oooooohhh, lookee what i found... - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Introductions for new members New to the Forum? Introduce yourself here. Been around awhile? Tell us about yourself. We at GMF Love to meet new Members! So pull up a chair and have a beverage.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-28-2007, 07:30 PM   #1
Junior Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Eiffel D Ounne is on a distinguished road
Default oooooohhh, lookee what i found...


Well, ok, it'll take me a bit to get some decent pics up in my signature, but this is what i got so far:

'88 Bonnie LE w/75K for $2K. Body'* clean, good wheels and tires and the interiors in pretty good shape too. I'm too old and broke for full-time shop work but since I found this site, I'm so jazzed I can't hardly sit still. Nobody did anything special with the car (Including zilch hi-perf upgrades), so I have to figure out how to bring the car up to snuff before I start to add tricks and treats.

Can someone point me to the best forum to find out what all I can do to bring this baby up to par? I'd really greatly appreciate it.

Somebody painted the WHOLE thing black. Even covered the door handles and the grill emblem...

Well, enough for now... To you folks that made this site what it is, thanks. GREAT job...

Mike
Eiffel D Ounne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2007, 10:06 PM   #2
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Buena Park, CA-"The real O.C."
Posts: 125
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
clarkhamblen is on a distinguished road
Default

Welcome Mike,

I am one of the few Southern California Bonneville owners on the site.....Seems we are a rare breed!

I am new to this new world of Bonneville addicts too, having just purchased my 99 SE 4 months ago.....but I can testify that the members here have been alot of help to me.

I have been able to find missing parts and alot of good knowledge about my particular year/model of Bonneville, here on the site.

If you do not have a drivers manual for your 88 try ebay, that is where I found a good copy of my model/'year. It helps to know what all the buttons and switches do!

So again, welcome and make yourself feel at home! Your among friends!
clarkhamblen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 01:44 AM   #3
Junior Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Eiffel D Ounne is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the welcome. Yeah, I'm sure there'* no shortage of Pontiacs here in SoCal... think maybe no one in the area uses the Internet?... nah, that couldn't be it

I took your advice and checked ebay and I even found a Bonneville repair manual that GM released for factory mechanics... something like $30.00! I drove a Buick Skylark for 10 years and there'* no forum for that car anything like this forum. This is great.
Eiffel D Ounne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 01:47 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
wjcollier07 is on a distinguished road
Default

holy crap. 2k for an 88? Seems a bit much. That car better be showroom new!

Best get some pics soon! We're driven by pics around here. Its like our fuel. We're a graphic bunch. No pun intended. Or was it.
wjcollier07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 11:32 AM   #5
Junior Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Eiffel D Ounne is on a distinguished road
Default

snicker... it WAS a bit much but it'* in good shape (only 75Kmi) and has a new tranny. As for pics, have to go the route of a film camera>develop pics>scan to printer>save to file>... get the picture?

Actually, my ex bought it because I do ALL the driving to get our son and bring him back (30 miles one way-3 and 4 times a week). It needs to be freshened up though. Clean the pwr window guides, hi-perf plugs and wires, etc. Anybody know of a laundry list of things that could be done to this car to bring it back to life?

Mike
Eiffel D Ounne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 11:37 AM   #6
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Welcome...kick off your shoes and enjoy the forum.

The basics stay true.

Since you recently purchased the car: plugs, wires, O2, throttle body cleaning, a fuel injector cleaner in the gas tank and checking all the vacuum hoses for cracks/dry rot can all be in order.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 12:51 PM   #7
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

There'* a wealth of information in Techinfo to get you started. Glad you found a new home.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 01:07 PM   #8
Junior Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Eiffel D Ounne is on a distinguished road
Default

jeez... 76,000 posts between the two of you... any chance you've answered the same question twice (or so? ) Thanks for the welcome and the info... I'm on a dial up so reading every post, well, let'* just say cars may not even exist by the time I'm done so thanks for the pointer to the "Techinfo" forum.

Mike
Eiffel D Ounne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 02:30 PM   #9
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

LOL.. we've answered it a few time Mike.

Well covered .... mostly in the Performance area of Techinfo. being that most want to get more from their car.

Overall.. a good NGK TR55 or Autolite copper plug will treat you well. If you want something that lasts longer, spring for the Iridiums. Plug wires.. AC Delco (parts america) or Napa Belden'* are lifetime and good quality.

Steer clear of Bosch products (the don't agree with our car'* diets) and you should be fine.

Or are you maybe looking for a step by step how to perform this maintenance?
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 06:41 PM   #10
Junior Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Eiffel D Ounne is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks BB. No, I'm not looking for step-by-step on plugs and wires-type stuff. I found the Throttle Body cleaning tutorial and I think I can do that and have the car start when I'm done-maybe

I'd like to bring the Bonnie up to top stock condition before I add much in the way of mods. I also found a tutorial on how to buy a car and "dang" if'n I don't wish I'd seen it sooner. Right now it needs Wires/Plugs, TB cleaning, O2 sensor, (What'* an "Airbox" or a "Gutted Airbox?"), EGR cleaning... even if that stuff'* okay I want to start my own Maintenance Routine so I know for sure what'* been done and when. I've got an AC noise that'* not bad, but I need to spec it out to be sure. Also may have a faint CV joint noise.

You know, I'm kinda getting past the introductory stuff here. Is there a better place for these kinds of discussions, like say the 87-92 Mechanical, or something? Also, I'm 50 and this is really the first time I've decided to dive into a car and it'* too cool to find a site dedicated the car I own. Thanks alot for your feedback and information.

Mike
Eiffel D Ounne is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I FOUND IT!!! I found my 2003 SSEi - HELP! Pologuy 2000-2005 13 03-21-2009 07:02 PM
FOUND THE PROBLEM with my no start problem....92 SSEi RyanSSEi 1992-1999 0 12-14-2002 01:37 AM
I found ground effects for my Bonny. daugintis 1992-1999 10 12-05-2002 08:12 PM
Found My Exhaust Leak & Engine Miss! DeathRat 1992-1999 8 07-31-2002 10:21 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:03 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.