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  1. 8 points
    Work day today for the '97. The brake shudder came back, so I went ahead and decided to see if replacing the brake hardware will eliminate it. Parts fixed/replaced: New calipers on both sides New slide pins on both sides New brake hoses on both sides New anti-rattle clips on both sides Rotors Turned Brake pads replaced with Ceramic pads (warranty swapped my basic, dusty Semi-Metallics) Brakes bled; Fluid flushed at every corner The calipers I took off looked like they finally got to the end of their rope. The boot for the driver's side piston was tearing apart and the passenger's side was folding over on itself. The hoses were very soft and quite easy to hold shut by pinching them closed with vice grips. I guess 20 years and 182K on factory parts their isn't terrible. The fluid that came out of the car was likely to be the factory fill. It came out a greenish black color and left sediment in the bottom of the tin can I was using to catch the fluid. All calipers were bled until it ran clear. I'll likely have to redo the flush in the future to get any additional contamination out. The boiling point of the oil fluid was stupid low, I could make the pedal fade to the floor holding the brakes while creeping in very slow traffic. The test drive went fine, brakes bit well, and the pedal felt great. Since I got the car, it has always been very stiff, and never felt linear like cars with brake systems in good order. The car always stopped, but the pedal feel was awkward. Now it appropriately firm and responsive, just like a brake pedal should.
  2. 8 points
    The only trouble is if either of you try showing down on the street no one will think you're racing, just attempting to briskly accelerate.
  3. 7 points
    Made it home safe and sound, and very tired. People were driving like idiots on 81. I guess everyone wants to get home before the snow starts. Called my boss and found out there's no service tomorrow. Buses and company cars are all being put inside for the night and we all get a paid day off. I can sleep and do laundry. As always, it was great to see everyone again. But we have to stop having these meets during weather events. So far we've had flood, hurricane and snow. Can't wait to see what October has in store !
  4. 7 points
    Well I'm back in a SHO! Picked it up Saturday from Performance Ford in Charlotte. 2014 Sterling Grey Metallic. 401A Package with the Navigation, Massaging seats, Moonroof and the upgraded not flower wheels. Picked it up with 15,000 miles, forgot how great they are!
  5. 7 points
    Just letting you guys know I'm still alive. Still modding. The 2000. The 1996. Added gen 4 ebony leather seats.
  6. 7 points
    More mods! Found the part number for the OEM black Charger emblem, so I did a swap. Yes yes, I could have plastidipped it, but this was just as cheap, and won't peel over time.
  7. 7 points
    He's the latest former Taurus owner to see the light and defect to the glory of the Panther platform
  8. 7 points
    Starting a new business with an old friend. He currently owns and operates a small auto repair shop in south Austin. His current location is too small to meet demand so he has been wanting to expand. He couldn't think of anyone better to help, and it's something we have discussed for years, so he asked me to take control of the new location. He signed the lease on a 7500 sq ft building last week. We purchased 5 lifts from another shop which is closing. He has already started building out the office and lobby. We will have about 6000 sq ft of work space. This is a major leap for me. I'm leaving a career of almost 20 years in healthcare, where I have developed an excellent reputation, vast experience, and maintain several licenses and certifications. However, I have worked myself into a corner where I can't make more income unless I go into management with a big healthcare system. I have absolutely no desire to deal with the bureaucracy of big hospitals. The American healthcare system is a giant, broken s**t hole right now. I have zero experience managing an auto shop, but my buddy has a lot of faith in me or he wouldn't have asked for my help. He doesn't believe he could take this step at this time without me. His father gave me my first legit job at 17, sweeping bays and changing oil in his shop. This is a major leap for my friend as well. He's funding everything, chips all in. So we both have serious reasons for making this succeed. The new job will match my current salary until we begin making a profit. I will continue to work 1 day a week at the ER to supplement my income. Assuming we succeed, there is no limit to my salary, unlike healthcare. Our goal is a 3rd location in a couple years. We plan on opening our doors for business February 1. I gotta admit, I'm a little scared.
