Just picked up my first Fox Body...finally

matt5058

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I need to get my various threads updated but I’ve got some nice recent updates to the Fox.

Added cupholders, which seemed like a natural next step after getting the Apple car play setup.
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I also had the windows tinted (had a shop do that, because I wasn’t going to try that myself). Update is after me playing golf stupidly:


Somewhat related, I also upgraded the lighting in my garage recently (and got the center body moulding stripe back on):
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I still need to get the letters added to the rear bumper cover and fix the paint around the reverse light on the passenger side.

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In other news, I’m now mostly brainstorming and weighing options on what I want to do next. I am torn between getting the stereo finished, getting tires and adding the pony wheels, or finishing the suspension (front LCAs, lowering springs, and caster camber plates). Decisions, decisions…
 

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I wish I had more substantial updates to report on the Fox but work has been really busy and lower temperatures have kept me out of the garage.

I got the other light fixture installed in the garage and did a little comparison video though:

 

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Major complex/technical upgrade accomplished yesterday…….I replaced the passenger side mirror:


It actually did end up taking longer than I expected (shocker) because I didn’t realize I would have to take the inner door panel off to access the connector for the mirror. I'm pretty happy with the quality on the new mirror though. I didn’t replace the driver side but will do that too eventually.

I also discovered that I did have a door speaker on the passenger side but the wiring had broken off right at the speaker. I guess I misunderstood the guy who installed my new head unit a couple months back.
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If I had known earlier that yesterday was going to be a warm day, I would have taken it off from work and tried to get the steering shaft assembly installed. Missed opportunity.

Still haven’t found a good/affordable option for having my rear end gears installed. All of the shops I've called either don't do gears or have quoted me over $1,200. Trying to determine what else I can make progress on while the weather is mostly cold.
 

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Added a new vlog after receiving some new parts a couple of weeks ago:

Update since then - a Fox owner on another forum that I frequent gave me the name of a shop. I got a much more reasonable quote from them.

I dropped the Fox off at that shop the week before last, to have the 4.10s installed. It seemed the shop was a little behind because they didn't get to it until this week. They gave me a call a couple of days ago to update me that the gears were done but that one of the axles looked like it needed to be replaced. I asked them to go ahead and replace both of them while they have the car and I am hoping I might be able to go pick it up tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
 

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Almost a month later, I finally picked the Fox back up yesterday. The 4.10 gears are installed…..along with new 31 spline rear axles, a new rear main seal, a new clutch, a new clutch cable, and the speedometer gear kit. Long story but I think most of you know how it goes. I wasn’t thrilled to spend more money but I am happy that some things I knew the car needed (or would need not too far down the line) are fixed or replaced.
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I didn’t drive it too hard right after picking it up. From driving it just a couple times, I can say that it feels a bit more like my 2014 Mustang, in that there is enough torque/power regardless of what gear you're in. Less downshifting required it seems. We'll see if I continue to feel this way in a few weeks or months. Also, the clutch feels lighter, which is nice. I hadn't driven the car in almost a month though. Will need to drive it more.

I was hoping that the RMS being replaced would reduce the oil dripping from the car but it already seems like that isn't the case. I've got more oil dripping from around where the transmission meets the engine and there's oil getting onto the X pipe that's creating a little bit of smoke and giving off a burning smell. From scrolling through search results, I understand the RMS is apparently never an easy fix and that it might not even be the RMS that is leaking. The joys of a project car.
 

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For those planning similar upgrades to their Fox, those videos are a help. Nice Fox GT, Matt.
 

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The crankshaft thrust bearing could be worn in your engine, being that it's a manual trans. That makes it pretty much impossible to have the rear main seal do it's job.
 

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