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    Default My '92 Calypso "Storage Find" Is Alive!

    I didn't anticipate this day coming until later this fall or next spring, but just as the great fortune of this car finding me I had similar fortunes in getting it back on the road! So it is time to do some cruising for the rest of the season, and maybe even drag it out to Foxtoberfest instead of the '82 GT

    I spent less than 10 hours on the paint. I compounded the hood, roof and hatch thanks to some poor storage practices by the original owner. I polished, glazed and waxed the entire car. I used WD-40 to rub out the discoloration and stickiness of the rubber side moldings, and replaced the corroded 5.0 badges. Inside she was minty fresh so not much to do there. This winter I will have a lot of detailing to do under the hood thanks to 15yrs of storage oxidation/corrosion. With only 10,600 on the clock my goal is to have the engine bay looking showroom new.

    As for getting it running, that was amazingly easier than I anticipated. Once I was able to get around the dealer installed alarm & bypass system, she was ready to crank. First I drained the tank and discovered very clean gas, that still amazingly smelled like gas after 15 years! Next I dropped the tank for visual inspection, only to find that was a waste of time....CLEAN AS A WHISTLE!! I reinstalled the tank, added some fresh gas and Lucas Oil treatment, changed the fuel filter for good measure, changed the oil and let 'er rip. There was some lifter chatter on the driver side valves (thanks Ford for not putting an access cap on the DS valve cover like the early years!) until the oil pressure came up, other than that it now purrs like a brand new 5.0.

    She also drives and shifts like a brand new car. Only issues are pulsating brakes which I will fix by having the rotors and drums turned, and the tires are flat spotted. On the list for this winter will be a set of SVE reproduction wheels and some fresh Goodyear rubber to preserve the Skaterbacks...and belive me, they SKATE!!

    Overall I am HIGHLY impressed with how this car came back to life after 15 years untouched in a Detroit area storage unit. I know I can make some good coin if I decide to sell it, but damn it fits in my collection so nicely I may just have to keep it

    Here was the first fire-up in nearly 15 years!
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    Jason Smith
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    '88 #400 Saleen Coupe "Mean Machine" Legal Guardian
    '92 LX 5.0 Calypso - 10k Mile Orig. Survivor (Sold @ Foxtoberfest...2017 Best Original 87-93)
    '93 LX Yellow/Black Summer Feature - 2,700 Mile Original Survivor
    '05 S-281 Mineral Grey - 16k miles @ counting.

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    Jason Smith
    MCA #65481

    '82 GT Med. Red - 14k Mile Orig. Survivor
    '85 GT Black - 16k Mile Orig. Survivor (Foxtoberfest 2016 Best Original 79-86)
    '88 #400 Saleen Coupe "Mean Machine" Legal Guardian
    '92 LX 5.0 Calypso - 10k Mile Orig. Survivor (Sold @ Foxtoberfest...2017 Best Original 87-93)
    '93 LX Yellow/Black Summer Feature - 2,700 Mile Original Survivor
    '05 S-281 Mineral Grey - 16k miles @ counting.

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    Very nice! I'm hoping to get my '92 Calypso up and running over the winter if time allows... it will be nowhere near as nice as this one though. Congrats!
    -Randy
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    Love it when a project roars to life! Congrats!

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    That car is like a time capsule.

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    Very cool Jason!

    I would love to have an almost new fox.
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    Very cool!! Glad it turned out so well !! Car looks fantastic!!


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    I remember back in the early '90s, there was quite a buzz regarding the all-new Calypso Green and Bimini Blue Mustangs! Quite striking, especially with Ford's new Pony wheels. Nice job with this one Jason

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    Great job. Love the car and the period-correct color. Hope to see it in the future.
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    Car looks great Jason. I have always like the Calypso Green cars. What size is your trailer in the background? Do you haul your Mustangs in there? I have been thinking about one and wasn't sure what size would do. I had a 24 foot trailer for my '69 Cougar but sold it a couple years ago after I sold the Cougar. Don't think I need one that big for my Capri.

