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sbeube02 December 22nd, 2015 12:39 PM

Restoration of the French blue Probe
I am starting this thread to show you the restoration of my European Probe.
I have acquired this beauty in 2008. It had severeral unknown owners and was in poor body shape. Engine ran fine with 120 000 km. Car was already repainted but this was a poor job.
This year, someone hit my car while parked and damaged the driver door and rear quarter.
I decided to bring the car to a body shop to have it fully painted.
I will add some US goodies like rear spoiler, front and rear US lights, cruise control and keyless entry system.
Here is some pictures of the car damaged and during the process of removing lot of parts to get it ready for painting.

Removed the side skirt from the inside of the door:

Removed all the plastic inside parts:

To be continued...

Bufalo December 23rd, 2015 07:53 AM

Out of odd curiosity - were the European Probes built in Michigan alongside the US ones? Where was your car manufactured?

BradsPGT December 23rd, 2015 11:13 AM

Black leathers :thup:
Nice looking car, definitely will keep an eye on this to see progress.

Seba1978 December 27th, 2015 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by Bufalo (Post 1924185781)
Out of odd curiosity - were the European Probes built in Michigan alongside the US ones? Where was your car manufactured?

I am pretty sure (correct me if i'm wrong) that all of the Probes came out of the same factory located in Flat Rock, Michigan.

sbeube02 December 31st, 2015 03:49 AM

My VIN number starts with 1FALT22B3R5xxxx.

The VIN decoder says:
1FA: USA, Ford Motor Company, passenger car
L: Driver and Passenger (First Generation) Airbags and Active Belts
T22: Ford Probe, GT
B: 2,5L 6 cylinders
3: Check digit
R: Model year 1994
5: Assembly location, Flat Rock Michigan

So my European Probe is American!

I will update more pictures of the body work soon.

sbeube02 January 5th, 2016 01:12 AM

Updade. Car is at the body shop and has been sanded.
Discovered that the car was previously dented on the rear left quarter, little bit in the rear right, and some marks on the front fenders.

probe,man January 5th, 2016 07:15 AM

keep it up. looking good so far

sbeube02 January 13th, 2016 12:48 AM

I started the restauration of some small metal rusted parts.
Most are from the front bumper brackets and also done the wipers.


Then primed and coated with satin black:

sbeube02 February 16th, 2016 11:24 PM

Car is painted :party:

I am so happy to see it with its original electric blue colour. The paint is very well done and shiny.

I also made a discover about the glass door seal.
They are made by a brand called NRC ? Here is the reference I noted on one of the seal: NRC-930823-45EC4-11:17-EKH

I purchased a fiber sunroof from to replace my rusty sunroof.

It was not the best idea. The sunroof quality is poor, it arrived broken at 2 places:

Have to repair it before painting.

short4stuff February 17th, 2016 02:50 AM

Good work looks awesome

sbeube02 May 7th, 2016 10:38 AM

Update today!

Installed the USA factory rear wing.
I believe it is from a 95 Probe. I ordered it directly from a junkyard in the USA.
It was black, I made it paint in factory electric blue like the rest of the car.
The foam seal were missing so I made new ones.
I put paper tape to plot the form of the seal:

Put down the paper tape on some cardboard:

Cut the cardboard form:

Trace them on the EPDM foam and cut with a cutter knife:

Foam gasket in place:



Bonus, my two babys: :P

Dan [Sac] May 9th, 2016 04:14 PM


Kris May 10th, 2016 06:26 AM

been contemplating a wing, yours looks great

Aaron June 23rd, 2016 05:55 PM

Nice clean rebuild. Good work.

sbeube02 July 7th, 2016 11:35 PM

Today I started refitting the ground effect kit.
I changed all the clips with genuine Mazda parts, cleaned and fixed the rubber seal with new 3M automotive double sided tape and re-glued the 2 small foam insert.



I've done the passenger way but didn't took any photo.
I now have to do the other part of the kit.

B-Ball July 8th, 2016 04:33 AM

I always wanted to make stock looking ground effects out of metal. I see so many are broken and start a bulk buy. Alas, the bulk buy days seem to be gone.

Probe looks great, keep up the good work!

sbeube02 January 2nd, 2017 06:20 AM

Does anybody have a picture of the door drip moulding fixing?
They are under the door glass weather strip seal and I don't know how they are fastened from factory?
Do someone also knows how to fasten the weather strip seal? In which hole go the screws and clips pin?
Thanks in advance.

sbeube02 January 5th, 2017 08:17 AM

Well I mean how to fasten the part #51727?

There is screw and clips. Where goes where and how much?
Do I have to secure it with the rubber glass seal?
There is small and big round holes, and oval holes.
I am lost, a picture or drawing will be appreciated :twothumbs

sbeube02 January 17th, 2017 01:00 AM

Ok, I will answer myself. After a little thinking, I have found that the correct mounting way is:
  • attach the drip molding to the roof with only 2 screw (9986-50-510)
  • them attach the rubber weatherstrip with 7 screw (9986-50-512), 2 special pin (GA2A-50-6C6) and 7 black plastic pin (2 on the front, 5 on the rear)

Here is some pictures.
first I fixed the weatherstrip molding as it started to bubble and rust:

I cleaned the rust and applied a rust converter and stopper:

I purchased some JB Weld (read as the strongest bond over the world, made in USA :first:

Let it dry one hour:

Now ready to put in place on the car:

The place were go the parts, carefully cleaned:

The drip molding in place. Note the 2 screw holding it and the color difference between it and the quarter glass seals... :eh:

For the end, the rubber weather strip held by clips and screw inside the rubber channel:

Now I have to do the other side :thup:

Greg 94 PGT January 17th, 2017 05:28 AM

Looks good.

On your pictures can you show a little more detail on which holes are clips and which holes are screws?

stoker100 January 17th, 2017 02:23 PM

looks like your making good progress. I remember when i went through this:

panic37 January 17th, 2017 05:32 PM

Car looks incredible. Love the attention to detail! Keep the pics coming!

sbeube02 January 18th, 2017 12:13 AM


Originally Posted by Greg 94 PGT (Post 1924193039)
Looks good.

On your pictures can you show a little more detail on which holes are clips and which holes are screws?

Yes. Here is a picture showing the position of clips and screw:

Greg 94 PGT January 18th, 2017 05:20 AM


Originally Posted by sbeube02 (Post 1924193056)
Yes. Here is a picture showing the position of clips and screw:

That's perfect. Thank you

sbeube02 January 18th, 2017 07:06 AM

I have made zinc plated bolt because all are pretty rusty or not so good looking.
These are mainly for the front bumper cover and headlights.

About 1 lbs of various bold ready to be sent to the shop:

And they came near new :

They are not as yellow as original because some chemicals used to protect them in the 90's are not allowed anymore for environment reason. But they are the same color than if you purchase them now at Mazda of Ford stealer.

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