Improper storage caused serious issues (pictures)

Mstng93SSP

You have a nice rear end there Dave.
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My friend just picked up an 88 GT, 33k documented miles. It's a nice car....BUT.... well, let's start with the good. Straight rust free body. Nice paint. Nice interior.
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So, here is the issue. The car has been sitting for 20 years, in a garage here in Hawaii. We looked it over generally and we decided to really check things before attempting a start. Good thing we did!!

We pulled the fuel tank and the filler neck crumbled. Once the pump was pulled....omg!
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The fuel pump and hanger disintegrated in our hands. So, new tank, fuel pump, new lines, filler neck ordered. Next was the water pump which was frozen. Ummmm yeah... can see why
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And the water neck

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Block flush, all new cooling system components. I am still of the opinion that this is a very nice car, but a little preventive maintenance would have gone a long way.
 
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Mstng93SSP

You have a nice rear end there Dave.
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This car was also bought from the original owner. The underside of this car is MINT! I will try to get some pictures. I remember this car back when we had a track here. The owner would race it and it ran low 13's. Now remember, this was the early 90's....low 13's back then was a decent time.

Water pump, thermostat back together. Waiting on a radiator.
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Mustang5L5

Put lubricant all over the balls
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Wow. That’s incredible.

My car sat 10 years at one point. Fresh gas and new oil and I drove it out of where it was kept. That’s amazing that that much damage happened from sitting.
 
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glowstang93

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Keep moving forward it will be worth it. Mine sat for about 2 years. List of all it took to get it rolling again. Gas tank was replaced due to rusted out, all hoses, thermostat, coolant, radiator, relay control module, low pressure ac switch, tires, exhaust, hatch striker bolt, tranny seal leaked fixed. Now to put some miles on her to see what else shows up.
 
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mikestang63

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beautiful car man.

I would do the following as cheap insurance
Drain and flush ALL of the fluids- oil, coolant, trans, rear, brakes
Squirt some oil in each cylinder
change all filters- oil, air, fuel
blow out the fuel lines
replace all the hoses, belts
check your brake lines- especially the rubber ones
hopefully all of the seals and gaskets are not dry rotted

Great find
 
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Mstng93SSP

You have a nice rear end there Dave.
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@mikestang63 that is the exact plan what you listed. Most of it is done. Side note, this isn't my car. My friend bought it. I am just doing some of the work on it.
 
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2Blue2

will be trying this sex one when I can find it
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Does this have a stock paint job?

Its a nice score:nice:
 
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90sickfox

Wasn't a pretty sight...and I've got big hands
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The ethanol in the new fuel likes to eat metal. I only use ethanol free fuel. Most marinas sell it if you can't find it at a local pump.
 

HemiRick

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If the car a was mainly a drag strip car the cooling system may have been just filled w water no antifreeze....that would explain the corrosion.
 
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revhead347

Apparently my ex-husband made that mistake.
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The ethanol in the new fuel likes to eat metal. I only use ethanol free fuel. Most marinas sell it if you can't find it at a local pump.
Ethanol free is a good idea for your lawn mower, but it really isn't necessary on a fuel injected car. Given this car has sat for 20 years, well before high ethanol fuel, that's not really a relevant comment.

Kurt
 

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I'd be concerned about one or more of the coolant passages in the block having that junk it in and causing temp issues down the road. I don't know how exactly but while your pulling parts and cleaning I'd look into flushing that block if possible.
 
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7991LXnSHO

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Ethanol free is a good idea for your lawn mower, but it really isn't necessary on a fuel injected car. Given this car has sat for 20 years, well before high ethanol fuel, that's not really a relevant comment.
Kurt
Depends on the state. Ethanol plants here were already on their second owners by 1994. But after sitting 20 years, it needs flushed anyway. That’s nasty.
Les
 
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Mstng93SSP

You have a nice rear end there Dave.
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Flushed the fuel lines, good pressure to the fuel rails, engine won't start. It got dark so will get back at it tomorrow. It has a funky old school aftermarket ignition system so will have to do some troubleshooting.

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