New guy. Clueless about Merkurs...

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New guy. Clueless about Merkurs...

Post by CraigB » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:57 pm

Yes, another newbie. Looking at buying an '86 XR4Ti. It's complete, but apart. Being new to Merkurs, what's some points to look at on the car? He already said that the windshield is cracked and the sun roof seal is bad. Are these parts that are still available? On that subject, what's not available for these cars?

Though I'm not up to snuff on the XR4Ti, I'm not entirely new to the Ford 2.3. I've had an '84 SVO for nearly 5 years. It's not clean, not one owner, but it's a good car that is a bit of a money pit... :D
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Post by 86XR4Ti5SPD » Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:54 am

Welcome...I'll give you my standard spiel: These cars are dirt cheap by any measure. You'll spend the money now, or you'll spend the money later. Your much more likely so spend far less now -- on a really good, solid car that's not been abused -- than piecing one back together over the next 18 mos. Just my 2 cents.
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Post by CraigB » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:05 am

The car is only $500 and the guy seems like he is a Merkur nut. All the parts to put it back together are included, just need the labor to do it.
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Post by merkurdriver » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:13 am

Sunroof gaskets are NLA. They do pop up for sale from time to time on forums or on ebay, but usually have a pretty hefty price tag on them.

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Post by CraigB » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:15 am

If anything for $500 I guess it's a good start on putting together a Rally Cross beater so I don't have to drive my wife's Accord anymore... :lol:
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Post by turboxr » Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:23 pm

Craig! Here's the Merkur nut right here!

The sunroof seal is difficult to find but we can probably find you a full replacement sunroof with a good seal for less than one.

As for the windshield, I have a secret windshield guy here in Rogers, AR that will put a new one in for around $280 which is stupid cheap. When you get it all done and put together, you can bring it down here on a Saturday and we'll get it done. Or, you could just leave it sealed up with sealant and run it lol.

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Post by CraigB » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:51 pm

I wondered if you where on here. Hope you aren't offended by the Merkur nut statement... :lol:
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Post by turboxr » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:57 pm

Not easily offended here! Proud to be a Merkur nut!

Jump on merkursport.com as well for more shenanigans.

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Re: New guy. Clueless about Merkurs...

Post by John V » Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:11 pm

CraigB wrote:Yes, another newbie. Looking at buying an '86 XR4Ti. It's complete, but apart. Being new to Merkurs, what's some points to look at on the car? He already said that the windshield is cracked and the sun roof seal is bad. Are these parts that are still available? On that subject, what's not available for these cars?

Though I'm not up to snuff on the XR4Ti, I'm not entirely new to the Ford 2.3. I've had an '84 SVO for nearly 5 years. It's not clean, not one owner, but it's a good car that is a bit of a money pit... :D
There is excellent rally oriented suspension, sump gaurd mounts, brakes, differential kits, radiator and intercooler combos, clutchs, turbos etc...
Everything needed to make the car into a serious competitive rally car so maybe just a tad overkill for rally-ex or grass-o-cross as i call it.
www.rallyanarchy.com forum is without a doubt the best North American site for building cars for loose surfaces....
Lots of very specific Xratty info...
And if you hcharge your batteries in the phone you can call the number below and talk tyo somebody who has been building good strong European rally cars for decades (and who just happens top make all this specific stuff)

There's also some info occasionally on Merkur-sprout
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CALL =-> (206) 431-9696 <-= CALL

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Post by CraigB » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:14 am

Most likely rallycross and the odd gravel road will all it might see.
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Post by CraigB » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:26 am

Well, I bought it.

It's a good solid car and I hope to have it together and running about in the next couple of months.

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Post by John Brennan » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:18 pm

Welcome to The Life. We look forward to hearing about your progress. 8)
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Post by turboxr » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:39 pm

Thanks for giving it a good, new home, Craig!

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Post by John V » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:10 pm

CraigB wrote:Most likely rallycross and the odd gravel road will all it might see.
Odd gravel roads are fun.
'specially if they have odd gravel corners.

You'll still want some form of decent suspension and if the grass-o-crosses out there are like the ones out here it will be a very compromised suspension since the grass-o-crosses want significantly softer stuff than gravel roads.
But real gravel suspension also makes the bar none "funnest" fast road car suspension so a bit too firm for rally-cross is a small compromise to have really good suspension the rest of the time for gravel and fast roads...

get on over there to www.rallyanarchy.com for good info on what areas to beef up to make the car really fun. Only difference is you won't have a cage but everything else is the same...

Oh, start sniffing around for a MkIII Toyota Supra to snag the rear diff from so you can solve the LSD problem easiest was possible.
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