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Would you drive this daily?

I dunno about you, but I'm still not sure how I feel about the Craptour becoming my daily driver. I sold my '98 SHO yesterday... a car I really liked, so now the Craptour is taking over as the DD. It's buzzy, loud, ugly and people look at me strange. Whatever. It's fun and the stereo is enough to drown out most of the engine noise.   The good thing is that now I'll have more time and resource to spend on it. I'll be forced to finish a couple things like the interior swap. Then I'll have time t

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Window Motor = 1, Luke = 0

I give up. The motor works fine without a load. I reinstalled it. It worked once, jammed, and now has reversed polarity (up on the switch makes the window go down). Screw it, I'm buying a new motor.

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Upper Engine Mount Bracket Modification

So when I installed the SVT heads on the 3L block, I umm... forgot to install the bracket. Doesn't really matter, the only bracket I had was not going to fit anyway. The early brackets, at least through '98, use larger diameter bolts. These brackets do not work on the 3L block, which has smaller diameter bolt holes.   I ordered the latest style bracket. It requires much less grinding than the original bracket. Here's a few pics to show where I ground the bracket to wiggle it into place. It di

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Update on nothing

Since the tornado, I had the Craptour parked at my girlfriend's house under a carport. As is typical of Summer in Texas, it has not rained since. When my girlfriend's lease ended last month, I brought the Craptour home. Unfortunately, I don't have anywhere else to park it but in the side yard. And guess what.... that very night, it rains. I really don't care. It's rained a couple times since. There was some standing water in the spare tire well, but whatever. It's the Craptour!   The branch be

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Throttle cable bracket and throttle body

You can look at my earlier post about the throttle cable bracket to see how I rearranged the original bracket. It worked out very well. I'm using a Mondeo ST220 throttle body. It uses the same ball and socket connector that this '97 used. It also uses a "dog bone" link on the throttle shaft. The dog bone link causes the throttle operation to start slow at first, and then opens from 65% to 100% very quickly. In operation, the throttle pedal has a smoother, longer operation at low and part throttl

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The Cougar is complete

Almost 1 year exactly since the Craptour was killed by a tornado, the '02 Cougar, Hello Cooter, is finished. Most of the major components that went into building the Craptour found a new home in the Cougar.   The stock '97 y-pipe was swapped for an MSDS ceramic coated y-pipe. The exhaust note in the cabin is quieter. The stock '97 main cat remains. I removed the solid upper engine mount and installed the original stock mount, which reduced vibrations and noise while cruising, but increased the

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The 4/20 news

SCT has now determined that their database for the EXE1 is corrupted. Comparing the EXE1 base fuel map to the EXE3 fuel map shows an obvious problem.... they are supposed to be working on a new database.   In the meantime, another SCT dealer (the third to help now) has offered another tune. It's not bad. WOT is around 12:1 now, but I'm still getting rich codes.   I finished the stereo install (finally!). I mounted the MTX 421D amp to the back of the SVT split fold rear seats along with a Pol

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Temporary Victory?

Stupid window motor been giving me headaches. The car had a busted driver's window regulator when I bought it. So I bought a new one. It sat in the box in the trunk while the car sat waiting for me to begin working on it. I did fix the window before starting the 3L swap. I used the window... maybe 10 times at most, how often do you use a window in a car with a bad engine you don't drive? Once the engine swap was completed, I thought I was done correcting all the little issues in the car... then

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tear down 4

The drivetrain is out. The driver's CV axle would not budge, so I left it installed. It did not pose a problem during hoisting. Engine bays this nasty should be illegal. Yuck.       Now here's an idea that is somewhere between a stroke of dumb luck and a stroke of utter genius. When I purchased the Max EH UIM I knew I would need to adapt a throttle body. I had an ST220 TB left over. This '97 TB uses a ball connector on the throttle linkage, unlike the round tab connector on my SVTs and

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tear down 3

Both front and rear roll restrictors were completely collapsed. One of the bolts on the front roll restrictor mounting brackets was cross threaded. The engine hoist is mounted and ready. All that is left to disconnect is the A/C compressor.

