The family has been down a car after my mom's Fusion got plowed through by a Pacifica. Dad and I looked at several cars and drove all over looking for either parts cars to get my wagon going, or something cheap but worth keeping. We found a super clean 1987 notchback 2.3L auto. The guy said the transmission was going in it. His family has had the car since about 1992. It hit something once in the front, but the repair was done well. It was painted a few years ago (dark shadow blue, stock color) and then left to sit in the condo garage. He had been doing a lot of work on it, mostly cosmetic. The interior is taken apart quite a bit, but it's all there. I'm going to have to dig up the locks from a parts car I had before (he gave me 5 different keys and the trunk has no lock). I got new tires today at Costco for the stock 14"s. They were cheap enough and it saved me buying wheels.
Mechanically, I don't think the transmission is on its way out, again. I don't think the overdrive is engaging though. I'll mostly be cruising about 5 miles to work and back, so not too worried about that. There was no fluid in the power steering reservoir, and the steering wheel is more of a vague directional approximator. I'll get fluid for it tomorrow (same as the ATF, I believe) and see if it lives. I had to replace the entire rack in my SVO, so I'm no stranger to issues with these things. If this rack is dead, I'll switch over to a manual rack and let the 2.3L focus on pulling the car down the road. I also need to check all the other steering related joints tomorrow. The brakes need to be bled and flushed out (DOT 3 fluid, I believe). I'm also going to do the lower radiator hose and throw some more coolant in it.
Hopefully it'll be a somewhat reliable daily by the end of the week. It's in the best condition out of any of the 5 fox bodies I've had. I have a ton of odd parts collected to get it sorted out.
The best part is the guy said he bought a turbo but wasn't sure if it was the ones that came on these cars (meaning the SVO or TurboCoupe) or if it was any good. I didn't see it when I looked at the car yesterday. When I got the car today he said he put all the rest of the parts inside it. I went digging through them and had completely forgot he said he'd throw in the turbo. Noticed a heavy black garbage bag and when I pulled it out I saw an original SVO turbo, E6 header and elbow. SCORE!!! I don't need it, so I'll probably clean it up, rebuild it and sell it for money to get my SVO rolling again.
Got those with my phone. It's a South Florida barn find... or condo find. I'll be washing it tomorrow and getting better pictures of the rest of it.