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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    On the list:

    - Front pads and rotors. I knew these needed to be done.
    - Rear pads. Turn the rotors if needed
    Early last week, I pulled the front apart to get started on the work.

    It was so tempting to jump in and start cleaning and detailing every little thing but I know I cannot spend the time this go around. This is a get in and get done endeavour! Well, maybe a little cleaning...



    Everything came apart as expected. I did notice I am missing the anti-rattle bracket for the front passenger side and have a broken back one!



    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    - Front pads. I knew these needed to be done.
    I knew I was not getting the best results out of these and knew the rotors were not true. These were like this when I got it. They look to be the original front rotors. Wow are they wavy!




    The back rotors look good but I will take them in for a resurface to be sure.

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    Default Brake debacle!

    Well, Mr. Smarty that I am buying things months if not years in advance have an issue with the front pads I bought from RockAuto last year.

    Here I though I would get everything back together in short order




    I expected that RockAuto would have been accurate and thought I had done my homework These Motorcraft BR7B seem to be for 83-93 Mustangs and all engines now that I dig deeper. Just not the SVO...The back were correct.

    I searched again and still had a hard time getting accurate info online. I decided to search up the part number in my parts book and found the page.

    Front F0ZZ-2001-A and rear F0LY-2200-A



    The bonus is that I found some on eBay for a reasonable price! Now I wait for them...






    In the meantime, I went as far as I could. The bearings all seemed good once cleaned up. I repacked them and put the hubs back together.

    I noticed looking closer that all of the original Koni's are still on the car although the front passenger strut may have a small leak. I will have to keep an eye on it.



    Oh, and I oddly found what looks to be a part of the original front spring label that somehow survived wedged in the splash shield.


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    Duplicolor chevy orange is a good match for Koni orange...just saying.
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    Default List picking.

    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    As usual, I have been gathering needed parts over time to eventually get to one day.

    On the list:

    - Oil and filter change
    - Oil pressure sender. The gauge reads quite high most of the time.
    While awaiting the pads to arrive, last weekend I hit a some things on the list

    The usual oil change. I have not driven the car too far since I have owned it but hadn't changed the oil in a couple of seasons.

    In with the new!


    While I was underneath I thought I would scrape and wipe a bit. It looks like at least the oil pan drain plug was leaking for a bit and spraying back underneath.

    Photo op. Better than it was and maybe I can see where I do have leaks


    Since I had the car, I had noted that the oil pressure gauge was not reading correctly. Not believable to be that high and nothing actually be noticeably wrong with the car

    This is what I would typically see.


    Replacement sender. Different finish Same patent markings. I think I will search for at least a gold cad coated one.


    I decided to put on a mechanical gauge to confirm pressures prior to installing the sender.

    Cold idle.


    Operating temperature idle.


    I removed the gauge and installed the sender. Now it's just right

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    Default Coolant sender.

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    As usual, I have been gathering needed parts over time to eventually get to one day.

    On the list:

    - Coolant temp sensor. Coolant gauge temperature seems inaccurate to the actual temp and fan on point.
    It's funny. I had to look around to find the sensor. As stated, I had questioned the fan operation and temperature switch in relation to the gauge reading. A couple of summers ago, I had got into slow freeway traffic on a warm afternoon and noted the gauge creeping up and making me nervous. I had tried to check the fan operation and only knew that it at least would come on. I just wasn't happy with what the gauge said when it did.

    Amazing how many different ones of these things there are to buy on the market. Different colours, temps etc. I found the right one at least



    I had noted last year after storage that I had a small coolant leak but I could not find it. While underneath and doing the cleaning I did I noted a drip on the started and found the turbo coolant return hose was the culprit!

    What a tough place to reach too! Good thing I can get in there other wise the starter and maybe more would have to come off!


    I drained the coolant and pulled the sensor. Filled it and fired it back up again to test.


    I let it run until the fan came on. Temps were reasonable with the infrared gun and the gauge read this when it kicked in. Before I had seen it creep to the line at least. Another small task done

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    As usual, I have been gathering needed parts over time to eventually get to one day.

    On the list:

    - Front pads and rotors. I knew these needed to be done.
    - Rear pads. Turn the rotors if needed
    Speaking of rotors... I took the ones off the car in and they machined them all. The rears were well within spec.



    I installed the replacement front rotors I bought thinking (knowing) they were bad but they were okay to machine per spec. So I have a spare set... should I Evapo-Rust them for future?



    So I got the pads a bit ago and installed them with little fanfare.

    The front; no issues other than bending the pad tangs to go into the pistons:


    The rear pistons were a little tough to get turning with the cheap tool. The passenger side was a real *itch. The holes were stretched previously making the tool useless

    Bonus is the NOS pad set came with a replacement anti-rattle bracket to replace the broken one I had.




    I ended up using my 14" offset pipe wrench to catch the outer edge and turn the piston in. No damage to the boot but what a pain. It would not retract any more and was still seemingly real tight putting it back onto the rotor.

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    Default Give me a brake.

    During the installation of the pads, I decided to change the fluid out. Gravity drained most of it and used the vacuum pump after. Lastly used another person to press the pedal to ensure all of the air was out.

    Back passenger had a little amount of solids come out initially but nothing too alarming.




    I have driven the car a handful of times since the pad change.

    First trip out after bedding the pads and rotors, I went for around 10-15 miles around the neighbourhoods to check the feel out. I ended up with really hot rotors and wheels especially the front drivers was HOT. Wheel hot to the touch hot. Not good. I let it cool, took it apart and found nothing wrong. Tried it again and it is fine. The piston must have stuck for a bit. Whew.

    The last few times out though the back passenger side rotor and wheel are warming up. Not as bad as the front was the first day but I was still concerned. I took it all apart and again, everything looks okay. Still slight warming - above normal at least when comparing to the other wheels. It just feels like there is a little more resistance and dragging than there should be. The car rolls but not as easy as one would think. The e-brake is all the way backed off too.

    Not sure if there is anything I can really do. Do you think they will wear in and this is just a break in period? I will take it apart one more time in order to clean and grease to ensure the pads are moving freely and not jamming and maintaining contact with the rotor.

    If it was all easy, this would be no fun right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    It looks like at least the oil pan drain plug was leaking for a bit and spraying back underneath.

    Photo op. Better than it was and maybe I can see where I do have leaks
    Well, the coolant leak is fixed as well as the oil pan plug is good. With it being cleaner plus in my garage to look for any leaks sooner after running it, I have found the last culprit.

    Looks like it may be the rear seal. Not a deal breaker right now and not something I am inclined to fix in the short term. The car runs strong and I can live with this for now


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    Default The finish of 2018

    This summer went by really fast this year! With the late end to winter and it being wet and cool for pretty much the last two weeks, it seemed a blink!

    After doing the brakes, I find they work great! I still feel more resistance to rolling than I think there should be plus I have an intermittent clicking and squeaking from the front passenger wheel. With other things going on I haven't had the time to look into it too deeply again. It will remain on the to-do list for next year.

    With the brake noise noted above and Tangerine coupe on the road too, driving seemed limited.

    Some highlights and photo ops.






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    A couple more doing car and storage shuffling! So thankful for my current situation!

    Come on 2019!



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    All are looking good!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post





    Oh, and I oddly found what looks to be a part of the original front spring label that somehow survived wedged in the splash shield.

    I know I am a little behind on your progress, but that would be the oem decal for the outer tie rod. Nice find if you have enough of it to put back on.

    Keep up the good work!
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