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  2. Decided to do some work on the wagon since I experienced a massive battery draw that killed it in a few days a sitting, something it hasn't done before. It only happened after I disturbed the relays, which had a tendency to self trigger if bumped or shaken, and of course it's the important ones for the EEC and Fuel Pump. After determining that, the next best step was to modernize, using a '90+ relay holder which uses conventional five pin cube relays versus the odd ball five pin, non-cube type ones that were originally fitted. It also gets a circuit safety feature too, a diode for the EEC power circuit. I also get to use a newer style vacuum box, versus the coffee can. I did make a mistake in attempting to use a '95+ vacuum box and holder assembly, when a '90-'94 one works better. Luckily I had the old style vacuum box for these cars, so I've just got to get the right holder, since the '95+ one sits up too high, but locks into place. Factory angry spaghetti: Updated angry spaghetti: Loomed and fitted: Now I don't have random self-energizing relays causing trouble for me. Plus, should I ever have a relay fail (all of the ones in the holder were factory Ford OE ones), it'll be much easier to get one since it's a common type, versus the more unique originals. Maybe the next job will be using an proper fuse box over by the starter solenoid. Ford used a bunch of fusible links off the starter solenoid, so it's a rat's nest on that fender. A fuse box from a '90-'94 Town Car would be suitable as the links would be replaced with proper fuses and the horn and air shock relays could be re-fitted into that box.
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  5. I have that same problem with motivation too. The Roadmaster wagon has some small leaks still, but compared to the last ones I did fix, they are much more tame now.
  6. I created an account just to bump this thread and say this info was gold! It saved me alot of hassle and work. Thank you op.. From the depths of the internets.. I thank you!!
  7. So the valve covers on the '97 have been seeping for a while. Nothing terrible, not enough to use oil between changes, but enough to see visible build up below. I guess it's finally gotten to the point it's getting on the exhaust manifolds, because I could sure smell that nonsense at a stoplight today. It's just doing that job will hardcore suck. Driver's side requires brake booster removal. Done that on the '87, just need to be creative with a u-joint. Passenger's side per the Ford official stuff is to remove the fender liner and remove all the A/C stuff. Not doing that. The other method is to remove the driver's side engine mount to allow the engine to roll enough to remove the valve cover. The oil pan is also going to need attention soon too. Again, not another job I'm particularly feeling like doing, but it needs to be done. The real question will be: When will I actually get around to doing? I have been bad about trying to motivate myself to get stuff like that done lately.
  8. My budget wheels came in the other day and I had them installed today. These are TSW Sonoma 19" wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus 1 Noble 2 tires in 235/50/19. Sort of an upgrade from my stock 17" wheels. I'm happy with them, although, I'm not used to the look of them yet. Jeff
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  10. Thanks Jeff. That blue jeans color has a way of hiding all the salt spray I couldn't be happier with the truck so far, no complaints in the 2 years of ownership yet with the exception for the crappy Sync 2 system. The only things on the wish list for it now are: Sync 3 upgrade Bilstein 5100 shocks (just to bump the front end up an inch or so) I'd maybe consider a 87 octane tune and an aluminum intercooler once its out of warranty but there are no mountains and the air isn't usually that hot here. Besides I am quite happy with the output of the Ecoboost where its at right now. We did have a pretty good winter here this year, alot more than the last few years but nothing to crazy. A lot more ice than usual too. The Dueler Alenzas are a good street tire but they lack any major grip in poor conditions. The KO2s tread is a little softer and grabs into the snow and ice much better, helps that the tread depth is like 16/32nds too.
  11. That truck is still looking really nice! I'm sure those tires are more suited to the winter weather you get up there than street tires. I'm kind of glad I live in the south because most of the time we have mild winters.
  12. I got some new shoes...or boots for the F150. Also replaced the cracked and rusting stock lugs nuts with a set of black locking Gorilla lug nuts. LT 275/60/R20 BFG KO2s (33s, for reference the Raptor runs 35s stock) Its absolutely amazing the difference these tires make. The truck rides like a truck now and they look awesome. I got it up to 80mph on the highway and the difference in noise compared to the Dueler street tires is barely noticeable, they are super quiet for how aggressive the tread is. I wasn't 100% sure on how the black lugs would look on the chrome rims but I trusted my gut and I think I made the right choice. Gotta like how the Gorilla locking lug nut looks like a normal lug nut too. Set me back $255 a tire fully installed.
  13. zenriddles

    Gen 3 Taurus Radio trim plate for EATC - Oakland, CA

    Thanks. I think I see a major problem. I wasn't using 'their' box. I clicked on Ground, or something like that, thought I was picking the most economical but don't actually recall seeing the words similar to Parcel Select. Been out of town a lot lately, not easy to run in to the Post Office.
  14. Warped my junkyard JBL system to 2007. Now I've got AM/FM, Tape, 6-Disc CD, and Aux. This setup just breaks the signal from the CD changer and plays whatever is on the external device when the CD player is selected. I've got the jack mounted down in the passenger foot well panel. I've pulled the panel that included the optional 12V socket with the intent to change the socket out to USB and drill a hole beside it for the jack, that way there will be more convenient charging options for mobile devices versus using the barrel jacks. Some might wonder why bother trying to update my mis-mash of late '90s audio stuff, and that's because 1.) The JBL System is still nice, and 2.) I really like the factory style radio. I have no real desire for any funky infotainment, so I'll keep living in the stone age. I only wanted to add the aux jack after having had it in the station wagon.
  15. Kodachrome Wolf

