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In Topic: Windshield top trim with clips needed

02 July 2020 - 02:32 PM

They are available aftermarket.  This is the correct clip in the link below...can probably search on the p/n to find it via other sources.

https://www.dkhardwa...nt=ALL PRODUCTS

It's shared with Hyundai's, so it should be pretty common.  May even be able to acquire them thru your local auto glass shop.

I've had difficult finding the ones for the side trim.  The little square like plastic clips.   I ended up reusing OEM ones that I had.

In Topic: Stuck in gear!?!

01 July 2020 - 04:15 PM

I wouldn't call that the hard part, that's just buying a part.   You still need to unlock the tranny and confirm that it indeed was the fulcrum.   You could have bad bearings in that transmission, worn syncro's, set screws backing out, or a combo of all of these....these all all mentioned in this thread. I'd start there before you consider that mpi manifold there in the photo.   I can see trying out the shifter and see what happens with this transmission, if you get it freed up, but I'd seriously start looking for a replacement or plan for a rebuild if you are knowingly going to start upping the hp out of this car.  .I know very well how time consuming and money draining an MPI swap is.  Need to make sure it is going on a good solid foundation.

In Topic: Stuck in gear!?!

29 June 2020 - 03:57 PM

That's your shifter fulcrum disintegrating...very common on our cars.   The good news is that it is easy to fix via an aftermarket shifter...but first you have to get the shift rods back in order.    There was a member on here recently who was able to do this via the pan and carefully tapping on the shift rods...wouldn't be my preferred approach but it worked for  him and kept him from pulling the transmission.  

If you look at my KM132 transmission rebuild thread in the FAQ forum, it has tons of photos as an aide.

In Topic: Production numbers

18 June 2020 - 10:49 AM


In Topic: Production numbers

18 June 2020 - 06:38 AM

I'm not sure I ever saw a list of production numbers broken down by options.   I've only ever seen it just by year and model.  

88/89 white with buckskin interior is more rare but I wouldn't call it extremely rare.  Both the starion and conquest variants had this combo available and for both years.   There are even other nuances, some of the buckskin leather interior had a pin hole pattern in the leather where-as others didn't, etc.   I'd call tan cloth more rare than the buckskin leather, based on my own observation on the cars I've seen over the past 25 years.  

Sunroofs are fairly common.  For instance in 87, the conquest TSI had two options; leather interior and sunroof.  That was it.  Everything else was considered a dealer installed accessory.  So there were a fair amount of cars with a sunroof.  Although the starion esir's had more options for that year and the option list increased significantly in 88 to include automatic transmission, sport handling package, etc.  Sunroofs are more of a deterrent for me.  Sure, I love sunroofs but they have been known to rot in the channels around the roof which is very difficult to repair, they drain down into the inner fenders and cause them to rot as well, if one of the rubber hoses directing the water from the channels to the fenders deteriorates it floods the interior, the mechanism to open/close the sunroof is known to fail, and the trim around the sunroof that keeps the majority of the water out of the channels deteriorates fast and there isn't any great solution for a replacement.

I personally owned an 88 starion esir white with buckskin leather interior, non-shp, no sunroof, and mudflaps as the options.  The buckskin interior was the non-pin holed type.

All in all, I'd consider the buckskin interior on any color car very 'desirable'.