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« Reply #7600 on: May 01, 2019, 06:45:59 AM »
Congrats on the wedding. Sounds like quite the adventure.
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« Reply #7601 on: May 01, 2019, 06:49:41 AM »
Box, the auto makers knew well in advance that the gov't was going to tighten regulations on rollover for 'verts. They started to phase them out about the time the second gen was coming along. There were very few convertible models available from any manufacture in the early 70's. I think the 76 Eldorado was the last. We now know that the rules never came to be and today I can enjoy a sunny day in my wifes mustang. LOL
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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« Reply #7602 on: May 01, 2019, 07:36:14 AM »
AFB clone, must be an Edelbrock then.  Nice looking car though.  I've always wondered why they didn't do convertibles for second gens, as they were the only generation to not have one.  I could understand not having them towards the middle and later since all convertibles died off there for awhile, but why none in the first few years is beyond me.

Box: I'm sure you're aware there were some aftermarket companies that did 2nd gen convertible conversions.  The roof line made it difficult to make it look nice with the top down (and it definitely looked strange with the top up.  Personally, I liked them but I believe I'm in the minority.  IIRC, the conversion when new was about $3k which is pretty steep on a $5-6k car.
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« Reply #7603 on: May 01, 2019, 07:40:46 AM »
There is a white one in a movie scene if IIRC.

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« Reply #7604 on: May 01, 2019, 09:45:53 AM »
I recall Kelly Garret (Jacklyn Smith) driving one on Charlie's Angels in a few shows.

Here's a pretty good link for about a guy's Z-28 vert that has some good info about 2nd gen F-body verts.

https://www.slideshare.net/RickCalcaterra/1979-z28-camaro-convertible
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« Reply #7605 on: May 01, 2019, 01:28:12 PM »
Picked up a gallon of paint for my car. I used the last of it to paint the front bumper. 1 gallon of PPG DCC 9300 and a pint of DCX61 Hardener, I have the reducer.  $700
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« Reply #7606 on: May 01, 2019, 04:58:31 PM »
It's 0640 and I'm sitting at the Toronto Pearson Airport enroute to Okinawa Japan, for my second time. We make a quick stop in Chicago and then on to Tokyo and finally Okinawa. Should get to Naha City by Thursday Night around 2200 hrs.
On the agenda is to enjoy the tourism spots like the Aquarium, train at my Sensei's dojo, oh and get married on the 10th to an awesome Okinawan girl that I met there 5 years ago. Meeting her parents in person for the first time and thought I would bring my family to meet them as well.

anyways...I wanted to touch base as I'm not sure when I'll get back on here.
Congrats and have fun!  You should rent a Honda S660 while you're there.

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« Reply #7607 on: May 01, 2019, 05:02:25 PM »
I suppose that's true on the writing being on the wall as it were, still I think there were quite a few model refreshes at the time that still threw in a convertible while they could.  I think the later Trans Am pulls off the convertible better than the Camaro for some reason, I think the earlier second gens would pull it off fairly well too.  At any rate better than T-tops, but I hate removable roof panels.  Either hardtop or the top comes all the way off, none of this bad compromise nonsense.

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« Reply #7608 on: May 01, 2019, 05:35:29 PM »
Picked up a gallon of paint for my car. I used the last of it to paint the front bumper. 1 gallon of PPG DCC 9300 and a pint of DCX61 Hardener, I have the reducer.  $700
Good googly, paint is so expensive.  This is why I'll be vinyl wrapping, a lot cheaper and in a way easier too.

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« Reply #7609 on: May 02, 2019, 09:16:48 AM »
Today I finished up the rear suspension bushing replacement. I’ve had these bushing for two years it was much easier than I expected.

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« Reply #7610 on: May 02, 2019, 01:14:25 PM »
Had already mentioned someone wanting the Firebird, but after talking with them more they plan to come down and get it after their house is finished being built so then they can put it in a heated garage during the Winter months as they live in Ohio.  So fancy.  Hopefully that works out since I'd like for it go somewhere it'll be looked after, then I won't cry as much maybe.

