Introducing myself....a newbie

Introducing myself....a newbie

Joined: June 29th, 2008, 12:00 pm

July 1st, 2008, 1:49 am #1

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
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Peter in GA
Peter in GA

July 1st, 2008, 2:05 am #2

1. What is the general availability of body parts?

Check with 'Mad Matt' at Midwest X1/9!

2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?

Check with Steve Hoelscher, he is THE MASTER! in St. Augustine FLA

I'm no expert but search the archives, lots of talks about transplants of engines.

If you're in Phoenix, you have to get ahold of Tommy!

Welcome and welcome back to the X world. It is going strong here!!!
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Joined: September 25th, 2004, 5:43 am

July 1st, 2008, 2:16 am #3

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
Welcome to Xweb and welcome home to X ownership!

In answer to your questions:

1. Body parts are pretty much only available as "used parts from donor cars. You can find some NOS panels every so often, but they will be pricey. Check with Matt Brannon of Midwest X1/9 to see what he has available.

Here is his body panels page (Don't over look the fiberglass Dallara kit at the top) :
Midwest X1/9 body panels

2. SteveH is our resident transmission Guru. Check with SteveH for a complete rebuild estimate, or you can buy a rebuilt tranny from Matt .

3. We have seen a couple Honda conversions here on Xweb. AlexK from SoCal did a K20 transplant into his racer. And Scott Biswanger is working on a B16 install right now .

4. Vick's is still in business. I thinK Robert may have sold the business and semi-retired, but Csaba was still there last time I called. You can find them right here:
http://www.vickauto.com/cgi-bin/store/index.html

Be sure to check the Best of section linked in the upper right hand corner for a list of vendors and lots of good maintenance suggestions.


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Joined: April 11th, 2006, 4:43 pm

July 1st, 2008, 5:20 am #4

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
nice story ....can't wait episode 2
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Ed
Ed

July 1st, 2008, 5:29 am #5

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
Awesome that the passion still resides in you.

Had my first fiat in 89, owned my first X in 96, and now in 2008, I still have a Fiat. My lovely little Spiagga. Best driving car I know of on this earth.

Can't wait to see pics.

Ohh, and look up Steve Hoelscher on this board. He is the transmission guru.

As for Vicks, I think he sold the business, but I have kept ordering from them.

Madd Matt at Midwest has a strong reputation here as well. Plus he races the cars in SCCA.

Ed
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July 1st, 2008, 7:26 am #6

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
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Joined: May 5th, 2001, 4:29 pm

July 1st, 2008, 10:39 am #7

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
As you have noticed, there is a great bunch of Xheads here.
You're welcome to ask for advise and opinions, we have plenty of each.
When in trouble, parts can be purchased from Henk in Holland (Europe). He is a good source too. martens.tuil@hetnet.nl
Also, check "the best of" section at the top right of the forum.
It is a good decision to join the X family, it is a fun decision.

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Kent
Kent

July 1st, 2008, 6:33 pm #8

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
Over at the Grassroots Motorsports site, if you do a search for the X 1/9 and Toyota 4ag, you'll find a lengthy post or two by a guy who did that swap, along with a slide show of pics. The 4ag swap may be among the easiest for the X, as the MR2 engine mounts seem to line up with the X's mount points.
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Duane K Estill (Corinth, Mississippi)
Duane K Estill (Corinth, Mississippi)

July 1st, 2008, 6:41 pm #9

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
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Joined: August 29th, 2005, 4:22 am

July 2nd, 2008, 3:11 am #10

I found this website the other night and I must say I'm impressed with the amount of posts every day. Shows to me there is still a very strong interest in these cars.

A little history....I had an uncle that had a '78 blue X that when he was in town would give me and my sister rides in his car. That is where the love affair began. Sadly, this uncle was killed in a car accident in that same X but it didn't deter from my desire to own one.

Fast forward many, many years, about 1998, and I just happened to catch a glimpse of a black/grey '86 X sitting in some used car lot when I lived in Dallas. I swore I would own it so $1500 later I was the proud owner of it. Drove the hell out of it, made cross country trips in it, used it as collateral in a bail bond, etc. When I worked as an auto mechanic, one of my coworkers also had an X and through him, I learned of Vick Auto Sports, which became my second home.

When my sister visited me one year, just for giggles, we looked in the paper (this was before the net became really popular) we saw a woman who was getting rid of hers so my sister bought it. 1986 red/grey that was almost showroom condition. My sister went back to Florida and now I had two of them to play with (thanks Laurie!!). I was in heaven, drove those cars every where, friends made fun of me, refusing to ride with me but ironically they managed to get me a few dates.

I accepted an overseas job so Vick's kept my black/grey one and I delivered my sister car to her. After sitting overseas for almost 6 years and not knowing where I was going when I got stateside, I really didn't need another car so I signed over the title to Vick for $0 since he kept my car for me free for all those years but damned I missed that car.

I kept bugging my sister to let me buy her car from her but she had an intense emotional attachment to it and always said no. But my sisters health kept her from drivng it (back problems....couldn't get in/out of the car) and her finances kept her from keeping up with the maintenance so her car has sat under a car cover in her carport in Naples, FL for almost the last 5 years without being started/run. She finally called me up a few months back and said she couldn't afford to keep it anymore and if I wanted it to come and get it.

So I'm waiting for the transport hauler to come get it, searched the web for all things X1/9 and discovered this site. Last time I visited my sister, I spent the day going over the car. It doesn't run right now but I think that is because the fuel tank if plugged up. Pulled the main line out and gas just dripped slowly out. So first step will be a tank cleaning....beyod that, who knows?!? The amount of knowledge her is inspiring and eased a lot of my fears about getting this car, specifically the availability of parts. So here I am about to make the plunge but I have a few nagging questions....

1. What is the general availability of body parts?
2. How hard is it to get the transmission completely rebuilt?
3. I know this is sacrilege to some, but I "hear" of some people transplanting Honda or Toyota drivetrains but I've yet to see anyting solid from someone who actually did it....anyone here do something similiar? And I know of the Uno turbo transplant there aren't any Uno's in the US.
4. Whatever happend to Vick Auto Sports? Is Robert and gang still doing business?

Anyways, greetings from Phoenix, AZ and counting the days until my X returns.
Welcome to the "club".

There's more collective X wisdom here than lawyers in Washington D.C., the other Washington.

Nice story btw... I have back "issues" as well and despite that and standing 6'2" I fit nicely in my X. It's the transitions that kill me.

Gregory Smith

'87 Bertone X1/9 Corsa
'88 VW Vanagon
Olympia, Washington, USA
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