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Hey guys. I was thinking. (dangerous pastime I know)

I'd love to have some guys come and help to get the "goodies" off of the LE and onto the new LX sometime next spring (I'm thinking May). All I can supply is groceries and beer, (and parts of course) And you're on your own for a Motel room (though I will contact the hotel and ask how many rooms qualify us for a discount).

Right now, I'm thinking about May 4-6, 2007. Of course that date isn't set in stone, but its a starting place. I'm posting this now as I know how difficult it is to get thing organized and how important it is to give advance notice so things can get on the calender.

For a list of what will need to be done see the list of mods to the LE below. I want to get as many of those mods moved from the LE to the LX as possible. In addition to those, I have an 80mm LMAF, and a Mark VIII TC and flexplate sitting in my garage, along with a set of KYB shocks, and the parts for a 3.55 trac-loc.

You can post here or contact me at [email protected]

Tentative Responses received from:

Godspeed - Joel - tentative
Silenced - Ryan
TSC89 - Jim
Sinhumane - Tyler
KansasCupercoupe - Matt
Thunderbird96 - Jason
TMcColl - Tony
jtsmith - Jon(?) tentative
T_byrd87 - David


Things to be installed/swapped

J-Mod - Tranny waiting to go in
PI cams - Done
Mark VIII TC
Front/rear sway bars - rear done
instruments (SHO done and aftermarket needs to be done)
Various Poly bushings and mounts rear diff done
True duals - done
stereo - done
Leather seats - Done and sold
Wheels/tires - done
PI Intake - Done
Ported plenum/TB done
3.27 trac-loc - Done
Mark VIII driveshaft - Done
Eibach springs - done
KYB shocks - done
PBR brakes - Done
 

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Sounds good man, I'll pencil it in. Will this be in Parsons? We should do a full blown meet and all the guys can strip her bare for ya. Any racetracks/shows around? Glad you got a new one allready!

-Joel
 

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Yea, it'll be in Parsons. Can't move the car without a tow truck and right now its in my driveway. A full blown meet would be great. We've got a few good places to eat in town, and a couple nice parks. MoKan dragway is just about 30-40 minutes away, and as I said I'll look into the local motels. The folks I work with have a preference, I'll ask them.
 

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Custom CAI - P&P'd 04 Mustang TB & Intake Plenum - MAC underdrive pullies - Mid-Mount Magnaflow w/ true duals - Tranny cooler - SHO gauges w/Scotts faces - PBR Twin Piston Calipers - J-Mod - 93 Mark VIII Driveshaft - 3.27 Trac-Loc rear diff - SCT chip tuned by LONNIE - 89 SC sway bars - Eibach Springs - BFGoodrich G-Force Sports 255/50/16
Things I can install:
* Custom CAI - P&P'd 04 Mustang TB & Intake Plenum
* PI Intake manifold
* MAC underdrive pullies (if you have the tools)
* Mid-Mount Magnaflow w/ true duals (If you have a good lift and a long socket wrench)
* Tranny Cooler (Plate style or Tube and fin??)

Things I have no experiance with:
* SC Sway Bars
* Eibach Springs
* SHO Guages (is it a 97??)
* PBR Twin Piston Calipers

We "Could" swap in the marauder converter, and the flexplate, but it is seriously a pain in the *** without dropping the entire transmission. Even then, the flexplate might be hard to get on. It actually might be easier to pull the entire engine on the new car to do it.

I suggest you get a real converter from Alan before you spend the time pulling the engine. Its worth it. If your in KC on a weekend, give me a call and I'll take you for a short spin.

We can do the driveshaft, and the differential if we have time. The hardest part about that is getting it lifted in.

BTW, If I go, I'm riding with Joel :cool: The Coug has a drinking problem at the moment!
 

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I'd be up to come down and turn some wrenches. Be even cooler to have a full blown meet out of it - those that want to come help, come help - and those that don't - just come and hang out. Got room to BBQ? Just do that Sat night.

And depending on how soon you'd want the car moved, I could come down with my trailer and find a way to load it - and I can take it somewhere if its close. Depends on how ready you'd be to take it somewhere. But I have no problem with driving down and helping.

-Melon
 

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I'll cook a bit, I have some mad grillin' skillz.

