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Old 07-02-2011, 09:16 PM   #24361
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Anthony Hopkins - Silence of the Lamb

That's the image I get from it. LOL
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:30 PM   #24362
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".....and a nice Chianti...." LOL - Jean said the same thing when I first mocked it up. Sometimes you have to get it on the car and get it out of the garage to get far enough away to get the right perspective. Oh well - the project continues.
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I lokeyour suggested mods as well. Just doesn't seem quite right mounted on front of bumper like that.
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Spent the day working on it -- here's a pic of the leftover pieces of splitter I fashioned to hold a 'captured' bolt. Everything is ready for fiberglass.



And here's one fiberglassed in with the strut 'eye' screwed in from behind and the strut attached. And below that - here's what it'll look like. Still have to clean up, fill the holes on the bumper, resand, repaint, yada yada....





Just enough 'busy-ness' for me. Much cleaner. Should've gone this way in the first place.
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Question Lien on TN Title

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Long time no post in here for me. Hope all of you are doing well!

I have a question about getting a lien removed from a title, and will try to keep this long story as short as possible.

My mom has a 1994 GT convertible, which she has planned to one day turn over to me since the day she bought it. Well, it seems that day has come. I'm likely going to leave the car at her place in TN so we can enjoy it together, but I do plan on putting some money in the car to get it up to shape (staying stock on everything, just restoring). Anyhow, before I put money into it I would like to get the title transferred to my name. There's just one - ok several - problems:

She doesn't have the title.
One of her ex's seems to have taken the title to a title loan place called "Valley National Financial Services" on Northshore Drive.
Aforementioned Valley National Financial Services is no longer in business.

I applied for a lost title with the TN Dept of Revenue/ Taxpayer and Vehicle Services. They sent a letter stating that there was a lien on the title and they need that to be released by the lienholder before they can release a title to us.

I called DOR/TVS and was a bit surprised by how much the representatives I spoke to seemed angered by my questions. Those that have met me know I'm a calm, quiet-mannered person. I was simply asking them what I needed to do to rectify the situation, and they said I needed to hire a lawyer (!) to aid in going in front of a judge to get a court order to release the lien.

During a second call back (I was hoping to get a different representative, which I did) it was suggested that I contact the Motor Vehicle Commission. When I called the Motor Vehicle Commission, to my dismay, they also suggested lawyering up.

Does this really require a lawyer? This car, at best, is worth $5,000.00 in fully restored condition. As it sits, it's probably worth $3,000.00. Obviously not quite worth hiring a lawyer over.

While recently watching the film "Conviction", I thought I had a good idea - I'll go to law school and become a lawyer to save the car. After a bit more thought, though, that's not exactly cost efficient either.
Anyone have any ideas?
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To be honest Clay, before I got far enough in to hear their responses, the thought running through my head is 'you're going to need a lawyer'. Problem is - right now - your mom can't give you a car she doesn't own. You have possession - but without a clear title the lienholder has the upper hand. And just because the lienholder is no longer in business doesn't mean that it's done. Through a sale of the business or a bankruptcy proceeding - whoever controls the assets of that organization may still have a valid lien on the vehicle.
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So an ex of your mom's stole the title to the car and used it as collateral for a personal loan. How much is the outstanding lien? Anyway you can direct whatever authorities to tracking down the person who took out the loan?

Sticky situation for sure.
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Dangit, double post.
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July 30th 12pm @ James Duff in Clinton. Behind the Walmart/Lowes.

Classic Broncos from the area will try and meet up.

Everyone welcome ( Just dont drive a Heep to the event )
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Yeah, James Duff is having an open house with food and some giveaways. Should be fun.

Hopefully we'll be there. We'll have to meet up Frank.
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Ready for paint....again. But a bit too humid - perhaps this weekend.

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So an ex of your mom's stole the title to the car and used it as collateral for a personal loan. How much is the outstanding lien? Anyway you can direct whatever authorities to tracking down the person who took out the loan?

Sticky situation for sure.
It's not the first time this has happened, believe it or not.
The first time a visit to the loan office followed with some talk of alerting the authorities got us the title back lien-free (it was a different vehicle).

This time is different because the lender went out of business, and there is no way to contact them.

Michael, any idea on what type of lawyer I should be googling? One that specializes in consumer advocacy?
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That's probably a good start -- maybe you should pm our own thread legal advisor -- Chase, you out there? He can tell you/us what type of lawyer to look for.
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Hopefully we'll be there. We'll have to meet up Frank.
Mines rusted Blue, Soft Top, 33 tires 3.5 lift.

Hopefully it holds together long enough to be there.

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That's probably a good start -- maybe you should pm our own thread legal advisor -- Chase, you out there? He can tell you/us what type of lawyer to look for.
Probably don't need any specialist at all, just someone who knows admin law and perhaps general sessions court if it gets that far. Honestly, it may be more cost effective for you to do it pro se as to hire a lawyer. Or get the lawyer to make some phone calls or file necessary paperwork and go in front of the judge yourself, because it most likely won't be contested by an out-of-business title company.

