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  1. The Panther benefits from that truck power train, I would be more worried about simply overloading the car's GVWR and not having enough brakes or horrible handling with all that weight in the back. Luckily car dolly trailers don't have much tongue weight. Motorcraft also makes a cooling system iron remover...VC9 that is probably similar to that Thermocure. I used the Motorcraft VC1 cleaner in the SHO earlier this summer and it cleaned up the cooling system very nicely.
  2. I ordered from 4D tech. Its expensive but otherwise you need to do all the programming yourself. You enter your vin, they send you the programmed unit and all the parts you need...bezels, wires, etc.
  3. SHO got the leaky crank seal replaced and a new belt. Hopefully that solves the oil leaking issue.
  4. The F150 had a blend door motor failure earlier this summer when we were on vacation in South Dakota, finally got around to replacing the motor/actuator. Also dropped the big bucks and upgraded to Sync 3 when I had it all apart. You can see the actuator tucked in there on top of the duct work, its a pain to remove that rear bolt holding it down. And this is the easy one of the 2 actuators to replace... Sync 3 is like a space ship compared to the old Sync 2. So much faster and actually responds when you tell it to do something...including just turning the radio on or off which Sy
  5. Fixed the leaking transmission pan gasket. New pan with drain plug, gasket, filter and 6 fresh quarts of Mercon V. Hopefully that keeps the trans happy.
  6. Wipers and the backwards dashboard. Japan makes sense, Ford must have sent some over so Yamaha could enjoy the finished product. They probably thought it was a joke. Isn't Japan one of the few places in the world were the US automakers don't even bother to compete?
  7. Nice RHD Eric. Aussie Spec car?? That has gotta be a rare car.
  8. Its back on the road! Had a few bumps to get it there but with patience and some expert advice and help from Eric the car is up and running great. Full tune up and intake cleaning, new coolant hoses and complete flush and refill with MC gold or G05, new PS reservoir, new water pump, and new IMRC box. Some slight modifications to the emissions system too...Purrs like a kitten.
  9. Ford and those PTUs are a total disaster. Absolutely horrible design. Purposely designed to fail in my opinion. At least the older units on the 1st gen Escapes and other auto makers like the Mazda Cx5 have a drain plug on the PTU so you can change the fluid pretty easy.
  10. Figured I drop this little nugget here at some point... The stars aligned and she's back.
  11. I can't give you a hard time for having a V6 truck...I have one too, mine just has 2 of those little whistlers on it . Which I've been very satisfied with. It's hard to drive something without that +420 lb ft of torque. The fuel economy went down with the addition of the KO2s but those tires weigh like 55lbs a piece so it has a decent effect on fuel economy. The biggest thing with the ecoboost is to keep up on the oil changes, that engine needs it oil changed every 5000 miles with a high quality full synthetic no questions, the dilution and heat from the turbos wears the oil out quick and tha
  12. That's a decent truck Jeff. For that price you can't go wrong for a new truck, and its not a total base model. If you keep it long enough you will always come out ok on a truck, they hold their valve pretty decent. I think your probably better off with the 3.6 too, we actually have a lot of issues with the 5.7 Hemi Rams we have at work, water pumps, exhaust manifold leaks, lots of weird stuff way sooner than they should be going. I really expected better from FCA since that's like their bread and butter engine. The 6.4 is better, those 2500 trucks we have have more miles and run harder with le
  13. I had to haul some demolition garbage to the county transfer station and had to run the truck and trailer I was towing across the scales. I was pulling a 2800lb tandem axle dump trailer and the empty trailer and truck combo weighed in at 9020 lbs with a 3/4 tank of gas. That means my F150 as I have it equipped wet tops 6200 lbs! I knew that generation of F150 was pretty hefty but damn, that a heavy half ton truck. This also means that my 7200 lb GVWR truck has a legal payload of almost exactly 1000lbs, not a lot of cargo when you really think about it. Now its easy to see how people easily ove
  14. The girlfriend picked the replacement to the Impala last week. I snagged one decent picture at time of purchase. I've been too busy with work to really go through the car for her and adjust a few things with it yet. 2016 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring AWD. 2.5L with just shy of 32k miles. I went and test drove a lot of cars with her and the CX5 is definitely the sharpest looking and best driving vehicle in that class. It came down to obviously picking a quality vehicle, but the interior and exterior looks, and handling sealed the deal for her. The CX5 looks great, handles great, has wa
