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    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post
    Although maybe it would just be hanging out on the bottom of the tail shaft housing, out of the way. Those clips are not prone to working their way out of place, so I would be inclined to think someone lost it if it is indeed missing.
    i do remember that one coming out as a whole unit now, i'll get to replacing the sensor once i build up the motivation to flare my kinda-bent-to-shape brake line and start putting it together. should be on the road by Monday morning at this point



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    working on brake lines now. had to move from one lift to another and trans slipped going into reverse for the second time. checked the dipstick and added three more quarts while consecutively agitating my instructor with the open headers


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    just as i thought everything was set and ready.
    bad flare.

    started spewing out fluid when i took it for a test run. everything else is all good though.

    and it didn't seem to want to do a whole lot when i gave her some gas. might just be that i didn't hook up an O2 sensor or something else i haven't taken much of a look yet.


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    Well, it's been a week. I had planned on getting the car out last week but with high school finals and just no class in general. All I have left is to somehow push the shifter linkage grommet onto the trans. I had a really long 1/2 inch extension and a hammer. But I couldn't get the extension to lay flat. So no luck there. We'll see tomorrow.

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    brakes are finally done. grommet has been pushed on. get the car on the ground and go to start it....

    nothing.

    i've got a feeling the neutral safety switch is the culprit as i did rush putting that on, or it's just not in park despite what the selector says. will go back up in the air to check that out. Put the battery on a charger and had a friend in a later hour check that out and said it was charged but nothing happened. hoping to bring her home tomorrow night. This has been one hell of a project.

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    Check the harness connector at the back of the engine where it feeds down to the trans too. I've had that get crusty. My own car randomly does nothing when I try to crank it, wiggling the wire at the solenoid makes it go.

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    figures that the car wasn't completely in park. fired up immediately this morning. bled the brakes and got it pulled out of the shop. going to pick it up later in the day and take it home. fingers crossed.


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    it's still at the shop... went to pick it up a couple hours ago and wouldn't crank again. it was started up four times prior to this.

    Sucks to say i'm tempted to give up with this thing but I just might have to soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post

    Will it start in neutral?
    didn't start in neutral, nor in any other gear


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    Neutral safety switch... adjusted that this morning and fired right up. rough idle until warmed up, brakes are still squishy as hell, and doesn't seem to like too much gas, and the speedo still doesn't work. I know why the speedo isn't working so i'll get on that soon enough.

    but it doesn't want to accelerate when i give it gas. i'll post the video i took this morning when i get some internet, i'm just thinking it's because of the open header but i'm not sure. the car isn't throwing codes at me either.

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    it's not the best but that's what our shop welder could do with the gasket on there. actually fixed my problem of it struggling to accelerate. still not perfect though, doesn't really like to rev a lot. did a little bit just to get someone to open up the door so i could pull onto my spot again and almost stalled out and started blowing smoke until that little bit cleared up. i'm sure it's just from the passenger side still being open header.

    going to bleed the brakes one more time as well, still super mushy and to the floor. which brings up the question, is there some sort of "bleeder mode" with these cars?


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    stumped on this, i've bled the brakes three times and the pedal is still soft and soggy.

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    May be bad seals in the master cylinder. May also be an air bubble in the master if the fluid was too low and sucked air into the system. Also, if it's the stock system, the pedal may never be firm. The 88 I had always had some give to the pedal even with all things in good working order. If you can't build up pressure with the vehicle off and make the pedal hard to press, then there's probably air in the system, bad seals in the master, or a hose about to blow out.

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    gonna pull off a junkyard MC in the next week or so, but being in high school, my spring break is all of next week.


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    although the MC did run dry when the first line went out, then the second time, and the first time i bled the brakes, but even then I hadn't run the car until I was 70% sure everything was good. After that I don't believe the MC ran dry.

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    If it stops good and the pedal doesn't hit the floor... It's probably fine. I always had about an inch of squish in the pedal in the 88 I had but I could still lock up all 4 wheels if it stood on it.

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    that's the thing, i couldn't lock the wheels. Pedal started to get worse actually after bleeding it. Just picked up a new MC and i'll clean it up and put it on tomorrow. picked it up off a 97 GMQ.

    maybe i'll start calling this thing the "Crown Marquis" thanks to all the GMQ parts have been thrown on this thing.

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    If you have ABS breaks you have to follow the Ford bleed procedure or you will never get the brakes working properly trust me been there done that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodentkiller View Post
    If you have ABS breaks you have to follow the Ford bleed procedure or you will never get the brakes working properly trust me been there done that.
    abs never activated while the mc was dry so i'm not sure how well that affects that


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