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    Hello, I bought a SVO and now I am here

    Hi,

    My name is Calvin and I live in Houston, Tx with my wife, daughter, and our dog.
    Last week I found and purchased a 1986 SVO Mustang in canyon red from a dealer in the Portland, Oregon area. The car is being shipped to me so I do not have any pictures other than the ones from the dealership. As soon as I get it I will update with pictures.

    My plans for this car are to make it nice enough to drive to car club meets and go cruising on sunny days. I dont intend it to be a racecar or anything like that.
    My first orders of business will be to go over the car and see what exactly I am working with. I know that it was modified by one of the previous owners, and that the motor has recently been rebuilt. I also plan to put back in the air conditioning that was removed by one of the previous owners. You may not need AC in Washington/Oregon, but I need it in Texas. Then I will make a list of things that will grow and grow and never actually all get fixed but will give me stuff to do when I am bored on the weekends while I struggle to keep the car looking and running well enough that I can enjoy it well into the future!

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    Welcome. Post some pictures when you get your car.

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    Welcome Calvin. Looking forward to seeing pics of car.
    Svofrk

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    You should name your SVO "Hobbs". Just sayin'!

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    I will take the naming of my SVO "Hobbs" under advisement. I usually let the kiddo name my vehicles...though my wife named my truck so there are no hard and fast rules...if it winds up as Hobbs you will be credited

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    I had a whole big thing that I wrote about what I encountered when the car showed up, but it took me a ton of work to get images onto this site from my computer and I didn't save my post to a word document before trying and so it got lost when I got a 403 error instead of a posted message. I will post up a longer description with more details when I put up a build thread for this car, which should be soon. Here are some pics (I resized them to 800x600). Overall, I am happy that it is here, but there is a lot of work to be done to make this a good car. Let the fun begin...





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    Party On, Wayne!

    Now comet the fun parts!
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    Welcome. There are a few members from the Washington/Oregon area that made be familiar with the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinK View Post
    Welcome. There are a few members from the Washington/Oregon area that made be familiar with the car.
    That would be pretty cool, since I have been unable to really find out much of anything about the car other than what the mechanic that I had go over it let me know before I purchased it, and what I now know since it has arrived. Either way, there is a member here in Texas who is going to become very familiar with the car!

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    Welcome! There are some good people in Texas if you have any questions or need help on the new arrival. The car looks good!

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    Thanks, Raven. It is one of those looks can be deceiving things right now. I have to get it back to running again and I have to get the things that the state of Texas will be looking at for the safety inspection working so that it can get registered. I dont think it is anything major, but it is a little disappointing to have your new car die on you the day you get it...I have more money than time right now so it is a matter of getting to solving the problems. I can get the parts, but I am too busy to do the work in more than 30-60 minute bursts. I will get to it though, there are some weekends coming up somewhere in the future...not this one though...too busy

    I also need to remember to get more pictures and get them in my build thread so that I can have a record of all of these fun times that I will likely forget about in a few years.

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    Sure looks nice from the outside, good luck with things and welcome to the group lots of good info to be had here!

    Tom

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    Thanks, Tommy. It is not too bad inside either. The driver seat bolster has a tear and the foam is tired so that will need redone, but not too bad.
    I have to get it running again so I can get it out and start enjoying it while I work on bringing it back to life. Mike has been mentoring me up on what parts are and how to find my way around my SVO. I am really appreciative of how patient people are here. I am not a trained mechanic or anything, and I am just trying to learn and figure it out as I go. People here seem to get that, or at least I haven't gotten murdered for posting a question yet

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    You will find plenty of friendly people here willing to help. We have all been though this kind of stuff.

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