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    That's not a Typo, I just can't spell no so well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gian View Post
    Certainly interesting, modern, and safe-ish but that's a car with about the same wheel hp as a S2000 but with 500 lbs more, stick axle and struts. I am looking for an experience different than a miata, but probably not that different. I've already tracked my truck! (200whp, 4000lbs, stick axle)

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    Ran the exhaust in coolant test ($9 autozone) came out clean.

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    Pontiac GTO?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silversprint View Post
    Pontiac GTO?
    Good idea, but I think William had one and was resorting to water sprayers to try to keep the brakes cool. I think he gave up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Good idea, but I think William had one and was resorting to water sprayers to try to keep the brakes cool. I think he gave up.
    problem with GTO is you can't stuff big tires (without modding fender, yada yada), max was like 235 width. heck, Miata can stuff 245 easily.

    brakes are terrible on GTO.

    this on a 3,800LB car !!

    GTO also have surprisingly high resale value. they were $20k new (yeap !! if you paid more, I need to sell you some Nevada beach front properties). now still $10k-$20k
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    like I said before. there must be a reason you don't see RX8 much on track lately...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    problem with GTO is you can't stuff big tires (without modding fender, yada yada), max was like 235 width.
    I ran 275's all round on mine, under stock metalwork. It took a *ton* of work. Brakes were a big problem, but 13" front stoptechs largely fixed it. 14" would be better.

    The GTO is not at all well suited to track use - lots of things need to be done first.

    I still like mine tho.


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    Ok, have a plan.

    The plan is to keep doing trackdays on cold days in norcal and try to avoid putting miles on it.

    In the meantime, shop for S2000. Maybe a salvage car.

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    ^lol. S2Khq strikes again!
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    Someone in San Diego is selling a pretty decent red salvage Ap1 for ~8k. I think his name is Tom but I don't think I can link the fb post here.
    Do you understand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gian View Post

    Powered by a V6. Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tq3z View Post
    Someone in San Diego is selling a pretty decent red salvage Ap1 for ~8k. I think his name is Tom but I don't think I can link the fb post here.
    Looks like salvage AP1 for $8K, early AP1 for $9.5K, late AP1 for $10K, 04-05 for $12K. All way over bluebook.

    Anyone have suggestions on picking a year? 04-05 sounds best to me with the stronger diff, valve retainers, synchros, oil consumption and bumpsteer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuntman View Post
    ^lol. S2Khq strikes again!
    At least it's not a $100,000 miata! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    Powered by a V6. Meh.
    ....and it'll need a front brake upgrade for track work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Looks like salvage AP1 for $8K, early AP1 for $9.5K, late AP1 for $10K, 04-05 for $12K. All way over bluebook.
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    Welcome to California!

    Seriously, it might be cheaper to buy one out of state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    Powered by a V6. Meh.
    yeah I know huh? Kind a makes it like a miata

    But even with just the V6 the mustang is not to bad. The V6 makes good power. It's just not a wheel burning meat head muscle car!

    Mike, I'm running stock brakes on my GT. And don't have a problem. Sure bigger is always better. But not mandatory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Looks like salvage AP1 for $8K, early AP1 for $9.5K, late AP1 for $10K, 04-05 for $12K. All way over bluebook.

    Anyone have suggestions on picking a year? 04-05 sounds best to me with the stronger diff, valve retainers, synchros, oil consumption and bumpsteer.
    Rob,I have accounts for Copart and IAAI.You can look at the cars available as a guest and PM me if you like something.There is a risk of course,but so is with any used car,salvaged or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bawareca View Post
    Rob,I have accounts for Copart and IAAI.You can look at the cars available as a guest and PM me if you like something.There is a risk of course,but so is with any used car,salvaged or not.
    Thanks! I had a look, but not much nearby. Auction is an interesting option for buying a track jalopy. Could buy a car with a fender crinkles and a damaged rear bumper if you're just going to remove the bumper for less drag.

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    Where are you? I buy cars from San Diego to San Jose and Phoenix.There are at least 20 auction locations within 400 miles of Los Angeles.

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