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  1. #1

    Default '84.5 GT convertible resurrection

    Finally getting around to starting a thread. Y'all have probably seen a lot of posts recently on all the little jobs I've needed help with. Thanks to everyone who's chimed in. Always good to get another point of view when stuck in the weeds.

    I bought this car in the fall of '08 from an old friend after he decided it was too much to deal with. He had bought it from another friend of mine and I was with him when he purchased it from a fellow in Houston, TX.

    Story I heard was the car was from the Austin, TX area and was a daily driver until an encounter with some ice on an overpass caused it to spin out and kiss the guard rail on the left-front corner. When I first saw the car (around '06), they had already pulled the drive-train out and decided to sell. Never knew what happened to the original motor/trans, but was told it was worn out.

    Fast forward 2 years and I had my chance at it. Previous guy had the front core support straightened on a frame machine so everything was squared back up again and the hood would close nice. Before, everything was shifted over to the right and the hood wouldn't come close to latching. He painted the black rub strip on the bumper cover to hide some of the accident damage, and started dying the dash/a-pillars black as he didn't like the canyon red interior.

    I had an extra 302 (actually 306) roller motor out of my '86 coupe. Built a 331 for it and figured I'd find something to put the thing in one day. Sourced a t-5z trans and started the process. Cleaned up the engine bay/painted and got the engine/trans dropped in.

    Life happened and I put the car in storage up at my dad's farm. Apologies on the first pics. They're from '08

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    A good time later it looked like it had earned the status of 'barn find'... at least it had the dust/dirt to prove it. lol



    Been collecting parts since that time. Fast-forward to 2018. Got the engine to fire, but wasn't getting fuel. Had to drop the tank and replace, along with most of the fuel lines. Never did get it to run well enough to drive back home, so had it towed home in the summer of 2019. Been messing with it ever since. Had a few setbacks along the way, including having to pull the front cover due to installing the cam in the wrong position (luckily no damage). As well as dealing with mechanical fuel pumps that put out way too much pressure and push past the needle/seats. Taking a long time to do each thing because i feel the need to clean/paint everything.

    My plans are to keep it fairly stock. All the emissions equipment is long gone and its 'exempt' from any testing here in Texas now that it's over 25 yrs old. I put arrow headers along with a gutted cat-pipe. Has old flowmasters with dumps. Planning on changing to tail pipes soon as that drone is just too much for me. only other mod is an Edelbrock performer 289 intake manifold. Carb is the stock 4180.

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    Long road ahead, but it runs well enough that i took it down the road a couple times. Still need to fine-tune carb/timing.

    Last edited by graphicdesigner80; 05-26-2020 at 01:02 PM.
    '84.5 GT vert / roller 5 liter 4v / t5
    '86 LX coupe / 331 / t5
    '86 F-150 - 5 liter / efi / aod
    '56 F-100 - 272 y-block / 3 on the tree

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    Latest project was getting the maximum motorsport subframe connectors installed. Interior needed redoing anyway, so I pulled dash/seats/etc and discovered a few issues. some rust in the rear pans and a broken rear seat support... on the passenger side! Driver side is totally solid, surprisingly. Appears someone ran over something and caught the front of the support plate and ripped the spot welds and tweaked the pan. took some massaging and tweaking, but got it back in place.

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    I am definitely not a welder, but that connector cross piece sure helps strengthen that area up.

    Need to do some light grinding and primmer/paint and it's on to the next thing.
    Last edited by graphicdesigner80; 05-20-2020 at 01:07 PM.

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    Didn't feel like sweating like a dog last night so got the cluster finished up. Bought the gauge overlay decals from lmr and went to town. Also repainted the needles with some fluorescent model paint. Really pops now.

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    Threw it in the dash on the workbench just to get a look at the final product:
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    Posted in another thread in the interior section, but here's the bezels with the brushed aluminum vinyl. Actually surprised how they turned out.
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    Passenger side piece

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    Sourced an uncut dash out of an '86 vert. Dyed and slowing going back together

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    Spent some time cleaning up the floor pan. Had some rust in the rear pans and a couple spots up front on the driver side.

