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    Default My 1986 SVO Resto-Mod Build

    I have had this car for over 10 years now, I bought it in 2006 w/54K miles on it....fast forward to now and it has right around-70K miles. During this time I have done a few mods here and there (rebuilt turbo, installed an IRS, FMIC, serpentine setup, DIY rotated upper, Cobra brakes, etc). Now after a few years of rat-holing more money and parts I am ready to finish the "mod" part of "resto".

    I am installing MM coil overs in the front front and rear along with their full K-Member kit. Next I am replacing the ECU for a PIMP ECU w/ a wideband (going to figure out this data-logging thing). Then comes the fuel system, every thing is getting replaced except for the fuel tank (just going to freshen it up) and upgrade the fuel lines, FPR, fuel rail, fuel pump install 60# injectors.

    Now for the wheels, my plan is to run a staggered setup of Motegi "Tracklite" wheels w/ 18x9 for the rear and 18x8 in the front. I am waiting to install all the suspension parts in order to figure out the correct backspacing. I plan on running 275/35/40 and 255/34/18 Nitto NT05 tires and I hope everything works out and looks good.

    Once the "mod" part is done I plan on turing to the "resto" part to bring back the glory of my SVO. There are a few parts that have broke over the years or are just plain worn out. Once those are all taken care of I want to repaint the car in the spring same color combo (Sliver w/black trim).

    Enough of my talking...on with the pictures.

    I have added a few picture of the engine clean up I did and the IRS swap as well.
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    I started on the fuel system first. After the sticker shock of replacing everything and upgrading it to a braided/hard line system wore off I started with ripping everything out. I removed and drained the 15 gal of 2 year old gas (man that was a mess), the only thing that I am reusing is the tank. I replaced all the gaskets, sending unit, pump, vapor valve and I swapped the stock fuel pump hanger for one from a 94/95 Mustang that has a 3/8" feed and return line. I will have a picture of the differences once it shows up.

    I also installed a rear tow strap, I did auto-x and road race the car a few times before I put the car in "time-out" for leaving me stranded a few years ago.

    I have read that the SCCA now requires a front and rear tow point....so that is what I shall do.

    I bent up a piece of metal to help re-enfore the rear bumper shock so it does not pull apart if I ever need to use the tow point. With a small zip tie the tow strap tucks up nicely out of the way so it does not look like a tongue flapping out from under the bumper. Then on the track day just cut the zip tie and it is ready to go.
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    Nice work on your SVO.
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    Very nice, can't wait to see it with the wheels on.

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    The fuel hanger showed up today, so on with finishing up the fuel tank. I used a 94/95 Mustang fuel hanger (Spectra FG30B) because it has a larger 3/8" feed line (vs' the 5/16" SVO one). For the fuel pump I used an Aeromotive 11540 Fuel Pump just encase I decide to run the car on E85 since 91 oct is about as good as it gets in Las Vegas.

    I had to cut, splice and solider the fuel pump harness to the hanger harness, then a shrink wrapped everything and made sure there was nothing rubbing against each other. I thought I could use a hose clamp to secure the harness but I was wrong...so I used a zip tie instead. I am using Russell AN to SAE adapters so I can used braided fuel line instead of the OEM stuff. The fitting part numbers are (Russell 641303) for the 1/4" return line and (Russell 640853) for the 3/8" supply line.

    I added a picture of the SVO and the 94/95 fuel hander to show the difference between them.

    Once all of the fuel lines arrive I will be able to install the tank and run the fuel lines. I'm sure some people are wondering why I am going the "AN" route instead of just ordering replacement hoses. After pricing it all out, it was about the same cost from tank to fuel rail for each setup. I figured running the AN stuff will look nicer and I will be able to run the lines around all of the non-oem parts that I have installed on the car over the years.

    On a side note I am installing a wide-band gauge for the PIMP ecu, I want to mount it in the ash try hole so I figured I would take a picture of the Steeda Tri-Ax short throw shifter and the MGW shifter handle while the center counsel was removed. I installed this setup a while ago but I never took pictures of it, it is way better then the stock handle or even just using the Steeda setup.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    My K-member kit showed up today from Maximum Motorsports so I figured I would tear into the suspension and get that all sorted out before I ran the fuel lines. I ordered the full K-member system for the car, I already had a new set of Koni yellows so with this kit the car should handle like it is on rails. Unfortunatly some of the parts that I had bought years ago will not work with these new parts (I hate buying things twice) so taking those off and now trying to sell them is always "fun".

