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I think I have a NOS ignition lock w/2 keys out in my garage somewhere.  or double-negative major has them, I forget.  One of us has it.

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I went ahead and tried out the '90 Taurus tumbler assembly. I had to swap the outer assemblies since the ones used on pre-'90 models did not have the same same and would not fit, but the internals directly crossover. Obviously it looks nothing like the original type used, but it does work.

 

Off Position

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Run Position

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Accessory Position

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I still might go and get the ignition cylinder from an '89 Taurus at my local Pull-A-Part just because of some minor clearance issues. The actual assembly doesn't hit anything on the outside, but it is easy to constantly bump your thumb on the column cover right below the shifter. Other than that, the assembly does work for what it's worth and has two keys.

 

Now I just have to explain the reasoning behind a door key, tailgate and glove box key, and ignition key. :)

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I think I have a NOS ignition lock w/2 keys out in my garage somewhere. or double-negative major has them, I forget. One of us has it.

I have it. PM if you want it, Wolfman.

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Today was moving day. It started too early and ran way too late, but that's how things work, right?

 

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To make all things clear, less time was spent with the Sable during the run of the day. I-20 and local routes became friends and enemies. Back and forth, two round trips from Evans to Columbia, yet only the third run actually included the Sable, but this story is obviously bigger.

 

I got up and left the house begrudgingly around 9:25 this morning and picked up my friend and proceeded to drive the Grand Marquis up to Cayce, SC to get my aunt's 2000 F-150. All we were told all is good with the truck except for a dying coil which caused a mild miss around 50 MPH. Didn't think much of our run back was going to be at 75 MPH. I did a quick trip inspection of the truck and the only issue I found was that only the high tone horn worked (this becomes part of the story later on) and we soon got underway to Evans.

 

We arrived back in Evans around 12:00 and got lunch. We ran it through the auto car wash and after that, we went and picked up the trailer. That took a bit longer since the U-Haul website gave us issues in per-arranging our tow dolly because it said that a F-150 with a 5,000 LBS hitch was not suitable to tow a Sable. So we went around that and indicated we were pulling a "'89 Civic Hatchback". If you're wondering why do this, it is simply because I checked out all of the ratings we were working with and that there was no way the Sable would exceed capacity, especially only being on a dolly and not a full trailer. So after filling out the necessary information, we now had a dolly hooked up to the truck. Did I mention this is the first time I've ever pulled a trailer? 

 

We got back to the house around 1:30 or so and were tasked with getting the Sable from the backyard, to the driveway, down the street, and up upon the trailer. Easy if it ran and I had remembered to get the jumper cables from my car before we left. Obviously none of this happened, so my friend and I had to continuously rock it out of the backyard while slowly adjusting the direction of travel. Once it was out into the driveway, everything just had to coast down hill. Easy until we got to the trailer and I slowed too much to correct travel. The car was now sitting at the base of the ramps to the dolly and wouldn't just roll up. Back to the rocking until we made up enough momentum to roll the car up into the base. Got everything strapped in place and chained down. Good to hit the highway? No. Rear right tire needs air like no tomorrow.

 

We're finally pulling out of the neighborhood at 2:45 to go to the gas station to air up the rear tires just so they don't blow at speed. The closest station just happened to have people parked really close to the pump and the hose on that wasn't long at all. We had to run further down the road to a self-car wash to use that one, only after waiting 15 minutes for a ground crew to move their truck that was placed in front of the air pump! Finally at 3:30, we were under way again to I-20.

 

I can usually run the Augusta - Columbia sprint in about 45 to 50 minutes on a good day at 80 MPH. Well this was not that day. The dolly was rated for 55 MPH, and with the Sable hooked to it made take off even slower since I was only using a truck with the 4.6 Triton. So 55 I went, which also happened to be the range where the coil liked to miss, so every so often there was a buck and a miss from the thing as I slowly press down I-20, being passed by everything (18-wheelers included). The fun ended in Blythewood around 6:15 because I made a wrong turn off the interstate.

 

It is a shame I didn't record the trailer yank out of the Sable since it didn't want to roll off, much less photograph where it sits right now at Bull Geek's. But it is there. However the better part of my time I spent there was fixing that horn on the truck. Before leaving my house, I grabbed one of the functional horns I pulled from a '50 Plymouth Cranbrook. Access was easy along with modifying the wiring to work. It worked for all of two seconds. In the testing phase, the 12v metal contact on the "new" horn touched the bumper, ground out and blew the fuse, and magically there were no new fuses. I re-installed the assembly and finally got under way around 7:00, hornless.

 

Blythewood has a self storage area not too far from Bull Geek's. Don't take U-Haul trailers to them. They don't accept them, but will take trucks. All I know is there was extended driving again into Columbia, maybe even downtown, until we came across a U-Haul center and dropped that rattly dolly off. This must have been around 8:20 or so. From there proceeded the run back to Cayce, pretty much just a 20 minute run across town, however we stopped on the way to grab the horn fuse from Advance Auto Parts. It does work now and sounds pretty cool. The stop only added only about 5 minutes or so.

 

Arrived back at my aunt's around 8:45, moved some personal stuff from truck back to my car, had a brief conversation with her, then proceeded to run back to Evans. This time at 80 MPH after stopping for gas and such, so we could say official time getting on I-20 would have been 9:20 and getting back into Augusta was right at 10:00, but that didn't include dropping of my friend and getting home myself. This journey finally ended at 10:35 when I stepped in the door.

