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THE PROBE HAS BEEN SOLD

To prepare for our move

Jeff's Red Hot '94 Probe 2.0L

2.0L Probe SE Automatic: (Click on Pictures to Enlarge)

[ Probe History ]

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ See it on CarDomain.com ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Click on Pictures to Enlarge)

[ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ Top of Page ]

 

Probe History

1994 Ford Probe SE 2.0L Automatic.  I picked this up with about 90,000 miles on it in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The original owner, Adam, sent this bit of history on the Probe as I bought it:

Body Kit is a Original Andy's Auto Sport Body Kit bought directly from Andy's Auto Sport. Fully molded with layers of MARGLASS and top with Rage Filler 2 of the most recommend products from any auto body shop and not cheap. My cousin is a perfectionist so it took some time and effort. Lots of sanding and applying. If you noticed the Antenna was removed and welded over for a clean look. The Rim were bought from WheelMax.com, they are ADR 17" Hyper Silver with kumho tires I believe. Struts are aftermarket KYB GR2s the next step after stock. Also Dropzone springs were added giving it a 1.8" drop in the front and rear.
 

 

 

Front Air Suspension Modification

Here's a preliminary look at an automatic Ground Clearance / Anti-Dive system I'm designing for the Probe.  Please E-Mail me with any comments or suggestions.

Click to open the PDF File:

               [ Click for Suspension PDF File ]

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ Top of Page ]

 Blower Motor Replacement

I was warned that the blower motor was annoyingly noisy, and he included a replacement blower when I picked up the car.  For the first few days I could ignore the noise, but slowly it became like bamboo under my fingernails...  so I broke down and replaced it:

Old Blower packed with leaves and insulation

-  mice/squirrels/something made a home here  -

(Click for another view)

 

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ Top of Page ]

 

Dual Tail Exhaust

Custom Designed exhaust system with dual tailpipes:

  

Glass Pack Muffler after converter                  Rear Dual Crossover

  

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[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ Top of Page ]

Sleepy Eye Headlights 

For daytime running lights, I did an "Automatic Sleepy Eye" conversion, which uses a micro switch to stop the headlights at a preset lower level for a meaner, cleaner look.  When you turn the Headlights on, they go up to the Sleepy Eye position.  If you flash the high beams, the lights go fully up and stay there until you shut the headlights off.  When you shut the lights off, the lights fully retract.  I managed this with 1 Relay and 1 Microswitch in the "Retract" circuit.  (Sleepy Eye height is adjustable slightly by playing with the micro switch bracket.)  I also gave the bulbs a "Projector Look" which looks awesome on the road!

   

Sleepy Eye Mode

  

Sleepy Eye and Fully Up Modes

Microswitch installed  (Click on Pictures to Enlarge)

Projector "look" Headlight Mod

Because the light shrouds had red overspray on them I decided to repaint the light components flat black.  At the same time I masked off the headlight bulbs and sprayed them first with blue, and next with flat black.  The result is a cool projector light look with just a slight tint of blue to them.  Despite the projector mask, there is no difference in the amount of light you see on the road.  Overall a cool look!!

 

Blue Undercoat with Masked Circles and Final Bulbs in Flat Black

 

Repainted Light Shrouds and Projector Light in Sleepy Eye Mode

Projector Lights fully open (Click on Pictures to Enlarge)

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ Top of Page ]

 

Transmission Cooler

The Tranny Cooler was an easy install, but flushing the transmission proved to be a challenge.  I had assumed that the cooling loop would suck fresh fluid out of a bucket, but I ended up having to top up the transmission through the dipstick tube.  And, as you can tell from the floor, the funnel wasn't actually in the dipstick tube for about 5 quarts...

  

 

 

(Click on Pictures to Enlarge)

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Probe History ]   [ Top of Page ]

 

 

Winter Rims 

I bought 4 tires and rims with the car.  When I got them home two of the tires were in rough shape, and all 4 tires and rims had overspray everywhere.  To solve this problem I mounted 2 new tires and balanced all 4.  Flat black paint fixed the overspray on the 2 remaining tires.  After a lot of sanding I undercoated the rims with a reflective silver, and then applied 2 coats of Metallicast Anodized Charcoal paint.  The final touch was masking and spraying the rim edge in reflective silver.

  

  

  

 

 

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Interior ]   [ Probe History ]   [ Top of Page ]

 

Front Strut Replace

With the smaller tires installed for the winter the front nose really sat low and hit any time I went into a driveway.  I installed stock struts for the winter and the front now sits a bit higher, and it takes the bumps a little smoother too.

  

I had about 3-1/2 Inches Clearance Before, and it now sits at about 4-1/2 Inches

  

  

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Probe History ]   [ Top of Page ]

Interior Paint

The grey dash was partially painted black when I bought the car.  After cleaning with alcohol and masking, I gave it 2 coats of Satin Black vinyl paint.  There are some fish eyes in the finished paint in the left corner which I'll fix in the spring once it warms up.

  

You can see the grey partially painted dash

  

Painted Satin Black the dash looks a lot cleaner now

  

Painted Dash Parts and Installed Console - MetalCast Anodize-Look Charcoal

Charcoal over Reflective Silver for Trim/Vent Rings, and directly over Black for Center Console

5V USB Power Hub under dash for charging PDA, GPS and other USB Accessories

  

Sony Xplod Hi-Power CD with integrated XM Satellite Radio and Sub Output Control

(PDA plays MP3s, Phone Calls and TomTom Navigation Voice through stereo)

Sony 3-Way 6x9 speakers installed in custom larger cut-outs in rear.

 

[ Probe History ]

[ Air Suspension Mod ]   [ Blower Motor Replacement ]   [ Exhaust ]

[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]   [ Probe Links ]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ See it on CarDomain.com ]

 

 

Misc Photos

  

LED Brake Lights in Spoiler


Probe Links

Minnesota Probe Owners Club

Probe Enthusiast dot Com

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[ Sleepy Eyes and Projector Headlamps ]   [ Tranny Cooler]

[ Front Struts ]   [ Interior ]   [ Winter Rims ]   [ Top of Page ]


 

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