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    In a shed, doing maths
  • Birthday September 3

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    1996 Ford Taurus SHO
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    3.4L V8

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    Male
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    The Lone Star State
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    Southwest
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    spridget

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  1. Recipe for LED puddle lamps You’ll need: • 30-31mm LED festoon bulbs • small pry tool, small knife, etc • clear silicone sealant After removing the puddle lamps from the mirrors, bake the lamps at 200°F for 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and gently pry the clear plastic lens from the black plastic housing. Remove the lamp and replace with the LED bulb. Test the lamps for correct polarity prior to sealing the lens. Use a small amount of silicone sealant around the rim of the lens to secure it in place. Repeat for the other side.
  2. Installed the SHO Performance Package from Unleashed Tuning. I’ve worked with Torrie in the past, which is why I chose him over Livernois. Installation was fairly simple. Plug swap is surprisingly easy on the EcoBoost (compared to a Duratec or 3.4L SHO). Thermostat was also straight forward. MAP sensor swap takes 15 seconds. The reprogramming process takes a few minutes using the X4 device. I’m currently running an 87 octane tune. First impressions: throttle is remapped for better response. Shifts are about the same, maybe slightly quicker/firmer. Redline is slightly higher. Overall improvement in driving experience, but no change to fuel economy. I’ll update after I try the 93 octane tune. Oh, and too bad I didn’t have the X4 prior to hacking the hole at the intake snorkel or I could have provided before and after results, however, the X4 reports intake temps at around 5°F above ambient.
  3. Good thing it’s so far away. I’d be all over that 😅
  4. Familiarizing myself with the EcoBoost engine bay today. I noticed this air intake inlet is kinda small. The inlet is sealed from the engine bay and draws fresh air from the left grill. Where’s my dremel? I’m not making any claims about performance, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ why not. I wouldn’t mind some more intake noises. and I debadged the trunk.
  5. I tapped a power lead to the amp. Grey/red gets power at all times and runs to a 20A fuse. I used the 10A fuse supplied with the kit as well. Works great.
  6. Very happy with the Borla cat back kit. Very nice fit for a multi-piece system. It’s a little tight next to the rear diff, but I haven’t heard any bumps or rattles from inside. The stock exhaust has a small relief or indentation at the diff for clearance, but the entire length of the Borla kit is mandrel bent and perfectly round. I have not seen competing kits to compare, but I would be surprised if the quality is even close to Borla. Sound is very well controlled in the cabin. It’s maybe a decibel louder than stock. Very quiet overall. Noticeably “not stock” at start up. At WOT, there is definitely more bark. Sound is projected behind the car. Around 40mph, light load, there’s a very low tone, almost a “drone”. Cruising is silent. V6s rarely sound amazing, and this is no exception, however, the sound is pleasant, aggressive, clean and mellow. I installed a tow hitch today, CURT brand. Simple install, made even easier by the Borla mufflers. Fits great. I’m not done with the light adapter wiring. The kit, also from CURT, wants me to run a dedicated 10A rated power wire from the battery to the trunk. Uh, I’m thinking there’s plenty of power somewhere in the trunk. I’m only connecting a small trailer, with full LED lighting, that might pull 2 amps.
  7. Hi y’all, I replaced my 2014 Mercedes C250 with a 2016 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost last week. This was the result of being rear ended by an F250 towing a bass boat. The Lincoln MKS is a fat bloated waste of space. Terrible storage and poor ergonomics. Overall features are nice, but lack intuitive controls. Knowing all that, I needed a safe replacement to haul my kid around, anything that wasn’t Mercedes level of ownership costs, and something I can tinker with. Enter the MKSHO! 20 years separate my ‘96 SHO and ‘16 MKS, and yet they are the same damn car. JBL stereo - THX stereo. 4 wheel active suspension (SARC) - adaptive ride control. Even the driver’s trunk release buttons are in the same spot. Now they even share Borla cat back exhausts (Ford Performance).
  8. So the car has been parked for over a year with 3/4 tank of gas. Fuel pump had gone bad when I parked it. Fortunately, I had added some fuel stabilizer before I parked it, knowing it was gonna sit for a little while (a lotta while). Finally got tired of the weeds growing up around it and no time or money to drop the fuel tank. Cut a hole! So much easier. Took about an hour all total. I noticed the old pump has already been messed with before. The ring around the tank seal was mangled and the top of the pump was broken from someone prying on it. New pump in, fired right up.
