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Anyone interested in a fun project Gen 2?

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by pjkinsella, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. pjkinsella

    pjkinsella Enthusiast

    Apr 21, 2016
    I'm considering selling my 1998 GTS King Snake. Regret is welling up in me as I type this, but I hate to see this car sit in my garage and not get the attention it deserves. I am not a fan of garage queens.

    This car is NOT a showroom car and thus will require a specific kind of buyer. This car has been modified over the years and is asking for more. It has a story behind it, and I don't believe the story is over just yet.

    I am the second owner, and the mileage reads somewhere around 46,000 (posting this from work, so I need to check). The mileage isn’t completely accurate, but it is very close. I have logged the little bit of driving I’ve done since the speedometer hasn’t been functioning (more info below).

    Note: the dyno sheet attached wasn't the best run, but this is the only one I have on hand. It registered about 630whp on the final run.

    What it has:
    • TNT Motorsports King Snake 002 (see King Snake 001 here: ).
    • Diamond pistons, Oliver billet rods, Comp cam, T&D Rockers
    • 11.1:1 compression
    • MS3Pro ECU
    • Custom fuel system (Weldon 14000 fuel pump controller and D2035-A Fuel pump, 42lb injectors, and AN-10 and -8 lines).
    • Full exhaust with custom single exit muffler/tip
    • 3.45:1 Rear diff, Unitrax half shafts
    • Spec twin disc clutch
    • BC Racing Coilovers with Swift springs
    • Rattler wheels
    • OEM wheels
    • Included but not installed: rear mount Autoform wing.
    What it needs:
    • Body work/paint:
      • The hood needs to be resprayed, badly.
      • The driver door has some fiberglass damage.
      • The rear bumper has some minor damage on the passenger side.
      • There are a couple of other minor paint issues.
      • The paint has a few areas with the infamous bubbling.
    • Electrical work:
      • The speedometer hasn’t been functional since the new ECU was installed. It can be done by utilizing the factory ECU (still installed and hooked up for the security system), or by figuring out how to set it up with the MS3Pro.
    • Mechanical work:
      • New thermostat (keeps temp stable in warm weather, but cools too much in cold weather).
    • Someone to drive it!
    Bottom line: This is a really cool car that needs to be tweaked and driven, maybe even raced. If you ever wanted a Viper that you weren’t scared to modify, this is it.

    Asking $42,000.00
    I'm not in a hurry (in fact, I've hesitated to post this a couple times already)

    Feel free to email me with questions, but give me some time to respond as I'll likely do so in batches. [email protected]

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  2. lane_viper

    lane_viper Enthusiast

    Jun 4, 2018
    No disrespect but $42k is a tall order for a car with that extent of issues. IMO the mods detract value.

    I'm just giving my opinion.

    If you do sell it, I wish you luck in finding it a good home.
  3. pjkinsella

    pjkinsella Enthusiast

    Apr 21, 2016
    Thank you for your opinion and wishes of luck.
  4. ViperJeff

    ViperJeff VCA Legacy Member - UT/AZ Staff Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Now that’s an honest ad.....
  5. pjkinsella

    pjkinsella Enthusiast

    Apr 21, 2016
    That's the idea! It'll take a certain type of person to see the value. The funny thing is that all of the modifications are the reason I don't want to let it go. There are so many things I'd like to do to the car that I just wouldn't be able to let myself do if it was a perfect specimen. Also, over 600whp N/A doesn't hurt the appeal...
  6. pjkinsella

    pjkinsella Enthusiast

    Apr 21, 2016
    Bumping it up.

    This car has the expensive parts done. Make it your own. The price is negotiable within reason, but only because of the issues. From what I've seen, this is a solid $48k car once it is buttoned up. I'm sure some will disagree, but it is a tough call with a modified car. The vast majority want garage/showroom queens, and this is a tainted mess to those type of owners. This is basically a street legal race car and should be treated as such.

    I've seen King Snakes listed anywhere from $65k-$120k in the past year or two. Though I doubt they sold for that (or sold at all), they are rare cars with a notable history in the Gen 2 Viper's heyday. The King Snake package was somewhere in the neighborhood of $40-50k alone, and this car was sent to TNT immediately after purchase. I suspect there's been upwards of $125-150k put into this car over the years.

    A little more info on the TNT King Snake package for those who don't know: https://www.caranddriver.com/review...ar-bombastics-kng-snk-vs-2trbo-vet-road-test/

    A quick search will find that there are also a number of conversations on this forum about TNT and the King Snake cars.

    I'm obviously open and honest, so feel free to ask questions! Thanks!

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