  9. 6 points
    Well, I did it. I bought a truck. I was trying to find something for under $1k and kept finding trash, either with the truck or the sellers. So I relented and upped my budget to $1500 and came across this: 1997 GMC 2500, 3.43 HD rear, 350 Vortech engine. 110K miles on the engine, 50k miles on the transmission, 354k miles on the body. From the bed forward, this thing is fucking mint. But the bed is pretty beat up, which is fine. It is a truck... So, Lemons tow vehicle?
  10. 6 points
    Spare parts coming in handy!! ive been on a cleaning spree. Thrown out tons of junk. Still lots to go in garage. also cleaning inside the house too. Thrown out a ton in there. i also bought another town car - picking it up in a little over a week. will be looking at another this weekend/next week. Both will be replacing some current vehicle fleet members.
  11. 6 points
    Alright, I've been working through some of the bugs on the swap and figured i'd update. The stock dogbone/torque mount thing is really shitty. like really super shitty. Its only decent in stock form because the ax4n shifts with all the firmness of.....custard on a hot summers day or perhaps sour cream... So the issue I was having was a "bang" on every shift as the engine/trans combo rocked back and forth and bottomed the mount out, and I was basically unable to get it rolling in reverse without a horrendous shudder from the engine/trans combo rocking back and forth like 3 inches in the mount. (read back up, Jeff told me this would happen) The common fix in the ricer tuner world is to replace the torque mount with polyurethane. Which I've done, no thanks to our expansive awful aftermarket support. Burned the stock bushing out, made a mold, filled it with 90A polyurethane, fixed all my issues. Car feels awesome. I purchased a similar mount for the focus some months back and it made all the difference as well. - - - I may do the small one on the other end of the dogbone, but seeing as how this car has poly and aluminum bushings erry'where else, a little vibration damping is my friend, and it seems to be fine with just the one.
  12. 6 points
    Finally looking at a job "upgrade", at least for me. Got a conditional job offer from O'Reilly Auto Parts making considerably more than what I do now at Zaxby's with the added potential of being able to make some advances internally, even just working part time since I will be going back to class come fall. I'm happy with how that worked out, and my hours will be similar to what I work now.
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    Red push button for many extra horsepowers.
  15. 6 points
    Bought another Taurus yesterday. This 2000 SEL is from a guy named Bullgeek, I heard he's a member of the club.
  16. 6 points
    Time for an update. Took me over a year of on again off again work, but I finally got the 1996 the way I wanted it. The list of things done: 2005 Vulcan with 54,000 miles 1999 AX4N with 54,000 miles Early build 2004 front strut tower bar Still no catalytic converters, as purchased Power antenna Vent visors 2005 black dash Modified 1996 door panels with black trim and woodgrain 16" Centennial wheels Front disc 11.5" - gen 4.5 Rear disc New balljoints New front and rear struts New front control arms New fuel pump and fuel filter New axles, swaybar endlinks New sensors and TRS Adjustable brake and gas pedal Floor shift conversion Front turn signals modified SHO rear painted trunk reflector New rack & pinion New radiator Keypad entry / security system 1997 SHO front swaybar 23mm, original rear swaybar Front frame mount upgrade, bushings 1999 front bumper cover 1999 tailights Factory gen 3 rear spoiler Front chin spoiler modified SHO wiper arm Duratec dual exhaust Factory gen 3 mudflaps Folding mirrors More was done and forgot about.
  17. 6 points
    Sleeper mode installed. Bland look achieved. Legally I can pass traffic in the breakdown lane now.
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    AP News Flash St. Louis - Single adult male was pulled over today and arrested for doing 120MPH in a Mercury Sable. Police suspected the driver was elderly and unsure what they were doing based on the car color. Imagine the surprise when he was pulled over and they saw a young adult in the driver seat. Police assumed it was his grandmother's car.
  20. 6 points
    Maybe try a better camera? That image is really grainy.
  21. 6 points
    I hate both political parties for this reason.... Look guys, you're both pretty...now stop fighting over politics on a car forum.
