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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
  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 h
  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 availabl
  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: ‚óŹ Go to the Firefox menu (three bars upper right) and sele
  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 O
  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 Dece
  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
  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 cab
  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
  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 t
  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
  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.
  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 Acu
  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
  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
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