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Suspension/Steering / Re: Daily drivers take warning. Inspect those struts for Rust !

"That think looks chintzy as all hell. Also, it says it's for lowering springs only."

I really appreciate the input. I have an offer for use of spring compressors and I will take him up on that offer.

I know forums are not as busy as they used to be but I have made a lot of good connections through forums and gained a lot of knowledge as well.

Suspension/Steering / Re: Daily drivers take warning. Inspect those struts for Rust !
Has anybody used a, "Spring Installation Tool, Front Control Arm" ?

What I decided was to replace these 2" lowering springs on the front while it's all apart.

I ordered Springs from Rock Auto.

Just a tip,

Anytime Cougar 5.0 guys go to order something and it shows "out of stock" Just switch to a 88 5.0 Thunderbird and lots in stock !

Not just Rock Auto, anywhere.
Suspension/Steering / Daily drivers take warning. Inspect those struts for Rust !
While this is not my daily driver, I do drive my 88 XR7 daily right now.
This is from my 88 Project.
I was backing it into the shop when the front wheel snapped.;sa=tmpattach;attach=post_tmp_6239_dbff5dc77caaa1c63b801eaf707d11c8;topic=0

Tore is apart and found this,;sa=tmpattach;attach=post_tmp_6239_bc3962b03fc7157f280b21e16679a376;topic=0

The rest of the suspension is in really good shape.
The car has sat outside the last 3 winters and All I can come up with is that water got in between the steel and the good ol' Canadian freeze/thaw cycle blew it apart.
My daily driver will be coming into the shop after supper and be inspected.
Lounge / Re: RIP Lou Ottens !
Headed out for a road trip today.
Daughter wanted to come so I went down to the basement and grabbed some tapes from my wife's old collection.
User Rides / Re: 88 XR-7 Project "Save this ol car"
So I left this morning with the rest of my Blue parts to see my new friend.
The A-pillar and Door panels went to members here.
Came home 5 hours later with a load of Red for the project  :smile:;sa=tmpattach;attach=post_tmp_6239_431c8eb60eacbded8858387bbbe1d76c;topic=40946


At this point, it looks like my blue seats are in the car he bought.
From the same area and the Car is a XR-7 with Blue LS seats

Small world.
User Rides / Re: 88 XR-7 Project "Save this ol car"
So there will defiantly be some parts sharing with my new friend.

Didn't think I would find someone so close with more 87-88 Cougars than I have  :biggrin:;sa=tmpattach;attach=post_tmp_6239_b3e40688f82db8cf059949873a4389be;topic=40946

Lucky guy!!!  There are practically none of these cars around me......

Here is the silly part.
I use the big want add sites and forums.
My brother keeps sending me Facebook Marketplace links.
My Facebook had not been used in years.
I was viewing on my wife's page.
I had to relaunch my Facebook just to talk to the guy.
Now all my former Ford Worker buddies have found me  :P

The last pieces of that Blue interior have now found a home.
Anyone in Ontario, Canada need 87-88 parts let me know.
I think between the two of us, we can help  :smile: 
User Rides / Re: 88 XR-7 Project "Save this ol car"
Just a long awaited update,

My project ended up having head gasket problems.
I put it aside and worked on my other projects.
In the mean time, this car was actually sold 3 times over with each guy backing out  :crazy:
The last guy was a door knocker who saw it  in the laneway.
"I'll be back on Saturday with a flatbed" he said. Never saw him again  :screwy:
So it's been hiding ever since.;sa=tmpattach;attach=post_tmp_6239_9eb21398eab539bafbe84ed99de4374a;topic=40946
Last fall I came across a very low mileage Crown Vic motor.
Covid worked in my favor as the Crown Vic car would have sure been used as a derby car, if there was a derby in 2020.;sa=tmpattach;attach=post_tmp_6239_de43bfcf6b8dea651a8d628221115ff5;topic=40946

Found a new friend near me who is building two 88s himself, one drag, one street.

told him about the forum.

I think we will inspire each other this year  ;)