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« Reply #7611 on: May 02, 2019, 02:48:16 PM »
Today, I came to the realization that I will be replacing the fuel pump in the truck..........yay.  Since I don't have a lift and I don't want to deal with dropping a tank(most likely on me), I will unbolt and tilt up the bed and access it that way.  Seems pretty straight forward and I can sit on my work stool to get the job done instead of crawling under the truck.  The pump still works, but the fuel level arm on it seems to be sticking at just under 1/4 tank of gas.  Needless to say, I've been fortunate enough to be close to home the couple of times I've suddenly lost all power to the truck because its out of gas.  So since I need to replace that, I might as well put in a new pump so its done and over with and I don't have to worry about running out of gas heading to the Nationals in August.
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« Reply #7612 on: May 02, 2019, 06:42:41 PM »
Or you can do like most third and fourth gen F-body owners and just cut out an access panel to get to the top of the tank... :roll:

Or just remember that 1/4 of a tank is a lie after getting there and put more fuel in at that point, that's what I'd do. :lol:

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« Reply #7613 on: May 02, 2019, 07:41:27 PM »
Or you can do like most third and fourth gen F-body owners and just cut out an access panel to get to the top of the tank... :roll:

Or just remember that 1/4 of a tank is a lie after getting there and put more fuel in at that point, that's what I'd do. :lol:
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No modifications like that coming from me. There was actually a guy that modified the floor of the bed so that all he had to do was open up the "door" he cut in the floor(hinged and sealed it as well) to access the pump. Guess he must have bought the cheap fuel pumps ????
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« Reply #7614 on: May 02, 2019, 07:45:47 PM »
That or he constantly ran it low on fuel and was burning the pumps up, or could've been trash in the tank.  Or any combination of the three really.

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« Reply #7615 on: May 02, 2019, 08:54:38 PM »
Speaking of, Today I... wasn't paying attention to my gas gauge for the past couple of days.  Ok more like a week.  But I looked at it today and the needle was flat on "E" and the low fuel light was illuminated.  Grrrrrr.

Luckily, the nearest gas station was less than 1/2 a mile away.  Guys... something has to give...  $78 to fill my tank from dead flat empty.

Granted, that will probably last me for nearly two weeks, but I remember when it took TWENTY DOLLARS to fill the 1984 Caprice Classic that my father used to have in the late 90's.

I will never forget that night.  I was barely 17 and had just got my drivers license.  My dad was working late and the shop called to say the car was ready (they had to replace the ignition cylinder and charged my folks all of $90 to do it).  Being young and ambitious, I walked from my folks house to the shop and picked up the car.  It had less than 1/32nd of a tank of gas.

I had exactly $20 on me and that filled the tank to the brim.

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« Reply #7616 on: May 02, 2019, 10:05:25 PM »
Don't use a truck as a daily driver?  Fuel isn't even expensive at the moment, or at least around here anyway.  Also good to see you again, I was thinking about you earlier actually not having seen from you in awhile.

Let's see...  $2.50 a gallon for 87, $3.30 for 93.  So it'd be roughly $50 to fill the Firebird, Miata would only be about $10 cheaper since it's 3 less gallons on capacity but also takes 91/93.  Or if I were remotely concerned about fuel then would get a Honda Insight since it has a 10 gallon tank, runs on 87, and got like 60 mpg when it was new.  Plus it was one of few hybrids to have a manual, the only other being the Honda CR-Z as far as I know.  Hey, maybe you should get an Insight.  $25 to go 600 miles if you drive it right.

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« Reply #7617 on: May 03, 2019, 06:43:40 AM »
I have 2 trucks that I have to use as a daily driver! Yes gas does get expensive filling them both up a couple times a week. I remember not too long ago that $125 would just barely fill my f 150, then again gas was well over $4.
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« Reply #7618 on: May 03, 2019, 08:07:00 AM »
DeCaff, what are you getting for your MPG? My DD 03 Silverado 1500 with 5.3 was getting around 14-15 mpg. Then my new 2000 K2500 Silverado was getting around 11.5-12 when I first got it, but then swapped to a synthetic oil, new catalytic converters, and 05+ Silverado eFan update and it got 13.8 mpg last fill up.

