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91crownvictor
Journeyman

Posts: 21
From: Stockbridge, Georgia
Registered: Sep 2005

posted 02-09-2006 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 91crownvictor        Reply w/Quote
Hey fellas...I am new to the site. So please bear with me...

Theres this 89 SC for sale for like $600. Thing is, can't get the car started to hear it run/drive it. Seller claims that he moved it about 2 months ago, but prior to that, it had been sitting about a year. The car is in fair condition--body is good(only thing missing is the fog lights, but the lower front facia needs to be replaced/paint is fair/no rust. Interior needs work, but everything work including the A/C! original wheels and all! Tried to start car and it only turned and turned. Could a blown head gasket cause a car not to run? On top of that, this guy sprayed starter fluid into the air intake and he belives the starter went out(as it only 'clicks' when you turn the key). It also has 186,+++ on the dash but he's not sure of the actual milage(he buys/sells). Should I get this Bird? I didn't see any leaks or any indications thereof. And it really would't take that much to bring it back to a daily driver. I know without actually looking at the car it would be hard to tell, but I hope I was informative enough. THANX

trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 02-09-2006 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
well to start off be careful buying from a dealer. I run into problems buying cars that dont move. just b/c it doesnt leak remember it has sat for a while all the leaks probably stoppped since the oil is now in the pan(s). if it is just clicking it sounds like a dead battery hook up a jumper box or cables. Id figure if it sat for a while the A/C lines would be shot and the a/c not work. So it seems like it was driven and just stopped all the sudden. offer him 450 for it. wth cant loose anything. A blown head gasket if bad enough could stop the motor from running but I think it would turn over once in a while. My tbird ran with no gasket between #2 and #3 for two days before i figured out what was wrong with it. It the motor turns over then there is no air/fuel/ or spark.I do compression tests on all vehicles i buy and i think it is a good idea todo one here.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
Gillis at 18 psi, walbro 255 lph fuel pump, Kirban at 39 psi, 3.73 8.8" rear, rebuilt head, brand new IHI, working on a T3 and FMIC

66 mustang V8 swap baby

68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
rusting away motor is going in the mustang

91crownvictor
Journeyman

Posts: 21
From: Stockbridge, Georgia
Registered: Sep 2005

posted 02-10-2006 03:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 91crownvictor        Reply w/Quote
Thanx trashline. I forgot to mention that we tried both jump box and cables..no go. Is there a place where I can rent a compression tool or do I buy them? Im only a light duty guy, but not scared to do/try anything so long as it doesn't require internal medicine...lol. I was actually thinking compression test when we were out there. This will have been my 2nd Bird(my 1st was an 85 V6 noise maker that I let die on me but loved nonetheles )

trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 02-10-2006 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
yea you can probably rent on at autozoo. open up the throttle body blade so you can get all the air that is possible. well if you shot starting fluid in it and used a jumper box i would think the motor isnt getting spark to the cylinders. cap rotor bad tfi bad coil.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
Gillis at 18 psi, walbro 255 lph fuel pump, Kirban at 39 psi, 3.73 8.8" rear, rebuilt head, brand new IHI, working on a T3 and FMIC

66 mustang V8 swap baby

68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
rusting away motor is going in the mustang

91crownvictor
Journeyman

Posts: 21
From: Stockbridge, Georgia
Registered: Sep 2005

posted 02-11-2006 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 91crownvictor        Reply w/Quote
Thanx. Yeah, I kinda figured no spark. So I really should grab this thing and replace the things that need to be replaced to at least get it running to see what else there is to fix. I'd really like to get an SC...always been in love with the TC...well, i guess its settled and the wife will just have to take this one for the team!! Thanx alot trashline

trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 02-11-2006 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
10-4

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
Gillis at 18 psi, walbro 255 lph fuel pump, Kirban at 39 psi, 3.73 8.8" rear, rebuilt head, brand new IHI, working on a T3 and FMIC

66 mustang V8 swap baby

68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
rusting away motor is going in the mustang

hwyman3
Gearhead

Posts: 2592
From: Southern Maryland, USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 02-13-2006 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3        Reply w/Quote
On my 89 Cougar (had the same 3.8L motor, just without the supercharger), I blew the head gaskets at about 170k, however it would still run, just look like a James Bond Smoke Screen out of the back. I agree with trashline, offer him 450 for it. Those 89-97 T-birds and Cougars were fun cars to drive.

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Greg W.
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1991 F-150 XLT 4x2 5.0 Ole Faithful
Southern Maryland Mustang Club
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