Finally a Fox Body Owner - 1988 GT acquired!

Discussion in 'Pictures and Videos' started by DudeStang, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. DudeStang

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    Thanks for your insight. My uncle thought that might be the case as well and suggested trying a magnet to see if it stuck. It did not but I later read that cuni doesn't always react to magnets so I'm not sure whether the lines are cuni or copper. I've come too far (lol) with the new lines and brake MC so I'm going to try and use the parts that I've picked up over the past few weeks.
     
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    Part 2 of my brake master cylinder saga is up on my YouTube channel:



    After making the video, I managed to replace the front left brake line with the part that came in the MM kit I got a while back. I got it pretty secure on the brake/wheel side and it seems there's enough flexibility that I should be able to get it lined up with the new MC when I install it. I went ahead and ordered the proportioning valve eliminator kit from LMR. Probably won't be here until the weekend but I'm hoping I can make everything fit/work between that and the new front left brake line. Fingers crossed.
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    The molding adhesive eraser tool arrived this weekend. I definitely should have picked this thing up sooner.
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    I used it to remove some more of the adhesive from the body molding stripe area. I had largely ignored the rear bumper, which I assume will eventually need to be replaced but since I don't know if that will happen any time soon, I do at least want to clean it up and do the new red stripe soon, all around the car.

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    My gaskets also arrived (intake manifold, EGR spacer to intake) and I already have the valve cover gaskets but I think I'd like to get the brakes done and drive the car for at least a few days before tackling the gaskets and then working on the rest of the oil leaks.
     
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    I recently took a "break" from working on the Fox Body to install GT500 axle backs on my 2014 GT. I had the Roush axle backs for almost six years and then was rockin' the stock mufflers the last few months while trying to sell the Roush. Well, I finally sold the Roush and picked up the GT500s. They have a nice sound and give me enough rumble to not fall asleep while driving, like the stockers, but aren't so loud and droning that I can't hear myself think. :)

    Anyways, I made a video documenting the recent mistakes/foolish assumptions I made, while I patiently wait for the correct brake lines to arrive.



    I am also still waiting for my Koni shocks to arrive. In the meanwhile, I am searching for (and saving for) a second set of wheels and tires in the hopes that I can get to at least one track day or autocross event before winter time.
     
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    My latest attempt on the brakes didn't go the way I'd like, so naturally I documented my latest round of mishaps and failures.


    I went ahead and ordered the Motive power bleeder, which arrived this week. Going to visit family for a few days so I’m planning to get back to the fox and get this brake issue fixed early next week.
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    These arrived this week too and fingers crossed that the Koni parts arrive soon. It would be nice to get the brakes sorted, install all new shocks and struts and drive the car some.
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  5. tjm73

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    Can you elaborate on this tool? Never heard of it before. My Fox has a terrible stripe I'd like to remove. It's all broke along it's length. Looks terrible. Your pics showed up real small.
     
  6. DudeStang

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    Not sure why the pics are showing up small. Here's what I ordered: https://lmr.com/item/LRS-400E-KIT/adhesive-removal-tool

    It looks a little bit different in person but works as described. You can add it to a drill/driver and it takes off the tape/sticky material without damaging your paint. It's pretty awesome. Uploaded the pic again here as a full size image, hopefully you can see it more clearly now.
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  7. tjm73

    tjm73 of Omicron Persei 8 S197 Team Member

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    Oh man that's slick. A real problem solver. I'll be buying this for sure.
     
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  8. DudeStang

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    Finally managed to finish up the brake master cylinder saga after multiple setbacks...latest video/explanations are here:



    Looking forward to driving the car again for a week or two and then getting started on suspension upgrades.
     
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    Finally took some time to start working on the suspension this past weekend. Finished up installing the struts but still need to make time to do the rear shocks and quad shocks.

    Weirdest/most time consuming part about the strut install was definitely repurposing the dust boot upper retainers.

     
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    Suspension upgrades continue....this past weekend I finished up the sway bar end links on the front and installed Koni rear shocks and Gabriel (OEM-ish) quad shocks. Love the improved feel. Car would definitely benefit from some new wheels and tires though. Hopefully coming in the not too distant future.
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    Latest video documenting the process with some other updates
     
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  11. golkhl

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    Looks like your shop dog is waiting for a drive to road test the new suspension!
     
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    She seems to prefer riding in the Coyote, lol.
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    Latest update on the Fox Body....I recently installed a Cervini's Ram-Air kit to go with the Cervini's Ram-Air hood (that was on the car when I bought it). It was a bit of a messy process and in retrospect, there are things I could have done smarter/differently, but it seems to be functioning as intended.
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    I made a somewhat detailed video of the installation process, since I hadn't found a tutorial/instructional video on this.
     
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