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First Fox/First Project - 1988 GT "Zorro Blanco"

DudeStang

Member
Major complex/technical upgrade accomplished yesterday…….I replaced the passenger side mirror:


It actually did end up taking longer than I expected (shocker) because I didn’t realize I would have to take the inner door panel off to access the connector for the mirror. I'm pretty happy with the quality on the new mirror though. I didn’t replace the driver side but will do that too eventually.

I also discovered that I did have a door speaker on the passenger side but the wiring had broken off right at the speaker. I guess I misunderstood the guy who installed my new head unit a couple months back.
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If I had known earlier that yesterday was going to be a warm day, I would have taken it off from work and tried to get the steering shaft assembly installed. Missed opportunity.

Still haven’t found a good/affordable option for having rear end gears installed. All of the shops I've called either don't do gears or have quoted me over $1,200. Trying to determine what else I can make progress on while the weather is mostly cold.
 

broncojunkie

Well-Known Member
Have you thought about finding an individual to do it? If I were closer, I'd just do it for you and let you help lol! I have a buddy that will do them for a couple hundred bucks, but that's mainly for friends. He's a mustang guy. There's plenty of guys out there that do them, though. Just gotta ask around.

Another option would be to find a rear end that already has the gear you want. I picked up a spare 8.8 a few months ago and the guy told me it probably had stock gears. I guess he didn't open it up, because it had 3.73's.
 

DudeStang

Member
Have you thought about finding an individual to do it? If I were closer, I'd just do it for you and let you help lol! I have a buddy that will do them for a couple hundred bucks, but that's mainly for friends. He's a mustang guy. There's plenty of guys out there that do them, though. Just gotta ask around.

Another option would be to find a rear end that already has the gear you want. I picked up a spare 8.8 a few months ago and the guy told me it probably had stock gears. I guess he didn't open it up, because it had 3.73's.
Thanks for the suggestions. I actually found another guy on a different forum that lives close to me. He said he might be able to do it and he also gave me the name of a shop that he trusts to do that type of work so I might finally have a couple of options.

I had considered your other suggestion too, after seeing a couple of rear ends with gears already posted on Craigslist. I didn't get a response to the first one I found but that seems like a good option if I can find one for a good price.
 

DudeStang

Member
I dropped the Fox off at the recommended gear/transmission shop the week before last, to have the 4.10s installed. It seemed the shop was a little behind because they didn't get to it until this week. They gave me a call a couple of days ago to update me that the gears were done but that one of the axles looked like it needed to be replaced. I asked them to go ahead and replace both of them while they have the car and I am hoping I might be able to go pick it up tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
 

DudeStang

Member
Almost a month later, I finally picked the Fox back up yesterday. The 4.10 gears are installed…..along with new 31 spline rear axles, a new rear main seal, a new clutch, a new clutch cable, and the speedometer gear kit. Long story but I think most of you know how it goes. I wasn’t thrilled to spend more money but I am happy that some things I knew the car needed (or would need not too far down the line) are fixed or replaced.
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I didn’t drive it too hard right after picking it up. From driving it just a couple times, I can say that it feels a bit more like my 2014 Mustang, in that there is enough torque/power regardless of what gear you're in. Less downshifting required it seems. We'll see if I continue to feel this way in a few weeks or months. Also, the clutch feels lighter, which is nice. I hadn't driven the car in almost a month though. Will need to drive it more.

I was hoping that the RMS being replaced would reduce the oil dripping from the car but it already seems like that isn't the case. I've got more oil dripping from around where the transmission meets the engine and there's oil getting onto the X pipe that's creating a little bit of smoke and giving off a burning smell. From scrolling through search results, I understand the RMS is apparently never an easy fix and that it might not even be the RMS that is leaking. The joys of a project car.
 
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