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Over the last couple of weeks I put in adjustable pedals, installed rear sway bar and links, put in the wood trim window switch plates (compounded and waxed them first), and put in new shoes, hardware, adjusters, drums and wheel cylinders.

Next up is putting in the center console wood trim panel and cleaning and lubing the front brakes.
 

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Got the inner tie rod’s done on Monday, got it over for an alignment on Tuesday. One of the rear wheels was quite a bit angled, which I could see at the shop earlier. When I got the alignment, the manager there suggested I might want to do a cam kit. He said they don’t sell it but would be fine installing it. He told me it would be half an hour labor and then they would re-align as part of their one-year warranty. Checked Rock Auto, the Moog part was $16 plus delivery. Checked locally it was $55 and they had it in stock. Checked Amazon and they had it for the same price as Rock Auto. I have prime end it was delivered last night. Got it installed. It took a lot more than half an hour as they had to enlarge the holes where they took out the old ones. He still only charged me half an hour of labor.

Car feels great with the larger wheels. Much better on the steering with all of the new hardware as well. Before the end of the summer I will replace the coolant, and add electrical sensors for transmission fluid temp, oil pressure, and volts. Gauges are going to be part of the center console that I am building.


Sent from some little thing I hear voices from.
 

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Visited my old Sable today. Still at the apartment complex of the new owner. No major changes. Magnaflow muffler still on it. Not exactly a little old lady thing.
 

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Had a screw in the right rear tire that needed patching, so that was fun. Other than that, still just driving her every day pretty much. Taking the fun car out more now that it's warming up though.
 

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Our 2nd oldest son had the day off today and our man in the middle had a half day of school so I took half the day off and the three of us went upta camp to recover the SHOs from the barn for the summer. Took the batteries off the tenders, lowered the cars off their jackstands and they fired right up. I love that V8 roar, it sounds like...victory. The boys enjoyed it a bit too much on their somewhat spirited drive back but as we arrived back home unticketed and intact I confined myself to the patented Dad eyes to heaven rueful head shake and as admonishing a "Don't let your mother hear a word about that" as I could credibly manage. Not the first time this week that it occured to me when you're a BoyDad there's less day to day drama but they can be harder to keep alive.
 

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Our 2nd oldest son had the day off today and our man in the middle had a half day of school so I took half the day off and the three of us went upta camp to recover the SHOs from the barn for the summer. Took the batteries off the tenders, lowered the cars off their jackstands and they fired right up. I love that V8 roar, it sounds like...victory. The boys enjoyed it a bit too much on their somewhat spirited drive back but as we arrived back home unticketed and intact I confined myself to the patented Dad eyes to heaven rueful head shake and as admonishing a "Don't let your mother hear a word about that" as I could credibly manage. Not the first time this week that it occured to me when you're a BoyDad there's less day to day drama but they can be harder to keep alive.
The sounds of spring!
 

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'03 Taurus & '03 Sable wagon. Pulled the console trim off and took it inside to the kitchen to clean. Taurus had only 2 items down in the bottom to fish out, none in the Sable. Saddle soap on leather items for that "leather" feel.


Leather shifter knobs on both. I like to keep the steering wheel and shifter conditioned often. Took rubbing compound to the head lights on both, as they are getting dull.


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Our 2nd oldest son had the day off today and our man in the middle had a half day of school so I took half the day off and the three of us went upta camp to recover the SHOs from the barn for the summer. Took the batteries off the tenders, lowered the cars off their jackstands and they fired right up. I love that V8 roar, it sounds like...victory. The boys enjoyed it a bit too much on their somewhat spirited drive back but as we arrived back home unticketed and intact I confined myself to the patented Dad eyes to heaven rueful head shake and as admonishing a "Don't let your mother hear a word about that" as I could credibly manage. Not the first time this week that it occured to me when you're a BoyDad there's less day to day drama but they can be harder to keep alive.

This post makes me incredibly happy. And it's not even my car!
 

