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  1. 3 points
    Yeah, I think it’s reached that point where 2007 and older Tauruses and Sables are no longer the most reliable or cost effective choice of transportation for many of us.
  2. 3 points
    So I bought a car. Both the Taurus and Suzuki were on the way out. Taurus was leaking tranny fluid from somewhere and had a bad fuel leak. Suzuki had been making a popping noise up front for a while when turning that eventually started happening even when going straight. My guess is cv joint(s) going out. Rather than spend money on the cars that I would never be able to get back I decided it was time to get something newer. Behold my new daily driver/grocery getter, a 2014 Ford Fiesta 2018 Lamborghini Huracan! (Hey! I can dream, can't I?) Not a whole lot of room in the back 2014 Fiesta (CPO), 31000 miles, Ecoboost 3 cylinder, 5 speed manual, power windows/locks, EATC, SYNC, cruise, heated seats (don't really care for this feature), ambient lighting, other stuff I'm forgetting. So yeah, Not exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a Fusion or at smallest a Focus. Only problem is the Fusions kept selling before I could get to them or they had issues and there are almost no manual trans Focii available right now with decent miles. This popped up and I decided to pounce before someone else got to it. Not bad though. It's very comfortable for a small car and the fuel mileage is awesome. My only real complaint is how stiff the suspension is. Every time I hit a bump the rear end gets loose.
  3. 2 points
    Pulled this beast about 400 or so miles yesterday. Yes it is absolutely at the limit of what the F150 can handle without a weight distribution hitch but the Ecoboost pulled that 8000lb trailer with ease. I definitely would have preferred to pull this trailer with a 3/4 ton truck, that extra front end weight of the bigger truck would have made the drive more comfortable. In this picture I just had the trailer jack off the ground so the full weight of the empty trailer is on the truck.
  4. 2 points
    Run a RWD 3.5 EB at WOT and then we'll talk about dangerous, your lucky to keep the thing going straight. And thats in a vehicle that weighs more than two of those Fiestas. Just remember Matt...respect the power. Vulcanator, I think the salt brine is as bad if not worse than regular rock salt, the dust it creates gets on and inside of everything.
  5. 2 points
    Or, uh, a really grumpy 302 while attempting to keep pace with some Fusions...
  6. 2 points
    Got the Fiesta to touch triple digits on Thursday morning. I was late for work, traffic wasn't letting me merge onto I-70 and the Transit van waiting behind me kept creeping ever closer to my bumper. Once I had an opening I let it rip to redline in 1st, 2nd and 3rd, then went to fifth and kept it pinned until I reached 100. I then coasted for a mile until I caught up with traffic in front of me. Never saw the van again and I felt a little better. The car was surprisingly composed for being so small and light. Moral of the story: Don't get in my way when I'm mad and running late. I do dangerous things.
  7. 2 points
    On Sunday I ripped out the '87's single diaphragm booster. It was on it's way out giving me an awkwardly stiff pedal and constantly hissing when depressed. Ratty, rusty thing: I really don't know who was in charge of harness routing on these cars, but they routed three major harnesses, two important vacuum lines (cruise and reservoir), and the cruise control cable across the booster. Vacuum lines are easy since they just pull apart. The cruise control module unplugs and can be swung out of the way. The harnesses, not so much. It takes some unique maneuvering to get those where you want it. And to top it off, the booster can't be pulled straight out because the wiper motor is in the way. You got to pull it forwards as much as possible, then take the right hand side and pull that forwards and keep turning it, angling it, and turning it until it slides out from all the harnesses. Getting the bolts out under the dash were less annoying than the physical removal. Anyway, the replacement booster resolves all of those issues. It's one spec'd for a '92 Panther, but it's better all around. It's half the diameter, but a dual diaphragm setup. It offers greater effort than the original one. Even though it sticks out a bit further, it easily just slips in between the harnesses and such. If you look above the main harness that goes over the booster, you can see where the plastic cowling has a rounded edge where the old booster would have fit into. The brake pedal feels so much better now and gives a more confident feeling when slowing down. Anyway, that's crossed off the to-do list. Still need to get the exhaust system finished up. Duals are in place, but over the axle pipes need to be welded up along with some appropriate hangers. It also is awaiting a top end refresh since it's believed to have a burned valve on cylinder one (the exhaust will suck in paper when held a 1/2" away). I'm recording 10 PSI on that cylinder and it runs with a dead miss. But, since the heads are coming off, there's no sense in not giving it a small power bump. Another 302 around here that's getting it's own top end refresh will be donating some parts along to fix another 302. Once that's all said and done, maybe I'll start driving it again. I've been very limited when I take it out since I don't like driving on seven cylinders and it's absolutely killing the gas mileage. I've driven it so little the last time I put gas in was January, and it was finally low enough to fill up on Sunday.
  8. 2 points
    Did my first mod to the Fiesta today. LED license plate bulbs. Looks a lot better compared to the incandescent lights that were in there.
  9. 2 points
    Ooooo nice! Now you can race Brian with his shiny V6 'Stang. Also, is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of us are all getting new cars all at once?
