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My old 91 died a tragic death.. i ran her into a curb... really really hard.

She was pretty. Short rundown of car. 91 lx original 5.0, auto, 191k mi, red interior, dsg paint, 16x8 cobra r's, 88 turbo coupe rear end, 73mm front lincoln calipers, wilwood prop valve, o/r h pipe, flowmaster super 44's, e46 bixenon projectors, smoked headlights, cervinis 1.5" ram air hood, steeda sport springs, and a ton of blood and sweat.



So here's the thread... the story was of course a tragic end to a sweet coupe... and within a few days I found a new coupe to start building using the remains of my 91 lx...

The new shell is an 80 Coupe of some sort and I think it was originally an I6....

Some pics to start off... the shell I picked up as seen here for 325... not bad i think. No tranny or engine, brake lines or fuel lines...






Picked up a bumper, header panel, and a fender from the junk yard for $116

I plan to reuse as much as possible from my 91.

Got some work done... I also picked up a DD... a 90 Escort Station Wagon... 61k original..

Stripped most of the interior and the engine bay, sanded the rust off... Painted the engine bay and the k-member... The engine bay will be black, my wife is still deciding the color of the car... so hopefully she'll pick a good one...


















This is my next problem... the transmission in the 80 is further forward than it was in the 91...

so the transmission pan contacts the crossmember, and the transmission mount is about 2" to the rear of the car... pics to explain... and a few teaser's of the capri fenders.







and a possible paint scheme i've been working on. possible gloss black paint with stripe in flat black


I know it doesn't look like much... but it was a big relief to have Andy fab this up.. and it fits perfect.




Ran the fuel lines, dropped the old tank, new tank is in, had to modify the tank straps to work. all the engine electrical is in, new radiator hoses, new serpentine belt, the 16x8 cobra rim came in to replace the one that i smashed... turns out Discount Tire considers running into a curb covered under their Road Hazard Warranty, so they replaced the two tires that were busted...

Today I picked up most of what i need for my 5 lug swap... just need some breeze automotive 4/5 lug cobra rotors for the rear and a new set of rims...

I should get it running this week. We'll see if that pans out. I started this project back in august... wrecked my car end of july... so it's come a long way... sorry this was a long post. thanks for reading.
 

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I know i need some updated pics... tomorrow i'll be working on the car... so i'll snap some then.
 

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Very cool, keep us updated!
 

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And tonight...

she started... for the first time since august...

super proud.
 

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Sorry to hear about the 91. Looks like this project is moving right along. Looks good. Keep us posted.
 

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She ran last saturday.

Amazing sound, mostly contributed to the lack of anything past the headers...

but very comforting, seeing as the motor hasn't ran in 6 months.

working on finding a set of 5 lug rims.

will have pics/vids soon.

peace

few pics of the old coupe


 

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nice build . i have some dash board parts for that if your interested (dark gray) gauge cluster w/ 140 speedo .
 

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Awesome Build man. Keep us updated. You are moving right along from the looks of things.
 

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thanks... picked up the new rims today...

As far as what's left to buy:
spacers for the spindles...
and the new rear rotors...
Breeze Automotive Factory Five Racing
and I would love some new U/LCA's
other than that everything's ready to go on the car.

so, my list is this:
A/C hoses, lines and condenser
Install P/S lines
Remove 4lug spindles/brakes, Install 5-lug spindles/brakes
Pull rear end from old coupe and pull axles
Move rear end to new car
Put in 5 lug axles, new fluids, and breeze rotors
Install e-brake and cables
Bleed brakes
Fill transmission
Install driveshaft and Exhaust
Change engine filter and oil
Install seats/carpet
Install wheels
Test drive
Enjoy.
 

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It's been awhile... I've run into i think the last problem i'll have...

but i'm due for a few new pics... i thought for the body maybe these would spice up the front end a lil... +hp if you can name the car they came from

the fender's aren't attached... just hanging for a quick pic or two.

i'm waiting on a set of rotors to come from PA, then to the machine shop... then a couple days of buttoning a few things up.

Left to do:
-e brake install, and adjust parking brake
-bleed brake system
-bolt in seats
-hang doors, fenders, new trunklid, taillights, headlights
-torque driveshaft bolts,
-install exhaust (lol, not much there)
-fill power steering







 

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I know I'm a bad person for not taking vids or pics... but last night I buttoned it all up and drove it out of the garage... I'm on vacation for a couple weeks... but when i get back, it will need the new doors hung, fenders, trunk, hood... and then back to racefab for a dash install...

its super nice to have a car that moves, steers, and stops on it's own power
 

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So I'm working on the front bumper right now...

cutting out the center bumper section with the emblem... i saw a picture of a mustang with a grill delete look to it, and i think it looked super cool and different.


Now I need to finish the fiberglass and then smoothing.

I will put the other capri fender on tomorrow, I am waiting til tomorrow so i can fill the antenna hole in the pass side fender, and test fit the rear bumper and taillights, I am not sure how the holes will line up... the 79-82 had different lights than 83-86 and 87-93 and I'm not sure if i will have to cut holes or not.

Tomorrow there should be some pictures, I used duct insulation wrap to insulate the cabin floor... I cleaned the floors, sprayed rustoleum undercoat on the floor, and then layed down the insulation. It was very cheap and keeps quite a bit of sound/heat out. It is very thin and light, a foam material on one side and foil on the other.

Anyway, have a good weekend everyone. And hopefully I'll have some more updates ASAP.

Peace.
-Adam
 
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