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Old 11-22-2004, 19:41   #1 (permalink)
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68 XR- how bad is it?

I recently purchased a 68 XR with the view of restoring her. I got her inspected at a local Ford dealer to find out what i need for road worthy.

Heres a list of what needs doing minus cosmetic stuff:

*Brake fluid reservoir weeping
*Upper ball joint bushes split
*Front caster bushes cracked
*rocker cover leaking
*steering box weeping
*Extension housing seal dripping oil when running
*Rust in LHF floorpan
*Selector seal in transmission dripping
*Rear shock absorbers leaking
*rear muffler bracket torn
*fuel lines at tank cracked
*Rear spring bushes cracked and broken
*Rust in front chassis near raditor LH side

So, me and a mate can do the engine no probs, its the suspension and floorpan that worries me. Any thoughts?
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Any restoring of any classic car is going to have a list as long as your arm of thing needed to be fix. It how much money do you want to spend. It take time but you will be more than happy when your out their cruzing around it a car that you restored.
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You could try and set a limit but you will soon pass that, that's a limit on work to be done and $$$$ to be spent, just remember don't take short cut's, do the job right the 1st time and it makes it a lot easier if you have good mate's in the know how that can help you out, but also remember it's all in good fun, the finished product make's you feel real proud of what you have achieved.
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So, me and a mate can do the engine no probs, its the suspension and floorpan that worries me. Any thoughts?
Take it to a panel beater that specialises in restorations. They will give you a clear indication as to wether it is worth repairing.

I don't think the list is too bad, but that's what I'd be doing if it was my project.
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I recently purchased a 68 XR with the view of restoring her. I got her inspected at a local Ford dealer to find out what i need for road worthy.

Heres a list of what needs doing minus cosmetic stuff:

*Brake fluid reservoir weeping
*Upper ball joint bushes split
*Front caster bushes cracked
*rocker cover leaking
*steering box weeping
*Extension housing seal dripping oil when running
*Rust in LHF floorpan
*Selector seal in transmission dripping
*Rear shock absorbers leaking
*rear muffler bracket torn
*fuel lines at tank cracked
*Rear spring bushes cracked and broken
*Rust in front chassis near raditor LH side

So, me and a mate can do the engine no probs, its the suspension and floorpan that worries me. Any thoughts?
You can wipe half the things off the list as no brainers, the shocks and brushes would be gone on any car that has done a few kays and is old, they are not hard at all to fix/change, neither is the fuel line, a Muffler bracket is an afternoon with a welder. The other things like transmission seals and stearing box seals are something that takes a bit of time but not hard to fix either and would be a part of any restoration. Go to a wrecker for a newer rocker cover (may only be a gasket though), and brake fluid reservoir. That is about all there is other than the rust and just get a good repairer to have a look and give a quote, or get the rust remover, welder and steel brushes out and start on it yourself. I think you got yourself a good project car if that is all that remains to get it on the road.
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thanks for the replies, its reassuring to know that its not so bad. i only paid $1500 for it and it came with a spare running 250, two gearboxes and numerous other bits too.
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Extension housing seal is also easy, but the yoke may be warn.

A pressure clean will get you past a roadworthy for most of the leaks.
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