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SHO-WGN last won the day on May 8 2018

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  • Birthday 11/15/1945

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    2005 Ford Taurus SEL Wagon
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    3.0L Vulcan OHV

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    Robert Bandurka
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    Western Canada - Saskatchewan
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  1. Here is my two cents worth. Officials of all three companies involved (Ford, Yamaha and Volvo) insist that the Volvo V8 is not related to the SHO engine. The Volvo V8 is a die-cast, open-deck aluminum block and is different from the sand-cast closed-deck aluminum SHO engine block. The interesting feature is the two engines share many common dimensions including bore centers, stroke, bearing journal diameters, and deck height. Check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_B8444S_engine
  2. There used to be a section titled, my other car. Could not find it. Thought I would update with a photo of my other Ford, a 2002 Ford Focus. This car won Best Focus Wagon in 2011 at the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Back then it "only" had SVT running gear (engine, 6-speed Getrag, all wheel disk brakes.) Since then have added SVT front bumper, SVT skirts, SVT interior and rear spoiler. Shown below is an updated photo of my "other" car: SVT-WGN.
  3. RTFM On checking the in dash message centre, and flipping through the options (Distance to Empty, Average Fuel Economy, Trip Odometer, Trip Elapsed Drive Time), when I pressed Reset, the trip odometer was the only thing that went back to zero (the trip elapsed drive time was already at zero). Roughly over the last two months of winter driving (end of February through April), the Vulcan has used 622.01 litres to travel 5350 kilometres (yeah, only someone who is anal retentive keeps detailed records). This calculates to using 11.63 litres per 100 kilometres fuel consumption (or as I prefer 11.63 litres per hour - how we measure fuel consumption when flying). In USA, this calculates out to 20.2 mpg (US) and for any Canadians, 24.3 mpg (Imperial). I echo Antdeek's comment, the power of a four and the thirst of a V8. Each and every time I checked the average fuel economy on the message centre, it always showed 14 litres per 100 kilometres. I believe the twitter expression is WTF (pilots prefer Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), the rest of us use slightly more graphic expletives. So as I prepared to ask the question on this forum, how does someone reset the average fuel economy values, it occurred to me to check what is in the manual? There in black and white on page 57 and 58, was how to reset the average fuel economy. Followed the instructions, and was very pleasantly surprised while driving to see the number dropping to 13, then 12, then alternating between 11 and 12. Like the heading says, RTFM. From my records, the Duratec was better, averaging around 9 litres per 100 kilometres. Besides the lower horsepower of the Vulcan, the other significant differences between the two engines at this time was I did have a K&N air filter and I used premium gasoline on the Duratec. So come stable warm weather, I will install a new K&N, measure the consumption, then switch to premium and again measure the consumption over several thousand kilometres. Then assuming senility hasn't taken over, I will again report the results.
  4. Oh I agree, I agree. Car & Driver magazine (look at the eleventh frame) built one back in 1993 - albeit with the automatic transmission. The interesting thing is as soon as I saw it, I wanted it. No such luck. I have even owned both a 1995 Taurus wagon and a 1995 Taurus SHO (not at the same time though.) And as a notorious procrastinator, I never even considered "rolling" my own. Enthusiasts did build their own versions, including even a Sable variant. Of course during those years, we built our house, raised kids (four boys), and traveled the country for IBM, so expensive automotive hobbies were on the back burner. In 2011, the youngest son surprised me completely by building me an SVT Focus wagon. Now my regret is that I never parked the old 1995 Taurus wagon and that 1995 manual transmission SHO on the back forty. (My Avatar on the Focus boards is SVT-WGN and that one is not a fake.) Instead I am resigned to search like Diogenes of Sinope with his lamp, for the perfect pair on-line. So far, no luck. But if I do luck out, trust me, you will hear about here. A manual transmission Taurus performance wagon. I can only dream.
  5. Because of my addiction to long roof models, my choice is limited to Generation I to IV. The Taurus X version is closer to SUV than wagon (especially heightwise.) However, the generation III and IV wagon models have a serious flaw, namely the rear washer wiper. By placing the wiper at the top, the washer fluid applied to the rear window always ends up either streaking and/or dripping. Also that bubble shaped, compound curved rear glass is very difficult to scrape winter time frost. That leaves me with either Generation I or II. While I liked the fact Generation I models were available with a manual transmission (the MT-5 wagon), the interior of Generation II which allows a double DIN sound system seals it for me. If I ever find a suitable 1994 or 1995 wagon, I will fulfil my bucket list (and make my moniker/avitar real). Result, my vote goes to the 1992 to 1995 editions.
  6. Four hours? I wish. For us, it is closer to four days (3200 kilometres). But while I will not make the trip this year, another pilgrimage to Carlisle will definitely happen. Enjoy yourselves.
  7. There was an annoying little pop-up box in the upper left from www.taurusowners.com that kept asking: "Would you like to receive notifications from this site?" The options were: "Always receive notifications" and "Not now". Clicked "Not now". The moment I clicked another thread, there it was again. Annoying. So I clicked "Learn more..." and found this is a feature in Firefox. Web Push is always opt-in in Firefox. A site cannot send you push messages without your permission. To stop a specific site from sending you push messages: ● Go to the Firefox menu (three bars upper right) and select Options. ● Select the Content panel and click the Choose... button under Notifications. ● Select the site. ● Click Remove Site. My problem? I have selected Firefox to block all Pop-ups. There are no sites that have permission. Except the little catch-22 clause in Firefox. Websites will not be able to send you messages and will need to ask your permission to send them in the future. Ergo, my frustration. I seem to be getting this pop-up asking whether I want to give permission for a pop-up because I opted out of pop-ups. Anyone else have a solution?
