Just picked up my first Fox Body...finally

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I've wanted a fox body for a long time. The first Mustang I ever rode in was a fox body. The first Mustang I ever drove was a fox body. I’ve been a huge fan of these cars since I was a teenager and always wanted to own one. I also wanted a project car that I could tinker with and build up and mod and learn on.

I spent the past few weeks trying to track down a reasonably priced fox body. I negotiated a sale on a 1988 GT but at the last minute the seller decided he wanted to keep the car. I tried to buy a 1990 LX and again the seller decided he was going to keep the car. I tried to buy a 1992 GT and basically told the seller I would pay asking price and then he stopped responding to my emails.

Convinced the universe was conspiring against me, I was about to take a break for a while but came across a couple more options. I checked out this 1988 GT and made an offer last week. Finally picked the car up yesterday. She definitely needs some work but she runs strong and is a lot of fun to drive. Looks good in the garage next to my 2014 GT. :)

Be prepared for a shit load of threads/questions as I get started working on this thing, lol.
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Nice looking car! My first mustang was a white 91 GT. Bought it my junior year in highschool.

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Welcome to the club something about a fox just gets people boners.

This cracked me up.:D

Thanks for the comments guys. I'm pretty excited about the car. I'm planning to document my progress updating/modding the car through videos on my YouTube channel. Hopefully it won't be a total disaster.

 

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Man that shifter, lol. You plan on keeping it? If your car is leaking oil, the rear main seal is notorious for that. Mine has a little leak. But I have a coolant leak that takes priority first.

Nice pick up. I have pictures of my old 91 GT. It had porno red interior as well.

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Man that shifter, lol. You plan on keeping it? If your car is leaking oil, the rear main seal is notorious for that. Mine has a little leak. But I have a coolant leak that takes priority first.

Nice pick up. I have pictures of my old 91 GT. It had porno red interior as well.

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Yeah man, the shifter is bananas. Honestly, if it was made of something more solid/sturdy, I might consider keeping it on there but it's made of plastic. I mean, I'll probably hold onto it for occasional entertainment but I probably need to get something a little bit nicer. I was looking at some 03 Cobra style shift knobs and I really dig those.

Thanks for the tip on the rear main seal. I won't be able to do anything with the car until this weekend but I plan on poking around a bit underneath.
 

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Yeah man, the shifter is bananas. Honestly, if it was made of something more solid/sturdy, I might consider keeping it on there but it's made of plastic. I mean, I'll probably hold onto it for occasional entertainment but I probably need to get something a little bit nicer. I was looking at some 03 Cobra style shift knobs and I really dig those.

Thanks for the tip on the rear main seal. I won't be able to do anything with the car until this weekend but I plan on poking around a bit underneath.
Awesome man! I just got back into a foxbody last May. About 11 years I've been out of the fox mustang game. Feels great!

I think my car has a old Hurst shifter, but I bought a mgw shifter to install.

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Awesome man! I just got back into a foxbody last May. About 11 years I've been out of the fox mustang game. Feels great!

I think my car has a old Hurst shifter, but I bought a mgw shifter to install.

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Yeah man, during the searching process, I was open to a few other car options but when I drove a couple of the Fox Bodies that I was trying to buy, it pretty much just sealed it for me that I needed to get a Fox and I would be disappointed settling for something else.

The 90 LX that I drove had a Hurst shifter in it, one with the chrome stick and white ball shift knob and I really liked it. If I can find a decent deal on something like that, I'll probably go that route. I gotta be honest, after driving with the crazy tall Budweiser shift knob, I might need to stick with something on the taller end. It's pretty convenient not having to move my hand too far from the steering wheel, lol.
 

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Awesome car. Even has the factory turbine wheels. I loved my Fox and have always regretted getting rid of it.

My only suggestion is get rid of that hood. Put the factory one back on.
 
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Yeah man, during the searching process, I was open to a few other car options but when I drove a couple of the Fox Bodies that I was trying to buy, it pretty much just sealed it for me that I needed to get a Fox and I would be disappointed settling for something else.

The 90 LX that I drove had a Hurst shifter in it, one with the chrome stick and white ball shift knob and I really liked it. If I can find a decent deal on something like that, I'll probably go that route. I gotta be honest, after driving with the crazy tall Budweiser shift knob, I might need to stick with something on the taller end. It's pretty convenient not having to move my hand too far from the steering wheel, lol.
When I install my mgw I'd sell the Hurst shifter at a great price. But it will be a few months.

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Awesome car. Even has the factory turbine wheels. I loved my Fox and have always regretted getting rid of it.

My only suggestion is get rid of that hood. Put the factory one back on.
I didn't like it at first but its growing on me. The seller didn't have a stock hood. I would prefer a small cowl hood but since I'll be on a budget, that won't be a priority any time soon. :confused:
 

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When I install my mgw I'd sell the Hurst shifter at a great price. But it will be a few months.

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I had this Hurst shifter in my 89 GT. Loved that shifter. Not saying it was the best, but ergonomically it was great for me.

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I didn't like it at first but its growing on me. The seller didn't have a stock hood. I would prefer a small cowl hood but since I'll be on a budget, that won't be a priority any time soon. :confused:

I hear you. The guy who bought my 89GT put a similar hood on it. That's where my distain comes from LOL. Enjoy your Fox Body. You can see how happy you are in your video.
 

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When I install my mgw I'd sell the Hurst shifter at a great price. But it will be a few months.

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Please add me to the top of the list when you're ready to sell
I had this Hurst shifter in my 89 GT. Loved that shifter. Not saying it was the best, but ergonomically it was great for me.

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I was looking at that one on AM and wondering if the different angle might somehow be better ergonomically....now you've got me thinking about it. This is the one that I really liked:

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I have a shifter handle like above. The only thing I don’t like is that it puts your elbow a little more rearward than I’d like.

Welcome to the club. My first car was a 93 GT I bought after boot camp in 01. Skip to present day and I now have a 1990 lx coupe I tinker with and enjoy.
 

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Congratulations! My daughter's first car was a Fox body. My son-in-law's was a Fox body (GT) as well. I enjoyed your video review of the car. Man, I had forgotten about the older technology back then. Their rawness, though, is part of their appeal.
 

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Congratulations! My daughter's first car was a Fox body. My son-in-law's was a Fox body (GT) as well. I enjoyed your video review of the car. Man, I had forgotten about the older technology back then. Their rawness, though, is part of their appeal.


My first, second, and third cars were fox bodies.

In high school (1997) I had an 81 straight 6 hatchback with a 4 speed (rare). Red leather (not vinyl), T tops and power windows. It was a demo car at the Ford dealer my father worked for.
Second car was an 82 Capri RS, again a 4 speed.
Third was an 89 coupe. 5 liter, 5 speed
 

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