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SC Buyers Guide

Contents-
Introduction........................................................................................................................................... 1
In Person................................................................................................................................................ two
Motor Bay ............................................................................................................................................ 2
Within...................................................................................................................................................... three
The Seller Stated ...................................................................................................................................... 5
Start off Me Up........................................... Neewer nw670 ............................................................................................... 5
Lo Rider ................................................................................................................................................. six
Choices...Choices...............................................................................................................................seven
The Substantial Mileage SC ............................................................................................................................ eight
Costs ...................................................................................................................................................... 8
Appendix ................................................................................................................................................ nine
HelpfulLinks........................................................................................................................................... 9
Contributors............................................................................................................................................ 9
VehicleSurveyChecklistforcurrentcondition

Introduction

This document is to the buyer that may not be familiar with the SC and is also trying to find hints and strategies as to any individual items that could be clever to notice when considering purchase. It is not meant to supply basic used car ordering help and it assumes that a rookie SC customer has elementary automotive knowledge. Note that not all SCs came from your factory with comparable devices elements and selections.

The Ford Thunderbird was restyled in 1989 and grew to become slimmer in overall dimensions that has a wheelbase nine inches more time than the preceding model. Also new at that time was a totally impartial rear suspension. Mercurys Cougar is similar but with completely different overall look touches. Base and LX editions had a 3.8-liter V6 and 4-speed overdrive automatic.
Efficiency followers had a particularly tempting decision- a supercharged intercooled variant from the V6 that pumped out 210 horsepower inside Tremendous Coupe SC which featured twin exhausts 16-inch tires and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Four-wheel disc brakes came conventional over the SC optional about the LX.
This entire body style often called MN12 ran thru 1997 along with the SC ending in 1995. The key many years of the SC stand for two elementary versions- 1989 1993 and 1994 1995.
-What are the concealed variances amongst the 9495 SCs vs. the early design autos moreover the evident exterior and interior variations The late design cars obtained a number of tweaks by the 3.8L Engineers. The rods had been improved the heads ended up modified slightly plus the crank was altered. Several electronic elements and sensors ended up changed the EEC was up-to-date in addition to the injectors ended up raised to 36 vs. 30 on the early model cars. The automated transmission grew to become -electronic- 4R70W vs. AOD the handbook transmission obtained somewhat numerous ratios. The ABS unit had presently transformed to a completely different style in the 93 product yr. The interior received driver and passenger side air bags thus reducing the frustrating gliding shoulder belts. The inside variations had been needless to say big. In excess of all I feel its an improvement apart from for that seats. The early seats by some means truly feel much better to me although the changes to them ended up minor. I in particular like the 145-mph speedometer from the late design dash. Thankfully this is comfortably retrofitted on the early model instrument cluster in about 20 minutes. The exterior changes have been unquestionably a some like em some dont circumstance.

The only major cause of the horsepower difference amongst the early and late design engines could be the considerably better internal porting and epoxied rotors over the 9495 Eaton supercharger. Most absolutely everyone has noticed the variances involving the two and then the rectangular opening over the rear within the late product unit is far more substantial than the oval opening on the early product models. Regardless that its spun slower compared to early product blowers it tends to make the additional HP conveniently by using improved airflow functionality and increased adiabatic warmth handling effectiveness.- Courtesy Invoice Evanoff SuperCoupePerformance.com

Quite a few people locate by themselves by using cyberspace to hunt for an SC. That is a good way to window store nonetheless it might be critical to recollect that a web-based digital photo is known as a filter through which a number of information are usually simultaneously magnified along with masked. Theres no substitute for a stroll around of a utilized motor vehicle by you or your broker.
Determine previous to browsing in man or woman - do you think youre looking for a trustworthy daily-driver or possibly a challenge
In Individual

During a to begin with inspection it is easy to overlook smallish paint defects lacking interior trim and malfunctioning lights and equipment. It could possibly be a very good strategy to consider your individual pictures in order that it is possible to research extra closely at your leisure. Print out this document and carry a flashlight. Dont be shy when asking in the event you can occur back to get a second glimpse. Page two of ten

Walk throughout the car and observe if it sits squarely. Is a gap among just about every tire and fender precisely the same Check out the tires for use and note the dimensions driver door sticker has stock tire knowledge. Tires and wheels can have in fact transformed sizes...request why.
Motor Bay

The hood release is within the car left belonging to the driver seat on the side - pull to open up. The safety catch is more than the passenger aspect headlight about a foot from your edge of your fender - increase the maintain a little get to just inside of and slide the discharge for your left to open up. The hood when opened is supported by a pair of fuel cylinders and it should certainly stay open devoid of your help. Caution. Dont get under the hood until finally you understand it wont abruptly drop and experiment with to close.
Look at all three serpentine belts for put on. Look at the belt tensioners for put on via the vary gauges. Examine the radiator thermostat housing and hoses for leaks. Stands out as the wiring intact or has it been opened up and left to undergo at any site Note the info for the build tag about the front bulkhead close to the radiator to find out if it matches the sticker inside the drivers door and also the VIN tag in the windshields reduced edge driver aspect. Make sure you jot down the VIN code if you ever plan to run a CarFax investigate. Did the courtesy light less than the hood operate Is a battery clear and securely mounted Look at the reduced front edge in the battery for your wedge form clamp.

Glance for damaged or missing wiring retainer clips wiring harness details which have been minimize or left open up and any grounding straps which might be disconnected appropriate front of motor to physique is simply 1.
Examine less than the motor vehicle for fluid leaks. Red is power steering andor automobile trans. Black is engine oil andor brake fluid and green is coolant. The oil filter is located in the reduce front of the motor sideways. It isnt simple to eradicate on some autos specifically with undesirable motor mounts and it could be common to locate oil ideal under it that may indicate a leak - or perhaps a messy oil transform. Deteriorated mounts can also cause concerns with electrical power steering lines - even a cracked oil pan. Rev and look at motor to check out if it rocks. Check out for very low stages of vehicle trans motor electric power steering fluids dip sticks for these - automobile trans dip stick is at left rear of engine and coolant brake fluid viewable tanks. Stands out as the auto trans TV cable grommet to the cable end that connects into the throttle human body Consider note of any service stickers.

Check across the nose of the supercharger for fluid leaks. There is certainly a seal behind the pulley that often leaks at higher mileage. If the supercharger is leaking there will likely be a dark spot in the under-hood sound insulation blanket directly above where the supercharger pulley resides. Factory pulley here is steel - aluminum is aftermarket and perhaps a diverse measurement up or down which would modify the boost. Page three of ten
Within

The inside is usually easy to check with most have on showing on normal friction factors such as door grabs seat bolsters carpets pedals the shifter and steering wheel.

Notice that the front seats will tilt forward while not making use of the release around the rear. This gravity-activated release engages when the auto is parked on a hill as an example. There are two sets of seat belts for the front. The shoulder belt is activated when the key is turned to run resulting in the upper end of the belt restraining system traveling across the upper inside of doorbody edge - the other is often a manual lap belt. If the shoulder belts are released from their catch at the top a warning light will be lit within the dash. Using the key off and door opened the shoulder belt mechanism will travel in the driving position to your open position for the front edge from the doorwindow - observe your neck when exiting the car. The belt will not move again till the key is turned on. If the mechanisms move slowly andor chatter the inner glide track may possibly need to be treated with silicone spray to velocity and quiet movement.

The front seats have electric power for front-to-back and updown travel and even tilt within the entire seat. There are also button switches about the outside of each and every seat that pump up or deflate the lumbar and move the aspect bolsters in and out. Seat-back tilt is guide.

There are a few sets of lap belts and two sets of shoulder belts with the rear. An optional wleather 60-40 split rear seat allows either upper section to be released pull the short straps at the top and laid down allowing access into the trunk andor room for lengthy goods inside the vehicle. The 1990 35th Anniversary SC has distinctive leather seats with grey pigskin insets and blue piping front and rear.

If the battery is properly charged and connected turning the key to accessory should furnish strength to the windows seats door locks radio powered antenna powered mirrors trunk release and fuel door not all cars all ages will have all of these capabilities. Lifting the console lid or opening the glove box at any time need to activate a courtesy light in every place. Lifting the drivers door handle really should activate courtesy lights over the within rearview mirror a light for your keyless entry keypad if installed along by having a ring throughout the door keyhole bring down inside of courtesy lights about the again edge of both doors and from the sides for the upper body within the back again.