  22. 5 points
    Oh I've done something alright. Meet my new ride, a Lightning Blue Metallic 2017 Ford Fusion Sport AWD. 325HP, 380TQ. The car was on the lot for 162 days, so they discounted the price a bunch, and they were able to get me 0% APR! Dad is taking over the remainder of the loan on the Sable (it's not much) and Betty White is becoming my sister's car.
  23. 5 points
    Got the wagon running right again. TFI module failed. Grabbed the TFI module tool and BWD TFI, cap, and rotor from work. It fired right off and did fine driving around town and on a short freeway run. I used heat sink compound instead of that little grease packet included. It appeared whoever swapped the TFI last time used some white grease compound. I know MasterPro units will include white grease, as compared to BWD using clear stuff, so I assume the module I tossed was probably a cheap one. After all that, I took it to a DIY car wash and hosed down the exterior then vacuumed the interior. Should be good to go tomorrow.
  24. 5 points
    Okay Since Nick is doing this I am too. Yesterday on my 15 Fusion i finally enabled the Digital Speedo, AWD Gauge, Auto Mirror down in reverse, and TPMS. Speedo, Mirror and TPMS all work but the AWD Gauge is just there. It doesn't seem to actually work. Its something with the firmware in the cluster. Still need to enable global close on Daves Edge along with Climate Control on the right screen. Also two weeks ago weeks ago we traded in my Wife's 2011 Kia Sorento EX V6 with 48k for a 2015 Ford Explorer XLT Sport appearance Package with 34k on it. My wife a few days prior called me saying her car smelled like plastic (which ended up being out side) so I jokingly sent her some Santa Fe's and she said no more Hyundai/Kias. She sent me one Explorer that was nice but not what i would want her to have - so i started looking and found this. She liked it and I started my deal that went on for 4 days. I made my dealer hide the keys while i drove it and brought it to my wife and we made our decision. The Explorer just came off a lease and came in from auction and I spotted it 3 days after it came in. It is a Tuxedo Black XLT N/A V6 with the Appearance grille, mirror caps, rear trunk bar across the hatch, Explorer hood badging, body colored door handles, 20 inch wheels, Black roof Rails, Suede Leather Seats and a black center stack. Also Sunroof, Nav, 2nd row buckets, Trailer Tow Class 3, Power Lift gate, Remote start and Premium Sound 9 Speakers (Which sounds better than i expected). The car is a CPO so it comes with a limited 7 year 100k Powertrain warranty and i also got an extended warranty for 8 years and 75k since we don't drive far. The 8 years was only 10 dollars more than the 7 years. Only thing i feel like the Explorer needs is HIDs which I will do soon. My wife was used to HIDs in the Sorento and these stock bulbs are like using a candle. Sad Days to see the Sorento go but i'm glad I have something reliable with another child on the way that doesn't clunk up front even after replacement suspension or that whine that the dealer could never find in the rear when it was cold. The Sorento was a solid AWD car but the quality of some plastics was just super cheap and the sunroof plastics rattled. http://www.woltzwindford.com/used/Kia/2011-Kia-Sorento-1252cc8c0a0e0ae85b8927d01926573e.htm?searchDepth=2:2 Go buy the Sorento if you like! 2004 Hyundai Sonata V6 - This car is just in the garage waiting for spring to be cleaned up and get a flex pipe put on it. On a side note I also Enabled Nav on my Dads '14 SHO for his birthday. Following instructions the job took about 45 minutes with the longest time was Sync updating to 3.8. Only problem is that when i enabled the right screen to Navigation the speed limit icons are Euro style. I will have to do more research but not that big of a deal.
  25. 5 points
    66 - nothing new - storage locker haha 89 - Driving it a lot. Fuel pump went from barely audible to super loud - so after rolling over 190k I guess its about done. At WOT you can feel it misfiring probably from running Lean. 90 - Paul has helped me out a lot with getting the Signature seats built up with power lumbar and recline. Super happy. Kevin was nice enough to offer to help me figure out wiring and soldiering to make the seats work. They also have under seat lights - an option I think the 90-92 TCs had. So wiring that up - and seats will be done. Just have speakers, radio, amp, woofer to hook up. 03 Black - need to pressure wash carpet, then hook up factory tweeters, and reassemble interior. Gota figure out power steering EVO issues as well as why the cooling fan is always on - even hvac off.
