The last few weeks have been challenging in terms of my ability to make substantial progress on the Fox Body Mustang project. After installing a new brake booster and a new brake master cylinder, I attempted to bleed the brakes twice and am still dealing with a soft/squishy pedal feel. After more browsing/reading, I finally ended up ordering a powerbleeder from Motive Performance. I am hoping this will do the trick in terms of getting the brakes bled successfully.
In the meanwhile, for folks interested in learning more about the details of my latest challenges, I documented them for my last two YouTube videos.
I am hoping to give the powerbleeder a try this coming week and assuming that I can finally get the brakes wrapped up, I am looking forward to driving the car for at least a few days before I get to work upgrading the suspension.
I had been planning to try and get the Fox Body well-sorted enough to attend at least one track day or autocross event before the winter but I have been seeing a lot of events closing due to COVID-19. This is understandable but I try to remain optimistic that I might still get a chance to see what the Fox can do in the not too distant future. Fingers crossed.
On a somewhat Fox-related note…I came across this article recently about the origins of the fuel fill arrow gas gauge: https://www.designnews.com/automotive-engineering/how-your-car-got-its-fuel-fill-arrow-gas-gauge
This piece caught my attention because on the day when I first bought the Fox Body, I had to fill up the tank before driving it home. Having driven a 2014 Ford Mustang for the previous almost six years, with the fuel fill door on the driver’s side, I assumed a 1988 Ford Mustang would have the same layout. Upon getting out of the car, I was surprised and slightly embarrassed to discover that the fuel fill door was on the other side. Fortunately I did not make the same mistakes as this poor soul. Apparently it was around 1988-1989 that Ford switched to putting most fuel fill doors on the driver’s side, according to some random person on a Ford Mustang forum. I haven’t independently confirmed that claim yet but will be sure to update this post if/when I do.
Anyways, it’s a wild and uncertain time to be alive on planet earth. Maintain safe social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a mask. Hope you’re staying healthy and safe. Thanks for reading. Cheers.