This is the old news page. I am not sure why I put it here, but here it is anyway:
I got the wagon! LINK TO MY '88 WAGON
In the meantime, I stumbled upon a '98 Mountaineer 5.0L thanks to ford50only50, the same guy I owe learning about one of the best junkyards in my area. Check out his cars here. If the motor is still over there in a couple weeks when I get a chance, I might just have to pull it. It'd be GT-40P headed which means my headers wouldn't work. We'll see, it depends on how much I can get it for or if it's even still there.
Otherwise, I ordered a NOS '82 grille from vicfan92 on CVN.
If the Mountaineer motor doesn't work out, I'll be placing an order for E7TE's from 93 Marquis on GMN. HO territory, here I come!
Oh and one last note, I've decided to invest in the engine instead of painting the entire car. The top is going to be stripped and painted brown this summer. This will give me time to decide if I like it brown everywhere, or would something like a deep red look better? We shall see.
I'm getting a WAGON! Details to come!
One new pic today, a snow pic I took a while back when I had the car at college with me. Lord knows that the first time I drive it to school, it snowed. Luckily I didn't have to drive it in the salt.
What else is new? The junkyard got lots of Panthers in! I grabbed a brand new fan clutch and some mint chrome rear window trim for the slicktop conversion (that makes two sets...).
And BTW, I send the money off for.... drumroll... and HO cam today! It's the F1ZE grind from a '94 Mustang. Maybe I will get this engine build before fall after all :).
I have decided to go with some Impy tails for my new exhaust as well since they are 2 1/2in. Still deciding on mufflers - I'm taking recommendations. I want it at least as loud as it is now. Some Flowmasters would sound good with the HO cam...
Exhaust Video is up. Ignore the smoke, this engine is tired, also why I didn't rev it to death. I'm running gutted cats, glasspacks, and stock 2in pipes, and stock iron manifolds. I really need to install that Off-Road H-Pipe and Shorties I have.
Rrrrrrrr... they sold the Wagon before I got a chance to go home and look at it. I really wanted a winter beater Box to drive.
You never know what I'll find on the way home.
I'll take some video this weekend with any luck and upload it next week.
Added the Video Page, more videos and sounds to come!
And let me just say I HATE COLLEGE! Don't ask.
PS: Might be getting a WAGON! I'm going to look at it Friday if it's still for sale. They were asking $600... if it's still there, I might get it for $400. If it's SEFI and runs/drive fine, I'm gonna nab it! A tow pack K-Code would be nice.
THE CARB'D TRIPMINDER HAS FINALLY BEEN DECODED! Check out page 12.
I also added a page on how to identify if you Box has the towing package, it's on page 13.
Rearranging Pages 2 and 3 currently. They just had too many pictures on them so I am removing some. Also adding some new ones.
Added pictures of the Customized Turbines to the '87 Page and also a picture of how to start a box when it didn't come with keys.
Here is are my new rear shocks (actually free from the '87), you can also see the rear swaybar attachment points if you are thinking about adding one to your Box.
That's all for now. Also finally got a digital camera of my own, a Polaroid 630i. Highly recommended.
I figured I'd add a page for the cars I used to have, and sold.
Check Page 11.
Well, it's offical. The Cragar's are staying on this car for the near future.
Added the History 999 Report Page.
Also, I'm am now collecting parts for my engine build. I am going to use the block and rotating assembly out of the '87. I'd like to find some E7TE's, GT-40, or GT-40P heads. I'm currently searching. At the very least, the motor is going to have some E7TE's with some mild port work.
I'm also looking for a stock HO Mustang/Lincoln Mark VII cam, or an E303 to use in this build.
I've got the intake, a Weiand 4-bbl. I've got several Holley 600cfm's to use if I chose. I also have an Autolite 4100, but I am not sure I can make it work with the AOD's TV setup. I'm looking into this, I'd like to run the Autolite.
