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Angrod last won the day on August 19

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About Angrod

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    This Vulcan won't die!
  • Birthday 10/25/86

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    Clairton, PA
  • Interests
    The Ford Taurus, gaming (pc), graphic design, more when I think of them....
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    '04 Taurus SES, '99 Suzuki Esteem Wagon
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    3.0L V6 Vulcan, 1.6L I4 SOHC

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  1. Haha that's actually really funny.
  2. I bet it has the Powershift transmission. Piece of junk design. It's two 3 speed manuals in the same box (hence why it is a "dual clutch") all controlled by the computer. Known for serious issues in the Focus (2012+) and the Fiesta (2011+.) That's why it is lethargic and rough. [rant] Backup cameras are stupid imo. I wish car manufacturers would quit adding this pointless tech to cars. The mirrors exist for a reason. We are losing our situational awareness as people since we keep relying on computers to pay attention for us. [/rant]
  3. That thing has a Corvette engine in it!?
  4. Adjusted the clutch cable on the Suzi so that the clutch disengages/engages closer to the floor. So much easier to start it rolling now, especially on hills. Still makes a horrible metal grinding noise while coasting in gear though. A small oil leak has started up front. The timing cover looks to have blown out right below the crank and that is where the oil is coming form. I hope it's not the front main seal. Probably started because of me redlining it pulling out on the highway. 97 horsepower sucks ass. I probably won't do anything about it. Hoping to sell or trade soon.
  5. Decided to start the bull today as I haven't touched it in something like 4 months. Battery was deader than dead. Gave it a jump from the Suzi and let it run for a while. Took it for a short drive too. Damn do I miss this car! It rides so nice, the seats are big and cushy, it has some power when you push the gas, all the speakers work....... If only it could average 38 mpg for every tank of gas like the Suzi it would be perfect. Going to order new wheel bearings for the front. I would rather go to the new U-Pull-n-Pay in Wilkinsburg but I know from experience that the wheel nuts on these cars don't come off without a large impact wrench and the U-Pull doesn't have power outlets for the air compressor. Oh well. I will just pay the $90-ish for new ones. Hopefully I can get them replaced this weekend. Then I just have to change the oil and repair the small hole in the passenger floor pan and I can put it up for sale. Then I can sell or trade the Suzi and buy a Focus or Fusion.
  6. I haven't started my bull since.... June? I probably should fire it up just to keep everything loose.
  7. Changed the oil in the Suzuki. The clutch is getting very bad. It doesn't sound like any friction material is left on the disc so I'm not exactly sure what makes it stick. Also noticed that the timing cover is blown at the bottom, right where it ends above the oil pan. It leaks a small amount of oil but doesn't seem bad so I'm not going to do anything about it.
  8. The Vulcan engine is practically bulletproof as long as you keep up with the maintenance. I beat the crap out of mine for 107,000 miles (current mileage 177,xxx) and it is still running strong. Saggy Ass Syndrome (SAS) is a common thing on gen 3 and 4 cars. The only way to fix it is to put heavy duty springs in the rear.
  9. I'm considering coming down. I kind of used up my personal days though so I might have to take unpaid leave. If I do come down it will be in the wagon as I don't trust the wheel bearings on the Taurus to hold up. Hopefully the wagon is up to the trip.
  10. True, but I don't want the possibility of imgur doing the same shit as photobucket. I doubt Google would do that as Photos is part of their social media dept.
  11. Actually it does. It just takes more steps to get everything working. I have to have the images in a shared album, select the one I want, right click and select "copy image address," then go over to goo.gl and shorten the URL, the come back over here and use the "insert other media" link and select the "from URL" option. Takes quite a bit of time but it does work.
  12. Got the Suzi back yesterday from the shop. Previous owner said he had to have the gas tank replaced so it would pass inspection. Apparently his mechanic lied about replacing it. The hole had some JB Weld slapped over it and the tank was undercoated. Well, about a month later, the gas managed to eat through the patch and fuel was pouring out. So, I took it to a shop as I wasn't going to mess with the fuel system. The shop couldn't find a tank for the car what with its age and everything. So I went on RockAuto and bought a brand new tank (surprised they had one.) The shop installed it and now I have no more fuel leaks. I feel bad for the last guy paying a lot of $$$ to "have the tank replaced" only for a crappy patch to be put on. Edit: So all of my image links from Photobucket are broken. Upon investigating I have found that they have updated their ToS and now free accounts are no longer able to link pics to 3rd party sites. You have to pay to get them to work. I have used their service for years without any issues and now they pull this stunt without any warning. Photobucket can fuck right off. Now I have to move all my pics to Google Photos. This will take awhile....
  13. Did the brakes disintegrate during the previous hard stops? I've never heard of brakes falling apart like that before.
  14. Changed the oil in the Suzi after about 1500 - 1800 miles. It was already a dark amber. The inside of the engine must have been filthy when I got it. 4 quarts Supertech 10w-30 (recommended for the car) and a Motorcraft 910S filter. Also, found out I have a brake light out so I need to get new ones (probably go with Sylvania LED's,) found out I have a hole in the muffler (at least one anyway) and discovered that I have a large amount of blow-by in the crankcase. The only thing I know of that has any blow-by in an engine is the piston rings but it's not using any oil. I'm thinking about just venting the PCV to atmo and plugging the hole in the intake.
  15. Installed my old tach into the Suzi. It took me a while to get the wiring right but it's in and functional. The only issue is I can't get it to dim with the dashboard lights. It works in reverse of the dash for some reason. My reasons for the install are simple: 1) so that I know when I'm about to blow it up and 2) so that when I'm not driving like an idiot I can maximize my fuel economy by shifting sooner. I didn't realize I was revving to 3k on my 1-2 and 2-4 shifts.