1987 Ford Mustang LX
The Survivor is a 1987 Ford Mustang LX Sedan with a 5.0 V8, a Borg-Warner T-5 manual transmission, 14,000 original miles, and a heap o' rust underneath.
I brought home this low-mileage gem in September of 2006, and other than a short trip home from the shipping terminal and a drive to get an emissions test, it hasn't been on the road since I've owned it.
As I've noted in the Survivor's entry in the About section, when I purchased this car, I did so on eBay and the owner swore it was in great shape.
A severely rusted underbelly was my reward for taking a chance.
That's what the Survivor project is all about: saving an otherwise pristine, low-mileage 5.0 Mustang from car cancer.
It's all too real and if you're a serious car enthusiast, the diagnosis can be devastating.
Maintenance & Repairs
This week's update sure came down to the wire.
For years I avoided cars that require a scan tool for diagnostic work.
Once I was forced to buy them (I've owned three, so far), I avoided working on them.
Only recently have I run into a problem with the Cobalt SS/SC that I actually benefitted from having a scan tool, so I broke down and bought one.
After extensive research, the tool I chose to purchase was an OTC OBD I & II Scan Tool (P/N 3211). It straddles the line between cost and professional capabilities.
Follow along with this review to see how I was able to use it and how well it worked for me.
Happy New Year!
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