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Old 11-07-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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Maryland c900 Airflow's new home

Bought this car a few weeks ago and I finally have it in my shop. The car looks great from far but, it needs quite a bit of attention.

The good:

-It's an Airflow! the kit is in excellent shape for its age. Needs new paint on front and rear bumpers. Front bumper has a few scratched spots which need a little putty and a little sanding due to rock chips. No cracks in the front bumper. Rear bumper has a small crack, but otherwise in great shape. Flares are in great shape, one needs a repaint. Side panels are in great shape, with no missing pieces or any deep scratches. Overall an excellent 22 year old kit.

-Steering wheel. It's a Saab/Momo wheel, overall in good shape, but someone had new leather stitched over the old. I can remove it , but I'm afraid of what will be under there. It might be ripped in which case I'd have to get it redone once again. Think I'll leave it as is.

-Racing seat. They're in great shape and are very comfortable. Not Recaro/Corbeau/Sparco.... but nice just the same. They can tilt forward by lifting a lever, so that's great. I hate those belts, they're gonna go asap.

-Rims + Tires. The rims are 16" with a small lip. They're in really rough shape, but these things will look great once they're restored. The lip I find make all the difference between the regular 15" and these. Tires are a real bonus, they're in new condition 205/50zr/16 Kumho Ecsta. Will save me from buying new tires.

-Rocker panels. They're in good shape except for the front driver's mounting post. That part is horrible, will need a little welding.

-Fascia. Is in pretty good shape
-Rear seat. Just a little wash is needed
-Carpet. workable and will look good once washed well, it's got a hole right next to the clutch pedal.
-Paint. Looks like it's been sitting under a pine tree for quite some time. Will give it a little detailing. If nothing doing, The car will get a full repaint.
-Control arms area. They appear to be in good shape, will get a better look once I've removed all the crap that accumulated over the years.
-Strut towers. Appear to be solid, very solid, hardly any rust.
-Trunk area. Looks to be in good shape no rust through, just some surface rust on left front side.


The Bad:

-Whaletail. yes is an original, but it'll take quite a bit of work to restore it. The rubber has cracked in the common places most do. Never worked on one, but with patience and the right materials, I think I can have it looking great again. Worst case, I'll just use another one that I have which is in great shape and it's black, so no repainting.

-Rust. Mounting post drivers' side...bad! Floor pan has a few bad spots as well. Hoping once the carpet is removed, that I see some solid metal...unlikely. Front drivers' side fender has a big rust spot which will need some new metal. Will have a look see behind the side panels, bumpers and flares especially flares to see what kind of shape the metal is in.

-Headliner. I guess the sunroof wasn't sealed shut, it let water in and created some mold or what have you at a couple areas around the sunroof and the sliding cover. Will try to clean it, but kinda questioning what results I'll get.

-Dash. Worst I've seen yet. Will have to be replaced.



Think that about covers it. Was hoping it'd be in slightly better shape overall, but with a little care, she'll be back to her former glory. No regrets for buying this car... It'll be worth it

Will post pics once I start working on it. Still working on my 88 SPG for now.



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Old 11-07-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Scrap or save?.... It can be done! My 88 SPG which I'm currently working on.

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Awesome find!!! Love it!!!

What is that red rocker for?
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my vote's for saving it, nice car keep it around!
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It is a cool car, no doubt. But the fancy bits are better suited on a c900 in better condition.
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Before definitely deciding to re-shell, I would tear all the exterior panels, bumpers, and entire interior out to see what the true extent of the rust is. After that, if it's too bad, spend the half a day more it will take to pull the engine and other parts that are salvageable. For what you paid, you got a parts gold mine, so you still win even if the car never sees the road again. Glad to see someone on here snatched it up!
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I want to see this car parted out for purely selfish reasons.

Does that make me evil?
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What is that red rocker for?
No clue, will find out more as I inspect it. Whatever it is.... I'm sure to get a good laugh.

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my vote's for saving it, nice car keep it around!
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Before definitely deciding to re-shell, I would tear all the exterior panels, bumpers, and entire interior out to see what the true extent of the rust is. After that, if it's too bad, spend the half a day more it will take to pull the engine and other parts that are salvageable. For what you paid, you got a parts gold mine, so you still win even if the car never sees the road again. Glad to see someone on here snatched it up!
Re-shelling....that would probably be the easier approach, but there would be no fun in it. Haha The car I'm working on right now was in worse shape than this, I mean no one in their right mind would try and save it. But then there's me.

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Save it.. It's got too many rare goodies to part out
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I love that momo wheel. Similar to my 4-spoke, but still different. Sweet.
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