1983 gt build

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90sickfox

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That's a bunch of rust in those floors.
 
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I guess step #1 is to bust out the shop vac and start clearing that car out to evaluate how much rust repair you'll need to do.

You're going to need to budget for new floor pans at a minimum and then welding them in there. Honestly I wouldn't worry about the nose right now. Pull the fenders and nose off, roll the car to a good work area where it can stay for a while and start stripping it down. Evaluate how much rot you really have on this car. Check the A_pillar area where the doors bolt up and where the cowl panel is. You'll want to at least pull the inner fender liners to check this.
 

BlakeusMaximus

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Yep, vacuum that thing out. Do a complete teardown of the front end, doors, fenders front cover and check where Mustang5L5 said. I'm still unsure about this car man, to be honest.
 

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yeah clean it really well then worry about what is next get to the floor pans and any other rust so you have a solid car and stick with the 4 eye front end i had issues finding a nice clean 4 eye coupe so i swapped my 89 to a 4 eye was not easy to do as to having to find all of the correct pieces you need its not just about a bumper swap
 

Davedacarpainter

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You’re fifteen and you get to work on this with your father. That is mint. I wish my boys would’ve shown that kind of interest.

This will be a great car for you to learn a bunch of new skills on.

Go for it little brother. It sounds like your old man has a bit of experience, but if you run into a problem that you can’t figure out, hit us up, combined we’ve done everything to a fox body.

BTW, I’m more than a little partial to that ‘83-‘84 4i’d nose. See if one pops up eventually that you can trade stuff for. An ‘84 with the fog lights would be very nice.
 

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You’re fifteen and you get to work on this with your father. That is mint. I wish my boys would’ve shown that kind of interest.

This will be a great car for you to learn a bunch of new skills on.

Go for it little brother. It sounds like your old man has a bit of experience, but if you run into a problem that you can’t figure out, hit us up, combined we’ve done everything to a fox body.

BTW, I’m more than a little partial to that ‘83-‘84 4i’d nose. See if one pops up eventually that you can trade stuff for. An ‘84 with the fog lights would be very nice.
Your right Dave, my only point was spending tons of money to get that car where it needs to be just to be a safe driver. I do like the idea of you learning new skills, especially with your father. My dad wasn't around for stuff like that.
 
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I work on my dad with cars all the time. I didn't want his help on this car. I can use advice but I want to figure it out. I have been working on older mustangs for a long time. This isn't much different. I hope I can do this by myself
 
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I work on my dad with cars all the time. I didn't want his help on this car. I can use advice but I want to figure it out. I have been working on older mustangs for a long time. This isn't much different. I hope I can do this by myself
Don’t take that time with your Dad for granted. My dad got me into cars, and much like you, I started when I was young with a car in my garage before I had my license.
I’m 46 now, and not a day goes by that I don’t wish my Dad was still here to enjoy this car with me!
 
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I won't I want to spend as much time with him as I can. He works during the day though 4 to 5 days a week. When he is at work is usually when I do my cars. When he is home I help him with his.
Thanks
 
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NEED HELP! My steering column was smashed. It is all cracked and smashed around were the ignition goes. My dad has a steering column of a late 80s foxbody 1987 up. Will the core fit? It it will I can rebuild it and put it in.
 
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Oh also any advice about taking rear springs out?
Thanks
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Remove rear sway bar. Unbolt the shocks and quads (if 1983 had them) and then lower rear down by center with a jack. Don't stretch the brake line. When you get it low enough. Push down on one side and remove the spring by hand
 

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i have an extra column from an 85 that i was going to toss in the trash its complete minus steering wheel i have no use for it
 
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I put a battery in it. Windsheild wipers work and so do lights. Got alternater/ smog pump out
 

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eighty5fox

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i am from mass new bedford where are you located i could drop off if im in area or you could pick up anytime
 
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My dad has an office in Worcester and in Warwick Connecticut. If you are on the area could you drop it off? If not maybe we could get it. He works at Distefano hair if you look it up on google you can get the addresses.
Thanks!
 

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