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  • Birthday 09/03/1969

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    Arkansas
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    CDW-27s and giant robots

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    1996 Mystique GS V6

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  1. I was browsing YouTube and came across this. How did this not get made in 'Murica first? It started as the station wagon Mondeo to minimize intrusion in the bed. The tailgate still uses the center lock and latch but now hinges on the passenger side. He used the tiny 1.6l engine, so perhaps there's still room on earth for a real American SVT pickup to salvage our pride. Anyone have an SVT with rear end damage?
  2. I have first generation Contours and Mystiques with the illuminated door handle pockets. These miniature light bulbs with a green coating on them have been obsolete for years now from Ford, so I have cannibalized all I could out of the local junkyard. Since they decontented this feature pretty early in the production run, I have figured out how to replace them. These same bulbs, but lacking the green coating, are in all of the old-style (no reflector) high center mounted brake lights. Simply pull the bulbs out of the sockets and dip them in Tamiya Clear Green paint and let them dry. This
  3. It turns out that my O'Reiley's VSS failed after just a few years. I replaced it with an OEM VSS and things are working so far. I also just discovered that there was no low coolant sensor installed in this '95 Mystique. It does/t seem like part of some exotic package. Did I need the 2.5l, sunroof and foglight to get a low coolant dummy light?
  4. When my '95 Mystique had a "no start" situation a few months back, the Ford technician put a device in place of the PCM fuse. The device worked, but then the speedometer wasn't. I had just figured out how to fix the odometer, and pulled it anyway. I had a spare instrument cluster with a known working speedometer and it didn't work either. I figured the VSS was disconnected, but it wasn't. The cruise control also didn't work, so the problem was upstream. I looked at the EVTM and saw there was a tangential connection between the speedo and the PCM. My eureka moment came when I thought I s
  5. There are several gears between the worm gear drive motor and both counters. From what you've said, it sounds like there's a gear that has fallen out of place, gotten jammed by some debris, or broken a few teeth. I would swap out the instrument cluster with a junkyard one from a pick-n-pull for around $50. If the new one has damage like a scratched bezel, just swap the parts around until you have a good, working cluster. Don't forget to test all the lamps and odometer before putting the facia back on. BTW, I have just done my fourth odometer repair on my '95 2.0l, and did notice the re
  6. One of the most common problems I’ve seen with our cars is the inevitable failure of the odometer. If the speedometer and odometer have both failed, then it’s probably the sending unit on the transmission. The wires from the sending unit have likely become brittle and flaked off. That’s an easy enough fix, provided the plastic spindle hasn’t broken off inside the transmission. The replacements have metal spindles, a wise upgrade if your car is a ’98 or earlier with the wire problem. If the speedometer works but the odometer no longer turns, then the worm gear off the speedometer’s odomete
  7. My '95 Mystique has been having a small puddle forming on the passenger floor mat for a while now. After a vigorous washing blasting pine needles from around the wipers, a big puddle formed. After a quick search of the internet, the problem became clear; the seal around the cabin air filter frame has failed. Pop off the screw caps on the black plastic vent cover and remove the screws. Pulling at least the passenger side part off will reveal the cabin air filter frame, and the area will probably need to be vacuumed. It's probably time for a new cabin air filter anyway, so pop it of
  8. I think all of the '95s had lighted headlight switches, but over time some may have burned out. I have had several "courtesy lamps" burn out in the door latch pockets, as well as the cigar lighter, clock and behind the gauge cluster. There is a small hole at the bottom of the knob into which you can insert a straightened paper clip. Push up on the paper clip while gently pulling on the knob. You should see the dome of an incandescent bulb down in there. Since I've never done it before, I took the bulb out of one of my junkyard switches. Apparently you push the bulb in and rotate it ab
  9. Just the other day I was thinking of how to put a "dash" cam in front of the rear-view mirror. I wonder if anyone makes something that combines these two functions into one installation. My mother seems to have an itch to get another new car, but maybe I can just upgrade her old Camry.
  10. I was a little concerned there may be holes drilled in the dash somewhere. Wiring to the parking lights is ingenious. I had to remove a lot of aftermarket "security" and "audio" junk from my Chicago car's previous owners. I'm glad you've kept your installations clean. Then what is the button above the headlight switch? Traction control? I hadn't even asked if there was ABS. I've never had to deal with it. One of the Chicago cars had it but it never worked and I have everything needed to replace it with regular brakes.
  11. What is the deal with the two horns side-by-side? I know these models lacked the two-tone horns of the first generation, but it still has the mount by the window wash fluid reservoir on the passenger side. I've thought about putting one on my girlfirend's 2000 Contour and running a wire along the sub-frame. I even had a spare, but ended up putting it on my blue Mystique due to the original being rusted up and non-functional. I also was wondering how you activate the fog lights. It looks like the correct harness connectors by the horns, but the switch doesn't have the "pull" feature on
  12. My condolences go out to all those who were able to know Terry personally. I was unable to meet him, but I had spoken to him a number of times when some of the crazy things I was trying to do to a Contour went awry. We were able to communicate engineer-to-engineer and keep pushing the limits of what can be done. Let us continue to be inspired by his legacy and keep the CDW27s on the road.
  13. Not being able to get the "tandem" rear axle Contour concept out of my head, and the prospect of possibly acquiring yet another one to tide me over as I prepare to face re-wiring the '95 and '96 Mystiques; another thought comes to mind. An ultra-heavyweight version of the Contour was clearly not designed, yet one transmission should be able to handle it better than the other. I was wondering which that would be, a stock ATX or a stock MTX? Could either be modified relatively inexpensively (i.e. off-the-shelf parts plus adaptor plate) to handle more torque? Double clutch plates? Extra tran
  14. All I can think of now is how old the tires are. I had to buy a set last year and I have to by another set by the end of the year because I just don't like going over six years. Any CEL codes?
  15. I forgot to mention the curling dash issue. I can't really tell from the photos, but it looks like there may be some to be dealt with. I pulled the dash to fix my girlfriend's 2000 Contour, and it was not fun. Also not helpful was improvising all the parts since the repair kits sold out years ago. I think someone took the big chunk of plastic that covered the dash from a '95-'97 and was able to cover up theirs. I'd probably try that next time.
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