Last summer I bought a 1988 CRX HF, and well, summer is coming again, so time to start making it driveable again.
The good: Less than 52,000 miles(possibly much less, replaced cluster), has been in a garage since last registration expired in 1997, owned from new by a mechanic
The bad: It has been off the road and ignored for 20 years...and a good chunk of the 10 years before that. It does have some bubbling on the rear quarters from being exposed in a carport for some years.
The story: It was bought new to be an audio show car, which means it was driven to shows for a few years then mothballed. Mechanically it is unmolested, except for aftermarket 13"(!) alloy wheels, a different exhaust, and a special high-output 200 amp GM truck alternator to run the stereo. Cosmetically, it has tint one the windows(starting to bubble), many, many speakers mounted in the doors, and a huge subwoofer box that takes up the entire hatch area, done in period blue carpeting.
So, first order of business is a timing belt and new battery before even trying to crank it, and tires before trying to move it...the oil and coolant look fine, and the hoses feel pretty flexible. Is there any other must-service issues I should be aware of? Brakes and clutch I figure I can wait and see if they feel ok once it moves.