I just bought my mates 89 LTD DA (i think you guys know him as "zomw|t").. i'm loving the upgrade (i came from having an 89 laser hatch).. but I got a few questions I hope you guys can help me with..
Idle! Sometimes when you start it up, it just conks out again.. like.. it wont idle properly unless you sit your foot on the pedal at about 1k rpm for a minute or so, then it kinda balances out. If the aircon/climate control is on.. it severely struggles to keep the idle and sometimes just stalls.
Stereo! Is there anyway to upgrade to a CD player (maybe from another model or something) while still retaining the rear-passenger controls? Changing to an aftermarket makes all the rear controls useless, and i reckon those little controls rule.. :)
Currently i'm just looking to upgrade the stereo rather dramatically, then work on finding myself a set of nice 18-19s, lowering it, and getting it painted black by my uncle in law.. then i'll be happy!
For the idle problem, may be the injectors are dirty or playing up, have a look at them. Also, try clean up the throttle body, which may help if it's dirty. Other than that, I would suspect the head gasket / head is leaking coolant into the combustion chamber.
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1988 NA Fairlane Series I
- 3.9L MPI Engine with 4.0L Equivalent Head
- Old Trusty 3 Speed BW M51 Auto
- Rear Sonar Sensor
- Cheapo CD Player
- Rear Spoiler
- All the luxury of a Fairlane
I've got a DA2, and always was interested in Zomwit's beast, good to see it's back in the club :)
As for the idle, clean out the ISC solenoid, which I might do a tutorial on soon. Very easily done. I had similar problems and cleaning it out fixed it.
As for the stereo, I was hesitant of changing it too because of the rear controls, but in the end no one used the rear controls, and neither did I, so it was pointless and I forgot about them. Not only that, but you've got no CD, and the stock head unit by today's standards is a bit of a heap of shit. I put in a double din Kenwood HU with CD, tape and radio, and I don't regret it for one second. It's got a good beefy remote, and sounds infinitely better. Trust me, get a new head unit.
As for wheels, 18 and 19s are far too big, and will look gay. I think even 17s are pushing it, because LTDs look best long and low, and anything above 17s dwarf the car too much, ruining its long stance. Even 16s are the best I think, so it looks really long but the rims aren't too small.
I agrre with alex, 16's will look best, but you will legally be able to go upto 17's.
Oh and I think everyone will agree that an aftremarket HU is the way to go. Those rear controls are just a very primitive form of 'Remote control" and most aftermarket HU's will come with a proper remote that you can hand to your rear passengers...
Also, double DIN HU's will not fit into the radio facia, it'll haveto be modified like alex did, or you will need to stick with single DIN and get a falcon/fairmont facia.
Reason i was thinking 18-19s was because i can get them cheap since lots of my friends have 18-19s on fords, and when they upgrade they sell their old ones off to friends.
17s i'd have to buy new.. and my budget doesnt allow that.. unless i can find some decent 17s for under 1k-1.2k then i'd definitely go for it since it DOES look much nicer and suit the car more (i photoshopped it and it looks niice)
Stereo wise.. yer.. i've talked to a few people and single-din then a panel over the gap seems to be the best option.
Idle.. all that stuff is beyond me.. will try read up on how to do it.. i've never done anything with engines. Will check it out though. Thanx.
I reckon everybody should at least buy one of those Gregorys manuals, when you read about these things you'll find out just how easy most things are to do, so I suggest you go and buy one and read up on a few things, you'll learn a lot, trust me :)
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