    I was able to unpack everything and then remove all of the stock and cobra parts that were installed on the car (thanks to my new harbor fright special engine bar). I assembled the front coil overs and installed the new caster/camber plates. Then my OCD started kicking in so now I am going to replace the motor mounts, re-route some of the hoses/wiring and do some more painting here and there. I am also debating on swapping the power rack/pinion out for a manual one, the big thing stopping me is the added cost ($500 for rack and steering shaft).

    Anyways, enough of my rambling here are picture of todays progress.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    After years of messing with the power steering setup and trying different setups (OEM, T-bird remote reservoir, upgraded cooler) all ended up puking or leaking all over the place......I finally made the decision to ditch the power steering. I order a Flaming river manual 20:1 rack along with their steering shaft. By the time I'm done this SVO will be darn near brand new if I keep this "OCD" crap up.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    I removed the rest of the power steering parts today, for those curious as to what serpentine setup this is....the bracket is out of a ranger and the pulleys are from a early 90's mustang.

    I then removed all the vacuum lines and engine bay harnesses as well as removed the fender liners in order to hide the harnesses and vacuum lines to help clean up the engine bay. I laid the drivers side harness in the frame channel and I am thinking of using some aluminum or sheet metal as a removable cover to help keep everything accessible and hidden at the sane time.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    I like where this is headed! I have been contemplating a similar build with my "spare" fox body (92 lx 2.3); IRS, full maximum motorsports setup, manual rack, etc. but with the new 2.3 ecoboost since ford has the control pack out for it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY5speed View Post
    I like where this is headed! I have been contemplating a similar build with my "spare" fox body (92 lx 2.3); IRS, full maximum motorsports setup, manual rack, etc. but with the new 2.3 ecoboost since ford has the control pack out for it now.
    That would be a fun resto-mod build.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    After reading up on the MM k-member install I realized that my 94/95 spindles were not ideal. So this morning I went to the junk yard and picked up a pair of 99-04 spindles, I plan on rebuilding them with new hubs. My flaming river rack-n-pinion and steering shaft came in this week as well.

    I continued with my wire tucking today and moved all of the items the were on the passenger fender well to behind the shock tower (leaving enough room for the fuel lines). Then I decided to degrease the engine bay and mount the coolant overflow tank.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    Looking good. Did you install a later model starter?

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    Nice progress. Im in Las Vegas as well. Getting started on my front suspension and brakes too. Kinda going the same route. I have to pick up on of those nifty HF engine bars. How long have you been hanging the engine off of it? Is it a good piece?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavereq View Post
    Looking good. Did you install a later model starter?
    As far as I know it is still the factory starter (just has some grey over spray paint on it) It does not have the really mounted on it.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    Quote Originally Posted by ev5oh View Post
    Nice progress. Im in Las Vegas as well. Getting started on my front suspension and brakes too. Kinda going the same route. I have to pick up on of those nifty HF engine bars. How long have you been hanging the engine off of it? Is it a good piece?
    The engine has been hanging on it for 2 weeks, I also removed the upper intake and fuel system while it was hanging. I did put a jack stand under the engine via the oil pan (just encase) because I do not trust my life to a harbor freight tool.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    What are you planning to do with the 94/95 front spindles? I need a set and I will be in Vegas next weekend at the end of SEMA.
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    The mini starters off the dual plug head vehicles is lighter and moves the relay down to the starter. It helped hide some of the wiring on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basin Motorsports View Post
    What are you planning to do with the 94/95 front spindles? I need a set and I will be in Vegas next weekend at the end of SEMA.
    I ma probably going to sell them, unfortunately I will be out of town the week of SEMA.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavereq View Post
    The mini starters off the dual plug head vehicles is lighter and moves the relay down to the starter. It helped hide some of the wiring on mine.
    That is good to know, thank you.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    More parts arrived today.

    New hubs for the 99-04 spindles and brakes for the cobra calipers. Along with and new cap/rotor, plug wires, PCV valve, limiting strap for the engine (since the stock dampers will not be reused) and some new bushings for the transmission cross member.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclesams_SVO View Post
    I a probably going to sell them, unfortunately I will be out of town the week of SEMA.
    Not a problem. Keep me in mind when/if you want to sell them.
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    I might have to snag some of your wire tuck ideas for my Gt Turbo.