  15. Pretty sure my girlfriends Impala got totaled last Friday. We were making a left turn, I was sitting shotgun (waiting for a passing car) and anther girl blew right into us. She hit the brakes and tried to go for the ditch at the last second. Hit us hard enough to blow all the airbags in her Malibu and mush the Impalas suspension up and push the tire out at a good angle. We were 3 blocks from my moms house so I had to call her to come to the rescue. You can see I was in total weekend mode already, sandals and swimming trunks. I paid them a visit since the yard the
  16. The F150s moonroof/sunroof took a crap on me. The plastic track guides cracked and exploded all over when I tried to open the window last week. It got suck open so I was forced to make an emergency repair. After researching the job and finding out it is a major undertaking I ordered the replacement parts from the Sunroof Doctor. I wasn't going to pay $1000 or more to someone to fix this when I knew I could handle it, just super time consuming. Step 1. Tear the entire interior apart to drop the headliner...took about 1.5 hours Step 2. Get a helper and drop the track/tray assembly tha
  17. Thanks Jeff. That blue jeans color has a way of hiding all the salt spray I couldn't be happier with the truck so far, no complaints in the 2 years of ownership yet with the exception for the crappy Sync 2 system. The only things on the wish list for it now are: Sync 3 upgrade Bilstein 5100 shocks (just to bump the front end up an inch or so) I'd maybe consider a 87 octane tune and an aluminum intercooler once its out of warranty but there are no mountains and the air isn't usually that hot here. Besides I am quite happy with the output of the Ecoboost where its at right
  18. I got some new shoes...or boots for the F150. Also replaced the cracked and rusting stock lugs nuts with a set of black locking Gorilla lug nuts. LT 275/60/R20 BFG KO2s (33s, for reference the Raptor runs 35s stock) Its absolutely amazing the difference these tires make. The truck rides like a truck now and they look awesome. I got it up to 80mph on the highway and the difference in noise compared to the Dueler street tires is barely noticeable, they are super quiet for how aggressive the tread is. I wasn't 100% sure on how the black lugs would look on the chrome rims but I trusted
  19. I wonder if all the engineers evening working on the new Aluminum body vehicles know this exists. One would think they would want to examine as many of those older aluminum bodies as possible. Maybe since Ford played with a lot of aluminum in the past 20 years they don't need too. I see everyday on older Mustangs, Explorers, F150s, Expeditions, you name it. All had the same paint peeling and oxidizing issue, lol. The hood on my truck is looking good yet though.
  20. I bought the F150 in March of 2017 with 38,000 miles. It currently has almost 58,000 on it. A few cross country trips really rolled them up.
  21. Did a little PM work and some computer related modifications to the F150 this weekend. Started out with a transmission fluid change/pan drop and filter change on the 6R80 since I'm closing in on 60k miles. Overall it was actually pretty straightforward. Ford could have made it way easier by putting a real dipstick on the transmission but whatever I managed to reach up in between the cat and the side of the transmission with an heavy leather glove to check the fluid level without getting burned. Others who have driven vehicles equipped with the 6R80 could probably confirm how good of
  22. Probably double that noise because I doubt the Fusion has 2 - 15 or 16 inch fans.
  23. The F150s A/C is kinda fussy like that. Its kinda lame and struggles to produce cold air when its just sitting still or driving slow but when your at cruising speed on the highway the A/C blows ice cold. Its almost obnoxious how loud the high speed cooling fan is on the F150 too, I don't understand how a fan that big roaring that fast can't move enough air over that huge opening but I guess it doesn't quite cut it.
  24. Not to often that I have put the 1500lbs of payload capacity to real work, but these old railroad ties were really heavy. I bet that was a solid 900-1000lbs of old wood. Truck rode like an absolute dream with that weight.
  25. In case anyone is wondering what a good oil sample looks like from a 3.5L Ecoboost. I thought I should get a base line for the truck, this oil had between 5000 and 6000 miles on it, a good mix of regular driving, moderate to heavy towing 5000-8000lbs, and a long 2000 mile road trip. No wear metals, no fuel (good sign for the Ecoboost since they suffer from oil dilution due to the high pressure), no coolant, and no water.
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