If you decide you need a lawyer's help navigating the agencies and courts, we have 25 lawyers in our office and we do most everything except patent work. If you want to PM me I can ask around and see if we can get some help for you.
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Ready to go on the car. One snag though. When I added the fiberglass pieces to capture the nut and attach the strut on the back side of the bumper, it interferes a bit with part of the bumper strut flange. So I've got to cut a bit of the flange off with a cut-off wheel. Which, Murphy would predict, I'm out of. Off to the big box store for more cut-off wheels...

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Frank - I always like working with fiberglass BEFORE I start and AFTER I finish. DURING is another matter entirely as you're probably aware. I need a specially ventilated and temp-controlled room in the garagemahal just to work with fiberglass/composites. Someday...
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Really dig this car. Granted Lancia is not the most "reliable" name in Europe but this one has the heart of a lion.

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The new one is Ferrari/Maserati-based (not just the heart but the whole car) -- so I wouldn't connect it with the historical Lancia track record. Connect with Ferrari/Maserati track record - about same I think - hah! And I think it's concept only at this point -- the rags had it covered a couple of months ago. I'm like you though - pretty. And some of the new Alfas are killer as well. Fiat (think Chrysler) is supposedly bringing that marque back to the states.
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Its looking good, Michael.

I guess I'll never be a fan of paddle shifters. Guess I'm too much of a purist in that regard.

That E55 in Charlotte sold a bit ago as I figured it would. Just wish I was in the market. There will always be others.

For instance:

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In Sevierville no less. Me likey. Found his for sale thread on MBWorld. He's taken care of the bubble in the console, gotten the keyfob fixed and is taking it to MB of Knoxville this weekend for a PPI to have on hand. He's come down to $19.5. Man, I'd love to have it.

From the thread and his ad, I get the impression he's a younger guy from a wealthy family. He's got several vids (including a walkaround of the car) of him driving the car on youtube. Funny thing is, not once does he ever get on it. I'm sitting there thinking, c'mon man stomp on it once but then I'm like it's probably a good thing he isn't, lol.
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Well, considering they're engineered to run down the autobahn at 175 mph for an hour at a time -- I don't think he's gonna hurt it much.

Brian - have you driven a true dual-clutch automated manual transmission?
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I got this for you Brian.

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Played with the paddle shifters on a recent trip to pigeon forge via wears valley Rd. The sonata was surprisingly fun and handle really well with a full load of people.
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Thank you Bob. I'm sure it would be fun, but I just like the feeling of banging gears.

That being said, the Benz is auto but I would live with it.
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I think I could live with a dual-clutch DSG box (Porsche, Audi, VW, Evo, etc.). I've driven them and they're lots of fun. And if you really want to go quick in a straight line or in the twisties -- you simply can't beat them. They're also easier on the clutch and the gearbox than a human operated clutch and shifter.

It's a torque converter that I really struggle with. A hydraulic coupling between engine and drive wheels just puts me off. Mercedes, in the new AMGs, has what is effectively a hybrid transmission. They've taken their excellent automatic (7 speed I believe) and they've removed the torque converter and replaced it with an electromechanically controlled traditional clutch. But behind it they have a traditional automatic-style planetary gear-set. It's kind of like a Lenco without the clutch pedal for launches - the computer handles clutch engagement. Haven't driven one of those yet -- but it has the potential to be the best of all worlds. Unless of course you just want to operate the clutch and shifter with your leg and arm.
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Finally got more progress made this weekend. Humidity broke enough to get some paint on it. And -- got the oil cooler moved about 6" to towards the driver's side. May not seem like a big deal - but all mounting brackets had to be moved and the hoses had to be shortened/fittings rotated a bit.



Here's one showing how the cooler is centered (more or less) on the driver's side opening in the dam. I'll segregate the air across the cooler. Haven't decided about the other 2 openings yet. May duct both to the radiator -- or may just take the center opening to the rad, and segregate the one on the passenger side to my cold-air intake box -- which is in the front, passenger side corner where the windshield washer reservoir used to sit.



And here's a quick pic of the front. Still have sheet metal to fabricate to channel air.

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Looks great!
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Looks like you have some sweet cars in mind Brian.
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That looks really clean Michael. Not sure if you've mentioned it, but is that a mostly appearance thing? I don't see it doing much sitting that high off the ground. I could be wrong though. Just finished reading the thread about airdams/splitters in the road race section.

BTW, my co-op is ending here in about 3 weeks. Finally gonna be heading back to knox and wrapping up my last 3 semesters at UT. Gonna be living with two buddies at one of their houses. Finally gonna have some decent space to work (unlike the tiny condo garage where the IRS swap happened). That is, of course, assuming that Aaron can keep his 300zx running for more than a month at a time.

On another note, I'm starting to car hunt again. I'm looking for another 87-95 mustang to play around with. I've seen a few things here and there on craigslist, but nothing has really clicked yet. I'm gonna hit the search hard when I get back to knox and can easily run out and look at a car (little difficult to do that when I'm 2 hours away).

