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    Default Cross Country First Gen SHO Adventure!

    Originally posted this on the SHO forum, but I know you'll like it too!

    Hey guys, this is going to be a really long post, so bare with me...

    Really long story really short, flew across the country, bought this car (https://shoforum.com/index.php?thre..../#post-1529936), drove it back across the country.

    Really long story...

    It all stared when my friend linked me something on BarnFinds (which I've never even been to before). I made the mistake of going into the classifieds, and seeing this really nice looking SHO for sale for what I thought (and I think was) a good price. After doing some sleuthing and seeing it listed on here, and linked on various mustang forums, and both my friend and I wanting to do a cross country road trip, why not? I already own way too many cars, why not get another 30 year old Ford?

    I had actually owned a SHO already, a super solid, but badly T-boned '95 ATX. I paid $500 for that one, 250k miles, rocker and B pillar were stuffed in pretty good, and the interior was really rough, not worth saving. But it made a damn fun enduro car! Won some money with it, then chernobyled the engine in a boat trailer race.

    Back to this car, after a few days, a few phone calls, and a few too many drinks, we had a somewhat solid plan in our heads. We'd drive it too our mutal friends house near Seattle, WA (only 6 hours away) and give the car a thorough going through. If I didn't feel it would make it across country, I'd leave it there, fly home and have it shipped. I had some basic parts; belts, alt, fuel pump, ect.. shipped to my buddies house, along with 4 new tires (I don't trust 10+ year old tires to make it across the country. Had 11 year old PrimeWell's on the back with cords popping through on the inside, and nicer seven year old 50% tread GoodYear Assurances up front)

    Anyways, flying out there was simple enough, and the seller was kind enough to pick us up at the nearest airport (40mins away) and take us to check out the car. This was around 3pm Wednesday. It was what I expected, stupidly clean underneath, badly needing a buff, but started right up, no noises, no smoke, ect... The seller was then kind enough to drive us to the DMV, where in OR, apparently $33 gets you a temp tag on pretty much anything you want.



    And we were off! Stopped at the local WalMart for some basic trip supplies, and coolant, oil, the usual, Harbor Freight for some really basic tools, and In N Out, because we were on the west coast! In the HF parking lot I installed a nice single DIN Pioneer I had brought with me. The amp is dead in this car, and as much as I hate non-factory radio's, you just can't beat aftermarket for easy of, well everything. (Also, I'll never get over the fact that in Oregon, there are mint OBS 7.3's and 12 valves everywhere you look)




    After that, we stopped at Mock Ford. Supposedly that's where the PO worked as a tech for a long long time. The car seems to have spent it's whole life in Grant's Pass OR. (Yes, both corner lamps were out, but the sign isn't much better) It was getting pretty late at night by now.




    At this point, we were well on our way to Yelm, WA. The car was running flawless, we even played with a AW11 a bit.




    Then, literally 2 miles from our buddies hours in WA, disaster struck. I went to shift, and nobody's home. All I could get the car into was 1st. I don't know if the car gods were watching over us, or what, but thankfully this happened 2 miles from our destination. We were able to limp the car to my buddies house a bit after 1am, with nothing but 1st gear, time to call it a night.

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    After a good nights sleep, I got to work on the car. Jacking it up and crawling underneath it, no movement down below. Ok then, pulled the center console, and all my questions were answered. It's funny, I joked with my buddy countless times that one of the notorious awful 89-91 shift cables (yes I did some research) would fail on us, and sure as shit one did! Thankfully, it wasn't the cable itself, merely the bushing. Looks like the PO had trouble too, and rigged up some wired steel plate too sandwich what was left of the bushing back together. Thankfully, with a few adjustments, this made it easy to fix. Some trusty tip ties and we had all 5 gears back! We agreed no powershifting the rest of the trip!




    rom here I went to basic maintenance mode. Front end was nice and tight, minus the annoyingly clunky sway bar links. Went to napa and replaced those, the rear struts were blown out, but they would have to ride it out. Changed the oil, filter, air filter, fuel filter, and most importantly of all, removed the air box silencer. Boy does that yammi sound good at 4k! I had my favorite enduro tires shipped to my buddies house, but they didn't show up until around 1pm (Thursday). Ohtsu FP7000, made by Falken, $53 a pop, I run them on all my enduro cars, they are a decent lasting sticky all season. Certainly not the Nitto 555's on my Marauder, but good enough for this application. After way too much driving around, Discount Tire mounted and balanced the for $43 total.

