My 89 LX Build Thread!

Discussion in '1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk-' started by slow90coupe, Apr 24, 2011.


  1. OrangeFox

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    Looks like a clean start. looking forward to this thread
     
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  2. ttopstang

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    Nice work. You're gettin it done. You just motivated me to work on mine.

    BTW, I remember that nice garage and pretty coupe with the black hood from another thread, aren't you only 15 or 16?
     
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  3. slow90coupe

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    Thanks guys! I should have some more pics up tonight. And yes I am only 15.
     
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  4. slow90coupe

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    I have been working on the car a little bit every day this week doing little stuff, like painting moldings and spending some more time with the Porter Cable. I pushed it outside a few days ago to see how the paint looked, and to see if the 97 GT wheels would look good on it. They do! So, it will be going 5 lug.

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    Heres a pic of the 97 Gt that I have had for a while now. Its 100% original. I love this car so much!

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    And a before and an after on the molding work...

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    I also shaved off the LX emblem. It was in bad shape.

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    I also painted the door molding.

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  5. skunk21

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    Man nice progress! she is looking really sweet. I agree the '97 wheels look really good :nice:. I'm liking this build.
     
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  6. Adams91LX

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    Those 97-98 split 5 spoke are my all time favorite wheel on a fox... also IMHO the best stock wheel Ford ever put out.
     
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    looks good, are you going 5 speed? if you have to change the rear what about a 9in?
     
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  8. slow90coupe

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    Thanks everybody. I too like the 97 wheels. They just don't look right on coupes. I think they will fit this car pretty well though. I'm not sure if I want to go 5 speed or auto. I will probably go 5 speed just so it's a more desirable car for when I go to sell it. And, I think I will just do a 94-04 rear end. No need for a big 9" in a car thats only going to make 230RWHP!
     
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    This is a great build nice work on the hella faded paint! I agree with the 97 GT's if i had to put a stock wheel on id go for those... young people FTW! lol :D
     
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    nice progress. my friend got a glazed up fox four banger that buffed out like that. quite amazing what a buffer will do.

    looks like a simple fun build. keep up the good work
     
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  11. slow90coupe

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    Thanks guys!!!
     
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    Great job! I'm impressed with what you've done so far. When I was your age I was into fixing up bikes & model cars, never even had an idea about real ones, let alone restoring one. I like the 97 wheels also, I wanted them, but settled on a set of 96 painted ones when I did my 5 lug conversion. Ended up changing to the Bullitt ones I have now. I might go back to the polished 97-98 wheels some day if I find a good set cheap.

    old pic of mine: http://statefilingsoftware.com/pictures/carw96wheels.JPG

    Good luck on the build!

    Edit: Oh and for the rear end, you know the 99-04 rear end housings and axles are longer than the Fox housing and axles and won't look right with those wheels. IMO you need a 86-98 8.8 housing and if going disc, 94-98 rear axles and 94-04 brakes & brackets. I have Ranger axles and modified disc brackets right now, but want to move my rear wheels out a bit further.
     
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  13. slow90coupe

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    Thanks! I love the 97 wheels too. They fit the lines of a hatch really well. They looked pretty awesome on your car too! I'm pretty sure that I bought my front and rear 5 lug stuff from a buddy today. It consists of 95 spindles, PBR 2001 calipers, and a 98 disk brake rear. So, the wheels should sit really nice with the fender lip. I can't wait to get them on!


    Heres today's progress...

    I got more polishing done on the passenger side. Later on in the day I finished the fender. Heres some pics of the car outside..

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    And with the 97 wheels mocked up under the car...

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    and heres the other side completely polished. I still have to go over the whole car with scratch/swirl remover and a nice wax. I think the color is going to pop with some good wax!

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    And I'm starting on the quarter windows. They are in TERRIBLE shape. So far I have done 4 heavy coats of primer and sanded in between each coat. This was after the first coat. I hope to finish this one tomorrow.

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  14. slow90coupe

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    Made a little bit of progress on the car... but not much.

    Got my 5 lug stuff. It consists of 95 spindles, 99-up PBR calipers, and a SN95 disk brake rear end.

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    I cleaned up the rear end a little. I'm going to paint my calipers and stuff silver and black. The rear end cover will be silver as well.
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    I was planning on swapping out the 3:27s for my 3:55s, but I really don't see a need to. I don't care if this car is fast or not. I just want a good driver.

    It looks really good in there. It's only got a few thousand miles on it.
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    Got one side almost stripped down. The stock struts and all were still on there. None of the bolts have ever been turned. The dang things will NOT come loose!! I ended up having to take out the whole assembly. Springs still scare the **** out of me. They contain a ton of energy!

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    UMM I think my ball joints are almost done for...

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    Only one more bolt left on this side. It's wanting to be a pain though.

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    My parts pile is getting bigger!

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    And here's the reason I didn't get much accomplished on the car this weekend. I went down to the beach! It was soo nice down there. I also got a good 6 hours of driving experience. I think I may try to drive the coupe or at least the black GT down to MW!!!


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  15. slow90coupe

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    I got the rest of the crappy suspenion out today. This was my first time pulling a rear end out. The biggest problem I ran into was getting the E-brake cables out. They were a pain. Other than that, it was pretty easy.

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    I also pulled the other side of front stuff out.

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    I then spent some time cleaning up the major mess I made. I love having that lift!

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    I was saving these for the coupe, but I might end up putting them on this car since all I would have to do is take out 4 more bolts.

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    Hard to believe the paint came back that well. That is the problem with having multiple mistresses!:rlaugh: Decisions, decisions....
     
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  17. 1989DropTop

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    Amazing work so far. Very clean little hatch! Love the stable pics!!! Your doing great work keep the pics coming I am following this one!!
     
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    awesome work man..cant lie im jelous of your garage
     
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  19. Mustang5L5

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    Looks good.

    Looking at the pics of the rear axle...that's not a 99-04 axle is it?
     
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  20. slow90coupe

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    Thanks everybody!!! There may be another mistress coming soon... but not sure yet. Mustang5l5, the rear end tag says 01, so I guess its an 01 rear, but you never know. It came out of my buddie's Calypso hatch.

    Well heres todays progress...

    Just got done taking the control arms out.

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    I spent most of the day on the rear end. I cleaned all of the parts and painted everything, and put everything back together.

    Some of the parts after being painted up...
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    This caliper gave me hell. It apparently got stuck or something, and didnt want to compress all the way, I spent a few hours trying to get it to work, but I finally got it.

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    a few shots of the completed rear end...

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    My coupe looks so sad and neglected sitting outside. :sad1:
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    Tomorrow I'm going to clean, clean, and clean more on the underside. I want to get it really clean up under there, and then undercoat it really good.


    I also may have a really big update tomorrow... We will have to see if it pans out like I hope it will...
     
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