  9. The 3.4L block uses the same diameter pistons (and rods) from the 2.5L Duratec. IIRC the SHO pistons are flat top whereas the Duratec pistons are dished. Since the rods are shared with the Duratec 2.5 and 3.0, I always thought it would be cool to bore and sleeve the 3.4L and use Duratec 3.0 pistons for a 4.0L SHO.
  10. I think these cars are just prone to inner tire wear. Any part of the suspension or steering is worn, you’re gonna get inner tire wear. Even worn subframe bushings. 2-3 years is a reasonable expectation between alignments before components wear out and advance tire wear. You can drill the spot welds and cut the little tabs to allow an extra few tenths of a degree of camber adjustment.
  11. Our old first gen Scion xB had the 1NZ-FE engine, basically a 1.5L version the 1.8L 1ZZ-FE. For such a small car and engine bay, there is ample room to work (exception being the accessory belt). Prior to the xB my wife drove an Echo with the same 1.5L. Both cars remained in the care of mature family members and each have well over 300k with basic maintenance. The Echo was taken out by a deer last summer. Excellent little engines.
  12. Got pulled over for speeding last night. Driving through a small town, speed limit 55mph. This older Toyota Tundra is tailgating the F150 in the right lane. I’m in the left lane, about even with the F150 when the Tundra begins tailgating me. Speed limit increases to 65mph as we leave town. The F150 and I both get up to 65~70mph. Tundra is still on my ass, looking as though he will go into the oncoming lane to pass me. After a moment of this, I decide to put some distance between us and mash the throttle. As I'm watching Tundra headlights shrink in my rear view, I notice the brake lights of a late model Dodge Charger illuminate in the opposite lane of traffic. State Troopers drive Chargers. FFUUUUHHHHH.... I start looking for somewhere to safely pull over before he’s even completed turning around, his red and blues are flashing. Trooper approached from the passenger side “Everything OK?” I explain why I was speeding. He asks “Were you aware of your speed?” No sir. “I clocked you at 112.” D’oh!!!! He made some chit chat, as cops always do. Nice gentleman. He asked about where I worked, a nearby hospital, learned we were both in the Army. He said he couldn’t let me off without a citation considering my speed but he did type a nice comment on the ticket, stating I was evading a tailgater and gave me extra time to take care of the ticket with a friendly judge. Fair enough. He says, “If there’s any consolation prize for this, it’s that you are the fastest car I’ve pulled over in my 10 years of patrolling this stretch of highway. I’m not counting sport bikes, but cars, you’re the fastest.” We both laugh. I reply to him that my wife won’t find it that funny, and mention she’s a 911 dispatcher for the county. The trooper turns his head for moment, looks back at me and asks “Who’s your wife?” I tell him her name. He replies, “Hand that back to me, all of it, just hand it back. Watch your speed, thank your for your service, and have a good night.” I didn’t name drop to get out of the ticket, I had already signed and accepted it. As I began to pull away he hollers to wait. He walks back to the driver’s side and says “I turned off my camera. If anyone asks, you got a ticket. Good night.” Yes sir!
  13. Hauled my ‘96 SHO back to my house from the shop in south Austin that I was previously managing. The battery has a dead cell but engine started easily with a jump box. It’s been sitting outside the shop for the last year. Now that it’s home, I hope to be able to get it road legal. We need a back up car, but I just wanna hear that V8 purr.
  14. Hauled my ‘05 Benz C230 to my buddy’s shop to have the transmission linkage checked out. The 6 speed manual will not stay in reverse. Also looking at suspension damage, also caused by the previous owner before the vehicle was repo’d. It may turn out to be too expensive to fix.
  15. I think Brad, our ‘97 Taurus-wagon-turned-truck that we use around the property, is gonna be put out to pasture (I guess it’s kinda been out to pasture, now it’s headed for the slaughterhouse). It’s had a slight misfire for the last 6 months. I kinda suspect a failed head gasket. It never runs long enough to overheat, but it has consumed coolant. Today I noticed transmission fluid leaking from one of the metal lines along the front of the subframe. This was a northern car, so it has some rust. I paid $400 for it about 4 years, it had a major crack in the transmission case. Since I sawzall’d the back half off to make it a truck, it has been quite handy hauling logs, rocks, and trash around he property. Mable, the ‘05 Sable needs a fuel pump. I parked it last year, and that’s the last time it started. I hear nothing from the pump when the key is turned.
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