Just got a '86 Merkur

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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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looking good!
Tremec TKX, QuickTime V8 Bell
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Another setback, I just discovered today that a Hays 82-103 hydraulic throwout bearing is not compatible with a Spec SF481 clutch :cry:
The Hays bearing has a sleeve that goes past the pressure plate fingers and it can't on the Spec.
Anyone need a Hays 82-103, hit me up.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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I have another issue, the QuickTime bellhousing contacts the stabilizer bar, I was hoping once tranny angle was adjusted it'd be ok, but no,
the bellhousing is not putting much pressure on the stabilizer.
I'm certain I can add a spacer behind the stabilizer U brackets, likely .125" would be sufficient, but I'm wondering how much this might throw off the front alignment? I think this would move the front wheels forward about .06".
I guess I could revert back to the original stabilizer, that might be enough, or not worry about it and drive it like it is, I'm sure it won't hurt anything, maybe just rattle occasionally.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Are those the thicker Cosworth sway bars? What about putting a relief in the bellhousing for some clearance? Doesn't seem like you'd need much.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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andyofcolumbusmerkur wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 8:38 am Are those the thicker Cosworth sway bars?

They are Rapido 28.5mm, I guess going stock would only gain a little over 1 mm additional clearance.
I'd hate to grind into the new bellhousing, but an idea, I think the bellhousing wall thickness is .125" or a bit less.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Just thought of a easier solution... I can raise the engine and tranny! I'm gonna try this :D
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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I needed to get the input shaft out to have it turned down, complete disassembly is required! Wasn't too bad, I'd do it again, it was nice that it was brand new though :wink:
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Have a '86 Merkur XR

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I think I'm done with the Auto Meter dash mod, I think it looks pretty good.
I designed all the parts needed to install the gauges with no screws or glue needed,
you just need to do some cutting on the dash to make room for the gauges and idiot lights, I used a dremel.
Once assembled you can't see any cuts.
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XR4TI dash front showing cuts... not pretty but doesn't need to be.
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XR4TI dash modified with autometer gauges
XR4TI dash modified with autometer gauges
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I have got a '86 Merkur XR4TI

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Here's a pic of the parts needed, I'll upload them to Thingiverse.
You may have noticed I spaced the 2 upper small gauges out,
I did this to help fit the gauges closer together, so the lower gauge is less buried.
I haven't actually tried to fit this in the car yet, but I'm sure it will.
I got the idiot lights off Ebay.
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XR4TI rear view showing grinding
XR4TI rear view showing grinding
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'86 Merkur Dash

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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Super awesome. Nice job, Fully impressed and can can fully relate.
I uploaded this to thingiverse in October..

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6303111

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The way I look at it is I'm doing this for myself regardless for my own restorations. I'll post it for others and if they can benefit then maybe they can contribute.

Also it is important to make sure folks look at you other models on thingiverse, so make a url easily available that points to your other models on thingiverse.

Naturally, if there are those interested to ask you here on this forum through private messaging if you can print them set then consider your effort and time accordingly and set your price accordingly.

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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Rear suspension rebound cone purchaser/installer here🙋‍♂️👍

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