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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-01-2017, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Should I sell my '01 PY ITR?

So I am stuck with the decision... She is a beauty, super clear with a few (not many) physical blemishes and I absolutely love her. But she was stolen a few weeks back and recovered the same day, the only thing bad at the time was they stole the AEM EMS and now it'll have a salvaged title from FL because of theft. I purchased a used AEM EMS v2, but it turns out that it was modified for use with a Scion TC and apparently it won't work on the teg. The motor was rebuilt last year but the compression in cylinders 2 and 4 are at 80psi so I'm assuming they had one hell of a joy ride. There is well over 30k worth of work done to the car and boosting 26psi on a fully built motor and a Full JDM interior (9 out of 10 condition). I'm in the Army, stationed in San Antonio, TX but there is a strong chance I am getting stationed in South Korea next year so i would have to leave her in storage for 2 years (not taking with because I plan on looking for a JDM ITR while there and bringing it back, and I'm only authorized to bring back 1 vehicle).
I know that I will never get what the car's worth but, do I just keep throwing money to get it fixed (i do not have the time to work on her so i have to take her to a shop), or do I give her up for a fraction of what she's worth and let someone else fix her up and cherish the memories I had in my dream car?
BTW the car does start right up on the OEM ECU, so it's not much that needs to be done, my wife despises the car and I'm at the point of thinking that maybe, just MAYBE getting rid of the car would help out a bit.
I'm not getting rid of my wife, so I'm open to opinions... what do you think you would do in my situation?

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I'm not getting rid of my wife, so I'm open to opinions... what do you think you would do in my situation?
I laughed at that :-)


So about your thought process, your heart, and unfortunately wallet, have to be "all in" as well. I'd say get what you can get for it
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I'm with Z on this one. If it had a clean title I said hold on to it. Salvage title get rid of it.

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How much you want for it? I?m looking at doing a project build for my sons First car and been looking for a good shell for the past 6 months.
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Over $30K invested. I'd say keep it. All my cars have rebuilt title and I can care less. Can you store it for free? You will be out of state for awhile, so you won't need it anyway. When you are back you'll likely have more time and will be able to fix it yourself. I doubt the car you'd bring back would compare to your Type R anyway, event if it's RHD. At least you will buy yourself some time to think about while you're gone. You can always get rid off it if you so decide, that's not hard. Only do it when you are 100% sure otherwise you may regret it. Just my 5 cents
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not really sure, I was thinking of putting it up on ebay if I decided to sell, but JMS Racing (very reputable shop here in San Antonio) also told me to let them know if I decided to sell her because they may be interested, which I took as a huge compliment... at this point I have the car just sitting, waiting to get a free day so that I can do a leak down test to see if its the piston rings or valves. I got the AEM EMS V2 working and had Jorge at JMS put a base map on it. The car turns on and runs but I havent driven it since it was stolen until I fix the issue to avoid any further damage. And I received the title from FL DOT and it does not say anywhere the status of the car whether Salvage or Clean which seemed odd to me because I clearly remember my old Teg's title said "Salvaged"... At this point I guess I'm just waiting on my Orders to see if I'm going to S. Korea or Washington State, and that may help me make a quicker decision, but as always, money talks and I could definitely use some right about now... sorry for the open ended answer, but I started typing and figured I would give an update on the car
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How much you want for it? I?m looking at doing a project build for my sons First car and been looking for a good shell for the past 6 months.
read above... i meant to reply to your comment, but instead posted a quick reply
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let someone else fix her up and cherish the memories I had in my dream car?
This got me right there. Dream car? If so, you Will regret it. Even if you find a JDM overseas, what if you don't?
I haven't really driven mine an a year. But I've convinced myself to hang on to it.
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Did they damage anything on the exterior? If not and the interior is 9 out of 10 JDM goodness, I'd say keep it man. Especially if its your dream car. And just fix her up little by little. I would love to find a PY ITR in good shape and build her. My only dilemma would be swapping the garage space with my Infiniti G. And like dude said, what if you don't find a JDM ITR overseas...IDK, I say keep it, but ultimately, its you that has to be 100% happy with your decision. The exterior is in good condition, interior in good condition. You've spent a good bit, got a pretty good investment on the built motor. Just take a little time (whenever you get it) and bring her back! Little by little man....I don't really see these too often in the type of condition you are telling us this beauty is in....up to you bro (keep it!...LOL).

Fuckin' sucks that there are a bunch of losers out there with nothing else better to do with their time than steal vehicles...especially gems like these. Damn, I hate hearing crap like that...

Best of luck dude...

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Sounds like a lot has changed since you got her... You started an intense career, you got married. And both of those things are seemingly challenging your priority to keep the car. Add one more thing to that list, say a child, and majority rules. Take a break, address the car later.

I love hondas and have been out of the "Honda game" for 10 years. I got married, had 3 kids, and started a business and have been buying used hondas ever since. Now I am entertaining purchasing a 3rd gen teg, or EG hatch. And working a little on it little by little on the side because now I have more time to. My intention is to make it my classic car, not my dream car. One thing I noticed... is there are a lot of people looking to "get out of the game" because it got them into debt and they realized their dream car at the age of 21 isn't a dream car to their wife or kids a few years later.

As I'm looking to make this purchase in the next year or two... its amazing what I can find for $10-$12k
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UPDATE: So I decided to keep her and took the advice of many... over the past few weeks I have been rebuilding little by little... took the head to a machine shop and 2 exhaust valves were burnt, which I considered best case scenario... In the process of taking her apart I also decided to remove the turbo and go from 426HP back down to stockish HP. It's going to be like a kick in the nuts as She is still fully built but I will be running stock ECU and injectors, and sell off the turbo setup (Precision SC61 turbo with little play, Tial wastegate and BOV, manifold, downpipe, dump pipe, etc...) and AEM EMS V2 in order to offset the cost of fixing her back up plus parts... besides, she will be more reliable which is what I need and I'll still be able to drive and cruise as she was originally intended... maybe in the future I'll get a Hondata with bluetooth and tinker with her NA style for some fun. I got my requisition orders and will be PCSing (Army move) to Fort Leavenworth, KS so at least I'll have a nice ride to and from work... Thanks for the motivation guys!!!
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With cylinder head off, it would be a good opportunity to install high compression pistons (assuming you have dish pistons installed currently). Just something to think about, to avoid an "extreme" kick in the nuts once you convert to NA.
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UPDATE: So I decided to keep her and took the advice of many...
Sweet! That's awesome man! Glad to hear that you've started working on it some already. Taking her back to NA and back to ol' reliable is not a bad idea. No boost, but I'm sure it will still be a kick to drive. Hondata and tune down the road sounds great! It sounds like you've been doing some brainstorming already. Perhaps a K swap down the road a possibility?? Perhaps, perhaps??

All the best man! If you remember to and have some time, post up some progress posts every once in a while, maybe? Don't know about the other fellas, but I'd be interested in seeing some shots of progress...

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With cylinder head off, it would be a good opportunity to install high compression pistons (assuming you have dish pistons installed currently). Just something to think about, to avoid an "extreme" kick in the nuts once you convert to NA.
I installed 9:1-1 CP pistons and rings last year when I rebuilt the bottom end
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