i love the low belt lines and big greenhouses of the 80s and 90s
Made the ten hour round trip to Michigan today to pick up a Ford Aspire swap. The swap includes brakes all around, front knuckles and the rear axle beam. The benefits of the swap are a 1/4" wider track width ( I think all around, but may just be the rear), bigger brakes all around, a better brake design ( no more rotors bolting behind the hub ), and a 4x100 bolt pattern so I can run my Exims.
Stripping everything down this week, then it's all off for blasting and powder coating.
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Nice!! I'm glad you finally found an Aspire setup!!
Started getting it ready for the upcoming season tonight. Due to other obligations (stupid expensive house renovations), I've decided to put off the Aspire swap for the time being and save for a big teardown this upcoming fall/winter.
The only real rust on the car. There's a couple floor seams that have some rust peeking out, but I couldn't get good pictures
Interior is pretty clean. Some staining on front seats. Missing original floor mats. It will all be getting steam cleaned.
Dealer installed sunroof
The owner insisted the tapes that had been with the car for two decades go with it.
Stock brakes, so tiny!
Aspire brakes. Quite a bit bigger plus vented rotors
Aspire rear beam. Wider track and much larger brakes.
The former owners loved undercoating
Next on the list is changing all the fluids, servicing the brakes, dismounting and refinishing the rims and cleaning the interior.
I see more grease/oil/grime than undercoating.
It saved the car though.
You're so much more willing to drive for parts than I am. If I was faced with a similar situation (hell, if I had to drive three hours for those brakes) I would have bought an entire parts car.
Can't wait though, I've always really liked Festivas.
Did a quick cleanup and repaint on the stock 12" wheels. The previous owners had painted them with a brush while the tires were still on, leaving brush marks and paint on the tires. These are just for this year until I get the suspension swapped and the 13" Exims on
The beast is back on the road after new plugs, wires, filters, fluids, brake service, new front brake pads, v belt, wiper blades, cap and rotor, and clean and repack all the wheel bearings. Speedo cable fell apart when I removed it to refill the transmission. This is our only car at the moment, Our Volvo is dead currently and my Jetta needs a clutch which I'm currently waiting for parts...
My biggest pet peeve is dirty engine bays, and this one was exceptionally dirty, so first order of business was getting it washed. Let it soak in the purple castrol degreaser stuff for a couple hours then hit it with the pressure washer.
I'll eventually pull the engine and clean it properly.
You got rid of all the "undercoating"!! Now it's going to rust!
Good work! It will handle and stop a ton better with all that Aspire gear.
There really is something special about these cars. They feel snappy, have lots of room for what they are and they are just flat out fun to drive.
| 17 Elantra | 18 JLU Sport | 01 BMW 740 iL | 91 Dynasty | 74 SuperBeetle | 62 Ford Unibody | The poster formerly known as 200HP4dr
I remember these rolling around new, back in the day, when I worked at a quick-lube shop. I also recall some pretty wild decal / stripe packages. It would be cool to recreate a period-correct scheme, if you restore it.
There were louder schemes, I believe. Not too many pics online.