View Full Version : 1st time Super Coupe Owner

01-11-2003, 02:26 AM
Well... Today I just became the owner of a 1991 Super Coupe. Its the first automatic I have ever owned.. but I think sacrificing the MT was worth it.

I have never even ridden in one before, and I took my fiance's advice that they were awesome cars. Well I purchased it on ebay and picked it up.. and fell in love with it on the way home.

Just wanted to say that your FAQ forum for new owners was awesome.. every message board should have one of those. It answered pretty much every question I had about it. All I need now is a radiator that doesn't leak.. and I am set.


Robert Kohlman
01-11-2003, 01:01 PM
Try radiatorexpress.com. I had to replace the one in my 90SC last month. I ordered one from them for $189. It is all metal copper and brass, fits perfect and cools as good or better than stock. Their service was great also as I received the radiator quickly. I'm sure that others on this site will say the same thing.

Just my.02 Bob

01-11-2003, 04:40 PM
Congrats on the new car! It's nice to have a good drive home. We drove 10 hrs or so to get mine and I loved the drive home--even though the stereo didn't work ;) It was a fun 10 hr drive home just the same.

01-12-2003, 12:58 AM
I only had a 2.5 hour drive... and my radio wasn't working either. I was determined to get it working on the way home. Well.. 30 minutes to get home.. I had tunes. It was only the left front speaker... but hey.. it was workin ;)

01-12-2003, 01:18 AM
LOL, replaced my head unit just to find out that all speakers (sub too) were blown. Put up a picture when you can.

01-12-2003, 01:38 AM
Yeah, today I put in a new deck and found that the sub was blown. All I get out of the interior speakers is really high... sound quality that you might expect out of 3.5" speakers. Does anyone know how that sub actually sounded? If it was worth saving, I'll replace the woofer in there.

I'll take some pictures tomorrow... its not the most mint thing in the world, but I love it.

01-22-2003, 06:18 AM
Well.. posting pictures ended up being a little later than I said.. but hey..

I picked it up for $1550.. and it has 80k under it's belt. So far I've had to replace the Belts, Headlamp/Dimmer Switch, Radio, Radiator (had a small leak.. new one on its way), Windshield Wipers, and Spark Plugs. Not too bad so far.






Only one thing that I thought was odd.. when the woman was following me back home.. she said there was a little T-Bird logo that spun in the grill of the rear bumper. I didn't believe her.. so I looked underneath and didn't see anything... so she drove it.. and I followed.. and sure enough.. around 50mph.. a little T-bird logo appears and spins. Is that a factory thing?

01-23-2003, 06:32 PM
Thant engine is gleaming!!! Did you buy it from a dealer who steam cleaned/pressure washed it first or did you buy it from a private owner? About that spinning bird, couldn't tell you, never seen one or heard of one do that. Nice bird, there awsome cars, enjoy!!!

01-23-2003, 10:46 PM
Hehe.. yeah.. the engine was pretty shiny ;) It was purchased from the original owner up here in Illinois. I'm suprised its not all rusted out like all the other early 90's cars.

He took real good care of it.

01-23-2003, 11:30 PM
You stole that car! I thought I did good getting mine w/ 66500 miles for $3500. I drove mine back to Fla from NC. Such nice cars. I got on it today to pass after a tune up...wow! You "have to" look back at them every time you get out to go inside. Enjoy. I am!
Oh, how much was the headlamp auto switch? I need one it appears.

01-23-2003, 11:51 PM
I got it from Autzone for $12.00... when I picked up the car it had some issues. When you went to dim the gauge cluster.. it would dim the parking lights.

01-24-2003, 12:04 AM
If you do get that switch... you might have one little problem...

I'm not sure if the switch that was in my car was the wrong one.. or if the new switch from autozone was..

the switch itself was identical except for one pin. The pin for the parking lights was up 1 and over 1. What I had to do was remove the parking light wire from the harness and move it so it matched the pins on the switch. If you have to do that.. the Brown wire is for the parking lights.

01-25-2003, 10:04 AM
Hey, beautiful car! Best of luck with it! But now I'm really curious about this "rear bumper spinning logo" thing... What the heck is it? Sounds really mysterious! You say you can't see anything under there upon close inspection, but it appears while driving. Never heard of this, sounds pretty wild! Do you have any other details about? Anyway, enjoy the car! :D

01-26-2003, 01:44 AM
Originally posted by Dauber
I picked it up for $1550.. and it has 80k under it's belt. So far I've had to replace the Belts, Headlamp/Dimmer Switch, Radio, Radiator (had a small leak.. new one on its way), Windshield Wipers, and Spark Plugs. Not too bad so far.

Wow, that sounds just like mine! Check your motor mounts and ball joints, just in case your car continues to follow suit. ;) That engine really does look great, did you clean it up already? Nice to buy from someone who cared for the car.

That little bird you're talking about is kinda creeping me out though! :eek: :p
Going to have to see that one! Great buy on that car!

01-26-2003, 03:19 PM
yes i am curious on the spinning bird logo. have never seen one. please explain more on the spinning bird.

01-26-2003, 06:19 PM
I'll try to get some pictures of it this week with a digital camera. Hopefully it will show it pretty well.

As far as the balljoints and motor mounts.. I orderd some Tokico Struts and Tokico Springs. When I go to put those in, I'm replacing the ball joints, all suspension bushings with poly, and gonna drop in some new motor mounts ;)

01-31-2003, 12:28 PM
is it one of the 2 birds in the trunklid's reflectors? or down on the bumper, maybe one of the reflector emblems on the trunklid is loose and is moving somehow?

01-31-2003, 02:47 PM
A loose emblem on the tail light? Good lord...

The emblem is inside the bumper. In the center of the vent area in the bottom of the bumper. It isn't there when the car is still.. when the car is moving.. air forces it downward and it spins on an axis.

01-31-2003, 03:35 PM
So you can see it tucked up in there somewhere when it's parked?

Weird. Take a pic if you can.

02-01-2003, 11:58 PM
Ok.. here's the deal.. You can't see anything resembling a T-bird logo when its parked. I crawled up under there and saw nothing. The only think I found was a black plastic flap...

Tonight I went out driving with a camera.. I must have took about 50 pictures.. and the picture can't seem to grab it. It doesn't spin.. it looks more like a strobing light in the shape of a logo.

I think it has something to do with that flap.. and its directing light at some reflector when the car is at higher speeds. I worked on another SC today at work that was a 1992.. He had that plastic flap. Where you see the logo is right where that plastic flap is. My guess is that it is a factory thing.. just no one ever notices because they arn't driving behind their vehicle, and other people don't think anything of it.

You all should check it out.

02-02-2003, 02:00 PM
ive driven behind my fathers SC and behind another SC here in town and ive never seen or noticed it... but then again i wasnt really looking for it. ill check it out sometime, my dads SC has that black plastic flap but mine doesnt :( (but my rear bumper is starting to sag also)

02-02-2003, 02:16 PM
Yeah.. its only visable at night time. Looks like it reflects your headlights back at you.

02-24-2003, 05:49 PM
Thats a very nic car !!! that engine bay looks brank spankin new !!!! congratulations on your purchase, its a steal !!

03-25-2003, 03:46 PM
i just got my first sc in feb ive had other tbirds just not sc's i can tell you from experiance sc parts are very hard to find in central illinoisi hunted all over the us for a part i was looking for. i paid too much i think for my 90 sc but man is it fun to drive. keep your eye out you my see me runnin around in peoria as my mom and dad live up there and im only 40 miles south in good old mason county

03-26-2003, 06:58 PM
yes please do tell..! never heard about a spinning bird but sounds awesome... some one or everyone please tell all you know.. what is it??