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einy
einy HalfDork
11/1/17 6:42 a.m.

Supremely awesome ... well done, sir !!

RossD
RossD MegaDork
11/1/17 7:34 a.m.

Spec-berkeleying-tacular!

JamesMcD
JamesMcD SuperDork
11/1/17 8:07 a.m.

Awesome! I'm looking forward to the tweaking and sorting phase!

Woody
Woody MegaDork
11/1/17 8:30 a.m.

Well done!

JoeTR6
JoeTR6 HalfDork
11/1/17 8:44 a.m.

Congrats.  This was well earned.

barefootskater
barefootskater New Reader
11/1/17 9:07 a.m.

Well done sir.

Too early to demand tire smoke?

zordak
zordak New Reader
11/1/17 9:23 a.m.

Congratulations on a job well done.

corsepervita
corsepervita HalfDork
11/1/17 12:04 p.m.

Thanks everyone.  I gotta say it feels so damn weird.  I'm still having a hard time processing it because it just feels too good to be true.  Like 4 years ago when I saw in it I just felt super overwhelmed like, "Am i ever going to finish it?" And now it's driving down the road.  Still needs some stuff here and there, and all the little crap at this point.  But it's still weird to register that it runs, drives, it's alive, and nearly done.

Like a weird moment when I was a kid and wanted one, then I got one, then I started working on it, and now it's almost totally completed.  It's still sinking in I guess.

I've got a friend who has offered to detail it for me, at least work on the paint that is.  And then friday another person is coming over to get some professional photos of it.

In the mean time, I'm going to keep working on the little crap.  During the drive last night I felt a bit of a weird surge to the right, so I'm going to double check the suspension, links, and tie rods just to be on the safe side because it made me go, "hmmmmm."

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
11/1/17 12:36 p.m.

Belated congrats from the west coast!  With permission, I'd like to use Autobooks-Aerobooks' Facebook page to provide a link to this thread.

corsepervita
corsepervita HalfDork
11/1/17 1:01 p.m.
Jerry From LA said:

Belated congrats from the west coast!  With permission, I'd like to use Autobooks-Aerobooks' Facebook page to provide a link to this thread.

I don't know if you're asking me or GRM.  But if you're asking me I'd say go for it.

98horn
98horn New Reader
11/1/17 1:17 p.m.

Terrific! Congrats for getting that old girl back on the road!

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
11/1/17 2:18 p.m.
corsepervita said:
Jerry From LA said:

Belated congrats from the west coast!  With permission, I'd like to use Autobooks-Aerobooks' Facebook page to provide a link to this thread.

I don't know if you're asking me or GRM.  But if you're asking me I'd say go for it.

I was asking you.  Just wanted to make sure it was okay.  GRM will like it because we are linking to them in yet another fashion, funneling more interest in their direction.

corsepervita
corsepervita HalfDork
11/1/17 2:22 p.m.
Jerry From LA said:
corsepervita said:
Jerry From LA said:

Belated congrats from the west coast!  With permission, I'd like to use Autobooks-Aerobooks' Facebook page to provide a link to this thread.

I don't know if you're asking me or GRM.  But if you're asking me I'd say go for it.

I was asking you.  Just wanted to make sure it was okay.  GRM will like it because we are linking to them in yet another fashion, funneling more interest in their direction.

Yeah absolutely, go for it!  I'm glad you all enjoy it that much.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 MegaDork
11/1/17 2:22 p.m.

Look close at the tires on the right. Pressure, roundness, looking for busted belts, etc. Old tires can do weird E36 M3. 

Mad_Ratel
Mad_Ratel Dork
11/1/17 2:23 p.m.

Your build has me craving to find a derelict 928 or something dangerous like that.

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
11/1/17 2:28 p.m.
Dusterbd13 said:

Look close at the tires on the right. Pressure, roundness, looking for busted belts, etc. Old tires can do weird E36 M3. 

+1 I was thinking the same thing.  Even if they are in okay shape, just sitting will do weird things to them until they get used long enough to warm them up and get the flat spots rounded out a bit more.

corsepervita
corsepervita HalfDork
11/1/17 2:34 p.m.
Dusterbd13 said:

Look close at the tires on the right. Pressure, roundness, looking for busted belts, etc. Old tires can do weird E36 M3. 

That's why i only took it down the block.  I won't be going further than that, and new tread is on the list for this week.  

dannyzabolotny
dannyzabolotny Reader
11/1/17 2:48 p.m.
Mad_Ratel said:

Your build has me craving to find a derelict 928 or something dangerous like that.

A 928 is downright sensible compared to an old Jalpa. There's tons of info out there and parts are still freely available.

monknomo
monknomo Reader
11/1/17 3:33 p.m.

In reply to Mad_Ratel :

Do it!

corsepervita
corsepervita HalfDork
11/1/17 5:05 p.m.
dannyzabolotny said:
Mad_Ratel said:

Your build has me craving to find a derelict 928 or something dangerous like that.

A 928 is downright sensible compared to an old Jalpa. There's tons of info out there and parts are still freely available.

You're not wrong.  Even those are getting harder to find parts for but finding parts for a Jalpa takes a lot of time.

thestig99
thestig99 HalfDork
11/1/17 5:57 p.m.

Congratulations!

HikerDan
HikerDan New Reader
11/1/17 7:04 p.m.

This is so epic, congrats on the first drive!! So admire how you focused on details when it would have been easy to just slap the last 10% together and drive it. Grateful your dream is being fulfilled... enjoy!!!

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth MegaDork
11/1/17 7:08 p.m.

Well done. Quite a journey. I can't be the only one wondering "What now?" 
Do you just drive it? 

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
11/1/17 8:32 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

Well done. Quite a journey. I can't be the only one wondering "What now?" 
Do you just drive it? 

Project Italy 2.0, biturbo boogaloo

GCrites80s
GCrites80s New Reader
11/1/17 8:35 p.m.

The next step is to take down Drago.

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