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Grand Moff Joseph

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About Grand Moff Joseph

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  • Birthday 09/07/1982

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    St. Louis, MO
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    Auto detailing, reading, sci-fi, computers, martial arts
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  1. Grand Moff Joseph

    FS: 1990 Lumina Euro 3.1 (76k miles, Missouri)

    Bumpity bump. Anyone interested? Price is negotiable, so make an offer. :) I'd really like to see this car go to a decent home instead of the scrapper.
  2. For the full backstory on this, see this thread first. Then continue reading. Current status: I decided to run this through the mechanic's insurance company, since we were unable to come to a satisfactory agreement ourselves. The insurance company took over and today made a valuation offer on the vehicle that is agreeable. Missouri law allows me to buy the vehicle back without need for a salvage title. However, I am not in a position to have the time or resources to fully restore the car, and longterm plans that are quickly converging for my wife and I make it very unlikely that we'll be able to keep three cars around going forward SO, before resorting to disposal, I'd like to offer the vehicle to a group of good folks who I know care for these W-bodys a lot - all of you. FOR SALE (really) 1990 Chevy Lumina (Euro 3.1 sedan) 76,850 original miles 3-speed automatic Blue interior (base trim level) NO ABS Manual doors/windows Upgrades/major work New paint in 2010, professionally applied. Car was hand-sanded and minor body work done to some small dings. GM factory paint code was used for re-paint. Added Euro-spec spoiler Swapped to 16" OEM wheels with black pockets and red bowtie center caps. Tires upgraded to larger size to match UB3 (non-digital) cluster upgrade Added optional center armrest with cupholder Newer, non-curled dash pad (have on-hand, never installed) FFP dogbones FFP UD pulley (have on hand, never installed) OEM Front STB AWeb80 rear STB Flowmaster DeltaFlow 50 muffler (2012 or so) Hardwired foglights Transmission replaced in 2003 (car had ~33K miles at that time) New steering rack in 2014(ish) AC converted to new refrigerant, new (reman) compressor installed a few years back Added Pioneer CD player and speakers. Also small amp/sub combo too New rear bushings to fix sag Black undercoating to prevent rust (2005) New injectors and coil packs (2010 or so, iirc) Stainless steel brake lines Window tint professionally installed (35% tint level) Clean MO title; just passed inspections in last 90 days Full details and pictures can be seen in the attached Powerpoint file. If you can't open the file, let me know and I'll post a long list of pics instead. Damage list from incident (see thread linked at top of this post for details+damage pics) Pass. door rear: door frame bent from impact of lift arm, glass broken out. Roof rail/structure and B-pillar are unharmed Pass. side C-pillar: crease in the metal, but paint did not break Roof: Three moderate dents, spacing matches the tires of the car that was above it. No protrusions into the headliner space. Some scuffs/scratches as well Windshield: Cracked from top-bottom, likely from weight impact of tire from car above it. (a tire's point of impact was right behind the windshield molding). Body shop confirms no apparent damage to underlying frame work or to roof rail lines Hood: Small dent on pass. side, just in front of windshield wipers Driver side rear door: Scratch in glass. Door unharmed Driver side front door: Door handle non-functional. Impact must have jarred the rod loose inside the door Other Known Issues AC running hot (refrigerant leak, likely from a line. Compressor tests fine when it has enough charge to kick in) Small oil leak (looks to be front valve cover gasket; oil has never run low) Small trans leak (looks to be pan gasket; trans fluid has never gone low) Carpet in driver's footwell has peeled back from corner, seems like it's breaking down on the backside. (more an appearance thing, but noted anyway) Tach does not function (wire's good, so prob. just a bad gauge. Never got around to swapping it out of the cluster) Misc From a minimalist POV, the only damage that one would HAVE to fix is the door, as it's busted and missing glass, and the windshield, as it likely wouldn't pass safety as-is. Everything else listed makes it look bruised, but doesn't affect it running and driving Car comes with original factory floormats, GM service manual, a spare dashpad, new underhood headlight cover plates (those plastic thingies that fold up), original armrest as a spare, FFP pulley, and as much service documentation as you can shake a stick at Car has never been smoked in. No pets either Powerpoint file is attached below PRICE Given the damage to the vehicle, I'm offering the vehicle AS-IS for $1000 obo -- CASH ONLY Car is located in St. Louis, MO (metro area) Car is driveable, so you could drive it home if you wanted. Or trailer if you prefer (NOTE: If buyer is also in MO, car will have to be towed, as it can't pass safety inspection as-is) License plates will NOT be provided If interested, PM me or reply here. I'm hoping to move this vehicle in the next month or so, so this seller is motivated. I hate to see the car go, but I'd rather see it go to folks who love and appreciate these cars the right way. Thanks! GMJ Lumina_Information.pptx
  3. Grand Moff Joseph

    1st Gen Lumina: 16" wheel width?

