It's been a crazy past few weeks and the Mrs. and I prepare for our wedding. Every weekend we have a wedding/shower/event up until our own so free time is few and far between. That means no boat, no fun, no work on the weekends. However, this past Friday I had some time to get the 1995 Probe GT that @derpwagon graciously offered to gift to me over a month ago.
Here's how it currently sits.
I removed some of the silicone that Derp had to use to keep water from entering the cabin. I removed it on the rears and put a black silicon under the rubber weather-stripping on the rears to clean it up a bit.
I figured I'd take it Vice Grip Garage style. Lay out what's there, what's not there, and then figure out what it needs to run. Now this car was derp's daily for awhile so it saw regular use and repair, which is good news for me. What was not so good news, was that it had sat for 5 years with a quarter tank of gas. Luckily I need some deck stain, so it all worked out! I started off by getting a new battery as the car didn't have one. I would use that battery to power the car up and allow me to jumper the fuel pump and get that pumping out the old nasty fuel. The only problem is, I grabbed the wrong battery. The Probe requires a 58R and I grabbed a Group 35.
So it fits in the tray spot, but it's too tall for the hood. I could relocate it to the rear, but for now I just latch the hood and will go back to Walmart to get a correct battery sometime later this month.
After hooking up the battery, I added a few gallons of fresh fuel to the tank to help with the cleaning process and gave it the jumper. A few gallons squirted out the fuel hose in a weird green/brown/clear mixture that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I apologize for no pictures of this, my last incident with fuel meant I gave full focus so that my deck didn't go up in flames... again.
I then took an inventory of everything that Derp had left me in these 2 Gorilla Cases that he had given me. All the parts were there (radiator, maf, intake, battery tray, radio, etc.) and in really good shape.
I started off by putting the MAF on and giving the car a crank to see if it would start and run. I cranked the car over to check if it had oil pressure and it sputtered and hiccupped. I shut it down out of fear of doing damage. I remembered these silly Probes need all the vacuum hoses and throttle linkages hooked up to run right.
I put the radiator in, and I gotta say this was so easy. @derpwagon left all the bolts in the factory positions and tightened them down. All I had to do was unbolt them, put in the part, and rebolt them up. No chasing bolts, no finding missing hardware, it was all right there and it made life 1000% easier for this revival. I then made sure the radiator connections and clamps were good and filled it with water.
After the radiator was in and connected, I finished hooking up the intake and making sure all vacuum hoses and throttle linkages were hooked up. I blocked off the ports for the cruise control vacuum pump, as if you hook up these wrong the engine runs away on you and it's no fun to deal with on an engine that sat for several years. I then added quite a few more gallons of fuel, along with a bottle of Barryman B12 carbon cleaner. I hopped in the driver seat and gave it a first start.
As you can see it started but ran really rough, check engine light was on immediately and I was worried I caused some form of damage just by being a little too eager. I hopped out and checked all the connections, only to find the MAF connector loose.
If that doesn't give a good signal, the KLDE will run on a "limp home" mode map by guessing where the TPS is situated and guessing how much air is coming in. I reconnected the harness and tried again.
It came up a little high in idle, then settled down. It's running a tad rough still, but I imagined there was a lot of carbon, a gunked up fuel filter, and of course just needing to get the cobwebs blown out of her.
I decided now that the car ran, it was time to do some maintenance.
Old oil is not something you should be revving on. So I let the car warm up, made sure the thermostat and fans kicked on, and then put it in the air. I drained the oil and chunks or glitter were in it. The filter looked good and had no issues from what I saw. I had grabbed the cheapest oil at Fleet Farm ($11 Mobil Semi-Synthetic) and an oil filter from Advance as Fleet Farm was all out. I also grabbed a bottle of Gumout Fuel System Cleaner. After getting the new oil in and getting the filter tight, I started the car and made sure oil pressure was good. It quieted down a little more and I figured it was a good time for a carbon cleaning.
I unhooked an intake vacuum line and ran it into the Gumout can and started the engine. 30 seconds later, the can was empty so I shut it down and let the cleaner go to town on the valves and pistons. With the B12 in the fuel tank, this was going to make for one hell of a smoke show.
After about 15 minutes of cleaning myself up, I went ahead and started the car. What followed was an acrid, disgusting white smoke of burned off carbon. As you'll see in this video, I had accumulated a puddle of water and carbon at the end of the car.
After the cleaning was almost done (there was still some smoke), I let it idle and go through some fan cycles. I figured it was best to make sure it wasn't going to overheat on me. I then got in and tested the clutch. Derp had mentioned the clutch had this weird point where it would go down, stick, then actuate the clutch. I put the clutch to the floor, and put it in reverse. Slowly letting the clutch out, there was very little room for engagement but it moved in reverse! Put it in first, and it moved forward! Hit the brakes, they work too! Alright, no issues! I proceeded to back in and out of my driveway and verify the brakes did work. They sounded like hell thanks to the rust buildup I neglected to look into, but they stopped the car and worked perfectly.
At this point, I was pretty happy. I had a running, somewhat driving, Ford Probe with no discernable issues. i wanted to go for a spin around the block but it was getting late so I waited until today when I had some time on my lunch period. As you can see, it went well:
All in all, I'm super happy to say the least! This is a gorgeous little Probe that needs some loving care and I can't wait to give it that love after the wedding! For now, the plan is to continue with general maintenance (valve cover, water pump, timing belt, plugs and wires), new tires, and getting the radio working along side the A/C system. After that, it'll be body work time!
I've jokingly been calling this the OppoProbe or the Ford Hyphen, anyone got a better name for it? Here's an exhaust clip for your time: