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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-02, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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EA Fix-me-up

After trying to sell the old, been stolen/thrashed/to-hell-and-back EA for a pitance, I've decided to keep it and use it as a daily driver to reduce to rate at which k's are accumulating on the XR.

It's an '88 throttle-body injected EA S, 5 speed. It's been sitting one on the visitors car spots accumulating cobwebs and bird shit.

These things needs attention first, so any advice on the following would be cool...

- diff is rooted, should i replace the internals (rebuild) or replace the whole thing with a reco unit? Anyone got rough prices for this sort of thing?

- how much are fan clutches? Mines rooted, though gives the car an oddly V8-type sound when you rev it.

- Rough idea on the price of a new battery?

- I'm fairly certain the head gasket's gone, who in Sydney has done these before and wouldn't mine helping me sort it out? :s3

The gearbox is in good order, the interior isn't so bad, the suspension is all good except front bushes and the only rust I've got is a bit under the top of the rear window and some in he rear drivrs side guard. so it'll make a decent shopping cart/taxi. I want to maintain the car in a 'fix on a need-to' basis, as the XR deserves to bulk of the cash injection.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-02, 12:44 AM
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I wouldnt bother finding a reco Diff, find one from a wrecked EA for $100 - $150.. no more!

Same for the clutch fan, no more than $25..

My local wrecker sells Falcon Batteries for $30. theyre fully recond, tested etc. I beat him down to $25 :)

hehe i'm in Perth, so I cant help ya on that one.. Beware though, the head could be awfully corroded.. keep a coupla hundy around incase you need it replaced.. However, it'll probably need a service. I pay $50 for a facing, plus $10 for every weld that needs to be put in the waterjacket. My local head shop charges $200 for a general service.. Keep in mind its Perth prices, I dont know how much more / less it'll be in Sydney..
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hey Venom... have a word to cortina mick... he can help you out (and get some good prices too)

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Im the agent for Apollo, Mercury, Rocket and Global Yuasa Batteries in Albury, nsw.

If you would like a new battery at a great price, give me a call on 0438250 928 (steve) and I will give you the number of the agent closest to you. This applies to ALL fordforums members in Australia.

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BTW, how much did you want for the EA anyways?
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Diff : Buy 2nd hand. Bought some myself for the XF, $100 @.

Fan : out of the paper or the wreckers.

Not like you have to rush it and pay a high price.
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Venom XR, Sounds like a good idea about using the EA for a daily driven car.
Apart from those things it sounds like your EA is in relatively good nick. Who knows you might take the EA on the odd club run. :) :)

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