  8. Am I the third to congratulate? From way up here in Saskatchewan? And I only check once per day.
  9. I assume you are looking for the premium AM/FM Cassette system, which may be a little more difficult to find. Regardless, I believe you should be able to expand your search to include most of that era`s Ford (and Mercury) products. The best way to check what fits where is go to your local neighbourhood wrecking yard and check their Hollander Interchange manual. As a slightly inferior alternative, you can check Car-Part website. [ http://www.car-part.com/ ] When I checked the Car-Part website, I could not find out if the roof racks from Generation Two Taurus/Sable wagons fit the Generation One wagons. If memory serves me, the front clip and the interior were the major changes. The roof racks looked identical. Fortunately, the radio was in the Car-Part database. Up here the radios from the following vehicles fit the Taurus. So I assume equivalent models will fit down in the States. The following vehicles (when I checked yesterday) had a premium AM/FM Cassette System: 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis ($100) and 1988 Mercury Sable ($34). If all that was wanted was a regular AM/FM Cassette system, then any one of the following vehicles had a system: Ford Ranger (1989, 1990); Ford Tempo (1987); Ford Taurus (1987, 1988, 1989); Mercury Sable (1987, 1989); Ford Thunderbird (1986, 1988); Mercury Marquis (1989); Ford Crown Victoria (1988, 1989); Ford Escort (1988, 1989); Ford Bronco II (1989) and even a Ford F250 (1986). This all leads me to suggest any Ford (or Mercury) vehicle of that era Taurus, Sable (Generation One), full size Ford and Mercury; Tempo, Topaz, Escorts and trucks would be able to provide you with a suitable system. But as always, double check with the Hollander manual.
  10. Hey, us old guys really know how to push buttons. Not only push, but enjoy doing so. As far as the ST is concerned, do take the scenic route, but avoid doing anything really foolish. No sense in funding the state treasury if you can avoid it. Now here cometh the lesson. Chart will become an octogenarian before me. A little etymology sometimes goes a long way. Quint means five, hex means six, sept means seven; oct means eight, nona means nine and deci means ten. Easy to remember if you think the months of the year: September is the seventh month, October the eighth, November the ninth and December is the tenth. Other words like octopus, octogon, decimal all follow these roots. Wait, September is the ninth month, October is the tenth, etc.? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Well when Julius Caesar devised the Julian calendar, he added two new months, January and February, then renamed Quintilis and Sextilis, July and August (after himself and Augustus) which also bumped the remaining months up two. Leave it to the politicians to really make things confusing.
  11. Rohand901, my feelings are hurt. There are other septuagenarians on this forum. In 2011, coming back from attending the Ford Nationals in Carlisle Pennsylvania, the SVT-WGN was in cruise at 140 km/hour (a little over 85 mph) heading north on Interstate 29 North Dakota. Because both my son and his friend smoked, he was traveling with Eric in the other Focus behind me (and Eric's wife was with me - neither of us smoke). I signalled to move into the left lane and accelerated to get by a semi when Eric shouted into the FRS "Radar, radar, radar". I looked ahead. Too late. I could see the county mountie about a quarter mile ahead, so we zoomed right past him and moved back into the right lane. If I could see him, he could see me. Yet no red lights. Later in the day, Eric asked how did I avoid the ticket considering the speed I was going. My answer, born of many observations, "Wagon. Grey. And white haired old geezer driving." Of course the real answer is the semi was the larger target, reflecting the stronger signal, and I literally went under the radar. But I still like to think drab colours and wagon play a big part.
  12. Chart, I am with you. Back in the summer of 1972 I was driving east on Highway 1 (southern Saskatchewan), in my 1967 Ford wagon (289 - three speed standard - Hurst floor shifter - vinyl interior, etc.) when I spotted a GTO Judge on the access road coming out from Maple Creek. Very easy to identify, even from a good mile away. Orange, black eyebrows (graphics) over the wheel wells, wing/spoiler on the rear. Even though I was cruising at 75 mph, I fully expected to be passed within minutes. Yet, he did not. He stayed about a quarter mile behind me. It was like we were tethered by a long cable. Fifteen minutes later or so, I crested a hill and spotted a little tripod (radar) at the side of the road and then the RCMP cruiser behind some trees in a roadside park. Expletive deleted. Yet nothing happened. Then same hill, same speed, except he was driving a bright orange GTO Judge. And he was stopped (and I assume issued a ticket.) Ugly, blue green wagon - no ticket. Bright orange, graphics, wing - ticket. Is there a message there?
  13. Buy it. Just be prepared to pay regularly for the privilege. The car screams "Look at me. Look at me." So if you happen to do something a little questionable, expect to be noticed.
  14. That is a very good number, don't apologize. Back in the late 1960's, my brother tuned my Mustang (289 two barrel) and measured 168 HP at the rear wheels (school chassis dyno). I initially thought Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, that is way below the 200 HP advertised. Until my brother informed me the very next car was a 383 Chrysler (advertised at 325 HP) which put out 172 HP at the rear wheels. At the local dragstrip, my Mustang was running heads up with 390 Mustangs; my best quarter mile time was in the high fourteens (14.92 seconds E.T. and 94 mph). I do have a horsepower calculator program on my TI83 Plus. All I need is your quarter mile ET, mph numbers and the weight of the car. It calculates the horsepower from these numbers.
  15. Johnny come lately - my opinion for what it is worth - go with the slotted rotors. Paint the rotors and the calipers. This is a cheap mod, not that hard to do and definitely improves the appearance of your car. Been doin' that since the mid nineteen sixties. The photo below are the rotors on my toy, the SVT-WGN. (The photo is the right rear brake.) Calipers still need to be painted.
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