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  1. As someone who works around electronics...

    As someone who works around electronics regularly, I'm going to suggest NOT wearing the gloves. You're moving from place to place, and if you're building up a charge, and not letting it dissipate,...
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    That's only about a 3 hour drive, definitely a...

    That's only about a 3 hour drive, definitely a possible day trip.
    If you can wait until "sometime in August when I get off the ship" then I'll take it.
    I'm sending a PM now.
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    Where in Massachusetts? I might be interested in...

    Where in Massachusetts? I might be interested in the rear axle for a disc brake swap (I'm in Maine, and at sea until August, so it might not fit your time frame).
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    I haven't replaced one of these so I'm not...

    I haven't replaced one of these so I'm not totally sure; I would be concerned that the chrome and the plastic expand at different rates. At a certain temperature they will delaminate. Also,...
  5. Is it possible that the new built AOD is longer...

    Is it possible that the new built AOD is longer than the original, so the original driveshaft is bottoming against the rear seal?

    It really sounds like there's a problem with the combination of...
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    If you can get the "5.0 EFI" plate off the top of...

    If you can get the "5.0 EFI" plate off the top of the manifold, and separate the upper from the lower (2 of the bolts are under that plate, but the 4 small screws in the corners of the plate get...
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    The smog pump system essentially pumps fresh air...

    The smog pump system essentially pumps fresh air into the exhaust stream during startup, to compensate for the rich starting mixture and help prevent catalyst fouling when cold. I believe it does so...
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    First things first. Air, fuel, spark. Check the...

    First things first. Air, fuel, spark. Check the vacuum lines and make sure they're correctly routed and not damaged. Check the IAC wiring. Check cap, rotor, wires, plugs. No squirrels in the air...
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    I agree with MAP and IAC, but I also suggest a...

    I agree with MAP and IAC, but I also suggest a visual inspection around the intake manifold area for broken or damaged vacuum lines (or evidence that mice may have snacked on them). A bad vacuum...
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    Yeah, that does sound like a bunch of work. If...

    Yeah, that does sound like a bunch of work.
    If I didn't have another project (or two...or three...) and if this wasn't my daily driver, I think it wouldn't be too awful. I like the thought of...
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    Even a big radiator has tiny passages. If the...

    Even a big radiator has tiny passages. If the engine is full of gunk, a big radiator will still clog.
    I'd suggest bypassing the heater core temporarily (so as to avoid damaging it), and having a...
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    Still in 15", but some of the Lincolns got the...

    Still in 15", but some of the Lincolns got the rims painted body color with the spoke/lip areas polished. If I had a brighter color car, I'd consider it; but also I'm going to big brakes so my...
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    Good thinking. I'd just figured that since the...

    Good thinking. I'd just figured that since the Mustang and F-series used the same switch with the new starter, it would be okay; but I'm not 100% positive those DON'T have a starter relay; and even...
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    My plan was to do this with the 3G upgrade;...

    My plan was to do this with the 3G upgrade; replace the fender mounted solenoid with a large fuse block, and extend the trigger wire to the new solenoid-on-starter. A marine-style bolt-in fuse block...
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    Has anyone tried plonking a complete Explorer...

    Has anyone tried plonking a complete Explorer motor/2wd transmission/ECM and wiring into a 5.0 car and running it as an OBD2/Mass Air car? I haven't looked at how the hp/torque curves look...
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    Motorcraft solenoids are still available. My...

    Motorcraft solenoids are still available.

    My F150 has the failing starter problem, it welds the contacts on the solenoid every time I crank it. I don't drive it often, and the weather is crummy,...
  17. Does it get easier to turn if you jiggle the...

    Does it get easier to turn if you jiggle the steering wheel?
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    Yep, that's why I was saying that whatever...

    Yep, that's why I was saying that whatever timetable worked for you was good for me, since they're the last parts to come off. I will be busy at sea, so there's no hurry on my end at all.
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    I go back to sea a week from Wednesday, but I can...

    I go back to sea a week from Wednesday, but I can still PayPal and my roommates can get packages, so whatever timetable works for you for the rear sway/control arms.
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    I second the vacuum dump valve. Many of the...

    I second the vacuum dump valve. Many of the cruise/speed control modules have labels for the wiring connections so you can figure out what goes where pretty easily.
    Also make sure the connectors...
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    Just as a note, here's a link to the dealer...

    Just as a note, here's a link to the dealer supplied cruise parts. Look at the picture; these are all the parts you need for any Ford from about 1983 to 1995 that doesn't have cruise (or to repair...
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    I've installed the dealer add-on cruise and 3rd...

    I've installed the dealer add-on cruise and 3rd party aftermarket units.
    The magnet-on-the-driveshaft style work fine, but I would not do it. Your car may already have the vehicle speed sensor in...
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    Also make sure the check valve is in good shape,...

    Also make sure the check valve is in good shape, between the vacuum canister and the intake. The lines to the HVAC and cruise should be AFTER the check valve.
    Adding a second check valve to JUST...
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    I third the IAC/throttle cleaner spray (don't...

    I third the IAC/throttle cleaner spray (don't scrub the throttle bore, just rinse with a bottle of injector cleaner). Also check the base idle timing and speed (engine warm, steady idle, SPOUT plug...
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    Ford Speed Control is simple system. From the...

    Ford Speed Control is simple system. From the 1960s to the early 90s, the brain box was very similar in concept. From the end of the 70s until the years when it was integrated into the computer, it...
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