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Old 05-08-2017, 07:52 PM
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"Restored" my old '99 RL

A little backstory:
My dad bought this car back in '04 from a guy in Massachusetts and drove it daily until he bought a '06 Lexus LS in 2014. I was still too young to drive so he sold it to my uncle. About a year later we get it back, but instead of being in mint condition like we left it, it was trashed; slashed tires, sunburnt paint, not starting, and rusted rims. The RL I grew up riding in was no longer the same. I decided I would restore it back to life (I had a job after school at the time). I was able to get it starting with a new battery and I had to replace the brake pump and pads as well, all of these took around a year to do due to my limited budget. Once I finally got my license and convinced my uncle to give me the title, my dad helped me out by paying to get it painted and I've been taking care of her ever since.

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Happy to hear you revived this car contributing your time, energy and money to the current shape (I know the alternative would have been let it get trashed further and it ends up in a junk yard).

What's the mileage?

Great job!
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Sweet man, awesome to see an older car with beat up paint get a new life!


Now keep it waxed and protected and it will last you a lot longer!
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Great job bringing it back to life!
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Happy to hear you revived this car contributing your time, energy and money to the current shape (I know the alternative would have been let it get trashed further and it ends up in a junk yard).

What's the mileage?

Great job!
Thank you! The mileage right now is at 163K. I'm still working on it, after seeing a lot of the nice RL's that can be found around the forums, I wanted to join the part. The only issue ofr me is finding aftermarket parts... if you know good places to find some please let me know!

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Sweet man, awesome to see an older car with beat up paint get a new life!


Now keep it waxed and protected and it will last you a lot longer!
Of course! This car's my baby and last thing I want is to see it back the way I got it


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Thank you Ill try to keep this thread updated as I keep trying to work on it!
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WOW!! you did a great job restoring your car. Very inspirational.
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Im working on my car now. I have a 04 RL and out the blue i started having some cassette player issues. I think im missing one of the reel heads (Pieces that spin the tape). Im troubleshooting this and was wondering if you would be kind enough to take a pic of your tape player (with the tape door open) so i can see if im indeed missing a piece or if thats the way they come from the factory. Heres a pic of what im talking about. Thanks man This is the piece im referring to. Thanks
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LOL! apologies. I had to take a shot, New threads asking for help get ignored.
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Im working on my car now. I have a 04 RL and out the blue i started having some cassette player issues. I think im missing one of the reel heads (Pieces that spin the tape). Im troubleshooting this and was wondering if you would be kind enough to take a pic of your tape player (with the tape door open) so i can see if im indeed missing a piece or if thats the way they come from the factory. Heres a pic of what im talking about. Thanks man
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This is the piece im referring to. Thanks

It seems like ours are different, but here is mine:
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It seems like ours are different, but here is mine:
Thank you so much Alex. This is just what i was looking for. Thank you for helping me and taking the time to reply. Much appreciated.
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Amazon.com or ebay for parts. The is, i think, delray acura for oem parts, i habe gotten deals.

good job on the car. Very similiar to the 03'.
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Paint Job?

How much did that sweet paint job cost?
Where did you get it done?

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Apologize for the super late reply, but I got the paint job for about 750 in Opa Locka, Florida.
It was the cheapest price I could find and I had a family friend recommend the guy who did it.
His company is "L & C CARS 4 SALE INC." he specializes in completely repairing cars from junkyards to flip them for profit.
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