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mwt

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    I Remember When

    Nick used to ask me questions about Taurus' all the time. I recently retired my 2000 Chestnut after 360K and I was trying to get the valve body swapped into my 2000 SEL for the boy and I had to ask for his help about a dozen times. Thanks Nick! I remember when you didn't have your drivers license or a Taurus.
  2. Send me one of those wheels. The boy was driving the Chestnut Taurus a while back and didn't realize he had a flat. I don't know if he ruined the tire or not. Just want to be prepared.
  3. I couldn't get the hood to open and the mechanism was slightly bent. The latch that bolts to the hood was seriously bent and the clip that holds the ebrake cable was broken. I grabbed all three pieces from a gen III for $8.77 and got it so the hood opens. I jumped on top of the hood and smashed it down some. Other than that, I am finished. I almost pissed myself because I saw a chestnut Taurus at the salvage. First one I have ever seen. I got up close to it and it had an engine fire that destroyed the hood. All the other body panels in great shape but the interior was trashed. Someone had already snagged the front bumper.
  4. He is fine. Other than taking that picture, I haven't even messed with it. He rear ended a jeep. You can see her trailer receiver in the bumper. They didn't even call the cops because he did zero damage to her jeep. I am just gonna beat it out so it hood will open and close and he can put oil and power steering fluid in it. I am basically saying to hell with it. I am finished fixing cars for my kids.
  5. The boy rear ended a jeep today. I guess it's pretty much the end of the line for this car. I loved this car. Most of you know all the stuff I did to it over the years. 340K on the clock and it still ran great.
  6. The Vulcan is an Overhead Valve not Overhead Cam
  7. I drove the chestnut Duratec around a 120mph today. I still love that car. I also made the connection on the noise suppressor fit tight. The boy had been driving it for no telling how long with ignition whine.
  8. You should have just got it as high in the air as you could and dropped the engine and transaxle as one unit. Put the good tranny on the good engine then stuck it back in. That's how it would be done if you were paying someone to do it. Mike
  9. Just go jump on the freeway. you should be good in a few minutes. That residue is gonna be there a while though.
  10. Hopefully you will get this sorted out. As far as the car, All of you guys talking about fixing it are out of your minds. You guys know he can pick up a replacement for less than what it would cost to fix that damage.
  11. The pulley exploded on my chestnut 2000. My daughter was driving it. I went straight to LKQ, pulled a pump with a good pulley and put it on. That was probably a 100K ago. Now it is foaming and slipping. Just thought I would throw that out there. The hardest part was getting the line off the back of the pump. Mike :eek:
  12. Got the front lifted 2.5" with Bilstein 5100's Gotta put the rear shocks on today and get new tires monday.
  13. I bought a set of Bilstein Struts Fronts are adjustable to 2.5" Differential drop kit to correct the CV Geometry. Hypertech Speedo/shift point recalibrator (to correct for the oversized tires) 295/70/18 Terra Grapplers Stock tires are 275/65/18 White Powdercoated door sill guards air dam piece for the space between the truck and the radiator 150 LED light strip to put under the back glass so I can see back there when I open the doors. 9 quarts of Mobil one synthetic gear oil for the differentials and transfer case. That's all I can think of at the moment. Mike
  14. I have done it three or four times but wanted to refresh my memory. I think it was Paul Nimz (shoz123) that did the writeup on how to easily change the front struts on the 96-07 Taurus. I looked up a youtube video yesterday but it seemed like a couple of steps were missing. Did the old wiki disappear over at that other place? If anyone has a link to that, I would appreciate it. Mike :cool:
  15. . I damn near got in a high speed collision because I was texting and driving. I aint doing that anymore. Mike
  16. I got a full tank of gas in the corolla. I will come out there and beat you to death. Mike
  17. You shoyld have just unbolted the subframe and brought it out the bottom like Ford recommends. Mike
  18. The Eibachs don't lend themselves to cutting. Mike
  19. I checked all the fuses. They were good. Then I went under the hood and disconnected and reconnected every connector. Now everything works and the AC is blowing cold air. Mike
  20. I used to know all this stuff but I haven't done any major work on my Taurus' in years. Anyway, we are giving the 99 to a family that needs a work car. I haven't started it in I don't know how long. I put it on jackstands a couple of years ago with the intention of pulling the struts and hogging out the holes so I could get it aligned. I had noticed that sometimes the AC would quit working and the car would have to be restarted for it to start working again. Anyway, I started it last weekend and there are two things. 1. the tach and speedo do not work. 2. the AC doesn't even kick in. I had pulled the oil sending unit to try on my duratec before I realized they were different sending units. I had to pull a water hose to get to it. So I put those back on and started the car right up. I gave it a cursory once over to make sure mice hadn't chewed any wires and I double checked to make sure everything was plugged in. Any ideas where to start? Luke, I am expecting you to kick in here and tell me how to fix all this crap in five minutes. Mike
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