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    That stuff can work under the right conditions, but I tend to have an aversion to mechanic in a bottle. I think its more a case of what you expect it to do, and what it can actually do. I ran it through a vacuum line on my S10 a bunch of years ago and it completely fixed the chronic spark knock problem it had.

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    Went up to Nick's today. Got a few more spare bits and things, along with the tailgate. Looks like that'll be my side project. I'm going to need to strip it down, do rust repair, paint it, and put it back together. I'll probably wind up swapping a lot of the good bits from the one on the car, as it's expected the window motor is probably non-functional and the lock actuator is frozen. That'll be for a bit later, since there's still a bit of a mechanical issue.

    It's still not running quite right. Nick drove it and there's a skip that's present. Runs fine on the highway still, but at 45 MPH in O/D under light throttle or during deceleration it's not running right. Idle is still kind of stupid. Not nearly as bad prior to the EGR replacement, but something is persisting. EGR code 34 returned as well.

    A gas smell was noted before we took it out. I thought it might be the EVAP canister, but who knows right now. Can't see any leaky injectors visibly, but we're thinking those are likely the OE injectors with nearly 320K on them and they might be part of the odd idle issue. I'll probably wind up replacing them in the near future. I can then also clean up the upper intake since it's not the prettiest thing.

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    Yah a year ago I would have advocated in favor of EGR & manifold PCV systems but when the two of them combine in the same atmosphere it leaves a nasty mess behind with whatever is in contact with it. Strictly oil vapor might not be as bad but throw in exhaust gas and you get sludgy crud.

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    Just a quick update. Wagon is still parked with the upper intake removed. Been doing some work in the engine bay and inside. Hopefully I'll have it running again sometime next week.

    I got a few things replaced/mocked up at the moment. New Gates heater hoses replaced the leaky one at the back of the engine and the temporary one I used to get home from PA. I used new hose clamps as well since it only made sense to do so. I installed the temperature sender for the aftermarket coolant gauges as well. Interior wise, I swapped out the right rear door's ash tray with the good one from the junkyard. I can finally say all of the arm rest ash tray doors in this car are actually shut. I also mocked up where I'd like the temperature gauge to go inside. This time I had no weird gauge funkiness when I tested the power to it with the sensor wire connected. I plan to wire the power source to the "on with ignition" wire for the radio. Grounding is handled by the spade grounding block under the dash.

    The LSE floor mats were put in, and they fit perfectly in the floor wells. I've got to get the hook that goes in the carpet for the driver's side mat, but it should be fine for now. I do need to find some rear carpeted floor mats, and considering how cheap it is to get them from the junkyard ($1.50), that won't be hard.

    Next week will be fuel injector replacement and re-installation of the upper intake manifold for stuff under the hood. I've swapped the EGR position sensor with the OE one and cleaned up my valve. I'll checking stuff with a multimeter if any weirdness starts since it's easy to do in car. Things that should be going together inside will be putting up the under dash carpeted panels.

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    -1997 Grand Marquis LS (185K Miles) - The Daily Workhorse & March 2015 POTM Winner

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    After not being able to drive the wagon for a month, it finally was able to get started today.

    I had a bout of stupidity and "I can do this and skip steps" and ruined the original fuel rail. I should have listened better to the advice given. So I paid the idiot tax and went searching for a replacement rail. Luckily an '89 LTD CV (the Pennsy one with Instaclear) had a great looking fuel rail and spring locks that weren't stuck at all (someone had taken care of this engine, it showed). The locks came apart like butter. Amazing. I took considerably safer steps and controlled my focus on being cautious. Instead of trying to seat the rail onto the injectors, I inserted the injectors into the rail, then aligned and inserted everything into the intake manifold.



    The new fuel injectors are 14 LBS ones, just like factory, but of the 4 hole variety over the single pintle. I would have preferred to have gotten the re-manufactured Bosch ones setup like that on eBay, but they were priced kind of high, so I took a gamble on the Chinese ones with a two year warranty. Some brand no one has heard of MorePlus(?). Part number is M02B152. I had to order two sets of four, but for $100 total (~$48.99/set), it didn't seem too bad. They're listed for BMW applications, but are identical to our injectors, so they work just fine.

    After the rail was back on, it was time to toss the intake back on. New vacuum hoses for PCV were used, everything else was still fresh. White is not a color I'd recommend for an intake. I need to clean mine after I touched it all over with my greasy hands.



    After everything was back on, I primed it a few times. It didn't fire straight off after 10 seconds of cranking, so I stopped, and started again, and I heard the noise I wanted as cylinders started firing off again and it finally caught and idled. It was idling a lot smoother than it was before, and it didn't sound so lopey. I had swapped the EGR position sensor with the original one, and I guess that one seems to read correctly. The chugging sensation that I was dealing with in gear was absent, and everything seemed good.

    I cleaned out the engine bay of tools and hit the streets. It sure feels a lot more responsive after all of this. I think the best improvement I noticed was during a WOT run. Usually it seems really labored at higher RPMs and loses speed before going into the next gear, but not now! It pulled as hard as a LoPo could through 1st, got right into second and just kept pulling past 60. Usually it would make a lot of noise at higher RPM, but not a whole lot of go to match. Also, I used to get a heavy fuel smell after a WOT run. That was absent after I did two good runs. Also, like I said earlier, it feels much more responsive and doesn't need as much pedal to get to speed.

    I love driving my '97, but I've missed driving this.
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    -1987 Grand Marquis Colony Park LS (320K Miles) - The Hideaway & April 2017 POTM Winner
    -1989 Sable LS Wagon (88,710 Miles) - Sold; Restoration Under Way
    -1997 Grand Marquis LS (185K Miles) - The Daily Workhorse & March 2015 POTM Winner

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    A good result.
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    Just make sure you give it a good look for leaks. You'll know pretty fast if there is a problem, but you don't want to find out because it caught fire rather than seeing it.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body, 246k and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by phayzer5 View Post
    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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