Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by In XS 7 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:05 pm

I am so sorry to hear that Darren.
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by Ed Lijewski » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:42 pm

Were you parked near Ferguson with an I Support My Local Police sticker on the rear window?

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by thattg » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:23 pm

Sounds like an insurance claim. Maybe you will not have to do any of the work???
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by Father Adam » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:32 pm

That's bad luck Darren, hope it gets sorted for you soon though :cheers
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:22 pm

Thanks for the encouragement. Liability only on the insurance. I got the replacement window put in this morning. I will file a police report today. Guess I will not leave anything in the car like that again.
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by merkurdriver » Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:55 pm

Sorry to hear that. Had a car break in myself yesterday. I only lost $1.75 in quarters luckily...

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:07 pm

After 3 hours of vacuuming broken glass and installing new glass, the car is almost as good as new. One small section of the window trim is buggered up, but not as bad as it could have been.

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:47 am

My Scorpio hit a milestone today. On the way to the upholstery shop to drop off the headliner for new trimmings, the car hit 100,000 miles. It has definitely been an adventure so far.

I rescued her in June, 2008, after being abandoned in a neighborhood outside Houston, TX. It was non running, and no title. A guy who lived in that neighborhood posted it on the MCA forum, at first trying to sell it, but then, just asking someone to rescue it before the cops towed it away. I talked the wife into another "project" and took a tow dolly, and the kids, for a road trip. I towed it all the way back to Kansas before I realized I should have first checked to see if it was stolen. Luckily after a few phone calls with a police officer from the town in Texas, I wasn't on the lamb, so I applied for a bonded title in Texas, got it, filed in Kansas, and away I went. It had 72,000 miles on it then. The non-running status was a bad PIP sensor. So untold hours later, many calls and texts, to Jeff Herson plus many more people, and a decent monetary investment, has seen the Scorpio steadily get restored. I am down to repainting the car and some minor interior work. It is now a 5-speed, again thanks to Jeff, and the A/C finally works. I am looking forward to the next 100,000 miles!

On the trip back from Texas almost got caught up in a hailstorm in Oklahoma. That would have been a real bummer!

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The beginning:

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The work:

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The Transmission Swap!

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Not Good!

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Just waiting to be painted now :)

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by merkurdriver » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:57 am

:cheers Congrats!

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:06 am

Look forward to seeing you and the car in Carlisle in 3 months!
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:38 am

DPDISXR4Ti wrote:Look forward to seeing you and the car in Carlisle in 3 months!
I am working hard to get there this year!
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by In XS 7 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:14 pm

Great job Darren, you had accomplice a lot and the car looks great. :cheers
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:17 am

Made some more progress this week. Took the headliner from the parts car, got it cleaned up, and delivered to the upholstery shop. I found time yesterday to get it installed. What a difference a new headliner makes! Best $80 I have spent in awhile :)

Before:

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Side by side outside of car. The torn up one, which came out of the Black Scorpio was more like paper Mache, sitting in the sun for a decade, abandoned, was not good on the vehicle.

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I was actually a little worried that I had picked too dark of a color, but in the bright sunlight, I picked out a lighter color. Oh well, it looks nice :headbang

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Installed in the car:

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Only had a couple of small casualties. The driver's side A-pillar cover got cracked as well as a passenger side rear piece. Not too noticeable.

Now, I just need to learn how to paint!
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:53 am

In an unrelated note, looks like I am replacing the passenger side CV Half shaft again soon. The boot ripped out on the outer bearing. Luckily I bought it from O'reilly Auto Parts and is under warranty. I changed to the Alan head bolts last time, so hopefully this time will be drama free!
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by blugg » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:41 pm

These are the days thru the hour glass
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