I have no problem with hiding behind a veil of secrecy like everyone else here. I recently joined this forum, and am trying to decide whether it's worth my time to stick around here. I imagine that many of you guyz are older then me... I am 35... maybe the members here are retired and probably spent your retirement money on some really great cars or, for some other reason might have made a ton of cash in the 1980's and have actually paid the $120,000 price tag for these cars when new. Myself being a younger dude... have a very different viewpoint on these cars.
I don't appreciate the shitty wiring, crappy fuel injection, cracked leather, poor paint jobs from the factory, and in general somewhat lousy build quality and design of these cars. I do, however, enjoy the way they look, and the power they have. I like the 6.75 liter engine... when it runs which isn't very likely or often.
Do I enjoy the foolish... hopeless... non-working climate control? Or what about the completely unsafe... borderline deadly cruise control?
How about the idiosyncratic wipers and dumb security features that any 15 year old car thief of today could override in 3 minutes or less? No. Definitely not. Not at all.
I did, however promise to give this car to someone I care very much about as a gift... with a bunch of intelligent and easy to service modifications. Out goes the A/C, the EGR foolish joke of an atmospheric cleansing system, and in goes some intelligent... reliable modifications.
Don't get me wrong here... I drive a Tesla and never planned to deal with a gas engine car ever again. But for now, I have this project car and so far, it's been a terrible... aggravating... foolish experience. I have yet to see a better example of poor engineering. What in the world were the engineers at Rolls-Royce thinking? They must have been trying to impress the queen of England rather than trying to build a bullet proof, reliable automobile. Or maybe, as the literature I have read suggests, they were the victims of foreign takeover management, and several efforts were made to cut costs during these years. At any rate, Rolls Royce is now BMW from what I understand.. so the "mark" is really just another takeover brand. Just like Jaguar is now just an Indian TATA MOTORCAR.
The only car I can think of, possibly more foolish in design is the 1984 Corvette, and the 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda. Recently, I found someone who rebuilt the guage cluster in a 1984 Corvette, and he paid one of the only shops in the USA that knows how, or even has access to, the original microchips that run that system. How stupid is that? What I am saying is, why build such a huge, cool looking, powerful aura car, with legendary lineage, and put BOSCH INJECTION and a bunch of GUARANTEED TO FAIL ELECTRONICS to render the car UNUSABLE WITHIN 20 years.
Anyway, my question is... should I bother sticking around here? I think I have been fairly honest about my experiences so far... but if modifying one of these cars out of the norm is just too much for the PURISTS here to handle, then I will leave... happily.
On the other hand, I intend to share knowledge of the process, and 30 years from now, I guarantee this PROJECT car will be running, and every car on here will be in the junkyard.