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Thread: Back in a fox. 1988 Turbo Coupe. The life journal.

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    I apologize for my lack of updates. I've done a few things here and there, but haven't taken any pictures as of yet. I'll have a few updates towards the end of the weekend.
    It's Gumby's fault.

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    I didn't get too much done this weekend due to the girlfriends parents needing some help in their basement. I did score some pretty nice vintage audio gear that needs some work and clean-up, but I'll save that for another post.

    The other reason was her moms Mustang needed some brake work. She complained that the pedal was spongy. It didn't feel spongy at all to me, but it required a lot of pedal effort to get any amount of braking. I decided to go the affordable route, and decided to pull the calipers, lube the slide pins and flush the fluid. I broke the bleeder screw on one of the calipers in the process, so a quick trip to the parts store was in order. After a full fluid flush, the brakes feel much more progressive. I ran almost two quarts of fluid through it just to ensure it was clean.

    The view from my garage this afternoon:



    The new caliper:



    And one of my favorite tools ever:

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    As far as my car, I don't have too many picture updates yet.

    I finally made it over to my parents house and snatched most of my parts stash. I was primarily looking for my SN95 spindles. I had two sets, so I gave a set to my buddy. Well apparently, I only had one set, and gave that set to a buddy. I'm not one to ask for things back, so I took to eBay and grabbed a set for 170 shipped. Not too hateful, but I'm still a bit butthurt over it.

    In my stash, I also had two nearly new condition headlights, one that is about 85% new, a few turn signals, an inner marker, and 1.5 tail lights. I was heart broken to see one of my nice spare tail lights broken, but it happens sometimes. Before putting the lights on, I want to experiment with putting clear bra wrap over the headlights to protect them from the U.V. rays.

    So while I am butthurt over my SN95 spindles, I happened to find that I stashed a set of SN95 rear brake backing plates and anti-moan brackets. I had no idea I owned these, but it *kinda* makes up for the spindles.

    I was quite happy to find my 40Bob log.

    Found my spare fuel rail with adjustable fuel pressure regulator and gauge on it.

    Cleaned up my Camber/Caster plates. Just need to call MM to get some of the missing hardware and new bump stops.

    I was also stoked to find the Chuck W subframe connector seat mounts. I thought I gave those away with one of my previous cars.

    Ended up finding that I saved a handful of somewhat useless interior pieces and some other random stuff.

    In slightly more exciting news, I picked up a set of 99-04 GT wheels for 100 bucks. I needed some 5-lug wheels, and found these. The tires are absolutely garbage, but they should get me to the tire shop when that time comes:

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    If you paid $170 for 96+ SN95 spindles you should take yourself out back of the house and kick your own ass. If that was for the 94-95 spindles then that was a good price.

    www.car-parts.com

    I get the 96+ spindles from salvage yards for about $70 a pair plus shipping out of Texas. So call it $85 a pair. When you do the search on the website I posted above (I have posted it before) drill down into the pages a bit to get the cheaper prices. If you are buying the pair they will sometimes knock of $5 or so.

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    For headlamp coatings this might be an option: http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...light-coating/

    I plan on giving it a try. I picked up a set of pretty much like new headlamps and I don't want them to yellow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerocoupe View Post
    If you paid $170 for 96+ SN95 spindles you should take yourself out back of the house and kick your own ass. If that was for the 94-95 spindles then that was a good price.
    I won't even mess with the 96+ spindles. If I was going with a different k-member, I would consider it, but I really don't feel like dealing with the geometry issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    For headlamp coatings this might be an option: http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...light-coating/

    I plan on giving it a try. I picked up a set of pretty much like new headlamps and I don't want them to yellow.
    It doesn't seem like a bad option. I also considered the new ceramic coatings that people are using for paint protection. I just don't know much about it yet.
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    Just a small update for the moment.

    The previous owner supplies a 140mph speedometer with the purchase of the car. Last week, I got off of my ass and finally installed it, along with some cool white LEDs. I did nothing more than pop the green lenses off and install the LEDs. At this point, I'm actually unsure of how much I like these particular LEDs. The green is somewhat washed out, and the outer edges of the gauges show a lot of white through. I haven't done anything to help with light spread, so that may improve things.

    My phone couldn't get a good picture, so I took the two pictures that are the closest. One is more washed out, and the other makes it look less washed out, so you can imagine the happy medium.





    I've primarily been grabbing parts here and there, so the progress pictures are pretty slim for the moment.
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    What about green LEDs?
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    What about green LEDs?
    I've thought about green LEDs and I've considered putting the green lenses back in. I do like how white the needles and the odometer window is.
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