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Old 02-01-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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MAF conversion + heater core replacement. Is this a deal breaker?

I've been looking at buying an 88 gt. It is still speed density so I would be doing the maf conversion at some point but it also needs a new heater core which is not a fun task. So with those two problems would that be a deal breaker for anyone else? A little more about the car: 88 gt 5 speed bbk shorty headers and an H pipe, cobra upper and lower intake, 75mm throttle body, adjustable fuel pressure regulator, 4:10 gears, centerforce clutch. Clean car inside and out. But would those 2 problems keep anyone else from buying this car at $3200? Click image for larger version

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A heater core would not stop me from getting it. But that's considering that I'm from the southwest where the winter doesn't last long. I just disconnected my heater core. Just make sure it runs good.

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Yeah I'm in North Carolina, sometimes we have mild winters and sometimes harsh. Like on Wednesday our high was in the teens with 3 inches of snow, and today it's near 60. But I would like to have heat either way.
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I've replaced a heater core before. It's not an easy task, but if that car runs good without you having to put much work into it, it sounds like a deal to me.

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I know it runs good and is in good shape. I'm just wondering if I wait that I could find a maf car for around the same price without the heater core headache.
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Well then its a chance you might have to take. Might have to pay a little more though. People are holding on those cars, and for good reason.

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This is true. I guess I'm just being kind of a lazy a$$ not wanting to fool with the labor.
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Idk about maf conversion, however theres tons of info on the conversion on the internet (its nothing that has been done before). I have personally changed out my heater core and yes it is a pain the @ss but it takes about one weekend at a slow pace ( theres lots of info on the internet about this too). You can also easily bypass the heater core until you are ready to fix it, i have also done this too. Listen, the info, knowledge, and parts for these,tasks are there; all you need is the time, patience, and little of money to finish these tasks. For the money and condition of the car i would buy it at $2800.
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Yeah I know they are both doable tasks but for the headache and money they will cost, I'm considering just holding off on it and waiting for another fox that won't require these particular fixes.

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Even if it does cost a little more.
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I wouldn't think its a deal breaker at all. But I would offer 2600 cash and go from there. When I bought my car guy wanted 5k. I got him down to 4500 before I even looked at it. Then when I went to test drive it we stopped to get gas and it wouldnt start. So i told him id give him 4400. He said yes. We jump started the car and when we got back to his place and i shut it off again and it wouldnt start. Turns out the battery was bad. It had a yellow top optima battery. I told him if he will replace it with another yellow top then I'll buy it. He agreed and I ended up paying 4400 and he got 4200 because of the cost of the battery.

But the 75 mom fb is a bit to much for what it has done to it. I would put a 70 mom on there and then put a C&L 73 mm CAI on it. Remember that the MAF needs to be slightly bigger than the TB
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You can get the full maf conversion off eBay for about 150. heater core runs around 30. So under 200 bucks and a weekends worth of work I say go for it!
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I think of he'll come down on the price a little ill get it.
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If I wanted that car I wouldn't let either the MAF conversion or heater core replacement stop me from getting it.
But if you don't have the motivation to do either of those then walk away because believe me something sooner or later something will happen that will make that conversion and the heater core replacement seem like nothing..... its just a matter of time!
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