Here is my project page for my '86 hatch that i was recently was bought as a first car for my 20th (Feb 2011).
-1986 2L carb red hatch bought for $1,200 with 3 moths rego. (cheap in Oz)
The car was by no means in perfect condition, but it did have some very good aspects going for it. It came with a genuine 220,000 km's on the clock,
but by the sounds of it, it could these cars can go for many more...
The issues the car had but i have fixed is;
suspension was shot- got OEM replacement struts for $500 a set and replaced them myself (yes i realise now that you can get Koni's for that,
but thats Australian picing for you!)
Paintwork was as mottled as hell- took some cut polish and wax to it.
Black trim around doors flaking and rusting- i have stripped it all off (to where it needs to remain) and have primed all the chrome surfaces with
black etch primer (soon to have satin black enamel.)
Buggered muffler- got it replaced by a professional as the front half of the exhaust was custom. -$150
Shot speakers- (absolutely rooted as they were the original) 4x 6" clarion replacement speakers which i have mounted in the original spot, but taken
the ugly cloth off the speaker mesh and now looks amazing with the black mesh while discretely showing the speakers. -$120
Some of the other things needing to be done to the car is most of the rubber bushings and components which i can do all myself.
Faded paint on the roof- there is a considerable amount of red missing on the roof, and im also not a big fan of the black bumpers, so my plan is to spray
the entire exterior of the car with the original red.
The inspiration for this car is from one of the other members cars on here (Naf's 2.0i-16 | Neverending project and DD)
which has a beautifully painted red body (inc. bumpers) with white highlights (decals and rims). If possible i am going to attempt to replicate this as closely as possible as it looks BEAUTIFUL!
Now... performance modifications...
I am a little unsure how to go about all this as in Victoria (the state i live in) driving with ANY modifications the increase power is illegal on you P plates, which i'll have for the next 4 years ....
But, i know that most of the time its pretty had for police to tell the difference between a carb and an airfilter, so i think I may be willing to take the risk and if i incur too many issues ill simply
revert to stock...
So all up i want the performance without the visuals under the bonnet, and a classic sporty look on the outside...
Thanks for your time guys!