'98 Atlantic Blue GT Convertible - aka 'The Headless Horse'

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  1. Tally_4.6

    Tally_4.6 Well-Known Member

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    I think I figured i've made enough progress to not be completely embarrassed about posting a build thread about my new acquisition. So i guess it's about time i shared the story.

    I originally saw it on CL when i first started looking, but kinda skipped over it. My first real prospect was an '04 SY GT with a Mach 1000 at a dealer my friend worked at, that fell through. Next was a very nice Mystic, then i realized being more in debt wasn't really worth it considering the position i was in. Then i slept back on the Mystic for a while, then went and looked at/test drove another Atlantic Blue convertible with the same grey interior with less miles and some basic mods/chrome bullitts. The owner was the father of one of the guys in our local club actually. I was led to believe it was a clean car, it wasn't...and he wanted way too much. So that same day when i got home i jumped back on CL and i saw it again. The ad was back up after being taken down for a while due to a guy almost buying it. So i went and looked at it a few hours later.

    About a week or so later, it was mine.

    I'm the 4th owner. 1st owner had it in Key Largo for almost 15yrs, the 2nd owner had it for a year and some change, and the guy i bought from had it for a few months.

    Bonestock with 86k, and the top had recently been replaced.

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    First mods, steering wheel, headlights, shorty antenna, wipers/arms, pony emblem.

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    Great work so far, looks like a solid platform. Hope you can make it as nice as the last :thumbsup:
     
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    Oh stand by man, not done for the night.

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    Next mods.

    Black carpet, Mach seats, shifter bezel, foglight mod, bullitt pedals, and my MGW with fresh Mobil1 ATF.

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    Moms house in Tally.

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    Maintenance time.

    Bye bye ORIGINAL PLUGS AND WIRES, hello 9mm ones and brand new 9yr old Autolite coppers. Coolant flush, upper and lower mishimoto hoses, K&N CAI, my newer clean overflow tank.

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    Do convertibles not have any holes for a strut tower brace? Or are they just hard to see in the pics?
     
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    And now the good part, drivetrain/suspension time.

    Installed the complete rear end, aluminum d/s, front suspension, new rack with offset polys, brakes, and of course my beloved wheels. I discovered i have a bent Kmember the other day. After doing my whole suspension and trying to adjust the Kmember, with that not fixing the problem that's what we concluded.

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    Hard to tell, but the drivers side strut is bent.

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    All '98s don't have strut tower braces. Holes are there, but no brace.
     
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    Learn something new every day! Wonder why they went without em.


    Sent from 2 car lengths ahead of Matt's 2V!
     
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    And voila...then i washed it the same day.

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    Back in Tally for Xmas.

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    Yeah, buncha random changes for 1998.



    Still looking for more upgrades to my suspension. Picked up these brand new Roush spec Bilsteins for the rear for 120$ and removed my worn out GR2s. Can tell it's a little less bouncy. So i know if i get rid of my Tokico blues for the front and find a good deal on something i'll be in bidness. It's still bouncy as shit right now.

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    Great progress on this thing! It looks like a completely different car than when you first got it. Keep up the good work man
     
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    Awesome car. I want those stock wheels that were on it!
     
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    Come by and pick em up then.

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    Looks great man! Lowering and the wheels really look great!

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    Car is looking really good. I love the Atlantic blue with the black top. What springs/isolator combo do you have? My 98 AB coupe has a similar front wheel to fender issue on the right side and it makes me wonder about my K member... What did you end up doing about it?

    Do you have any pics from above with the Mach seats?
     
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    H&R SS with no isos.

    Haven't done anything about the K, not exactly a quick fix. Plan is tubular and still run spring perches with my arms. And negative on the seat pics. I haven't been taking a whole lot of pics with this one honestly, in terms of swapping everything over. Been too busy just getting it done. Hardly any of this stuff is new, maybe that's why.

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    Thanks. I hear you on the "quick fix" My plan is a new K member eventually as well.
     
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    If I was closer I would for sure. Shipping might not be bad if you would be interested in doing that.