Here's what I'm looking for:
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-My thought with this is a full out performance car. No interior, custom dash, aluminum seat, etc. A streetable car (enough for a drive to the dragon, but not super long extended trips) but very close to pure performance. I want to be able to take this thing to an autox and do well, but still be able to drive it home (no trailering the car). A 4-cyl car is preferable, as they're less likely to have messed up torque boxes and bent bodies. This is not going to be a "pretty" car, but it will be fun to drive.

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-Thought here is still performance, but far more street friendly. Keep the interior and accessories (AC, heat, etc) but still allow for fun driving. Minor mods like a slight lowering, slightly better alignment, possibly coilovers. Be able to autox the car, but still be able to take it on a long drive without too much hassle. This car would (hopefully) look better than the foxbody option. However, if the paint is sort of "bleh" but it's cheap, then the first option still isn't out of the question.

My price point is no more than $1500. I know it's not much, but I'm sure I can find something for that or less.

The reasoning behind all this is because I'm currently at a middle ground. My car does well at the autox right now. I was consistently .1 seconds behind the guy with a 93 coupe with no interior, lowering springs, wider rims/tires, no fuel injection, no sunroof, and no accessories and a slightly stronger motor. However, I don't like how it does on the street. The interior rattles so much on rough pavement it makes me want to set fire to it. I don't want to strip the car down to nothing because really, it's still a pretty nice looking foxbody. It looks good from 10' and I get compliments on a pretty regular basis from people on the car. On the other hand: to make the car a really nice, pretty street cruiser, it's gonna take a TON of money in paint and body work and interior pieces.

So, my plan is to buy a replacement for my current GT, remove my expensive bits and pieces (IRS, STB, k-brace, etc) replace them with parts from the new car and sell it off, and then either make a nice street car or a hollowed-out racecar out of the new one. I'm more inclined to the latter because I always have my Grand Prix for reliability and daily driving.

If you guys could keep an eye out for any potential cars, it'd be awesome. Feel free to criticize my ideas here. It's all still up in the air.
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Keep reading about air dams and splitters Erich. The don't have to be on the ground to be very effective at 1) limiting the amount of air that passes under the car; 2) pushing more air across heat exchangers; and 3) reducing lift at the front of the car. Racers put them on the ground because the lower you get them, the MORE air you can keep out from under car which reduces lift/drag even more. Of course - you can't do that on the street unless you mind tearing it up every other week. And yes - I like the appearance or I wouldn't have gone to the trouble.

You do realize that a $1500 20-25 year old Mustang is likely going to rattle around just like your current one does, right? If you want something nicer for the street - then seems to me you either have to buy one that's much nicer or build one (yours or another) into something that's nicer. Either way takes some time/money. No way around that methinks.
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Keep reading about air dams and splitters Erich. The don't have to be on the ground to be very effective at 1) limiting the amount of air that passes under the car; 2) pushing more air across heat exchangers; and 3) reducing lift at the front of the car. Racers put them on the ground because the lower you get them, the MORE air you can keep out from under car which reduces lift/drag even more. Of course - you can't do that on the street unless you mind tearing it up every other week. And yes - I like the appearance or I wouldn't have gone to the trouble.

You do realize that a $1500 20-25 year old Mustang is likely going to rattle around just like your current one does, right? If you want something nicer for the street - then seems to me you either have to buy one that's much nicer or build one (yours or another) into something that's nicer. Either way takes some time/money. No way around that methinks.
Post up any results (if they're measureable/noticeable) on that splitter. I'm pretty curious to see what it does.

As for the rattling bit, yeah, a cheap car like that would be expected to have some rattles but that's why I'd remove everything interior related. Not much else to rattle when you eliminate all the poorly fitting plastic bits and there's a 5lb trunk lid compared to a 70+ lb hatch. Also, as I mentioned, this would be a strictly fun car. I've got my Prix for when I want a quiet ride.

The SN95 bit is more of a hopeful kind of thing. I've seen quite a few V6 cars on craigslist for relatively cheap (~2000, most are OBO) and some of them really don't look too bad. Yank out the V6 engine/trans and drop in a rebuilt 5.0. I already have another T5 waiting.
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If you want a notch instead of a hatch - no way around that other than getting rid of yours and getting what you want. If you just want a Stang to strip down and have fun with -- I'd strip the one you have and go from there.
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SN95's are dirt cheap right now. Look for a 5.0. One issue with the 94-95's is that the front accessory brackets are a 2 year only item. Every time a 94-95 5.0 is popped up front the brackets usually get toasted. Those bring considerable amount of money. If you plan to do a swap on a v6 car it is something to consider because the 79-93 5.0 brackets won't clear the radiator or the hood. If it were me I'd look at a 79-93 coupe. And bring your price down on buying one. Don't spend more than $500 on a rolling chassis. If that. Especially if you aren't concerned about looks. Think function over form in that case.
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Bob and I are pointing at the same thing I think Erich. Form over function -- and if a notch isn't a requirement -- what's wrong with stripping down the one you have?
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