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uncatchable
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posted 07-07-2006 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for uncatchable        Reply w/Quote
I bought this car a couple of weeks ago for 450 dollars and drove it home it seems to run fine and only has 67**** miles on it all original it was parked due to the heater core leaking I replaced it and put a new fuel filter, oil, and transmission filter on the car. What else should I check it sat for about 2 years. Also what can I do about the dash it's cracked from sitting in the sun. Thanks for reading and any possible help.

Whitson
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posted 07-10-2006 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson        Reply w/Quote
Sounds like you have it covered. Did you replace the coolant when you changed the heater core? What a Bear of a job huh? Only other thing I'd watch out for is the condition of the coolant hoses. There's a bunch of smaller hoses, about 3/8" that like to give out, as well as the 5/8" ones around the oil cooler and beside the timing belt cover.
I drove an 88 Turbo Coupe daily for 10 years. Loved every minute of it. Great cars.

SkinnyMan
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From: Tupelo, MS - USA (CA temporarily)
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 07-10-2006 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkinnyMan        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by uncatchable:
Thanks for reading and any possible help.

Uncatchable,

Welcome to M&M. Good site with lots of knowledgeable folks.

Don't know a whole lot about the Turbo coupes, but would change all belts - including cam belt. Loose that puppy and it's a whole lota work.

If I had problems with the heater core leaking, I would check/ replace radiator hoses and have the whole system thouroughly flushed.

Assume you changed the transmission fluid when you did the tranny filter.

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SkinnyMan
Tupelo, MS

Thank you, Thank you very much!

trashline
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From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 07-15-2006 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
I would keep the auto as a daily driver and plan todo no mods to it. The A4LD trans was junk in those cars and thats why ford detuned the car limiting boost to 10 psi.

One good thing abotu the stock motor is if you loose a cam belt the head is noninterfence meaning the pistons will never touch the valves no matter what.

under the lower intake are a couple hoses that I would replace. they can be a pain but it is just a good idea.

I would also check the turbo for shaft play, if it rubs the compressor housing expect turbo failure soon. If the car sat for two years theres a good chance the turbo seals are dried up and you might end up replacing it anyway.

To try and keep that trans life high install an aftermarket fluid cooler for it. it makes a world of difference.

TC dashes are known to crack, so good lucking finding one that isnt. You can buy some things online to clean the cracks or you can buy a dash pad/cover for it.

Change plugs,wires,cap,rotor and use all motorcraft parts.

Go to www.rockauto.com they have everything you need

parts store brand equipment always seems to crap out but if you have to use parts store use NAPA b/c quality is way better. Same with filters use motorcraft FL-300 for oil or the 1068 napa.

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
Gillis at 18 psi, walbro fuel pump, Kirban afpr, 3.73 8.8" rear, rebuilt head, Ranger roller, .48/.60 T3 with clipped wheel, ported elbow, 3 in exhuast, FMIC

66 mustang V8 swap baby

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

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