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Hello all,

This is a new build log, and I'll try to keep up to date as things progress but I only get 1 to 2 days a week to work on this project.

This is the wagon
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1989 LX CFI Automatic with approximately 91,000 miles

Last Thursday I took a 600 mile Road trip to Northern Michigan and bought an 88 EGT 5 speed car for $200. It's been sitting in a field since 2006 after it was T-boned. It is currently in non running condition. But it supposed only has 78,000 miles on it
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So the plan is to remove the bumpers, foglights, grille and good sideskirt and if nothing else I'll have the get look, oh I also have a set of GT wheels. But after all the body stuff is removed I am going to see if I can get the engine running after cleanup, new fluids, and so forth. Make sure it runs well and shifts through all gears and if it works out I will do the whole swap.

So stick around and enjoy the crazy shenanigans as I spruce up a wagon for it's upcoming 30th birthday
 

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Great project. Both cars are even the same colour!

It's a really good thing to get a complete donor car. Will you be converting the wagon to a manual transmission?
 

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Both cars are different colors the wagon is Wild strawberry code 4n, and the gt is code 2d which I think is current red, or scarlet i can't be to sure as my service manual is from 89 and does not list that paint code.

if I can get the motor and trans running good yes it will become a 5 speed. Time will tell
 

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That would be alot of work. Lol I'm just trying to keep it simple like something that could have or should have been done from ford
 

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Made a checklist while sitting in a hotel for work. Hopefully this will help me see if the engine is a viable option for swap

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Let me know if I left anything out!!
 

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Well I got a chance Friday and Saturday to go through the checklist. After alot of tests and throwing some new parts and fluids at it, I'm happy to say that the car runs beautiful! For sitting for twelve years in a field she purrs like a kitten. When I started to take a fuel line off to see the inevitable varnish, the gas flowed free and and smelled like gas. So I said screw it put a new fuel filter on and gave it a shot and unbelievably it ran on twelve year old gas. Oil pressure, vacuum, and compression tests are good. No leaks. I ran it up to operating temp, and I am pretty happy!! The transmission is good and smooth as well. So the engine/transmission swap is a go! Not bad for a $200 gt that was put out to pasture
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More room to work with out that bumper in the way
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Car running (still cold in the video)

Up to operating temperature
 

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I had a few days to work on the 88 GT this past week. Labeled and removed the body harness, removed the rest of the center console mounts, carefully removed and labeled the engine harness, pulled the engine and transmission, and took a ton of reference pictures.

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This car was a total loss on the body from being hit on the passenger side to missing most of the floor due to rust. Because I'm swapping a 5 speed in an automatic car I wanted to keep the firewall and dash section as reference and parts when I need them. So after I got what I needed it was time to send her to her final resting place at the scrap yard

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All the swap parts in the back and the rest of the car in the front
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Rip EGT thanks for the fun memories.

Some parts cleanup is next then it's time to bring on the wagon!!!
 

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Been a little bit since I updated. Nothing exciting happening yet. Just ordering parts and getting parts to the stripper to prepare for powder coating.
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I did separate the EGT engine and transmission for a new clutch and to do some clean up. I have time tomorrow to work on stuff so hopefully the engine block cleanup will be buttoned up by the evening.
 

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Wow! This is going to be even cooler than I thought! Rock On Brother!!:thumbsup:

How deep into it are you going to go? From the looks of it you're already knee deep. Just wondering if your planning on doing a full resto on the car like repainting the shell, etc.

If I can make a suggestion, a set of supertone grill horns would look sweet and be nice and loud so everyone knows you're there!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPER-LOUD...AOSwFyhaPhQM:sc:FedExHomeDelivery!91605!US!-1

I replaced the pathetic little horn that originally came stock with a set of snail horns off an S class Mercedes.

John
 

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Well I ran out of time yesterday and I didn't even touch the engine yet but the transmission was degreased, prepped, and painted. Added a new mount, a top speed sensor, and a speedo sensor. Need to get some axle seals and that can be checked off the list. Next up will be the same process with the engine
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