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« Reply #7619 on: May 03, 2019, 09:26:45 AM »
I get 15-16 with my '12 RAM. My buddy has the same truck but a year newer with the 8 speed and he says he can 20 - 21.
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« Reply #7620 on: May 03, 2019, 09:41:30 AM »
My 06 f 150 4wd gets about 16mpg.
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79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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« Reply #7621 on: May 03, 2019, 09:44:14 AM »
OK, I never claimed to be the sharpest chisel in the tool box, but this one even had me laughing. I was in the shop cleaning and prepping parts for paint. On the backside of one of the pieces written in silver ink marker (which I thought was pretty cool seeing an original marking) was R. Spriler. I figured the guy who put the piece on gave it his John Hancock. Then after a few minutes I realized it was a marking for 'Right Spoiler", duh. LOL
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
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« Reply #7622 on: May 03, 2019, 12:00:50 PM »
OK, I never claimed to be the sharpest chisel in the tool box, but this one even had me laughing. I was in the shop cleaning and prepping parts for paint. On the backside of one of the pieces written in silver ink marker (which I thought was pretty cool seeing an original marking) was R. Spriler. I figured the guy who put the piece on gave it his John Hancock. Then after a few minutes I realized it was a marking for 'Right Spoiler", duh. LOL

LOL make sure the shop is properly ventilated when cleaning and prepping parts!
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« Reply #7623 on: May 03, 2019, 12:28:45 PM »
You know, that may be one of my problems..Banging head
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« Reply #7624 on: May 03, 2019, 01:58:13 PM »
Hmmm, I should start making all of my posts like this to show off my uniqueness. :lol:Seriously though that'd get tiresome fast.  When I was driving the Firebird so long as I did highway driving I'd get upper 20's low 30's out of it, any city mileage would kill it though.  Only doing highway the Firebird does as well or better than the Miata sadly, though the Miata makes up for it in the city.  Which around here it's small stretches of highway with mostly city type driving.

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« Reply #7625 on: May 04, 2019, 05:44:31 AM »
DeCaff, what are you getting for your MPG? My DD 03 Silverado 1500 with 5.3 was getting around 14-15 mpg. Then my new 2000 K2500 Silverado was getting around 11.5-12 when I first got it, but then swapped to a synthetic oil, new catalytic converters, and 05+ Silverado eFan update and it got 13.8 mpg last fill up.

What the HELL is an eFan update?  Oh wait.... are you saying convert from clutch fan to electric fan?  I already have electric fans.  I was actually contemplating converting BACK to a clutch fan just because it looks more retro.  Then I thought Oh, wait.....

MPG?  Probably right around 15 like you said.  I use nothing but Mobile 1 in my junk.

Box.... you are too funny.

Don't use a truck as a daily driver?  Fuel isn't even expensive at the moment, or at least around here anyway.  Also good to see you again, I was thinking about you earlier actually not having seen from you in awhile.



LOL. Fuel is always ridiculously expensive.  It's on my top 5 list of things that should be free.  I'll get into that in another thread.

Yeah Box my friend, I'm here.  I was actually thinking that exact same thing - that you haven't been around lately.


In other news.  Today I...  am quite happy with myself.  The woman and I found our way to upstate NY yesterday to pick a Ram Air hood for the T/A  :D :D  I still fail to see the difference in RA vs. Formy hoods for 74 - 76.  You all can call it a Formy, I'll call it RA.
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« Reply #7626 on: May 04, 2019, 10:12:35 AM »
76 Formula hood is a 1 year only hood and looks quite different from the 70-75 Formula hood. True 70 Formula hood is unique from the other four years as it is missing some bracing added later to help prevent bowing up in the middle.

Ram Air on the 70-75 Formula hood just has the scoops cut open with a mesh screen covering them and the rubber boots attached inside to match up with the air cleaner intakes.
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« Reply #7627 on: May 04, 2019, 12:36:00 PM »
I'll be around from here on out.  Besides when fuel is $2.50 or less a gallon it's cheaper than it ever has, or no more expensive at least, when taking inflation into account.  I think $2-2.50 a gallon is more than fair, when taking into consideration it's a limited resource and the cost and hassle of obtaining, refining, and transporting it.  Besides, what we pay is a fraction compared to most of the world.  Once you get the Celebrity up and running it should get decent mileage, at least compared to the truck anyway.

