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bonylad Reader
2/6/21 4:58 p.m.

I had a boysenberry purple 97 GT. Car was rusted so I pulled the KL in hopes of swapping into a Escort GT or 323. Never happened but fun car none the less. Love your direction and drive. Keep it up!

jdogg Reader
2/6/21 6:22 p.m.

It's getting there.

Turns out I was stupid and never bothered to check the clutch master and sure enough it's that. I'm probably going to do the conversion I've been putting off for a while, 1st-gen clutch master cylinder and convert the brake master to automatic Probe which will set me up for 1" Wilwood master


jdogg Reader
2/11/21 6:52 p.m.

Annnnnnnnd I chewed up the 4th gear synchro, thanks Obama.

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
2/12/21 4:43 a.m.

Oof. Cany you get the parts?

jdogg Reader
2/12/21 8:28 a.m.

Parts are easy it's just going to be a bitch to get it off being FWD. It will give me the opportunity to do a light build on one and put in a reinforcement plate that's made for these gearboxes and maybe an LSD

jdogg Reader
2/21/21 6:21 p.m.

Small update, it was actually the clutch master cylinder. If you have ever changed one on this car it is a HUGE BITCH it falls under the list of things I will pay some one to do because I'm not a professional contortionist.

Somewhere in the flotsam on this build this time down, the 4th gear synchro stopped working. It's not the linkage and all the other gears are fine, so the next point of attention is going to be a gearbox build. If I slip it into gear, when I release the clutch it will try to pop back out, so it's either the shift fork or the synchro, but either way I'm having to pull the gearbox off to fix it and if I'm going through ALL of that trouble, I'm building a ridiculous over-the-top gearbox for it I'm talking custom ratios, straight-cut dog engagement, cryotreated and shotpeened case, reinforcement plate, something for these cars called a Tranny Saver Bracket the community has made, and a rear MX3 mount.

Likely I am going to pay someone to help me with the swap, and the gearbox that goes on is going to be a stock-ish rebuild (possibly this one) with the mounts and the reinforcement plate.

Moral of the story, these aren't semi-trucks, don't float gears on them for 900 miles.

Quaid New Reader
4/1/21 4:57 p.m.

Ever consider posting a few videos of your Panda Express build on YouTube.  The Ford Probe community would love to see and comment.  Even quick and dirty videos are fine.   More and more Probe videos are popping up again, after a 10 year low.   Just make sure you have Ford Probe in the title.  

jdogg Reader
7/3/21 8:37 a.m.

In reply to Quaid :

I actually have a whole track day planned with it this year when things cool down and I planned on extensively filming that using some of the old school techniques from films like Le Mans and Grand Prix, I have been piecing together a fairly decent video setup for other endeavors and planned on trying it on the Panda Express.

Small update, I managed to find a quick-release steering wheel for it that I picked up cheap and quite possibly, a completely built engine, over in California. If things pan out, Panda Express is going to be getting a hell of a lot more "express". It has been gapped for high boost and has been top to bottom built, titanium Ferrea valvetrain which is unobtanium now. Rods, pistons, everything. I should be able to make crazy power on it.

jdogg Reader
11/28/21 8:08 a.m.

Update time! We solved the battery charging issue one of my fans nuked itself while going down the road. We also put new window bushings in both doors, attempted a steering wheel hub swap to removable which didn't work out at all and found a 95 GT in the local junkyard with an almost-immaculate interior that I robbed of some stuff for my Squid guy who facilitates all of this.

Best suggestions for getting a Momo hub off without destroying it?

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/28/21 9:45 a.m.

I just went back and read the whole thread. I loved my 96, and have enjoyed following along on this build.

jdogg Reader
12/6/21 11:46 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

awww thanks

it still has a long way to go but its getting there. im probably going to switch to a slimline fan setup that draws less power and can be controlled separately. also im pretty sure I nuked my ball joints while carving up the local backroads like a Thanksgiving turkey.

jdogg Reader
12/7/21 12:25 a.m.

I also took this opportunity to re-align my doorcards and replace all of the hardware holding them on.

Went through the highway N/A tune one last time and ran a bunch of updates on the T30. I have a newer T430 I bought for it but I need to get FTDI serial adapters for it to work right and I only have one and need one more for the wideband.

Until next time kids....

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