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    Default 1993 Fox Body

    Figured its time to start a thread on this car.


    Picked this car up last year for around $1200. The guy before me swapped in the 5.0 and 5 speed, along with a rear from a 98 stang. Had a little brake issue and need to fix a few small issues.


    I completed the 5 lug swapped and upgraded the brakes to sn95 components.


    Someone added stop leak to the motor, so I swapped out the heater core and radiator, then flushed it for days!


    Here is a few pics from when I picked her up.

















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    Here she is with new shoes! They are 18X10's with 285's on all four corners...and I do get a slight rub in the rear

    Also swapped that hood with the ugly scoop for a stock one.






    The swapped hood



    And how she looks now...This was on a trip through the tail of the dragon


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    Also installed a solid steering shaft after the old rag joint broke on me. Its always a nice feeling when you hear a pop and gain some slack in your steering.

    Next on the list is subframe connectors and possible some Datsun Z flares.

    Future plans:
    For the rear, I a plan to design a 3 link setup and add a panhard bar.

    For the motor, I have a lq4 and t56 that I have sitting in my parents garage...along with a 4in crank. So I am on the fence about swapping it into this car or saving it for another project. Decisions decisions

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    Very nice! I had a 1991 LX convertible that color with a white top. Loved that car.

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    I like it! Looking forward to the results.
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    I miss my LX fox

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    I had a 89 LX 5.0 in that color...good times.

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    how did you fit 285's in the front? Nice looking fox

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    Quote Originally Posted by chet View Post
    how did you fit 285's in the front? Nice looking fox
    I rolled the fenders and added 3/8" spacers. It still rubs the frame a little at full lock, but I don't have much problems with it rubbing the fenders.

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    The fuel pump has been screaming for a little while now...so bad I could hear it over the radio! I assume it was the stock unit.

    Anyways, I dropped the tank and replaced it with a Walbro 190





    After I got it done, I took it for a drive down the Devils Triangle!


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    I originally bought the car just to compete in autocross, which was Feb. 2015. I didn't get the car drive-able til Nov. 2016.

    Now fast forward to last weekend, first autocross. I'm pumped and ready to go, check the car and everything is fine. I head out early in the morning and drive out to the event. I stop right before I get there and grab some snacks at a gas station. I get in the car and go to start it.....NOTHING!!!!!!!

    I haven't had this problem in the car before, and of all days it could give me problems...it chooses the day of my first autox event! I give it some time and tried to turn it over a few times. Finally, it fired up.

    Got my car through tech and walked the course as much as I could. We got to make six runs and it was a blast! Now, I need more seat time and suspension goodies.


    Few photos from the event






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    Awesome! Looking forward to watching this evolve.
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    Nice to see more foxes on this forum. I will be posting my new fox shortly.. once I have more work into it.

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    Been awhile since I've posted an update.

    - I changed out the old faded headlights for some new ones...now I can at least see at night.
    - Sanded and painted my side mirrors, since no one offers replacement manual mirrors for a fox.
    - Had my fan crap out, so I hit the junkyard and picked up a 2-speed contour fan and wired it in to the ignition. I plan on adding a controller to it this winter.
    - Finally, welded in some sub-frame connectors

    This winter, the plan to build a panhard bar and 3-link for the rear. Along with boxing in the radiator and add some flares to the fenders.









    Shop dog


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    Passenger side


    Driver side



    Also, my brother grabbed this awesome shot one morning at my parents house

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    Looks like a fun project. Have you looked into the "poor man's 3 link"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06killinSBF View Post
    Looks like a fun project. Have you looked into the "poor man's 3 link"?
    I have, not a bad way to go if you're just adding a panhard bar, but I'm wanting to free up the rear more.

    I thought about a torque arm, but I want to be able to adjust it.
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    It's amazing how much better fresh headlights make these look. (I need to stop ignoring my faded, cracked stockers)

    Devils advocate for the 3 link vs Torque arm idea:
    I was blown away at how much a torque arm/panhard improved my fox. Bolting it on with correct pinion angle instantly made the car more capable than my driving could keep up with. No adjustment necessary. TA wont require you lose your rear seat. Lastly, if you're patient, they can be found CHEAP. I thought I got a deal on my older Griggs setup at $300, but I've since seen newer MM stuff in the same ballpark pricewise.

    Either way, I'm looking forward to what you come up with, and your cars looking awesome.
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    Got a few updates,

    Been working on building a panhard bar and 3-link for the rear. Current I have the rear out and working on removing the upper control arm brackets.


    Here is the Panhard bar

    Frame mount







    Trying to get the right angle lol






    Here is the mount attached to the rear



    Found out the hard way, that the rear end tubes are not 3in in dia. So I made some shims to fit the 3in clamps I ordered.








    3-link to come a little later



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    Finally getting around to updating the thread.

    I got the upper torque box out of the car...it was not willing to go freely, so force (and plenty of colorful words) was used.

    Plug the spot welds and painted the bottom of the rear. Got started on the upper control arm bracket and getting everything how I wanted it.


    Also picked up some Dunlop Z2's in 275/35/18 for $400!!!! Tire rack was running a deal on some older production tires, so I jumped on them.






    Bye to this hunk of scrap


    Starting on the upper mount and getting it fitted


    Really digging the gray over the typical black for the underside. Now I can notice if anything cracks or is leaking fluid much easier.




    Now I have an excuse for new wheels!
    1993 Fox Body...its in the works
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    1972 Nova...its in a barn


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    nice build. whats the front suspension setup and the offset on the 18x10's? i have 18x10 et22 out back on my 88 fox and would love to run 10's up front. i'm on 94/95 sn95 spindles, cobra brakes, stock 88 fox k-member and a-arms.
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