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Old 03-21-2017, 10:38 PM   #1
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Red headed Stepsister of the Alero

So, a quick rundown of things.

From 2001-09 I had a '00 Grand Am 2.4 Auto Sedan. AED kit, hood, supercharged, etc.
My ex wrecked it. Years ago. I stripped all the goodies off it, rebuilt the body kit most of the way (it was bad) and scrapped the car. Shortly after is when I bought the Alero from Richie.

I got out of the car scene for a while, but never got rid of my stacks of parts (mostly).

Recently the bug has bitten me again, and I've refreshed the Alero about as far as I want to take it before some body and paint work. It still needs some stereo goods, and a rear air strut rebuilt, but I'm happy with where it sits now, and it's a competent daily driver if the need arises.

So. I perused Craigslist the last few months, and this week I bought this.


It's an '01 Grand Am SE Coupe 2.4 w/ 5 speed
114k on the clock, and it's a BASE model lol
No cruise control
Crank windows
Spoilerless (ftw)

It needs motor/tranny mounts all replaced, but that's about it really.
A/C is almost all brand new, and it came with a deck and 2 subs w/ amp (nothing super)

So, here's a few more pics.




I am gonna go turbo on this one. More to come.

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Old 03-21-2017, 11:09 PM   #2
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maybe it's just me but none of the pictures are showing

If this one turns out as nice as the old ga I'm wanting to see how this turns out especially after you turbo it!!!
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maybe it's just me but none of the pictures are showing

If this one turns out as nice as the old ga I'm wanting to see how this turns out especially after you turbo it!!!

2nd that
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Should work now. If not, I forgot how to internet lol

I'll get some pics of what I have for parts soon.

I recently sold the supercharger kit, planning on getting an ecotec, but this ld9 one fell into my lap for cheap (and with low miles) SO turbo will be the route on this one. Not right away, but as time and money allow.
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Nice! no quarter panel rust?? Drill holes while you can
Shined up tires and all, just the pics or are there really no rock chips? Driving the cruze all computer controlled I've been missing the alero. Manual windows were a lot easier to make small adjustments... ahh. Would have been nice if they offered more options with the MT but I miss the bare bones drivers' car a lot.

You match all 4 windows height when their half way down too? Awesome
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i can see now!!! She's clean wow!!!

I loved my ld9 alero's... Both ran close to 300k miles and still ran smooth when i sold them...
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Nice! no quarter panel rust?? Drill holes while you can
Shined up tires and all, just the pics or are there really no rock chips?
No rust here in AZ. However I did go look at an ecotec sedan that was for sale here. It was an IL car, and was TERRIBLE.
There's rock chips. Hood mostly. Fenders some. And someone that parked next to him hated him. The pics don't show it well, but the driver side has a bunch of dings.
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You match all 4 windows height when their half way down too? Awesome
Indeed I do. Good thing the one with manual windows is a coupe

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i can see now!!! She's clean wow!!!

I loved my ld9 alero's... Both ran close to 300k miles and still ran smooth when i sold them...

Super clean car. Little dash warpage (mostly beneath the steering wheel. kinda weird)

I got a stack of service records from the last 9 years they owned it. They took pretty darn good care of it.

I need to get some pics loaded of what I found on craigslist the day AFTER I bought the car.... Best craigslist find ever.
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Hood that I have partially repaired. the passenger side front corner was completely missing and I took a mold from a stock hood and reattached it. Then sanded down a lot of the cracks and even though theres still more to go, I'm pretty happy. The work on these parts I did years ago right after it was wrecked. Lost motivation, and they've sat for a while.

the front was torn in 2 and I glassed it all back together and reshaped it. It was crazy. I wish I took pics of it beforehand, but I was just too pissed about it at the time.


the back bumper. Everywhere you see black it was torn. It was bad.



pacesetter exhaust #1. I was the Test Fit Mule for Pacesetter.


I still need to get some other pics uploaded of my craigslist find and other parts that I've had laying around for years.
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So I went to craigslist to find a wrecked GT to get rear disc brakes and a few other things, but what I found first was this.



A red AED front and back bumper plus a NEVER INSTALLED set of sides already trimmed for a coupe. Still with the green sticker saying FIT BEFORE PAINT.

He had the ad up for 3 weeks already. He only wanted 500 bucks. I texted him with an offer of 300 and he keeps the spoiler. And he took it. I was stoked.

I actually saw the car these were on, but YEARS ago. When i had just got my kit and hood installed, but not painted yet, It was the only time I've ever run into another AED car without it being set up beforehand. Small world. Definitely didn't think at the time that I would own that kit 10+ years later. lol.

Just saved me HOURS of sanding and filling to finish fixing my effed up kit. So stoked. AND I have a backup set now.

Lots of other parts to go on also. More pics later
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that's an awesome find man!!! I like the front with the PONTIAC in it as though there was a plate filler moulded into it!
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that's an awesome find man!!! I like the front with the PONTIAC in it as though there was a plate filler moulded into it!

Yea, all the AED kits had it, but my old one needed so much repair it would've been next to impossible to keep the lettering. Another reason I'm happy to have found the new kit. It's in really good shape aside from a couple small blemishes. Just like the car.
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That's awesome!! I've never really paid that close attention to the grand am aed kits, only the alero haha for obvious reasons
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Those will look pretty good sittin next to each other!
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That's awesome!! I've never really paid that close attention to the grand am aed kits, only the alero haha for obvious reasons

funny, I never really thought about the fact the alero kit has no lettering on the front.

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I think so too.
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Old 04-04-2017, 04:20 PM   #15
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Some progress on the hood. Redoing latch. Remade corner. Removing and repairing cracks.

Other than this, still waiting for some tires so I can put the wheels on. Then I can put the Baer brakes on.

Got a front STB that clears the clutch res, and put on the red IDI cover. Forgot to snap pics of the engine bay, but here's some "under hood" shots for now.

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Put wheels on. 18" Centerline Dynos with 235/45/18 tires
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That's one of my favorite brands for these cars....

Tires a little tall, though, huh?
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That's one of my favorite brands for these cars....

Tires a little tall, though, huh?

Thanks. I love the look of these wheels.
The tires are a different size than I've had in the past. I've always ran a 225/45 on an 18, but I found a set of 4 Dunlops for 180 bucks used for less than 50 miles. I pressed my luck a bit and went ahead.

Since I will have the AED kit on it, I don't plan on lowering it (maybe eibachs lol). So the taller tires are nice to fill the wheel gap and keep from hitting the kit on driveways etc.

However, they rub.

Only in the back, on the strut perches. It's so minimal I could grind the perches a bit without fear of ruining their integrity. OR I could run a spacer, OR a set of washers since it's literally like a millimeter I need.
I used a washer set for the time being. I did it on a set of Konig Monsoon 18's for a LONG time way back in the day. The wheels I got from Len & Susana when I picked up my kit long long ago. Those wheels came from Bens98gagt if anyone remembers that car.

(and one of these days I'll remember to resize my pics lol. Sorry.)

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Looks good! Very nice. Can't wait to see how it looks with the AED kit on there.
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Tower bar shouldnt be a problem.
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