I finally bit the bullet and decided that now was the time to send the old girl to the paint shop. It’s been a few years now and there isn’t much more I need to do to the car. I mean of course, the engine would benefit a rebuild but I am not going to cross that bridge until we get there. After all this has been a hobby for me, my family and my friends and I have had a lot of fun.
After speaking with the paint shop, we agreed that if I prepped the car in terms of disassembly as far as I could, that would be helpful and would get me more for my money. That being said I dug in and began removing many of the trim parts and items that I could. The tow truck came and picked her up and sent her on her way. Mario’s Auto Works in Montclair will be handling the respray and I am super excited about it.
Well, after holding my breath, Medusa passed smog. No reason really why it shouldn’t since I haven’t done anything to it since I added the cats, but since this car is pretty old, I’m depending on the electronics and sensors and I just don’t know how long they will last.
Excited to say that looking at painting the car soon!
A few things have been worked on since my last post. I have looked into the never ending slop in the front steering and found that the steering wheel nut had loosened up a bit and was creating a bit of play. I took it apart and re-tightened it. But there is still more play than I’d like. More to come I’m sure.
Also there had been a noise emanating from the rear right wheel when I applied the brakes. Finally with the help of my pops, I figured that some of the parking brake mechanism was coming into contact with the brake shoe causing the noise and also a pulsating pedal. I fixed it.
When I was looking at that brake issue, I stuck a crowbar in between the control arm and the chassis to see how bad if at all the bushings were since I never changed them when I installed the rear shocks and springs. Well, it seemed that when I pried the bushings there was a lot of slop though not much visible damage. I decided there would be no point in replacing the other components and not the bushings. So I ordered some rear control arms and axle mounted bushings.
It took some time and muscle but again with the help of my dad, I changed the arms. The drive home was noticeably better though I think I need to drive it some more.
Some news on the car and a new blog I came across. First, I have gone back to get the alignment done. And this time the steering wheel is a little off and it pulls ever so slightly to the right. BUT, the play appears to be gone and I had the rear wheels re-balanced and now the car drives much better. So I am calling the steering issues once again resolved. Until I buy the castor/camber plates and have it realigned at the next tire purchase which should be a few years.
Since I had worked on the intake a while ago, I found that the idle was a lot more erratic which led me to try and clean up the throttle body, replace the IAC and replace the BAP sensor. I had yet to check the TPS voltage which I had heard about in the forums so I finally had time to do so. The voltage when I checked it as at .74 volts and I adjusted it to .97 volts. Again, the car seems to be back to full power and I have even turned on the air conditioning without the car dying. But I’ll wait ’till summer to call that a win.
Seat Belt/Warning Chime
Following some instructions I had found online, I went ahead and removed the chime unit and found that the foam layer had disintegrated. I followed the steps to add hot glue and returned the unit back under the dash. To my amazement, it worked and now I once again am annoyed by the bell chime!
I recently saw a video on one of the Mustang parts sites that covered the door spring. I didn’t realize that my driver side had recently broken. I will be replacing this soon.
While my intention was to have the car painted by a shop who is related to my wife, I don’t think that I will have the budget for that.They are well known for their Lowrider paint jobs and it would be great to have them paint it, but alas, maybe next time or for the second paint job if I keep the car for a long time. I am considering lower budget jobs at the moment. In the meantime, I am looking at getting the 93 Cobra style grill insert and hood vents from the newer Mustangs. I have to see if the vents will be able to work on the fox hood without too much trouble.
Another Mustang Blog
While researching the hood issue, I came across another blog where the owner is restoring an 88 Mustang LX. Here is the link! I am in awe at the work he is doing and his ability. I really need to learn how to weld and to paint a car. Those things are a real weakness as I am pretty sure that my 89 will not be my last car to work on. I am actually really liking the 66-67 Ford Fairlane and even the Galaxie but the latter is pretty long.