Just got a '86 Merkur

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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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looking good!
Tremec TKX, QuickTime V8 Bell
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Another setback, I just discovered today that a Hays 82-103 hydraulic throwout bearing is not compatible with a Spec SF481 clutch :cry:
The Hays bearing has a sleeve that goes past the pressure plate fingers and it can't on the Spec.
Anyone need a Hays 82-103, hit me up.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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I have another issue, the QuickTime bellhousing contacts the stabilizer bar, I was hoping once tranny angle was adjusted it'd be ok, but no,
the bellhousing is not putting much pressure on the stabilizer.
I'm certain I can add a spacer behind the stabilizer U brackets, likely .125" would be sufficient, but I'm wondering how much this might throw off the front alignment? I think this would move the front wheels forward about .06".
I guess I could revert back to the original stabilizer, that might be enough, or not worry about it and drive it like it is, I'm sure it won't hurt anything, maybe just rattle occasionally.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Are those the thicker Cosworth sway bars? What about putting a relief in the bellhousing for some clearance? Doesn't seem like you'd need much.
If it was easy everybody would do it.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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andyofcolumbusmerkur wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 8:38 am Are those the thicker Cosworth sway bars?

They are Rapido 28.5mm, I guess going stock would only gain a little over 1 mm additional clearance.
I'd hate to grind into the new bellhousing, but an idea, I think the bellhousing wall thickness is .125" or a bit less.
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Re: Just got a '86 Merkur

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Just thought of a easier solution... I can raise the engine and tranny! I'm gonna try this :D
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