    The factory sound deadening was lifting on the front foot-wells so pulled it up and cleaned everything up, wire brushed, and treated with navel jelly.

    Used a really neat product called POR Patch. Works really well for small holes and pitted areas in the floor. Got everything sealed up then brushed all the flat areas with regular POR 15.

    Was lucky to be able to store the car indoors for the last 10+ years. Glad the rust wasnít any worse than it was. Car is surprisingly solid other than the rusty floor that is so common with open cars. As far as I can tell the car has always been a Texas car







    Touched up all the spots where everything was welded up underneath for the connectors. Need to get the rest of the bottom side of the car cleaned up so the rest can be coated. Was thinking about getting the grey POR 15 to keep the factory look. Might be going too far, but would be good piece of mind just to have it all coated and protected.

    For now, Iíll let the paint cure up then lay some dynamat down and get the rest of the interior back in.


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    '84.5 GT vert / roller 5 liter 4v / t5
    '86 LX coupe / 331 / t5
    '86 F-150 - 5 liter / efi / aod
    '56 F-100 - 272 y-block / 3 on the tree

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    Dash is almost ready to go back in. Still waiting on the Maximum Motorsports quadrant/cable & pedal box spacer to come in. Have a couple spots to touch up where a couple of minor cracks were overlooked until that new dye made them stand out.



    Decided to keep the Ďpostí radio look and went with an am/fm unit pulled from an Ď85 several years ago. Although the dash is not correct for an Ď84, Iím happy with it. Amp & amp-pull switch still work, so maybe I can hear it a little while cruising down the road.



    I have one of those Ďauxí input adapters that plugs into the antenna wire.




    Used on my old Ď98 GT with decent results. Not sure how well itíll work with an analog head unit. Fingers crossed.

    I do have the digital tape deck that came with the dash. Tested and it does work. Almost decided to go with it until I realized my Ď84 dash harness doesnít have the constant power going to the plug to keep the radio memory. I have the Ď86 dash harness, but canít find where that wire ties in. Probably for the best since Iíd like to keep the amp pull switch functional.




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    '84.5 GT vert / roller 5 liter 4v / t5
    '86 LX coupe / 331 / t5
    '86 F-150 - 5 liter / efi / aod
    '56 F-100 - 272 y-block / 3 on the tree

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    Our son was born this past Friday, so updates are gonna slow down a bit.

    I did get the dynamat laid in. Pedal assembly is ready to go back in with MM quadrant/adjuster/cable.

    Hopefully can find time to do a little here and there. Iím lucky to have a very understanding wife that encourages my hobbies




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    '84.5 GT vert / roller 5 liter 4v / t5
    '86 LX coupe / 331 / t5
    '86 F-150 - 5 liter / efi / aod
    '56 F-100 - 272 y-block / 3 on the tree

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    Rebuilt the pedal box with new bushings & painted everything. Installed new MM box spacer/quadrant/cable. Very happy with the fit and alignment of everything. Quadrant looks to be dead-center with the hole in the firewall. Ran the cable and adjuster per the instructions. Went ahead and threw the carpet in.
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    Seems like this car keeps pushing back with every two steps forward I take. Discovered the tail shaft seal on the t-5 is leaking. Driveshaft has noticeable play up/down & side to side. Pulled the shaft and yoke doesn't have any noticeable wear. Just leaves that dang bushing in the trans as the culprit. Priced the special tool to pull it out while in the car and looks like it's almost $200. I'll just drop the gearbox and pull the tail shaft and do it the old fashioned way. While it's out I'm gonna check clutch/throwout bearing/pivot ball. The fork is nearly in the middle of the bell housing opening before it hits the pressure plate. From reading around on here it needs to be further back towards the back of the car to get better full-range. We'll see how it looks.

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