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Old 02-07-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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1981 foxbody 2.3l

Hello everybody, I have a 1981 Foxbody 2.3l 4 speed that has been sitting in a field for about 10 years. I'd like to get it running again. I'd like to keep the 2.3l as well. My parents gave it to my siblings and I for Christmas years ago and I learned how to drive it. Im on a budget, It's definitely going to be an ongoing project. Does anybody know of aftermarket parts I can use? I'm somewhat mechanically inclined. Any advice would surely help.
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YIKES!!!!!
"Sitting in a field for about 10 years"?!?!!!??!!?!?

Well the first thing that I would do is go over all of the wiring and vacuum lines and such with a "fine toothed comb" and find out exactly to what extent that the mice damage is on this car.
They chew on everything thats not metal so thats where I would begin this restoration...
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Yeah I hear ya, I removed all the carpet and seats, so I need seats and want to eliminate the rear seats. Would it be possible to also eliminate some vacuum lines and wires with aftermarket parts? I also have a Hanes manual for it.
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Awesome! The repair manual will be a big help.
As far as deleting wiring and vacuum lines, what are your plans for the car? If it needs to pass an emissions test in your area you will have to keep alot of those vacuum lines.

This car is carbureted, correct?
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Yeah its carbureted. I'd like to get it running, hopefully having it as a daily driver.
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Cool!
As far as sources for parts for those cars, I haven't been keeping up. The last time that I had a 2.3 was in the era that your car was built...lol
There are guys on this forum who are very knowledgeable and will be able to help you, though.

Just be patient.

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Okay cool, hopefully and thanks.
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Wow...sitting 10 years. I agree with all the wiring and vacuum lines but an engine that hasn't been spun in 10 years probably won't be a dd rite off the bat. I would pull it apart and replace the rings and all the gaskets. That wouldn't cost much. Personally I'd replace the rod and crank bearings and thw oil pump but I'm kinda ocd. You'll need new plugs, wires , cap and rotor. Get all the old fuel out, as long as the tank is clean put some 93 gas in it with some seafoam. Stuff works great!
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Awesome, Thanks for the advise!
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