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« Reply #7628 on: May 04, 2019, 09:38:07 PM »
If only I had my phone on me to take a picture.  Was a later model Silverado at Taco Bell that had dubs with stretched(and bald too...) tires with a crappy HID conversion, best of all the rear bumper was bent upwards and out from what I could only guess was slinging a tire that blew from the aforementioned.  Oh and everything was Plasti-Dipped.  Typical white f**k boi.  I can't remember the last time I saw a riced out import lately, but trucks like that are everywhere these days.  The only thing missing to make it perfect would've been some of those disgusting metal gonads that guys are so crazy about putting on their trucks... :roll:

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« Reply #7629 on: May 05, 2019, 12:58:06 PM »
So was perusing Rock Auto planning out parts to get for the Miata once one is obtained and came across these: http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/ruthenium-hx

Allegedly the ruthenium gives a longer life than iridium but a better ignition than copper, plus the box is purple so that alone sold me.  Seems like NGK is the only one with a ruthenium plug at the moment, but they just released them in November or December of last year.  Curious, it'd be nice to have such a "holy grail" of plugs.  Being iridium was an improvement in life and ignition over platinum, it seems feasible that this ruthenium could do the same over iridium anyway.

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« Reply #7630 on: May 05, 2019, 08:31:03 PM »
I'll be around from here on out.  Besides when fuel is $2.50 or less a gallon it's cheaper than it ever has, or no more expensive at least, when taking inflation into account.  I think $2-2.50 a gallon is more than fair, when taking into consideration it's a limited resource and the cost and hassle of obtaining, refining, and transporting it.  Besides, what we pay is a fraction compared to most of the world.  Once you get the Celebrity up and running it should get decent mileage, at least compared to the truck anyway.

Yeah....  uhm, about that....  I ended up having to junk that car.  For the difficulty in getting parts, the amount of bodywork it needed, and nobody would inspect it - I put it on CL for $500....  $400....  $250..... No serious takers once they saw the rusted doors and the electrical issues.

It was a shame, but I needed to stop dumping money into it.



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« Reply #7631 on: May 05, 2019, 08:50:35 PM »
Aww, that is a shame actually as it didn't look bad from the pics.  Here since that's the case and it sounds like you need a better daily, seriously consider getting something like a Celica.  They're under valued and the boy racers tend to stay away from them for whatever reason, they're sporty and fun to drive while still being reliable and efficient.  Especially if they're a stick shift, then nobody wants them which is good for people like us.  They're great cars, if I needed something FWD for up north Winter driving I'd definitely get another.  I was getting mid-upper 30's out of mine on 87, not much else out there can do that with the same level of style, fun, affordability, and usability as a car.  If you drive the 15,000 mile a year average or more it'd pay for itself in just a year just with fuel savings.  That or if you're wanting a domestic try and find a Saturn SC2, those Saturns were the best domestic eco cars.

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« Reply #7632 on: May 06, 2019, 04:23:37 AM »
This is going to sound really stupid but today I realized Box is a female  :-)

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« Reply #7633 on: May 06, 2019, 07:50:17 AM »
Aww, that is a shame actually as it didn't look bad from the pics.  Here since that's the case and it sounds like you need a better daily, seriously consider getting something like a Celica.  They're under valued and the boy racers tend to stay away from them for whatever reason, they're sporty and fun to drive while still being reliable and efficient.  Especially if they're a stick shift, then nobody wants them which is good for people like us.  They're great cars, if I needed something FWD for up north Winter driving I'd definitely get another.  I was getting mid-upper 30's out of mine on 87, not much else out there can do that with the same level of style, fun, affordability, and usability as a car.  If you drive the 15,000 mile a year average or more it'd pay for itself in just a year just with fuel savings.  That or if you're wanting a domestic try and find a Saturn SC2, those Saturns were the best domestic eco cars.

Oddly enough, I was contemplating getting another Camry.  I'd prefer a V6 for the power, but the 4 banger is a better chance of being a stick, and it has better MPG.

Also, Box, I've owned enough Saturns in my life that cannot count them on two hands.  I've never had the pleasure of owning an SC2 5-speed, though.
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« Reply #7634 on: May 06, 2019, 08:56:50 AM »
Today I'm getting my Camaro inspected after work! Can't wait to get some real road miles on it! :cool:

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« Reply #7635 on: May 06, 2019, 09:31:17 AM »
Hope things go well and you get your tags. I think its crazy (not complaining though) but in MD there is no inspection needed  for an antique/classic car.  We dont have yearly inspections either but a used car does need it one time only to get tags. I thought is was kind of funny that my YOM tags had to be inspected by the dmv (for condition and reflectivity) but my car didn't!
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #7636 on: May 06, 2019, 10:55:31 AM »
Hope things go well and you get your tags. I think its crazy (not complaining though) but in MD there is no inspection needed  for an antique/classic car.  We dont have yearly inspections either but a used car does need it one time only to get tags. I thought is was kind of funny that my YOM tags had to be inspected by the dmv (for condition and reflectivity) but my car didn't!

