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Old 11-01-2002, 05:13 AM   #1
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What'* up all?

Anaother bonneville owner checking in.

I've got myself a maroon/grey '92 SE with just about every damn option available. No CD or Moonroof, but everything else.

I bought it with 110k, and have put 35k miles on it since then. Which was last October.

I use it to commute between school here at the University of North Dakota, and home, which is St. Paul, MN.

Hate to say this to everyone, but my "race car" is a turbocharged Mustang (The MESStang) so the Bonneville stays nice and stock. Because, honestly, after daily driving the MESStang and the SHO, the bonneville is just slow. Sorry. Something about a 16.2 just isn't that great, when you're used to high and low 12'*. But I love the cushy ride and the ladies seem to appreciate the leather appointments, so I keep her around. Plus, it'* nearly impossible to kill these damn 3800s. haha.

Though I do have my old Grand National Long block sitting around that "might fit" with some encouragement.

Well, damn me or love me, I've joined up.

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Welcome to the forum~ Oh man why cluttler your yard with those crappy Ford'* trade them in on a Supercharged SSEI, you'll have performance and luxury in one package no need for swapping back and forth to those other tin boxes on wheels. Plus save ya tons of $$ cuz yer not repairing them every cupla weeks
Bring on that MESStang or SHO~ I'd give it a run for it'* money with my 89
p.*~Would have blown their doors clear off with my 442, anyways the more you drive it the more you'll like it! enjoy
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Welcome to the forum! I think you've got company in MN, at least one. SSEi95 is from somewhere around there. I think you'll find your SE has a bit more potential than you first thought. Guys around here have done some pretty amazing things with them.

Play around, have fun with it, and enjoy your stay!
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Welcome to the club.

I am also from MN. Crystal to be exact. Good to see more from MN on the board. Were pretty thin in here.

PontiacXcitement is right. Don't underestimate the Bonnies. My SSEi can beat my roomates Grand Marquis without a question and that has the same engine as the v8 GT stangs, just a bit heavier body. There is also a 2001? SSEi on here that is running around the 12'*! Not bad at all for a family cruiser.


Have fun here, and watch out for that Willwren guy ( he may have a screw or two loose )!
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Old 11-01-2002, 11:40 AM   #5
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There is also a 2001? SSEi on here that is running around the 12'*! Not bad at all for a family cruiser.
BADSSEi, to be exact, and Scott (BADSSEi) has a best time of 12.020 for the 1/4! Ouch! Anyway, Welcome to the club.
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Another Minnesotan here!
I'm from Hastings, just south of the Twin Cities.
I'm gald to see your tang is fast, but some of these bonnies in here would definitley give you a run for your money. These guys and gals live and breathe 3800'*. It'* good to see another minnesotan in here, hope you stick around cause you might learn something.


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Old 11-06-2002, 06:23 AM   #7
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Another Minnesotan here!
I'm from Hastings, just south of the Twin Cities.
I'm gald to see your tang is fast, but some of these bonnies in here would definitley give you a run for your money. These guys and gals live and breathe 3800'*. It'* good to see another minnesotan in here, hope you stick around cause you might learn something.


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Heh - mis padres are in rosemount. i know exxxactly where hastings is. (Where else can you try and steal a tractor off of Main Street)

And, not to be an ***, but while I'm new to this board, I've been racing cars for quite some time, and happen to know some ****. I had the SHO well into the 12'*, which also isn't bad for a family cruiser. It also had 0.8 Litres less, and no nitrous, Vortec powered. Borderlining the 11'* is cool with a FWD car, but the frustrations of working on it, combined with horrid weight transfer problems just SUCKS.

After WORKING AS AN SVT TECH, I sorta fell in love with Mustangs, simple, easy to work on, RWD is a blessing to service. Hence, my purchase of a '88 Fox-platform 'Stang.

The MESStang is currently running a low 13 second 1/4 mile, but has been torn down to shoot for the 11'*. Oh, and that'* with my 2.3-Turbo, that'* only 2/3 the size of a 3800. Plus, the 2.3T will total me about $2500 when all is said and done, including a set of drag-radials, the car it self, the engine work, and everything to make it legal. Do even imagine getting close to an 11 with a 3800 is A LOT more expensive, especially with a front-driver.

3800'* are fun, and have lots of potentail, but I'd rather play around with one in a GN than one in a FWD car. The GNX I tuned ran wicked 9 second 1/4 miles all day long, but to do the same mod.* to a bonneville, is well, more time consuming than worthwhile.

My bonneville has 148k miles on it come Friday, and "hot rodding" a 170 hp engine with that many miles just doesn't seem worth it in the long run. If you don't believe me, try changing your water pump. Takes about 2 hours to do on a bonneville, and that'* a minor job.

my 2 cents on hot-rodding my bonne, and i guess a little FYI that at times I do knowwhat i'm talking about.

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Duck, I'm glad you stated your qualifications. Good to know who we've got here, and your expertise will be invaluable to the forum. I hope the Mustang cracks don't keep you away! The Mustangs we eat regularly are typically stock or only slightly modded. The surprise factor is fun (WTF just happened? That thing has 4 doors!).

One thing we won't argue is the defining point of the Bonneville. Luxury with Attitude. It'* hard to find a Domestic Performance Sedan with this power, potential, and all the frills. For a grocery getter, you'd be hard pressed to beat the Bonneville.

As far as the Grand National is concerned, you'll find a couple fans here, and I'm one of 'em!

Duck, I just noticed you said your car was a 92SE. The NA 92'* were the only year GM did something really lame to the Bonneville. Your car is EGR-less. The 92'* can suffer from burnt valves fairly easily. As a result, your year tends to benefit the most from lowering the thermostat to a 180. Considering where you live, I doubt this is gonna be a concern for a few months though!

Welcome again, Duck! When we jab, we do it lovingly....one big happy family.
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Yes yes, what he said. When I said learn something I didn't mean you didn't know anything. I guess ever since I found this site I've never been able to stump these guys and gals. So yes, more expierence will be nice.
BTW I go to school in Rosemount at Dakota County Tech College, I wonder if we know a few of the same people. I guess that would depend on how old we are, I'm 22. Yea Hastings is a hick town, cow tippin and four wheelin is about all there is to do, but it'* getting better. I also know a guy who went to NDSU, wonder if you know him, his name is Craig Vieth, ring any bells?

Welcome to the forum man!

Catch ya on the flip side.
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