1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

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1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by DerFahrer » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:23 am

I already had this C&P'ed for posting somewhere else so I figured I might as well share it here for your entertai... I mean, enjoyment :lol:

For no other reason other than I'm a goddamned lunatic, I now own a 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T!

"I'm sorry, a what?" I can hear you all saying...

... a 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T!

In many Eastern countries, the Mazda Bongo van proved to be incredibly popular, quickly gaining a reputation for being dependable and durable. Many other automakers wanted to share in Mazda's success, including Nissan, Mitsubishi, Kia, and Ford, and, long story short, one badged as a Ford Spectron from Japan has made its way into my driveway!

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Because it's actually built by Mazda, it has a RF 2.0L turbodiesel engine making a whole 71hp and sending it to the rear wheels (some versions were 4WD) through a 5-speed manual transmission.

Oddly, the Mazda RF diesel engine did make an appearance in a few USDM cars, although they have been virtually wiped out of existence:

The 1984-1985 Mazda 626 diesel
The 1984-1986 Ford Tempo and Escort as well as the Mercury Topaz and Lynx

Parts will be a challenge, but I have over 15 years of parts experience as well as global contacts for Japanese parts... and besides, it has just over 30k kilometers on it, which equates to about 18k miles!

So I hope to have many more years of silly adventures with it!

Don't worry, the B4 RSK hasn't gone anywhere, she's running just fine! 8)
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Re: 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by mike-tracy » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:27 am

Way cooler than a Chevrolet Forester!
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Josh Colombo wrote:
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Wait....I'm confused now.

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Re: 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by Legacy777 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:08 pm

But does it have AC? ;)
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Re: 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by DerFahrer » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:19 am

Legacy777 wrote:But does it have AC? ;)
Not only does it have A/C, but it has working A/C, front and rear, that's factory R134A! ;)
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Re: 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by Legacy777 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:36 pm

DerFahrer wrote:Not only does it have A/C, but it has working A/C, front and rear, that's factory R134A! ;)
Sweet!
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Re: 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by wtdash » Tue May 14, 2019 8:15 pm

DerFahrer wrote:
Legacy777 wrote:But does it have AC? ;)
Not only does it have A/C, but it has working A/C, front and rear, that's factory R134A! ;)
Only working 'Ford' AC from '93, I believe....(wasn't part of the US "Ford Quality is Job 1" campaign). :-)


Nice Rig...there are many of these older 'JDM' versions which are a tempting purchase as a minimalist camper van.

In your travels are there any models to avoid? Mitsu Delica seems common on some JDM import sites. Such as those in Vancouver, BC.

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'04 FXT, Forged internals, VF39, STI TMIC, Cobb AP- SOLD
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Re: 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by DerFahrer » Sat May 25, 2019 4:12 am

Honestly, in my experience, the two major things to watch for when shopping for 25-year Japanese imports are rust and previous accident damage/repair. It's surprisingly hard to find a JDM car that has not had at least one minor fender bender in its life.

Other than that, it's up to your personal preference. It has become apparent to me that the Japanese save their best for themselves, so virtually nothing from Japan from the late 80s or early 90s for their home market is junk, provided it's been reasonably well maintained. Delicas are great; I've driven one, and there is a beastly looking white 4WD one here in town. I've not personally experienced HiAces or TownAces, but considering how indestructible they were for the USDM market, I can only imagine how reliable they must be in JDM guise. And, aside from a lower radiator hose leak (which I have parts on the way to fix as we speak) and a fallen headliner, the Spectron has proven trouble-free for the past 2,000 kms. *knocks heavily on wood* :lol:
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Re: 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T

Post by DerFahrer » Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:17 am

I did a walkaround video of the Spectron... thought you guys might like to see it :-)

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