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Old February 9th, 2020, 05:25 PM   #1
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Finally Joined the Viper Club!

I’ve wanted a B/W GTS since I was a kid! So happy to have one finally. Picked this up a couple months ago and it appears to need quite a bit of work. I’m trying to go through it and figure out all that’s been done to it. It has Hennessy front fascia and rear wing but no Hennessy badging so I’m assuming all the engine work done isn’t Hennessy. Anyway - does anyone recognize this car or can tell me what type of rockers these are? I’ve literally searched this forum for hours trying to find anything on this car and can’t come up with anything. According to carfax the original owner had it from 96 until about 2012 in Illinois. The next two owners had it in Georgia and then Texas. The previous owner was DOJ! Quite the history. Excited for this project but would love some build history on this car! Thank you all in advance!
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Old February 9th, 2020, 05:55 PM   #2
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Sorry I forgot to add that it’s a 96 with about 87k miles on it. Appears to have larger throttle bodies, Borla exhaust, fire suppressant system, MSD ignition, headers, front brembo brakes, battery cut off switch, and other random things I’m trying to figure out what they are.
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Old February 9th, 2020, 06:56 PM   #3
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Never have seen a setup like that. Any better pictures of the engine? Congrats.
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Old February 9th, 2020, 07:32 PM   #4
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What is DOJ?
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Old February 9th, 2020, 07:55 PM   #5
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Yeah I haven’t seen any other vipers like this either. I’m sure they are out there but trying to get info on setup! DOJ is the Department of Justice. Apparently this car was impounded for some reason. Sat for about 4 years. Like I said it’s in rough shape! Trying to figure it all out.
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Good luck with your new project! There's an awful lot going on under that hood. Where are you located? You might need some tuner recommendations.
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Old February 9th, 2020, 09:37 PM   #7
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Yes you are correct! I’m in Michigan... Detroit Metro area.
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Does it even run with all that crap on it?
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Old February 9th, 2020, 10:18 PM   #9
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It didn’t very well at first until I found out 1) the fuel pump inlet was clogged with a tag 2) the plug wires were all cracked and some not even connected and 3) the gas was 4 years old and bad. After changing all that it seems much better but still doesn’t seem just right. Pictures are how I found it.
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Old February 10th, 2020, 01:24 AM   #10
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What are all those electronic boxes in the engine bay? This should be fun to reverse engineer what the prior owner was doing.

I thought I had everyone beat with electronic boxes. I still have my MSD boost spark retard box attached. Dialing back timing on the fly has come in handy a few times.
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Old February 10th, 2020, 09:19 AM   #11
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Get yourself a Chrysler 1996 Viper Service manual and start restoring all that electronics back to stock.
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I would also recommend a 1997 service manual if a '96 can't be found easily. I've also found that ordering parts for a '97 gives me a better chance of getting the right pieces with almost no confusion with the '96 RT/10 parts from the same production year.
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That’s a great point. I’ll do that! Honestly I wanted to get this back to stock electronics, have just been a little hesitant as I’m not sure what all these parts are even for or even if necessary. I’d hate to remove something that is tuned in for a reason. It’s just crazy that I have yet to see these parts on another viper on this forum. I’m sure it exists but I haven’t seen it yet.
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Get yourself a Chrysler 1996 Viper Service manual and start restoring all that electronics back to stock.
+1 on this. Get the manual and start putting the electronics back to original.

Just be aware, these cars are starting to get difficult to get parts for on certain things. Sometimes you'll find that you might be making your own replacement. I'd start searching around for recyclers for certain parts you might want to replace. I've had some good luck with don scharf automotive on a few small items and i know others could chime in as well.

Good to see another viper saved and being worked on and brought back up to snuff.
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Old February 10th, 2020, 12:49 PM   #15
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Thank you for the input! Yes I would say another Viper saved is accurate. Unfortunately whoever had this last didn't take good care of it at all. Sad to see!

Another weird thing to add to the list is after starting the engine the high speed fan won't shut off after I key off the car. The only way to turn the fan off is flip the battery shut off switch. It's weird things like this that make me nervous messing with too many electrical things but it needs to go back stock!
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Figured I would post a few pictures of some of the weird items or aftermarket parts on it. The car also has a fire suppressant system. Anyone know what that module and canister is in the driver wheel well? Also the dipstick doesn’t go in all the way...weird stuff! Trying to make sense of all of it.
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Nice, big Accusump oil system protection under the air box.
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Nice, big Accusump oil system protection under the air box.
thank you for the information! I had no idea that's what it was.
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We're gonna need more pics & info on the black box and aluminum cylinder in the LF wheel well. What are they connected to?
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