Few years back I had a 88 cabriolet that I ended up trading for my 1980 Mini. my signature has the build. I realized after looking at pics of cabby that my wife and kids really enjoyed the car. I'm not much of a convertible fan, but a happy wife is a happy life.
A friends father has always brought his 89 cabby to me for repairs. I have always told him that I'd buy it if he ever decided to sell it. Well I got a call over the summer that he has to get it inspected and it would cost over $550.00 to fix it. I told him I'm up to 5 cars already and I'm not in the buying market for a car, but I'd make an offer. I offered him $250.00 and he took it. It only needed rear wheel cylinders and a "italian tuneup"
Well, he brought it over that night. I did the repairs and really haven't driven it yet much because I wanted to dig in to it pretty heavy with upgrades and changes.
My plan is for a full repaint in IBIS white with a full BBS body kit I have and plastic euro bumpers along with my BBS wheels I still have.
A turbo ABA was suggested by NLS and we started going that direction until I changed up with a basic ABA swap since it was to be for the wife mainly. for now. .
I already started buying stuff for the turbo thought so a basic ABA now has ARP undercut studs and Eurospec rod bolts. I also have a head spacer from C2 motorsports all ready for when I plan to change over to turbo.
I picked up a complete working ABA out of a 98 Cabrio from Scott and Chris and got working on it right away with a rering, hone and new bearings. All new seals are being used as well.
The transmission will remain stock 89 Cabby for now.
I plan to keep the ABA air conditioning so this will be a challange with hoses, controls and clearance. but I'm not worried.
I yanked the entire CE2 front harness and fuse panel from the 98 to use. I'm gonna search for a CE2 MK2 for the rear harness and tie in the dash controls of the MK1.
on with the pics.