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My husband passed away 20 yrs ago. Our 1988 Mustang has been…

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My husband passed away...

My husband passed away 20 yrs ago. Our 1988 Mustang has been sitting for the last 10 years. Before it stopped running it was needing a main seal replaced, a .99 cent part I was told but they would have to pull the entire engine to get to it. Alternative - always make sure there is oil in it. I was told that it would need to have the engine rebuilt to be as good as it once was or can be but I am now in Springfield, MO. and that was by my trusted mechanic in KC. How do I find someone to rebuild the engine when I'm new to an area?

Mechanic's Assistant: When was your last oil change?

HA! It sat in our garage when I became disabled and my son went to college so it hasn't been running or had oil changed.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Mustang yourself? What have you tried so far?

No. I'm disabled, but because it was my husbands and mine I want to give it to my son. It's an 88 5.0 GT Convertible. I want to repair it and drive it until he comes home.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

I was told 10 yrs ago to rebuild the engine would be around $3,000. A teen in the neighborhood that works on cars said it would cost me $15K! I'm sure the price is higher than the $3K but I'm hoping not to go 5 x that amount.

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