-Joel
 

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LOL Yea, I've got room for a cookout. (Big fenced in backyard)

Silenced, I like your post with list of skills etc. I have experience (obviously) with everything but the PI intake and TC. So you can help with what you do know and learn the stuff you don't! (Well, that would apply to all attending). The reason I have the Mark VIII TC is finances. I got a great deal on it. I'd like to have one built for me, but just can't afford it. And as I'm not going to producing a huge amount of power I figure the M.8 TC can handle it.

Melon, thanks for the offer but I don't really have a place to take the car to at the moment! If something comes up, I'll let you know.
 

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Melon, thanks for the offer but I don't really have a place to take the car to at the moment! If something comes up, I'll let you know.
That's a 10-4 on that.. If you end up with a potential buyer of what's left and it's on my way home - or have a place to drop it off that weekend - then let me know. Otherwise, I'll come down in my 'Bird. I'll even pass the word around here - might be a few others that may come down too if they have the free weekend. There's plenty of time between now and then to figure it out.

-Melon
 

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A few questions:

How are you wanting to get the TC and flexplate in? Pull the engine or the trans?

What type of transmission cooler are you using? and are you planning on using it when you get a substantial converter that locks up? or are you revising it later?

Once again, is your tune setup for the LMAF?
 

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TC and Flexplate depends on who and how many show up that feel capable of dropping a tranny (I don't see the need to pull the engine at this point). I'd like to get it done, but I'll need to know in advance so I can have the chip programmed for it (along with the LMAF). The chip is currently wrapped carefully in bubblewrap and is sitting in my desk waiting to be sent to Lonnie next spring.

Tranny cooler will either be a tube and fin cooler that I have laying around, or (depending on its condition) the plate style Ford E250 cooler from the LE. In either case it is going in regardless of wether I keep the stock TC or get the Mark VIII TC installed.

I'll try to get some parts pulled from the LE beforehand as weather and time permit, allowing more time for installing them on the LX that weekend.

I'd LOVE to get a set of Romeo PI cams to go along with the PI intake before then, but we'll have to wait and see what presents itself.
 

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If you have the brackets, definately get the tune for the LMAF! I'm not sure there really is anything to tune with the mk8 converter. I'm running 3800 stall, and the lockup points are just fine.

It would really be good if you could use the plate style cooler. The reason I was asking if you were planning on locking the converter at WOT is that you'll need stronger cooler lines. That way you don't have to redo it down the road.

Dono if these are Romeo or not, but:
http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=92961
 

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Only reason I want romeos is the bolt on Sprockets, eliminating the need to remove the front cover. Of course if we're putting on Underdrive pullies anyway, and putting in other things in the front.........

When I bought my chip used it was already programmed for a Mark VIII TC. When I had Lonnie retune it, he said that I could use it with my regular TC, but it would be best not to. Particularly if I was going to be racing much. So since I'm going to be getting a tune for the LMAF, I might as well mention the TC change. Of course it might be possible to run a Mark VIII TC with a stock tune, but not a stock TC with a Mark VIII tune. Have to look into that.

As for the cooler, even if the one I had is torn up, I'm sure I can pick up another one at a salvage yard. Just find a wrecked E-250 or 350. I got the last one from a salvage van Dad had. (Yea, I'm cheap)
 

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Whatever works :) I totally spaced, and didn't realise that the deer got you in the front, lol.
 

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Well the car we'll be putting the parts on won't have any front end damage. But, to get the tools and other stuff in there to do the pullies the radiator will have to be at least loosened.
 

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Well the PI swap will be done sooner than expected (and pricier than expected). I took the car in to have the coolant system flushed and they found the plastic intake was cracked (imagine that).

The good news is that I already have a PI intake in my shed. So all I have to do is get a set of gaskets and the tube parts underneath and we should be good to go.
 

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Hey, if anyone out there has one of those tools for installing Romeo cams without removing the front cover, I'd sure love it if you'd bring it with you (if you're coming). If you're not coming, can you let me borrow it? I'll pay shipping both ways if its cheaper than buying the tool.
 

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hope to have my HG changed fixed, or sittin in a new bird by then.. dunno what help i can be, other than an extra pair of hands...
 

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Drop the 3.8. Have you ever driven a 4.6?

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hope to have my HG changed fixed, or sittin in a new bird by then.. dunno what help i can be, other than an extra pair of hands...
Extra hands are often just what is needed. come on by.


I still need to talk to the manager at the hotels in town and see if we can get a deal. I'm taking the rest of the year off so I'll get it done then.
 
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