Hello all --
New to me 1996 Grand Prix SE.
I will fix this car up and my son will use for college.
An experiment for me, too. How many miles can I get out of this car. Goal=200k.
3.1 motor. Auto trans.
I live in Ohio.
Florida car. Minimal rust.
I see clean rockers, pinch welds, subframe, rear trailer arm connection!
Clean, Dark gray cloth interior.
Salvage title from hail storm.
1 year old rotors, pads, struts, front hub, 2 tires,
New fuel pump and serpentine belt.
Pioneer head unit. Looks to have nice specs and fitment.
Hood hail damaged.
3 hail dings in front fenders.
PO used duplicolor spray paint in a few spots.
ABS light on.
Windows and regulators kinda work. Needs inspection.
I bought car and further inspected.
Repairs so far:
Transmission cooler lines rusted and leaking. Replaced.
Changed transmission filter and fluid.
Cooling system flushed (remove thermostat, fill and drain with distilled water 4 times), refilled with DEX 50/50, new thermostat, hoses, cap. Checked fans and they are working.
Oil change to synthetic.
Car is now running and driving. I plugged my Autoscan tool in and went for 2 hrs spirited driving. No codes and temp stayed between 170-190. Hot heat and cold A/C.
I am experiencing "piston slap" when car is cold. Seems a common issue on 3.1 motors. I guess I keep the car maintained and live with it.
Repairs in the next 2 weeks:
Bad rear hub.
Leaking gas filler.
Windows and regulator.
Interior light bulbs, some are out.
Underside, door seams, inner fenders, and every nook and cranny will be oil sprayed with Fluid Film.
Repairs in the next 2 months:
I found and bought a NOS hood for $160!
Body work on the front fender dings.
Paint work on rear quarter.
Front fascia needs to be attached.
Replaced front door speakers with Kicker 41KSC54.
Replace rear deck speakers with Kicker 41KSC6934.
Trunk subwoofer. Kicker, not sure which one yet.
Some vinyl graphics. I'm thinking a swoop on front fenders, or a rear quarter panel stripe. I saw a Gran Prix with Firebird on the hood, that was cool looking! I am thinking about a Firebird on the hood!!!
Law says I needs a front license plate. I hate the offset look. Will related to center of front fascia. Not sure how that will look.
The driver's door catch is annoying. It has 4 loud metal clunks sounds when opening and closing door. I can see the hinge is wore out, and lubing doesn't help. It will need to be replaced, but I am finding this part is NLA. Any suggestions?