Hello all. Here is the long version. If you want an executive summary see below. Sooo I did what some people would call an incredibly stupid thing. I bought a 93 SE at a police auction knowing basically nothing about the history or condition of the car. I checked it out in person before hand but was not allowed to do anything other then look the car over. The guy at the impound yard told me that they had not been able to get it to start but all they did was put some jumper cables on it, he said some of the other people that had come and looked at it did some digging and found out that the local mechanic that specializes in imports had done a tune up on it about 3 yeras ago.
Well not so long story short I won it at the auction. Over all the condition on it looks good. Right at 50K miles, the body is straight, fluids looked good and the belts looked good. I was told that they had been looking for it for a while and found it in a garage under a cover. The interior had a little mold on some of the leather that wiped right off and over all looks good.
It has had a few aftermarket addons. Exhaust (cat back), MSD ignition coils, JAE stainless clutch cable. Possibly more those are just the ones I noticed right off. I can not tell for sure if maybe the cam pulleys have been switched around or not. I have read some on it but not enough to know for sure what I am looking for.
I got it to the house on Wednesday and started tearing into it after work. Where the tow truck dropped it off was a little short of being in my car port so I tried to move it. Barely budged. Read about the parking brake that gets people some times so I checked it and it was off. Looks like the back calipers are seized up a little. Not a big issue, something I would rebuild anyways. Finally got it moved all the way in when I got some help. I pulled the battery and tested it and it was shot <1 V on my meter. It had an 11/11 sticker on it and stated a three year free replacement so I took at back to walmart. 15 minutes later I was headed home with a new battery at no cost.
I let curiosity get the better of me and I just had to know so I hooked the battery up and gave it a shot. Turned right over but nothing. Fuel gauge said empty so I pulled out my fuel pressure gauge and showed 40 psi at the rail and had fuel so I knew that was good. I gave it a few hits of starter fluid and gave it another shot. Turned over and I got ignition, but it died right away gave it another try with a little gas and sure enough, she started right up, ran a little rough but no smoke and sounded okay for the most part.
Today when I got home from work I pulled the bottom pan (not sure what you call that thing) and drained the fuel out. I have seen worse but I would guess it was at least a year or two old. From what I could see it looks like the bottom of the tanks are in pretty good shape. I did pull some trash out of the little area under the tanks where some mice had been living. I put a few gallons of fresh gas in it and started it back up. I let it idle for a few minutes to warm up so I could change the oil. I noticed at this time that none of my gauges work. I can turn on the head lights (which do not come up) and the instrument cluster lights up, but none of the gauges move. My first guess is a wire some where that possibly got chewed through (see the comment above about the mice) which I know can be a pain to try and track down.
After I let it warm up I go to start on the oil. Try to get the drain plug out. Nothing. Will not budge. Almost looks like some on put some sort of sealant on it. I am afraid to try and force it too much and stripping it out. Any one have any ideas on this one?
The only other issue that I have come across so far is the clutch seems to be seized up. I have not dug too far into this one yet though but any ideas on how to fix that are appreciated.
Bought a used Esprit SE at a police auction after being told it did not run.
Good things, body and interior in good shape, mostly complete with just a few small trim pieces missing.
Bad things, brakes need to be rebuilt, clutch is seized, headlights do not open, instrument cluster does not work, oil plug will not come out, shifter a little stiff.
All in all I am excited (at least way more excited then my significant other). Well that is about it for now guys and galls. Hopefully some of you can help out and I am sure you will be hearing more from me. I will try and take some pictures tomorrow and get them uploaded.