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This is NOT an ad for a car parts company. I'm new to this, so I'm excited about something that some of you already know and have done.
I bought a 2006 Taurus SEL for $400 with a clean title. I planned on spending another $1600 or so to get it just right. The body is great, sunroof, no rust, great paint, low miles. It needs a tune up and some parts replaced. It needs Power steering pump, Battery, hood lifts, air filter, a hood jouncer(?), three tires and a few non-critical trim pieces.
Oh, and an ENTIRE interior.
The leather interior was absolutely shredded, even the foam under the leather. Plus it stank of funk. My guess is that someone or something died in it, or it was a flood car or it has a very leaky passenger side issue. Or all of the above.

I removed the entire interior. Literally everything that was made of cloth except the headliner. It's an empty metal shell inside now.
Still stank. I put a odor removing fogger in it and now it smells like a sharpie. haha
I started looking for interior pieces and realized two things:
1) Repairing the interior is outrageously expensive.
2) Buying the individual pieces is very expensive.
3) It's too difficult to find every piece matching.

My solution?
I watched Craig's List and found (and bought) a state inspected 2002 Taurus for $400. Clean title. 200,000+ miles. The body is beater-chic but the interior is pretty good. It runs great but doesn't shift into OD. It has nearly new: battery, plug wires, plugs, hood lifts, alternator plus most of the missing pieces I need except for the center console flip-thing. It also has two almost new tires and one good enough to pass inspection.
Basically, I just bought about $2000 worth of parts for $400.
Now, hopefully, all I have to do is transfer the parts to the 2006 Taurus, repair the rest and have someone tow the 2002 donor car to a junk yard.
 

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Congrats...very fortuitous to be able to buy a parts car at that price and save yourself time and money chasing down parts. Hopefully, you can get rid of that smell and it doesn't come back when it really gets hot/humid outside this Summer.

I have the luxury of a U Pull yard about 15 mins from the house and I find all kinds of nice used parts for a fraction of what new would cost. Makes sense to me as, with 256K miles on my car, I don't know if it will last another day...or, another year. Recently, was tempted to redo my interior from gray leather to black when a '05 Sable with super nice interior showed up. Would have cost me less than $200 including complete dash...but, decided it was probably pointless due to aforementioned reason of high miles. Besides, replacing the dash was way more work than I wanted to deal with.

Good luck with your new ride!
 

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BTDT with my old Durango. It had some rust, mismatched body colors, etc. Bought a little newer one(same generation) but an R/T in the same color with a blown motor and no title for $200. Swapped over about $1500 in parts and scrapped the shell for $150. :)
 

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If one has the time and will there are good savings out there. I am getting a bit old for this (79) but still visit the local Pick A Part. About 2 miles for me now. Many trips out there, hood and top glass when a tree fell on my '03. Recent found they sell alloy tires/wheels for $30 including tax. I found these on the office rack so no effort except I went out and got the lugs as I am replacing 7 spoke. So I began to watch each week their new intake and drop by and check for condition. So over couple months got total of 8 and switched out both my '03 Sables. Now it will cost me $2 per get rid of the old ones.


Saved a relative in a pickle. V6 Chrysler product and he was changing the fuel injectors and broke a plastic fuel rail. Son was visiting and we went out and took us 15 minutes total in and out and $15. Dealer wanted ~$400 and 4-6 week delivery. This family only vehicle.


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Good thinking!

How many hours in total do you think you'll spend on this? Include getting the donor, doing the work and getting rid of the donor.
 

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Hey RJacket, Good question! In this case, my son is helping and we get to spend some time together so I haven't been counting or anything but it took us maybe 4 hours to remove the interior. It would have been shorter but neither of us did it before and the carpet and foam was tougher to pull than we thought it would be. We had to cut it up to get it out. It goes pretty far up under the dashboard and some of it we can't get to and I'm not so sure about pulling the dashboard. The drivers seatbelt was removed because it was covered in black/brown filth.
We were able to clean up the ceiling and save that.
We've been doing a little at a time since them because it's been too cold out.
 

