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    New 1985.5 SVO owner in Texas

    Hey Guys,

    New owner here. Bought the car today in North Texas (DFW area).
    Car is #145 out of 439 for the year (Black/Grey).

    Car runs pretty well, but needs lots of TLC.

    It has a Garrett M24 A/R70 turbo on it, but have not measured the turbine, etc. So, right now it's a mystery. It does pull nice for an inline 4.
    Unfortunately, I have little to no history on the car other than it has been used quite a bit in autocross - a bit sad as these cars deserve a better legacy from previous owners. At least it has a proper home now.

    I bought it exactly as you see it, with GT wheels and a Cobra hatch; I have the original hatch, but it's missing the top wing and needs new glass. This setup will have to work for now.

    My goal is to make sure the car is road worthy (safe/reliable). It doesn't have a heater or A/C. I'm at a loss for ditching the heater...? Oh well, I'll be installing all of that back in later this year.

    Either way, very excited; this was a true dream car when I was in high school and have lost none of the passion for it. Hope to learn more from the other owners.
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    the well known PIA VIN guy Ken Potter's Avatar
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    Join the SVOCA and you can look it up in the registry. There could be previous entries by either owners or club members who saw it maybe on eBay etc.

    You'll also get the production data of course.

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    Welcome to the forums and good to see some pics. Yet another good project starting point, with some TLC it should be back to its good looking self. The Cobra hatch doesn't look bad on the car, at least it doesn't have some hokey aftermarket wing on it. Looks like it did find a good home and looking forward to seeing its project progress. Interesting 'fix' for a return spring on the TB?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Potter View Post
    Join the SVOCA and you can look it up in the registry. There could be previous entries by either owners or club members who saw it maybe on eBay etc.

    You'll also get the production data of course.
    Thanks for the reply!

    I do have some basic info as seen in the pic, but that's about it
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    Hi Ted !

    LOL - yeah, the return spring on the TB looks like a race track hack - and it's still working

    I've wanted an SVO for a long time and am pleased to get my hands on one that hasn't been wrecked or hacked up.
    My goal is to get the mechanicals and safety issues (blinkers/gauges) working again. I don't have much to do to accomplish that goal. Once I have some mechanical reliability, then I'll move on to the interior, paint will be last. Car just needs genuine care, which she'll get plenty of.

    BTW - this is how I buy all my classics - a little beat up and then I restore them to glory. I've got a few other classics, but this is my first Mustang.

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    Congrats on the new ride. Welcome to the madness known as SVO ownership.
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    welcome I just picked up an 86. They should be fun to build and drive.

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    By the way, what tires are you running with those wheels? I have a set of those in my garage. Any rubbing issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmfer65 View Post
    By the way, what tires are you running with those wheels? I have a set of those in my garage. Any rubbing issues?
    Yes, the do rub! I'm having all (4) fenders rolled next week. I actually like the stance and think this size tire is decent width.

    Tire size is 245/45/17 all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badmfer65 View Post
    welcome I just picked up an 86. They should be fun to build and drive.
    PICS ??

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    She's very nice! Well done.

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    Thanks. I got real lucky with this find. I have been playing with cars for a long time and this was the best deal I have come across ever! You didn't get a bad start yourself. I have seen much worse and have looked at a few ha ha .

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Judge View Post
    Yes, the do rub! I'm having all (4) fenders rolled next week. I actually like the stance and think this size tire is decent width.

    Tire size is 245/45/17 all around.
    Even a 245/50R16 on stock rims will rub in the back...ask me how I know. You should only need to roll the rears for clearance, even with those rims. I used to run 96 Cobra wheels (17x8 w/30mm offset) and the fronts never rubbed. But then I run some aggressive negative camber up front to pull that top edge in. Currently running 245/45R17's on 17x8 w/35mm offset and only barely rub the rear rolled fenders at full compression. Locking the rear side-to-side movement helps with rubbing as well.

    If you do roll the fronts, MAKE SURE you remove the fender liner screw top/center, otherwise you will push the tip of the screw into the outer surface of the fender and create an ugly 'pimple' in the fender.
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    Hey Guys,

    Last night I had all (4) fenders rolled. The fronts were the easiest and the backs were more challenging. Either way, got it done and it made all the difference.

    I'm running 245/45/17's on all four.

    I found a local gentleman who did the operation; required heat gun, torch, mallet and hammer. Not pretty, but not ugly; just took some creativity and patience.
    When we pulled the plastic splash guards (wheel wells) out of the front fenders, they cracked on us no matter how gentle we were; guess that's a fact of life on 34 year old plastic.
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