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kid vishus
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Posts: 7251
From: middle of NC
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 01-22-2005 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus        Reply w/Quote
What does anyone know about these cars? If I were to buy one, what kind of stuff should I look for that is specific to them that goes bad and needs repaired?

Years ago, I had a desire to own one. I managed to talk myself out of it and pretty much forgot about it till now. But since we play with a lot of superchargers at work, and boost is really cool, the desire to own a Super Coupe is back, and stronger than ever. Problem is, we don't really need anymore cars and I may have found one that fits my criteria; black interior, 5 speed, nice exterior colour, not beat up, and cheap. If I had the money I would have it now, but as it is, it wouldn't take much to come up with the cash. But, do I really need one? And do I really want to spend racecar money on another street hot rod? Although, since my drive back and forth to work is farther now, I am sure the SC would get better gas mile-age than my Lightning does (last tankfull it got a whopping 12.5 mpg.)

Someone talk me out of this crazy idea.

KULTULZ
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Posts: 959
From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 01-22-2005 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
The only thing that would concern me about the car is availability of service parts from FORD. They don't seem to like to support some of the more exoctic cars they have made. For the blower and related parts, you would likely have to depend on a car club for sources.

But then again, you can always upgrade to a 5.0L.

kid vishus
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posted 01-22-2005 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus        Reply w/Quote
I think there are enough people making aftermarket blowers for them that the blower wouldn't be an issue. More boost is even better.
But what about the independant rear suspension? I don't know anything about that stuff. Is there anything there that wears out?

Wow, I just read my first post and it was all over the place.

KULTULZ
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From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 01-22-2005 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kid vishus:

I think there are enough people making aftermarket blowers for them that the blower wouldn't be an issue.


Well, the blower itself is readily available reman (or pumped up) EATON. What I am referring to is specialty parts for the car.

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But what about the independant rear suspension? I don't know anything about that stuff. Is there anything there that wears out?

The IRS is nice on these cars (well...everything is for that matter). It may have electronic ride control. The ECM controls ride height and harshness. The struts can be pretty expensive.

Check this website out;

http://www.sccoa.com/

It should answer any questions you have.

Let us know if you decide to get it...

[This message has been edited by KULTULZ (edited 01-22-2005).]

393Bird
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From: Clarksville Tn.
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 01-22-2005 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 393Bird        Reply w/Quote
They are cool cars. Mine was a 5.0 Bird that does not have some of the nice stuff that was only on thew SC. The most common problem with them is head gaskets. Partial caused by lack of regular replacement of coolant causing the gaskets to deterate some, then blowing out under boost. The AOD ones have a stronger AOD that other Fords, but the OD is still weak. The 5 speed ones are FUN. As mentioned above, SCCoA Forums can answer any questions you have. Some guys are putting the larger M112 blowers on them, and tons of other mods. Fastest street one I know of turns mid 10s, but stock they run mid 14s.

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393 stroker, 3500 RPM converter
http://members.tccoa.com/393bird/

kid vishus
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posted 01-23-2005 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus        Reply w/Quote
I've been browsing the SCCoA site for almost a week now, lots of good info there. I used to have a '96 LX coupe that had a 3.8 V6 that I had bought new, but the ex got it in the divorce (I got to keep my Lightning, so I got the better end of that deal.) It rode and drove nice, but was a dog powerwise.

There's a couple of SC's on ebay I've been looking at. The first one

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=6240&item=4520111623&rd=1

The second one

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=6240&item=4521622726&rd=1

393Bird
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posted 01-23-2005 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 393Bird        Reply w/Quote
That black one is nice, but a little high starting bid. If it was a buy it at price, it would be a in line price.

The other one looks fine, and could use a good buffing and wax job.

kid vishus
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posted 01-23-2005 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus        Reply w/Quote
The black car is nice, but I wouldn't want to pay much more if any, than that for it. The other one looks like it will go cheaper (unless the bidding gets stupid at the last minute), but it will require a little work; like putting the 5 speed back in it and fixing the windshield.

Thud
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From: Cumming,Ga.,USofA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 01-24-2005 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud        Reply w/Quote
I had a '90 with a 5-speed. It's the only car I've ever truly missed.
The only problem I had was with the 3rd gear synchros, and that was fixed under warranty (it was the dealership owner's demo and the service writer told me that the boss couldn't drive a stick for crap).

I consider it the nicest car I've ever owned.

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427Fastback
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From: N.Vancouver.B.C
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 04-28-2005 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback        Reply w/Quote
My X has a 94 V8 LX and her daughter has a 93 SC 5spd.The SC was nothing but grief.lots of stupid little problems and yes the head gaskets went.Lots of people love the SC but i had no such luck.The LX came with all the SC ground effects and was a really nice car.

393Bird
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Posts: 188
From: Clarksville Tn.
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 04-30-2005 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 393Bird        Reply w/Quote
Did you get you a Bird yet?

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wLa2
Journeyman

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From: East Rutherford,NJ,USA
Registered: Oct 2005

posted 10-16-2005 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wLa2        Reply w/Quote

google "rockauto" and hold on tight ... every part for any car from the past 25 years!

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rfedd
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Posts: 78
From: Vancouver, WA, USA
Registered: Aug 99

posted 12-27-2005 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rfedd        Reply w/Quote
The SC's and Cougar's are becoming popular again. The amount of power people are getting out of them is unbelievable. With things like the Magnum Powers Magnaport III and other bolt ons like cam, head porting, exhaust and intake they are now in the 11's. Here is one example of that: 11.30 @ 123 MPH. http://home.fastspecialties.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=108&Itemid=51

Ron

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kid vishus
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posted 12-28-2005 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus        Reply w/Quote
People are getting a lot of power out of them, but unfortunately for owners, a relatively unmodified car isn't worth much on the open market. Not that I have a problem with that. I bought mine to drive, not to hot rod it. I have a racecar for going fast.

kid vishus
Gearhead

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From: middle of NC
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 12-28-2005 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus        Reply w/Quote
Oh yeah, I guess I should have posted that I did buy one. It's a '93, white exterior, automatic, with almost perfect black leather interior, 3.27 gear, and every option avialable that year (power moonroof, keyless entry, fold down rear seat.) And it's completely stock, so I know it wasn't thrashed on too awfully hard.

393Bird
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Posts: 188
From: Clarksville Tn.
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 12-28-2005 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 393Bird        Reply w/Quote
Very nice car I am sure.... I wish I had ordered mine with black interior instead of burgandy. It limits what color graphics I can use with it. I would like to do some blue strips, or flames, but the interior would clash

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http://members.tccoa.com/392bird/

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