It's a slow Saturday morning and I've been slowly buying parts for my foxbody so I thought I'd start a build thread. First I'd like to give a huge thanks to everybody who has helped me in the past and future, answering my noob questions. This car has been and will continue to be a good learning experience for me. I grew up wrenching with my dad but always on his cars. This is the first time I've been in complete control of what gets done to a car, and I've learned a lot. And now for some history.
I bought my 93 LX my senior year of high school. I'd been driving my dad's old 1959 Buick throughout high school while saving up for my own car. I didn't know what I wanted other than the fact I wanted a V8 and preferable a manual. My dad and I would find cars on craigslist and talk about them but I never followed through with anything. When I was getting closer to my senior year my dad was really pushing for me to buy a newer fuel efficient small car since I would be driving a little ways to college. I agreed with him, but deep down inside I knew that wasn't going to happen lol. Looking back, I really shouldn't have bought my Fox and should have waited until after school for a toy, but I'm young and needed that V8 so I disregarded most advice from dad regarding a car.
I worked at a lumber store in High School and one of my coworkers knew I was looking for a car and he would occasionally find something and tell me about it. The summer after my junior year, he told me his best friend had a modified mustang that he was thinking about selling. I asked what year and he said it was a 93. I'll pass. I hated the look of foxbodies. I forgot about the car for a few months until I came across a Black LX on craigslist that was in the same town as my coworkers friend. The description of the car matched exactly what my coworker told me. The car had a V8 and was also a 5 speed. I told my coworker about the ad and he told me that was the car. He said his friend was driving down that weekend and I could look at it if I wanted. I agreed.
That weekend his friend stopped by my house and took me for a ride. I was hooked. Even though I didn't like the looks of the car, it put me back in the seat and I knew there was potential with the car. I bought it the next weekend. Dad wasn't happy but I was lol
The first week I had it insured me a buddy went for a ride during lunch break at school. I got all excited and tried to show him how fast it was while leaving the parking lot. Instead of going fast, I powerslid the car out of the parking lot and smacked the curb, bent the axle and limped it home. I was pissed at myself for already tearing it up. I was so mad. But I ordered a new axle and fixed it on the drive way in the rain. It had a real loud whine after that so I decided I'd either completely rebuild the rear end or put a new one in eventually.
In the mean, time I drove it through the rest of high school and then to college. I DD'd it my first year of college and over the summer decided I needed to get something else to DD because gas was killing me and the Fox wasn't very DD friendly. It had its fair share of problems and I wanted something more turn key. I found a cheap DD on CL and parked the Fox. It sat in front of my parents house for almost a year until I decided that I either need to sell it or do something with it. My dad has been pushing me really hard to sell it, but I didn't really want to. The looks were growing on me and I was beginning to find out that a Fox is a pretty good platform to go fast and do it relativity cheap. This appealed to me so I began to start hunting CL for parts.
Being a college student my budget is tight so I'm always on CL looking for good deals. I've been collecting parts for the car for a while now, and have done a few things to it since I've owned it. My goal for the car right now is just the normal weekend warrior type deal. I don't really have a specific 1/4 mile time or HP number I'm aiming for. All I really want is to continually get a little faster with it. For now. Realistically I'd like to be mid 12's with it by next year, but I'm just playing it one day at a time. I've worked on cars but never done a full "build", so I decided this was a good car to build.
Mods already done when I bought it:
Rebuilt 302 bored .030 over
Converted to Carb - 650 DP holley
1.5" carb spacer
Performer 302 intake
Under drive pulleys
shorty hooker headers
TF stage 1 cam
hurst short throw shifter
o/r h pipe (unknown brand)
Flowmasters of some sort (hate)
Things I've done since ownership:
SVE tubular upper and lower rear control arms
Torque boxes welded
rebuilt 8.8 with 3.73, 31 spline axles and carrier
New distributor with vacuum advance, finally! That really helped MPG
Parts currently on the shelf:
- Will be rebuilding and plan on minor port work
4 cylinder springs
new factory hood
Parts I'm still looking for:
Manual steering rack
Holley rebuild kit
Straight passenger fender
Some other small things
I'm also planning on a power steering and A/C delete because the A/C has never worked and I don't need it. DD has A/C. Power steering is about shot and the whole system needs replaced.
The car is a huge project but I'm ok with that. Parts are plenty-full and there is always someone here to answer my noob questions. The car is rough and originally I wanted to do a type of restomod but now I'm thinking about gutting it for weight reduction and just having fun. The car is rust free as far as I can tell but it's rough, too rough to justify a restoration. Some asshole crushed in my passenger front fender in high school, and my hood came up on me going down the highway. Paint is bad and the GT ground effects are about to fall off. It's really a piece but I've put so much money into that it's not worth me selling it. And it's my first my car. All I hear coming out of the older guys mouths is that they wished they would have kept their first cars and I want to do that. And I'd probably just buy another fox someday to build so why not just start with this one?
Hopefully this summer I will be able to pull the motor and get the heads installed and do an engine bay cleaning as it needs it really bad. Also plan on resealing the whole engine as it leaks everywhere. Then install 4.10 gears and put my new hood on. Those are the things on the list for now, and I'm sure it will grow as time goes on.
Now some pictures of my old tired fox
The day I bought it
Replacing the bent axle
Fixing valley oil leak
How she sits now
Hopefully I can get somethings done to it this summer and get down to the strip and get some time slips!
I'll be updating as it progresses at an inconstant rate. I either have money or I have time. Seems like I never get both, but my internship this summer has consistent hours and they don't work weekends which should give me some time. We shall see!