In the meantime, I am thinking about running the '87 for a winter beater. I maybe be getting a digital camera very soon, that means videos to come! And of course some better pictures and not 1400 of the same thing.
I see a front end rebuild coming soon, we shall see.
If anyone knows how to format the horsepower page, let me know!
Also, I am looking for a '94-'95 Mustang Cobra 5-Speed, in black or white with black interior. It must be in nice condition, no major mods. Contact me if you are selling one around my area!
Take it easy fellers, feel free to post in my guestbook!
Still waiting on tires for the turbines, but I might just run the Cragars in the pictures for ever now. I like them so much!
Ordered a water temperature and oil pressure gauge from Summit Racing. I installed them last week. Pictures to come soon. I have 8psi of oil pressure at hot idle! Man, this motor is toast!
Headers and H-Pipe are going to wait until a new motor comes along. I'm in the process of ID'ing the motor in the '87, it looks to be rebuilt, I just want to know if it is the original motor.
Stock horsepower numbers for all boxes has been posted on PAGE 9! Check it out, but please forgive, the format is still a little rough. I straighten it out later, my job is keeping me busy.
Uploaded a copy of my History 999 report. I'll post more on how to get one for your car later. Search Google for "History 999" and you'll find how to get yours if you want to know right now.
Took the turbines off the '87, cleaned them up and painted the centers black. I'll have some pictures up soon. I also restored/preserved my rear bumper... a pictorial is in the works. Went to the junkyard today and picked up some centers for the turbines. Found a tan steering wheel finally, in an '88 Town Car. Won't fit my car, I have a splined steering wheel shaft. I'm gonna need to find an '84 or older. Ordered a History 999 report too, got it the other day and I'll have some details soon on how to get one and a copy of mine. Also, some new box specs info is in the works. I'm busy lately working 60 hours a week painting houses!
Looks like a motor swap in my future! My current 302 has began to smoke quite heavily out of the left tailpipe on start up. The inside of the motor looks like crude and peanut butter anyway. Might go dig up an Explorer 5.0L HO next weekend. Or I could use that 429 I have sitting around.
VOTE IN THE NEW POLL
So I got a crappy picture of my still uninstalled headers and H-Pipe. You can see my massive trunk in the picture, too. I found out over the weekend while cleaning the inside of the quarter panels that my car has the towing package. Just a little factoid.
Anyone got a tan steering wheel for this car? I need one with cruise control and preferably leather wrapped like the original! Let me know if you do, up to '89 should work. Other cars had them too like early fox T-birds, Mustangs, etc.
BTW, I got 1000 hits today!
Here is he H-Pipe and Headers.
YAY! Got some stainless shorty headers and BBK Off-Road H-pipe (2 1/2in, mandrel bent) Friday at the Charlotte AutoFair. $75 and the set was mine. They came off a dead '89 Fox Body. Panthers eat foxes, you know.
I'll be sure to get some pictures up of the installation, if I can find a camera! I got several cameras with film from prom last year still in them. I dunno where they are, though. The headers and h-pipe may actually go on this weekend, we'll see.
Added some new pages to hold all the pictures and rearanged some stuff. The Exterior Photos page really needs some help, there are about 50 pictures on that page. So, in light of that, I'll issue a DUW for the Exterior Photo Page (Page 2). Enjoy, I'm tired of uploading pictures, I've been working on this site for about three days on and off. It'll be a while before another update like this one! I'll keep ya'll posted on anything that happens with the car. Later, enjoy the site and be sure to sign my guestbook.
Finally an update with about a billion pictures. I finally got hold of a digital camera, so I had to take advantage of it.
I put 15X7 Cragar SS wheels from my Ranger onto the '82. They look freakin' awesome compared to the stock, or at least I think so. I am using P245/60-R15 tires.
I finally fixed my choke, look for info on that on my Engine page, if I decide to make one, LOL. I am organizing the site around a little differently, so forgive me if somethings are temporarily out of place.
