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post #51 of 67 (permalink) Old 04-07-2019, 10:28 AM
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Oh no :-(


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post #52 of 67 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Rust fix update. Saw this car today in a parking lot and got a close up. Patch is still in place after 6 NY winters. Pic is after I created a new flange out of glass cloth and Bondo. Few layers over the hole, sand, prime and paint. Rattle can. Other ruse some but not bad up by the fuel cap. Car has been through 19 NY winters.
The hole in the dog let is through the inner metal so looking right through both panels. I filled the inner gap with aerosol foam and plastered the inside with undercoat.


Filled the remains of the rockers with foam and used decking screws into the foam to hold the rocker covers on. They are still there.


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My repair after 6 NY winters, still holding. I sold the car but, saw it again today and the rockers are still on and the Bondo/fiberglass cover and foam fill of dog leg and the rockers still working. Some blisters on the patch area but gained another 6 winters.
Pic of the before repairs back on this original post.
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Hope to pickup today if my daughter can get off work. I have the insurance card, and left a deposit and signed agreement.
106K one owner, no smoker, regular maint, low rust area, super clean, did not see even a body ding. Traction control, side impact AB, no accidents. So average miles per year just over 6K based on actual buy and trade dates.


So will have 3 bulls, all '03's. May keep the rusty Sable sedan this summer for the grandson when home from college and working.
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Looks great. These really are great cars especially considering the price you can get them at. I have owned the same one for almost 12 years and it's still a great car. Rust is unheard of here in the desert southwest so it will be interesting to see how long it will go. My wife has one as well which had some poor quality repairs done to it by the previous owner but aside from that it's also been a great car. Sometimes I wonder why people happily make payments on a $25k+ new car that ends up spending more time in the shop than my 19 year old sable.
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Hope to pickup today if my daughter can get off work. I have the insurance card, and left a deposit and signed agreement.
106K one owner, no smoker, regular maint, low rust area, super clean, did not see even a body ding. Traction control, side impact AB, no accidents. So average miles per year just over 6K based on actual buy and trade dates.


So will have 3 bulls, all '03's. May keep the rusty Sable sedan this summer for the grandson when home from college and working.
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Daughter came by and we went down and picked it up today. I drove it the first 120 miles and she drove it the last 60 home. No issues. I was a bit concerned since gas gage was just over quarter and after 90 miles barely moved so I needed to get familiar with this one. So we pulled off and gassed up both cars. This one 11.9G so no concerns about that range. Only concerns: now is has a slight exhaust shield vibration just above dead idle speed. Then just at the end of the drive slight brake squeal at low breaking at low speed. Rotors are new. Brake feel is excellent. May replace the pads with quality ceramics. Parking brake solid. Tires Firestone something 7-8/32 tread, no noise.


Oil change sticker indicates Kendall and ~1200 miles to the next change.


And the big one. No sign of oil leak or smell of oil.


Negative and can be fixed, headlights are dull.


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Some quick checkout of my Taurus. Will be 16 years old next month. Drove it 300 miles in 5 days since buying it, and it runs quite well. Looks like original PCV hose so need to order that but clean TB and accordion tells me the PCV still works OK for now. PS fluid looks very clean. In the pic of the tran dip stick was not seated so I spun the vent cap to be sure it was free and checked the fluid color. Water pump belt new, and main belt is new. A/C looks like it was replaced at least the clutch is not the OE with rubber springs.
Surprised at the appearance of the exhaust pipe. I plan to replace the wheel cylinders, PCV and hose. Need to check coolant cap for OE. Had 2 of 4 fail and not wanting to have that again. Need to pull a plug and see if OE and if so order new ones.


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Daughter came by and we went down and picked it up today. I drove it the first 120 miles and she drove it the last 60 home. No issues. I was a bit concerned since gas gage was just over quarter and after 90 miles barely moved so I needed to get familiar with this one. So we pulled off and gassed up both cars. This one 11.9G so no concerns about that range. Only concerns: now is has a slight exhaust shield vibration just above dead idle speed. Then just at the end of the drive slight brake squeal at low breaking at low speed. Rotors are new. Brake feel is excellent. May replace the pads with quality ceramics. Parking brake solid. Tires Firestone something 7-8/32 tread, no noise.


Oil change sticker indicates Kendall and ~1200 miles to the next change.


And the big one. No sign of oil leak or smell of oil.


Negative and can be fixed, headlights are dull.


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If it's anything like mine the gas gauge being odd is a sign the fuel pump has been replaced. On my car I'm pretty sure they used the part # and sender for the 18 gallon tank that I don't have. Maybe the opposite for you, since mine goes down way too quick, lol.

Also the exhaust shield rattle is probably the outlet pipe shield for the rear catalytic converter, my car had that too. The welds break off and it just flaps around on the pipe.


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Got my keypad # today. Used flashlight to light behind the paper card and read it as mirror image and got it. Fortunate it had a 7 so I know which side is up so I can tell the 9 from the 6. I had to do some searching as I did not remember where the paper exactly was located.


Now to set it to my universal (to me) code. I started using the default code from my first Lincoln and keep that one in my memory for all the other cars.


And front tires 46# each. I let them down to 36. My knees hurt so I will get the rears tomorrow.
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Funny about that first code staying in our memories and getting used in subsequent vehicles, I do exactly the same thing.

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