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Hi all. Picked up a '96GT convertible for my son for his 15th birthday last July. Needs some work, so the plan is for him and I to put some father/son time into it. Had our first real opp to work on it today. We're in the Cleveland, OH area and plan to take it to some shows (not to enter, but to cruise around to).

Info on car:
Red (I believe it's the laser red, but haven't checked the VIN code yet)
about 93K miles
Body is almost perfect. No rust at all anywhere. I DO believe it was wrecked at one time and repainted. There is some "less than desireable" panel alignment in a couple places.
Motor fires up quick and runs strong
No mods as of yet, but we worked on our first today - adding a power passenger seat (we won't be doing much that isn't a direct bolt on as he's learning and I don't want to drop a ton of cash on the car). he bought a track assembly at a swap meet, but it appears that the motors are too weak to move the rack (but move it fine without the seat on it).
Auto - he'll learn to drive a manual, but for now it's an auto for him. Transmission shifts smooth. Fluid is in good condition, but we'll flush it before we do too much with it.
"fake" hood scoop. Son hates it, but I'm not risking the paint to remove it and I'm not paying for a paint job. LOL.

Needs:
- Top itself doesn't leak, but there are a couple places where water gets between seals and glass. Not sure if I can just adjust it, if it will need a weatherstrip kit, or if it will need completely replaced
- ABS light is on
- Steering rack leaks (plan to put a new one in)
- Cruise not working (thinking it might have something to do with ABS light)
- AC condenser drain line broken (I actually did this on accident...). Leaks condensate into the passenger side floor.
- rear suspension - one side sits about 1 1/2" higher than the other. Hoping it's just new rear suspension.
- stereo wiring - Stereo install looks "ok", but obviously done by someone that wasn't 100% on their ability. Will need to remove and reinstall. Also, they put subs and amp in trunk, but didn't build it in a way that you can get to the spare tire! Will need to adjust.
- Will also replace front suspension. Has aftermarket wheels (nothing fancy), but want to make the ride as much of a stock feel as we can. It's not going to go to the track.
- low oil light occasionally comes on when it's parked at a steep incline. Oil is not low though.

I hope to start a build thread on it. Will post in the correct forum. Always willing to help where we can, if it's something we've already done. If anyone has any pointers for the "needs" list above, we're all ears!

Pic attached. There's a LOT less crap in the garage now as well. This was from when I bought it. Just got a 10x20 shed delivered and all the yard stuff is in there now.

**edits** - fixed some spelling errors I missed.
 

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Looks great! Welcome to the forums. Loads of info and great people hang around here. They always willing to help.

I too have recently bought a 97 gt. I bought the car for me and my sons to wrench on. Car looks great all around, but where it sat in one spot with flat tires for awhile due to its blown engine, the under side is very rusty. We need to get it up on jack stands to get a better look, so that we can decide how deep we want this project to go.

Enough about me. Im glad youre here and i think its great that you choose a mustang for your sons 1st car! Post pics and share often.
 

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Hi all. Picked up a '96GT convertible for my son for his 15th birthday last July. Needs some work, so the plan is for him and I to put some father/son time into it. Had our first real opp to work on it today. We're in the Cleveland, OH area and plan to take it to some shows (not to enter, but to cruise around to).

Info on car:
Red (I believe it's the laser red, but haven't checked the VIN code yet)
about 93K miles
Body is almost perfect. No rust at all anywhere. I DO believe it was wrecked at one time and repainted. There is some "less than desireable" panel alignment in a couple places.
Motor fires up quick and runs strong
No mods as of yet, but we worked on our first today - adding a power passenger seat (we won't be doing much that isn't a direct bolt on as he's learning and I don't want to drop a ton of cash on the car). he bought a track assembly at a swap meet, but it appears that the motors are too weak to move the rack (but move it fine without the seat on it).
Auto - he'll learn to drive a manual, but for now it's an auto for him. Transmission shifts smooth. Fluid is in good condition, but we'll flush it before we do too much with it.
"fake" hood scoop. Son hates it, but I'm not risking the paint to remove it and I'm not paying for a paint job. LOL.

Needs:
- Top itself doesn't leak, but there are a couple places where water gets between seals and glass. Not sure if I can just adjust it, if it will need a weatherstrip kit, or if it will need completely replaced
- ABS light is on
- Steering rack leaks (plan to put a new one in)
- Cruise not working (thinking it might have something to do with ABS light)
- AC condenser drain line broken (I actually did this on accident...). Leaks condensate into the passenger side floor.
- rear suspension - one side sits about 1 1/2" higher than the other. Hoping it's just new rear suspension.
- stereo wiring - Stereo install looks "ok", but obviously done by someone that wasn't 100% on their ability. Will need to remove and reinstall. Also, they put subs and amp in trunk, but didn't build it in a way that you can get to the spare tire! Will need to adjust.
- Will also replace front suspension. Has aftermarket wheels (nothing fancy), but want to make the ride as much of a stock feel as we can. It's not going to go to the track.
- low oil light occasionally comes on when it's parked at a steep incline. Oil is not low though.

I hope to start a build thread on it. Will post in the correct forum. Always willing to help where we can, if it's something we've already done. If anyone has any pointers for the "needs" list above, we're all ears!

Pic attached. There's a LOT less crap in the garage now as well. This was from when I bought it. Just got a 10x20 shed delivered and all the yard stuff is in there now.

**edits** - fixed some spelling errors I missed.
Welcome to the forum! That’s awesome you are doing this with your son. After it’s all fixed up the to the liking of you both, it will give the car so much more value than buying a new one and just going. Also lovee the fact he will be learning manual. Always good to have that in his back pocket.
 
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Welcome to the forum! That’s awesome you are doing this with your son. After it’s all fixed up the to the liking of you both, it will give the car so much more value than buying a new one and just going. Also lovee the fact he will be learning manual. Always good to have that in his back pocket.
the manual is a must for anyone, IMO. Has nothing to do with performance either. Example - my freshman year of college, I came home for a wedding and went with a couple friends. The driver had a new-ish mustang with manual. Both him and the other buddy got absolutely blasted. I noticed early and got his keys. Not 100% sure what would have happened if I hadn't been completely comfortable driving us home.
 

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Hi neighbor! Welcome to the herd. My wife and I love our 98 ragtops. You are doing a great thing with your kid.
 

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Great looking drop top. I have a project as well. Glad to see my garage is not the only one used for so many useful things...lol. Here are a few pics of the new heartbeat. Very minor stuff.Resized_20220512_212955.jpegResized_20220512_213000.jpeg
 

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Also...please note the needed beverage for auto repair in the background.
 

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Welcome to The Forum!

I had the ABS light on issue. I was told to clean the ABS sensors. Did that. Light stayed on for a turn or two and has been off ever since. I hate when idiot lights stay on!!

Go Steelers! (sorry, had to!)
 

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