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Got it dropped off to the body shop
Bought a Bluetooth adapter for the radio (there are Bluetooth adapters for the 2005 model years, the radio just has to say MP3 on it)
Bought a speaker adapter for me to add amps
Got the check engine light cleared (Fuel level sensor mis-reading from sitting so long)
 

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Yesterday pm going to have dinner at Outback for younger grandson,(16) birthday. Older grandson calls and tells his mom, car will not start. He is at work ~4 miles away. I said I'll go, wife will order for me. So got there and turned the key and nothing, lights ok, no theft light blink. Left the car and went to dinner.
Today am I went by and unlocked the car, put in "P" and started right up.
Duhh!
'03 Sable sedan.

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4 new tires
front and rear struts
rear sway bar links
serpentine belt
state inspection

She drives like the wind now... just can't afford to go anywhere ! (Except to Ford Nationals here in Carlisle next weekend)
 

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Center Console Design & Build

I really hate the gen3 center console/middle seat in the front. It functions ok as a seat, but the raised, tilted cup holders etc don't cut it. So, I had measured, drew out a few iterations, measured, changed my mind, added more, and finally came up with this.

I was a firefighter and I always loved the control center feel of the rigs. So I decided to make one of my own. It's just me, and even if I go out with friends it might be a total of 4 of us, so if I drive there are still 4 seats. This console is going to go from touching the rear seat to about an inch before the ashtray. I haven't figured out the opening mechanism for the center (to access the radios and 12V outlets), but the top front where the switches are and the arm rest will have a piano hinge. The gauges will be trans temp, oil pressure, and volts. The inverter only needs to be about 300W continuous, and it will be flush to the inside on the passenger side. The switches will control relays: inverter, 12V hub, aux lights in front, aux light in rear, and maybe future for seat heaters. I changed my mind on the position of the sub amp (I deleted it from this plan) and added a 3.0A Qi/2.4A USB that will be surface mounted vertically for the rear seat. I also have a gooseneck mount for a 10 inch tablet that will be used for media, GPS, OBD-II data, back up camera, remote operation, and more.

I have the cardboard template cut and assembling now. I've ordered the extra stuff (had the radios, inverter, 12V hub) and I'll probably pick up the wood tomorrow or Tuesday. I'm going overboard on what it's going to be covered with, but I'm hoping to replace the seats in the future.

Speaking of seats, anyone know what seats will bolt right in other than Gen3 seats? I want leather.
 

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OK, have been working on the center console. I got some nice diamond stitched padded vinyl to cover it, and it's starting to come along. Did a bunch of stuff to it today:

Oil & filter change (switched to Mobil1 full synthetic),
Started the filling with a quart of Lucas full synthetic oil additive,
Fuel filter,
Drain (from the petcock) and refill coolant. Prestone and distilled water,
While under it and the splash shield was off, looked to find a place to add the sending unit for an (electric) oil pressure gauge (still looking).

Work in progress on the console. I'll be driving it across the country in a few weeks, and all of this will have paid off. Found some leather but not sure with a move coming up.
 

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Ended up with an 18” crack in the 2010’s windshield yesterday. Rock hit near the corner and the crack kept spreading throughout the day. At least I’ve got zero deductible glass on that one, so I’ve already scheduled the replacement.

First time I’ve ever had to make an insurance claim. And heck, seeing as the 03’s windshield still needs to be replaced (liability only on that one since I bought the 2010) it’s just a bad year for my auto glass, I guess.
 

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^ Yikes.



At least Jill doesn't have too many fancy bits. I always dreaded losing a windshield on the Explorer let alone my current ride. Replace a windshield, then recalibrate everything. Sometimes old school is better.



I remember when I got my 2013 Taurus. Cracked the windshield at 800 miles due to an insecure load from the truck in front. We were both merging, no way to avoid. Thankfully, Geico paid that one off without blinking and getting me SoundScreen OEM glass to boot.
 

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Changed the transmission fluid yesterday.

Hardest part was that dang filter, had to push as hard as I possibly could whilst positioned under the pan area on a creeper, to get the pan to fit over it.
Feel a bit sore today lol

Adding fluid:
Started with 6 1 quart bottles and a little bit left from another bottle. Had to go to the store and buy 2 more quarts which I used 1 of and half of the other. Seems like a fluid change is 7 3/4 quarts.
 

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^ Dappersworth, did you get the old filter neck ring gasket completely out of the tranny? ^ mcsteven, how many qts. in a case of atf?
 
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