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About Kodachrome Wolf

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  • Birthday 02/16/1995

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    1997 Grand Marquis LS & 1987 Colony Park LS
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    281ci Modular V8 & 302ci Windsor V8

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  1. So the wagon engine project is finished. The reassembly was done last week, but a driveability issue was making it run like crap. Symptoms were: Idling too high (could unplug IAC, turn on the A/C, and put into Drive and not stall), Rich smell at idle, zero power at WOT, backfiring, misfiring, and bucking. Everything you want after you an engine back together and start it. Anyway, finally had some time to get out and poke at it. Grabbed my handy paper clip and test light, and ran a KOEO test and got Code 23 for TPS out of range or set too high. Probed the wires to the TPS and got 1.48v. That's way too high. Ford likes it under 1.12v, .84-.99v is preferred, and apparently all the way down to .54v is acceptable. The TPS is slotted for some adjustment, but not that much, but I don't have a faulty TPS. It was checked out good on the old throttle body, so what gives? Well, these do have a throttle plate stop screw that really shouldn't be messed with, and the best Brian and I could come up with was it got knocked out place or fiddled with after it came off his Mustang. I turned out the stop screw while measuring voltage as it steadily dropped and tuned it to the precision point all the Mustang fanboys like at the just-oh-so-perfect point of .997v. I also swapped all the plugs and wires. When putting the wires back on, it was clear many had lost their distinctive "click" you want when installing them. Figured it wouldn't hurt to do the plugs just in case despite being low mileage (and they looked the part). The old Autolites definitely had crud blown onto them during initial firing which would have been problematic if left alone, so new NGKs were installed. Fired up easy, no vibration, and the engine idled down easy into a buttery smooth low idle. Road test was good. Throttle response is nicer with the larger bore. Has better "power" than even before the incident, and seems to breath easier with slightly less restrictive intake, heads and dual exhaust. It runs almost as smooth as the 4.6 in the '97, which is impressive for an old pushrod engine like this. A big thanks to Brian for his assistance in supplying this project the necessary repair parts! All that's left is to adjust the TV block slightly (O/D comes on at 50 MPH vs 55 MPH, shifts aren't as firm as I like), re-install the 5.0 plate, and the two front accessory bracket braces.
  2. Atmospheric compression attained: Reasons why it didn't run right: Managed to suck the valve past the seat, but nothing was amiss on the top end if you popped the valve cover and cranked over the engine. All that was known was that the compression on cylinder 1 was non-existent. The replacement cylinder heads are already on it. Just the supporting stuff remains, but it'll go quicker. Maybe it'll be back together tomorrow. Or Tuesday. Or whenever.
  3. Working to unbreak what I broke over a year ago. Just some mild disassembly: Got more to do tomorrow.
  4. Kodachrome Wolf

    pushbar and spot lights

    You might be able to use one from a old police car, but you’d have to fabricate your own brackets. That’ll be the biggest part to overcome.
  5. Removing the throttle body and EGR spacer from an SEFI 302 upper intake is a massive PITA. One stud came cleanly out using two nuts on a stud and un-threading it from the runner portion. One remained generally stuck and the bottom two broke. It took a lot of prying and beating with a mallet to get it to come all the way off. I got the busted studs undone with a pair of vice grips. Going forwards when I mount up the Panther EGR spacer, I'm using bolts instead of the stud approach. I'm also lightly coating those bolts in anti-seize to put off corrosion for a while. The coolant line that also goes through the spacer also is not being used. Galvanic corrosion is an issue from the start since the original setup is aluminum with steel studs. Mix that in with the common leakage at the coolant passage which either puts coolant down the intake or onto the studs, it makes for a nasty corrosion fest.
  6. Kodachrome Wolf

    pushbar and spot lights

    What do you need a pushbar and spot light combo for? AFAIK, the last police package year for Taurus was 1995. Gen IV had no such option, so the market doesn't exist outside of getting creative. Being on a forum where used cop cars are frequent, most folks go the route of de-copping a car, not the opposite way around. Some find all that stuff garners unwanted attention. Just a heads up, if you do go after that stuff, most of it requires cutting or drilling. Spotlights require holes and that invites water leakage opportunities.
  7. Greased up the suspension points and drained the transmission pan on the '97. Just trying to get a few services done before my trip on Sunday.
  8. Kodachrome Wolf

