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Old 08-17-2012, 01:46 PM
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Hello everyone! I'm James and at the moment I know next to nothing about cars. My favorite car is the 1969 Corvette Stingray and I really like pre-90's Firebirds.

I am looking around to purchase a car and I found an ad for a 1989 formula 350 Eagle forged bottomend, 195 trick flow heads, 750 double pumper, xr276hr comp cam, roller rockers, 700r4 shift kit 2800 stall. mid 12 second car. When typing in some of these parts I found this forum and thought it would help. I'm wanting a Firebird daily driver, and have no qualms about having a car with a little extra kick. Below are the two pictures in the ad. The car is selling for $1800 which seems real low. Any ideas why? Thanks a ton!


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Thats a low price for what is "suppose" to be in the motor. One of two things, it's basically stock or the owner is desperate for money. If you are thinking about buying it, I would at least ask to pull a valve cover and see if it has roller rockers. Also, look closely at the heads. If they are trick flow, they will be aluminum heads and you should see their logo. Trick Flow does make Chevy heads but Ford is their biggest product line. If there is no logo, I would bet they are something like Pro Comp heads or some other Chinese knockoff. The forged bottomend is impossible to tell without taking the oil pan off. But, if after inspection for the roller rockers and head logo you find neither, I would be leary of the car. Take a test drive and see how it runs.
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If like you I knew next to nothing about cars I wouldn't buy it. Your first car should be as stock as possible. You rattled off from his ad what all is included but you likely don't know how to confirm if any of it is true. Save your money not buying someone elses headache. Get a stock one. Learn how to maintain it. How to tune it up. As you go forward do research and make small improvements. Much easier to learn that way. You'll be way ahead in the long run.
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