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    New engine mounts and spindle dust cap came in today.

    I think I am getting to the point of not really wanting to look at this recent collection of receipts. It also seems like the UPS guy is at the house almost daily at this point.....not sure if that is a good or bad thing tho.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    Removed resealed and repainted the oil pan (it was leaking thanks to using a 1 piece gasket). I just have to find an o-ring for the oil level sensor as it was toast. Hopefully the Fel-pro cork gasket will be better. I also installed new motor mounts and refinished the mount brackets. I repainted the starter (only had Ford blue engine paint in the drawer and I did not want to run out and get black). Finally a slapped in a new Motorcraft oil filter and called it a day.

    Anyways on with a couple more pictures.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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    I made some pretty good head way this weekend. I installed the new Maximum Motorsports K-member, A-arms, Coilovers, flamming river rack and steering shaft, MM bump-steer kit and 99-04 spindles.

    The k-member was a fun thing to install with one person, I thought I could do it with the engine mounts in....boy was I wrong. On the drivers side I could not use the slots in the K-member, I had to use the holes which made keeping the mounts in next to impossible. So after removing the engine mounts the k-member slid into place. Now came the really fun part of squaring up the suspension. To do that I had to break out my plum bobs ( i used the Harbor Freight one and the Home Depot one, they are both about the same price but the harbor freight one has a lot more weight to it, the HF one is much skinnier making it easier to see where your mark is). After adjusting the k-member a couple times I got it within 1/16" from being squared up.

    Next I installed the reverse offset A-arms (to keep the wheel in the factory location when using the MM k-member), those went it pretty easy using the top set of mounting holes, then I realized I needed to make another quick dash to Home Depot to get a T-55 torx bit. The MM k-member comes with 2 low profile bolts, these are used in the front mounting holes because the factory ones will interfere with the steering rack dust covers.

    Then came the Flamming river 20:1 manual steering rack and steering shaft kit. The MM k-member kit came with aluminum rack bushings with offset mounting holes allow stock rack position, 2 positions upward, and 2 positions downward. I used the highest upward position as this aligned the rack and the A-arms the best (while not even coming close to interfering with the oil pan). In that position the rack hit the k-member so I had to shim it out about 1/16" with a big ass washer. The steering shaft went in pretty easily, I ended up removing about 1/2" from the shaft to get it installed with out any binding.

    Now it was time to focus on the 99-04 "junk yard special" spindles. After removing the old hub and cleaning them up, I threw a fresh coat of paint on them and thought I was goo to go......that is until I read the directions for the MM bumpsteer kit that require a 5/8" hole instead of the factory 1/2"-ish hole. So out came my drill press and Harbor Freight special 2 axis vise. Then after quick dash to Lowes get a new 5/8" drill bit (as my old ones where pretty much shot). I then realized that I could not drill out the holes with the dust shields on, so after punching out the rivet shaft and drilling out the rivet head the shields popped right off end ready to be drilled out. Now I was able to install the spindles and bolt on the new hubs, brakes and steering rack.

    The bump-steer kit installed very easily and I just used enough spacers to align the steering arm with the a-arm. (do not have the fancy measuring kit from MM, so this was my best guess to minumizing bump-steer).

    I then installed the MM coil over kit over a set of yellow Koni's (86-93 struts). I had to use 2 of the large spacers to avoid the strut from hitting the shock tower. (i am using MM C/C plates, others my require a different spacer). Those slid in very easy and bolted back right into place with zero interferance with the a-arm or spindle.

    Time for the new sway bar, after talking to Jack at MM he suggested using the Eibach 3510.310 sway bar. I also ordered their sway bar relocation kit, this will allow you to move the sway bar forward 1/2" or 1" depending on your a-arms. So after mocking everything up I used the 1/2" forward holes to keep the sway bar links in the most verticle position. I did not reuse the factory bushing brackets as Jack suggested that I use their 9-5168G bushing kit due to the relocation kit.

    Finally I just had to re-instal the 13" cobra brake setup and the front suspension is all back together.

    Enough with my rambling...on with the pictures.
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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn, stop, and go)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...esto-Mod-Build

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Gathering parts for GT500 5.8, T56, and t-top swap)
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...84#post1944184

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