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I give ya lots of credit for restoring an old Taurus but not sure I'd mess with a smelly vehicle that someone may have died in. It might be haunted!!:):):) Back in my younger years I restored my 88 GT Mustang after an engine fire. After the insurance company totaled it out, they sold it back to me for $500.00. Gave another $500.00 to a you-pick junkyard and replaced the wiring harness and everything else that melted. So for a thousand bucks I had my 50,000 mile Stang back on the street with a salvage title. Ended up selling it a few years later for $6,000.00.
 

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Follow-up.
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
-Antenna
-Faux Wood bezel and radio
-4 Door panels
-Cowl assembly
-Wiper arms and wipers
-Glovebox
-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:
-Techron
-3 big bottles of brake fluid
-Oil/Filter
-Air Filter
-Cabin Filter
-Rear Struts
-Front struts
-4 new matching tires (don't have to, but I don't like mis-matched tires)
-Alignment
-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.
Paint:
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.
 

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Follow-up.
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
-Antenna
-Faux Wood bezel and radio
-4 Door panels
-Cowl assembly
-Wiper arms and wipers
-Glovebox
-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:
-Techron
-3 big bottles of brake fluid
-Oil/Filter
-Air Filter
-Cabin Filter
-Rear Struts
-Front struts
-4 new matching tires (don't have to, but I don't like mis-matched tires)
-Alignment
-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.
Paint:
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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Transmission and brake fluids hate me

Hey all,
Here's the latest on this project.
Front Struts:
The ONLY way to change the struts is by dropping the subframe. It was very easy to do, but it still required some grunt work to get the old struts out and new ones in.
I bought Ford front struts. RockAuto had a closeout deal for $50 each.
Moog stabilizer bars.
I bought a new Moog lower ball joint but by the time we got to that point I didn't want to be around the car anymore. I need to revisit this.
I was careful to lube everything so next time it shouldn't be so bad.
Brakes:
New O'Reilly calipers and painted them with high-temp flat black. I ordered the wrong pads so I took a sander to the like new brake pads that came off one of the cars. It didn't take long to look like brand new/smooth. Maybe a minute each. New AC Delco rotors. I wanted Durago, but I needed two and they only had one. I chose O'Reilly calipers because the price was goo, Lifetime Warranty and they are nearby if I had a problem.
New master cylinder. Bled the brakes in the right order. No leaks.
The brakes grab really well but it feels like the pedal sinks too far. ??? I've spent hours trying to figure this out. :(

**WARNING**
While we had the entire car elevated and while working on the struts and brakes, we manually turned the wheels left and right to make it easy to get to certain bolts. No big deal, right?
Wrong. After the fact, I found out that moving the front wheels while not running introduces air into the power steering system. The pump was howling when we test drove it.
Vacuum Pump tools:
Spent an entire day messing around with vacuum pumps trying to get the air out of the steering pump. I had bought a cheap vacuum pump from Amazon that didn't want to hold 15Hg. You need 25Hg. I rented one from AutoZone which quickly fell apart. Back to mine which was much better.
Some success-I locked down the tools hoses with mini-hose clamps. Immediately saw a difference. We could get to 20Hg easily but we couldn't hold 25. You really need to get to at least 23Hg and hold it there while the car is running. I don't think it can be done with a hand-type vacuum pump.
I found that by overfilling the pump before attaching the vacuum cork, it will help get you to 25Hg and hold it pretty well. I think the collection cup is the weakest link in the vacuum. We got the steering pump much, much better, but not entirely quite. I'm not doing anything else. Hopefully it will work out it's air bubbles on it's own.
 

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UPDATE: The car was running pretty well so I took for an inspection. The only problem they found was it needed a wheel bearing, which didn't surprise me. I just paid them the $300. I'm not going into that front suspension again. LOL
The car is running and inspected. Very happy. We used 6 cans of Colormatch paint to paint the roof and finished it off with half can of Clear 2K. 3 coats!
Sanded the headlight lenses and sprayed them with 2K also. They came out like new.
Now the car looks presentable. It sits properly. It runs good. AC works.
Next is an alignment and new tires. Then pics!
 
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