Car or truck Maintenance Monitor VMM - The dash unit that mentions oil changes coolant level etc. is known as a module that monitors fluids and helps tracks factory oil shift intervals 3000 miles. This is just a reminder to the driver and has no effect on operation of the motor vehicle. If the indicator says NOW see the owners handbook for reset procedure. If any of the other indicators are lit launch by checkingtrusting those levels beneath the hood before starting the motor. Web page four of 10

Black tape on doors - A lot of older autos have suffered from deterioration on the black tape utilized through the factory around the post for the rear of the door on the outside of the automobile. Some owners replace the black tape some repaint this area and some ignore it. Other than being a cosmetic issue most consider it small when buying a automobile.

A Firm Ride blinking light inside the dash cluster indicates an issue with an individual or a lot more in the electronically controlled shock actuators. You should certainly hear a mild click when the switch inside the center console is toggled onoff. Number of blinks indicates which corner might have an issue- Left rear one clickblink Suitable rear two Right front three Left front four Frequently cleaning the actuator contacts with the top of every single shock is definitely the solution.

Moonroof- Wind or water leaks Examine seal around glass andor for plugged drains. The switch has two positions- 1. Tilt up at rear. 2. Slide roof openclosed. The sun shield will retract when the glass is opened and move out within reach when the glass is closed. It must then be absolutely closed manually.

Headlights- Headlights flicker Most likely needs a headlight switch. Headlight dimmerauto off switches - see beneath Fog lights ought to give good results when headlights are on lower beam. A switch that does not light up the On indicator is most likely dirty inside - maybe burned out.
The Seller Said...

Noob noted- -...every SC you search in the seller always says these cars are rare.-
The point Not yet...smile and keep on the lookout.

If the vendor mentions head gaskets understand that a large number of cases of head gasket failure are due to incorrect modifications andor poor maintenance. Think that money...and consider to use the online world factory manuals etc. for far more information on this heavily discussed topic.

Invoice Evanoff- -In my opinion blown head gaskets are not a big issue at all. As long as the gaskets have been replaced quickly after they blew out the repair need to be fine. It can be only if the automobile sat for a long time and then repaired where the new owner is likely to have problems having a spun bearing andor other significantly more serious problems.-

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A word about rust. While any utilised car or truck can experience from rust a widespread problem on SCs from areas such as the East coast goes like this courtesy noob -...for us NY peeps a quick seem inside of the rear wheel wells inside the reduce skirt area shows if there is rot. Most hack owners would not yank the skirts to bondo the rot. Cant see it for twenty foot rule. Underneath the nose over the hood is really a great spot to examine for rot. Also see if the front clip has been replaced in a possible accident - appear for any old color under the hood - I think the VIN is there in addition. 64R is definitely an SC. Someone mentioned that LXs had numerous holes drilled to the inner lip belonging to the front fenders vs. the SC.-

An SC has 3 main computers that will or may not agree with what the vendor claims in terms of motor vehicle operation and condition-
Engine fuel air ignition management
ABS anti-lock brakes
Ride control

All three units are capable of providing feedback through warning lights to the dash andor via codes making use of the factory diagnostic tap underneath the hood EEC or while in the trunk ABS. All three are also covered extensively in factory manuals and on Internet sites forums etc. Search on Ford EEC.

Consult or verify for an owners guide. There exists also a separate guide for your premium sound system. If the automotive doesnt arrive with either of these pick up a set off eBay or use Web-based forums docs to learn. Youll want to know such things as how to set the clock within the radio reset the VMM and how to useadjust the headlight controls.
Is it real Notice that a genuine set of SC heads have SC cast into them. 1990 35th Anniversary models need to have a tag on the radiator crossmember that says 35th.
Begin the process of Me Up

Turning the key to on need to light up all indicators and warning lights while in the dash gauge cluster plus the VMM if installed above the radio. There is a line of warning lights along the bottom on the cluster and two within the tachometer under the premium fuel warning text. The yellow up arrow is definitely an upshift light and all SCs have this regardless of transmission style. In addition you should certainly hear chimes and see a Door Ajar dash light which can include door open up and key on. Test the electrical power door locks utilizing the switches on both doors.

When shutting down there may be a chime that sounds when the headlights are left on andor when the key is left while in the ignition considering the drivers door opened. You can also hear ABS or fuel pump noisechatter when turning the key on which should go away
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quickly as the systems make and maintain pressure. Now is known as a beneficial time to test the tilt steering wheel mechanism - make certain it doesnt tilt unless the lever right facet is pulled backwards.