  26. 5 points
    It was great seeing everyone and meeting new folks! I hope I wasn't too loud and brash. And Kevin I apologize about your sinuses and iced tea. "You flooring Chris' SHO caused the Roadmaster to throw the Check Engine light" - Sean
  27. 5 points
    I'm calling it good. It made it out of the garage and to the gas station and back. Didn't even catch on fire. Still a few things to button up eventually, but its totally driveable again - Last bit of fab was tricky, running the exhaust around the damn shifter body, I tried to keep it tucked up as far as I could because the car sits pretty low -
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    Jesus Christ, it's happening. Don't crush it.
  30. 5 points
    I sold the Aveo!!!! So no more GM again, and I removed a car from my driveway. I am proud of myself. Next to get rid of the S/C. However... I would so trade the Supercoupe for a nice Colony Park...
  31. 5 points
    Weekend update: (8/20/16) I'm trying to keep jamming away on this project and not loose motivation. The Ax4n has been acting weird when it gets hot and its getting worse. The TC lockup shudder is motivation enough lmao. Earlier this week I blew the trans apart on the bench to go over it, get new seals, and clean and inspect everything. Its 2016 and parts for these have been obsolete for at least 10 years, so if I found any significant problems, I was pretty much screwed. I bought this trans from an SHO enthusiast and he claimed that he bought it back in the late 00's as the third replacement trans for his gen 2 SHO because it kept throwing diff pins. This trans has been "ring welded" which is just a ring of aluminum strip welded around the outside of the diff to keep the pins in. He ran it for a few hundred miles before the motor blew up and the whole car sat. I decided that I needed to at least make sure the diff was good and the synchros weren't totally smoked. - - - - So, I'm happy I pulled it apart, the diff is ring welded which is great news, but there was a TON of aluminum chips introduced into the fluid, as well as some nasty grime from the years of use. This trans got blown apart compeltely and I scrubbed every component of it clean. The last pic above was the aluminum shavings from the 5th gear idler shaft. Those were just waiting to eat the lining on a synchro. All ready to go back together. I ordered new seals from rockauto. Only the input shaft seal and shfit shaft seals fit, the output shaft seals did not fit, those look okay, and im not really worried about it. I'm gonna try to find the right ones still. - BAM! All put back together, just that easy! Stay tuned, big changes soon.
  32. 5 points
    Weekend Update (8/14/16) Dear Diary, I didn't accomplish much, its just been too brutally hot to really work hard. My plan was to get the shifter mocked into place and rerun the exhaust around it But after dropping the mid-pipe and looking at what I needed to do, I decided against it. I still mocked the shifter into place, but in case I didn't have to positioning 100% perfect, I didn't want to have to remake the exhaust again once the mtx is in. So, the exhaust will be a whole day project once the trans is in. No real way around that one. The shifter itself wound up being pretty rusty, so I cleaned it up and had to paint it and re-grease everything. And I welded the rod to the shifter cup while I had it all apart, that's known to be a weak point. I also swapped the resonator out for a smaller one. I'm planning on using he old resonator on the focus. In keeping with the theme of rice that i've got going on, most of the "speed parts" have a lovely shade of SAFETY YELLOW, If you're dumb enough to rice a Taurus, might as well do it right.
  33. 5 points
    I can't hear you hating over the sound of roasting tires...
  34. 5 points
    So I got this beauty back in January and been on and off working on it since. Haven't really touched her in months though. When I bought it, essentially all there was to it was a running engine, but barely. All of the interior was out of it and in boxes, and most all the wiring, dash, vacuum lines, ac, etc was taken out and in boxes. So I have a complete car but in pieces lol. Ive installed the lights and the flip doors and had to figure out the vacuum lines for it, still working on the sequential turn signals, got a lot to do but my next step is to rebuild the engine, because finding the few parts I'm actually missing is expensive and rare! But ive always wanted this car and I couldn't be happier to have found it.
