Greetings SR20 community. I'm a long time B13 owner of the GA16 variety and enjoy my mildly fettered-with car just as much as any of the turboed SR20 folks in here.
Next spring ('08) I hit 10 years of owning my 93 SE 2dr. It's lived in Alaska, Florida, and now in N. Carolina. (2 extreme climates within that one sentence!) I've come to the crossroads that every automobile owner hits after a certain amount of time - keep it, or sell it. I'm not here to ask opinions either way, but instead am investigating some long term must-do's if I plan on keeping the car. (Personally, I can't see selling it for $1000 - or less - and deal with the emotional toll of losing a good ol friend.) I don't care about the impracticalities in "investing" money into my car, 'cause let's face it, it's a hobby. Driveway space and a car payment for a new Nissan will most certainly challenge my feelings on keeping it.
That being said, one major thing I want to begin doing is an exterior refresh. The headlights are dry cracked and the corners accumulating moisture - new Tsuru's on the way. I have a brand new bumper in my garage (have had it for 3 or 4 years now) that will be installed with a fresh paint coat and multiple ding removals. The car just got new tires and I plan on repainting the B14 SE-R rims with some automotive paint.
The last item I have no clue on how to repair or renew is the window trim. I'm talking about the plastic runners at the exterior base of the driver/passenger windows, rubber trim that goes around all windows, and other misc. rubber and metal trim. People restore cars in America every day and they are getting their parts and pieces from somewhere. Has anyone used any type of 3rd party kit to redo the window trim? Will that require a professional installer to remove the windows and reseal? Should I just let them rot out and replace them when I get leaks?
Sorry for the long history, but I don't post here (or any Nissan forum) much anymore and wanted to reintroduce myself as a non-newbie. I go way back to the early Sentra.net forums when I was "AKAFA1C" circa spring of 2000. That might ring a bell with a few. Thanks in advance.