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New to the Merkur World

Post by gcarter1985 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:22 am

I drove my friends xr turbo in high school about 20 years ago and since then I've told my self if I ever find one for sale that I'd buy it. So I found one and now I'm trying to buy it. The car is an 88 Scorpio automatic, it runs a little rough but and needs some tlc but that's ok with me. Here are my first series of questions, Common things to watch out for?, Interchangeable parts between cars A4LD to T5 swap from 2.3 stang?(my friend build cars and has a few T5's laying around his shop along with clutch cables and peddle assemblies I believe i'll need a 2.8 bell housing from a ranger as well), front end swap, I need a 4 door (kids) but I love the XR4Ti cosworth hood scoops and grill. I've put my Audi build on the back burner for this car. Are my goals doable. I should have the car by Friday pending if my trucks sells.

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by John Brennan » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:26 am

Hey Geoffrey, welcome aboard! :cheers

Where are you?
This is my car, and these are my people!
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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by gcarter1985 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:00 am

Panama City, FL

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by gcarter1985 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:59 am

John Brennan wrote:Hey Geoffrey, welcome aboard! :cheers

Where are you?
Florida

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by merkurdriver » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:28 pm

Welcome!

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by Bob Weir » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:48 pm

You can get a FREE 1 yr MCA Membership
By purchasing a Merkur to be road worthy, not a parts car.
Email me your MCA user name, real name, postal address, phone number, model, year, and license plate # of the Merkur. Also include from whom and when you bought it.

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eMail BWeir4u@rcn.com

PS There is more info about the membership in this forum.
PPS Search the "Scorpio" forum for trans swap to 5 spd, for parts and advice: Contact Russ at Rapido Group, Mike Oyler at Merkur Depot and Jeff Herson at Merkur Midwest and post WTB in the Scorpio classified forum.
A few Scorpioisms
1] Blue Battery icon light in instrument cluster; should be on at startup, but off when engine running. If lit during eng run, battery is not being charged. The bulb must be good, because charging circuit requires a operational bulb in dash.
2] Hood release cable can slip it retainer, make sure it's secure near hoods latch.
•] Get the Factory Repair Manual and Electrical & Vacuum Book
•] Scorpio uses standard OBD2 for codes

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by merkurdriver » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:07 pm

Bob Weir wrote:You can get a FREE 1 yr MCA Membership

•] Scorpio uses standard OBD2 for codes
Scorpio and XR use OBD1

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by Bob Weir » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:23 pm

Whoops - good to know someone is checking and correcting me.

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Post by gcarter1985 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:32 pm

Thank you for all the welcome reply's. I'm still waiting on this guy to come by with the cash for my truck, then I will officially have the Merkur. Until then I've been trying to read up on as much as I can so i'm not a complete newb.

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Post by dunhamr1 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:23 pm

gcarter1985 wrote:...Common things to watch out for?, Interchangeable parts between cars A4LD to T5 swap from 2.3 stang?(my friend build cars and has a few T5's laying around his shop along with clutch cables and peddle assemblies I believe i'll need a 2.8 bell housing from a ranger as well), front end swap, I need a 4 door (kids) but I love the XR4Ti cosworth hood scoops and grill.
T5 Bell housing from a 2.3 Mustang will bolt on to the Merkur 2.3 block. Is the Merkur you have a manual already? If not then yes, you'll need a pedal assembly from a manual car.

Talk to Mr. Blugg (Jeff Herson) at Merkur Parts Midwest, he's got the knowledge and the parts to make the manual swap happen if you're missing anything.
-Ryan Dunham
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Daily: 2003 VW Golf MkIV TDI, 195k mi

"Racing is Life. Anything else is just waiting." -Steve McQueen

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by merkurdriver » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:28 pm

dunhamr1 wrote:
T5 Bell housing from a 2.3 Mustang will bolt on to the Merkur 2.3 block. Is the Merkur you have a manual already? If not then yes, you'll need a pedal assembly from a manual car.
Its a Scorpio, not an XR, so its a 2.9 V6.

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by dunhamr1 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:29 pm

merkurdriver wrote:
dunhamr1 wrote:
T5 Bell housing from a 2.3 Mustang will bolt on to the Merkur 2.3 block. Is the Merkur you have a manual already? If not then yes, you'll need a pedal assembly from a manual car.
Its a Scorpio, not an XR, so its a 2.9 V6.
Whoopsieeee! Makes more sense now.
-Ryan Dunham
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Daily: 2003 VW Golf MkIV TDI, 195k mi

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Re: New to the Merkur World

Post by claricia57 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:08 am

gcarter1985 wrote:Thank you for all the welcome reply's. I'm still waiting on this guy to come by with the cash for my truck, then I will officially have the Merkur Prêt bancaire. Until then I've been trying to read up on as much as I can so i'm not a complete newb.
And good luck in your research. In any case, we will be there if needed

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