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    Its a rental car, remember it gets the piss beat out of it... Don't be gentle its a rental.
  37. 5 points
    Well since the weather has been warming up in the south, I've been working like mad on car projects. The 66 is just staying as a storage locker for the 90s new to me seats The 87 is getting intake gaskets and valve cover gaskets. And a new passenger side bearing and axle kit from Dorman. The 89 has a coolant leak coming from where - it's been regasket'd except for the heads and the rear main. Will have to further research. Fixed the faulty aftm. temp gauge with a short to ground happening, giving a false high reading. It also need a rear axle and bearing passenger side. I'm going to put dual exhaust on it. I have the parts, just need to install. Also want to put in the TripMinder, some replacement speakers, etc. 1 dash speaker driver side with no woofers in either doors and no passenger tweeter up high sound terrible. The 90 is undergoing complete regasketing short of a rear main. Heads are off - going to do valve seals, head gaskets, lower upper intake valve covers etc. Oil pan is already done. It needs at least 1 muffler, as its blown on one side. I'm going to gut the seats and carpet from that car and swap in prior signature series seats for it. Also have some nifty black leather armrests and dual visors with homelink for it. A new moonroof trac with glass assy is also awaiting install. Rear brake conversion to disc is in store. I'll also upgrade the rear and front sway bars to P71 90s stuff. Put the rear air suspension back in too. Also putting the JBL audio system into this car too. The 03 - ...umm going to wash it and do a oil change. Maybe swap wheels/tires over for some white wall Michelins I picked up. Otherwise no real plans :-)
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    Saw this decal on eBay and nearly cried of laughter, then proceeded to order it. Today I put it on... LOL
  40. 5 points
    Found this mixed into my Google image search...unrelated to my search but I thought it was funny.
  41. 5 points
    *writes that insult down for future use*
  42. 5 points
    Slow and steady the turtle wins the race, just sayin. The essex will blow a head gasket.....the tec will shoot a plug out of the head.....and low and behold the mighty vulcan will meander by in stunning silence to victory!!!!!! lolol Jeff
  43. 5 points
    This is TSOC, not TCCA. Youre not a dictator here! Anyways... You are allowed to have your car in the picture, so long as it is not the only one. Another wild untamed bull must be in the photo.
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    Well then, you can go ahead and relay to this uncooperative individual that his last response has just cemented my decision on the matter. The esteemed "privilege" of posting on TCCA is certainly not worth the level of hoop-jumping that he seems to be asking for. Autoguide can go bankrupt tomorrow as far as I'm concerned. Not going to lose a wink of sleep over it.
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  49. 5 points
    Yeah you can get rid of me I don't give two s**ts. Rust is the #1 enemy of vehicular objects in the snow belt areas. He was asking opinions, so I gave mine... Is that so rediculous? Sometimes other peoples opinions aren't what others want to hear but he asked for it. If he doesn't even need the car any more, why keep it?? Get rid of it, move on. The only value an older Taurus carries is emotional. I was thinking from a financial stand point if you're going to spend ~$1100 to fix rust, plus whatever else an older car might need at this stage in its life, why not put that into the current driver or a new car? You really always have to be an asshole, don't you?
  50. 5 points
    I think it's time I step in here. First off, JW, you call us immature here, yet you are the one who is making duplicate accounts to bypass your suspension with random, anonymous emails. That's very hypocritical of you. Second, I ask of any member who has an issue with something on our forums or something that they are unhappy with, please, email or PM me. I would like to make things better for you in any way that I can. Third, we are an open forum, meaning you can openly post your opinions. What is not allowed is the behavior in which JW has brought to the forums these past couple of days. This thread has begun to get a little out-of-hand. If the arguments continue to grow or the bashing doesn't stop, this thread will temporarily be closed to give some people time to calm down. While I'd rather not do this, as we value your opinions, some things need to be taken care of before anything too serious starts.
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