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FS: Orig Owner 92 VR4 197/1000 Sold

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Yes hard to believe the time has come...

Important stuff
Engine Stock Bottom 150,000 miles
Head: Ported - Oversized valves (Ferrea 1mm oversized) - Valve Job - Valve seals
Crower valves springs & titanium retainers
FP2 cams
4 layer head gasket
Honed extrude intake
Walbro 255 re-wired
DSM Link
2G MAS
Denso 720
NGK AFX Air-Fuel Ratio Monitor Kit
Buscher Front Mount
3" ss turbo back exhaust - high flow cat
3" Magnaflow muffler - dual tips
95 ported ceramic coated exhaust manifold
PTE 5031 RE dual bb turbo
Act 2600
TRE tranny with higher 5th gear
4 bolt LSD (AWS removed - still have 3 bolt)
Hotbits Suspension

other stuff
ss brake lines
battery kill switch (Battery in trunk)
Whiteline sway bars 22mm front 26mm back
Whiteline bushings
Caps replaced
Halman boost controller
Adjustable cam gears
Lightened Fidanza flywheel (still have stock)
Megan front & rear strut bars
Tires are generic stock type tires with very good tread left
back bumper frame replaced with a nice rustfree one
Sunroof works and does not leak
CD player works

New stuff within last 10,000 miles
ball joints
Water Pump
Carrier Bearings
Timing belt (still has balance shaft)
Alternator (I know - so what.)
Hawk HPS pads
Rotors
E brake cables
Knock sensor
Radiator stock
Shifter cables & Brass Bushings
Noltec rear subframe bushings
Completely went thru rear subframe - cleaned - painted

the bad
Throttle body has boost leak (I have all new o rings and gaskets)
Front drive shaft boots ripped (Have both new drive shafts - not installed)
Missing passenger rear dogleg


I am sure I forgot some stuff

Why am I finally getting rid of it..
At 54 I find my interests are changing. It's time.



























The car's history (possibly boring read)
We bought the car new off the lot in 92 for my wife as her daily driver.
It was her 'baby' for 11 yrs. Until 2003 when we got a leak in the rear wheel steering lines.
I told her she took so good car of her baby that if she wanted to trade it in she could have anyting she wanted.
Reluctlantly she agreed and she picked a 2004 Subaru turbo Forester.

On the way to the dealer to trade in the VR4 for the Forester she was in near tears - getting rid of her baby.
When we sat down with the dealer he only offered us $ 500.00 for the VR4. (My wifes expression was like someone just stabbed her in the heart.)
I told my wife - "For $ 500.00 I'll buy it and we will just keep it."

So now what - I called around to local mechanics and when I told them it needed rear steering lines they would respond with.
"Oh you mean rear brake lines..."
Finally after some searching I came across VR (Victor Research) in Connecticut, and when I told them what it needed his response was.
"No problem I just finished one last week."

When I brought the car in for the work he said "You know I can really fix up this car."
I said "wha wha what you mean?"
His response - "How many horses do you want 225 - 250 - 275 - 300?"

For the next 2 years they did all the work (Total spent over $ 20,000)
After that I had learned enough that I decided to put the car up during the winters and continue modding it myself.

The work was satisfying and the ride was fun.

New Pics

The underneath - not bad - little rust next to the jack stand.






Tires





 
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Good luck with the sale, Steve /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif If I were in the market again, I'd be all over this.
 

icurunnin

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good looking car.
how is the rust on the undercarriage?
any chance you could take it to a shop and get some good pics of underneath?
 

atc250r

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/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bawling.gif Steve's leaving us.
 

Quoting icurunnin:
good looking car.
how is the rust on the undercarriage?
any chance you could take it to a shop and get some good pics of underneath?



The underneath is very good
I spent the whole winter under there about 3 years ago - tore the whole rear subframe apart - sanded it down and panted everything.
It also had a new (like OEM new) gas tank put on about 7 years ago - been winter garaged ever since.

I'll check into getting some pics of the underneath.

John - Don't make me feel bad - this is sad enough.
 

JNR

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Wow, an original owner! that is worth a lot in its own and this looks to be pretty clean. Yeah, I can imagine it would be hard to let go of something you've had for nearly 20 years now. Hope it goes to a good home and to somebody who can appreciate such a find.
 

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Part it out. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rofl.gif
 

fivestardsm

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I have this listed as 197 of 1000, are you positive the badge is original, or did you buy it from another member?

Ill just assume that the one I have pictured might be a 91 instead /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dunno.gif


 
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Steve I remember you from back in the VR days. Those were good times.

Good luck with the sale.
 

streetmasters

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I will give it a good home! And im only 12 miles away so you can come visit the car anytime /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif..Help me sell the BMW!!
 

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Nice Mods & Clean Car! GL with Sale!
 

conquesttsi

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Car looks super clean, For anyone that doesn't know. VR used to be the place to go in the NE for dsms. They knew what they were doing. If the underside is as clean as Steve claims (and I am sure it is) This is an excellent price, seems like you couldn't find a more well put together car. All the areas of concern addressed. Wish I had that kind of capital and room in my garage right now. GL with the sale Steve.
 

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atc250r

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Congrats Steve! Please don't be a stranger.
 
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