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    torque converter studs are probably the single biggest PITA about installing an engine in a Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    torque converter studs are probably the single biggest PITA about installing an engine in a Ford.
    I learned about this on a friends 97 Town Car, then on my Taurus a few times. Dumb.

    I did like the AOD's drain plug for the converter. Nothing there for the 4R70W.
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    66 Squire, 89 Colony Park, 90 TC, 03 (2x) TC, 06 TC, 07 TC
    03 BMW 540iT, 04 Ford F150 4.6 XLT Reg cab, 8ft bed

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    yeah. The other cute trick about those studs, it is possible to force the engine up to the trans without lining the studs to the flex plate. You'll have to remove the engine and replace the pump after you do this, but it is possible if you really are determined. Never done that personally but I have it on good authority.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    yeah. The other cute trick about those studs, it is possible to force the engine up to the trans without lining the studs to the flex plate. You'll have to remove the engine and replace the pump after you do this, but it is possible if you really are determined. Never done that personally but I have it on good authority.
    That I have heard about too. Just a really dumb design. Cest la vie.

    I made sure to spin the converter, while pushing to make sure it sat back properly. I will get back to the wagon after I finish my garage mega cleanout and intake gaskets on the F One Fiddy.
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    IT RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO.

    Mega big THANK YOU to Zach - Mr. Kodachrome Wolfe. I can't believe it runs. It fired up last night at 1130And to be honest, the Explorer sat for...almost how many years 2? 3? before it ran. Engine made some sound on initial crank. But everything quieted up in a matter of a minute. I lost the dipstick tube! cant find it anywhere. Off to Pull A Part...

    More on how things look, are done, etc later. Mark VII PCM works fine at idle and blipping the throttle in park. I have not driven it. I have some exhaust leaks to plug from the new cats air tubes/pipes.
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    03 BMW 540iT, 04 Ford F150 4.6 XLT Reg cab, 8ft bed

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    I think you might be able to use the Explorer tube, not sure if it will read accurate but worst case you can just re-scribe the lines. If you know its at the proper level just scratch a mark across the back. Next time you do an oil change put in 4 quarts, start it to charge the filter, and mark that as the "add 1 quart" line.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
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    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    Awesome. Hope the maiden voyage goes well.
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    I unfrotunately uh massaged the old explorer tube into a a V due to rust.

    Of all things missing from the 1990 town car at pull a part - it was the dipstick tube! how annoying.

    I noticed there were a few 1996-01 V8 Explorers there. Some rusty garbage (yankee transplants!!!). But I did fine one nice baked 99. after using a 14mm socket, removing the nut, a few quick twists and tugs, voila I had an explorer tube and dipstick.

    It does fit and measure properly in the Colony Park, but there's no real good way to mount it. Tube came from a rust free car, so no corrosion crud. So i bent the mount over to rest on an exhaust manifold stud. Car has a nice exhaust note. Ill make a better video tomorrow.
    -Nick M.
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    03 BMW 540iT, 04 Ford F150 4.6 XLT Reg cab, 8ft bed

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    It certainly was a nice feeling hitting the key and magic actually happened. Definitely not the quickest engine swap on the books, but when you only get a single day once a month (or so) to help out, it tends to drag things out a bit.

    Like Nick said, that engine had not been run in some time. I was quite surprised when fired right up on the first real crank, despite the fact it ran for a few seconds and shutoff. After restarting it and adjusting the timing, it stayed running (and I remembered this morning I didn't take the SPOUT out and worked against the PCM a bit and put it at 10* BTDC. I had definitely lost my edge to tiredness by that point, oops. Nick knows, so it'll be fixed before any major testing begins. The lifters certainly made some noise for a minute before they got quiet. The engine held a decently smooth idle all things considered and was allowed to fully warm up. Didn't see any coolant leaks, and oil leaks will need to be rechecked after the dipstick goes in. I stuffed a rag in the dipstick hole, but it seeped.


    There's a few minor things left on the agenda, but road testing will hopefully happen sooner than later. The TV pressure was purposely bumped up as a safety measure since everything had been apart and any adjustment could have put it too low. It's easier to back off the TV pressure than put a transmission in. I also plan on futzing with the Panther vacuum tree that I adapted to the Explorer intake with a small hose. It's too far back and being a PITA, so I've got plans for that to make it cleaner. It will get a '90 fender liner so we can fit a MAF capable air cleaner should that be required. It'll also be converted to use the relay and vacuum box.

    Long term a brake booster may get to go on too. Idle speed would pick up a bit when pressing on the brakes, and settle down after releasing. Figure swapping in a later dual diaphragm unit would be worthwhile in his case.

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    -1987 Grand Marquis Colony Park LS (325K Miles) - April 2017 + September 2019 POTM Winner
    -1989 Sable LS Wagon (88,710 Miles) - Sold
    -1997 Grand Marquis LS (210K Miles) - The Daily Workhorse & March 2015 + January 2019 POTM Winner

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