    Charts fire

    What caught fire in particular? Was it electrical?
  9. I believe the ‘Maintenance Required’ light is the MIL, but it’s been a while since we’ve had our Odyssey, so I’m not 100% sure.
  10. Replaced the door speakers in the '87. Now all six speakers work and sound quality is much better. Also made up a weather barrier for the driver's door on it since the original was long gone (original stuff looks like a brown paper back with a thin rubberized coating on the back). Used some heavy plastic sheet and just cut it to cover where it should and taped it in place. Then I moved on to opening up the engine bay a little bit by using the 1990 Town Car specific air intake, fan shroud, and washer bottle. Before (not the best angle, old pic): After: Cleaned up the angry spaghetti to make it a little less angry. Not sure if the relays will remain there, but my relocation options are limited since the washer tank now lives where they use to. In the OE configuration, the coolant overflow tank and washer tank are a combo unit mounted where the air cleaner lives now. That leaves a space where the relays are normally mounted. Obviously this change moves stuff around. The '90-'91 LTD CVs and GMQs get a more modern relay/vacuum configuration that is seen in the '92-'02 Panthers. While it's possible to swap in that newer style vacuum box and relay holder vs the coffee can and tower o' relays, I'm not sure if I want to do that right now.
  11. Should have, but I needed good tires cheap like a week ago. Otherwise, those would have been on the menu.
  12. Replaced the worn tires today. Got some Kumho Solus TA11 225/70R15 tires. Plenty of grip and they do not feel like they have as much sidewall flexing like the Firestones did. I went with these because they had very good reviews on TireRack so I figured they were worth a shot. The white wall may be gone, but the extra benefits of a wider tire with better compound is worth the trade off. Plenty of tread: Back on the base model look: I also got the shop to take the one good Firestone (about 60% tread) and have it mounted for the wagon’s spare. The wagon had a 23 year old Michelin that looked okay, but would not be trusted outside of maybe just letting the car sit on it. All in all I now have a nice new set of matching tires, a new spare for the ‘97, and a good spare for the ‘87.
  13. The first generation models were popular considering what most of America was driving at the time, which were cars that were generally of the three box style. The Taurus and Sable dropped in as a sleek, modern looking car compared to similar midsize cars, like the Chevrolet Celebrity. 1986 Celebrity 1986 Taurus The second generation was an update on the first generation. Still had modern styling at the time, but all the other manufacturers couldn't be outdone. Pontiac tried copying the Sable's distinct light bar on the Grand Prix. Ford did have a rather good run with the car between 1986-1995, and a lot of their lines started sharing similar "Aero" body lines moving into the 90s. For 1992, the Crown Victoria imitated a "larger Taurus" after being restyled in the only year it didn't have a conventional grille. Just like today where most manufacturers share similar design cues in all models, it happened in a number of Ford products from the late 80s through the 90s. From there, the popularity waned as the third gen was a love it or hate it affair design wise and other competition, especially from foreign markets really took hold in the midsize market. The addition of the Duratec V6 was nice for the extra power over the traditional Vulcan V6, particularly after the head gasket hungry Essex V6 was dropped. However, the less than exciting styling relegated a number of these cars to fleets and rentals. As far as popularity goes, this was a midsize, generally no thrills sedan that offered 5 or 6 passenger seating with a number of modernity amenities as they were built. They may have not been a stellar as some of the other cars in their class, but they did what was expected of them, however forgettable they may seem. For a number of buyers, they made a good family car that would either be passed down or eventually traded in a few years later. I wouldn't say they were made to last a lifetime without a bit of work. The transaxle has always been a weak point in these cars, or at least prior to the shift to the full size chassis after 2007. An external cooler and more frequent fluid changes considerably will extend their lifespans. The 3.8 V6 (Essex) engines were available in the late 80s right up to 1995, but had a nasty habit of eating head gaskets, but the Essex wasn't unique to Taurus and Sable, and also gave troubles to Thunderbird, Mustang, and other cars that used it, however a good number of Taurus/Sable models got them, so a notorious engine with a notorious transaxle gives the cars a bad rap, especially since that stuff causes nameplates to pale in comparison to other competitors. Barring all that, the Taurus did accomplish something fairly large in its own right, and it saved Ford. Ford wasn't well off in the '80s, and the Taurus/Sable project was a make or break deal. If that car flopped, they would have gone under. They were so unsure if the Taurus would make it, they kept making the car it was supposed to replace, the mid-size Fox chassis LTD. right beside it for the 1986 model year. When sales took off, they finally ended the LTD production. /tangent Regarding MPG, are we comparing them to modern minivans or minivans that were new when they were new? The four speed transaxle would probably be the biggest point of less than stellar mileage. A more modern transaxle would have been nice in the mid 2000s, but alas that didn't happen. The Duratec engines in my opinion seem to be thirsty. My mother has an MKZ with the 3.5 and a 6 speed automatic, and in mixed driving gets similar mileage to my Grand Marquis with a 4.6 with a 4 speed automatic. Typically I average 20 MPG, which is nice for a large car that's 21 years old. Her car might do 21 MPG average, and is only 9 years old. Even highway mileage is similar between 26-28 MPG. I assume a Taurus could manage similar numbers.
  14. So I've been using the full size spare on the '97, and it decided to do this. One of regular tires got a leak, can't find where it is, plus the tread was low enough it wasn't worth getting it checked out. This particular tire was from an earlier set I had put on, so probably 2012 or 2013. Had no problems over the last week or so until today when I got a really harsh vibration coming home. Glad it didn't decide to let go. Inspecting the circumference, it looks like a belt shifted and the tread separated from the carcass. I was never a fan of how that particular set of tires wore either (Firestone Affinity Touring), and they wore out the center faster than the edges, even when being inflated to factory PSI. I personally prefer running these cars at 40 PSI all around, but I digress. The Kuhmo KR21s that preceded those and the Firestone Precision Tourings that succeeded them wore evenly across the entire tread area versus exaggerated wear down the center. Anyway I've been looking at tires since they're all due for replacement anyway. I'll be doing that sooner than later. In the meantime, I'm going to run out to the tire shop early in the morning before work and have a cheapo tire mounted up to make it to next week since I've got to call to order the set I've been looking at. Hopefully next week I'll have four fresh tires on. White wall will be going by the wayside this go around, unfortunately. I've opted to go with the Kuhmo TA11 225/70R15. Good reviews, good specs, meets my criteria, and Discount Tire has them at a reasonable price.
  15. Kodachrome Wolf

    What Rear rotors do I need for 1999 Wagon?

    Looking at the parts catalog at work, it’s showing a singular rear brake rotor covering 1993-2007 Tauruses. It doesn’t have a wagon/sedan or a ABS/Non-ABS selection. To the OP, do your rotors have any numbers on them besides discard thickness?