    Also, somewhere in this time frame is hanging out with our friends, washing the car, checking out their cars (from an old non-turbo diesel benz; to a weeb special GTS-T), getting food, parts, and everything in between. Also stopped to pick up my buddy in Ohio a few cases of Olympia (I saved one of the good Goodyears just in case)








    We had planned on leaving early, around noon, by the time we actually left, it was getting dark, and this would be arguably the roughest part of the trip, 24hrs non stop, no sleep, just driving the old SHO...


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    Eastbound and down! We headed out of Washington and flew through Idaho. It was already dark by this point, but Coeur d'Alene was beautiful! Not to mention all the twisty up and down mountain roads, we were having a blast in the old SHO! Short of stopping at a few rest stops, nothing exciting really here.




    Before we knew it, we had hit Montana, and seen the remnants of tons of snow!






    This was the first time either of us have driven through Montana, but it's a big, beautiful state! Did I mention big? Because we felt like we were stuck in Montana forever. Lots of beautiful views though! Mostly pretty pics this section. Also, love that 80mph limit out west, we cruised at 90-100mph all the way to IL!













    Finally, we hit South Dakota!

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    South Dakota didn't look too much different from Montana, but at least we knew we were making progress!




    By this point, we were both really tired. We had been driving for ~24 hours straight. We both wanted to see Mt Rushmore since were were in the area, and after that, it was time to get a hotel and get some rest.




    After some rest, we left Rapid City early Saturday morning headed to IL.




    Nothing too exciting here, we did stop at the worlds largest truck stop, Iowa 80!




    After that, we had arrived at a friends place in Peoria, IL, where after hanging out for a few hours, we called it a night.


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    After another good sleep, we were back on the road early Sunday morning. Headed from Illinois, through Indiana, to Ohio!





    Now, up until now, the car had been REALLY, REALLY good. I mean, we averaged nearly 100mph half way across the country, and @ 26mpg! We had multiple runs up near the end of the speedo, and where driving this car like it was meant to be driven when it was new 30 years ago!
    But somewhere in Indiana, the old Direct Drive starter gave up the ghost. We had stopped for gas in IL after leaving our buddies house, and the started gave us some sass, it eventually worked as it should, but somewhere in IN, it would do nothing but freewheel once we stopped for food.
    Thankfully, being a superior 3 pedal car, a quick push was all it needed to fire up, and we were on the road again.

    Again, nothing too exciting here. We drove from IN, to my buddies Dad's place outside of Cleveland, OH without any problems. We just left it running when we had to get fuel. Once there we got to check out his dad's mint Grand Prix, and my old '91 Country Squire (now Adam's car)






    From there, it was a flawless ~3hr trip back to Buffalo, where we arrived around 7pm Sunday. My barn is full of other unfinished project cars, so the SHO got to go in the garage. 3,092 miles later, we were home (except for my buddy who still had to drive 4 hours home, he made it fine though, hell he was even at a ScottsFest though I forget which one )


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    Damn, what a trip! Looks like some real fun going cross country. Outside of the small issues, that's pretty nice that it cruised back with ease. I'm sure some other people would be more wary before going 3000mi like that.

    Nice to see a clean Gen I Taurus SHO. I'll never get tired of that era Taurus and Sable. Looks like you got a real nice one.

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    Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures. Seems like you blew out the carbon in the motor. Good car. The USA has some beautiful country. Driving tired is not a good idea though. I did it in my younger years, so I understand the thought process. Seems like you had reasonably good weather. No storms to outpace.

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    Great story! Iíve driven through Montana before, itís a beautiful state.

