Good Morning NSX Prime!
Well, bucket-list car ownership achieved. I got back home to Durham, NC, last night with this bone stock red/ivory '91 (JH4NA115XMT000481) that I picked up on Tuesday in Minneapolis. After getting expensive shipping quotes from companies I didn't trust, and outrageous (IMO) quotes from companies I did, I decided on an adventure and drove it 1,100 miles. So, what was a 83K car is now 84K LOL. In the end, that might not have been the wisest decision (see below), but I did bond with the car. It's safely at home joining my AP2 S2K, 996 C4S, and e36 M3 sedan (on the chopping block, I think). Luckily I like wrenching because the NSX will need some.
So, what went wrong? The very first day of ownership I damaged it, hitting 1/2 a retread standing on end in the dark. There was no way to see/avoid it at night and it ripped the brand new front lip off the corner. I repaired it on the road with the limited tools I brought and was amazed at how there's hardly any lasting damage: true catastrophe avoided. And, on the second day while overtaking a dump truck on a 4-lane the dang thing threw a rock that chipped the nearly perfect original windshield. Finally, at a rest stop I noticed the driver's blinker sitting funny and couldn't get it to snap in securely, so I removed it lest it fall out or jiggle around and cause damage. I'll have to trouble-shoot why it's not secure, but something in the retaining mechanism is amiss. In the end I'm not sure driving it was the right call, but it was an adventure and live and learn!
So, what was most surprising? It's an old-ass car and smells like an old-ass car, like an old Honda to be specific: old plastic and leather. And, despite the car being in very good shape it's still got lots of tiny cosmetic imperfections--paint chips and scratches--if you're picky looking at it (I went over it for hours before even starting it). I had to change my paradigm about what to expect from a well-cared for car that's lived a 31-year life. It ain't perfect.
What are immediate needs (all known pre-purchase)? The oil pressure gauge doesn't work, so I guess I'll buy the SOS sender relocation kit. The braking system is really weird and performs intermittently: a hard stab of the pedal elicits good stopping power, but sometimes a long gradual deceleration results in running out of pedal. That made for an exciting drive home! Even sitting at a stop light with constant brake pressure can cause the pedal to slowly sink to the floor. The master was replaced and the lines were bled, so it must be the ABS (not sure why a faulty ABS affects the conventional system)? Should I install an elimination kit, the S2K upgrade, or the full-boat NA2 upgrade? Finally, the left rear CV boot was slinging grease. The boot itself looks intact, so I guess it's the band. Will I have success having it repacked and the boot replaced, or do I need a new/re-built axle? Incidentally the only surprise, other than the blinker, was that my speedometer seemed to get less and less accurate, reading way too low. No wonder I was overtaking everyone: I thought I was doing 70 in a 60 but Waze indicated 82!
Okay, I'm sure more to follow. Just trying to keep this a relatively brief introduction LOL.