I bought my 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera S five years ago for $250 because it had a blown head gasket and the guy who I bought it from didn't need the car enough to warrant paying the money to get it fixed. It had a crease in the side from the front fender all the way down to the end of the quarter panel on the drivers side and was fairly rusty because of this and because of the age. The guy was teaching his sister how to drive in it and she side swiped a guard rail. We got all the things to fix the head gaskets and get it running, in total the car getting it up and running cost me around $450 (my fiance, Luke, is an ASE certified mechanic and he does all my car work with and for me). Since buying it outside of the things mentioned below I've replaced various hoses and vacuum lines, the alternator, the shocks & struts, tires & aftermarket rims, and various other minor things. It all started because my mom owned an 89 ciera and I really liked that car, so when it was time for me to get my first car I knew what I wanted. From that point on things got kind of crazy (or I got kind of crazy) doing various modifications, starting with minor rust and panel repair by me and Luke and going from there.
So this is a tribute to my first and current car, the car that taught me about cars. I'll be making more pages and updates as we go along, it's just a matter of finishing certain things and getting pictures of others.
Here's a list of things we've done so far or are in the process of doing:
Switching to 16" rims off of a Cutlass Supreme before winter
Replaced the entire drivers side quarter panel from the body line down with a donor one from a JY car (Luke did the cutting and the welding from the rear doors to behind the tail lights), replaced the drivers side rocker panel with a new one.
Replaced all four doors (the passenger side ones had rust along the bottom and I didn't want to paint over rust).
Removed the engine and trans and sent it in to have all of the rust spots and the entire underside sandblasted and had the underside painted and coated for rust resistance.
Completely modified the header panel and installed BMW E36 headlights with CCFL halos, dual glass lenses, and an aftermarket HID kit. Also installed aftermarket fog lights.
Installed a Hadley Air Horn kit (w/compressor & tank) to go along with my 8 other various JY horns
Installed an Addco rear sway bar from Summit (w/ the bracket welded in, not bolted), and installed a front sway bar off of a 94 Pontiac Trans Sport. Handles like a sports car now :D
Installed a K&N air filter and turned it into a cold air intake.
Custom LED (luxeon star) tail lights and reverse lights and sequential turn signals completed. Eventually all of my exterior lights (except of course the headlights) will be LEDs.
LED interior lights all the way around (dome lights, map lights, and those little lights above the window switches) custom fabricated. The only exception to this are my two blue cold cathode lights which shine on the front floor.
Aftermarket radio with aux input for my Mp3 player, all around aftermarket speakers, speakers installed in the front doors, an amplifier to run the 6 speakers, and another amp to run my 10" kicker subwoofer with home made box.
Aftermarket alarm system w/keyless entry, shock sensor, and remote trunk release (made possible by a trunk latch solenoid from a JY), hooked up to my interior lights so if someone lifts the door handle the alarm goes off.
Limo tint on the rear windshield and the two back windows, 50% tint on the front windows, installed by us.
3400 SFI top swap from the heads up (had to custom fabricate a throttle body adapter)
Custom strut tower brace.
SOON TO COME: switching from column switch to floor switch and adding bucket seats from a 4th gen camaro!!!
And last but certainly not least Luke personally painted it. Custom two tone paint job using paint from TCPglobal.net and an Asturo paint gun. Top half is Black Diamond Firemist, bottom is Dark Metallic Teal, with silver pinstripes. The rocker panels, pinch welds, and fender lips were coated in Herculiner truck bed liner since those are common rust spots and I happen to live in salt-lovin' Illinois.
Not too sure what the future plans are since I tend to go with the flow, interior pictures will come when we finish up a few things. I also have a Sunpro tach, and oil pressure gauge, voltmeter, and an additional water temperature gauge for a more accurate reading.
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