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  1. Thank you!, yes that looks like it would plug right in. Can you tell me what color that wire is? I think according to the manual it should be black but I want to be sure. Looks like this may be broken and I will have to dig into the harness a little bit...good times!
  2. Bill I have two compressors here and both just have a single black wire with a white connector on them. The ground from the clutch looks to be grounded right to compressor. I need to make a trek out to my parts car to see what things look like with it, it had the AC compressor removed but maybe some wiring is still there.
  3. Finding a kit for this application would likely be impossible from a "bolt in" standpoint. I am sure can have your stock tank cleaned out locally.
  4. I am in the process of assembling a car I didn't take apart, and It looks like in one of its past lives it had some wiring demons. I can't seem to find the connector for the A/C compressor. There is a heavy black wire with a white female spade connector on it but it is too large for the compressor, so what does that one go to? The temp sensor wiring seems to be right, I did find which one is the dash gauge and it works, the others kind of lined up on there own after that. I also have an open connector, two wires that come together in a T shaped connector that don't appear to have anything to connect to. I plugged the EGR path at the intake flange when I put it back on so I have removed some of the EGR stuff so I know that those two connectors are not needed anymore. https://imgur.com/a/gAo82aD
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    He just posted on Facebook today that he has more in stock.
  6. Project update, I extracted the motor from the red car. I got it home, power washed it real good, then ran into some things I didn't like. For starters I new I needed to change the manifold gasket, and looking into that there was some rigging going on with the rear most bolt and it was in really bad shape where they had tried to fix it. I had checked the 16 year old oil before and it looked OK. But I never paid attention after it had been run. The oil was dark coffee brown and looked like it had water in it. My friend tried to convince me it was from condensation but with the history of these engines I couldn't let it be, especially with the exhaust stud issues. So I went from jamming it into the nicer car to pulling what looked like a reman head off another motor. I was in luck because the head looked very fresh and had any cracks it had repaired and they did a "decent" job of that it looks like. Now I have been a car junkie for ages and I have NEVER seen a head gasket stuck on a head like this one was. I took me hours to clean off and I hope I didn't compromise the surface but I cleaned it up and installed it on the running short block which had pretty good looking cylinders despite the signs of sitting for 16 years but that will come out with some boost lol. I got everything put together yesterday morning and stuck it in the car. I was able to get the motor and transmission in and got everything under the car buttoned up except for the exhaust. It has a 3" system downpipe and all and it fits HORRIBLE. When I bought the car it was unhooked but I don't know how it was ever hooked up. I can get one bolt in the turbo and to move enough to hook up the others makes it hit the floor, its obvious it has been hitting the floor in the past but this won't even bolt up. So the ebay 16G turbo that was on it is either different than this stock turbo or the previous owner was willing to commit more car sins than me to bolt it up. The Ebay 16G was all kinds of rigged on the cold side and that is why I am not using it. Maybe here in a couple of weeks I will get it fired up. I will attach a few pictures of my scramble(could only attach two). I really need to move where I can build a shop. This two car garage life is killing me!
  7. I just woke up a conquest that had been sitting since 2015, the car is rough but I was told it "ran when parked". Check the oil, verify the engine isn't stuck, if it is pull the plugs and put some ATF or diesel fuel in there and let it sit and I bet you can get it freed up. Then if it turns over hook up a battery and see if it will run with some starting fluid or gas sprayed in the throttle body. If it runs then mess with changing the oil and stuff like that before you run it longer.
  8. My car has an unknown 3" system on it, it appears decent but it has a 3 bolt flange in it that is clearly hitting the floor and will surely be super annoying. I will likely get a V-band put there to hopefully take care of that issue.
  9. Mine is for sure not springing back, should be simple enough to fix. Thanks for the pictures.
  10. Awesome, thanks Ed! I didn't think about how close the AEM sensor is to the turbo. I will weld in the 2nd bung under the car to keep it a little cooler.
  11. While on the subject should the limit switches have a spring action to them? My 87 the front limit switch isn't spring loaded which I assume it should be. When I extend it manually I get a beep from the system but no action on the seat belt, I have yet to tear the interior down enough to mess with the rear switch.
  12. My 87 has a 3" cat less downpipe and exhaust on it. I has a threaded 02 sensor as opposed to the flanged one that goes in the stock location. Currently it has an AEM wideband sensor in it and the factory 02 isn't even plugged in. I am going to add another 02 bung so I can use both. Is there a known good number out there for a single wire screw in 02 for these cars? I am thinking it is probably a generic part but its worth asking. The car originally had a MAF T and Apexi deal on it so maybe that is why they weren't using the 02 sensor? I dropped all that stuff and returned to stock as a baseline since I bought it with a bad engine.
  13. Thanks for telling me what I didn't want to hear lol. I assumed this was the case but figured it was worth the ask. Thanks Kev
  14. Does the factory radio harness have a "sub harness" that goes from the radio perhaps to an amp or something then plug in? Or does it go the distance to the speakers etc? My good 87 has radio wiring that has been partially cut off, my parts car has a stock radio so I am hoping the wiring behind it hasn't been touched. I would love to be able to just unplug bad wiring and plug good wiring in if possible. Before my parts car I bought stock radio connectors with about 12" of wire that I can patch into my good cars harness if I have to. I am partially color blind so projects like that always drive me crazy and I would love to avoid that if possible. Thank you for any help.
