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Old 04-30-2019, 04:26 PM
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Rare Formula? To buy or not to buy

Edit 2: since topic has become more relevant to history/originality since I went and bought the car, deletion no longer necessary

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I'd snag it in a heartbeat !!!
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Re: Rare Formula? To buy or not to buy

These threads are a complete waste of time and space on the interwebz without detailed pictures including a picture of the RPO tag.... Do you expect us to just make random guesses based on your sketchy info? Are we really helping you by making random guesses with no data?
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:43 PM
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These threads are a complete waste of time and space on the interwebz without detailed pictures including a picture of the RPO tag.... Do you expect us to just make random guesses based on your sketchy info? Are we really helping you by making random guesses with no data?
Yes, just looking for my own personal hype men haha. But in all seriousness I kind of thought the same thing right after I posted it so I apologize... it was more of a question of how rare the 305tpi/5sp 90' formula was (barring other options). Thanks and sorry for wasting the precious internet bytes
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Let the bytes be damned! We come here to talk cars. No need to not talk cars, we just want to talk MORE about cars. MORE info. Need pics!!! Require pics!!!
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Dang, I'm too late. Where's the pics? What color is it? Arrrrgghhhh. I want more info!
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okay okay heres a couple of the very few non-detailed pics I have. was just trying to decide if I should drive 2 hrs to look at it and possibly buy on the spot... 90 formula Maui blue two tone (grey and red stripe on bottom) 305 TPI 5 SP 78k mi (supposedly). Not running (dont have details on this other than battery is dead possibly another problem) paint is faded from sun. 2nd owner no accidents






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Not the best pictures, but good enough to grab my attention if I was shopping for one. Love that color, and the speed.
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Yup, 100% worth a closer look. Either you go get it or tell me were I can get it.. lol
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If it has the driver side cup holder in tact Iíd say itís for sure rare and snag it up in a hurry 😂
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Sheeet dawg. A few weeks ago I drove two hours out, and two hours back the same night to look at a 91 Z28 a buddy was thinking about buying.

Looks to me like it'd clean up pretty good. No major issues in the photos. Driver's fender looks tweaked like someone jacked it up wrong, but that's an easy fix. If I were looking, I'd go look if that color doesn't bother you, and it's the options you'd want. Any day spent looking at a 'new' thirdgen is a better day than one without looking at a new thirdgen.
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if the price was right I would buy.
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Looks decent to me! Worth a look I'd say for only 2 hours drive. Asking price?
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Perked my interest. Id hafta hava look at it!
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thanks for the feedback guys, ill let you know how it goes, hopefully checking it out Friday
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I'm sold just by the car itself! What's the price??
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Update in case anyone cares: Finally got to go see it after a first failed attempt (long story), it is the real deal and the seller and I came to an agreement on the price, will be picking it up this week. LB9, G80, WS6 Formula, WITH dual cats and rear disks. its almost all original has been sitting for a while. Will need new tires and paint is faded on the drivers side, as someone else noted front fenders are slightly bowed from the jack pinch weld being bent in. (whats the easiest way to fix this? just hammer the pinch weld back?) but everything is in good condition 78k miles Engine turns over great with a good battery and has good oil pressure no leaks that I can find, but just wont fire for some reason possibly ignition control module or something else simple, fuel pump primes OK. Couldn't really troubleshoot it in his garage. Going to trailer it home and fix it up, then debate whether to sell it to someone on this forum that will appreciate it or sell my GTA, can only keep one.

and sorry i only got a few crappy pics that aren't any better than his. but i did get the RPO sticker (unfortunately I cut off the lines on the right. DOH I was in a hurry. G80 is one of the ones I cut off)

edit: I see it also has the KC4 Oil cooler option, but I dont think it had G92 on the part I cut off




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Update in case anyone cares: Finally got to go see it after a first failed attempt (long story), it is the real deal and the seller and I came to an agreement on the price, will be picking it up this week. LB9, G80, WS6 Formula, WITH dual cats and rear disks. its almost all original has been sitting for a while. Will need new tires and paint is faded on the drivers side, as someone else noted front fenders are slightly bowed from the jack pinch weld being bent in. (whats the easiest way to fix this? just hammer the pinch weld back?) but everything is in good condition 78k miles Engine turns over great with a good battery and has good oil pressure no leaks that I can find, but just wont fire for some reason possibly ignition control module or something else simple, fuel pump primes OK. Couldn't really troubleshoot it in his garage. Going to trailer it home and fix it up, then debate whether to sell it to someone on this forum that will appreciate it or sell my GTA, can only keep one.

and sorry i only got a few crappy pics that aren't any better than his. but i did get the RPO sticker (unfortunately I cut off the lines on the right. DOH I was in a hurry. G80 is one of the ones I cut off)

edit: I see it also has the KC4 Oil cooler option, but I dont think it had G92 on the part I cut off



Looks like thereís two rows missing by chance? Should be a GU* code for the year ratio as well if Iím not mistaken. Could be wrong. Looks like a nice car either way!
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Congratulations!
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looks like you got urself an upgraded radio to boot!
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Congratulations!
Thanks! going to pick her up tonight, ill post some decent pics in case anyone has interest

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looks like you got urself an upgraded radio to boot!
yes sir it works too! however if I decide to keep her, a bluetooth capable radio is a must for me
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Looks good, i think lots of people will have interest in pictures.
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Yes, more pics, congrats as well.
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Got her back home and on the ground around 1AM last night... didn't have time to take any morning pictures before rushing off to work (slept right thru my alarm)

BUT did get a nice surprise from the owner, he had the ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER and all the original dealer docs. Snapped some pics for your originality nuts. Also I haven't opened it yet but in the left trunk compartment I believe the original cassette tape from the dealer about the cars features is in a plastic zip lock bag

She's filthy from sitting for who knows how long, and needs a few things like tires/rear hatch pull down motor repair etc, but shes all there and in good shape minus the faded driver side paint, you can tell its low miles by how smooth the doors open and close






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Oh one more thing, the rear axle is GU6 3.42
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Very cool and awesome score! My first and second F bodyís were both Trans Amís, my 88 I still have and a 99 WS6 I had to let go of way back when. As much as I love those two cars, I feel as though I get more excited about my third and fourth ones, my 91 Formula optioned similar to yours and my 94 Firehawk which is based on the Formula. Both those cars just look sleek, love the lack of gfx and other stuff. They look like theyíre ready to go fast just sitting there!
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N10? It has an extra cost add for "dual exhaust".
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Weird how they list the R6P options separate but a very cool car you have. I bet she's a runner..
Slap a good sticky tire on it, bump the base timing up (10-14), do the ram air trick with the pass headlight, crank up fuel psi, remove the front swaybar and hit the track. If it's in good shape, I'd bet on 14.10s-14.40s
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Weird how they list the R6P options separate but a very cool car you have. I bet she's a runner..
Slap a good sticky tire on it, bump the base timing up (10-14), do the ram air trick with the pass headlight, crank up fuel psi, remove the front swaybar and hit the track. If it's in good shape, I'd bet on 14.10s-14.40s
we will see what the future holds once I get her cleaned up I may just try to keep it as OEM as possible since it is really close

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N10? It has an extra cost add for "dual exhaust".
Yep it is N10 code with Dual Cat exhaust!
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