    Nice car! Great color on those IMO.

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    Appreciate the write up. Fun to read.
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    “being a superior 3 pedal car” truer words have never been spoken.

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    Thanks for sharing that adventure. I enjoyed reading that. LOL, my limit is 20 miles; though, that was with cars in not-so-great shape when I got them; and with only a fraction of the mechanical skills that you have.

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    Agreed with the others - Ill always have a fondness for the 1st gen Taurus/Sable platform. They were nice cars. And what an incredible trip. PacNW and most of Cali are great places to buy pristine cars with negligible if any rust. Hope to visit one day post covid-19. Enjoyed the trip writeup with one of the top "sleepers" of the 90s.
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    Cool trip!

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    Love the zip tie repair to get cross country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodachrome Wolf View Post
    Damn, what a trip! Looks like some real fun going cross country. Outside of the small issues, that's pretty nice that it cruised back with ease. I'm sure some other people would be more wary before going 3000mi like that.
    Nice to see a clean Gen I Taurus SHO. I'll never get tired of that era Taurus and Sable. Looks like you got a real nice one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures. Seems like you blew out the carbon in the motor. Good car. The USA has some beautiful country. Driving tired is not a good idea though. I did it in my younger years, so I understand the thought process. Seems like you had reasonably good weather. No storms to outpace.
    Quote Originally Posted by tjc78 View Post
    Great story! I’ve driven through Montana before, it’s a beautiful state.

    Nice car! Great color on those IMO.
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    Appreciate the write up. Fun to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    “being a superior 3 pedal car” truer words have never been spoken.

    Nice find.
    Quote Originally Posted by packman View Post
    Thanks for sharing that adventure. I enjoyed reading that. LOL, my limit is 20 miles; though, that was with cars in not-so-great shape when I got them; and with only a fraction of the mechanical skills that you have.
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    Agreed with the others - Ill always have a fondness for the 1st gen Taurus/Sable platform. They were nice cars. And what an incredible trip. PacNW and most of Cali are great places to buy pristine cars with negligible if any rust. Hope to visit one day post covid-19. Enjoyed the trip writeup with one of the top "sleepers" of the 90s.
    Quote Originally Posted by GM_Guy View Post
    Cool trip!
    Thanks guys! The NorthWest is beautiful! Next time, we want to do the southern route instead.
    The trip itself was certainly interesting. The old SHO honestly did quite well, the collapsed rear springs and blown out rear struts were the worse of our problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Love the zip tie repair to get cross country.

    Is the Benz a 240D or a 300D. Both are slow as death without a turbo, the 240 is just a little worse. 2.4 4 cyl vs 3.0 5 cyl. I had the wastegate actuator fall off the Conti once, all I will say is "no".
    Non turbo - 300D, auto. Absolutely gutless, the conti would run circles around it, and thats saying something. It had some old 3 sp auto in it that shifted at some given point in time, pretty much when it felt convenient for it. Though, for a 70's era car, I can't be too crucial of it.
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    Agreed lol

    That engine always had a great sound to it. I've only ever ridden around in one in the Atlanta Assembly Plant parking lot like 10 years ago lol

    One of the employees at the factory was also an avid Taurus fan. He was able to get us onto the property on the weekend. During the last year or two of operation, we were able to have a meet in the plant's parking lot! One time we had I think 16 to 20 cars there, it was pretty cool. Atlanta, Wixom, and St Thomas were some of the best manufacturing facilities under the Ford umbrella - look what happened to them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TecNickal View Post
    Agreed lol

    That engine always had a great sound to it. I've only ever ridden around in one in the Atlanta Assembly Plant parking lot like 10 years ago lol

    One of the employees at the factory was also an avid Taurus fan. He was able to get us onto the property on the weekend. During the last year or two of operation, we were able to have a meet in the plant's parking lot! One time we had I think 16 to 20 cars there, it was pretty cool. Atlanta, Wixom, and St Thomas were some of the best manufacturing facilities under the Ford umbrella - look what happened to them...
    Wonder if they will re-open to make medical supplies ?

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