  15. Usually this would only be an issue if a converter had a weight on it for proper engine balance(usually domestic V8 stuff). If this takes care of your problem that was good catch.
  16. I haven't had to get into my tank yet but this is one of those areas I hope MKS jumps in with some parts offerings.
  17. Yeah no kidding, Undercar work may not be terrible going in from the ends. This thread has me wondering, I would love them just for the ease of doing under dash work or engine work without bending over as far. Transmission work would be a big maybe. Its amazing how much I will put off a job just because it requires jacking the car up and putting it on jack stands. 😁
  18. Agreed, this is a horrible place to ask that question lol.
  19. I originally had a 87 Conquest in the late 90s, it was a fun car, I eventually upgraded to a super 16G and centerforce clutch, as well as emissions deleted etc. Very fun car, could have been faster if I knew more back then, if you stayed in it too long it would eat spark plugs. I let a friend borrow it to go get a part for my Barracuda and he wadded it up and knocked down some fence with it. I was compensated and my friend was OK so life goes on and he is a still a great friend and I never let him forget lol. I made a good chunk of money selling parts on the Ultimate Conquest and Starion Page. That was kind of my first dive into online sales and I think I liked it better then. Anyways, fast forward to 2021 and I have never forgotten about my conquest and always wanted another one. I passed on a MINT one in Chandler Oklahoma back when values were at their worst several years ago and never forgot about it. So in June 2021 my Dad and I drove to Texas to pick up one of three conquests that a guy had for sale. He had one that ran and two that didn't. I didn't want red so and it was kind of janky so I passed on the running one. I ended up dragging home another black 87 5 speed with a blown head gasket and a locked up engine from sitting with coolant in the cylinders. I got it home, got it unlocked the head was cracked and the cylinders were in really bad shape. I traded the APEXI module thing to another member with a little cash for a complete engine in unknown condition and some other parts I needed to start back stock. That engine looked super clean and nice inside, it has a reman head as well, but the rod bearings and crank were no good....NEXT. I did get good a good stock of useable spares from this engine and met another Conquest guy so I am still ahead. September 2021, driving down the road I suddenly remember a red Conquest sitting behind one of my customers, I used to see it when I ran a route(stopped that in 2008) and had to turn my truck around behind the shop. I talk to one of my route guys and he drives to the shop and around back and BAM its still there. Talked to the shop they want it gone, they have the key and the title since it used to belong to an employee and he left it there. $300 and I load up an ugly and rusty but complete red 87 Conquest that "ran when parked". It has massive wiring damage from rodents, even the upper radiator hose was chewed away. We tails things and realize short of the fusible links that it should have enough to run. We clip some jumpers on, put some plug wires on it and it fires off of some starting fluid and sounds smooth and quiet. The fuel pump was locked up and the tank was full of what my friend called "deck stain" so we aborted trying to get it to run on the fuel system. A week goes by and before I feel good about swapping this engine into my nice conquest I want to hear it run longer, get it warmed up, and make sure its really a good donor. So I take the injectors from my black 87, and the spare fuel pump for my Barracuda(Walboro GSL392) and I cobble up a fuel system to run out of a gas can. My 7 year old and I head over to my friends house where the car is stored and check more wiring and crank it to find if the injectors are getting signal. We put the good injectors in and rigged up the fuel system. This car has been sitting since 2005, it started up like I turned it off the day before. I had some trouble getting it to take water but after I moved it on more level ground it was good. I ran it for probably 30 minutes and it warmed up enough to cycle one of the fans(the drivers side one) on and off and the temp gauge ran just below the middle while it did. It sounded great The gauges all work, it has decent oil pressure with 16 year old oil in it, and idles smooth as can be. After it was warmed up I gave it some good revs and held it at higher RPM for awhile and it passed all the tests I can do in the car. So as of today I need to remove the remaining engine stuff from my black car, get it over to the shop where the red car is and start the swap. My plan is to swap in this engine and get the black car driving. I removed all the mods on it and it will start stock. If I decide to do much mods to it I will go with one of Scotts Megasquirt systems, my Barracuda has an MS3X on it and I am familiar with it. But, after I get it running and driving I will take my two other engines and tear them down to see if I have enough good stuff to build an engine. I have built multiple engines for my Barracuda and a stroked 4.0 liter inline 6 for my Jeep so now I need to add a SOHC forklift engine to my building resume. I'll try to keep this kind of updated. My wife has been wanting another car with a manual trans so it made it easy to add yet another hobby car to the fleet. I hope she likes it as well, then it will earn a spot in the garage and not have to sit outside. In the pics the black car is obviously the one I am trying to make run. The red parts car picture is from when I first drug it out of its 16 year resting spot. The first tow hook ripped off as soon as I put the old dually in gear, that is when I knew i wouldn't feel bad about harvesting its organs.
  20. So I guess I need to earn my ten posts, rookie for the 2nd time!
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