Expect some early models to need you to apply the foot brake and have the automobile in Park or the clutch depressed ahead of the starter will engage when you turn the key to begin the engine. If the motor vehicle starts and idles properly all warning lights ought to go out if the parking brake is applied a warning light will remain on. If the anti-lock or brake warning lights remain lit consider notice and enjoy for other indications of brake related problems as there is most likely a brake system issue. Again feel money-

Once the motor starts test the vacuumboost tach and oil pressure gauges for activity. Listen for any knocks belt scream etc. keeping in mind that a distinctive high-pitched whine specifically with all the hood open will be heard coming off the supercharger which is normal unless pronounced in which case such a sound could indicate excessive use andor damage.

Automobile ought to begin the process of and idle without the need of intervention from you. If it takes significantly more than one particular consider to start out andor if the engine stalls instead of idling repairs could operate from simple and free to complex and expensive. Same exact goes if the motor coughs when driving roughly.
Watch for warning lights andor erratic tachometer. Changing spark plugs in an SC is considered a bothersome chore - this can lead to delayed replacement of both plugs and wires which can then lead to poor running and operation. Free of getting into the gory points the list of things that can lead to a poorly running motor is just not short.
Repairs must begin by reading motor codes and tea leaves - tossing a few chicken bones never hurts too.
Lo Rider

Driving the car or truck ought to allow you to determine if elementary systems such as lights transmission brakes and steering function with or without having exhibiting trauma. Is definitely the steering wheel oriented correctly Does the steering really feel loose or tight at 1 point but not another Are there any clunks pops or squeals when the steering wheel is turned from aspect to aspect Does the car travel and brake in a straight line on a level road Any scraping noise when the brakes are applied Any warning lights lit or blinking inside dash If the engine temperature gauge seems to ride lower andor move quickly at times the usual culprit is actually a loosedirty push-on connector for the sender rear on the thermostat housing around the top on the motor.

Boost on a stock engine should be ten to 12 lbs. and vacuum need to be close to twenty in. Does the motor start out around the first consider and idle devoid of needing to coax the throttle
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Does it accelerate smoothly free of missing Does it make boost with confidence and shift without having hesitation or missing a gear Be aware any car transmission or clutch slippage. Be sure you strive reverse and of course dont forget to check the heater defroster and AC controls and operation. Running the AC ought to also turn on the electric fan on the back again within the radiator - if not and also the AC compressor clutch wont remain engaged the system could be in need of a recharge andor repair. The switch for your rear window electric defroster will turn itself off when the heating element warms up.

When inspecting the entire body appear for rust poor repairs and such high-mileage indicators as excessively worn door hinges. Do the doors sag or move if you lift on them or do they openclose with difficulty and dont seem to fit correctly in their openings
Inspect the door seals for excessive put on or damage. Verify beneath the nose and tail for damage on the skirts and any lacking products such as chin spoiler or cooling diffuser pad at the front belonging to the motor going back again more than the front sway bar. Examine all glass for cracks andor missing seals.

A wobbly inside rear view mirror is frequently due to some loose set screw that will be reached by removing the mirror and tightening the hex screw around the mount with the glass.

SCs arrived with diverse combinations of radiotape deck and CD player. Be surprised if the radio may make sound in any of your earlier models. On JBL equipped models the audio and sub-woofer amplifiers and 6- sub-woofer are during the trunk.

Open up the trunk along with the key and check the spare jack etc. Note the condition with the trunk liners plus the rubber gasket for the lid. Verify for signs of any moisture. When you buy the vehicle request the seller for the code if it came together with the keyless entry option this 5-digit code is also on a sticker inside the trunk lid. Use the code to test unlocking the drivers door...press 3 to unlock the passenger door and five to pop the trunk appropriate after entering the unlock code. Pressing the two last buttons for the identical time ought to lock the car doors. Test a key in both door locks. The ignition and doors ought to use similar key...diverse from the trunk key.
Choices...Decisions

At this point you should really have collected numerous impressions about the automobile. That is a very good time to clear your head and resolve if you want to engage the owner in an extended conversation concerning specifics. For those who are comfortable with your personal ability and mechanical expertise to enter into such a conversation you no longer need advice on how to proceed. In case you are not just take notes of what youve found and what the seller reported - consider not asking too countless questions while in an individual visit and try out to locate time to consider things more than ahead of you make a decision. Consider asking for opinions on the net making use of forums etc. For those who do on the net for advice youll want to also produce basics about the automotive such as calendar year and miles along with your notes and links to any images. Keep it simple...just the facts - explain your motives budget time-line etc. And please keep in mind this lead does not cover acquiring applied autos in basic - you are expected to understand the basics of how a car operates and goes down the road.
In some scenarios you might not have access into the owner in which case you might have no 1 to provide information or answers for your questions true or false. It may perhaps be wise to consider paying a mechanic to inspect the SC in question. A CarFax report is usually a great investment too. In some cases it is possible to hire a local broker to not only check out the car or truck out but to handle price negotiation in addition as if they were investing in the auto for on their own.
The Superior Mileage SC