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tear down 2

Everything has been going smoothly. It's a Texas car, so no rust, but plenty of oily grime. Both CV axle outer boots have holes and have been slinging grease. The brakes are in decent shape, but they aren't going back on the car. No ABS on this car. The inner tie rods are nice and tight. I think I'll replace the outer ends just because. I already have new lower control arms. The hubs feel OK but the knuckles are covered in thick grime.   I did not know the 2.5L and SVT exhausts were bent diffe

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Suspension and brakes completed

SVT front brakes were done last week, I finished installing new rear pads today along with a final brake system flush. The pads are left over ThermoQuiets from the '99. The old pads on this car looked original, along with just about everything else on the car.   The BAT suspension needs some time to settle, but I think the car will have a nice stance. Some of the bushings and endlinks will need replacement before long, but they are OK for now.   I finally got the fuckin' front seat out. The

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SHT Extra Shit Kit

Introducing the SHT Extra shiz Kit. These and other options are available from your local independent SHT dealer.   SHT exterior package (Wheels are temporary while the 15s get new rubbers.)         Interior Features  

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SCT fixes the X3 (finally!)

I spent about 30 minutes on the phone with tech support from SCT. We installed a firmware revision on the tuner and all appears to function as it should. The wideband O2 is installed, the gauge is mounted (sorta). Time to start data logging!  

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SCT finally helping?

The latest tune is still rich. Several dealers have looked at my logs, offered help, but none have been successful. Paul, my main tuner from the beginning is about ready to throw in the towel. He offered to refund 1/2 my money for the XCal 3. I accepted his offer, but he is still trying to get SCT to provide support.   From his latest email: "After giving SCT an ass chewing on their dealer forum they suddenly have decided to start working on the EXE* processor."   As far as drivability goes.

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Rainy days

I finished the teeth grill. Some have asked about water running onto the engine during a rain storm... well, here's the result. Water collects in some spot, and on the header wrap. Crank it up, wait a moment, and steam billows out from the hood. Looks funny when sitting at a stop light and the guy next to me is pointing suggesting I've blown a radiator hose.... nope, all is good.  

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Quick and Quite Annoyed!

Got the SVT brakes on... EBC slotted and dimpled rotors that were on the '98 when I bought it and some Wagner ThermoQuiet pads that I put on the '99. Both have very low miles and virtually no wear.... along with some stainless braided lines that were also on the '99 before the TCE brake kit went on.... so more "free" upgrades for the Craptour.   So I took a quick drive to scrub the rust of the rotors. Whee!!! The brakes are MUCH improved and no more vibrations. Gawd, I gotta get this bitch leg

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One more attempt with the window motor

I made some slight modifications to the cheap aftermarket window regulator and threaded some holes on the reman'd OEM motor. I also lubed the window tracks with WD-40 because the glass seemed to be hanging up near the top. I re-greased the regulator. At the moment, it's working like it is supposed to. Maybe it will actually last this time.

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Now 200% more legal!

2 outta 3 law requirements ain't bad.   I shaped a piece of scrap sheet metal and used a plasma cutter to rough cut some teeth. Still a work in progress... I haven't decided if I'll paint it, or let it rust.  

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Nothing new

I have not had any time to spend on the Craptour in a couple weeks. School has started... gettin' my learn on.   Still have the high RPM loss of power. I have checked fuel pressure and disabled IMRC with the secondaries pinned open. Problem still persists, so I can rule out failing fuel pump and IMRC box.

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New pics 4/23

Just out for a cruise listening to the stereo and checking out the latest tune. WOT is finally near 12:1, which is much better than where it has been. Power is great from 3400 all the way to 7000rpm. I haven't run over 7000rpm yet. I'll be interested to see the dyno results once the tune is finalized.  

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More custom drivetrain mounts...

Here are the rear roll restrictor and '97 hydraulic transmission mount, chopped and filled.   The rear restrictor is from a '98 SVT at the junk yard. It was sagging a bit. The two outer rubber rings were cut out. I re-centered the bolt sleeve, masked the opposite with aluminum foil tape, and poured in about 3/5 of a can of 94A. I've had one like this in my '99 3L for a several years now, and it works great.   The transmission mount on this '97 Sport was hydraulic. The SVT mounts I've seen we

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Midnight tacos

I've been recovering from food poisoning for the last 3 days. Last night I felt well enough to eat and had a craving for tacos. The nearest place is about an hour away, so what better excuse than to take a drive in the Craptour and do some data logging.   I had some new tunes to try out. Since there is some relevance to this blog post and a current topic on the forums, let me explain. I am using a "mail order" tune. My tuner is a buddy from the Taurus Car Club of America. He's very experienced

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