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    Thanks for the pics and update - great to see that fantastic story of a car out in 2021!
    Mark

    1986 GT Hatchback (2R): 5spd, TFS FAC 170s, TFS Stage 2 Cam, Vortech SQ S-Trim, MM Suspension, SN95 5-lug conversion w/Fox 5-lug rear axles, 3.73's, 13" / 11.65" brakes, Moates QuarterHorse
    Future mods: Ford Strokers Dart SHP 363, TFS 11R 205 heads, TFS-R long runner intake, Vortech T-Trim upgrade

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    Looks great! I gotta get back to my notch. Bought a house and it's still an hour away. Haven't touched it in months
    86 Notch under construction

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    Long time no update on The Rotter. So I finally pulled it out of storage and back into the main garage. I have a to-do list of about a dozen items that I need to take care of. One of these are the front control arms, they needed to be cleaned up and painted:


    Nothing fancy, just a coat of black rustoleum:


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    1982 Mustang GT T-Top 302 / 4spd
    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    Next update, I bought replacement under hood decals:


    Match is really good:








    Even added this one:

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    Last of the recent updates, the starter was having issued engaging. I pulled it out and cleaned up the shaft, but it actually got worse.



    So I went with a rebuilt unit from Napa:



    Starter engages correctly every time now.
    I really didn't want to chance messing up the ring gear.
    So I'm good to go. That's all for now.
    I did a bunch of other smaller stuff that wasn't picture worthy.

    JT
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    1982 Mustang GT T-Top 302 / 4spd
    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    That's something, I was thinking of this very thing (decals) mere minutes before opening this link!
    Its an inexpensive yet wise way to upgrade the looks and 'feel' of a factory restoration.

    Quote Originally Posted by JTurbo View Post
    Next update, I bought replacement under hood decals:


    Match is really good:








    Even added this one:

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    Thanks for the updates and what a difference those small details make, especially when you compare to the before pics!

    I know we are both from the same area... did you ever go to the Mark's Auto Parts Cruise nights in East Granby, CT? Unfortunately, 2021 is the last year they are doing them... I was car number 1,285 when I went to the last event. Need to find another great weekly/bi-weekly cruise night to take the place of this event!
    Mark

    1986 GT Hatchback (2R): 5spd, TFS FAC 170s, TFS Stage 2 Cam, Vortech SQ S-Trim, MM Suspension, SN95 5-lug conversion w/Fox 5-lug rear axles, 3.73's, 13" / 11.65" brakes, Moates QuarterHorse
    Future mods: Ford Strokers Dart SHP 363, TFS 11R 205 heads, TFS-R long runner intake, Vortech T-Trim upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quikk86 View Post
    Thanks for the updates and what a difference those small details make, especially when you compare to the before pics!

    I know we are both from the same area... did you ever go to the Mark's Auto Parts Cruise nights in East Granby, CT? Unfortunately, 2021 is the last year they are doing them... I was car number 1,285 when I went to the last event. Need to find another great weekly/bi-weekly cruise night to take the place of this event!
    I ended up making the last car show at Marks. I was car #82 (drove the SVO). I rounded the block at 4:30 and got in early. Sat in my chair by the bleachers and just watched cars roll in for hours....
    Marks Monday show will be a tough cruise to replace in the coming years. There are a bunch of smaller shows popping up, but none have the capacity.
    Here's to a better 2022!
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    1982 Mustang GT T-Top 302 / 4spd
    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    A few last updates on The Rotter.

    I finally put a coat of wax on the car, first time since painting it:


    Next up was the hood emblem:


    I actually bought this emblem about a decade ago....


    After this, I moved the GT back into the storage garage for the winter.
    It's pretty good for spring 2022.
    I'm going to order a new new tires over the winter.
    I plan to get them installed on the black mesh rims.

    There's a bunch of smaller items to take care of, but it's 99% done at this point.

    Oh, and I did a YouTube video on the resto.
    It basically mirrors most of this thread.
    Here is part 1: https://youtu.be/yWagUJCpMX4

    Part 2 is coming soon.....
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    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    That is looking very sweet.
    Very determined build.
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    Sooooooo much metal work, but it turned out great. This is such an amazing build thread and I must admit, if I wasn't a full-on Capri guy, an '82 T-top would be my second choice to own... and yours is magnificent.
    '86 Capri 5.0, black with charcoal interior, 5 spd, fully restored, mildly modded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboy60 View Post
    That is looking very sweet.
    Very determined build.
    Thank you, it's def been a long road.

    Quote Originally Posted by capri debris View Post
    Sooooooo much metal work, but it turned out great. This is such an amazing build thread and I must admit, if I wasn't a full-on Capri guy, an '82 T-top would be my second choice to own... and yours is magnificent.
    I loved watching your Capri rebuild. And the funny thing is that I'd love to find an 81 Capri as a next project....
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    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    FYI - Part 2 of the YouTube video series on the resto went live a few days ago.

    https://youtu.be/PtEiGFV9IK0

    Enjoy!
    1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang 302 / 5spd
    1982 Mustang GT T-Top 302 / 4spd
    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    Watched the two parts on YouTube. Excellent job!

    Was curious where you sourced the foam support for the rear bumper cover. Mine has a wavy cover that needs attention.
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    The car looks great. I like the videos on the build. Where did you get the Center caps from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by graphicdesigner80 View Post
    Watched the two parts on YouTube. Excellent job!

    Was curious where you sourced the foam support for the rear bumper cover. Mine has a wavy cover that needs attention.
    Thanks, glad you enjoyed the videos.
    I went through my folder of receipts. The "bumper droop eliminator" was purchased on eBay back in 2016.
    The seller back then was "videoherellc"


    Quote Originally Posted by cougman67 View Post
    The car looks great. I like the videos on the build. Where did you get the Center caps from?
    Thanks. Center caps were also found on eBay, but I don't have a printed receipt to reference.

    JT
    1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang 302 / 5spd
    1982 Mustang GT T-Top 302 / 4spd
    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    The "bumper droop eliminator" was purchased on eBay back in 2016.
    The seller back then was "videoherellc"
    Found it. Thanks!
    Last edited by graphicdesigner80; 01-05-2022 at 10:13 AM.
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