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    I discovered a month ago that one of my NGK spark plugs was stuck in the plug hole (#4). I had to use a ratchet to get it out, as it would bind coming out. I cleaned it up and sprayed a little WD-40 on the threads and tried to put it back in; but it would bind nonetheless. So I switched it with the plug in hole #1. That plug threaded into the #4 hole a lot smoother, but would bind near the end of its travel. I worked it back and forth and now it threads in by hand. So the old plug that I yanked from hole #4 would only go in a couple threads and then bind up in hole #1. So I went to NAPA yesterday to get another NGK 7373 plug. They had 2 in stock, so I bought them and brought them home. I noticed that the box was different from the boxes that the existing plugs came in. I took the binding plug out of hole #1 and realized that it is a different material than the plug that I just bought from NAPA (old plug on the left; NAPA plug on the right in the pic below). The NAPA plug threaded into hole #1 with no problem. I'm guessing that the NAPA plugs are an older lot/batch; or they're made from different material. I bought the old plugs years ago when I got the heads. I am going to run these plugs until the engine is tuned; then I will pull them and replace them with the equivalent E3 plugs. I'm not going to deal with plugs that may get stuck in the heads.

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    I had to use my monster 1/2 inch drive "monster" wrench to remove sparkplugs that were stuck AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH HH.

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    Wired in my electric fan relay and gauges; except for the digital parking gauge yesterday. I was waiting for my aunt to come over to mess with her Vue, but she was massively late; so I decided to work on the CV. It was very humid and hot yesterday; which is why I missed the last gauge. I will splice into the 12v ignition wire that I used for the gauges and the ground as well to do the last gauge; maybe sometime this week. I used to handle this weather a lot better when I was younger :-/

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    This project will be put on hold for the time being. The twin of the oak tree that fell on my Dad's welding rig a decade ago; fell yesterday in the same spot. Took out the garage; bent the trunk of the CV; and almost knocked another tree over. Huge mess to clean up.

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    Ouch. Trunk kids are hard to find rust free.

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    If it is just a replaceable part Id be happy no matter how hard to find over one that would need to be cut and welded in.

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    From what I can see it looks like the limb hit the center of the trunk lip; or at least, that's where the tarp is torn. Unfortunately, there is so much tree in the way, I can't get back there to get a good look. Whenever the time comes; I will go to the junkyard and see if there are any boxes left to nab a trunk lid from.

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    It was far better than it looked. Small dent at the trunk lip. Looks like the 4" limb that extended from the trunk of the tree clipped the CV trunk before hitting the garage roof and rolling off of the I-beam garage frame (thank you Dad) and settling off to the side of the car.

    On Saturday I cleared a path to the garage and looked into the window. The garage is in better shape than I thought, but still trashed. And I messed up again like I did 10 years ago though. The SA-200 Pipeliner that was crushed by the 1st tree was on the steel horses under the I-beam in the front of the garage because my Dad and I was working on it. I failed to remove it and put the other SA-200 back under the I-beam for refreshing (his original welder from when he began his own business). Since the original SA-200 was in the back of the garage; it is under the fallen tree trunk and debris. So now we have 2 crushed Lincoln SA-200s It is what it is, but very annoying!

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    My Dad's friend came through yesterday and cleared out the tree. It took them only a hour to do; but as my Dad said, it was a small job for them. After shuffling Putter Project around a bit, I went into the garage and found that things were in better shape than it looked from the outside. The SA-200 in the rear of the garage is in much better shape than I thought. I moved some of the roof off of the machine and it only has a small dent on the top; I'll see when I dig the rest of the machine out. The lawnmower is untouched as it sat on the other side (which didn't collapse) and my old 390FE is in good shape too.

    As such, I uncovered the CV and other than a small dent in the trunk lid, it was untouched. So I wrapped up my gauge installation yesterday evening. I hope to get this car moving by October, so I can clear the backyard to clear the garage and then the demo of it. Pics of the gauge install.........

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    Nice gauge console.

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    Thank you Tiggie But it has many flaws that I need to correct to bring up to the standards of the other Rides in this forum.

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    Ya got my crap beat with just that console.

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    sly: were you not the one who made a third brake light out of a Nintendo ROB?

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    Yes I was. That was in the Pontiac Parisienne. I still have that head in my junk pile too.

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    I mocked up the upper intake on Saturday to discover a couple issues (well, 1.5 issues). The foremost issue was my original throttle cable is too short to reach the TB. I don't know if there is any adjustment as I have not messed with one before.

    I also removed the wiper motor to see how things would fit. It appears that I might not be able to replace the wiper motor. I don't know the travel path of the wiper linkage; but I can see that the valve cover protrudes quite a bit into the wiper motor cover. Perhaps after I get everything else sorted out, I will install the wiper motor and hope there is no interference.

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    I pulled an accelerator cable from a 88 crown victoria and from a 89? Town car in the same day. One was a couple inches longer than the other. I would like to say it was the town car one but am not one hundred percent sure.



    May help you out with one issue. I am perplexed by all of your other issues.
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    At some point, I need to get over my hypochondria and go to the junkyard and get the parts I need for this project. Among those would be a throttle cable. Perhaps the '86 cable is shorter than other years. IDK

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    Quote Originally Posted by packman View Post
    At some point, I need to get over my hypochondria and go to the junkyard and get the parts I need for this project. Among those would be a throttle cable. Perhaps the '86 cable is shorter than other years. IDK
    Never ran into an issue with the accelerator cable being too short. Then again I was using factory ford parts.

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    I yanked the old cable out and measured it out to be 19". I will need approximately 3" more to reach the throttle body. Trying to decide on whether to get a 24" Lokar cable; or get an ATP oem cable for the cfi Panthers; which measures out to 22.75".

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    I forgot to post these when I did the throttle cable swap. So I decided to go with the ATP stock replacement cable for the 85 and prior model year LTD. Since I am using the stock TB cable bracket, I decided to go with a stock cable. This one is 22.75" vs the 19" cable. Funny thing is that I measured the cable I pulled off of the CV and one I pulled off of one of the many Mercs that used to populate the junkyard I frequent. The Merc cable was 1" longer than the CV cable. I may have measured both incorrectly, but there was definitely a visible difference when put side by side.

    edit: I remember now, I was pretty angry about removing the original TB cable as I chopped up my hand in the process. There was the back end of a sheetmetal screw sticking out of the firewall that jacked up my hand as I unscrewed the bracket. After spending 3 hours just to remove 1 bolt; I gave up and cut through the bottom of the already butchered wiper motor cover. It only took 15 minutes to remove the remaining bolt and install the replacement TB cable.

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