  10. 2 points
    Got pulled over for speeding last night. Driving through a small town, speed limit 55mph. This older Toyota Tundra is tailgating the F150 in the right lane. I’m in the left lane, about even with the F150 when the Tundra begins tailgating me. Speed limit increases to 65mph as we leave town. The F150 and I both get up to 65~70mph. Tundra is still on my ass, looking as though he will go into the oncoming lane to pass me. After a moment of this, I decide to put some distance between us and mash the throttle. As I'm watching Tundra headlights shrink in my rear view, I notice the brake lights of a late model Dodge Charger illuminate in the opposite lane of traffic. State Troopers drive Chargers. FFUUUUHHHHH.... I start looking for somewhere to safely pull over before he’s even completed turning around, his red and blues are flashing. Trooper approached from the passenger side “Everything OK?” I explain why I was speeding. He asks “Were you aware of your speed?” No sir. “I clocked you at 112.” D’oh!!!! He made some chit chat, as cops always do. Nice gentleman. He asked about where I worked, a nearby hospital, learned we were both in the Army. He said he couldn’t let me off without a citation considering my speed but he did type a nice comment on the ticket, stating I was evading a tailgater and gave me extra time to take care of the ticket with a friendly judge. Fair enough. He says, “If there’s any consolation prize for this, it’s that you are the fastest car I’ve pulled over in my 10 years of patrolling this stretch of highway. I’m not counting sport bikes, but cars, you’re the fastest.” We both laugh. I reply to him that my wife won’t find it that funny, and mention she’s a 911 dispatcher for the county. The trooper turns his head for moment, looks back at me and asks “Who’s your wife?” I tell him her name. He replies, “Hand that back to me, all of it, just hand it back. Watch your speed, thank your for your service, and have a good night.” I didn’t name drop to get out of the ticket, I had already signed and accepted it. As I began to pull away he hollers to wait. He walks back to the driver’s side and says “I turned off my camera. If anyone asks, you got a ticket. Good night.” Yes sir!
  11. 2 points
  12. 2 points
    My Mustang will be undergoing some significant engine upgrades. Today was the “before” dyno pull to establish the stock engine’s baseline power output. When everything is completed sometime over the next several weeks, there will be an “after” pull to show how much of an improvement there is.
  13. 2 points
    Presently going over my wiring for my ride air swap on the '97. I wound up grabbing a RAS/EVO module from a Town Car, oops. It's setup somewhat different from a CV/GMQ in terms of wiring pinouts. 99% of the wire color matches my '97 EVTM, which is good. I did get some help on CVN and found out what that one wire I couldn't ID did. I forgot that '95-'97 Town Cars have a steering power adjustment switch on the dash. You can vary the assist somewhat using it. That might be a hard item to integrate, but would be totally worth doing since I'm already going to be fairly deep into this job. Assuming I get this package together with minimal kinks, I'll have most of the options available on a similar year Town Car, save for the memory seat option (very uncommon) and the lack of a digidash.
  14. 2 points
    Now its not fun. All the bolts spun out beautifully.
  15. 2 points
    I just did a fuel pump on friends 2000 Taurus. Wasn't too bad a task. Fun.
  16. 2 points
    I think Brad, our ‘97 Taurus-wagon-turned-truck that we use around the property, is gonna be put out to pasture (I guess it’s kinda been out to pasture, now it’s headed for the slaughterhouse). It’s had a slight misfire for the last 6 months. I kinda suspect a failed head gasket. It never runs long enough to overheat, but it has consumed coolant. Today I noticed transmission fluid leaking from one of the metal lines along the front of the subframe. This was a northern car, so it has some rust. I paid $400 for it about 4 years, it had a major crack in the transmission case. Since I sawzall’d the back half off to make it a truck, it has been quite handy hauling logs, rocks, and trash around he property. Mable, the ‘05 Sable needs a fuel pump. I parked it last year, and that’s the last time it started. I hear nothing from the pump when the key is turned.
  17. 2 points
    Bought 1-26-18. '02 Lin Cont traded, it was getting down the road age wise. From a hot rod Lin to old coot car, but I am 78 and it fits. -chart-
  18. 1 point
    I have replaced most of my exhaust pipe. The last muffler broke of at some point and the rest of the pipe had rust and a couple of pin holes. On the driveway is a horrendous job. Had the front up on ramps, rear bumper on jackstands, cut the old bolts and the pipe with the flex and sawsall (didn't have enough clearance to drop it down), then support the front muffler and the middle of the pipe with other jackstands (din't have another person). At the end I sprayed some spots with cold galvanizing zinc.
  19. 1 point
    I don’t have to imagine that. Now, you imagine an extra 100HP from it’s Ti-VCT cousin.
  20. 1 point
    Well, after my ordeal with Ford on my Fusion and the fact that it was nearly out of factory warranty....after weeks of going back and forth over it in my head and still having the gut feeling to get out, I traded it in tonight and bought a brand that I've never had the pleasure to own before. I put a brand new octane red 2018 Dodge Charger in my driveway. With the incentives on the charger and the Chrysler Capital rates for first time Mopar buyers I couldn't pass it up. It's the V6 SXT model with some options less sunroof and leather. Has touchscreen radio, backup camera, parking aid sensors and all the standard stuff...that's about it. It has most everything I actually used on my fusion and none of the things I didn't. So far, really liking the room and ride of this barge. I know I don't own any Fords now so hopefully y'all won't kick me out and hopefully I'm still invited to meets and what not. Jeff
  21. 1 point
    Tried to get the exhaust fixed at a shop on the wagon but they were a bit busy. Said to come by Monday, so I went over to the mall and helped make up a beater squad. Nothing like an ex-police Tahoe, Cutlass Supreme, and a Colony Park parking together.
  22. 1 point
    Yeah, sadly only source of adding power is by swapping your Vulcan for a SHO, Continental V8, or Duratec for decent power. But your Vulcan will be long lasting and reliable.
  23. 1 point
    I want to rebuild my 2003 Vulcan engine as my trans was just rebuilt and i plan on driving this car for as long as i can as a daily driver . my question is does anyone make a performance cam , throttle body and pistons for these engines ? any information and or help would be appreciated . Joel
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    I like the styling of the Gen 3, but nothing beats the Gen 2 in bad weather -- I'd take a 94 Taurus over a 4x4 Jeep in snow.