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Old January 22nd, 2010, 09:04 AM   #1
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Restoration of a Legend

This car was one of the first fully built Probes on the scene and set the standards for quite a few Probes that have followed over the years. It was originally built by Rafi Racing (RR Racing). Rafi put a lot of work into this beauty.

So now the challenge is to restore it to it's original grandeur (or slightly better). To start with -here are a few photos from the past:






























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Old July 11th, 2015, 12:53 PM   #2
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It begins

I had originally wanted to run this beauty at Bonneville. Then I came to my senses and realized that I would not be doing it justice. So now I am pumped up about restoring it somewhat close to what it originally was. I have spent many years now collecting interiors for it. I also stored up a lot of other goodies.

I will be posting lots of photos -probably more photos than I have ever done before on any project car. I have always hated in the past when I have not had enough photos (or any) of the "Before condition" and not enough of the "in between" ones either. This one will have them all. I already have taken several hundred and so there is no shortage. I plan to cover everything so that it might help others to get any ideas -much like the original car did for me.

I plan to call Rafi this weekend to get as much of the history of the car as I can. I will update the thread with what I can derive from him. Perhaps he may even show up here to comment. I would like that!

P.S. Also -please keep this thread clean. I want to also set standards of how clean we can keep discussions. No badgering. No bad comments about others here -similar to comments said before when the Blue Probe has come up in discussion. I plan to keep things clean myself -so follow my lead and lets show people how respectable the Probe family can be!
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Old July 11th, 2015, 02:27 PM   #3
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Oooh another supercharged Probe, nice! I'd love to see this car run soon, in the very least to show that the Probe isn't dead just yet.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 02:59 PM   #4
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Oooh another supercharged Probe, nice! I'd love to see this car run soon, in the very least to show that the Probe isn't dead just yet.
It will be a little while (to say the least). I have not posted photos of the condition of it as it is now -but I will soon. It was nearly a shell when I got it -except for a bad short block and bad transmission under the hood. There were no heads, no supercharger, no goodies -all gone!. The wiring harness was hacked out of it everywhere.

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Old July 11th, 2015, 06:38 PM   #5
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You should test the f40 trans on this and turn up 600 hp. Otherwise....
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Old July 11th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #6
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You should test the f40 trans on this and turn up 600 hp. Otherwise....
I might be planning to see how much I can squeeze out of it. But in the end -it will likely end up with a M62 setup somewhat similar to what was in it in the early years. The purple car will probably see 600.

Here are some more pics of the transformation:











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Old July 11th, 2015, 06:54 PM   #7
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Always loved that car. Looking forward to see it resurrected. If you lose interest, I'll take it off your hands
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Old July 11th, 2015, 07:05 PM   #8
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One of the sad things I found:



And unfortunately -there was a lot of this. So I had to acquire an entire harness. I was almost starting to think that I would never get one because they never come to the yards any more. I finally lucked out and a 93 manual trans GT came in and so I completely stripped it.

The OEM sound deading mat was all cracked and so:













I reconditioned a huge batch of bolts by wire wheeling them and then sending them off for new zinc plating. I want every piece to be like new (or as close as possible)

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Old July 11th, 2015, 08:03 PM   #9
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Wow, this is one clean shell! Do you know how many miles it has seen?
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Old July 11th, 2015, 08:08 PM   #10
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Wow, this is one clean shell! Do you know how many miles it has seen?
30,000 miles!

Although -the actual miles is now irrelevant because in Alabama when a car goes over 20 and you transfer a title -it becomes what they call "Exempt" under the odometer reading. And also -when I got the car -there was no instrument cluster and so there would be no way to prove anything. So it will just be a very nice specimen of a Probe!
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Old July 11th, 2015, 08:35 PM   #11
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Nice car and lots of memories from back when I got into Probes.

+1

Also nice to see another m62! Mine is going in the AC location though...
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Old July 11th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #12
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...nice to see another m62! Mine is going in the AC location though...
I think I am going to stick with the battery location to keep it somewhat like originally built -except for -the addition of an intercooler. I plan to keep the piping as short as possible to get the most out of it.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 08:55 PM   #14
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Old July 11th, 2015, 09:19 PM   #15
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Florida Atlantic Blue, isn't that the color name? It's lovely. I'm excited it's in your hands. Return it to it's former glory.
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Florida Atlantic Blue, isn't that the color name? It's lovely. I'm excited it's in your hands. Return it to it's former glory.
Is it the Atlantic blue? I have LOVED that blue since the 1998 Ford Cobra, my boss had one he endurance raced.
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that color is really nice that harness not so much
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Is it the Atlantic blue? I have LOVED that blue since the 1998 Ford Cobra, my boss had one he endurance raced.
you're both thinking of bright atlantic blue. paint code K7.
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you're both thinking of bright atlantic blue. paint code K7.
Is that what this one is? How does it seem like it was painted stock that way?
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I looked and yes it is bright Atlantic Blue -code K7. From what I was told -it is somewhat of a rare color either for this year of the Probe or just altogether. I do not know how rare the color is but I do know that I have never seen another of the same identical color other then perhaps one I think I saw on here -but never in passing by on the roads. I have seen more of the rare tangerine frost (which I would kill to have one of) than I have seen of the bright Atlantic blue.
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Very nice post, I love seeing a lot of pictures like you do. Keep up the good works.
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I looked and yes it is bright Atlantic Blue -code K7. From what I was told -it is somewhat of a rare color either for this year of the Probe or just altogether. I do not know how rare the color is but I do know that I have never seen another of the same identical color other then perhaps one I think I saw on here -but never in passing by on the roads. I have seen more of the rare tangerine frost (which I would kill to have one of) than I have seen of the bright Atlantic blue.
you're right michael: it's a rare color altogether.

up until rafi's car, i had never seen a probe of any year with that color paint. i've seen a few 98 cobras and a handful of 99 mustangs with it. if i'm not mistaken, the early escort zx2 also had this color option available.

it's definitely a beautiful color!
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Best paint color and cai, ever. Glad it will be taken care of.
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Best paint color and cai, ever. Glad it will be taken care of.
I am not sure if the CAI was ever functional. There is not enough room where the scoop was put (between the scoop and tire) -to add some tubing. If he did manage it -I will have to figure out how if I am to also use the same scoop.

I picked up another scoop just like it -but in fiberglass -so that I can modify it as necessary to get air routed from it.
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you're right michael: it's a rare color altogether.

up until rafi's car, i had never seen a probe of any year with that color paint. i've seen a few 98 cobras and a handful of 99 mustangs with it. if i'm not mistaken, the early escort zx2 also had this color option available.

it's definitely a beautiful color!
Someone had to know somebody to get this kind of color. The cobra guys were all mad that they limited the color. It was supposed to be a limited run on the cobra to be the least made, cobra guys made a push and for those years the yellow ended up being the rarest production color.
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