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05-20-2012, 09:09 AM
Brought the Ciera home today. sure does float as in the shocks and struts are shot lol. the brakes pulsate like crazy as well. Sparing no time I pulled it in the garage. the only thing this car has to do is drive to work and the gas station to fill up. I work 2 miles from home and the gas station is 5 miles away so it's not going far. Still, I take pride in every vehicle I have whether this 91 Ciera or my 11 Silverado so it's going to be clean and everything that can reasonably ($$$) work will be.

First thing I did was begin to grind the rust down. It's a $200 car. i'm not going to repair the rust, but I do think that flaking rust and peeling paint doesn't need to be attached to the car, falling off with every door slam. Once I had the rust knocked off I sprayed it with Loctite Rust converter I had leftover from a car in 2003.


I popped the hood to find that it originally was maroon (The hood not the car...) and, it doesn't shut right. I had to push the latch closed with a screw driver to get it closed. as long as that works it's no big deal. Also noticed the Driver's door needs Hinge pins. Never done that before so it will be a learning experience.

I began to wipe down the interior. As you can see it was filthy.

I also steam cleaned the carpeting and seats.



The power seat switch was hanging out of the seat and I later found the trim piece in the trunk. 2 oversized screws and It was back in.



The car came with a decent Pioneer Circa 2002 CD player. Unfortunately I don't think you can add AUX IN to it. oh well. better than a stock Delco am/fm. The speakers are shot though. Lucky for me I kept the near new Pioneer 6x9's I removed from my Dodge Ram when I traded it.


Had to laugh, I couldn't give away these Pioneer 6x9's on CL last year so I just kept them around and now I found a use for them


All the Documentation was included


and the original sticker

the door frames were not looking so great


So I painted them


Expected Holes here judging by the body


I love No Airbags!


Factory Navigation System Even!


Went over the "Converted Rust" with some Grey paint I had here from an old Mazda Pretty Close


That's it for tonight I'll keep going on with it tomorrow

To Do List:


Rear shocks

Front Struts????? Cost is a factor here

Some kind of Door bottom repair

Install XM Onyx Satellite Radio

05-22-2012, 08:01 PM
Very nice, Mike! Here's a thought: Ditch them hideous hubcaps and paint the steelies red!

lemons bob
05-23-2012, 02:38 AM
definitely replace the shocks even if you just buy cheap ones, they will make a big difference.

05-23-2012, 03:15 AM
Looks like your making good progress!

05-23-2012, 04:41 AM
Swapping those rear shocks will only take you an hour for both of them tops...

05-23-2012, 05:00 AM
Yeah rear ones are going to be done I was worried about the front ones but they are not as bad as I thought. I'm going new on the rear but I'm hoping to find a bad engined parts car (they come up often around here) that I can get better doors off of that may have good struts or, if It's running good to the point of replacing the doors I may just bite the bullet and do new struts. It's a whole different ball game when it;s not your primary vehicle lol

lemons bob
05-23-2012, 05:43 AM
I looked a while in the junk yards and never found decent front shocks. Quick struts are the easy way since they'll have the springs already installed. If you can do the springs just the front struts aren't that expensive really.

05-24-2012, 12:50 PM
I'm going to wait it out If the car runs decent for a few months and I feel it will last long enough to put the money in I will. Ideally If I could find a rust free car with a bad motor and drop this one in I will but that's hard where I'm from....

Kristopher Gerbracht
05-29-2012, 09:19 PM
You can't go wrong, for $200.00! What a steal! I can't wait until you are done bringing most of the car back the way it was when it was on the road.

05-30-2012, 02:47 AM
Nice deal there!! I think you will have a pretty decent $600 car when all is said and done. Lotsa free elbow grease to round it out!!

06-04-2012, 02:07 AM
Had to replace the l/f turn signal socket tonight... I used an old universal trailer light I had in the garage it fit the opening fine I took some pics I'll post them here later for future reference in case someone else has a problem with theirs and can't find the factory correct part.