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    Jason? I think I might be in love with your mustang! Jeez! It's beautiful.

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    Stunning!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fascat View Post
    Car looks great Jason. I have always like the Calypso Green cars. What size is your trailer in the background? Do you haul your Mustangs in there? I have been thinking about one and wasn't sure what size would do. I had a 24 foot trailer for my '69 Cougar but sold it a couple years ago after I sold the Cougar. Don't think I need one that big for my Capri.
    It's a 20' trailer with cabinets mounted up front, plenty of space for a Fox and my 2005 S-281 fits fine as well.
    Jason Smith
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    '85 GT Black - 16k Mile Orig. Survivor (Foxtoberfest 2016 Best Original 79-86)
    '88 #400 Saleen Coupe "Mean Machine" Legal Guardian
    '92 LX 5.0 Calypso - 10k Mile Orig. Survivor (Sold @ Foxtoberfest...2017 Best Original 87-93)
    '93 LX Yellow/Black Summer Feature - 2,700 Mile Original Survivor
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    Congrats on waking her up! I would definitely keep it!
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by sowaxeman View Post
    It's a 20' trailer with cabinets mounted up front, plenty of space for a Fox and my 2005 S-281 fits fine as well.
    Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. Nice to know there is room for cabinets as well.

    I would probably keep the '92 as well. Can't be many left in that original condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roush235 View Post
    Great job. Love the car and the period-correct color. Hope to see it in the future.
    Going to Foxtoberfest Bob?
    Jason Smith
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    '82 GT Med. Red - 14k Mile Orig. Survivor
    '85 GT Black - 16k Mile Orig. Survivor (Foxtoberfest 2016 Best Original 79-86)
    '88 #400 Saleen Coupe "Mean Machine" Legal Guardian
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    '93 LX Yellow/Black Summer Feature - 2,700 Mile Original Survivor
    '05 S-281 Mineral Grey - 16k miles @ counting.

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    wow she is beautiful!
    Brian R. of Michigan
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    Wow, that must have been a great feeling firing up that time machine. Looks great dude. Congrats!
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    Man what a find. Very fine car. Gee amazing condition coming from here (the Detroit area).

    My 93 Ranger has the same color combo.
    Looked special for that color back in '94
    Kind of reminds me of the non metallic Grabber Green.
    Cayman Green is not the same but was more popular.
    Never regretted it nor get tired looking at it. It is a mellow happy and sort of a safety color in all weather to me.
    Bright Calypso Green Clear coat Metallic. Easy to find in parking lots!
    Factory plum/silver/royal blue triple pinstripe compliment it, as does Ford Argent Silver and light gray interiors.
    Chrome rims and black walls look fine with it too.
    Rust, dents, neglect, do not.

    Light Regatta Blue is also one of the coolest colors Ford ever did.
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    Absolutely amazing Jason

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    Well I'll be damn....a Lee Reese sighting Get your but over to the Saleen section and wake it up buddy
    Jason Smith
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    '82 GT Med. Red - 14k Mile Orig. Survivor
    '85 GT Black - 16k Mile Orig. Survivor (Foxtoberfest 2016 Best Original 79-86)
    '88 #400 Saleen Coupe "Mean Machine" Legal Guardian
    '92 LX 5.0 Calypso - 10k Mile Orig. Survivor (Sold @ Foxtoberfest...2017 Best Original 87-93)
    '93 LX Yellow/Black Summer Feature - 2,700 Mile Original Survivor
    '05 S-281 Mineral Grey - 16k miles @ counting.

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    Looking good!
    I should of tried to look you up on Monday, we stayed in Greenwood that night before heading home to MI on Tuesday am.
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    Man Jason that thing sure does look great! Now you have a hard choice for Foxtoberfest....

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    Car looks great, one of my favorite colors.

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    Nice find and a great job bring it back!
    84 Cougar, 88 HO with 700DP, Edelbrock RPM intake, 1.7 RRs, shorty's and SS exh, T-5, KC clutch, Hurst pro billet, line loc, 8.8, 4.10s, suspension mods....blah, blah,blah.

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