Like you I bought mine from the original owner. He had the car converted to Venom 550 in Oct of 1994 I think. Although I seem to be the only one really interested in driving it (11k in 8yrs) I have put around 3k on the car in 3 months and love every minute of it. Takes real restraint to leave it in the garage. I haven't had any problems. Just changed plugs and all looks good. So far I'm lovin' it. I'm keeping an eye on the valve seals though I think I'm going to replace them just because I enjoy working on the car and they are 8 years old and I think maybe hardened over the years.