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    Default 1983 GLX Convertible Winter Repairs

    Today I put my FFR, 2006 Mustang and Ď54 Country Squire in to storage so itís officially winter and time for winter repairs and upgrades.

    This winterís project is my 1983 GLX Convertible.

    I bought this car in 2002 when I was a 20 year old university student.
    It had been sitting for 10 years in a barn and needed extensive repairs. I got the car on the road in 2003 but the 3.8 was a smoky oil burning mess and was soon replaced with an Ď89 302 and AOD. Later changed to a T5.

    This summer I found a hole in the passenger side front frame rail. Good excuse for a winter project.

    Now that the garage is empty itís time to tear this car apart.





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    I havenít had a late night in the garage in a long time until last night.
    The plan was to drain the fluids and have a beer.
    I ended up staying till almost midnight but the engine is ready to come out.





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    Took inventory last night.
    I think I have everything I need
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    Looks like a fun time coming your way! I'm excited to see some updates and I like what was done to your valve covers!

    BTW, you might want to ask an admin to edit the title of your thread. As it is right now there is a "special character" in the title which will keep folks from viewing it. There is a sticky somewhere that explains this.
    '85 GT

    The other one... 2016 F-150 XLT Supercab Ecoboosted with 3.73's...

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    Thanks for the heads up on the title, Iíll try to get that fixed, donít want everyone to miss my fun.



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    My friend Ron came over last night and we pulled the engine, then drank beer and watched Cannonball Run.
    Not much progress but a great night.



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    Hard to beat watching Cannonball Run
    Mike
    1986 Mustang convertible 3.8L ---> BUILD THREAD
    1983 Mercury Cougar 3.8L LS
    1986 Ford Thunderbird 5.0L ELAN
    1966 Ford Fairlane sedan 200-6
    1966 Ford Fairlane GT (390ci 4spd)
    1981 Mercury Marquis Brougham
    1980 Capri RS Turbo
    1971 Mustang Fastback
    1974 Pontiac Luxury LeMans

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    Mustang is pretty well stripped,
    The only bolts I had any trouble with with the 4 top k member bolts.
    Once I had the torches out I heated all 4 but maybe didnít need to.

    3 out of 4 control arm bolts are loose so only one will need to be cut out I hope.

    The frame rails are a little worse than I had hoped but not as bad as they could have been.

    Next step is to measure and record where everything is so Iíll know where the new frame rails go on and strip small parts like washer bottle and wiring.




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    Pic of your FFR? I had an early roadster kit. Chassis 1418
    1986 GT Vert, Oxford White/ Grey(sold)

    85 GT Vert, Oxford WT/Sand Beige-(Sold)

    Do not confuse motion with progress

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsims View Post
    Pic of your FFR? I had an early roadster kit. Chassis 1418


    Mine is a 2007 MK3 chassis.
    Mostly stock Ď87 drive train.
    I bought an Ď87 hatch for the transmission for my Ď83 and didnít end up using it so I built a Cobra.




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    Quote Originally Posted by AldeanFan View Post


    Mine is a 2007 MK3 chassis.
    Mostly stock Ď87 drive train.
    I bought an Ď87 hatch for the transmission for my Ď83 and didnít end up using it so I built a Cobra.

    The wood is my wifeís


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    Iíve officially run out of bolts that are going to come out easy.

    Last two are the passenger side control arm bolts, frozen in the bushings
    Everything has been easy up to this point.

    Tomorrow afternoon will be torch and sawzall time.
    Wish me luck.



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    If anyone is cutting control arm bolts the Diablo Steel Demon Carbide blade is the answer.
    One blade lived through 4 cuts.


    Iíll put the member and control arms in my truck and take them to the coin car wash for a clean up and then some paint and new bushings and ball joints.



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    These foxes never cease to amaze me in the ways that they rust! Drives a person crazy after a while. Just no rhyme or reason!

    That blade — Wow !! I had four cuts to make on two bolts to get the control arm out on my 86GT. I tried a cutoff wheel unsuccessfully. Ultimately it took 12 high end “torch” blades to make two cuts and free the front portion.

    That is when I discovered the stock bushings are split length ways.... which can work to your advantage BIG, FYI.

    One thing that was unique - the bolt holes in my K member were oblonged badly from all the years those bolts were frozen in the bushing and the rubber was hard enough they didn’t move — the bolt became a pivot. Was a real mess to locate where the holes are supposed to be so I could weld in washers and puddle in the gaps and grind things back and get to where there are solid holes again.

    When I restore my 86GT i will replace the K member entirely as I don’t like patch work. I have a nice stock K member from an 85GT that wan not a nice car and have its front metal to save an 84GT Turbo convertible.

    Anyway — oblong holes help get to the bushings to free the bolts honestly.

    Once you get one you use a punch set and sharpen a small round into a wedge that will open up the bushing from the end where the nut was. From there shoot it with some penetrating oil and let it sit for a while and the one bolt will come out intact. At least it did for me with my car.

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    Thereís seems to be no reason to the areas the car has rusted.
    It still has most of the original brake lines but thereís a rust hole in the frame. The hood was perfect but 3Ē of trunk had rotted away.

    This is the 4th fix Iíve taken control arms out of and i was fully prepared to buy a tubular kmember if needed.
    This was the easiest one Iíve done so far.



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