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Fall break was a productive time for the Taurus...

On Friday, I was at Dave's house with Nick, Damon and Anthony (Gentz) and Nick has a Centennial gauge cluster with him. It was going in Dave's '01 which has a black/gray interior...so obviously, the Medium Dark Parchment gauge bezel wasn't going to match. So, I snagged it. Friday was spent b.s.-ing and working on Dave's '03, so we reconvened on Sunday....

...when we installed it along with Dave's Centennial cluster. Here's the dash before:


Oh no! Decontenting gone wild! Who needs gauges anyway?


The cluster with the new bezel:


All finished!


Monday I flushed the transmission, so here's a random picture of shiny AX4S guts. It shifts beautifully, and the pan was the cleanest it's ever been any time I've dropped it.


Then, I installed new lower fog lights. Some of you might remember my old ones...which have been gone for two years since one was killed by a big chunk of exploding semi retread. I ran out of light last night so I finished them today. All I have is a lousy teaser pic for now:


I also put more mesh in the lower bumper, which you can see in the last picture. It matches the mesh grille nicely, and it's not nearly as obvious. The grille is still definitely the main act of the front end, but the new mesh plays a nice supporting role.


I'm pretty happy with how everything turned out. So while I'm doing this whole photo-documenting theme, now, it's time for me to enjoy a nice cold and refreshing beverage.
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Pics of the new lights in daylight will come tomorrow when it's light out.
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Cluster looks good. Ax4s looks clean inside.

I'd rather have a rustbucket than a rice rocket!
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Looks nice.


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The bezel looks good. Nice and subtle. Matches the top part of the dash really good.

Even though the transmission guts are sparkling clean, im drawn to the layer of grime on the outside of the trans. Mine has that as well. Best I can tell, it's a seep from the oil pan or transmission pan. I want to say it's from the engine oil pan, because my trans pan has a new Ford gasket on it. Crazy vulcans.


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That cluster bezel looks good Jim. Think you could get a shot of it from farther away to see how it looks with the rest of the interior?

Transmission looks clean The underside of your car looks like mine before it was steam cleaned. Those foglights look quite nice in that area under your bumper. Do they help light up the road at night?

I have a 6 pack of Heineken waiting for me this weekend...

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Thanks guys!

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Even though the transmission guts are sparkling clean, im drawn to the layer of grime on the outside of the trans. Mine has that as well. Best I can tell, it's a seep from the oil pan or transmission pan. I want to say it's from the engine oil pan, because my trans pan has a new Ford gasket on it. Crazy vulcans.[/b]
Yeah, I've noticed that on a few cars other than mine too. It's probably some oil seepage mixed with a bunch of road grime. In 5,000 miles between oil changes, the car only uses about 1/4 quart, and it never leaves oil spots My old trans gasket had started to seep a little too...not enough to actually call it a leak, and nothing noticeable on the dipstick in ~23k, but I put on a new gasket at the same time.

A lot of that gunk actually feels like tar...I think it's a finely perfected mixture of road construction, oil, and general grime.

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Those foglights look quite nice in that area under your bumper. Do they help light up the road at night?

I have a 6 pack of Heineken waiting for me this weekend...[/b]
They do actually help quite nicely...got to try them out in the rain on the 90 mile drive back to Meadville last night, and I'm pretty happy with them. I'll get a wider shot of the dash later today, along with some daylight pictures of the fogs...I'm a lot happier with the installation of these ones than the old ones. Good choice on the Heineken too

Next on the agenda for the front end are some new headlights. Mine look like fiery death and the left side light's seal is leaky. Doesn't look the best!

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Cluster looks so good in person, it is unbelievable! I may have a further back picture, I can check when I get home.

Dang we shoulda tried the centennial lights on your car Sunday.
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Next time, Gadget... next time.
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Clean cluster Jim Although I do feel bad for you column shift guys who have to remove half your car just to get to that thing...


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