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    Default '88 Box by accident....

    Hi Folks,

    I recently got hold of a '88 LTD CV (yeah, no GM...) for small change.

    It used to live in Arizona until it came to Europe in '18.
    I took a look at it in Dec last year and figured, that I don't need another project. In Jan '20 a friend had a deal with the seller on 3 other cars, and I said, well, for less than 50% of its original asking price, I'd even take the LTD CV. Guess what, 15 min later I got a short text: "congrats!".

    Being a real Mopar guy (69 Charger, 69 A100, 79 MB400 Camper), this is all new to me. Nonetheless, I wanna take care of the LTD CV as good as I can.
    So please be kind, kick me for my Mopar attribution if you feel its needed (but it won't change...)

    Maybe its a good start for my niece to get around town with that box.
    Take a look here

    And thanks for letting me join.

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    Welcome.

    Biggest thing with a new to you box is to check the TV bushing. It’s a plastic bushing that lives on the throttle body lever that connects to a cable that runs down to the trans. Known to be failure prone, if the plastic bushing fails, it’s short time before the transmission fails.

    https://lmr.com/item/LRS-7303A/87-93...le-Bushing-Kit

    A metal replacement is a good option.
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    Welcome!

    Nice to see another member from Europe.
    Good luck and reliable miles with your CV!
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    Nothing wrong with MoPar. It's not like a Ford product knows its a Ford any more than a Chrysler knows and or is proud of itself being a Chrysler. They were built by people like you and me, thats the bottom line. I tend to like the Ford variants better than the Mercury variants. Although a Mercury is a fine car. That's the car I was driving that day.. I rolled the windows down with e'lectric power...
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    Cool lookin car. Hope it works out for you. I've owned cars from the big 3 from the 60s-90s and have found Ford products to be better built overall. Once you correct the fatal flaws.

    In addition to the metal bushing mentioned above I would flush out the heater core, easy to do at the firewall with a garden hose and can save having to take the dash apart. Especially a car from arizona, out West people often put tap water in the radiator to save money in the heat, and the water can be hard out there.

    Also from Arizona I'd make sure all the vacuum lines and plastic pieces in the engine system are in good shape so the engine runs smooth, before going too crazy dumping money into extraneous things like appearance.

    I lived in germany and never owned a car, got around on a motorcycle for 4 years, sometimes sliding on my ass over frozen cobbles...
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    Welcome! I too am a MOPAR guy at heart. I have a Hemi Superbird and a Hemi Daytona convertible. I have 3 Colony Park wagons so I guess that is why I am accepted here! LOL! WagonMan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Welcome.

    Biggest thing with a new to you box is to check the TV bushing. It’s a plastic bushing that lives on the throttle body lever that connects to a cable that runs down to the trans. Known to be failure prone, if the plastic bushing fails, it’s short time before the transmission fails.

    https://lmr.com/item/LRS-7303A/87-93...le-Bushing-Kit

    A metal replacement is a good option.
    And the tech article about it with pictures: http://www.lincolnsonline.com/tech/00052.html

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    Also a highly neglected part is the PCV screen. It lives below the valve and it gets clogged.
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    Thumbs up

    Well that I call a hearty welcome - thanks a lot, guys.

    Good tips to take care of - thanks again.

    And, jaywish - you from Yonkers? Used to live in Larchmont 20 years ago

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    Welcome to the forum. Good luck with the new ride.
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    Welcome aboard!

    How hard are parts to come by in Germany?

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    Parts are pretty easy. Rockauto is one of my preferred suppliers. Shipping is a little more than in the lower 50s, but thats ok. If I want, parts are here within 2-3 days (question of need vs funds available

    And there are some shops here in Germany with usually sufficient stock.

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    Welcome. Being from AZ it should be fairly nice. I've grown to hate rust, especially now that I own two former southern cars and realize what working on vehicles without rot and stuck bolts is like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Welcome. Being from AZ it should be fairly nice. I've grown to hate rust, especially now that I own two former southern cars and realize what working on vehicles without rot and stuck bolts is like.
    That's one of the reasons I like living down here... my 27 year old daily has almost no rust on it.

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