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Thread: My '85 MGM, "Maisa"

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    depends how its made. The original for my Conti looked like the original off his car, but it wasn't held together with a snap ring. They used a solid post that was swaged over on the back side to capture it, more or less like a rivet head. I had to grind the swage off the back side so I could get the post off and evict the junk pulley. Once that was done I drilled through it so I could use a bolt with a locking nut to hold it back together and fit a standard idler pulley on there. Looks slightly goofy but tensioner assemblies for that car just do not exist, and now it uses a common $25 off the shelf idler.

    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,

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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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    I've ran through a tank of gas with the current jetting. A bit around town, most of the time cruising around 50 or 65 mph.
    Fifteen miles per gallon, not a damn drop more. Just like with the CFI. At 14 AFR on cruising speed, obviously not ideal, but I would've expected a bit better.
    Seeing folks get even 20 MPG and beyond driving way faster than that makes me question if we're even driving the same cars.

    The tensioner pulley is that bit smaller so I could fit the AC belt above or under the tensioner. If I route it above the pulley, it's easier to install and tighten plus the tensioner would be on the longer stretch of belt, but the belt pulls down on the tensioner, which might bend the new one like the previous. The factory way would be better for the tensioner bracket but it's complete ass to tighten the belt. I can't find a stubby 3/4" square drive extension anywhere...

    Also in heavy rain and higher speeds the driver side wiper still smacks the A pillar trim. Less rain and speed and there's like 2 inches of gap... Worn out much?
    1985 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, "Maisa"
    2008 BMW 530d Touring, "Femma"

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    With the stock engine in my car doing a fair bit of highway it never broke 15 mpg. With all the stuff that I've done over the years, its like 18 mpg on the highway at best. I've driven other people's cars and gotten 20, and they drove my car and got 17 so its not just my driving. Some of these things are just fuel misers for reasons I cannot explain.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Arquemann View Post
    Also in heavy rain and higher speeds the driver side wiper still smacks the A pillar trim. Less rain and speed and there's like 2 inches of gap... Worn out much?
    My Lincoln does this. I'm pretty sure it's excess play being allowed by a crack in the assembly that holds the shaft for the driver wiper arm. Haven't been able to identify it positively as that, but it's my current theory.

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    Got the tensioner and belts back on, aswell as the smog pump bolt with a "spacer" (aka wheel nuts).
    One casualty though...

    The tensioner pivot bolt didn't feel like tightening, I feel around backside and a piece falls on my hand.
    The AC compressor ear cracked off... The threads are fine, there's no gap between the ear and accessory bracket, I guess the compressor ear didn't want to keep going. Nut and bolt fix, not ideal but it'll work.
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    I did also clean up the AC bracket, I guess it wasn't painted black from the factory.
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    Belt's doing a teeny tiny sqeaky sqeak as I moved the car a bit in the driveway, but hopefully it'll go away, water or something. Belts are tight.
    1985 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, "Maisa"
    2008 BMW 530d Touring, "Femma"

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