Missouri is very similar.  That's why I'm switching the GTA over to historic tags.  Not that it wouldn't pass a state inspection, but some places really put it under the microscope and "find" things to complain about.

Along the same subject, STILL waiting for my personalized historic tags.  Just to bring everyone up to date...........application submitted at the beginning of February..........approved and check cleared beginning of APRIL.........was told it would be 4-8 weeks for production..........good weather season will be half over by then.........Still have to do this for my son's 90 GP.....and his tags expired 10 months ago lol......and his won't pass an inspection because of a leaky exhaust not worth fixing and he'd have to have everything custom done from the downpipe back lol.  Oh and his GXP, yes the same one I went and got his tags to make it legal,  has a harmonic balancer issue so its parked.  He said its been an issue for a while and its bad enough he doesnt want to drive it.  I give up lol.

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« Reply #7637 on: May 06, 2019, 01:51:58 PM »
Oddly enough, I was contemplating getting another Camry.  I'd prefer a V6 for the power, but the 4 banger is a better chance of being a stick, and it has better MPG.

Also, Box, I've owned enough Saturns in my life that cannot count them on two hands.  I've never had the pleasure of owning an SC2 5-speed, though.
Keep an eye out for the Solara then, it's a more fun and sporty two door Camry.  A little easier to find the V6 5-speed too.  Also if V6 stick is desired then there's the Honda Accord coupe and its fancy Acura CL variant, more common place for them to have that combo over the Toyotas.  The Nissan Maxima and Infiniti I30 are all V6 and had the option of a stick, they're good cars as well my brother had two(one auto for first car, then stick as second).  The 7th gen Celicas make 140 or 180 hp and get good fuel mileage, that and they weigh 2,400-2,500 pounds so they're not that slow and the 180 hp GT-S would keep up with most of the V6 cars manual vs manual.  Sadly you can probably get a nicer Celica or Maxima for the money versus the Camry or Accord, solely because of name and reputation but at least the Celica and Maxima were actually made in Japan.

Today I'm getting my Camaro inspected after work! Can't wait to get some real road miles on it! :cool:
Woo!  Hope all goes well!

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« Reply #7638 on: May 07, 2019, 02:40:38 AM »
That or a Toyota Paseo or Mazda MX-3, those are nifty but fairly rare.  Ehh, the Honda Del Sol is pretty nifty too and doesn't seem to get ruined as often as other Hondas and Acuras of the time.  Plenty of sporty eco cars from the 90's and early 00's though to choose from.  If you wanted something fairly new there's the Scion tC which was the replacement for the Celica, and they seem to not cost too much more than the 7th gen Celica for its first few years of production.  I hate to be nostalgic and especially for a time I was only a kid, but that's the one thing about the 90's better than any other time period; the selection of sports cars and sporty coupes was unprecedented.

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Re: Today I...
« Reply #7639 on: May 07, 2019, 03:03:25 AM »
Along the same subject, STILL waiting for my personalized historic tags.  Just to bring everyone up to date...........application submitted at the beginning of February..........approved and check cleared beginning of APRIL.........was told it would be 4-8 weeks for production..........good weather season will be half over by then.........Still have to do this for my son's 90 GP.....and his tags expired 10 months ago lol......and his won't pass an inspection because of a leaky exhaust not worth fixing and he'd have to have everything custom done from the downpipe back lol.  Oh and his GXP, yes the same one I went and got his tags to make it legal,  has a harmonic balancer issue so its parked.  He said its been an issue for a while and its bad enough he doesnt want to drive it.  I give up lol.
Since you've paid for the tag they should've given you paperwork so that you can drive it while you wait for the tag to arrive.  At least in Alabama anyway you get a printout to put in your rear window until it arrives so just in case you get pulled over for that the officer sees it and then lets you go on your way.  If not then that's kinda bull...
 
Time for him to sell cars and start over, it's what I seem to do every 1-3 years anyway.  Though I plan to keep the Miata indefinitely, since it's the newest car I can afford or want to own for that matter.  Stupid drive by wire...

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« Reply #7639 on: May 07, 2019, 03:03:25 AM »
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