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I found myself the new owner of a 1985 EXP Turbo Coupe. Arizona owned by one guy. 86k miles. It was driven up here to Michigan one summer 12 years ago and was parked and has not been started since.

It was flatbedded to my family junkyard and placed with a couple of my other vehicles until I could get space made for it at my home.

Unfortunately, the moon roof leaks. There’s no visible damages to it so I’m thinking the tracks down the A-Pillars are probably clogged from it sitting outside… under some trees… for over a decade.

If anyone has any tips for me to get this bad boy up and running like the champ it can be, I would love to hear them.

It has no battery, and some critters made homes in the engine bay.

I plan to refresh all gaskets, as well as go through the wire harnesses and check for biting/chewing from critters and upgrade the ground wires. I also plan to get the alternator tested.

I also plan to get the head and block decked for flatness, maybe even have them take 0.02 off each end?

The rims are original, but cracked and rusty at the lug bolts.

Fuel filter is going to get replaced for sure. Oil and oil filter too obviously.

I may have other questions as this project comes along, and I hope that I may get some guidance from more seasoned enthusiasts.
 

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This project is to much for you to handle, I'll gladly buy the car from you 😉

OK, OK joking aside drain and clean the gas tank and replace the filter twice. One new filter right away and one new filter after a full tank is ran through it, That or just get a new tank all together. Old gas will clog up the fuel system and injectors
I would change the oil after one tank and check it for metal bits too.

I would put some mystery oil in the cylinders and let it sit for a a day or two before turning it over

The moon roof could also be leaking from bad seals

Any photos?
 

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Will it take a fuel tank from a 2nd gen escort by chance? Got a couple of those around the yard.

I can't seem to locate the photos I took but when I go out to the family junkyard to put some junker wheels on it so it will roll, I'll take photos to upload here. It may be a week or so before I get out there, I live about 50 miles away.
 

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I managed to find a couple pics. This first one is from when it was first brough to the yard. I have cleaned it up a bit since then. I'll take some better pics when I see it next.
Wheel Tire Car Land vehicle Vehicle
 

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I wouldn't start taking the engine apart. Take out the spark plugs and as suggested put some goop in the cylinders and try turning the engine over with a bar, hopefully it won't be too stuck.

Clean the car inside and out really well and get the brakes working. You may be able to clean up the rotors with emery paper.

As you clean it, you have a good opportunity to find items that need attention.
 

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I seen I seen that image before, those wheels ? are they off a turbo coupe ?
This EXP was listed for sale a few years back (I could recognize the wheels haha), wheels are from an unknown model, stock Turbo wheels were these:
Car Vehicle Tire Land vehicle Wheel
 
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