Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Mid Week Match-Up: IROC for Sean

Welcome back to another episode of DT's Mid Week Match-Up -- a feature that is more interesting than a Republican primary debate moderated by Ali G.  This week's request comes from Sean S who writes:
Ok,  First of all I know this is just stupid but I can’t help it. I am a middle age yuppie who should just keep it cool but I have desires.  I need the DTers help. Please help me find the perfect IROC-Z OR…..TALK ME OUT OF IT. I must be having a mid-life crisis. I should know better than to buy a late 80s american car but I can't stop looking at Camaros and fox body Mustangs from my high school days. 



All the cool kids had these cars. I just found my Swatch and a Master of Puppets tape at my parents house. Might be perfect for rockin’ an Iroc. I would prefer no t-tops and a 5 speed but am open to suggestions. Is this just a bad idea? If I get one can I throw a keg party with a pallet bonfire and G N’ R blaring on some 6x9s ? Will my wife leave me? I don’t know.  So far I have found this one somewhat local to me and in a good price range.



DT E-i-C Vince: Yes, your wife might leave you, but this is the price of greatness...and the best part is that these cars are CHEAP to buy nowadays.  Check out this 1987 IROC Z28 here on eBay bidding for $5,000 in excellent condition with only 51k miles on the clock. 

What kind of Italian Royalty Out Cruising can you find for Sean?  Comments below.
 
 

21 comments:

  1. Sean - you are not alone! My friend owns two, and is looking to add a third...

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    1. Nice! thanks for the links.
      I guess someone else out there has the same bad taste.

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    2. Sean, I went to high school with a guy named...Sean, who had an ultra clean black/tan IROC-Z 5-spd, no T-tops. I kinda really liked the thing but never admitted it to anyone. As a kid I thought it drove really well with its B&M short shifter.

      So there are even more of you out there...

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  3. Are these available in non-T-Top form? I'd definitely lean in that direction.

    Decent chassis, plenty of powertrain flexibility to get all the oomph you could ever want. Not the greatest interior, but then none of the ponycars ever were.

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  4. '88 in San Diego for 3.5K

    '89 in Bay Area with LAMBO DOORS . He's taking offers, hope he's not disappointed...

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/DGXz6CM.jpg?1[/img]

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  5. Fuel to the fire!
    https://youtu.be/OMZYOvM8Fp4

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  6. Sean, go for the Fox-body Mustang. That way you will not need to grow a mullet, and it is less likely that your kid's daycare will take out a restraining order.

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  7. You need to do this, Sean. You need to play For Whom the Bell Tolls at full volume at every pedestrian heavy intersection. You need to throw empty cans of Extra Gold lager at everyone with tight cuffed pants, leather loafers, a Canada Goose jacket, or a man purse. You need to chirp your tires every time you proceed from a stop. You need to be a one-man posse acting in defiance of civil, sanitized modern motorists. You need to allow your flowing hair and cut-off, patch-strewn denim vest to resurrect long dormant alpha jock / beta nerd hierarchies. You need to have a bumper sticker claiming your aversion to ladies above a certain weight. You need this in your life or you never truly lived.

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    1. I seriously have never heard something so true in my life.

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    2. So much truth here. This deserves a COW award! My IROC experience was watching the neighbor (with blonde mullet) cruise by with the T-tops off and later a friends older brother who only drank Coors extra gold had a red LT1 equipped automatic with a big stereo in it.

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  8. This is where I stand up and say: Hi, my name is Vince, and I owned a Z28.

    Group: Hi Vince.

    Vince: I've been Z28 free since the year 2000, but every time I hear the rumble of a 305 TPI, I just can't help myself.

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  9. I like the IROCs but beware of the weak bits. Check the owners blogs - I seem to remember topics like weak rear ends and transmissions but the fan boys have fixes for both. They also have tricks to get pretty good power out of the 305s Good luck with your dream!

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  10. Ya know what IROC stands for? Italian retard out cruising!

    Sorry, i think of that SNL skit everytime i hear IROC. RIP Chris Farley

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  12. Ack, I'd just sold the '72 Chevy in the seller sub section and have started looking for a new daily driver. Now this thread has me wondering if I can fit two children in the back of a third gen F-Body with the driver's seat all the way back...

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  13. Well the one I was going to look at this weekend was sold so back to the search.
    Another trick I have learned is to misspell Camero. Some more insight into the demographic of the Iroc owner.

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  14. Just be aware you need to be VERY careful precisely what patch of the "good ol' daze" you want to be dropped in. You may be one minor tweak away from reliving fierce acne, testosterone poisoning, being a stupid ass and thinking otherwise and never, ever, ever being the master of your own domain. Lasting more than 30 seconds with the women folk is also in the cards. If indeed you ever got out of that pickle.

    I grew up (??) during this time period as well, and I only recall the tinny rattle and slam of the huge doors, interior by Blue Bird School bus and GM mechanicals that often sucked.

    But you fellas enjoy Mr. Peabody's way back machine.

    Seriously, enjoy.

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  15. They sure made a lot of these along with the sister Firebird now you see them every once in a while a friend had one with the 4 banger in it pretty horrible is all i can say. Need a 350 4 sure.

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  16. My first car was a '91 Camaro RS 305 TBI 5-speed. My high school ride... in New Jersey no less. At least I wasn't wearing a gold chain. Did have some hot Pioneer 6x9s in the B pillar, thanks to a Crutchfield kit.

    Ultimately it was a very reliable car, but I came to hate it because of how poorly made it seemed to be. My advice: avoid the t-tops, install welded subframe connectors, and make sure the interior has the extended carpeting kit. All these will make the drive a lot less like the flexible flier mine was. Despite all that, sometimes I find myself wanting another one.

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    1. John Melcon - It is a distinctly bad sign when upgrades include taking chassis flex out by doing the engineering GM might have considered kinda important. Just a quick question, how exactly did the carpeting help the floppy chassis? Or did just deaden the twisting, creaking flex over pebbles? Sorry to be such a sour puss, but GM should not be given a pass on their "assemble yourself" cars.

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