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Originally Posted by whydididothis View Post
We decided to switch and fix up the 2003 (I thought it was 2002) Taurus instead of the 2006.
It turned out ALL of the problems with the 03 car were caused by 3 melted wires shorting each other. These were easy to find -right above the rear oxygen sensor.
When that was repaired:
The transmission now works perfectly.
The A/C works perfectly.
The engine starts and runs.
Super-easy fix. Amazing how many different problems that simple wire shorting caused.
We raised the car about 2 feet off the ground- sitting on jack stands. Made it even easier.

Swapped out and cleaned the IAC.
Cleaned the throttle body and mass airflow sensor.
It still idled weird and would cut out.
Then I replaced the Throttle position sensor and viola! Runs perfect now!

We replaced the rear struts with new FCS from rock auto, ($135 both) cleaned up the rusty brake drums and painted them black. Adjusted the rear brakes and installed new brake cylinders.

Parts we took from the 2006:
-Hood Struts
-Entire windshield washer fluid hose assembly with the nozzles for the hood.
-Master cylinder
-Thick front pads
-Matching center seat /cup holder/ flip console-thingy
-Headlights and taillights
-Faux Wood bezel and radio
-4 Door panels
-Cowl assembly
-Wiper arms and wipers
-Both rear brake line sections that go to the new brake cylinders.
-Rubber seal for trunk lid
-Battery mount and cover
-Pinch bolts
-Brake bleeder valves
-Like new puddle lamps!
-Fuses, Bulbs
-TPS and IAC
-Vacuum lines
-variety of small rubber and plastic pieces

-Could take the aluminum sparkle wheels but my son likes the standard aluminum 5 spoke better.
-Could take the front struts but it's twice the work and would rather get new ones.
-Might remove and keep the starter and alternator

New parts we bought/will buy:
-3 big bottles of brake fluid
-Air Filter
-Cabin Filter
-Rear Struts
-Front struts
-4 new matching tires (don't have to, but I don't like mis-matched tires)
-Sandpaper and rattle cans

Note: There were a number of parts that did not fit. The gas cap, intake manifold, MAF and entire air cleaner system (close, but not right), Evap and ABS. Both are Vulcans but the 06 might be an ethanol option car.

Next up:
Front end: New struts and probably ball joints. Maybe a bearing-unsure.
Sand, Prime, Paint and Clearcoat the roof. Rattle-cans.
Sand and clearcoat the headlights.
Repair paint scratches.
We may have to clear coat the hood and trunk. Not sure yet, The worst is the roof. We tried using Mother's Mag Polish on the oxidized roof but it didn't work except one spot where it took the paint off.

We put all the seats back in the 2006 and now it doesn't stink. The stink was the carpet we removed. We found out the windshield leaks into the car.
It needs too much to make it worthy of saving. I'm going to get someone to haul it to the junkyard.

BTW_Drop the fuel tank, don't cut the floor sheet metal. What the heck was I thinking?? Stupid YouTube.

Pic of the ones I just put on my '03 Taurus. Not as harsh as KYB which I have on my other two '03's but OE ride and ~$102 for the pair from RA not counting shipping. Fit nice easy to put on.

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