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    The MegaMerc was a sort of "long term"7 impulse buy.... I saw it sitting behind a gas station w/it's nose in the air for a couple weeks. I couldn't take it anymore, stopped in & bought on a payment plan... I had the money to buy it, but had to get a project out of the garage before I could bring it home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Now I don't feel so bad about contemplating buying a ton and a half of old iron for smallish money. It doesn't have wheels though.
    Do eet!
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    The wing from WagonMan showed up a few days ago while I was out town. Installed it tonight after I got home!

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    Dat is a purty blue.
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    Agreed. Two 87s are on here wow

    Very cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by TecNickal View Post
    Agreed. Two 87s are on here wow

    Very cool

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    Default My 1987 Mercury Colony Park

    Well, after a radiator, water pump, and timing cover repair for coolant leaks back in November m, the intake has decided it wants to spew as well. So, it's at the shop (because it's damn cold here) for a new intake gasket.

    I would've let it slide if it weren't for the fact that it went from 1/4 gallon a couple months ago to half a gallon every 20 miles.
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    Love this pic!
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    That's what I hate about fixing coolant leaks. I see small leaks in old stuff as pressure reliefs; fix it and now it will put more pressure on the whole system which will make another weak link fail. That Evan's coolant Jay Leno always talks about begins to look more appealing with each passing day or car I dick with. That stuff doesn't generate pressure within the system and is engineered for life.
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    I like fixing coolant leaks because it tells me what is weak and needs to be replaced. Mine doesn't dribble coolant. I also shake when I pee because dribbles are no bueno.

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    Hahaha. Seems a lot of the time no matter what I do the last two drops end up on my leg.

    Have fun replacing that heater core or freeze plug after fixing a leak. I don't like things to leak either but sometimes depending on the vehicles purpose/tenure I may not fix them if they're minor for that reason.
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    For me, I bought this car knowing about a coolant leak. Was told it was coming from the intake manifold but I didn't see any signs of that. So I brought it in to a trustee shop and it was actually the timing cover, water pump, and thermostat housing. With that, I had to add coolant every 100-200 miles. The intake leak recently? Every 5-10 miles...
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    Kind of bad leaks. My car was secretly leaking through the TB and onto the rocker cover. Never saw it until I went to hunt a vacuum leak. I did see some coolant on the topside which had dried, noticed that about a year ago. Tightening the bolts didn't help. Pulling the air intake tube off showed me the mess it has been making. I had to add coolant every 2-3 fill-ups so probably every 420-600 miles. Never saw a drip on the floor though.
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    Looking through some old notes. If you're looking for NOS for the plug and play trailer wiring harness from Ford, the P/N is: D9AB-15A416-AC
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    Default My 1987 Mercury Colony Park

    What would cause excessive brake pedal travel? Around town, I feel some grab when hit I the brake pedal but, itís not the signature Ford toe touch that is known of Ford of this age. It seems vacuum related because the actual bite level changes based on speed and how much throttle input there was before braking. Thereís always some level of grab but, itís not inspiring. The other part of this, I adjusted my drums a few months back and got great pedal feel. Now that Iíve been out of town more and the wagon has sat more, it seems to be right back where we were before adjusted drums.

    Also, donít know if this could be an issue. A year ago, I was having a friend help bleed brakes and, we found that you cannot keep the cap off because fluid fountains out of the master cylinder reservoir when the pedal is pressed.
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    On the last note-it's normal for fluid to shoot up, i always just place the cap loosely back on it when bleeding brakes

    Excessive pedal travel, that alone would not be caused by the brake booster, the pedal would simply feel harder and require more effort to press it down. Is it more travel, or more effort? If it is more travel the master cylinder could be leaking internally, there could be a small leak at one of the brake lines (you'd notice fluid on the ground though).

    Alternatively you say the wagon sits. If the rotors get enough rust on them weird things can happen, or if a slider or caliper has frozen up you'd certainly get erratic braking.

    Tests: Put your foot on the brake while sitting in park, engine running, apply even, hard pressure. Does the pedal sink? Master Cylinder/brake line.
    Remove the front wheels, inspect the discs for any excessive rust on the faces, unbolt the calipers and make sure the slider pins arent frozen up, and take a large c-clamp or
    large vice grips and make sure the caliper pistons will retract normally.

    Side notes! My Maverick is painted the same blue. How do you like the "wing"? Does it help with dust?
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    Both front calipers were replaced last august. Slide pins are greased up. I can check again for any problems or rust.

    Pedal doesnít sink on its own, I do have long travel. Itís not hard, Iíd say it takes less effort than usual. Pressure doesnít change while sitting a stop light. I can keep my foot resting on the pedal and it doesnít move.

    Iíll check more once Iím home.
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    I just read through your first post and was going to edit, but you beat me to it! haha.

    Have you also checked inside the rear drums? Bad wheel cylinders can do funky things as well, if they are original they are worth replacing, I've had a few freeze up on me a and it's led to a decrease in overall braking performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Muscle View Post
    I just read through your first post and was going to edit, but you beat me to it! haha.

    Have you also checked inside the rear drums? Bad wheel cylinders can do funky things as well, if they are original they are worth replacing, I've had a few freeze up on me a and it's led to a decrease in overall braking performance.
    This stuff plus if the rear shoes are out of adjustment it will cause excessive travel. Get back there with a flat head or the proper tool and see if you can adjust them. If you just hear click-click-click with no real resistance that's a giveaway that things were loose back there. Probably also that the self adjuster isn't working. I typically keep going until I can feel a bit of resistance with the tool on each side and then stop.
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    adjusters have been adjusted. I originally had that problem earlier this year.
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