However, I recently came across an ad for a 1990 Eagle Talon TSI AWD with a built motor, but not in running condition. This beauty got my DSM juices flowing again, and apparently all it needed was an alternator and it was good to go. This thing is absolutely perfect for me because I'm not planning on driving anywhere anytime soon, so I have time to get it running smoothly. All the work that had been done to the car in regards to "go fast" parts, were installed by someone who knew what they were doing. That being said, buying a car that won't pass smog, has the interior ripped out, holds a salvage title, and won't start is a risky venture, to say the least. So, I did my homework. First, I found out how much it would cost to replace an alternator, then looked for someone who can actually tune AWD platforms, and most importantly, made sure I have enough time and money to actually spend on this little endeavor.
So long story short, I made the purchase, bought the alternator, got it running, and it is now sitting against the fence waiting for me to decide what to do next. Sounds simple, but my options are pretty much limitless right now. I think the next logical step would be to have it checked out by a professional, just to make sure absolutely EVERYTHING mechanical is in good working order. For this I will enlist the help of one of the best mechanics in the entire Bay Area, Sonny Tran at Autoworld. After he O.K.'s everything, I'll take it to Dietsch Werks for a tune. I'll keep updating you guys as I go, but until then, come down to Wheels and Deals and fall in love with your next toy!