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Old 03-26-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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2003 SVT EAP Revitalization

Picked this car up from this forum back in January from SVTOtter (Nice guy!). Good car, not great. Needs a lot of work. Clutch was going bad, rear caliper was sticking, front brakes were shot, needs a few body panels including driver door. Right now the car is apart in my garage awaiting a number of new parts. I've been giving alot of attention to this car with a wire brush and rust convertor. I'm tackling the engine/maintenance first, then moving to front and rear brakes and suspensions, then the leaky wet interior that smells like a moldy gym bag, and finally fixing body panels and hitting surface rust areas with said wire brush and rust inhibitor. So far I've bought:

Upper/lower radiator hoses
Rear Centric rotors x2
Wearever Silver rear brake pads
In cabin air filter
Driverside CV
New upper motor mounts (oem equiv)
New t-stat housing
Timing belt set (gates)
Serpentine belt
Left rear caliper (old one sticking)
Lower motor mount insert (Prothane)
Valve cover gasket
Rear main seal (if needed)
New oem sifter arm and bushing (to fix shifter slop)
Motorcraft Trans fluid
Timing belt tools
OEM Flywheel bolts
Motorcraft Plugs
NGK Wires
OEM oil separator (stock is rusted through)
Dipstick tube (rusted)
Lower radiator support (rusted)
Oil pan (rusted)
Exhaust gaskets
Clutch kit
Axle Seals
TB/IM Gaskets
Inj. Seals
Used Coolant hoses in better shape than my OEM ones

I still need to buy:

Front Calipers (rusted pistons)
Front brake pads
Front rotors
Tie rod ends
Front Control arms with Ball joints
Rear track arm bushings

Car is still much apart, but I am about to put the engine back up on a stand this weekend to wire brush and re-paint the block. Then I can start re-assembly. Below are some pictures of my progress. Some pics are from the PO.






















Plan for car is a clean weekend/AutoX/HPDE car that will get tasteful mods. This isn't a "yo dawg slam it" build. Hoping to eventually put some konis/h&R race springs, but the factory stuff will have to suffice for now (PO said current setup has around 50k on it). I've got my work cutout for me, but I should have the car back on the road for around $3k total investment. Thanks for looking!

-Scott


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Old 03-26-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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Awesome! i'm excited to see your progress!
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:58 AM   #3
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Big Project - and good progress already!

SVT is a worthwhile car to refurb IMHO, looks good & needs mechanical work is the best type to tackle as far as I'm concerned. Beat bodywork is more of an issue.

Nice to start a "Build Thread" at the beginning.
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:36 PM   #4
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FABULOUS! Congrats for bringing yet another SVT back to life… Can't wait to see what's next!
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:43 PM   #5
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Off to a great start. Nice list to keep you busy
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:57 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. The engine is on a stand in my garage awaiting a thorough cleaning and a lot of new shiny parts. The block's original paint is almost completely flaked off. It's getting a wire brush and naval jelly plus some nice red engine enamel. The valve cover will be VHT Wrinkle Black so I want a little color to break up a sea of black. The heat sheild is completely ruined, so that will be gone, removing mounting bolts from header, and coating silver.

The clutch was well, toast. Worn to the rivets. I'm getting the OEM replacement LUK I am your father clutch kit from Amazon (313 shipped FYI). Car will not exceed stock HP, and I can't pony up $1k for a clutch kit.
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Awesome that your doing a svt. Don't forget about a timing belt. I'd add a throw out bearing to the order also.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:13 PM   #8
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Awesome that your doing a svt. Don't forget about a timing belt. I'd add a throw out bearing to the order also.
Without a doubt doing the timing belt. PO said the car was throwing the "timing advance code" P183 if I'm remembering correctly, so it needs re-done.

Was able to get the giant turd of an engine up on the stand. I've got a lot to change out, a lot of wire brushing and painting, and a lot of wiring harness restoration to do. Let's call this the "before" pictar.

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Old 04-02-2014, 09:25 PM   #9
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No THAT'S a lot of work! Good luck!
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:24 PM   #10
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It was (not) fun while it lasted I guess. Rust issues and the never ending amount of money I would have needed to get this back on the road has resulted in a good ole fashioned part out.
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