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W124_Karl

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Hi there,

First time owner, first time poster, and short-time lurker here. :)

I just bought Tim's car, it's my first SHO, and my fourth Ford. So far it's really fun! It feels a lot more muscle car than I thought it would, which is really cool. The rod shifter has a lot to do with that I think, it's very deliberate. The car has a Quaife diff, a high flow Y-pipe, and some other stuff. It's got a Clutch Masters clutch in it, which is taking some getting used to, but it certainly holds strong, and I'm getting smoother with it.

It also came with, literally, a trunk full of books, receipts, and spare parts. Buying a car from Tim was kind of like buying a car from myself, so I feel confident it'll be a good one.

First order of business will be some detailing - clay, Iron-X, a couple rounds of paint correction. It seems like the paint is mostly original, so it's got some marks on it. I think I can level a lot of them out. I've already taken out the visors that go in the window frames - that was easy, except for the passenger front. It was glued in, and removing it tore up the window seal around the door frame a little. Looks like that part is NLA, but the damage isn't bad.

Here it is in its new home, next to my '13 Focus ST. The Focus is a daily driver, family trip car, and SCCA autocross car. It's set up pretty much to the limit of the G-Street rules. I really like it a lot, so I figured, why not two low-volume, high horsepower, front wheel drive Fords?

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Engine is essentially stock. The car has 84K miles on it, and had its 60K service done. If it's leaking anything, I don't see it.

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SHO engine plus the fleet by krshultz, on Flickr

Anyway, this site looks like a really great resource for keeping these cars on the road, so thanks to all the previous posters who've shared so much. I especially learned a bunch from Sam, who answered an unending number of questions.
 

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Welcome to the forum Karl.
There is plenty of history, information, and help on this forum.
 

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Welcome to the club.
If you bought it from Tim, you got a good car.
 

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Welcome! You got a great car, glad to see it was bought by someone who takes care of their cars. Nice ST by the way
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I've spent a fair amount of time reading through pages and pages of old threads and I've learned a bunch already.

Welcome! You got a great car, glad to see it was bought by someone who takes care of their cars. Nice ST by the way

Thanks, the ST has been a fantastic car, one of my favorites I've owned. I just put a Mountune cat back exhaust in it this month, after having made the mistake of trying a muffler delete. The delete was okay around town, but for any trip longer than an hour it was too much.

I spent some time this afternoon studying the engine bay of the SHO, learning what goes where. I'm looking forward to being its caretaker for a while.
 

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Here's some pictures of it after its first wash under my ownership. After I took these, I clayed it, and have started the polishing steps.

(Edit - I realize the wheels are on the wrong side of the car :lol: )

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SHO, clean but pre detail by krshultz, on Flickr
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SHO, clean but pre detail by krshultz, on Flickr
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SHO, clean but pre detail by krshultz, on Flickr
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SHO, clean but pre detail by krshultz, on Flickr
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SHO, clean but pre detail by krshultz, on Flickr
 

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Wowza! That looks stunning :thumb: :thumb:

Thanks! It cleans up pretty well. It's had one repaint in its life, that much I know for sure now. But the frame rails, the floor, even the glass, all that stuff is original. While not a "glass out" paint job, it's a good quality one and I'm happy with it.

I've already done a handful of things. I covered the wiring for the Hella FF75 driving lights up with some Techflex braided sheathing. I replaced the bushings for the rear sway bar. I also fixed the misaligned passenger side headlight, and replaced the bulbs with some brighter Philips Xtreme Vision ones. Grease quieted down a really creaky passenger side front door.

There are a couple things I'd like to fix next. It's got a rod shifter conversion, which is great. But the shift lever bangs into the plastic bezel when shifting into 2nd and 4th. Took some stuff apart this morning, and don't see an obvious fix, other than maybe grinding down the plastic bezel.

Also, the center armrest falls down. Haven't even searched for an answer to this one yet, because I just noticed it today. :lol:

Tim had the car's seats, carpet and headliner all redone, and it's all very high quality stuff and looks great. There's one annoyance though. The posts for each sun visor that clip into the roof have upholstery right over them, so they don't stay engaged in the clips. Might see if I can get my mother in law to stitch something up for me, that or find some donor visors.

Very fun car to work on and drive. :)
 
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