So here are the newest pictures with the Cragars!
Going Junkyardin' next week. Let me know if anyone needs any parts for anything. I'll sell whatever it is you need at cost to me shipping, unless it's difficult to remove. If it's hard to get out, ask me and I'll see if I can get it or not. If I do get it and it's hard to remove, I charge $6/hour. This yard is cheap, the same one I got my sway bars from!
The tranny went in seamlessly over Christmas Break. It turns out that the transmission didn't originally come with the '87, it had an 1989 Part Number, which was used until the end of AOD production as I understand. Unfortunately, it didn't have an ID tag, so its original origin will remain a mystery. It holds first to 20, second to 40, and barely gets in OD at 55mph, all while normal driving. Downshifts are instant. It shifts very fast and hard. Some say it has a shift kit while others say it's from an HO Mustang.
If you�re interested, vote on my poll at the top of the page. The variable venturi I am referring to is the name of the carburetor on my '82. The choke is not working and it must be tied open with wire. The car hesitates when you try to accelerate too fast, or push the pedal too far. The '87 has a whole EFI system, but that would require a lot of work (entire fuel system would have to be changed, wiring nightmare, etc). The Holley 4-bbl and Weiand intake are off my Dad's Mustang, to which he returned to stock 4-bbl. I'd like to hear your opinion on this subject, and remember my limited budget when voting.
I have uploaded some more pictures of my car and the parts car. A slight redesign has hopefully made navigation around this site a little easier.
I got the '87 Parts Car. It's the LX model, so it's loaded. The '82 is getting the Tranny over Christmas break, and probably the 3.27's, too. I've got more pictures taken, they are at home. I'll upload them over Christmas Break, too. The Vic is up here at school with me now, I think a paint job will have to come next summer. An EFI swap, too if this Variable Venturi doesn't straighten up.
I got the sway bars Saturday! Spent about two hours total at the yard, mostly looking at what else they had. My front bar was already police spec for some reason, but the rear bolted right in. The car they came out of had a 351W. I'd like to get the tranny out of it, this was not your normal cop car. It was so clean underneath! Plastic seat covers over the cloth even!
But I got the sway bars for $5/each. Cheap! I'm not complaining. The gauges have been put on hold for now, I'm really focusing on the tranny right now. I'm still working on obtaining the parts car. I looked at it again Friday, but still no word. I guess that's about all for now, I'll update when something else happens (like a tranny finally).
Sorry I don't have more pictures, but if you all can hold your horses, I'll upload some more soon. I have had this car since May 5, 2005, and having no second gear is beginning to get to me. I found a parts car Saturday, an '87 Crown Vic with leather! It was impounded, and the towing company is supposed to call me in the next couple days to left me know if I can buy it. The way I look at it is I can pay $150 for a tranny, or $200 for a whole car. Since storage is not problem, the whole car sounds better to me.
Details on my car, it's basically loaded. No Leather and no aluminum wheels, but other than that it's got everything. I put true duals on with gutted cats and glasspacks... you wouldn't believe the compliments I get on how good it sounds. Gauges are coming very soon.
I'll update in a couple days and let you know about the parts car.
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PAGE 1: News and Newest Pictures
PAGE 2: More Exterior Pictures
PAGE 3: Interior Pictures
PAGE 4: Old News Page
PAGE 5: Engine Page/Choke Fix
PAGE 6: Current Upgrades and Future Plans
PAGE 7: THE '87 LX Parts Car
PAGE 8: Box Panther Production Numbers
PAGE 9: Box Panther Factory Horsepower Numbers
PAGE 10: History 999 Report
PAGE 11: My EX-Cars
PAGE 12: THE CARB'D TRIPMINDER INFORMATION!!!
PAGE 13: How to ID a Trailer-Tow Package Box
PAGE 14: VIDEOS
PAGE 15: SLICKTOP CONVERSION
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