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1986 Coupe

Discussion in 'Members Build-Up Projects' started by broncojunkie, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. broncojunkie

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    We'll, I've done it again. I felt motivated to try and save this old coupe. My brother-in-law had it. It has been parked outside for many years. The lower radiator support is rusted, as are both doors and one spot in a lower quarter panel... just in front of the rear driver's side wheel. It's originally a 4 cyl, but has no motor or transmission. The interior is still full of ants, stray cat excrement, trash, and old spare parts. Most of the interior (red) is still there. From what I could see, the floor pans and shock towers are ok.

    First, I had to hook up a tow strap and pull it out of the mud.
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    Next, I put some new shoes on her. I had some 10-hole wheels lying around. I got a couple decent tires off a buddy and 2 new ones from the tire shop. The old tires were absolutely done.
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    Got it home later that day. Took the pressure washer to it to remove the years of crud.
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    And that's where I am at this point. I'm back to work for 28 days. I'm hell-bent on getting the pace car on the road when I get home as well as getting the 88 hood painted and 5-lug swap done. However, I'm going to at least tackle stripping the seats and carpet out of this thing so I can get a better look.
     
  2. mustanggarage

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    as someone who shares your addiction, I have to tell you... you my friend have a problem. mustang fever. there is no cure I am afraid. best of luck.
     
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    I managed to score a few parts to get this thing looking like a car again. A set of doors, hood, and front nose/ bumper cover. The hood, although not rusted, is a little beat up. I was really wanting to go with an 82gt-style hood with with the scoop. A buddy decided to sell some of his parts, which included an 82gt hood with scoop and matching bumper cover, complete with lower air dam. I haven't decided whether or not I'll use the nose piece, but I'm definitely going with the hood. The price was just too good to pass up. Plus, you never know when I might need some of this stuff for my 82gt (if I ever get around to starting on it lol).
     
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    Thanks, photobucket, for ruining the internet. Sorry about the pics. I'll eventually post some more. But I thought I would update this with a few minor touches. The car did not come with a set of keys. I ordered a complete nos lock cylinder kit. I drilled out the ignition cylinder and replaced it. Also, I managed to get the trunk open and remove the lock cylinder. I had a locksmith rekey the new trunk lock cylinder to match the new door cylinders. I just have to install them.

    Another thing I did was take the driver's rear brake shoes off. The wheel was completely locked up. I can now roll it and steer it. This is important because I spoke to a neighbor buddy who's going to replace the floor pans and lower core support for me. I've been working way too much lately, so I decided I would farm out some work to keep things moving along.
     
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  6. Redtwilight

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    Have you done anything else to this one?
    I've been wishing I had the time and money to start working on my '84 coupe.

    Is the thread title a typo? Or has the front bumper been previously changed? The pics show an '83-'84 front bumper cover. Not an '85-'86 cover.
     
  7. broncojunkie

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    Good eye! Yes, the front bumper has been changed. Currently, a buddy/neighbor just down the road from me is working on replacing the floor pans. I have a motor in the machine shop now. They did all the machine work and assembled the short block. I have most everything to assemble it (intake, headers, timing cover, etc. I need a gasket set, oil pump, oil pan and heads (that last one is a big one, of course). I hope to start updating this thread more this summer. The motor is a 351w stroked to 408 with forged rotating assembly. Still planning on using a 4 speed toploader transmission. Should be a fun car when it's finished, but it's a slow process with a couple other projects going on.
     
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    Just to update this thread, my neighbor is slowly replacing floors. He's just working on it here and there in his spare time. I told him no hurry, since I already have too much on my plate as is.

    But on the parts-collecting/plannig front, I have been doing some work. I keep changing my mind on transmission choices. I've been back and forth on the toploader/c4 idea. I finally decided that the amount of power in planning on making will test the limits of both. I spoke to my buddy and his dad today. They're the transmission gurus around here and it just so happens they're die-hard Ford guys. It looks like I'll either be going with an upgraded 4r70w (manual vb or electronic controller) or AOD with 4r70w internals.

    I hope to be starting on body work and paint later this summer, along with picking up a set of heads and oil pan for the 408w. If everything goes as planned, I'll have it at the track next spring. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned around here.
     
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    Forgot to add that I'm picking up a good used Kirkley knock-off aluminum seat tomorrow on my way to visiting family in VA. On my way back, I'll be picking up a low-mileage roller 351w. No plans for it at the moment, but I'm sure I'll figure out something one of these days.
     
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  10. Redtwilight

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    Waiting for pics when you get it back from your neighbor.
     
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    On one hand, I'm looking forward to getting it back. On the other, it's getting pretty hard to juggle vehicles around at the house. Throwing another heap in the mix that doesn't move under its own power doesn't help one bit. I'll have 5 foxes, an old bronco, my truck, the wife's car, and both the step sons have suv's. I need to buy or build me a shop. If I could find a place close to the house, I'd probably jump on it, but property is ridiculous around here. I can find cheaper land, but I'd be better off just parking them on the side of the road and letting the thieves have at it. I'm seriously considering selling the 88gt.
     
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    20180609_170705-756x1008.jpg Here's the aluminum seat I picked up. Nothing special but it's in good shape and should work fine for what I need.
     
  13. Redtwilight

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    #BecausRaceCar LOL
     
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