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Old 03-10-2004, 07:53 PM   #1
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Its now March.....I am in Canada......The last time I posted something was back in the fall of 2003. I am planning on going and retrieving my bonneville that has not been started since September 2003. I know I need to do the basics...plug and wires/oil and filter and a new battery and 4 new tires to get it home. Anything else anyone can think of that I should do before I bring her home? I am excited to get it home to start restoring her. Shes a 1991 Bonneville SSE with leather. Lots of work to do but I love the car....Any of yoru suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
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Kickass... my car didn't really need a resto on its $2000 purchase, but it did need some time in the garage for fixits of the power locks and windows, a seized door, many non working power items, a brake job, etc etc. If it'* a long drive home, make sure you've got heat and defrost, you may not enjoy it when you can't defog anything.
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BRAKES, gotta have BRAKES, LOL.

well to be quite honest, if you are doing a basic tune up and new/used tires and make sure you have brakes. You should be good to go. While you do have it up to put new rubber on check the rear wheel bearings ( I needed mine done) and just do a basic front and rear steering suspension check to make sure you wheels don't fall off on the way home.


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Well I only paid $500 canadian for mine and it only has 228000 Kms (not sure of the converion to miles). When I was last up to where it is parked it had heat and defrost I have some work to do on interior electronics but nothing that is serious that would stop the car from working and I had a front brake that was seized but that has been fixed with a caliper kit yah I have some door lock sticking problems too but from what I read it is a common occurance. oh well I love the car so money is not an object
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I don't know if all of that is really necessary... If it'* only been a few months, I doubt that you need new tires and plug wires. When you first drive it, it will sure feel like your tires are shot, but they just conformed to the ground over time. Make sure they are up to proper pressure, and they should return to a round state after a few miles. Obviously, if you needed new tires anyway, go for it. Same for plug wires and plugs. If they were okay when you parked it, they should be okay now. Unless the mice were hungry and indiscriminate.

I'd say change the oil and fill her up with a full tank of premium. Hopefully you thought ahead and added some gas stabilizer to the tank? Six months can do bad things to gasoline. Then just check EVERYTHING else. Wheel bearings, like he said. Bounce all four corners. Scare the mice out of the air cleaner. Better - replace the air filter. Then, drive it around for a while to make sure things are all A-OK before you start on the journey home.

And yeah... good luck.
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I don't know if all of that is really necessary... If it'* only been a few months, I doubt that you need new tires and plug wires. When you first drive it, it will sure feel like your tires are shot, but they just conformed to the ground over time. Make sure they are up to proper pressure, and they should return to a round state after a few miles. Obviously, if you needed new tires anyway, go for it. Same for plug wires and plugs. If they were okay when you parked it, they should be okay now. Unless the mice were hungry and indiscriminate.

I'd say change the oil and fill her up with a full tank of premium. Hopefully you thought ahead and added some gas stabilizer to the tank? Six months can do bad things to gasoline. Then just check EVERYTHING else. Wheel bearings, like he said. Bounce all four corners. Scare the mice out of the air cleaner. Better - replace the air filter. Then, drive it around for a while to make sure things are all A-OK before you start on the journey home.
And yeah... good luck.
I agree
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Well I just got some bad news. I have some friends taking care of it that live close by. They had it checked out for me. The Frame is rotted through....thats a costly repair. Its all good....I purchased a 1989 SSE and an 87 LE. The LE has some minor damage to the back drivers side quarter panel. The 91 I will use for parts and then its getting scrapped. Oh well after only spending 500 for the 91 its a good parts car.
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