Well, I was literally walking out the door and down the driveway on my way to find something I could fashion into a suitable replacement, when I got a call back from a dealership in PA. He had a part he was willing to ship to me, and I took advantage of it. The thought process in my head went something like ... well, i can spend the few hours i have before work today and tomorrow trying to find parts to fit together and mold them into the proper shape and hope it'll all stay together, or i can order this, have it by tomorrow, and be sure i can leave for vacation at the end of the week like i'm supposed to. i've been waiting for this vacation since we started planning it six months ago, and wanting insurance (though apparently it wasn't coming cheap), i took the easy way out.
i'm a little disappointed in myself for not putting Paul's and you other guyz' suggestions to use, or at least trying, as i do enjoy me a good challenge. perhaps somebody else will be able to use them ... or maybe i'll try 'em out just for the hell of it when i get back. i can't imagine dman and myself are the only shmucks unlucky enough to ever have this happen to 'em. there's likely to be more sufferers in the future, and let me just offer up my apologies in advance.
one thing i am going to do (and i sure hope this works) ... i got me some duplicolor "Professional Undercoat with Sound Eliminator-Quick Dry"
-----(from their website)
A Professional Body Shop Quick Dry Formula that gives you professional results-fast. This flexible, rubberized finish is the ultimate in undercoating for protecting metal surfaces from corrosion and moisture. Excellent rust preventer and sound eliminator.
* Excellent rust preventer
* Dries in less than 10 minutes
* Dries to black paintable finish
* Comfort Touch Nozzle
* Premium sound eliminator
* Ideal for wheel wells, gas tanks, frames and supports, weld joints, floor pans, doors and quarter panels
anyways, i'm gonna spray that all up on that, errrr, thing, and hope it handles the heat. i figure that hose shouldn't ever get a whole lot hotter than 210 deg or so. in theory anyways. i'm figuring this rubberized stuff would be better than the bedliner in a can they had, especially with the temperature differences in the winter, this would be less likely to crack with the expanding and contracting and whatnot.
and in the passive aggresive style that is my personality, i will save my ranting about my disappointment in ford for another time. i've enjoyed my taurus all the while i've had it, but this experience has left a sour taste in my mouth. not so much with the part itself or the dealership network, but in ford providing their dealers with what the dealers are asking for. for their customers. but i'll stop that now, like i say, perhaps some other time.