 

Notice how little time was actually spent doing anything with the Sable? Exactly.

 

I'm glad it is over for a little bit until the fun starts tearing into the engine. :)

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Look what I found in my backyard when I got

Home just 5 minutes ago...

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Is this one available to be parted out, like that red Sable that was left on your lawn a few weeks ago? :ph34r:

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Today was moving day...

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... I'm glad it is over for a little bit until the fun starts tearing into the engine. :)

:blink:

That. Was. Epic.

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Look what I found in my backyard when I got

Home just 5 minutes ago...

 

You always said you'd like to see it in person, now you finally can. Maybe by now you've seen the little present in the back.

Is this one available to be parted out, like that red Sable that was left on your lawn a few weeks ago? :ph34r:

 

Nope. :)

 

:blink:

That. Was. Epic.

It was. Just something I'd prefer not to do for awhile, though.
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Maybe by now you've seen the little present in the back.

Uh oh. :blink:

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"That. Was. Epic."

 

Brian said it best !   

I'm glad you were able to make the trip without any real disasters. And now your aunt has a 'new' horn !

 

All right gentlemen, let the restoration begin !     

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Uh oh. :blink:

Insinuating it was something horrible? I mean it is the wrong color, but it soon will be the right one, I hope. :icon_lol:

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What exactly did you leave as a surprise?

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A replacement dash topper and ash tray. He just needed these since the '87 Colony Park had a cracked topper and missing ash tray. The topper just has to be repainted to match.

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After letting the battery sit on the trickle charger, threw it into the Sable and cranked it up.

 

Wow - NO power steering.  Armstrong steering is required.

 

And dang does it run like poo - no intermix of coolant and oil under cap/on dipstick but it does a great job at running like junk.

 

There's some grounding issues as well with the vehicle.  Car only went between reverse and first gear to maneuver it into the overhang from the garage.  Brake light is on, and pedal is SOFT.  really unsafe bad brakes.

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So... who technically OWNS the wagon at this point in time? :ph34r:

Glad to hear that some project tasks are beginning. Looking forward to more updates! :D

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After letting the battery sit on the trickle charger, threw it into the Sable and cranked it up.

 

Wow - NO power steering.  Armstrong steering is required.

 

And dang does it run like poo - no intermix of coolant and oil under cap/on dipstick but it does a great job at running like junk.

 

There's some grounding issues as well with the vehicle.  Car only went between reverse and first gear to maneuver it into the overhang from the garage.  Brake light is on, and pedal is SOFT.  really unsafe bad brakes.

I have a video of me moving it to the backyard after the HOA threaten to fine me if I kept it in the driveway. I kinda expected to post it here, but the better part of it was filming the trees since I couldn't steer and film without the assist. To boot, when I dropped it off, it had pissed a crap-ton of power steering fluid all over the dolly.

 

I have actually had the thing stall moving it from the backyard to the front. It once straight shut off but left instrumentation. And the brakes, at first when I left to take it home in May I was thinking it was a bad parking brake indicator because it was lit after disengaging it off and it never went off, wasn't until I stepped on the brakes I found myself almost to the floor to stop the thing. Either the pads and drums are shot, or there is a leak somewhere...

 

 

 

 

...But it's probably worn brakes since everything else was only sub-par kept.

 

 

So... who technically OWNS the wagon at this point in time? :ph34r:

Glad to hear that some project tasks are beginning. Looking forward to more updates! :D

Well I still have the title, so legally its still mine, but Nick is looking after it until it is time to tackle it.

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Zach still holds title - remember, he and I are going to repair it so he can sell it.  It just happens to be in B-vegas SC :)

 

Lol, I tried to take a video too...it didn't last long at all...

 

It was burning the PS fluid by the time I had it nosed into the carport.  Oddly, the power steering pump was silent over the engine/exhaust lol

 

The reservoir for brake fluid is full...but we can yank the drums off and check it out if you want.  I bet the brake lines are fine, but the pads are gone in the front.  Master cylinder probably needs replacing too, the plastic is crumbling and I think I saw fluid running down the booster.

 

Car is a mess...we'll get it taken care of soon enough!!!  That dashboard is wicked awesome...

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Car is a mess...

It don't sound tooo bad. I'd start a list on everything, the pros and cons. 

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He might have a buyer for it when yall are done with it....I may be in a better place financially by then once my home remodel projects are done...

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It just happens to be in B-vegas SC :)

 

 

Just wondering, what is B-vegas SC? 

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b-vegas = Blythewood , town I live in.  Joke is how Blythewood is a complete 180 from Las Vegas.

 

Sort of like how Greenwood, SC is called G-Vegas (they made stickers for it).

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b-vegas = Blythewood , town I live in.  Joke is how Blythewood is a complete 180 from Las Vegas.

 

Sort of like how Greenwood, SC is called G-Vegas (they made stickers for it).

Got it, sort of.  So, what happens in Blythewood...does NOT stay in Blythewood? Or, no lights, gambling, and escort cards handed out on the main drag?

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Got it, sort of.  So, what happens in Blythewood...does NOT stay in Blythewood? Or, no lights, gambling, and escort cards handed out on the main drag?

All of the above. :P

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Any update on these Essex troubles?

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I haven't been up to Blythewood to do anything since I dropped the car off. I don't know if Nick is finished with his other cars he was working on, since the Sable is at the bottom of the waiting list for any servicing. I imagine it is still under Nick's carport waiting for whatever will happen.

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