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    Going to be doing some work on this over the winter. I drove it very little this year (350 miles?), partly because I bought a Harley Davidson, which was easier to get out of the garage for cruising. First world problems.

    At any rate, I started stripping the undercoat off the undercarriage back in the summer. It is very toilsome, but a lot of rags, lighter fluid, and transmission oil (longer term) will do the trick. I did the front k member, and front wheelhouses. I removed the fender liners and conditioned them, as well. The results are excellent, as the car looks absolutely showroom under the coating. I have noticed that the fox's fetching the most money are the ones that are totally immaculate underneath. This is my goal, within reason.

    Winter projects will involve removing the exhaust and transmission to change the speedometer gears to correct for 4.10s, and access the tunnel to remove undercoat. I have new header gaskets to replace the shitty paper ones someone installed. Once that is complete, I will finish stripping the undercoat, and do any minor detailing required to the chassis.

    I need to cut a half coil off the front springs as even after settling I still have a little too much positive camber, even with the plates adjusted.

    Some powder coating of some engine bracketry, and I'll be ready to have the nose cone repaired in the spring, and correct the paint.

    These cars are really starting to take off in value, so I need to decide if I am going to keep it or pedal it.
    **2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: 5.0, 6 spd, 3.73s; 17K miles Cruiser
    **2008 CVPI, Ex MSP Unit #420: 4.6, 3.55TL Flowmaster 10 knock offs, dark tint, JD Blitz Black, DD, CHALKBOARD
    **2012 Harley Davidson Wide Glide (FXDWG): 103, Cobra Speedsters, Cosmetics
    **2014 Ram 1500 QCSB Express 4WD Hemi/8spd TF/3L21 Truck Duties; Boesch Built, Cosmetics

    I AM DOWNSIZING!!!!

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    Decided to keep the Fox. I have always had a soft spot for these cars, but leaving it stock just has not done it for me.

    Over the winter I was stripping the undercoat off the floor pans and really got the urge to make some changes. I scooped up a NIB set of 1.625" primary coated BBK longtubes, and matching catless H on eBay, and installed them. I took the cvar for the "first drive" of the season and it blew out the water pump gasket between the pump and timing cover . Just before that happened though, I have to save that for a car with minimal exhaust work and 4.10s, it is pretty fun to drive.

    I tore front of the engine down, and thats when scope creep happened.

    The short story is, it has gotten the following modifications, and should be up and running soon:

    *3G 130 amp alternator upgrade, and March bracketry
    *Powder-coated OEM valve covers (graphite)
    *Explorer intake (I scored it for $50); painted to match the VCs, because it outgassed during powder-coat; the lower is silver, and I restored the OEM intake plate
    -I know there will be little different between the explorer and factory intake with the stock TB and EGR spacer
    *Underdrive pulleys
    *Complete detailing of all engine hardware; fuel rails, injectors, etc
    *All bracketry powder-coated
    *All accessory engine hardware zinc plated
    *Console delete

    I need to get it back together, but in working on the car, I've realized how much I miss car projects, and the following parts have also been ordered...

    *31 spline trac lok (bought NIB for $140)
    *31 spline 4 lug axles (I was going to use, but am going to sell these)
    *31 spline Moser 5 lug axles
    *Maximum Motorsports full length subframe connectors
    *BMR upper and lower torque box reinforcements
    *BMR upper and lower heim end control arms
    *BMR spherical axle housing "bushings"
    *FRPP gear install kit (going to re-use the 4.10s) with outer axle bearings and seals

    The rear will be coming out this fall, and I will be stripping the remaining undercoat and installing all the chassis upgrades.

    Plan is to make some passes in the spring and try to get into the 12s with the engine "as is". I am planning on upgrading the radiator and adding electric fans, which may help me to that end. It may be a tall order, but I would be happy with a 13.0X.

    I had intended on doing a pushrod build, but I have done the math, and I can do a comprehensive Coyote swap for only a few thousand more, and I know it will run harder that way. So... stay tuned.
    **2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: 5.0, 6 spd, 3.73s; 17K miles Cruiser
    **2008 CVPI, Ex MSP Unit #420: 4.6, 3.55TL Flowmaster 10 knock offs, dark tint, JD Blitz Black, DD, CHALKBOARD
    **2012 Harley Davidson Wide Glide (FXDWG): 103, Cobra Speedsters, Cosmetics
    **2014 Ram 1500 QCSB Express 4WD Hemi/8spd TF/3L21 Truck Duties; Boesch Built, Cosmetics

    I AM DOWNSIZING!!!!

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    You'd be surprised. I put what amounts to a ported stock lower intake on an otherwise dead stock HO and it really flattened out the torque curve. The under-2500 rpm performance that usually sucks really improved. I was not expecting anything, honestly it went on because the original intake was dirty and that one was not. It was off to replace the intake gaskets. The Explorer intake should flow similar to what I put on. Mostly I think its about evening out the airflow cylinder to cylinder. Stock, the outer corners, especially #5, flow considerably worse than the center ones do. The GT40 style are way better about it than the original type.

    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,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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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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    Last time I posted in here was "pre-divorce". I ended up liquidating all of my aftermarket parts for this car, and actually sold the car last Thursday. I did well on it, and have no regrets. I didn't have to sell it, but...

    It turns out that life changes can sometimes change the way you think about things. No sense in having a garage full of stuff I don't use; the extra funds are being put away for a sunny day.
    **2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: 5.0, 6 spd, 3.73s; 17K miles Cruiser
    **2008 CVPI, Ex MSP Unit #420: 4.6, 3.55TL Flowmaster 10 knock offs, dark tint, JD Blitz Black, DD, CHALKBOARD
    **2012 Harley Davidson Wide Glide (FXDWG): 103, Cobra Speedsters, Cosmetics
    **2014 Ram 1500 QCSB Express 4WD Hemi/8spd TF/3L21 Truck Duties; Boesch Built, Cosmetics

    I AM DOWNSIZING!!!!

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    Seasons change man. Been there. I personally grew a huge amount after cutting away the weight holding me back. I even lost 20 lbs. after I did it.
    It's sometimes tough to 'see' it until you're away from it.
    Be well...
    All FORD All The Time

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