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    1985.5 svo

    I thank the moderators for adding me.

    My father ordered this 1985.5 Jalapeno SVO new, and has been the single owner to this date. The car has 59k original miles on it, though the first 20k were racked up until about 1990 and the car was driven very sparingly since.

    It's been well taken care of up until the last 3-4 years or so where it had to spend a winter or two outdoors. That took a large toll on it visually on top of what normally degrades on a 30 year old car. Last year, however, my brother and I decided to save it from being a lawn ornament. We've been working nearly every weekend on it since last September, and it has come quite a long way so far.

    The list is longer than I can remember of what's been done, but some notable things are:

    -Door/window trim and seals completely rebuilt and painted
    -Most trim repainted in PPG matched correct charcoal gray
    -I fully rebuilt the Garrett turbocharger and upgraded to a 360 thrust bearing and step-gap piston ring
    -Replaced cracked E3 Manifold with (We ported) E6
    -Full engine tuneup and various parts repainted
    -Interior, headliner replacement, more to come
    -Headlights restored, UV clear coated

    Currently working on the Bi-plane spoiler, prepping for paint

    The goal is to have the car look and feel mostly original, with subtle improvements where it makes sense without taking away from the original charm. We've got a ton more to do to get the car back where we want it, but this week we got the engine fired up for the first time in a few months after rebuilding and repainting. After getting the rebuilt distributor dialed in with correct timing, the car feels as strong and solid as I remember- if not more so.

    This forum has been a great resource to help us along, and will continue to be. I had trouble registering otherwise I would have joined much sooner!


    Here are a few before and after shots:


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    OVER-BOOST!! svono50's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forums and what appears to be a healthy obsession project! The before/after is pretty amazing, nice working bringing it back so far for sure. Looking forward to see how it finishes up, keep up the great work.
    Ted
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    SVO's: '86 2R
    Nice save!! You guys do good work. Welcome! We’re in the middle of a much too long restoration of our 86 2R. It can be quite an obsession.
    Gene Beaird,
    86 2R SVO, G Stock,
    Pearland, Texas

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    14 PSI Boost FinnSVO's Avatar
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    SVO's: 84 SVO 1C
    Nice job getting her back to live.
    Lauri

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    SVO's: 86 2R CP 86 9L CP
    Very nice! Glad to see another one being restored and you are doing a great job.

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