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  • 1984 SVO Project - track car

    Was working on the Fairlane wagon earlier this spring when I took another car to the race track (road course). Needless to say I got hooked and decided to resurrect an old project to make a real road course car as soon as the wagon was 'finished'.

    I bought the SVO many years ago for $2k and was turning it into a track car until my brother sideswiped it and I was forced to paint it. After painting the car it was moth balled.

    Now move forward 8 years and the project is starting where it was left of.
    Currently has:
    subframe connectors
    Steeda upper and lower control arms
    Track Tires

    Car needs:
    Clutch replacement
    Cooling system upgrade
    Main & rod bearings
    Axle refresh (rebuild track lock, gear change)
    roll cage - maybe
    more HP - definitely

    Started pulling the engine this weekend; am finding several surprises which is normal. The clutch was pretty worn as i expected, not much life left. Engine rear main seal has leak, but guess that is normal and inconsequential as its being pulled and taken apart anyway.

    Need to finish this project by Mid August to ensure its completed in time for the track day that month. Plan is to get the car to survive through the summer and then if all goes well, do some serious upgrades over the winter.

    Hope you guys don't chastise me too much as this car probably isn't as old as you're accustomed to viewing. (only 30 yrs old)

    Pictures start from the ugly paint the car had the first day I picked it up and pics of the paint job. all are in chronological order.

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  • #2
    yes yes yes yes yes yes
    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
    1998 Mustang GT https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...ix-to-4sixzero
    1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
    1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
    1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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    • #3
      Gotta love a SVO. Great looking car.

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      • #4
        I almost bought one in 84 but I bought a Shelby Charger instead , we all make mistakes . Looks like a fun project .

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        • #5
          I love these things handle well, can be made to be very quick, and can get great mileage.
          http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...-consolidation

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          • #6
            Wow, none of mine look that nice.

            If you aren't already on an SVO forum, try SVOCOP.com

            Also, for engine information (although very drag-centric) Turboford.org.
            I'm still learning

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            • #7
              my cousin Pat had that cars twin....awesome! More more more!
              If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

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              • #8
                Thanks for the feedback guys. Yeah i kinda went overboard on the paint job which is why I have been afraid of driving it. But after taking my 2013 Boss Mustang Laguna Seca to the track...well i figured if things ever went bad that i'd rather ball up the older car...so that's the reason the project has been given new life. I'll probably have to remove the parking and corner laps when i'm on the track, as damaging those basically makes the car scrap....cant believe no one makes the passenger outer marker lamp! ugh.

                Didnt know about that other site - Bob- thanks. Believe it or not, I'm not a specific type of car guy so I dont go looking for specific forums; just an all around gear head.

                Today I removed the air conditioning system. Hope I can pull the engine by the weekend and start the disassembly. Will also try to start mocking up the cooling system design...Hope to use a fan from a 2012 mustang and a front mount intercooler from a new ecoboost. Being in the Detroit area has its advantages at the local junkyards....lots of cars from the Big 3.

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                • #9
                  I highly recommend the products from:

                  http://www.bo-port.com/
                  I'm still learning

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                  • #10
                    You have found a good place for all around gearhead'edness
                    Escaped on a technicality.

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                    • #11
                      And a few of us have SVOs or 2.3Ts
                      I'm still learning

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                      • #12
                        Although...at least one of us should qualify that statement.

                        Just 'cause we have them doesn't mean that they are running.

                        I'm still learning

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bob Holmes View Post
                          Although...at least one of us should qualify that statement.

                          Just 'cause we have them doesn't mean that they are running.

                          Oh Bob, you just make it too easy - you'd have a much better job of doing the impossible, if you'd stop jumping in front of moving cars
                          Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; June 25, 2013, 06:37 AM.
                          Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                          • #14
                            Small update: removed the PS pump and put aside. AC system has been removed, test fit the aluminum radiator.

                            The radiator is sitting a bit high, will need to adjust the isolation strategy at the bottom or move the rad support about an inch down.

                            Have been ordering engine parts for 2 days now... fed ex/UPS guy will be busy delivering parts to my house.

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                            • #15
                              Nice work.
                              There's always something new to learn.

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