 7424XP dual action polisher, 2" Harbor Freight Orbital

 


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