1985 GT build thread.

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Any updates bud?

People are reading this thread! yes! lol.

Beautiful build thread!
Love what you're doing to your car. Will turn out great in corners!

Thank you sir, and I do believe it should corner damn well!

Update - or lack there of.....

Work has been crazy for me, our merger injunction from the FTC was just upheld which I thought would mean things would relax however they just got busier.

On top of that I ended up selling my Grand Cherokee that I just finished building, got a great offer that I couldn't refuse so I watched that go to a new home. That left me with no vehicle to commute so I had to get a beater. Settled on an 09 Crown Vic. I will be picking up a truck in order to tow my car out to Fabulous Fords Forever each year, I will also pick up a new trailer but I'm not sure if I want an aluminum open or a fully enclosed....

Anyhow with all that going on the build has been super slow, the car is currently sitting with the rear end in and nothing up front. The engine is being suspended from above, I'm waiting to put the K member in till after I button up the master cylinder. I bought an adapter kit from MM to tie the 93 cobra MC to the 85 prop block and it ended up not fitting and I was going crazy trying to figure out where I went wrong. I contacted LateModelRestoration and asked what was going on. After sending these pics,

IMG_3414_zpsseqwtje9 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3413_zpsz2hbzd9m by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

They told me my issue was the MC, its the wrong one. Before I could ask to order a new one he already let me know the order was placed. I responded with I hope its okay to ship this one back in the box the new one is coming in and they said they didn't want it back and I could keep it. Thats top notch service!

The downside was that it was on back order till the 16th of July (today) and it would be shipped asap. So until that MC comes I am kind of at a stand still.

Hope you guys are enjoying the build this far, I will be sure to make updates more frequently lol.
 
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I ended up working on the car a little bit tonight. I saw that my Master Cylinder has been back ordered another month :/.

Anyhow, back to the projects... Next on my list is making brackets for the rear e brake cables. I had some 1/8th inch aluminum laying around so I figured I would make them from scratch.

Here is where we started, the brake line would interfere with the tire.
IMG_3517_zps5irz9kzz by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

After cutting to length I put a bend in the bracket.
IMG_3518_zps13bwglxa by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

In order to make the bracket sit perpendicular to the brake line I had to put a twist into the bracket.
IMG_3519_zpssw0ccfbe by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

IMG_3520_zpsdtws8xlr by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Finished product.
IMG_3521_zpsbewrgyzc by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3522_zps1pc3e0z9 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr


After I finished that up I installed my bushings on the front A arms.

IMG_3523_zpsi47kscmt by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3524_zpsfkhivo02 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Going to start cleaning up the rack this week.

IMG_3525_zps4vfnib8w by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

My Driveshaft I picked up a few weeks ago from MFE on here.
IMG_3526_zpsip8okff6 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Thats about all the progress for this weekend... Now I am debating ordering new front brake lines, either way I need to get that Master Cylinder before going much further.
 
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That bracket is simple and pimp. Nice work!

Thanks Mike! I have some trimming to do yet on those brackets and I need to hit them with the scotch brite pad for some finish.

Anyhow I made a little progress while I was in the garage today for about 30 minutes. I was able to remove all the old power steering lines.

IMG_3528_zpsnuft4o9g by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3530_zps1djcvnv2 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

New lines ready to go on as soon as the rack is cleaned up.

IMG_3529_zpswxxyp8up by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
 
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Clean car, and nice build! I may have missed, but has the family friend that you bought it from seen it lately?
 

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Clean car, and nice build! I may have missed, but has the family friend that you bought it from seen it lately?

Thank you sir, appreciate it. No, he has not seen it in several years. About 6 years after I bought it he retired (he worked with my dad at Ford) and moved away so everyone lost touch.

My goal is to have this car make it to a magazine, and ultimate goal would be to snatch a cover feature. Long shot I know, but that would be the goal and ultimately I would track him down and send him a copy saying thanks for selling me his car.
 

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LOL...you used a nice bracket on the brake cables, I used very carefully calibrated zip-ties :lol:
Gonna be a killer ride when you're done.
 

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LOL...you used a nice bracket on the brake cables, I used very carefully calibrated zip-ties :lol:
Gonna be a killer ride when you're done.

HAHAHA, I'm sure they will both do the same but my car just likes to look pretty. Thanks man, I hope to see you at a track when I'm finished with it.
 

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Little more progress tonight...

Here is a before shot of the rack... The pic looks like nice black paint but it wasn't that great, it was spotty and dirty etc.
IMG_3525_zps4vfnib8w-1 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Now here is what I ended up with tonight.

IMG_3536_zpsfigmvo6w by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3537_zpsgtullkyf by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3538_zps1xtoipwt by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
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Nice and shiny! I have the replacement boots to put on after I clean up the tie rod ends. Thats it for now, hope you guys enjoy.
 
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Black paint = reman'd rack. Did you blast it?


The black paint was from when I stripped everything down back in 2001 and spray painted it black before I had the engine bay shot red. So needless to say it wasn't perfect, I sprayed it while it was in the car still etc. So it is factory original from 85. I sprayed it with aircraft remover to get the majority of it off, then I hit it with a wire wheel on my dotco.
 

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Small update... Been busy with work, real estate, selling my track bike, and shipping a truck 2000 miles. So while I have a lot of things out of the way I decided to order new hard brake lines under the hood. Tonight I removed the front hardline as well as the proportioning block.

The dirty lines...
IMG_3613_zpsjqiurtn2 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Disassembled proportioning block ready for the valve plug to be put in.
IMG_3609_zpsqvwxenxk by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Once I get the hardlines in I will be smooth sailing, then I get going on the interior once she's back down on the ground.
 
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Well no pic updates however the engine is coming out this weekend. Buyer will be picking it up next weekend. This was a little sooner than I had anticipated but I need it. Not want, but need (don't we all). Pics to follow soon.
 

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As I stated I didn't plan on getting rid of the engine quite so soon however everything is falling into place nicely so away I work.

First I took off the hood

IMG_3626_zpsvpvdu6ds by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Removed the strut tower brace and began unplugging electronics (what little there is) as well as linkages.

IMG_3639_zpszj4krfdy by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Removed the radiator and fan shroud

IMG_3638_zps9yfvo3zv by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3637_zpss6v2h07u by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

The Radiator will be for sale as well as other misc parts from the engine.

I am hoping that tomorrow I can have everything off the engine and ready to pick it out. Shooting for a Saturday removal.
 
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Take a look at that first pic with the hood on the roof of the car.... now look to the left of the garage door opener.... AC vent ;). Still hot as hell though lol. Its around mid 90's after being in there for an hour or two.
 

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Outstanding attention to detail!!

Thank you! I definitely take pride in doing things right and doing them once.

Made a little more progress tonight. Only thing I have left to do is remove the clutch cable, unbolt trans, and unbolt headers.

my growing pile of parts.
IMG_3642_zpssttw2mt7 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

looking pretty bare.
IMG_3644_zpsz9ylbcwp by |SK Photography|, on Flickr
IMG_3643_zpsj8wxu414 by |SK Photography|, on Flickr

Tomorrow I should be picking up an engine hoist and will get her out of the car on Saturday. From that point I will then begin to remove everything off the engine that I will be keeping and deliver it to the new owner.
 
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