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Old 03-06-2006, 11:29 AM
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Value of my 89 Mustang GT

The good news is it's a 5.0, the bad news is it's probably a parts car...hasn't been running for a few months now, although the issue there is electrical (probably an alternator problem, it would be the fourth time).

This was the only car I'd ever owned before buying the Benz in January, and it has treated me well over the years.

It has, however, the following issues: cosmetic front end damage on the passenger side (the front fender and the plastic skirt that goes around the front are smashed); a leaking moon roof that led to both of the front seats being soaked for quite a while this winter; the driver's seat is crooked, the result of mechanics in Rhode Island doing a poor job of re-bolting it to the floor; no lock on the driver's door; and perhaps worst of all, rust, although as far as I know it's purely cosmetic at this point.

It may have some small issues I'm not thinking of right now. In general it does not look nice, as I didn't really have the time, know-how, or money to properly take care of a car until recently, and I always figured it wasn't a good idea to dump lots of $$ into the Mustang with the rust it has. The engine does run and has about 189K on it.

Well, what do you think, can I get anything for it, or what? Should I get her running again? Without the 5.0 engine it would probably be junkyard material.

All opinions appreciated.

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Old 03-06-2006, 11:51 AM
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How much gas is in the tank? Whats it weigh?
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:59 PM
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I think it weighs something like 3,200 pounds but I'd have to look at the sticker on the door again to be sure.

Gas? I think the tank was 3/4 full but I'm not sure.
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:05 PM
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Anyone know what scrap steel is going for?
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Old 03-06-2006, 06:02 PM
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I think it weighs something like 3,200 pounds but I'd have to look at the sticker on the door again to be sure.

Gas? I think the tank was 3/4 full but I'm not sure.
What size tank? What octane fuel?
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Old 03-06-2006, 06:04 PM
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knowing its a ford .. i bet it can run fine on low octane fuel and really good on 93 octane
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Old 03-06-2006, 07:15 PM
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Even with 17 high-mileage 5.0 engines, it is certainly junkyard material.

All opinions appreciated.

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Glad to help.
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Old 03-06-2006, 07:25 PM
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knowing its a ford .. i bet it can run fine on low octane fuel and really good on 93 octane
Whatever gave you that idea?
Most Fords are extremely picky about octane.

Article No.
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04/17/91

FUEL - USE OF UNLEADED GASOLINES - TIPS TO AVOID LEAN AIR - FUEL CONDITIONS

FORD: 1985-86 LTD
1985-88 EXP
1985-91 CROWN VICTORIA, ESCORT, MUSTANG, TEMPO, THUNDERBIRD
1986-91 TAURUS
1988-91 FESTIVA 1989-91 PROBE

LINCOLN-MERCURY: 1985-87 LYNX
1985-91 CAPRI, CONTINENTAL, COUGAR, GRAND MARQUIS, MARK VII, TOPAZ, TOWN CAR
1986-91 SABLE
1987-91 TRACER

MERKUR: 1985-89 XR4TI
1988-89 SCORPIO

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1985-91 AEROSTAR, BRONCO, ECONOLINE, F-150-350 SERIES, RANGER
1989-91 F SUPER DUTY, F47, F53
1991 EXPLORER

ISSUE: Rough idle, hesitation, poor throttle response, induction backfire and stalls during cold start/warm up may be caused by the poor volatility of some high octane premium grade unleaded fuels (91 octane or higher (R+M)/2). When compared to regular grade unleaded fuel (87 octane (R+M)/2), high octane premium grade unleaded fuel may cause long crank time.

ACTION: Use a regular grade unleaded fuel in all vehicles, except where a premium unleaded fuel is recommended in the Owner Guide. If lean air-fuel type symptoms are experienced, determine the grade and brand of fuel used and offer the following service tips.

^ Advise those using a higher octane grade fuel to switch to a regular grade unleaded fuel. For those using a regular grade fuel, advise them to try another brand.

^ Do not advise using a higher octane unleaded fuel than is recommended for that specific engine. Ford engines are designed to perform best using a high quality regular grade unleaded fuel.

^ Only advise using a higher octane unleaded fuel to avoid potentially damaging spark knock or ping, but do so only after mechanical fixes are ineffective.
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:59 AM
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Do what a friend of mine did: He took the powertrain off his 86' and built a Cobra kit car! I helped him a bit, but for the most part, he had a sweet looking Cobra one year later!
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:50 PM
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When I was shopping for a Fox-body 5.0 a few years ago, I found that ANYthing that ran under $2000 or so was sold by the time I called. I got lucky and found a rust-free, unmolested 120K mile '92 shortly thereafter for $3500 and have had lots of fun making it fast and nimble(r).

Lots of kids are looking for these cars (around here, at least... not everybody has the import tuner bug). Do you have a "Thrifty Nickel" style classifieds paper? Throw it in there for $2k OBO and let the folks make some offers, maybe.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:32 PM
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I think I'll maybe start a little lower than $2K given the condition, but I'll take out one of those ads and see what happens. Frankly I'd probably settle for a few cases of beer if it was someone who wanted to fix it up.

Without this particular engine the car would be worthless, I'm sure, but I'm guessing that somewhere around here there's a person who will give me something for it...
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:51 PM
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I think I'll maybe start a little lower than $2K given the condition, but I'll take out one of those ads and see what happens. Frankly I'd probably settle for a few cases of beer if it was someone who wanted to fix it up.

Without this particular engine the car would be worthless, I'm sure, but I'm guessing that somewhere around here there's a person who will give me something for it...
Donate it to a shop class or career center.

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