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    If I am understanding your situation correctly,...

    If I am understanding your situation correctly, it sounds like your situation is normal for a car with at least somewhat worn brakes that has not had fluid added.

    The master cylinder does mount...
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    I think that's more of a heads thing, than an...

    I think that's more of a heads thing, than an injection system thing. Mark VIs all have worse heads than 85 CFI cars - I am not sure about 84s.

    My 84 with 3.08 in the back has no issue getting off...
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    I've found with the wagon, which has 11" drums...

    I've found with the wagon, which has 11" drums and got everything new (minus the backing plates), that the auto-adjust works because I can snug the brakes up by doing the reverse thing...but in the...
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    The rear brakes self-adjust, by the same...

    The rear brakes self-adjust, by the same mechanism as when you reverse and stab the brake pedal several times :)

    Self-adjusting refers to the fact that in the course of normal use, you will back...
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    I don't know what your timeline for this work is,...

    I don't know what your timeline for this work is, but RockAuto is essentially impossible to beat for drum brake jobs.

    Hardware kits for a dollar or two, wheel cylinders for 3-4 bucks, shoes for...
  6. Thread: Front bumper

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    I'm running an 80-81 Mercury bumper on my 85 Ford...

    I'm running an 80-81 Mercury bumper on my 85 Ford wagon. All of the front bumpers on 79-87 Ford/Mercury Panthers will swap with the "gotchas" noted already. I think Lincoln bumpers might even look...
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    Seats are indeed nice, front and back. But so are...

    Seats are indeed nice, front and back. But so are the ones in the keeper car, so not sure what to make of that. It does look like these seats will sit flat instead of needing weird different heights...
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    On the 14th, I set out to solve the issue of...

    On the 14th, I set out to solve the issue of leaves being jammed in the blower motor squirrel cage.

    http://i.imgur.com/rN7dV8Yl.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/tEA9vxSl.jpg

    You can see the terrible...
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    kishy's 2004 Focus - Another Parts Car

    In keeping with my past habits of documenting my parts cars, I'd like to introduce you to a 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 (4dr+hatch) I picked up on the evening of the 16th.

    http://i.imgur.com/yDLy94Hl.jpg...
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    I've clocked 21 US MPG with my 84 in similar...

    I've clocked 21 US MPG with my 84 in similar conditions (I think my speed was higher though, which is what makes my story less believable). Filled tank, hopped on the highway, drove at steady speed...
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    The Dorman mirrors (955180) arrived, and are a...

    The Dorman mirrors (955180) arrived, and are a good match. They are not perfect, however. Some considerations:


    Out of the box, the tension on the ball stud is not enough, and they will flop...
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    Pedantic trivia - they are termed "head...

    Pedantic trivia - they are termed "head restraints" because their function is to prevent whiplash, by catching your head as it snaps backwards in applicable types of impacts. They aren't really meant...
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    I recently acquired, on a junkyard trip...

    I recently acquired, on a junkyard trip not-yet-mentioned in the junkyarding thread (but will be added in a day or so), the taller version of the head restraints which you find on select late 80s...
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    I have been given a complete 3.73 limited slip...

    I have been given a complete 3.73 limited slip 7.5 rear end from a 2000 Ranger, with a trashed pinion bearing, but otherwise seemingly just fine. Will be rebuilding that and putting it in the Ranger....
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    Fairly certain at least 2 of mine (Lincoln and...

    Fairly certain at least 2 of mine (Lincoln and wagon) leak in a similar way in the same spot. Source not yet identified.
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    Thanks to a stroke of absolute luck and with some...

    Thanks to a stroke of absolute luck and with some help from a valued friend on here, I've actually now got my hands on the correct NOS part for my car!

    I'm adding it here because it's relevant...
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    Have been noticing a metallic knock sound from...

    Have been noticing a metallic knock sound from the front end, seems to be passenger side, during the first application of the brakes after a direction change (R/D, D/R). It isn't consistent but those...
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    Not in any traditional sense, no...the flex pipe...

    Not in any traditional sense, no...the flex pipe is integral with the manifold and cat, but someone who knows what they're doing could cut it out and weld a new one in. The flex is after the cat and...
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    Indeed, the autos in these years were not known...

    Indeed, the autos in these years were not known for being super troublesome. I've heard of some failing but not in any way like the PowerShift disaster.

    The factory cat is being rebuilt with a new...
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    An update without an update: the original...

    An update without an update: the original justification that I had for this car was to give it to my mom. It's how I convinced myself it made sense, and it's how I justified taking on a (fairly...
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    kishy's 2005 Focus

    All I can do is shrug at this point.

    http://i.imgur.com/EdedZZ7l.jpg http://i.imgur.com/c85YtIAl.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/vqlKu2Jm.jpg http://i.imgur.com/1iiEz13m.jpg...
  22. Well, OK, so...things have happened. Buddy...

    Well, OK, so...things have happened.

    Buddy broke down and bought a whole second 2000 in running condition (too rusty to use as a driver for more than like, a season at this point).

    Because it...
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    The wire to turn on that relay comes through the...

    The wire to turn on that relay comes through the firewall. It is somewhere available to you, you just need to find it. Then use it to power a relay, not as a power source itself.
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    FWIW, my information above is from the 91 EVTM. ...

    FWIW, my information above is from the 91 EVTM.

    I echo the sentiment that anyone doing this type of work really needs a copy of that book.
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    How much of the rest of the car is getting...

    How much of the rest of the car is getting deleted? I would just use the factory ECM power relay, since that meets your needs if it will still be in the car. On a 91, that lives in the compartment...
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