Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by merkurdriver » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:50 am

Brad - congrats ( x 2 ) :cheers

At least we know someone will be there to keep you from turning it into a truck. :)

Possibly the first time in a quarter of a century more Scorpios have been sold/purchased in a 30 day period vs. XRs
This one is the #6 sale that I know of ( and it turns out I don't know everything ).

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:43 am

What a crazy world we live in. This car has certainly led a charmed existence. It could easily be in a junkyard somewhere, or more likely, be crushed. Good luck with her. She is a good car!
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by Bob Weir » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:54 am

A wife & a Scorpio - this I gotta see!

Congrats :cheers

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by Ed Lijewski » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:15 am

See my FB comment on that. 😆

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:47 am

FocusSVT wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:43 am
What a crazy world we live in. This car has certainly led a charmed existence. It could easily be in a junkyard somewhere, or more likely, be crushed. Good luck with her. She is a good car!
No doubt this is a VERY good car. Darren, did you do anything to get the rear camber "right"? I checked it yesterday and both rear wheels were right at 1-degree negative, not the usual 2+ negative that likes to eat up tires. :cheers

Also, did you note how much more the right-rear side is sun-damaged vs. the left? Even the right side center reflector on the hatch shows sun damage, but only on the right. I would imagine wherever it was sitting in Texas for so long, it was shaded on the left, but not the right.
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by Ed Lijewski » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:55 pm

Bob Weir wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:54 am
A wife & a Scorpio - this I gotta see!

Congrats :cheers
Will the new First Lady use a Batwoman avatar? :headbang

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by FocusSVT » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:31 pm

DPDISXR4Ti wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:47 am
FocusSVT wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:43 am
What a crazy world we live in. This car has certainly led a charmed existence. It could easily be in a junkyard somewhere, or more likely, be crushed. Good luck with her. She is a good car!
No doubt this is a VERY good car. Darren, did you do anything to get the rear camber "right"? I checked it yesterday and both rear wheels were right at 1-degree negative, not the usual 2+ negative that likes to eat up tires. :cheers

Also, did you note how much more the right-rear side is sun-damaged vs. the left? Even the right side center reflector on the hatch shows sun damage, but only on the right. I would imagine wherever it was sitting in Texas for so long, it was shaded on the left, but not the right.
AS far as the Camber, I don't think so. I did replace the rear differential out of the parts car because the original one was howling. I only replaced the shocks in the rear, along with both CV joints. I never did anything further.

As far as the sun damage. I think it sat for at least 10 years. I think the original owner must have passed away and it stayed in one place for a long time. I found out about the car from someone who posted to this forum saying his neighbor had abandoned the car when they bailed out of their house. It wasn't running and the cops were going to have it towed. I wonder if the neighbor was a relative of the original owner and acquired it somehow. The only issue with the car was the P.I.P. had died. She has run like a champ ever since.
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by Ed Lijewski » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:02 pm

How could you determine ~-1° rear camber yourself? Or did you get new tires and/or just a four wheel alignment w/printout?

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by merkurdriver » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:03 am

DPDISXR4Ti wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:47 am
Darren, did you do anything to get the rear camber "right"? I checked it yesterday and both rear wheels were right at 1-degree negative, not the usual 2+ negative that likes to eat up tires. :cheers
I'd guess Bart dialed in the rear camber - especially if he put new tires on it. He has a penchant for everything to be "right". :cheers

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:17 pm

Ed Lijewski wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:02 pm
How could you determine ~-1° rear camber yourself? Or did you get new tires and/or just a four wheel alignment w/printout?
Digital camber gauge.
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Sat May 19, 2018 1:15 pm

And the project continues...
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:31 am

I guess I haven't been good about updating this thread, so here's a couple pics...
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Here's the spot we'll likely have rust issues with down the road - left rear wheel well forward section...
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:36 am

SPI Epoxy Primer...
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Re: Early 88 Merkur Scorpio Restoration Project

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