    Ah, that's it! Thank you.
  4. I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm drawing a blank here. What's the width of the OEM 16" wheels for a 1G Lumina? (I thought it was 16x9, but I could be wrong)
  5. Grand Moff Joseph

    Leather seats: care and renew????

    Way late to this thread, but my suggestion: Get a bucket of warm water, a fine bristle shoe brush (new obviously), and one bottle each of Lexol leather cleaner and Lexol leather conditioner. 1. Dip the brush a bit in the water, then spray with the leather cleaner 2. Work cleaner into the seats, going with the grain if possible 3. Wipe seats down with a microfiber, and allow to dry 4. Apply leather conditioner with a small applicator pad (like you might use for dash dressing) 5. Wait for seats to absorb the conditioner. Repeat #4 if needed
  6. Grand Moff Joseph

    Trailing Arms

    This post is relevant to my interests, as I'm looking at new suspension parts for my 1G Lumina too. I'm pretty sure that Energy suspension has poly bushings for both lateral links and trailing arms. What causes them to not work as well in the trailing arms? And, I did not realize that GXP trailing arms would work too. They literally bolted right in?
  7. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    The underside of the car was always pretty clean, since my grandma never drove it that much. (also, no salt in NOLA). But, as soon as we moved to Albany, I found the local Ziebart shop and had them undercoat the whole thing, including the wheel wells.
  8. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    Ah, thanks for the link! Very useful! I'm pretty sure my Lumina came with the FE2 suspension. In theory, using an FE3 leaf shouldn't be overkill....right?
  9. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    Since Birchmont can make the leafs to order, could I get away with telling them to make a leaf for a Z34, instead of my specific model vehicle? Or, are the leafs all the same, whether you have FE1, 2, or 3?
  10. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    Also, here is a quick video that I took of the rear suspension. I apologize for the shaky camera, but it's the best that my phone could do today, lol.
  11. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    Here are the stock specs, per 60degv6: GEN. 1 W-BODY Weight Distribution, f/r 65/35 --------------------------------- Front Stabilizer Bar: Level I 28mm Level II & III W/3.4 DOHC 34mm --------------------------------- Rear Stabilizer Bar: Level I & II 12mm Level III W/3.4 DOHC 14mm The Addco bar is tempting, but if memory serves, didn't a bunch of folks here have issues with those bars? I seem to recall some epic threads on that subject...
  12. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    I stumbled on a website called this morning. They offer BMR branded adjustable lateral arms and tubular trailing arms. Would these fit G1 cars without modification? *I know these won't solve my original problem...I'm just expanding the scope of my potential work to kill a few birds at once*
  13. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    Thanks for the heads-up...I did not realize that those sway bars needed to be modded in order to fit. Is this a minor change, or some pretty deep surgery on it? Just to refresh myself here, G1 FE3 cars = Z34s, TGPs, and very few Cutlass models, correct?
  14. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    No extra noise from the rear suspension that I have noticed (or heard over the sound of the Flowmaster, lol). I don't recall doing anything that could have damaged it, but the car is pretty dang old, so it may be cracked. I'll see what I can see. I may look into those Birchmount guys. Do all of their leaf springs lower the ride height, or can I specify stock height? (lots of folks seem to have gone lower w/their springs, so just checking) Finally, while I'm at the suspension work, I'd like to add a few upgrades. So far, my plan is to get: GM P/N 12498642 Heavy Duty Rear Sway Bar w/insulators GM P/N 12498643 Heavy Duty Front Sway Bar w/insulator and end links New trailing arms (doesn't GMPP have a P/N for these?) New lateral arms (old threads suggest Dormans?) Any thoughts on these?
  15. Grand Moff Joseph

    Probably need new struts - A few questions

    Thanks for the replies, folks! I actually had not even thought about the monoleaf or the pads. Is there a way to examine them and assess their condition? Or, is this a bit of 'you'll know it when you see it' stuff? A couple of follow-up questions/thoughts: 1. Don't coil-overs take the place of the monoleaf completely? 2. I looked up the West Shore Fabricator store that was mentioned, but it seems like their products are for Gen II Ws. Would the Gen II coil-overs they have still fit a Gen I? 3. If I go to replace the leaf pads, is it worth replacing the whole leaf too, or would that be overkill? Heck, can we even get new leafs anymore? Thanks!