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SHO-WGN

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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.
  16. Real experts no doubt will be able to explain this better. Several cars that exhibited left-right unexpected deviations from the intended path I have driven include the second Taurus wagon I bought as well as a Chevrolet Corsica I rented to drive from Calgary out to Banff. The Taurus problem was solved when I replaced the worn all-season tires it came with brand new Michelin X-Ice (it was winter). In both vehicles I suspect the problem might have been uneven wear or uneven tire pressures. The Corsica had two different brands (identical tread) of front tires, which probably did not help. So the easiest thing to check is the tire pressures, literally a free solution. Then check tire wear patterns, and finally wait for the real experts to provide solutions.
  17. Spridget, There has to be some Taurus fighting blood in you. When I said I was not that interested in whether it had a manual or automatic (somehow I just knew it was automatic), that must have been like waving a red cape at you. You just had to tell me, didn't you? I learned long ago to never drink my morning coffee in front of the keyboard. Seriously, thank you for reading another person's comments and responding. I do believe your contribution is the quintessential example of a ricer. Angrod, racing the prototypical ricer (on the street), does not gain you any points. Why lower yourself to the level of the ricer? Sorry, that is the old age speaking.
  18. Only in Canada, only in Canada. Besides the "third row seating" (I like that), the decals, did it have a manual or automatic? (Just kidding, I am not that interested.)
  19. Pictured below are two models of the current European Mondeo, a sedan and a wagon. Now here is the North American Fusion (sedan only). They are the same. My apologies for resurrecting this old thread and the adjunct rants. As old geezer, with a lot of time on my hands, I sometimes watch Automobile television (like [Deutsche Welle Drive It!). The featured car this week was the Ford Mondeo Titanium Estate. Surprise. It's, it's, it's a Fusion, it's a Fusion wagon. So of course I had to check out the specifications for the second generation Fusion compared with the fourth generation Mondeo. Wheelbase? Check. Tread width? Check. Height? Check. Curb weight? Check. (Of course, even Wikipedia calls them the same car, but I had to check for myself.) So now after resurrecting this thread, comes the old guy rant. Surely, if Ford can build the car in one part of the world, they could assemble it in another. Back in the old days, you could order a vehicle from the factory with a myriad set of options. My Aerostar was one of those very rare models (read my earlier posts in this thread) with a five speed manual, dual air conditioners/heaters, super stereo system. Why can Ford not offer some of these options? Like manual transmission, Or performance diesels. Or handling packages. When I read the Top Gear magazine review of the new Focus ST, I was shocked that the North American journalist did not drive stick. No wonder the manufacturers do not want to offer manuals. The video segment on the Mondeo was clear why some models do not sell. Price. When a Volvo V70R was in the $50,000 range, surprise, surprise not many people jump at this take it or leave it offer. So what is a good, old Canadian boy to do? He is monitoring the used and wrecked auto parts market in England, France and Germany. Maybe, I will get lucky and find a good used six speed manual to swap. I leave you with one last example. This is the first generation, 1997 Mondeo. Guess what, it is a Contour wagon.
  20. Ah yes, the VW Beetle chassis or its derivative was under those other variants like the Karmann Ghia, the "Thing" and even the Porsche. Key however, was that the same dealer that sold Beetles could also sell the Karmann Ghia, etc. Up here, the Mercury dealer was in competition with the Ford dealer; the Pontiac dealer with the Chevrolet; and the Plymouth with the Dodge. Thankfully attrition has narrowed the field. That old Mercury dealership now sells the same Ford F-150 as the Ford dealer across town. We never did get the Generation 4 Sable. One other variant we have up here is a compact Acura everyone else calls a Honda Civic. Great to see so many alert and knowlegeable members. I salute you.
  21. Now, now, be nice. They all do it. Underneath the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ beats the heart of a Fusion. Bling it up. Cadillac even tried to sell a compact version (Cimarron) which was manufactured alongside Chevrolet Cavalier, Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Firenza, and Pontiac J2000, 2000 and Sunbird. And let's not forget the Sable, a slightly higher end version of our Taurus. Up here in Canada, Pontiacs were Chevrolets with Pontiac trim. Mercury Meteors were Fords behind a slightly different grill. About the only car that was unique, was the old Beetle. That and the world's ugliest car the French Citro
  22. Scroll up and read my earlier post. All of the photos are still there. I now use imgur [ http://imgur.com/]. It works in much the same way as tinypic used to work. The only reason I switched was because tinypic seemed to be infected (at least that is what my anti-virus told me). I keep all of my originals on my computer (an old packrat's habit is hard to break). I also note that many of my photos have ended up in the general domain (google my alter ego on Focus forums: SVT-WGN under images). However as to your current problem, alas I cannot help.
  23. One other quick check is the cabin air filter. If it has not been changed or cleaned, then the interior will not heat as quickly.
  24. Neither a nice price nor a crack pipe. Windstars are gravitationally challenged Tauri. Only someone lacking a fjull deck would purchase an old front-wheel drive minivan. Sadly, I qualify on both counts. So even though I consider this purchase a crack pipe at any price, the fact he fit a 1980's version diesel is intriguing. I actually forgot all about that option. So on that basis only, I confess an interest. Not in that Windstar, but in the possibility of a diesel powered old Taurus (like an old MT-5). Thanks for the link.
  25. When you are young, say in about grade six, time passed so slowly it hurt. I recall looking at the clock and it said 11:02 (and my stomach was starting to rumble). I got to work, did three pages of math homework, read a couple of poems and wrote out my spelling words. When I glanced at the clock, it said 11:05 - noon seemed like it would never come. In high school, time was now measured in hours. Eleven, only an hour before lunch. At University, time was measured in classes, Chemistry 352, then lunch (yeah, food is never far from my mind.) Once out at work and in my early twenties, time was measured in days. Monday already? In my thirties, time began to slip by a little quicker; now time was measured in weeks. Cheque
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