Bill Evanoff- -Getting a reduced mileage vehicle and paying even more for it will be ALWAYS a superb decision compared to buying a substantial mile ragged out car that is very cheap. It truly is often very expensive to fix a Tbird SC unless you do the perform yourself - paying significantly more to get a superior example is money properly spent-

Mike - SCCOA- -High mileage 175k poorly maintained SCs typically will need just about everything replaced to have any confidence in them later on--
Clutch clutch master and slave cylinders Flywheel do the job rebuilt transmission Replace engine motor mounts Rebuild the motor if replacing head gaskets Exhaust operate including new catalytic convertors and o2 sensors New ABS master cylinder Wheel bearings Radiator New steering rack suspension control arms andor bushings front rear New components alt ps pump ac compressor Not to mention the electronics which can endure separately or together from terrible or missing ground cables to faulty connections andor cheap parts.Page eight of ten
Prices

These autos originally sold for between 20000 and 27000 new. Put to use costs at time of this writing seem to variety from extremely reduced less than 1k to USD10k and up. What you end up paying could possibly clearly be significantly more of a reflection of how badly you want a particular car rather than any market trend. Basic price ranges from Consumer Tutorial on the internet at this time are 600 2100.

Edmunds states that when buying from a private party you can actually expect to pay-
1990 SC 743.00 1881.00 1995 SC 1980.00 3415.00 Western USA1852.00 3195.00 -in the East.

If a vendor mentions such products as a recent motor or transmission overhaul inquire to work out the receipts. As the new owner you might possibly have an issue and it can be nice when youll be able to invoke a warranty on any operate that has been done in the past.

When it comes to cars that have been customizedmodified most owners realize that they cant expect a customer to offer a return on their original investment. 40000 automobiles are well-known to sell for 10.000. My advice if a seller insists on recouping all their costs at your expense is to smile and be ready to stroll away.

Should you want a unique vehicle but youre afraid it might need a lot more operate and money soon use the checklist inside the appendix to get an thought of what those worries could mean when it comes time to deal with them. Appendix

HelpfulLinks-
- VIN decoder - Super Coupe Club of America - All you want to know about the 1990 35th Anniversary Thunderbird Tremendous Coupe. - CarFax - individual motor vehicle public records. - Info that applies to both the Cougar XR7 and in quite a few cases the SC. - Buy stuff feed your new-to-you SC needs. Web page nine of ten
Contributors-Invoice Evanoff Ira R. Mike8675309 Noob Young-SC-Owner
This document was originally written by K T - March 2008. Original content by others

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VehicleSurvey-Checklistforcurrentcondition

E- Excellent G- Very good A-Average P- Poor NA- Not Applicable
Inside E G A P NA
Front Seats __ __ __ __ __
Rear Seats __ __ __ __ __
Carpet __ __ __ __ __
Headliner __ __ __ __ __
Dash __ __ __ __ __
Electronics __ __ __ __ __
Mechanicals E G A P NA
Motor __ __ __ __ __
Transmission __ __ __ __ __
Exhaust System __ __ __ __ __
Tires __ __ __ __ __
Brakes __ __ __ __ __
Steering __ __ __ __ __
Air Conditioning __ __ __ __ __
Exterior E G A P NA
Paint __ __ __ __ __
Hood __ __ __ __ __
Perfect Front Fender __ __ __ __ __
Left Front Fender __ __ __ __ __
Best suited Doors __ __ __ __ __
Left Doors __ __ __ __ __
Best suited Rear 14 __ __ __ __ __
Left Rear 14 __ __ __ __ __
Trunk Lid __ __ __ __ __
Front Bumper __ __ __ __ __
Rear Bumper __ __ __ __ __
Grille __ __ __ __ __
Glass __ __ __ __ __
Frame __ __ __ __ __
Print this document out and get with you when shopping for an SC - use the checklist and make notes. Neewer nw670

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