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#81 Righty

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:55 PM

Score one for Yankee Ingenuity. Got the right tools or just good w/ level & tape measure?

Sounds like you know a little about the Blue Oval.


It always feathers the inside of the front tires, especially the front right tire. I did a quick, small adjustment. Probably thursday I'm going to actually measure it in flat and level parking area.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:17 PM

ok.... i got a question... who here runs their vehicle on bio-deisel or vegitable oil?

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 11:04 PM

Went to get the Taurus inspected today and it failed.

Service manager came up to me and said that I had broken front springs, and the rotors were too rusty and grooved to pass inspection and the right one was cracked, no inside right pad material left due to the rust and hanging calipers.

Spent 7 hours getting ...

* New front springs (free - Ford recall)
* New front rotors $133.30 (incl labor) YF1Z 1V125 EA Rotor Assembly
* New front pads $52.10 (for all 4) BR 35 B Pad
* Calipers rebuilt $144

They spent an hour trying to get the rotors off. I watched them do that they were using all sorts of oils and rust penetrators and hitting the thing and couldn't get them off.

Afterwards the other service manager asked me if I knew about the brakes. I told him that I did and that the car pulled to the left horribly when braking - because there was no right front brake anymore.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 11:14 PM

Went to get the Taurus inspected today and it failed.

Service manager came up to me and said that I had broken front springs, and the rotors were too rusty and grooved to pass inspection and the right one was cracked, no inside right pad material left due to the rust and hanging calipers.

Spent 7 hours getting ...

* New front springs (free - Ford recall)
* New front rotors $133.30 (incl labor) YF1Z 1V125 EA Rotor Assembly
* New front pads $52.10 (for all 4) BR 35 B Pad
* Calipers rebuilt $144

They spent an hour trying to get the rotors off. I watched them do that they were using all sorts of oils and rust penetrators and hitting the thing and couldn't get them off.

Afterwards the other service manager asked me if I knew about the brakes. I told him that I did and that the car pulled to the left horribly when braking - because there was no right front brake anymore.


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#85 Heavenly_Blade

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 11:18 PM

if at first you dont succeed, use a bigger hammer :P

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 11:20 PM

I decided to bed in the pads and wow! The car stops now. I stopped into an autoparts and bought a fuel filter and a set of colder spark plugs.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 11:23 PM

lol save some cash..... buy a new car :P

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:37 PM

Actually the brakes would be do for any vehicle with 47000 miles on it.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:51 PM

This'll probably give away my actual location, but my state got rid of inspections 25 years ago, same time insurance became mandatory (rates suddenly doubled, go figure). There were to many complaints about gouging to pass inspection
& too many shops got caught passing cars for a pay-off. There are laws about keeping cars in safe condition like contributory negligence.

A couple years back I sank about $400 (US) into the brakes of mo '00 Stang, and that was doing the work myself. Put OEM
spec pads all the way around, had 3 rotors turned + 1 replaced & both rear calipers had to be put into a shop to remove the frozen guide pins. In stead of a solid cable for the parking brake (or handbrake), Ford used a spring loaded ratchet setup & getting the rear calipers off is a royal bitch for one guy to do. I think it's supposed to be a self-adjusting setup but
plan to replace w/ earlier solid cable.

Righty - for clarification, this the 3.8 I was talking about earlier, although from what I've seen from working on it & the 3.8 Tauruses, Ford used the same block for both. According to the dealer I've got the wide ratio AOD so I get a little lower gears in 1st & 2nd. 4th is a little taller too. Found an article about swapping the AOD for a Cobra 6-speed for about $500
(US) if you have the right software to tell the computer not to look for signals from the AOD, so I think I know where my next spare $500 is going. Either way, the 3.0 DOHC Tauruses are just plain quick.

If you're into Tauruses, you'll be glad to know Ford recently announced they are coming back.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 05:18 PM

On the 3.8 the block is the same, but there are a few different head designs. The rear drive 3.8, the Taurus 3.8 and the SPI Windstar 3.8. I was looking at a new 08 Taurus yesterday. I would have took it!

AOD is one of the most bulletproof transmissions out there if I recall correctly. I can see why you would want a six speed, wide ratios suck for racing.

Here in new york if you fart in your car 3 weeks before the inspection it will fail. Damn treehuggers.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 02:58 AM

Kind of looking at 2nd generation RX7s... naturally aspirted, as I can't really afford the TII (single turbo) model. They look like this:

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They're hella sexy cars, and would be a lot better than some beater in the 3K price range.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:24 AM

I know someone that racked up $5000 in fines (1 incident) in one of those, hit just over 150 MPH (240 KPH).
I think I have those same wheels on my 'Stang!

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:29 AM

Sell 'em, and bring us pics of your Mustang. :P

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:31 AM

No, THIS!!!

http://www.auto-powe...adster_2007-936

Pics forthcoming. B)

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:37 AM

Eh, not much into exotics.. I don't remember if said it before, but I like to keep my thoughts realistic, haha. AND YAY CAR PICS! When you think that 6-speed swap is going in?

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:39 AM

It's not the lotus part, it's under the hood.

The 6-Speed will happen as soon as I can get my money out of the Bank of Los Santos & into my real bank account. :gappy:

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:43 AM

Haha, it would be an auto to manual swap right? I think that's what you said anyway... I heard it's hard getting the shift boot in there.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:54 AM

I think to save money, Ford makes the floor so they can build either a auto or manual model w/ the same part. Mine already has a floor shifter so that shouldn't be an issue.

Recent article in Mustang Enthusiast covered it. In their swap, they picked up all the parts from a junkyard for $500. Same article claimed that between the tranny swap & changing the exaust to Bassani X-pipe, they gained 22 HP at the rear wheels.
Their car was an '02 w/ 4.6 V-8

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 04:22 AM

Yeah, auto's make some of your power wasted. Better air flow = better performance.. I find it funny when people think their cars need backpressure xD

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 04:57 AM

For street use, a little back pressure helps. It's been forever since I read into it, but unless your running a full out dragster,
you need it to help low-end torque.

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