    Gen 3 Taurus Radio trim plate for EATC - Oakland, CA

    Are you sending it Priority Mail or whatever the Parcel Select is supposed to be these days? Priority will beat the crap out of you if it's a weird size and doesn't go in their box. Parcel Select (I don't think that's the right term, but it's something like that) is supposed to be slower but more reasonable on shipping costs. I've done the Parcel Select for weird, bulky items and I've never paid $30 in shipping. I don't think I even spent $30 shipping a package international. If you can, see what the USPS desk has to say about it. I swear I ran into a similar issue and they offered me the cheaper option. They just told me it would be slower since it's all ground shipping.
  16. zenriddles

    Gen 3 Taurus Radio trim plate for EATC - Oakland, CA

    Wow. This is a pain in the ass. What am I doing wrong? My office UPS and FedEx wont deliver to a PO box, and USPS wants like $30.00 to deliver a 9x9x12 seven pound box from 60148 to 94603, and that's clearly rape.
  17. I removed the fake rear valance and tips on the Charger and installed the Charger Pursuit rear valance and got some nice 4" polished stainless tips for it. The tips are just sat in place for the picture. I'll have them welded on tomorrow. Also, a while back I had a Mopar vinyl decal added to the rear quarter. One of these days I'll upgrade the wheels. The car has been great. I'll have had it one year on March 8 and I've put 6500 miles on it so far. Jeff
  18. Brian I love the saddle color interior. It really sets it off beautifully!
  19. zenriddles

    Gen 3 Taurus Radio trim plate for EATC - Oakland, CA

    I will find out tomorrow at work.
  20. What would you estimate shipping to 94603? It would be a PO Box in Oakland, CA.
  21. zenriddles

    Gen 3 Taurus Radio trim plate for EATC - Oakland, CA

    Well. My misfortune is your good fortune. Seems the seal on my storage container did not work so well. My footballs got wet. Choose either or both, all you gotta do is pay for shipping. They may still work but I'll give them to you free.
  22. I'm seeking the aftermarket football to add an aftermarket head unit. I don't need any of the electrical/electronics. I hadn't thought of modifying one. I guess I could acquire one of the EATC footballs as well as one of the aftermarket ones for the 3 dial units, and make the same cut on both. I'd just use the top half of the aftermarket one. I'll have to talk to my radio guy to see what he thinks.
  23. zenriddles

    Gen 3 Taurus Radio trim plate for EATC - Oakland, CA

    The first pic matches the SHO exactly. I'm not home right now, I'm in New York on business. I can take a peek this weekend if I get a chance. Are you looking for a complete working 98 style unit? (96-97 have one style of plug ins, 98-99 have a different style)or are you just looking for a body to modify? I know I have bodies, I am not sure if I still have a 98 style EATC Football.
  24. Any luck? Again, I'm looking for one to use an aftermarket head unit with.
  25. My tape deck is dead on my 99 Taurus and prices for replacement head units are absurd. I know that the actual radio itself is in the back of the car but I really don't care about radio as I can get all the music I need via my phone. How could I install a radio just for aux and connect it to the stock speakers.
  26. A code suggested that the MAF needed to be replaced.
  27. Hello, I have an 89' sho. I got it in 1990 with about 10000 miles on it. It has about 150K now. I work out of my home and am sort of local in my driving. I drive the car daily at least a little and drive easy. I'm 68 years old.I have 2 problems that may have been there for awhile, but have gotten worse. Problem 1 is a weak start. I turn the key and it starts weak and stutters a little in the low RPM range and then recovers to the normal tack (8900) setpoint. If I try to go before the car warms up, it will die and require that I push the accelerator to floor to start it, but it does start. When the car has warmed up, it runs OK. Problem 2 is that while it runs OK, there has been a major loss in power. The top speed is maybe 80MPH down hill with a tail wind. When I go up a hill in 4th, I can lose 10 MPH. The gas mileage is also real bad. MAF, plugs and wires, and O2 sensors are new. Any help will be appreciated. The car is in good shape in and out. I do a little restoring about every 5 years and this is a 5th year. I'm hoping to get another 50K out of this car. Please help.Thanks,craig tussey Any help will be appreciated. The car is in good shape in and out. I do a little restoring about every 5 years and this is a 5th year. I'm hoping to get another 50K out of this car. Please help.Thanks,craig tussey
  28. Great Step by step tutorial! I found that a FL-820S Motorcraft gasket worked perfectly once grinned down a tad.
  29. I've heard them called the football before. It's just the faceplate that the EATC connects to and covers it and the factory stereo. Like this piece (2nd pic) but made for the electronic climate controls, not the three dials. Is the SHO version the same (98 non-SHO for comparison in 1st pic)?
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